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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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2002
too young. Seems rather light and unorganized. Left me feeling somewhat empty in the end. I have another bottle for the cellar. I’ll re-rate in 2005

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5127) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2004 Served too cold, but thats my own damn fault - Cloudy brown, with a thick, sand colored head. Freshly mowed grass and brown sugar on the nose. Malty sweet at start, and then some peppary hops. Long, dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Tap, Falling Rock Tap House, Denver. Light sweet liquorice aroma. Dark sweet malt flavor. Strong liquorice flavor. Off dry, slightly astringent finish. Straightforward.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Deep brown, fairly clear with a medium head. Deeply malty, underwhelming aroma. No apparent alcohol aromas or flavors. Caramel, brown sugar and some oaky notes. A little thin with a short lived finish. Just on the cusp of acheiving greatness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (10138) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Smells of chocolate. Chocolate/earthy/malty flavor, bitter finish. People, although its the Belgian version of a scotch ale, its a belgian ale through and through.

3.2
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2004
Sampled from draught at Danish Beer Festival 2004 (#59).
Hazy amber beer with no head. Aroma is sharp spicy and malty, tones of pepper and alcohol. Flavor is also malty and spicy with pepper and coriander notes. Too sharp and not very complex.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Bottle: reddish brown, little head. malty, nutty with a nice medium body. Really dry finish. Actually a bit boring. Some maple notes as it gets warm.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
Tasted in San Francisco while here at a conference. Obtained from PlumpJacks Noe location. Unfortunately, I had to rate this one in one of those hotel bathroom glasses. Appearance is reddish brown, with a medium sustained white head that laces the glass well. Aroma is sweet, with hints of caramel and candied sugar. Initially the flavour had a metallic taste. The metallic taste eventually subsided after several sips. Flavour is somewhat muted and not as charaterisitcally intense as I would have expected. Very subtle hints of sweetness, malt, slight yeasty presence and spice.


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