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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1280   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Alcohol nose and flavoring. Tastes like a Belgian with a bit of spice at the end. Quite light in substance for a Belgian.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1224) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Nearly opaque brown body, with a huge chunky tan head. Aroma heavy on the candy sugar, spicy with notes orange peel and yeast. Flavor is intensely sweet and characteristic of a dark Belgian. Somewhat estery and peppery. Palate is smooth and carbonated, with a warm, dry alcohol finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2004
2003 vintage. Poured deep red-brown with a creamy medium light tan head leaving nice lacing on the glass. Aroma had a touch of orange peel, yeast and dark sweet fruit. Flavor was classic Belgian Strong, with a yeasty, bready beginning leading to fruit development and perhaps a hint of cherry in the aftertaste, supplemented by a touch of orange peel and alcohol in the finish. Sweet and fairly complex, but not among the best examples of the style; there is nothing groundbreaking or innovative about this beer, but it is still tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4275) - Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Bottle '02. This beer formed a small sized head with fine sized bubbles. The body was murky with a brown hue. The nose was malty, somewhat hoppy, sweet and fruit notes (orange?). The flavor was malty, spicy and alcohol. The mouthfeel was a little tingly and smooth. This was a medium bodied beer that had fair lacing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2004 750 ml bottle, shared with MartinT, Rastacouere, and Simon_Patrice. Very dark brown, nearly opaque, medium to large head. Potent, pungeant barnyardy-spicy (thyme) nose. Medium sweetness, lightly acidic, thyme and orange flavors, very well-balanced, light and effervescent and drinkable. Wonderful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Ruby berries riding bubble rockets...Dry thyme raining on port wine lakes...Barley winish caramel malt and herbal hop bitterness sign off this hefty winter celebration...This ages beautifully, as was proved recently by a 3-year-old 2004 bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Deep dark brown with a big off-white head, quickly fading. Big spicy aroma of cloves, thyme, cinnamon, a little hay-ish and definitely on the sweet take (caramel, toffee) with light notes of alcohol. Taste is more of the same original spiciness, very smooth altogether. I swear you taste the barley in there, siding sweet chocolate and candyish toffee. How belgians manage to balance their beers to avoid being cloying through spices keeps me in total awe. Slightly alcoholic finish. Creamy medium body, rather carbonated. Good, but I still prefer their Chouffe and McChouffe, so it’s a mild disappointment.
Resample many months later. I still don’t see this as my favorite achouffe product, but I liked it more than the first time, having this last version 1yr and a half older than the last one. Nice parsley and herbal flavors. Great flavor integration. Doesn’t get overly sweet, nice spicy bitterness. Soft mouthfeel. Rising from 3.7 to 3.9.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Aroma: slight medicine smell, with fresh, sweet smells of the ocean. also a slightly fishy/fruit scent.
Appearance: Dark chocolate brown.
Flavor: Slightly carbonated flavors of chocolate malts. also, thick, alcoholic, roasted malt flavors with kind of a oak/woodsy aftertaste.
Palate: carbonated, but smooth. can feel the thick alcohol flowing across the tongue. a very warm, fulfilling sensation.
Overall: an interesting beer; i'm lacking words to describe this one in detail and feel it is hard to properly do it justice unless experienced on a first-hand basis. quite unique.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Nice dark opaque color, almost black. the cura. peel is evident in the aroma, malts, hops. The flavoris very sweet and alcoholic. the fruit is very pervasive in the flavor, the belgian banana is most certainly there. The finish is somewhat bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Deep brown, almost close to black. Has an aroma consisting of bananas, alcohol, dark malts and some spices. Very stong flavor of alcohol consumes the mouth, though at the end of the drink and through the finish there is a pleasent roasted fruit and flower quality similar to a dubbel. Overall, quite strong, but very flavorful.


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