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


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RATINGS: 1330   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6995) - 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.

   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.

   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).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 18, 2004
Rich clear mahogany w/thick off white head. Fresh malt , peachy, toffee, cream, carmel, vanilla....wow! med mouthfeel, with a lingering sweet finish. Carmel malt, sweet, candy!, and cherry flavors. Soft yet rich! Wow!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2004
2003 Vintage: Rich dark brown color with a large puffy tan head with thick, clumpy lacing. Dry musky malt aroma with a mild spiciness to it. Body starts rich and sweet with plenty of Belgian malt and some milk chocolate, giving way to the thyme and citrus. Smooth and nicely spiced and it hides its alcohol very well. A nice winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2004
2003 Edition This is my first stab at his brew in quite some time. The last "dead soldier" I have is of the 1999 version, but probably purchased in 2001, and the differences are that that one called itself a barleywine on the label, and this one advertises itself as an "ale brewed with thyme and coriander peel." The descriptions on the back label are slightly different, but this new one calls itself a "winter warmer", not a barleywine. Deep, dark reddish brown color, with a prodigious, creamy tan head, fluffy, bilious. overwhelming. Aroma: airy, nutty, spicy, but sadly subdued, at least not providing what I was expecting, though I continued to enjoy it before taking a taste. Fruity, spicy, a wonderful marriage of flavors, richly malted, brilliantly hopped, full of dark fruit (grapes, cherries, plums), various spices, utterly tasty, happily helped by the orange in the mix. Very sublime, very subtle. Full-bodied, full-flavored, wiuth spice and fruit awarding your good taste at every sip. Nice finish, nice texture...just beautiful... Highly recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Okay, but I think a little too fruity (tasting) for me to ever have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9396) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Poured a reddish brown with an off white head. Aromas of raisins, plums, spices and sugar. Tastes of molasses, spices, sugar, alcohol and dark fruits. Sweet. An OK winter beer.

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