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

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RATINGS: 1221   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.


otakuden's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Appearance: Clear mahogany and dark cherry woods under a khaki head that is very airy and bubbly, more so than expected. Head fades into a bubbly collar surrounding a free-floating puddle of bubbles and foam. Swirls the same.
Nose: Curacao peel, generic orange peel, and thyme up front. Raisins and black cherries – sweet, meaty, juicy, and dipped in treacle. Silky caramelized sweetness. Rustic yet sweet. Essence of fruitcake without being saccharine. Leather and tannins in the middle. Chocolate red velvet cake. Port-soaked pumpernickel and fruity spicy merlot.
Palate: Medium and brisk – quick to flavor and quick to finish. Not as sweet as the nose indicated. Major rooty twiggy bitterness and dried orange peel in the back. Leathery tannins and thyme along the edges. Grapes, plums, and tart cherries in the middle. Overall silky mouthfeel is liquid grape and caramelized sweetness.
Final Thoughts: The palate was a bit underwhelming when held up to my expectations from savoring the nose of this winter offering from Brasserie d’Achouffe. I also found I enjoyed this crisp seasonal with a touch more chill than I would for some of the richer brews that come out when Old Man Winter reigns. But don’t take my word for it – find a bottle and give it a taste for yourself.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
500ml bottle served in a Leffe chalice. Bottled in 2011. A: Pours a beautiful dark amber color forming a big and creamy head. Clear in the beginning and a bit cloudy in the end. Medium retention and some lacings formed and left in the glass. Spotty lacings S: Very sweet and fruity in the nose. Sweet grains, candy sugar, raisins, caramel malts, earthy Belgian-like yeasts and light notes of alcohol T: Sweet malts upfront. Hints of candy sugar, caramel malts, toffee, earthy and bready Belgian style yeasts. Raisins. Mild hops bitterness in the very end. Perfect taste M: Heavy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Strong and warming beer. Bittersweet Belgian style O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent BSDA which is very close to a Quad. Not recommended: mandatory! :) [ BA Review @ 12/29/2012 ]

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rayaron (211) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Cloudy brown with low beige head, some sediments in the bottle’s bottom. Sweet caramel aroma, yeasty, faint banana notes, toffee. Too sweet flavor, caramel, date honey, yeasty, spicy. Lively carbonation, full body. Sweet sticky aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjik83 (165) - - OCT 8, 2014
33cl flesje via Jumbo, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 10% Uitgeschonken in origineel La Chouffe glas Uiterlijk: zwart met crèmekleurige schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: bittertje, donker fruit, zoetje, caramel Conclusie: lekker bier van een bekende brouwerij, alcoholpercentage van 10% is niet overheersend, warm gevoel voor in de donkere maanden van het jaar ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - OCT 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-11-14 Served on tap in a chalice glass Appearance – The beer is served a cherry/chestnut red color with a light amount of haze. Upon serving there is a tiny just off white head that fades quite fast. Once the head fades, it leaves a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall, but heaviest of darker fruit smells with aromas of cherry, plum, and fig. Along with these smells are some more Belgian yeast aromas with a yeast cake, banana, and spice smell consisting of coriander and clove . Along with some lighter nutmeg spice and a bit of a doughy smell, the overall aroma is fruity and inviting. Taste – The taste begins with tons of sweet darker fruits that the nose hinted too, with tons of cherry and plum with a good level of fig to boot. These flavors create a strong base for the brew and persist throughout the whole of the taste. Quickly following the initial fruity taste, comes a moderate level of a yeast flavor. Mixed with these flavors are some spice tastes as well as a bit of an orange and orange peel flavor. Coriander and clove are the initial spice flavors detected, but are later joined by some flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of allspice. While at 10 % abv,, only the tracest level of an alcohol taste comes to the tongue at the very end, and with the rest of the flavors, leaves a very pleasant fruity and more subtly, but nicely balanced spice flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side for a brew of 10 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thinner body in conjunction with the barely detectable alcohol level make this one almost too dangerously easy to drink. While this may be so, the body and carbonation are very nice for the big dark fruit and moderate spice flavors and create a very nice drinking brew. Overall – This one was a very enjoyable and dangerously good and easy to drink Belgian dark winter ale. Very tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
cardang (10) - oudenburg, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2014
Zeer lekker typisch winterbier. Donker, redelijk hoog alcohol percentagde en vol van smaak. Perfect om in ardeense sfeer van te genieten.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
note666 (1137) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2014
2014 - 10 - 02/03 (02:50, ready for Max Verstappen’s fist F1 appearance). 330ml bottle. clear brown colour. medium, light tan head. fruit and caramel in aroma. light sweet taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fashawn (115) - Montesarchio, ITALY - SEP 19, 2014
Veramente una buona birra per il birrificio d’achouffe che non delude nemmeno in questa specialità natalizia. Birra pesante, dura, pastosa in bocca dopo il bel colore marrone scuro, quasi nero. Il sapore è di liquirizia e caffè, con l’alcool ben nascosto.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5944) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"From notes: Dark, cloudy appearance, big frothy head. Slightly overarbonated but swirling is enough to help. Flavor of belgian yeast, candi sugar, orange (dig the citrus aspects here). Aroma much the same. Enjoyable brew."

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (838) - SPAIN - SEP 18, 2014
Botella de 75 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color marron oscuro. Sabor a levadura, caramelo, alcohol, afrutado, malta.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12278) - 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.


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