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

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common

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RATINGS: 1441   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (739) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2014
It is cloudy and dark brown in color. Through the murky body lots of visible carbonation can be seen rising up to the thick tan head above. This thick tan head has a dusting of darker brown yeast that looks like it was sprinkled with cinnamon. The retention is excellent and it leaves lots of cool lace rings and patterns. The aroma is very big and pleasant. It has wonderful sweet bready a fruity maltiness with sour, funky and earthy yeast. It has a deep rich malty character with notes of rich sweet breads, some dark sweet fruits, and sour cherries. It also has a defiant Belgian yeast influence as well, with some funky, dusty, earthy notes. (All in good balance) Also in good balance are the hop notes which are kind earthy and floral. They bring a good balance of hop bitterness to the finish which is a prefect mix of all complexity. The palate has a smooth firmness with a very lively and active yet gentle carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cobellig (38) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Nice pimped up version of the normal chouffe, drinks very nice yet alchool is present, tasty, medium body, medium brown.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2008
750ml green bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a slightly hazy copper-brown with a good inch of light tan head. Smells fruity - grape, cherry, citrus - with hints of caramel, chocolate, and smoke. Tastes fruity also, with strong roasty chocolate and caramel, with hints of peatiness. Slight alcohol warming toward the finish, though it is less noticeable with the vigorous carbonation. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Very very drinkable and extremely tasty. Nothing wrong with this one IMO. One of the best Belgian darks I’ve had in quite some time.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cmc619 (492) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle foamed over when I opened it. Maybe because it was in my backpack for a bit. Poured into slim goblet style glass. Nice seafoam-esque head. Superb, intricate lacing. Aroma is red wine--I might actually mistake it blind--like a very spicy and hot cabernet. Some dark fruits and a lot of alcohol. Perfect serving temperature--probably high 40s to low 50s F. Flavor is rich, sweet, thick, dark fruits, with a matching mouthfeel--yet somehow, the palate stays light and bouncy. A touch of bitter at the finish, but more alcohol heat. Finish is long, wet, and flavorful. This is a beer for kings. Just fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (835) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle picked up at Zyn Calgary. Pours a dark with red hue and a lpretty large khaki head. Smells spicy, but mainly swett caramel. Great lacing. Tastes so sily smooth, caramel and bitter. Great, will revisit.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Mc Chouffe is a cloudy raspberry brown ale with clumps of yeast swirling around in it. It has a huge head that leaves great lacy foam on the glass. Foam started blasting from the bottle after I opened it. There are herbs and bread in the aroma, along with something tropical like melon and a note of phenol. It’s pretty full bodied and super soft with a dry, chewy finish. It’s almost a hint sweet with a spicy herbal bitterness. The malt is thick, like caramel. It tastes earthy and perhaps slightly resiny. The slight sweetness stays steady as the juniper-like bitterness grows. Both flavors linger for a while after the swallow. There’s almost a hint of anise and some sort of herbal tea. This is a real treat to drink: Well balanced, flavorful and interesting.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sergelutaba (67) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
Lovely wooden brown in color with a medium fading lightly tanned head. Develops aromas of basement and dust, yeast and hints of roasted malts. Fizzy on the tongue building up a slick bit thin texture but which develops some mouthwatering bitterness. The roast pertains on the palate but which is not unpleasant, far from it, it actually adds to the finish and makes the body. Amazing beer!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
kbudd19 (828) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
So my bottle is set to expire in 2013...meaning this thing is old, and what can I say..wow...just..wow... nice malty sweetness up front, very smooth on the way down. I think the age has done this one well

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonshawn (541) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Tap in tulip at Masons in Minneapolis . Brown with thick frothy head. Nice fruity aroma. Dark fruit with some funk. Very smooth . Finishes warm. Not the best chouffe, but still excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
assousa (17) - - DEC 20, 2014
Cerveja escura maravilhosa! Muito aromática e saborosa!!!!!!!


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