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

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RATINGS: 1191   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Pours an almost Cola like color with an offwhite head which disappates but still laces nicely. Malt and yeast aromas abound. Initial sparkly attack which fades to a nice malty/sweet finish with a long aftertaste. Very nice beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
From a 75cl bottle, the 2003 edition (no I couldn’t wait very long...) Pours into the goblet a dark brown, almost pitch black with a thick tan head. Some dark reddish hints around the edges. Smells heavenly. Spicy and yeasty. Alcohol flavors but mixed in with orange peel aromas and sticky sweet malt aromas too. Very inviting. My limited palate will not do this beer justice. Spicy and sweet. Orangey flavors, fruity. The fruity yeasty flavors meld wonderfully with the dried orange peel flavors and I am unable to descern where one ends and the other begins. The thyme mentioned on the bottle is evident in the background. The bottle also states that it is brewed with "alot of dark candy sugar" and they do not lie. Lots of sweet, sticky molasses-like flavors. Hints of brown sugar? Lots of sweet malty flavors that I can’t identify. Just know that they are good flavors. Mouthfeel is sticky and the finish surprisingly bitter. Lots of those molasses tones stuck to the roof of your mouth. With all of this big flavor, very very drinkable. The perfect beer for a cold snowy evening. This beer only gets better as it warms. The bottle suggests 60 degrees. My cellar is close to 50 at this point but it warms beautifully. Easily my favorite Chouffe beer. I just have to get some to cellar before this winter is over, I can only imagine how this would taste with a year or two under its belt.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lbecker (40) - Brookline, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Floral, ginger, butterscotch, alcohol. Remarkable for the palate. Aftertaste kind of sweet and spicy.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mrnoluv (120) - long beach, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
My favorite all time, perfect roast/blend of flavors. I tend to like my beers with more kick, stronger ABV content, but this one with it’s 10% is more than enough. I will say if you get this beer the perfect temp, it tastes even better! This is the one for me, if you like strong Belgians, it’s a must.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
uhljoseph (64) - TAMPA, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Dark and fruity. Delicious Christmas beer. Very nice spice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
commonshawn (264) - - APR 30, 2013
Dark red pour, small whitish head. Clean aroma. Great taste balance between sour, sweet. Dark fruit flavor. Excellent.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lowalisa (17) - Speedway, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2013
This is my new favorite winter beer. It pours a lovely oily brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet, malty and yeasty. Taste is dark fruit, figs, wheat bread with a very slight bitter aftertaste. A slight hint of spices makes this more of a holiday beer. The texture is pure velvet. This beer is heaven.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2008 On tap at The Wellington, Hull, UK, also from bottle. Excellent beer, pours deep dark brown/black with a big tan head. Smell is good belgian yeast, hops, alcohol and spice. Taste is wonderful hops, dark spices, sweet raiseny fruits and a warming lightly alcoholic finish. Even better on tap. Dangerously drinkable, great xmas beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle. 22.5 oz. (2007 Limited Edition) Drank this Belgian Strong with Vinny and Sean. Popped the cork and the aroma immidately smacked me in the nose. Boquet of spices, malts, caramel, and sweet fruits. Thick, beige head, almost solid. FIrm body, creamy texture, and a magical finish. A truly epic brew enjoyed by surprise on sunny afternoon. Highly, highly recommended.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
swanmann (570) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Limited Edition 2008 - From the big bottle, this brew poured murky amber color with plenty of n’ice beige foam, lasting for days. The aroma is boozy and fruity, with apricots and definite herbaceous and bready notes. The flavor is intense and complex. It’s got all the sweet Belgian yeastiness you could want, with a bit of toffee as it warms and some sweet/sour fruit peeking through, maybe like a dark grape(?) I would say it’s got a medium finish with nice caramel and malt prevailing there. Has a very soft mouthfeel with well moderated carbonation. This is everything a Belgian should be! N’Ice work! (couldn’t help myself)


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