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

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common

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RATINGS: 1335   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Brown color, with a rather large, tan head. Aroma is fruity, with banana, spice and malt. Flavor starts out sweet, with dark fruit and spice coming thru the most. There is hops there as well. Aging may help this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2004
2003. 750 ml bottle. Reddish brown, and clear, tan. Nice lasting head. Musty fruit aroma, and hoppy. Sharp and hoppy flavor. Thin and thick. Malty. Enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2004
2003 750 ml Bottle. A leftover from last year. I think that it may be worth cellaring this another year. Reddish brown, clear, tan lasting "Nice" head. Aroma of sharp cheese, musty fruit, and hops. Flavor is sharp and hoppy. Thin and thick at the same time. Malty, yet the alcohol thins tha palate. Suprised by the extreme hops in this one, especially after a year.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Almost red in color with hardly a head (6 oz serving). Aroma is fruity, malty and sweet. Taste is some dried fruits, cinamon & pepper and malt. Not too sweet, balanced and medium bodied. Interesting and complex.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2004
My first "Christmas" beer of the season, and a damn fine one at that. Pours great turbid dark brown with a medium, off-white head. Aroma of malt, barnyard, similar to Westy 12. Tastes malty, with great complexity and balance, and a slightly dry finish. I detected spices, florals, citrus, and dark fruits in the taste. A world class beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Poured brown with a decent head. Good aroma consisting of fruit, malt, caramel and vanilla. Flavor had all those components plus a little spiciness. Very good, especially for the winter months.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Bottle. Yeasty and spicy, lovely aroma. Interesting flavor. Thyme, lemon, a little hoppy in finish. Yeasty light palate and delicious flavors.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7085) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
From the 2002 bottling. This dark amber beer pours with a tall lacy tan long-lasting head, eliciting a pleasant malty aroma. There is a concomitant strong malt flavor with a chocolate finish. As the beer warms, various spice flavors become apparent. In my opinion, this is the best brew from Achouffe.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - OCT 4, 2004
(Bottle) Pale brown, orange shine, hazy colour, large and long lasting yellowish head, with a lot of yeast is floating in the bottle. Sweet malty aroma, caramel, fruity (figs, candied fruit), light licorice. Taste is sweet, malty and fruity, licorice aftertaste. Smooth, thick texture, medium to full body, alcohol well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
Terrific brown ale in the strong style. The extra spices do make a bit of difference in the resulting flavor, but it’s a pretty straightforward brown/strong ale. Probably better after aging a bit, although there’s no cork in the bottle so I was wary of extended aging. I liked it better the first time; the second time it was a bit more alcoholic tasting, but in a bad way (I tried it on different days).


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