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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1212   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2004 bottle. Very thick and full light-brown head. Hazy / cloudy dark reddish/orange copper color. Nice-looking. Uhh... fruity belgian aroma with some spices. Fizzy character. Dry spicy sweet fruit and coffee (very light coffee). Brown sugar. Dry spice rack shit. Good. Very nice complex spicy character. Nice Belgian Christmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
From a bottle shared by Kevin. Cloudy brown body with medium-bubbled tan head. Sweet ’n spicy aroma - chocolate milk, cardomon, peach, and a bunch of other stuff I can’t identify. Very complex. Dry, lightly fizzy mouthfeel. The flavor keeps up the interesting spicy sweetness combo with milk chocolate, lightl roast coffee beans, and strawberry finishing with peppery alcohol. Bit too much alcohol in the finish for me but otherwise a fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 2004 bottle via Kevin. Pours to a beige bubbly creamy head atop a deep woody brown. Nice lacing. The aroma is mildly malty and figgy with a Belgian yeastiness and is woody-ish. Definite Curaҫao apparent in the aroma as well. Spicy with Curaҫao. Light Belgian yeastiness. Creamy and medium-full bodied. No discernable alcohol except a light warming of the gullet. 8, 4, 7, 4, 16 = 3.9; Tap 2011. Pours to a murky brown body with a white head and awesome lacing. Aroma is dry chocolate and toasted malt. Flavor is kind of like a scotch ale with light spices and apple. Sweet and metallic. The beer was very metallic up front but mellowed as I let it sit. Lingering on the palate. Medium body. 6, 4, 7, 3, 12 = 3.2

   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 (2555) - 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 (10480) - 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.

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