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Brewed by Brasserie d’Achouffe (Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Achouffe, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Pours a opaque, plum red. A dense, light tan froth slowly dimishes and exudes aromas of nutty raisins, sweet banana alcohol, and peppery yeast all with a wonderful earthy component. Amazingly tight, bubbly carbonation is heavenly on the tongue. The tingly palate is lasting and contains wonderful flavours. Strong, dark cherries, oak, bitter milk chocolate, dense with other fruits: pears, sour apples and something tangy. A fabulous brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2004 Dark red/brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma was sweet...caramel, sugar, earthy, dirt, wood. The flavor was similar to the aroma but with a distinct alcohol component. Very soft feel...wet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Reddish brown color with an off-white head. Very earthy aroma, full of grass, hay, and a bit of barnyard funk. Sweeter malty flavor, with some alcohol and earthy tones. Nice light carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (9829) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2010 Chouffe version: Malt and chocolate aroma. Sweetish, malty, whisky and chocolate flavor. Some alcohol. This beer is reasonably well hopped, but that is hidden by the velvety sweetness. Very likeable beer, tasty and powerful. 8 3 8 4 15 = 3.8 moortgat version, small bottle. Dark brown color. Chocotoff and butter in the aroma. Medium to full bodied. Alcoholic. malty sweet flavor with caramelly notes. Pleasant and very drinkable, but also flat and onedimensional. 7 3 7 3 12 = 3.2

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Aroma of dough, dark fruit, a little banana. Flavor is of dark fruit caramel and a slight cola. The carbonation keeps the flavor lively. Very nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2003
This is a great Scottish ale from a great brewer. Sweet, malty, and earthy flavors. Finishes dry, clean, and creamy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Great head and lace. Brisk carbonation. Drier than most Scotch ales. Loads of caramel and pecan on the finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Deep brown color with a nice tan head. Complex aroma- sweet malt, chocolate, spice, some fruit. Caramel flavor along with malt and spice. Medium bodied and smooth, slight alcohol warmth. Good Belgian/Scottish Ale

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2003
Lots of aroma - orange, plum, spice, sweet malt, chocolate. Big tan head that dissipates slowly. Hazy burgundy burnt copper colour.Chocolatey flavour with some dark fruitiness and a little bit of spice. Alcohol definite in the finish. Flavour not quite as deep as I was expecting from that heady nose but all in all very enjoyable. Medium-light body is entirely appropriate for style but perhaps a tad over carbonated. I'm going to put a couple of these down and try them again in a year or two. Bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Big head which dissipates to a thin foam which last the duration of the drink. Great carbonation also. Aroma is slightly complex with caramel, raisins and some other spicey notes. Color is a very nice dark burgendy. Flavor is a little sweet with some more spice and caramel. More complex that the aroma. Finish is smooth and creamy with a nice alcohol warming. A top quality "scottish ale"?. Deductions though for not being a corked 750.


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