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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2003
A nice light brown pour with a huge head to it. Aroma of toffee, raisins, and clove. A complex balance hits your mouth with estery flavors, malt, and hops balancing out well. Slightly alcoholic on the tongue and kind of a powerful one to drink by yourself.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Brownish appearance with a huge foamy head. Very smooth taste. Spicy and sour fruit flavor which includes a strong caramel presence. Rather thin and creamy mouthfeel. Some evidence of alcohol showing. A nice Belgian but not a great one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2003
How strange ... a sweet and sour almost Scottish brown ale from Belgium. Cloudy brown with a huge foamy head. Sour ale with sweet dark malts. Exremely spice first kick, followed by sour, sweet dark malt, some fruit. Mouth feel is almost puffy due to carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter and only lightly hopped, tannic and dry.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5740) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Brown hue with reddish tint and a huge off-white head. Wet paper sack, spices, fleshy fruits, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, cherry wood, and earthy yeast aroma. Moderate sour/acidic initial taste which warms up with a mild alcohol presence. Sweet malts and aromatic hops lead to a dry and woody finish. Medium-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Well made Belgian brown ale with all the characteristics found in the best of genre (scottish ale my arse). Maybe I'm biased since I lived in the Ardennes region for a year, but I love this beer! Highly Recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Pours a rich, deep, hazed brown with a small tannish white head. Aroma of cinnamon or nutmeg, bittersweet chocolate, and some earthiness. More spice and earthiness on the tongue along with cocoa and slight citrus. Very good. Somewhat more warming than I expected for only 8.5%. Not overpowering, though. Finishes with a bitter spiciness remaining.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Deep mahogony with a huge off white head. Nose of pears, caramel, with a hint of black pepper. Funny musty caramel flavor with some touches of fruit--apples, pears, bananas; medium sweet, some chocolate notes. Slight nutty bitterness in the finish. Relatively thin mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 6, 2003
A dark red, earthy tone that is very murky. It has a frothy and large head with some lacing. The aroma is a light fruity smell with an alcohol touch. It is malty, smooth, and silky. It is fairly complex and dry on the end. There is also a slighty spicy touch. Very enjoyable

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2003
This is kind of a run of the mill Scotch ale. Dark, cloudy reddish brown with a nice glow. The slightly tan head is thick after the pour but fades completely although slowly. A mild bit of peat, wood. Thin but not bad. Not rich enough or enough complex malt to be a good scotch, but it's a easy drinking scotch ale that should go well with mild beef dishes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Clear, ruby-colored ale. Creamy, off-white head. Slightly retaining. The nose is of smoke, alcohol and molasses. The flavor is of caramel, toffee and alcohol. Full-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Short, dry, crisp finish! My favorite style. A very good brew! Just short of world class!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (3905) - Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2003
When this beer was poured into my glass, it had a large tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that was fully diminishing. The body was mostly clear with lively carbonation observed. The nose was that of alcohol and some mild clove. The flavor was spicy and malty and the mouthfeel was tingly along with a burning sensation as it is swallowed.


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