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


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RATINGS: 1346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Dark brown with perfect pillow head. Aroma is sweet malt with an underpinning of very slightly sour Belgian yeast. Flavor is malty, with a touch of earthiness and Belgian yeast character. Could have been a hair more complex, but quite satisfying overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Pours a very dark purple with lots of carbonation and a medium sized light tan head. Aroma of banana, peaches and clove. The taste is surprisingly hoppy with orange peel and a bitterness at the end that reminded me of drinking a Coke. Lots of lacing. Belgium continues to amaze me with their variety.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2004
Dark mahogany color with a good head and lacing, just right for the style. Enough carbonation to keep my chimay glass busy with it’s bubblicious column of aromomatic generation. The aroma has is lightly malty like a scotch but has a definate belgian quality to it. A bit of sweet malts and vinous hops. The flavor has a good amount of alcohol with some dark malts and tart toffee. Finishes very belgian with some bottle conditioned yeasyness and a little tart kick. Not too bad, unique scotch for sure though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2004
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 Cool label. Big head, little aroma. Tastes a bit like a dunkel or Vienna? Really tasty beer, malty sweetness, bit of an astringent and nutty finish. My favorite brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Foam tried to escape out the top of the bottle upon opening, but I was too quick. Pours with a massive head which settles to a nice head of foam. Nice clear dark brown with lots of red highlights. This bottle was nearly two years old and the characteristic Achouffe yeast phenolics have gone a lot leaving an mild appley, herbal aroma with some Indian food smell. Light bodied and lightly malty with some toast and a spicy (pepper) flavour. It’s fairly nice with no faults but never really grabbed me. I’ve got another bottle aging as per Oakes’ recommendation but I don’t hold out much hope for greatness.
Aged bottle - BB 05, drank Jul 05: Gushed pretty seriously. Great looking beer too. Dunno that it had changed all that much. There was a very nice fruity element in there, and the typical McChouffe herbal stuff. It wasn’t any worse for the aging, but I don’t think it really gained anything.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2004
Cloudy beer, big brownish white head. Spiced but sweet flavor leaning towards the malt. Not much hint of the high alcohol flavor, which seems scary to me since I've only found these in 750mL bottles lol

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sassy (217) - Mullet Capital of the World, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2004
Aroma is borderline offensive in my opinion, but then again that could be because of the new nasal-clearing tactic I picked up from wunderbier (sniffing the pits...hehe). Clear brown Flavor is better, though a bit thin, with nuts and sweet caramel...had no idea it has an 8.5 ABV...Dangerous! LOL

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
Pours a cloud reddish brown, a nice big off-white head. The aroma is sweet, spices. Malty flavour with caramel notes, recedes to a finish of grassy, snow-pea hops. Lively carbonation, yet smooth and full bodied. Good beer. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2004
4/14/04: Bottle.
Garnet body with an almond colored head. Some lacing. Top has patches of froth. Nose has a large alcohol smell, followed by raisins and spice. Semi-sweet malt taste. Flavor is quite interesting, with notes of caramel and spice. Nicely carbonated with a delicate mouthfeel. Alcohol taste is hidden fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2004
Red orange in color with a nice head. Really good beer. Spicey aroma. Alcohol not noticeable. Easy to drink Great beer. Malty.

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