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


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RATINGS: 1189   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Has a pretty good, sweet aroma, with some spice. Dark brown color, with a lot of head, that disappates after a couple minutes. Stronger alcohol flavor, but also sweet and with some spice. Nice body, and a good amount of carbonation. This is pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2493) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
dark nut brown looking pour some nice visable carbonation w/ big off white fluffy head and nice lacing. light sweet malt aroma touch of spice and light alcohol. Good mouth feel nice coating and a smooth swallow. Good full carmel malt aroma some nice spicing and touches of plum and possibly a non sweet cherry in the finish. Alcohol is noticable in the swallow. Pretty darn good stuff though. Thanks to Kevin for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 2004 vintage. Clear light brown strong Belgian ale having a long-lasting large white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Nice sweet malt and spicy aroma. Medium bodied that starts with light sweet malt, fruity and spicy flavors. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. Notable alcohol warmth. This is a very good drinkable winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Aroma is highly spiced and tickles the nose. Dark red/brown in color with a typically thick Belgian head. Flavor is somewhat muted in the fore to be honest. far less sweet than most Belgian X-mas ales and that is nice. The fore is very mellow malts and slight spice then the finish is dominated by the bitter orange that coats the tongue. If you press your tongue hard against the roof of your mouth you’ll feel how thouroughly the tongue is coated. A decent brew with a different approache, but I have to say it wasn’t as good to me as its rating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 Draft at Sct Clemens. Fantastic beer. Wonderfull head and colour. Powerfull anis aroma, lots of flavorpower, here is everything. Bottle version: 8-4-8-4-15= 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2005
(Bottle 0,75L) Pours hazy brown, with rubyred tones. Head is beige, with quite a lot of lacing. Plesant nose, with sweet and and delicious notes of dried fruits (dates/figs) and orange peel as the most dominant. Taste harmonate well with the nose, just with notes of alcohol added. All in all a very good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2005
a sim rate: (on tap at Bier Circus, Croydon) Very spicy aroma with a bit of a synthetic washing powder scent. Tastes a bit like something battered and fried, but I couldn’t place what. Bit of a hard liquor edge to the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3090) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2005
Pours dark red with a tanned head. Some lacings. Very strong sweetnes with the "right" aromas of yeast, fruits and prunes. Very abbey-ish. Finish a bit too gunsmoke bitter. Otherwise a very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
75 cl Bottel Color - Dark Brown Head - Beige Aroma - Malt, Sweet, Fruit Flavor - Malt, sweet, Fruit, Complex Nice Beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (11926) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2005
Bottled (BBE 2009)
I am drinking this dressing Achouffe’s red gnome’s hat :)
A dark ruby brown color with a big creamy and cloudy tan head. Cardboard, pepper, plums and alcohol in the nose. Strong alcohol presence in the palate - fruity, spicey, some licorice- well-made as the most of Achouffe-products. Warming aftertaste.

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