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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Draft at Gingerman. Pours dark amber with a medium sized off white head. Great lacing. Aroma is dark fruits and lots of Belgian yeast. Taste is first and foremost boozy; with notes of yeast, dark fruits, candy sugar, raisins and lots of malt. Bit of a boozy finish but enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2012
75cl bottle.Dark brown pour giving off malt and chocolate aromas with yeastiness and spices in there too.Malt,caramel,fruit,spices and cherry in the taste with the 10% alcohol for me making this a tasty Christmas brew which i sample every year alongside Gouden Carolus Noel etc.

2.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
SilverfoX (631) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
resin and dark fruit aromas from a dark bronze body with no head, tastes like yeasty old doughnuts covered in brown sugar.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickFifty (630) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2014
Deep red-brown color, beige head. Fruity nose, yeast, vinous notes, brown sugar, nuts. Ripe fruit taste, yeast, alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (630) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip. Aroma - malt, light spice, dark dried fruits. Taste is malty, notes of spices both from the thyme and the yeast. Very rich tasting, carbonation is prickly initially, but leaves a very nice medium length finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
Best chouffe yet! A bit brown with a nice syrupy sweet taste. Very easy to drink amidst the high abv but the belgians know how it’s done. Warming me up today like nothing else.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (629) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Pours a light-medium brown, lots and lots of head, due to high carbonation. Aroma is nice, malt and complex fruit. Flavor has subtle complex notes of fruits, mostly raising and date, but it’s not a big flavor; a light touch than I was expecting. There is a bit more hop bitterness in this than expected but it balanced and by no means overwhelming. This a good Belgian strong ale, although maybe a bit lighter than I prefer. I would probably opt for Urthel Samaranth instead, but there is nothing wrong with this beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2011 This beer reminds me of a good weizen eisbock. Or is it a dunkel eisweizenbock? Something. Those damn gnomes have me all flustered. Seriously. As an American male raised on Grand Theft Auto, George Carlin, and Gangsta Rap, gnomes don’t generally appeal to my demographic. But the beer in this bottle is quite good, those little red-hatted, ruddy-cheeked short bastards be damned. Dark and wheaty, yet with a clove-tinted port leaning that never gives in to pure sweetness. The winelike finish reminds you of the ABV, as does the glowing Christmas cheer spreading throughout your vascular system. Killer beer, but can cause holiday dementia. (1/3/09)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 Dark brown, beige head. Complex malty sweet aroma. Malty flavour with christmas spices. Yeast. Banana. Hides the ABV very well. Devine. Xmas 2011: According to my sources, moortgat has changed the recipy for this beer. Hard to tell the difference. Its (still) a very great ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Nice, dark carmel color with tan head. Lot’s of banana and malt aroma. Very engaging flavor. Sweets malt and dry hops. Simple, but full and smooth. Has series overtones of rootbeer and old time ginger flavor hard candy.


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