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

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RATINGS: 1313   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jyrsa (107) - - DEC 23, 2014
Dark hazy brown with very little head. Nose has fruits, grapes and sour notes. Mouth has sweet malt and dark notes.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BobyFischer (118) - FRANCE - DEC 23, 2014
Bonne bière belge de Noël, assez classique.Douce, corps rond et équilibré, notes de malts modérément grillé (subtiles notes de chocolat, café), teneur en alcool qui réchauffe mais passe complètement inaperçu.Sympa !

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2587) - BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2014
Classic Belgian Christmas ale - and four days before Christmas, the time is right to put this under scrutiny, especially since I haven’t tasted it yet since Achouffe was taken over by Moortgat. Thin but ’natural’ and dense, pale greyish head over a deep wine-red beer, almost clear at first but hazy with deposit. Aroma of cookie dough, coffee grounds, toasted bread, dried plums, chocolate liqueur, baked banana, tea, brandy, coffee grounds, walnuts, butterscotch, quite a lot of iron almost becoming obnoxious, candi sugar, cloves, coriander seed. Taste begins with a reserved sweetness, raisins, dried banana, some candi sugar but not exaggeratedly so, soft and mellow mouthfeel with lowish carbonation as is fit for this style, spicy accents with coriander manifesting itself in a quite dominant way, slick and soft nutty and caramelly malt sweetness, a bit resinous, leading to a finish of yeasty spiciness, leafy hop bitterishness, deep malt sweetness with a slightly roasted touch and heart-warming, brandy-like alcohol which manages to stay gentle; the drying coriander effect also remains. In all, perhaps a bit less sweet and spicy than I remember, but still a very decent and typical Scotch-based Belgian Christmas beer. The iron in the nose did bother me a bit and the coriander could have been a bit less dominant, but this is a good starting point to get to know this very particular style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (74) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 20, 2014
75cl bottle from Erzbierschof. This is indeed a very tasty and easily drinkable beer. The typical features that an outstanding Belgian strong ale would have are only hinted at, but this is easily made up by the fact that it is very smooth and non-aggressive. Definitely a beer I enjoyed.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cobellig (37) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
Kabooom, 10% winter beer, like the other chouffe, you drink as many as you can, with good company and the little dwarf smiles at you.Taste very good and alchool is not directly felt in the mouth, but it is strong!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreamer (120) - PORTUGAL - DEC 18, 2014
Dark brown reddish color. Medium tan and persistent head. Medium carbonation. Full bodied, creamy. Aroma is dark fruits and toffee. Taste is in accordance with more predominance to plums, toffee and some bitterness. Aftertaste is long, sweet and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickFifty (500) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2014
Deep red-brown color, beige head. Fruity nose, yeast, vinous notes, brown sugar, nuts. Ripe fruit taste, yeast, alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
morri (224) - NORWAY - DEC 18, 2014
750ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Asker. Tiny tan head. Reddish brown body. Aroma is toffee, dark fruits and leather. Mostly sweet on the tongue. Very rich taste. Floral bitter aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flatmatt (1176) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2014
On tap at Ashley’s Westland. Dark brown poor with an off-white head. Butterscotch, toffee, malty aroma. Flavor dominated by butterscotch, toffee, lightly toasted malt. Something’s off here. Didn’t work too well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (922) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2014
Pours a dark brown, topped with tan colored head. Sweet and yeasty aroma with some nuts. Malty sweet flavor with some fruits and alcohol.


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