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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1202   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Bottled. Deep Brown color with a reddish hue. Big tan head. The aroma reminds me of a Whole Foods store, kindda a mix of teas and spices and produce and incense. Strange spicy flavor mixed with some sweet dark fruits. A little hot. Very bubbly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 Draft. Pours a dark brownish amber with a full off white head. The aroma is full of sweet spices, citrus. The flavor was smooth and sweet with a nice alcohol finish that lingered on the palate. A very good strong ale, and a favorite of the dAchouffe line for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Pours deep amber with a large white head that sticks around. Aroma of citrus, belgian style spices, alcohol, orange peel. Flavor is fruity, alcohol is present ( not so smooth ) spicey, citrusy, and carbonated. Good body, good brew.

   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.

   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. "

   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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (13217) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2849) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7664) - 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.

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.

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.
2010 vintage:
Hazy dark copper to brown color, tan head. Alcohol and cheese scent. Sweet, apple taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
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.
Again a bit surprised I go for the freshest one as the best one, leaving that score.

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