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


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RATINGS: 1205   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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoNm (434) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JUL 19, 2014
Pours a dark brown, topped with tan colored head. There is a nice sweet and fruity aroma, some spices as well and some alcohol. The taste is strong, but not unpleasantly, spices are pretty obvious. Bitterness in the end, but no real alcohol taste. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
911lin (20) - - JUL 16, 2014
What a nice beer! Clean and beautiful dark strong ale from Belgium. On tap at Kaiba Tap Room.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
guitarhero (18) - Dante’s hell, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2014
Dark brown beer with red reflexes. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark and dried fruits, but lot of alchool again and sugary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Nice belgian strong ale that was expertly crafted and had a good balance of malts and alcohol to keep me warm in the winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (8745) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2014
Bouteille: Deep ruby-amber coloured, hazy; caramelly,fruity and mild herbal nose with a discrete toch of sweet wine underneath; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied; lingering caramelly vinous finish with a bitter hoppy "tail". Not really great, but pretty good…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MichaelAwesome (3600) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2014
Dickes, klassisch belgische mit viel Malzigkeit, einem süßen Hintergrund, ein paar Nüssen und frühreifen Früchten. Zum Abschluss noch ein Schuss Vanille. Fein.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
cristophdb (3) - - JUN 28, 2014 does not count
Het is een sterk bruin bier, gekruid met tijm en curaçao en met een lichte hopsmaak; een evenwichtig bier

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
McTapps (3601) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle from Douberd and shared by MichaelAwesome - many thanks! The beer pours out in a deep dark brown colour with low head and smooth body. Aroma of dried grapes and light rum. Taste of raisins, dried cranberries, Belgian yeast, straw and mild fruits. Easy drinkable. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
terefere (202) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown/strong black tea color, hazy, frothy head. Weak aroma of brown sugar, yeast, nuts.Taste: brown sugar, yeast, wood, spices, dark fruits. Alcohol and spices in the long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (267) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Dark reddish brown with a persistent creamy beige head. Aromas of apples, ginger and alcohol. Taste is elegant bitter and sweet. Smooth palate, fairly light, creamy and a delicate finish.

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