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

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RATINGS: 1313   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Described as a barley wine on tap at Old Bay, though I knew it was an from the Chouffe family. A wonderful winter beer that is a delight to enjoy over an hour. Had it in late May outside, though it was only about 50 degrees so I guess it felt like Winter enough. Alcohol is very present, though it is pleasant and easy to drink. Very fruity and wonderful.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (3862) - - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2008 2006. cloudy dark brown. large brown head. malt , berry, herbs, and spices in aroma. lots of flavors. (lemon, peanuts, strawberries, other assorted tart berries, freshly mowed grass, unripe black seeded grapes, anise, licorice. sweet and sugary with tons of spices. lots of herbal notes. just wonderful. my favorite la chouffe. 2007 edition is not nearly as good, but i’m still keeping my 06 rating.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2007
2006- Pours dark brownish amber w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Aroma of dark belgian rock candy. Medium nectar w/ mellow residual effers creates a soft creamy texture. Sweet yet refined and balanced. Flavors of dried fruit rollup w/ spices. Cherry, plumb, cocoa, melon, moscato grapes, bubblegum dust, bark, molases, The finish is finely bittered just enough to allow the moderate sweetness to linger. Not cloying. No medicine or cherry caughdrop. Very pleasant. Highly recommended.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwh50 (47) - Clay, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2007
This beer was the high point of my vacation in Illinois. Very dark brown with good lasting head. Malt and carmel with smooth finish. I do not know if it is available in Central New York, but you can be sure I’ll look for it.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
This is great, great stuff. Easily the smoothest beer I’ve ever had above 7% (it’s 10%) and one of the smoothest ever. Plums, raisins, and a very enchanting honey quality make this like a thick mead. Very rich and extremely subtle, the opening, mid-palatte and finish are very synonymous.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3572) - Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Pours a beautiful opaque chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled head. The malty and strongly spicy aroma has a firm hint of chocolate. Flavor is rich with a nice balance of hops and malt, as well as an overtone of cloves and a hint of sweetness. Finish is lively and tingly.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jvhemert (336) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle (exp Sep 2013, opened Dec 2012) AROMA:vanilla, resin, woody, cherries, cheese, APPEARANCE: brown, clear, frothy, minimal head, TASTE: medium sourness, medium bitterness, PALATE: full body, oily feel, lively, astringent, bitter, long finish, OVERALL: one of my favourites: beautiful balance of bitter and sour taste with a blend of vanilla and dark and dried fruit.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1939) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Clear dark red-brown with big, foamy, beige head / Elegant, sweet nose of dark fruit, orchard fruit, brown sugar, and oak / Medium body, lively carbonation, moderately sweet and syrupy but with good, hoppy balance, and light bitter finish / Smooth, mellow flavors of toffee, date, raisin, orange peel, chocolate, thyme, black pepper, and oak / A stunner.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lore (1267) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 23, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 reddish mahogany colour with massive beige head; aroma of candy sugar, malts and yeast with some herbs; taste of dried fruits, candy sugar, herbal notes and fairly well hidden alcohol; bitter aftertaste; could be a bit less carbonated, otherwise perfect Belgian ale.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
Nice malt aroma. Dark brown colour with excellent head. Light malt flavour with smooth warm finish. Heavy body with low to medium carbonation.


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