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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A dark brown, fruity, lightly hoppy, sparkling, strong beer and is not pasteurized.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
auderale (605) - Minot, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Dark cherry red pour with small white head. Sweet, slight orangish aroma. A little spicy flavor. Better than I expected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2006
"Poured a cloudy broan amazing fluffy long lasting lacing head. Aroma was spices and dark fruit. Flavor was candy sugar spices dark fruits. The alcohol wasn’t hidden in this at all. "

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2006
1996: Pour is dark amber with a tight bubbled tan head...smell is warm and malty and spicy with lots of corriander or clove...taste was nice and sweet with lots of fruit...alcohol still apparent, but slightly oxidized...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2006
On tap at The Kulminator, Antwerp. First beer here on the Friday (came back the following day) and whilst I was wading through the beer list, I had a draught beer just to keep me going. Deep copper/amber colour with lasting beige head. Choc/coffee and dark fruit aroma. But also quite fresh. Some spice and heat in mouth, slightly raisiny on end. Slight rubber on finish too.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Light brown color with a huge off-white head that lasts and lasts. Excellent lacing throughout. Hazy body with small floaties. Moderately malty aroma with light bread notes along with apple and allspice notes. Moderately sweet flavor from start to finish with more hints of apple and spice. Full bodied with fairly soft carbonation. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Hazy mahogany colour with a medium tan head. Aroma is big and spicey - nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon - with notes of tart orange rind and yeast. Flavour is robust and complex - we really should’ve had this one earlier in the night, as my palate was on its last legs by this point, and I found it tough to pull flavours out of the mix. It was just big and spicey and warm, and really good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7415) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 First rating.
Draught at The Rover in Gothenburg Sweden, January 6, 2006.
Very nice dark red color and a nice head. Spicy and a bit alcoholi in scent and taste. Nice to warm you up when it’s cold outside.
7/4/7/3/13=3.4

Second rating, November , 2006.
75 cl bottle
Some Belgian yeast smell, strawberry yogurt and sweet cherry smell. Sugary. Shady red color, tan head. Lots of marzipan and alcohol taste. Too sweet palate. Just too much sugar.
6/2/4/2/7=2.1

Rerate
At the ekstedt vintage tasting on December 28, 2012. 2012 (thanks dunbar72) vs 2010 (thanks ekstedt ) vs 2007 (thanks ekstedt ). All from big bottles.
2012 vintage:
Hazy copper to brown color, tan head. Sweet, estery, sugary scent. Sweet, alcohol, sugary, Belgian taste. Alcohol bite. Medium smooth mouthfeel, fairly low bitterness.
7/4/7/4/15=3.7
2010 vintage:
Hazy dark copper to brown color, tan head. Alcohol and cheese scent. Sweet, apple taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
6/4/6/3/12=3.1
2007 vintage:
Clear brown color, small tan head. Sweet, bubblegum, minty, dirt cellar, maltys cent. Sweet, malty, sugary taste. Dirt cellar aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
8/3/7/3/14=3.5
Again a bit surprised I go for the freshest one as the best one, leaving that score.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2056) - Brescia, ITALY - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Bottled 0,75L at Oberon (Ospitaletto).
Creamy and adherent head, good persistence. Dark reddish color tending to the brown; Enough dark and with a good fizz. Alcoholic and complex aroma; enough winy with overbearing alcoholic notes. Medium pungent taste, dense and liquory. Nicely flowery and spiced but is too much top heavy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (5797) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- my bottle. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a good size off-white head. Sweet, sugary aroma of malt, spices and alcohol. Complex flavour of sweet malt, spices, alcohol, brown sugar, citrus and herbs (thyme and the like). Full bodied. Wow, this is a great beer and a pleasant surprise -- fantastic!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
Shared with blankboy, gregclow, and hogtown harry, thanks for the bottle blankboy. Dark brown, medium bubbly off white/orange head, looks nice. Alcohol, spice, sweet aroma. Wonderful taste! Lots of spice, lots of malt, some alcohol. Full bodied for the style, yet balanced with a perfect amount of carbonation. A near perfect taste for the style. Bloody lovely.


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