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

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RATINGS: 1339   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.


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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
klm1 (341) - - APR 14, 2015
Dark purple colour with off-white head. Aroma of roasted barley malts, yeast, plums, raisins, caramel and spices. Similar are flavours, with sweet fruity taste. full body, low carbonation, alcohol is well hidden. Really has 10% abv.?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (1326) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2015
Old rating. Great Christmas ale. Ruby colored. Berries, cherries, candy sugar, caramel, nuts, Clive, Belgian, a little booze heat. Mildly bitter and full bodied. Nice. Or should I say n'ice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHopster (879) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2015
(Bottle). Beautiful aroma of yeast, light malt, caramel, cola and mellow spices. Unfiltered dark brown complexion with lingering tan head. Complex flavors include cola, caramel, Belgian malt and subtle hop balance. Excellent. Well crafted. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luklaer (129) - BELGIUM - APR 5, 2015
02-04-2015 - This was my first Chouffe beer, and I like it very much. Let’s try the others!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (753) - CROATIA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle; pours dark amber with a tan head; aroma is sweet with dark fruits, toffee, molasses, and a little spice; taste is sweet with dark fruits, molasses, and toffee; has nice spicy finish; very good beer

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (2022) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2015
33 cl bottle purchased from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem OR $3.99 { limited edition , thyme and curacao peel} Pours a cloudy dark amber colour with a large, thick and rocky lighter tan head. Slightly spicy malty aromas..spices are peppery and deep burned orange peel..nice / Smooth taste..malty, dark fruits and smooth "tablet" ( Scottish sweet similar to dulce de leche)...no sign of the 10% alc Brilliant smooth creamy mouth feel..touch of herb maybe the thyme in the after taste. Super tasty winter sipper

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bodega95 (83) - - MAR 17, 2015
A nice winter warmer of course. Pours gold with a nice white head, alcohol, yeast and herbs.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PlutonowyMan (77) - POLAND - MAR 15, 2015
Piana drobna, do?? trwa?a, jasno be?owa, ?adnie zdobi szk?o. Aromat ?wi?teczny, zimowy czyli go?dziki, suszone lub sma?one ?liwki i mo?e odrobin? skórki pomara?czowej. Smak delikatnie alkoholowy, bardzo przyjemny, goryczka wyra?na, równie? sympatyczna. W smaku dominuj? ?liwki i przyprawy. Z czasem alkohol staje si? bardziej intensywny, nie odrzuca. Ca?o?? bardzo dobrze skomponowana, piwo rewelacyjnie "pijalne". Bardzo polecam.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (2498) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 12, 2015
Dark brown color with an off-white head. Aroma has notes of toasted malts, burnt caramel and some spices. Flavor is slightly sweet at the beginning with a light bitterness in the final. while this notes of caramel, candy and brown sugar. Slightly sweet final with toasted hints.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chopper925 (264) - Gross Gerau, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle. Clear dark brown color, medium nice beige head. Dried berries, brown malt and some yeast and cloves, in the nose. Just lightly sweet, lightly, balanced low bitter, the alcohol is nevertheless too present. Medium to thin mouthfeel with a fresh carbonation. Aftertaste has some nice malty tones, cloves, dried berries. Very nice strong beer, better than many Bockbiers I´ve drank. The, not very low, alcohol is skillfully covered. A thin mouthfeel, with a fresh carbonation and low sweetness is making this a deadly good beer.


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