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


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RATINGS: 1439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjik83 (805) - - NOV 14, 2014
33cl flesje via Jumbo, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 8% Uitgeschonken in origineel La Chouffe glas Uiterlijk: donkerbruin met kleine luchtige schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: caramel, donker fruit, zuurtje, bitterzoet Conclusie: lekkere dubbel van het kabouterjesbier uit de Ardennen ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diabobale (271) - Vallata, SUD ITALIA, ITALY - NOV 11, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2015 Una buona belgian strong ale. Di colore carico, buona schiuma, malti caramellati, leggero sentore di spezie sul finale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Teran (112) - Belgrade, SERBIA - NOV 5, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 When you see rings of foam on the glass, that’s it! In mahogany color, caramelized plums and toffee, little bit thin but strong, which is interesting sometimes when we are talking about brown ale. Newcastle Brown Ale in higher class! In Belgrade fine shops it is possible to find it regularly. Tried in Belgian chalice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Percy0103 (241) - MEXICO - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle, 330ml. A beautiful dark mahogany beer with a medium size frothy head. It has a strong aroma of alcohol, roasted malt, caramel and spices. Taste is bitter and reminds me of toasted chestnusts. Smooth character. It has faint carbonation and considerable astringency. Strong alcoholic aftertaste, yet it doesn’t feel overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbtallguy (145) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
in fles van 33cl. Donkerbruin van Kleur met een mooie dichte schuimkop. Hop / fruitig van smaak. Koolzuurrijk.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
sbron (241) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
33cl bottle at home. Brown color. White head. First impression : bubble, slightly bitter, slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (2928) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2014
The dark counterpart of the famed La Chouffe, since 1987. Served from a 75 cl bottle with crown cap (no cork) in the iconic Chouffe tulip glass, this shows a pale beige, creamy head consisting of minute bubbles and leaving good lacing; the colour is a hazy dark burgundy with rusty hue. Aroma has a kind of ’purity’ combining maltiness with noble hoppiness, and after warming up the familiar Belgian estery fruitiness also comes along, but in an elegant and balanced way. I get impressions of indeed the subtle gale which is apparently effectively used, ripe pears and peaches, bitter chocolate, caramel, red apple, dried orange peel, walnuts, dried banana, brown sugar, grass, cake, cinnamon, red berries, earth, fresh sage, coffee with milk, nutmeg. Taste of dried fruits with some subtle citrussy freshness, strong and tingling carbonation, smooth, caramelly maltiness shows up first, nutty as well, turning a bit more chocolatey in the end and eventually moving into a subtle, gentle, elegant coffee-like roasted bitterishness, while retronasally all kinds of fruity esters and spicy phenols play along; a bit bready, coriander is there, but the ethereal sweetish gale dominates; not much more is added in the finish, which primarily consists of lingering bittersweet maltiness, the mild coffee grounds effect and a leafy, herbal hop bitterishness. The alcohol, though considerable, remains remarkably well hidden. This is a well crafted winter beer, perhaps not very outstanding or exceptional at first sight, but very well balanced, without noticeable flaws, and hiding its ABV remarkably well. I came to like it more after this objective and meticulous tasting session. In terms of style, I can accept ’Belgian strong ale’ (though I’d break up this meaningless category in different substyles), but have a look at the label: the familiar leprechaun is dressed here in tartan, clearly this ale was and is intended to be a Scotch, so why not classify it as such? In fact: this is one of the last remaining Belgian ales which - to a certain extent - explicitly advertizes its intentions of being a Scotch, whereas so many others, especially the dark winter and Christmas ales, are seemingly ashamed of admitting to belong to this particular style, which was so prominent in Belgium some fifty years ago. But that is another story.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (983) - Belgrade, SERBIA - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle 0.33l at Samo Pivo Belgrade Serbia.Pour it dark reddish color with small white head.Taste and aroma of blueberry, plum, candy sugar, Belgian Yeast.Taste is sweet and little bit juicy sour.Good balanced ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yy0pp (774) - - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color with offwhite head. Aroma - Fruits, hops, flowers. Caramel taste with some plums.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
leebotton (280) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
Reddish brown beer, poured clear with a noisy off-white head. Rich malty aroma of semi-dried fruit with booziness to make you cough. Flavour is of a light belgian yeast with prune or date juice but more watery. Mouthfeel is a little thin but overall very good with a refined flavour typical of a high end belgian strong dark ale.

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