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

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RATINGS: 1271   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
2003 Vintage - Dark ruby, mostly clear body. Big creamy light-tan head. Looks very nice. Lacing is superb. The aroma is coriander, citrus, and thyme. The thyme really comes out in the flavor. Malt backs the spice up, minimal hops. Sweetness is big but not overpowering in any way. The thyme keeps coming back, if you are not a fan of thyme you may not like this one. Sticky body with a decent amount of alcohol in the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2003
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 Rerate, 2004 bottle and served in a La Chouffe tulip: Pretty much the same as before but the taste seem to be more in conjunction and developed, so I increased the Flavor score to 9.-------- review, 2002: Hazy reddish amber hue with big off-white head and good lace. Aroma hinted of thyme, coriander, orange peel, yeast, and malt. Spicy and malty base taste with a minor bitter finish. Dusty and dry yeast tone in the background. Smooth and lush, creamy mouthfeel. Minor alcohol bite towards the completion of tasting. This is a real nice holiday brew, recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Cloudy tea colored, looks weizenbockish. Sour nose, bit peachy, smells a mite like Maudite. Very malty, very good. Wintry, some caramel. Alcohol and sweetness are present at end. Somewhat sugary. Quite smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5337) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2003
2003 vintage. Pours a dark brown with splashes of ruby. Small tan head. Nose is watery cocoa, spice, yeast, and hints of malt. The taste is comprised of fruit, more spice(nutmeg and coriander?), dark chocolate, and perhaps anise. Very carbonated mouthfeel and has that "sharp" feeling associated with it. It finishes decently enough with little bitterness. Pretty good beer!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2002, This poured a mahogany color with a small off whte head and some lacing. Rather weak sweet aroma, which also included some clove spice, and maybe even alittle chocolate. taste was orange, some licorice, certainly spices were noted here. This had a very lively, bubbly mouthfeel. Alcohol warming on the way down.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2003
2003, thyme and curacao peel listed as theme ingredients. Deep brown, head just won't quit. Aroma is spicy, with a hint of wood, maple syrup, and alcohol. Flavors somewhat disjointed. Some orange, herbs, licorice on the finish. Hops wandering around somewhat lost amongst all the flavors as well. Not quite enough malt to balance it out, and the beer still seems sort of closed to me. Fortunate to have a second bottle that will be checked out again in a year, maybe the flavors will have come together better by then.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (6878) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2003
One of the best Christmas-beers. Dark fruit and citrus in the aroma. Flavor ending with a lot of laqurice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2003
2003. Dark plum with a full, lacing head. The aroma is fruity, malty and alcoholic. Orange, cherry, alcohol, caramel, varied spices and candi sugar. A nice, full mouthfeel. The flavor is fairly strong with fruit, alcohol and spice (in that order) taking over. Who brews beer with Thyme? Probably a lot of people, but this is new to me, despite having a '99 bottle two years ago. Very interesting and really quite tasty. I wish they had another when I purchase so I could lay it down and experience aged N'Ice again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2003
Dark amber coloured beer with a big head. Malty, spicy, chalky aroma. Rather bitter malty taste thich with spices. Light bitter finish. A very "nice" beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Pours a dirty amber with a thick foamy head that held nicely and left a nice lacing. Some yeasty floaties in there but to be expected. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and malty with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is pretty much the same. Very warming brew @ 10% and very drinkable. Good brew. Although pricy, but what else is new.


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