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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2892) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
Slightly cloudy ruby-brown colour with a moderate tan head. Malty, spicey aroma. Flavours of caramel malt & brown sugar with a slightly medicinal tang and a warm finish. Thanks to jercraigs.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8636) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
Ruby red colour and different spice than the regular La Chouffe from this Brasserie. Appearance and taste of a top Belgium, from aging. Taste more from malt and carmel sweetness, corriander and pepper, but then a Good hop kick aftertaste. Acidity just demands food. Thanks Jercraigs.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2004 Dark ruby brown body with a healthy off white head. Aroma is either muted or my nose is malfunctioning. Bit of sweet malt. Nice mouthfeel, lots of sweet maltiness and a touch of yeast in the flavour. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish. Very nice beer but not mindblowing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Poured a medium brown with a huge brown head. Tiny particles. Malty with spicy aroma. Sweet tasting. Tastes of caramel, brown sugar and spices. The tastes and aroma came out as the beer warmed up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Clear, cherry reddish appearance, good head formation. Malty, wody, biscuity aroma. Mild biscuity palate, dry, moderately spiced, moderate fruitiness. Slight hoppy bite towards the end.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
crazyvin (1940) - New York, USA - JUL 8, 2004
kind of disappointing, actually very disappointing. It poured a clear brown clor with a nice brown head. Aroma was very earthy like, no hops or fruit like notes at all. Taste was bland mostly malts with a slight apricot taste. It missed a distingtive smokiness to it and it missed hops, boy did it miss hops. It was heavy on the stomach and had a full feeling in the mouth

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2004
The beer after disassociating itself from the 750ml dark green bottle sets in the glass a brilliantly clear brown color with a semi-creamy tan head piled high on the body, lace a thick and sticky sheet to obscure the glass. The aroma of yeast, hops, sweet malt, a bit of peat smokiness, all rolled up into one, crisp and fresh, the start is inconspicuous in its sweetness, the malts plentiful and the top fair to middling in its feel to the palate. The finish is unrelenting in its acidity, the hops pleasing it their spicy presence, quite dry aftertaste and a fine drinking beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 Re-rate Bottled version offers even more goodness. This is as much an Abbey Dubbel as a Scotch Ale, as the plums and figs come out from aroma ’til the end. The pepper spiciness and carbonation keep it lively. <O> On tap. Very interesting forest-like aroma in this brew. The appreanace is golden brown, with a fluffy white head. There is something that I am struggling to place in the taste here, something like pine nuts. Overall, on sheer uniqueness alone (smoked malts without the dryness) we have a winner.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Poured from tap into a thistle. Large white head, deep ruby color. I didn’t smell much, but it didn’t smell bad. It was sweet at first with a tinge of acidity in the very middle of my tounge that I wasn’t expecting. It stays subtly sweet through the finish and smooth and creamy throughout. I was expecting to taste more hops, but they were understated. I got no hint of the alcohol, which was nice. The finish took on a slightly eucalyptus flavor which was unique, but I thought the finish overall could have lasted longer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2004
750mL bottle. Best before end of 2006. Pours a dull, light brown, some red hints and a lighter yellow hue. Bottle conditioned, but still mostly clear. Aroma of dry toffee, barley grain, dry musty blankets, and some cinnamon-like spice. Flavor starts out dull and dry, with a classic caramel malt, some lightly peppery spice. As it warms, it picks up some lightly sweet fruit flavors (cherries, dates, prunes), though it is still quite dry, and very subtle. Dosent seem to really get terribly interesting. Just a straight up well brewed scotch ale.


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