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

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RATINGS: 1345   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16187) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014
2014-01-16, draught at Mikkeller and Friends, Copenhagen, vintage 2009, 4 years old, 6-4-7-3-14=34
Dark mahogany color with ruby shades, small head. Good body structure, but also too much alcohol presence; caramelly, just moderately sweet, with low bitterness. Mature but without much character.
Not bad, but the world has evolved and this beer doesn’t shine anymore in the global panorama. Still, many years ago it deserved some love.

2003-06-29, bottle, 4 years old, 8-5-8-4-17=42
Beautiful ruby-amber color, nice perlage and persistent layer of foam. Nice malt aroma, with a touch of alcohol. Good body, hiding quite well the alcohol content; smooth, spicy. Ends with also some caramel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (15104) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Limited Edition 2007. Dark red ruby brown with a scant white head. Candy aroma with faint caramel. Medium effervescent mouth. Malty flavor with spices. Very complex, my favorite Christmas ale during a 9-beer tasting of various Belgian Christmas ales.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (14923) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle, 75cl. Pours a nice, dark brown body with a dense, but small, beige head. Nice lacings as well. Sweetness and dried fruits dominates the aroma, but there’s also a little spicy note and some alcohol. It is not very complex, yet it is a beer that smells so delicious that it can be sniffed for hours. Flavorwise it is much the same, quite sweet and warming, with dried fruits and a bit more pronounced spicyness than in the aroma. Full-body and a pleasant carbonation. It’s a bit soapy in the mouth, hence my lower rating on flavor. There’s a herbal bitter-note in the finish, as well as dried fruits and brown sugar. A really lovely, warming beer, well suited for the cold season, and not to forget, Christmas. Pity it’s so expensive in Norway, and so hard to get. (071224)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (14856) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14486) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 Dark browny red with beutiful white head. Aroma and taste is of dark fruits, spices and alcohol. This has the average Christmas beers sweetness - this is very pleasant though. Full body and and creamy texture. One of my favorite christmas beers. NICE indeed! Rerate feb. 09. 0,2 down . . .

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14458) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2006
Dark Brownish red color, hazy, with a moderate whitish tan head. Aroma is alcoholish, fruity, sweet, and yeasty. Flavor is dry(alcohol) with a sweet finish, with some hop bitterness

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14290) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2006
Draught at ØLbaren. Dark red/brown - white head. Licorice, light sweet, burned, light sour, nice.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MiP (14141) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 Draught, 10%. Almost clear dark brown colour. Big, creamy, stable light brown head. Yeasty, malty aroma. Peppery, malty and yeasty flavour, slightly sweet. Very nice, perfect balance between alcohol/pepper flavours and malt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (13710) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13576) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle at a Bruce Tasting, London - I think. Pours ruby-brown with a foamy, off-white head. Some light sediment. Dark malt nose with brown sugar, ripe fruits, prunes. Big sweet flavor with strong alcohol presence, semi-dark malts, prunes, figs, Belgian candi sugar. Full bodied with average and very creamy carbonation. Hot finish, lots of smoothed sugar, semi-dark malts, light toffee. Lots of lingering heat, ripe fruits, toasted sugars. Big, decent.


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