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Formerly brewed at Brasserie d’Achouffe (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Ale
Achouffe, Belgium

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Amber coloured, fruity, hoppy, sparkling and is not pasteurized.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
On tap. Pours with a hazed light amber hue with a fluffy white head that leaves good lace. Aromas are juicy, estery, peachy, stone fruit, mild malt character, a bit musty and earthy with notes of damp leaves. Flavors are juicy with lots of fruity esters (notably stone fruit), medium earthy notes, and a touch of vegital DMS character. Medium bubbles, a bit sweet and flaccid.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7633) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College PA this beer poured a murky tan-orange color with a medium sized foamy off white head that faded and left minimal lacing. The aroma was a bit tart with a bit of golden fruits and faint notes of yeast and pepper. The flavor was tart, dry and bitter with touches of peach, pear and bread dough. Medium length dry tart peach, pear and bread dough finish. Medium body. Ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7628) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread/grain), lightly hoppy (orange, flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cardboard, peach, coriander. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly acidic, moderately bitter, somewhat cardboardy. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Wow, I’m amazed this has held up as well as it has...the beauty of bottle-conditioned 750’s, clearly. Yes, there is some oxidation/cardboard in this one, no doubt, but it’s not too strong. My original score back in its day was low 3’s, and I dare say it’s about as good as before (gained some estery fruitiness over time, lost its hoppy edge/freshness, but of course also gained the cardboard). Surprisingly still very drinkable even for me. Neato.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2004
Bottled (750ml). A fairly low alcohol beer for Achouffe, no doubt intended as a summer quaffer. Apart from pils and witbier, Belgium is rather short of these. Very lively when uncapped - the bottle overflowed - as a result of which the bottle sediment was inevitably stirred up. I don't mind that, and, as I wasn't drinking from a 750ml glass, would have happened anyway. Pale amber in colour. Lots of lemon in the aroma and taste. There were notes on the palate that were reminiscent of a pasteurised British bitter. As Silk Tork says, there is a light vanilla undertone. Moderately dry finish but, as the hop bitterness dies away, a sweetish aftertaste develops. Overall, uncomplicated and fit for the purpose intended, but nothing special.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Draft. Hazy golden pour with white head. Light clove, banana, light fruit and yeast like aromas. Spicy flavor with Belgian mainstream tones, yeasts fruits and spices.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Sampled on 8/24/05: Semi-hazy golden bronze color has a wispy white head. Lightly spiced and oxidized aroma has a touch of tartness. Semi-full body has some earthy cardboard and mild sweetness with a nice spice balance. Has aged fairly well, but not a beer to be keeping to 2024 like the bottle said.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (7047) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2002
With it’s typical Chouffe taste i like this beer, though it’s not as strong as the original Chouffe. But this beer is a good alternative in the summertimes!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2011
draft at Blue Monk< buffalo. Amber colored pour, fruity yeast driven aroma. flavor seemed a bit stale, just not fresh. fruity yeast, bready, very light cardboard, orange zest. Decent not great

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (7005) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
On tap at Blue Monkey, pours a very cloudy amber orange with small white head, and lacing. Aromas of belgian yeast and candy sugar, dark fruit, steaming corn, floral hops, lemony citrus. Taste is filled with spicy hops, light spice, toasted malt, citrus zest. Body was nice and light on this belgian with a refreshing finish. Great session beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (6542) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2005
750mL bottle, date unknown. If this thing is ridiculously old, you wouldn’t know it from the pour. Mountains of thick, foamy, off-white head pile up in the glass, and it’s a while before it recedes enough to take a drink. Unfiltered and very hazy, it appears a copper-gold, with some deep orange tinges. Plenty of lacing as well, and the bubbles are tight and agressive. Aroma shows the malted wheat foremost, with hints of vanilla, some light yellow fruits, spicy rye notes and just tons of thick yeast. Flavor begins very light, more of a smooth, creamy wheat and freshly baked baguette flavor. Some nutty/cardboardiness from the age, though I didnt realize this was retired, at the time, so I was rather dumbfounded at finding an oxidized palate. Watery it is, but still maintains some good wheat and rye character, with notes of lemon-flavored sponge cake and mashed vanilla beans. Funky yeast flavors abound on the finish, though it has to fight off the large amount of oxidative dryness. I’m impressed that this little beer is still drinkable.


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