jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with beautiful, plentiful head, perfect density, sticks around, nice contrast to murky brown body. Aroma is great with lots of brown sugar and some black pepper. Feels pretty thin and watery, but a bit smooth in mouth, goes down quickly!
Tastes of plum, malt, and yeast with a bit of brandy too. Carbonation is good, a little more than most beers, but works well. Spice is nice and expected, but just a shade off from what would really complement the rest of the flavors.
Overall, a great, suprisingly easy brew to guzzle down. Just not leaving me with too much reason to go out and buy another.
jcwattsrugger (12394) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle-thanks to Joe/jwc215 pours a diminishing tan head and brown color with amber tint. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, bready, medium/dark fruit. Taste is first dry hops character, then sweet medium malt-caramel, bready, medium/dark fruit. Occasional. OK effervescence.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown, burgundy color with a billowy head. A spicy aroma of chocolate malt, some roasted coffee notes. Flavor is similar with hints of molasses and mild spiciness. Fairly smooth drinking ale. Alcohol well disguised. Very good.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A somewhat rocky maybe more frothy light tan head shrinks quickly on top of this murky red brown ale. Afruity belgian aroma rises from the glass. a little banana and a clove or mulled spice scent. interesting subdued and somewhat earthy approach with a full round presence. hops are assertive and tingly throughout the finish and the high alcohol is well contained.
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; poured a dark brown with a creamy off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast and spice. Caramel malt, then peat/roasted malt and hops on the finish. Hints of sweetness; occational alcohol warming, but alcohol well hidden. Palate was a little harsh at times and a little watery; didnt detract from the beer too much though. Not a favorite from a style that I normally like.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Golden brown with big fluffy off-white head. Malty aroma with a hint of yeast. Lively palate. Caramel taste with a toasty, yeasty finish.
cab (866) - DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottel.70cl. Good malty nose with spicy and yeasty hints. Taste was bland mostly malts with small amount of hop´s.
after4ever (8019) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750. Pours deep opaque ebony with deep amber highlights. Towering thick sudsy moussy tan head--this is a gorgeous beer, a centerfold without a doubt. Funky, sweatsocky, sour cherry-ish on the nose. Big forward malt sweetness/brown-sugary notes all over the palate. Medium attack with subdued carb and nearly-watery body. Mid-palate’s not as subtle or as complex as ya might ordinarily hope for from Achouffe. I’d drink the hell out of this beer if I were standing in a bar that served it and not too many other things--it’d make for an amazingly good session. And an amazingly comatose cab ride afterward. But even though this is local and reasonably priced, I’m not sure I need to seek it out again in a bottle. Solid and then some, but unspectacular.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle poured dark brown with a big creamy tan head that stays well and laces good. Aromas of caramel malts, and lots of earthy dough notes as well. Flavor is caramel upfront with some good fruity notes in behind that some peat and lots of scotch. Palate is smooth rather well carbonated and fairly creamy on the palate. Not bad.
xetnauq (13) - USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very smooth, creamy, as others have said earthy beer. Taste starts out well, but somewhat unsatisfying and undistinguished after drinking.