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


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RATINGS: 1205   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2009
mahogany in appearance, frothy head, typical of the belgians. nose is at first whiff - pure pumpkin spice, follows with nutmeg and a creamy curry powder. interesting for sure - worth a good nosing. Taste makes me think of a subtly yeasty, mildly hoppy, spices-dumped-into-the-brew attempt. Lucklily, this is not overkill, simply an original winter warmer. subtle allspice, with tons of spices and holiday scents rightfully reminiscent of a BSA/Spice ale. This needs a dessert, i.e. pumpkin pie. or something similar. Yay! - unification of food and beer is present. rock on, chouffe!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
20107589 (304) - randers, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2013
Soft aromas of fruits, appear clear brown with a fine head. taste soft sweet and bitter. sparkling mouthfeel with a great aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
molly75 (300) - (Madrid - España), ITALY - JAN 16, 2012
[ ASPETTO ] ambra scuro con riflessi porpora, leggermente velata ma senza residui [SCHIUMA] color beige, buona presenza, non molto fine e poco persistente: sopravvive solo un fine residuo [ OLFATTO ] intensità non eccessiva, con note fruttate ed alcoliche evidenti, che ricordano frutta secca o sottospirito. Sentori dolci, caramellati, qualche sfumatura che porta quasi al cioccolato. E ancora lievito e qualche spezia ma sinceramente non riconsco il timo segnalato in etichetta [ GUSTO ] parte con un dolce di fondo, zuccherato, a cui si aggiunge un fruttale piuttosto consistente. l’alcohol si fa sentire prima del previsto, senza strafare comunque, dando quel pizzicore che perdura fino al retrugosto (quando pizzica un pochino di più e si avverte anche al naso) e che miscela sensazioni speziate e una inaspettata inflessione verso toni amari nel finale. [ TEXTURE ] corpo medio, calda in bocca , media carbonazione. Percezione alcolica evidente. [ COMMENTO FINALE ] seconda stagionale natalizia della serie e quinta della ACHOUFFE. Non totalmente convinto a livello di aspetto e al naso, in bocca rimedia ampiamente. Dolce, speziata ma con quel tocco amarognolo quasi timido nel finale che da la svolta e rende il tutto dinamico e non scontato. sebbene non abbia individuato palesemente timo e curaçao, si sente una speziatura di fondo leggermente differente dal solito, che sorretta da una alcolicità non invadente ma con forte personalità, da un finale quasi liquoroso e molto intrigante. dopo una BOK 6666 un pelino deludente, ritorna la Achouffe scoperta con la classica Chouffe. punto in più per la bella etichetta.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2009
Pours dark red/brown with a small cream coloured head. Nose has masses of dark sweet fruit with quite a bit of spice also. Palate translated well, some raisin-like sweetness before the peppery, almost herbal phenols come into play. Finishes prickly on the tongue due to the spice and elevated abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
2002 vintage: Deep brown body with a thick, creamy tan head. Some rockiness and lacing. Aromas of oranges and malt. Very malty backbone of a taste with a bit of a hop aftertaste. Alcochol is apparent and warming. Well carbonated to help with the high alcohol (balance). Might pick up another bottle and cellar it along with my Bells Old Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Poured from the 750 bottle a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was of sweet malts and vinous fruits. Flavor was malty with a candy sugar sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2006
nice indeed dark brown white head a thinker drinking beer which makes me enjoy it more subtle spices and sweet enjoyable aroma is sweet and malty ill cop another

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours murky dark brown with a faint ruby tint. head is tall, creamy and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is very earthy and spicy with some citrus notes. Flavor is quite complex with leather, earth, citrus, hay, peppery spices (probably some of the thyme) and dark fruit. Wow. Full-bodied, moderately carbonated and quite dry. Very enjoyable - too bad it’s a 2003 limited edition, because I would certainly add it to my regular rotation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2006
chestnut brown. nice head. smells herby with hints of sugar and spice. taste of citrus and anise and sugar and has that distinct chouffe flavor. not bad but still not as nice as the other offerings from chouffe

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (286) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Dark reddish brown with a persistent creamy beige head. Aromas of apples, ginger and alcohol. Taste is elegant bitter and sweet. Smooth palate, fairly light, creamy and a delicate finish.

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