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

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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
75cl bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown body with a tan head that completely dies. Sweet and spicy aroma with caramel, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Flavor is simailar; very sweet with spices dominating. Cinnamon and vanilla. Full and creamy body. Almost too sweet to drink the whole bottle, but good to sip on a glass with dessert.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TorbenH (908) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. Large light brown head, mostly lasting. Red/Brown color. Heavy roasted malty aroma. Sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1350) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2007
75 cL bottle at Poechenellekelder. Nice, tall, tan head atop the dark brown beer. Caramelized dark fruits in the aromatics, some spices. Quite sweet, as a light dose of bitterness kicks in with the medium carbonation and touch of rum. Quite tasty and warming, like a Christmas beer ought to be. Got one aging in my cellar, I wonder if it will survive the holidays.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Sampled at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul. 2006 Limited edition (75 cl) pours a semi-hazy caramel amber brew with a fast dissolving creamy off-white head that reveals a creamy ring. Aroma of caramel malt, light dark berries, and a touch of holiday spice. Taste is smooth, creamy, medium to full bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of brown sugar, caramel malt and a touch of berries. Finish is a bit high alcohol with a sweet caramel and berry aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Poured from a 22oz bomb. Nice dark murky brown with a very thin white head. Aromas of sweetness of caramel malt, berries and slight spice. Smooth on the palate with a little carbonation. Very good sweet malt and yeast. Negligible alcohol. Very nice easy drinking brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2007
Heavy hoppy aroma. Huge frothy light brown head. Excellent lacing. Fully lasting longevity. Cloudy brown body. Heavy sweet flavor. Full palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6312) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2007
Lovely smell of brown sugar and dried fruit. Sweet and sour, well balanced, warming. Very Belgian in the best sense of the word.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2007
Sample @ Norøl juleølfestival’07. A cloudy brown beer with a dense, lasting yellowish head. Initial aroma of malt-sweetness and yeast, followed by some pleasant whiffs of wood, mouldy cellar, fruiity acidity and spices. Taste is refined suger-sweeetness and malt-sweetness with notes of berries, yeast, farmyard and wood. Medium to full body. Lingering bitter-sweet finish. A very nice, tasty and challenging Belgian.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 6, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 2003 Bottle, lovely cellared. Dark brown with a big not that lasting creamy coffee head. It starts quite slow, from obviously cocoa, coffee, and dried fruits, through banana and vanilla, to a sensual warming spicy vinous and a luxury cherry in alcohol. Full silky bodied, just a bit too alcohol for me. No trace of hoppiness but well balanced. Nice indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle #454 -2003 vintage. Poured a dark brown in color with tiny particles of yeast. Fluffy, off white head fading into good lacing. This beer has mellowed and sweetened as it aged. The mouthfeel is very full and rich. Flavors are very malty/sugary. There are hints of spice that I hypothesize were a bit stronger when the beer was younger. Very good. I must find more.


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