Zlotta (2765) - Hagen, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0,33 l bottle bought in either Zwolle or Hattem, NL, best before end 8/2015. Clear, dark red with a huge, foamy, stable, tan head. Weak, sweetish aroma of nuts and caramel. Sweetish taste of nuts, caramel, and hints of dark chocolate. followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, satisfying finish. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, average to lively carbonation. Looks great and is easy to drink, quite what I expected. Decent. A bit shy, though.
teddybeer (3688) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a light beige head with medium duration. Aroma has notes of ripe fruit, toasted malts and toffee. Flavor has notes of burnt caramel, toasted malts and notes of plumbs. Slightly sweet in the final with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel and some sweet notes.
PotjeBier (2973) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Notes from early 90s. Bottle. Color: brown, not too dark (for a bock). Aroma’s: dark malts, caramel, sweet. Flavor is moderate sweet. Light to medium bodied. Light bitter flavor. Had this many times over the years, and it’s never been Chouffe’s best beer, or a very good bock for that matter. Decent enough though.
Svesse (8284) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught at Kafé Belgie, Utrecht, 26 Feb 2015) Dark brown colour with hints of ruby. Frothy, off-white head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of roasted malt, black rye bread and black coffee. Malty, roasted taste with caramel, black rye bread, coffee and a balanced bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Tasty and well balanced. Quite nice.
Inoven (520) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Met de familie een fles gedeeld. Heerlijke kruidige caramel smaak, schuimkraag is vlug weg. Licht tintelend in de mond. Typisch bokbier.
Alengrin (4999) - BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2017 Rating based on old notes relating to the original Achouffe version, from a 75 cl bottle; has been in existence since 1991. Was a straightforward and somewhat simple but very decent and balanced brown ale - intended as a Bock but in fact just another Belgian dubbel, if you ask me - with a malty, caramelly, yeasty flavour with some dried fruits and dryish, lightly toasted finish with lingering sweetness. Seems to have returned meanwhile under Moortgat directions, only for the Dutch bokbier market; I have yet to taste it but if the same thing happened to it as with the other Chouffe beers since Moortgat took over, it has probably become cleaner and even more straightforward than it already was.
Stuu666 (12174) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at Cafe Gollem. Pours light amber, aroma and taste are bitter, malty, dry toffee.
androman (2092) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle @ home from bier-winkel.com.
Body is clear dark reddish brown color
Head is medium, creamy, brownish, mostly lasting, excellent lacing.
Nose is floral,
Aroma is caramel, honey, spice, slightly roasted malt.
Taste is medium sweet, light roasty bitter, light sour.
Finish is medium lasting sourish bittersweet.
Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation.
Easy, spicy bockbeer.
Templeton (8) - - DEC 3, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ambrée, presque brune. Assez équilibrée, trop probablement, c’est difficile de trouver du caractère, quelque chose qui s’en dégage. Agréable cela dit.
blackisle (2352) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 33cl. Clear deep amber brown, small frothy beige head, recedes after a while to a lasting creamy layer, good lacing; aroma sweet malty, roasted, dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel; taste moderate sweet and bitter, roasty; medium body, oily to watery texture, average carbonation, finish dry bittersweet, spicy notes; overall too thin and watery, I expected more from d’Achouffe.