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

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RATINGS: 1205   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (623) - CROATIA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle 750 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Pours brown with brown head. Sweet yeasty aroma. Malty sweet flavor with some fruits and alcohol. Some bitterness as well in the end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Virvo (2) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014 does not count
The overall score is a bit higher than the seperate factors because the slightly above avg elements blend very well into a smokey sweet. Basically, if you think Christmas beers aren’t bad, but the elements never excited you, go for this one. I’m subjective because I’m usually not that strong on Christmas beers, but this one ranks among the best. It’s a little heavy on the sweet as with any Christmasbeer, but also heavy on some spices and alcohol mixed through which actually makes the blend better. Heavy isn’t a bad thing here, since everything is ’heavy’ and nothing oversteps, and Christmas beers usually fade into sweetish iron or clove that never lasts way too often. So this one has some balls, kinda fire’ish and spicier alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
njnut (213) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2014
Poured at tasting a brown with small white head and little CO2. I thought this being a strong it would be a harder aroma and taste but it was lighter. Thick bodied with a dark fruit aroma and taste. Yeast in the finish with a cherry note.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HammerTroll (335) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 26, 2014
Dark amber color with a big tan head. Very nice nose, hoppy and fruity. Thick texture, full body, flat carbonation. Aroma is dark fruits, berries, orange, nuts, caramel. Very very nice. (Svijet piva 0,33l bottle)

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (576) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 25, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33Cl. Belle couleur foncée, bière forte avec beaucoup de C02. arômes de chocolat sur la fin.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
budedou (361) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - MAR 24, 2014
pas impressionné par cette chouffe de noel... :( Mais étiquette sympa... :)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (318) - CROATIA - MAR 18, 2014
Hazy reddish brown color, medium sized tan head. Full body, average carbonation. Aroma is full of fruit, raisins, caramel malts, yeast, spices. Taste is medium sweet at first with light herbal hoppiness that follows. Finish is dry. Alcohol is not noticeable. Excellent beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vickey9 (457) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2014
Dark red with a beige head. Nose is dark fruit. Body is full, texture oily and carbon high. Taste is sweet and bitter. Palate is ripe fruits, herbs and chocolate. Semi-sweet finish. B@H

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2672) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle - Brown pour with a foamy tan head. Nose is doughy yeast, whtie grape, bread dough, and dark fruit. Sweet and sugary, but not cloying. Taste is really fruity yeast, raisin, doughy bread, and overripe grape. Boozy and warm on the finish. Medium-bodied and soft--really smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Weezel (174) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Pour is dark and almost ruby port-like. Aroma is there but could be more present. Taste is where it really shines with figs, a faint herbal flavor and a tingly grapes. The finish is super long with lingering dark fruits holding on. Big fan.


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