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


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RATINGS: 1334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A dark brown, fruity, lightly hoppy, sparkling, strong beer and is not pasteurized.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Hazy mahogany colour with a medium tan head. Aroma is big and spicey - nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon - with notes of tart orange rind and yeast. Flavour is robust and complex - we really should’ve had this one earlier in the night, as my palate was on its last legs by this point, and I found it tough to pull flavours out of the mix. It was just big and spicey and warm, and really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (8112) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 First rating.
Draught at The Rover in Gothenburg Sweden, January 6, 2006.
Very nice dark red color and a nice head. Spicy and a bit alcoholi in scent and taste. Nice to warm you up when it’s cold outside.

Second rating, November , 2006.
75 cl bottle
Some Belgian yeast smell, strawberry yogurt and sweet cherry smell. Sugary. Shady red color, tan head. Lots of marzipan and alcohol taste. Too sweet palate. Just too much sugar.

At the ekstedt vintage tasting on December 28, 2012. 2012 (thanks dunbar72) vs 2010 (thanks ekstedt ) vs 2007 (thanks ekstedt ). All from big bottles.
2012 vintage:
Hazy copper to brown color, tan head. Sweet, estery, sugary scent. Sweet, alcohol, sugary, Belgian taste. Alcohol bite. Medium smooth mouthfeel, fairly low bitterness.
2010 vintage:
Hazy dark copper to brown color, tan head. Alcohol and cheese scent. Sweet, apple taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2007 vintage:
Clear brown color, small tan head. Sweet, bubblegum, minty, dirt cellar, maltys cent. Sweet, malty, sugary taste. Dirt cellar aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Again a bit surprised I go for the freshest one as the best one, leaving that score.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2125) - Brescia, ITALY - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Bottled 0,75L at Oberon (Ospitaletto).
Creamy and adherent head, good persistence. Dark reddish color tending to the brown; Enough dark and with a good fizz. Alcoholic and complex aroma; enough winy with overbearing alcoholic notes. Medium pungent taste, dense and liquory. Nicely flowery and spiced but is too much top heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- my bottle. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a good size off-white head. Sweet, sugary aroma of malt, spices and alcohol. Complex flavour of sweet malt, spices, alcohol, brown sugar, citrus and herbs (thyme and the like). Full bodied. Wow, this is a great beer and a pleasant surprise -- fantastic!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2980) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
Shared with blankboy, gregclow, and hogtown harry, thanks for the bottle blankboy. Dark brown, medium bubbly off white/orange head, looks nice. Alcohol, spice, sweet aroma. Wonderful taste! Lots of spice, lots of malt, some alcohol. Full bodied for the style, yet balanced with a perfect amount of carbonation. A near perfect taste for the style. Bloody lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - blankboy’s bottle. Poured cloudy deep red-brown with a solid creamy rocky beige head. Lovely aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and brown sugar/caramel roast malt, yeasty, mild alcohol - it smells like winter, wished there were an open hearth nearby. Flavour is spicy, the malt is sweeter, more candyish (hint of candy cane), still a little roasty, slightly chalky, with some herbal notes, citrus zest and alcohol emerge as it opens up and add a welcome pleasant hint of bitterness to the warm malt linger and finish. Mouthfeel is lively, sweet, sticky and creamy - I love these seasonal belgian strong ales, my ears turn red and I get a big goofy grin on my face.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tenghave (402) - Taastrup, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Købt i Netto for 30 kr. (70 cl. flaske). Øllen er rødbrun med flot brunt skum, der dog ikke holder så længe. Øllen er dejlig afrundet, og den skal nydes ved omkring 10 grader. Eftersmagen varer længe, og er god og varm. Alcohollen dominerer ikke volsomt, men man er ikke i tvivl om at den er stærk. Øllen prøvesmagt 05/2007 efter 1½ års lagring: Øllen er blevet mere afrundet og viniøs - og er stadig en del krydret.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
schuimkroaat (424) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2006
75 cl bottle, ’bbe’ 2009. Very dark cherry red with a dark copper hue, unstable off-white head. A complex spicy sweet nose with every sniff revealing something else: coriander, orange peel, toffee candies, perfumed chocolate, biscuits, plums. The alcohol is not obvious in the smell, but it does tickle the nostrils with its ‘inhaling’ effect. Much more alcohol in the taste, which is otherwise grainy, pretty sharp spicy and bitter; less refined than the aroma. Juicy body, very warming alcoholic finish. Should have more character for this strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 Dark brown, beige head. Complex malty sweet aroma. Malty flavour with christmas spices. Yeast. Banana. Hides the ABV very well. Devine. Xmas 2011: According to my sources, moortgat has changed the recipy for this beer. Hard to tell the difference. Its (still) a very great ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Lou18. Dark hazy brown body witha creamy beige head. (3+) Spicey alcoholic aroam, mild malt and whisps of orange peel. Deep malty flavour base underscores a spiciness aggressively eager to come through. Lightly fruity waves are overshadowed by dominant stereotypically Belgian alcohol character. The booz is prominent but not unpleasant; warming. Fruity Christmasy feel to it. Medium to full bodied palate. Quite nice.

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