Brewed by Brasseurs RJ
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Like the Blonde d'Achouffe brewed by Le Cheval Blanc, this beer is not a copy of the original Chouffe family, but a beer brewed in cooperation with and in honor of the Belgian micro.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Can’t beat the acl content of this lovely brown. It’s the color of burn sugar, only slightly transparent. Very hoppy and delicious. Not overwhelmingly flavorful so can be enjoyed with a meal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Cloudy garnet. Creamy ring with a broken, off-white foam layer. Peachy esters dominate the sweet malt underlay along with pound cake, perfumey alcohol, herbs, dates, and lightly spicy hops. Quite yeasty with a slight amount of must. Delicate body. Expansive, creamy carbonation. Subtle gritty yeast twang immediately matches the peachy esters and spicy hop front. Bready malts and date-like sweetness help calm the fruitiness as it gains a mild wax note. It almost loses a bit of body at the center, but the juicy hop bitterness flawlessly fills the gap. Nutty malts are brilliantly displayed underneath a score of cobwebby yeast and fruity esters. Finishes with the right amount of mustiness and flowers as the yeast films the palate alongside bright, juicy hop components. Floral and wax notes reside on the palate after the finish. Masterfully-crafted brew. In order to reach perfection, this only needs a touch more firm malt sweetness to spruce up the body and soften the fruity yeast notes. Otherwise, the alcohol is not even remotely a factor in the flavor dept. and only helps brighten the aroma. Thanks for this gem, Rasta!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3273) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2004
Very nice cloudy brown-orange body topped with a fair brownish head. Aroma is definitely spicy and carries some hints of herbs, hops and various fruits (grape, citrus, cherries). Taste is impressive. It attacks your mouth with moderate carbonation, the flavors (spices, hops, fruits, flowers) are perfectly equilibrated and the alcohol makes feel its presence without being too agressive. All this ends in a nice bittersweet final. That under licence brewed beer is a genuine success!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
Thick bown beer. Aroma is so spicy that my nose was starting to sneeze. The flavor is spicy and very smooth and palate is very good in mouth. Surprising beer...well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2003
very nice dark ale,very complex, malty heavy liquid, great after taste and nice head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2790) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2010
The aroma is similar to the blonde, but more like a dark ale with the same spices and delicious sweetness. The dark ruby brown color is complemented by the generous portions of sediment. The flavor is unique to the brewery, but still has the delicious spices characteristic to l’achouffe. Tastes like an abbey single truly pleasant on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2013
Couleur orange tirant sur le rouge, avec assez peu de mousse ou de bulles. Mi-mince. Au nez, Beaucoup d’épices et de fruits, dont des cerises, des pommes, du sarrasin, des baies et du coriandre. Les baies (surtout les framboises) sont toujours présentes en bouche, mais on décèle maintenant également des bananes, et des céréales se joignent au mélange. Arômes complexes. Une brune très solide, qui ne présente que de rares défauts (dont une détection de l’alcool), facilement contrebalancés par de grandes qualités : audace, intensité, relative accessibilité, et surtout des effluves très invitantes au nez, qui se transportent pour la plupart en bouche. Adaptation très réussie d’une Belge authentique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumax1 (284) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2013
Bouteille 750ml. Brune 8.5%. Arôme fleural. Pas trop d’amertume, Très bonne avec de la nourriture épicé.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VincentDamon (375) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bière d’un brun noisette, pas aussi profond et opaque que les brunes belges habituelles. Mousse quelque peu fugace. Nez de levure, de fruits mûrs (peut-être la pomme, ou la prune, ou même les raisins rouges), de sucre, avec un soupçon d’épices également (poivre et clous de girofle, surtout). En bouche, c’est sucré et épicé à la fois. Très intéressant en vérité. Goût de levures belges et aussi de caramel rôti. Bonne petite bière d’inspiration belge qui respecte très bien le style. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2005 (original rating - 3.8)) Dark amber. Nose is yeasty, hints of banana, alchol and spice. Body is thick with malt. Nice light banana notes. Slightly spritzy, comes towards a light hoppiness at the finish. Overall quite nice, tastey and works well together. (rerate) Very cloudy dark auburn colour with a hint of red shining through. The head is big and froth while quickly dissipating. The aroma is fresh with fruit - light apple scents. Lightly spiced and yeasty. The body is very choclatey and malty at the front. A good thick yeastiness is accompanied by a nice sweetness that is not cloying. A light bitterness finishes this nice belgian-style strong ale.

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