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


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RATINGS: 1202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2003
Quite bitter, low carbonation. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. A nice winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
1/2/03: bottle. nice thick rocky head with left over lacing. deep red copper colour. small hints of orange in the nose with some yeast. malty flavor, with an ever so slight after taste of granulated sugar (the sugar taste is no longer evident after the beer warms.) extra appearance pts for cute label. 2002 vintage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
2002 vintage: Deep brown body with a thick, creamy tan head. Some rockiness and lacing. Aromas of oranges and malt. Very malty backbone of a taste with a bit of a hop aftertaste. Alcochol is apparent and warming. Well carbonated to help with the high alcohol (balance). Might pick up another bottle and cellar it along with my Bells Old Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Glossy dark amber brown pour with a medium head. Strong mix of spice-rack aromas. Decent mix of flavorings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
This was my New Year’s Eve beer, served in a champagne glass of course. A pretty good way to end the year! Pours a dark reddish-brown with a medium thin light beige head. Lacing is pretty good. Aroma of herbs and berries. Flavor is a rich medley of fruit, alcohol and a little malt. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Deep red/brown body with an everlasting light tan head. Cherries and dark fruits, lightly caramel. Citrus appeared mainly in the mostly dry finish along with other peppery spices. Was smoother and thicker on tap than in the bottle. Alcohol was not tasted in either version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chouffe (8) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2002 does not count
Highly recommend laying this down for a bit. Bottle I had was 5 yrs old. Alcohol does not overwhelm as much in nose and on palate. Tremendous fruity overtones: apricots, blackberries, bananas. Gentle carbonation. Wonderful, slightly yeasty, clean finish. A winter warmer for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 2006 bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark orange-brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of clove, raisin, orange peel, toffee, brown sugar, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. One of my fave winter/xmas brews. Rich and delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Very frothy brew with slight fruit nose. I was apprehensive about the thyme, but was very pleased with the unique blending of subtle flavors. The alcohol bite was pleasant in the finish. I have since bought several more bottles and think it is a very fine beer to enjoy on a chilly evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2003 ITS alive...the thick, creamy, frothy, bubbley, vibrating and climbing head arose from the shy cloudy red..subtle cherry tartness climbed through the nose as well as some farmhouse mustiness and mildew and many a dust cloud..a wet basement awaits you..fermented overripe cherries and squishy grapes with the sugar sucked away..and dusted with chalk..dark fruits, mustiness, dustiness, oldness, almost elderly in its complexity..almost like inhaling spraypaint and chewing a cherry now-n-later

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