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


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RATINGS: 1189   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
azzie (59) - - APR 15, 2014
Mahogany color, hazy liquid. Full body. Medium sweetness, aroma of caramel and fruits. Very drinkable. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (5427) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 14, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig süß, fruchtig, würzig. Geschmack röstmalzig, hefig, fruchtig, dunkle reife Früchte, Karamell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (380) - CROATIA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle 750 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Pours brown with brown head. Sweet yeasty aroma. Malty sweet flavor with some fruits and alcohol. Some bitterness as well in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Virvo (2) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014 does not count
The overall score is a bit higher than the seperate factors because the slightly above avg elements blend very well into a smokey sweet. Basically, if you think Christmas beers aren’t bad, but the elements never excited you, go for this one. I’m subjective because I’m usually not that strong on Christmas beers, but this one ranks among the best. It’s a little heavy on the sweet as with any Christmasbeer, but also heavy on some spices and alcohol mixed through which actually makes the blend better. Heavy isn’t a bad thing here, since everything is ’heavy’ and nothing oversteps, and Christmas beers usually fade into sweetish iron or clove that never lasts way too often. So this one has some balls, kinda fire’ish and spicier alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
njnut (156) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2014
Poured at tasting a brown with small white head and little CO2. I thought this being a strong it would be a harder aroma and taste but it was lighter. Thick bodied with a dark fruit aroma and taste. Yeast in the finish with a cherry note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HammerTroll (191) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 26, 2014
Dark amber color with a big tan head. Very nice nose, hoppy and fruity. Thick texture, full body, flat carbonation. Aroma is dark fruits, berries, orange, nuts, caramel. Very very nice. (Svijet piva 0,33l bottle)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (452) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 25, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33Cl. Belle couleur foncée, bière forte avec beaucoup de C02. arômes de chocolat sur la fin.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
budedou (256) - Villemandeur, FRANCE - MAR 24, 2014
pas impressionné par cette chouffe de noel... :( Mais étiquette sympa... :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (229) - CROATIA - MAR 18, 2014
Hazy reddish brown color, medium sized tan head. Full body, average carbonation. Aroma is full of fruit, raisins, caramel malts, yeast, spices. Taste is medium sweet at first with light herbal hoppiness that follows. Finish is dry. Alcohol is not noticeable. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vickey9 (412) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2014
Dark red with a beige head. Nose is dark fruit. Body is full, texture oily and carbon high. Taste is sweet and bitter. Palate is ripe fruits, herbs and chocolate. Semi-sweet finish. B@H

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