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


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RATINGS: 1215   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Orange/amber color with a moderate light tan, lasting head. Spicy yeast, orange and malt aromas. Very herbal in flavors, with light white pepper, sage and thyme. Malt backs up the spiciness, along with a touch of dark sugar dryness. A bit young, maybe, but quite fulfilling now. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19383) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2003 Bottled. 2002 version sampled in february 2003. Reddish brown with rich head. Hugely malty and sweet with big toffee flavour. Syrupy mouthfeel, highly carbonated. Lightly estery and yeasty. Got potetntial, but feels too young

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Gladly not an overactive belgian ale. Firm and steady carbonation. The nose is mainly spicy with a hint of orange marmalade and candi sugar. The finish is long and spicy (thyme).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Chocolate, licorice, wood and dark fruits in the aroma. Sweet, creamy, malty palate. Smooth milk chocolate coats the palate, while a citric spice in the finish provides good balance. Fair alcohol warmth in the finish without ever appearing too strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a foamy light tan head that left circular lace. A good deal of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and raisins. A flavor of malt, toffee and raisins with hint of other spices. A finish that is a touch bitter and has the warming aspect of the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 ***Re-rate***2003 Bottle... This has aged well. Smells a lot like like Westy 8; tastes much like Rochefort 10... IMO! Upgrage from 3.8 to 3.9...***2002 bottle... I was going to save this bottle for at least a year, but fuck it. It’s very cold outside, I’m sitting in front of a warm fire watching a good movie with the woman of my dreams and my two favorite hockey teams just skated to a 1-1 tie (Caps and Habs). I’m celebrating! The aroma is malty, soapy and yeasty with notes of winter spices, dark bread and just a whisper of toffee, red wine and warm alcohol. The high ABV is incognito. This ale is a nice, sparkling clear, amber hue with a copper tint. Large, frothy beige head leaving cool lacework. Mostly, but not fully, diminishing... much like my several thousand shares of WorldCom stock. If only... well, I’d be a wealthy man, but nevermind that. The flavor is malty and vineous up front with a burst of caramel and dark fruit. Well-balanced with plenty of spice, hops and alcohol on the backside. Just the least bit pungent and bitter with small notes of cinnamon, clove and honey butter. The candy sugar breaks through, but only slightly. Full-bodied with a fizzy & oily mouthfeel and heavy carbonation. Long, warm, alcoholic and somewhat dry finish. Slightly woodsy. This bottle could have used another year of aging, but a very fine, spiced dubbel just the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3468) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2002 bottle -- Red-orange color with a thin beige head (I decanted it slowly) that lasted all the way down the glass. Complicated nose with musty sweet yeast and spice. I noticed the bitter orange peel mostly with strong spice compliments. Alcohol well hidden and very tasty belgian beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10210) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2003
Big foamy head. Beautiful ruby dark color. Aroma has coffee and licorice. Malty flavor with lots of licorice and cinnamon. Strong alcohol burn. Long licorice and cinnamon finish. A very nice beer with just a bit too much herbs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2003
2002: Yummy. ok i will say more. my nose is plenty busy trying to pull in all of the wonderful aromas involved in this beer. there is a hint of orange in the nose that makes it defferent from any other beers that i have tried recently. as it warmed up more the thyme did start to show itself, but show itself slowly. the flavor is very complicated as well, lots of malt spices and fruit. the orange and the thyme mix well with the alcohol. the aftertaste has hints of hops and then more sweet fruityness. my only real problem with the beer is the carbonation, as with most belgians it is very highly carbonated and i wish that this beer would be flatter and fuller bodied so that the flavors would roll around in my mouth more rather than dancing across my togue like crazy modern dancers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
2002: Malty, complex nose. Very nice mouthfeel. Decent helping of candy sugar. Sweet and "hot" flavors and senses. Thyme in the foreground, bitter orange peel in the background. Bitter finish. Thyme seems to blend well behind the alcohol, but it's presence is much too noticeable. 1999, in comparison (aged 3 years): Maltier, sweeter, much less spicy (Thyme is in the background more) and it has a gentler carbonation. Unfortunately, it seems to have a fruity, "cardboard-like" nose, with "boxed-fruit" flavors, however you want to take that. While I enjoyed both, I didn't have a favorite; kind of liked some elements from each... and could've done without some elements of each. Either way, pretty good stuff, I'm just being critical.

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