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Blonde D'Achouffe - Brasseurs R.J.

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: francisweizen on 02-17-2004

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Photo of TerryW
2.24/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Afraid I have to go against the flow here. I found this beer to border on unpalatable for how sweet it was. Maybe I got an off bottle, but the bottle I got was a clear miss.

Looks good enough. Looks appetizing for a firm moderate head and a nice hazy golden colour. First hint of trouble is in the nose which is interesting for its fruitiness and grain, but is overlaid by too much sweetness.

That carries through to the flavour of the beer. Its unexpectedly sweet over top of what should be something far more interesting. There's a notion of tastiness there, but the sweetness is simply utterly distracting.

I'll fetch up some other bottles to try, but for now its a fail.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Slightly veiled almost golden color with a thick white sparkly 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with some good legs.

Aromas of citrus, sweet grains, and metal. Flavors of citrus like lemon, smoky corn, roasted grains, coriander, slight fruity ester, herbal spices. High syrupy sweetness. Strong adjunct roasted corn taste.

Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, ending with a vinous fruity citrus feel and harsh bitter spices.

Overall an average failed copy of La Chouffe : Unpleasant flavors, a little flat and missing the nice freshness of a good Belgian Ale. Warming but boozy. Badly spiced.

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Photo of Sammy
2.92/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Water and spice, and spices like pepper and corriander and cloves, also bannana mid-sip I like to avoid. Nice lace. Alcohol not masked. Even worse than the bottle. Could not take more than a sip. Like a herbal tea with too much water and left over to cool.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

341mL bottle with ambiguous code on back label poured into chalice.

Pours a hazy orange with gold highlights with a fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly.

Coriander, banana and clove on the nose, with a generous dose of alcohol.

Alcohol is prominent is a prominent taste, with lemon, banana and clove behind. Lots of belgian yeast flavours going on here.

Mouthfeel is light, with fizzy carbonation. About par for the style.

Not a bad beer by any shot, but nothing to write home about. Hits the average notes for the style.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on January 24th, 2009.

Pours as a golden yellow color with a nice head. Aroma is fruity (banana mainly) with some spices (however, very difficult to distinguish what spices, I'm not good at that). Tasted is very refreshing, complex. Taste is fruity and spicy, just like the aroma. The banana taste is light. Carbonation is high. For me this is not an every day beer, too rich IMO.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden color beer with a nice head when poured into glass. Carbonation is a bit low. Aroma of spice are really present and very tasteful. The alcohol is well hidden and overall this is another very refreshing beer from Cheval Blanc though not as good as its Belgian cousin.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blonde in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of mild coriander, pear, yeast, and black pepper. Fairly sweet and heavy bodied. I think there’s a fair bit of wheat malt in there. Orange peel, and other savory spices become apparent in the mouth as well. A bit of an odd vegital note as well. A fairly good and spicy Belgian strong, but not in the same class as the classic La Chouffe.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden ale with stark white foam of diminutive proportions. No real lasting power and no lacing.

The aromas are yeasty and fruity initially with notes of ripe pears up front and some malty sweetness. Hints of coriander and faint banana follow the sweetness and are joined by very dim traces of apples. Nice aromas!

Medium bodied and heady brew, flavours of yeast and grains up front with some residual sweetness. Very potent alcohol bite overwhelms any hints of fruit that might reside within but lets a peppery bite surface before washing away in a tide of warming fusel bitterness.

I could surely have more than one at one sitting, who knows maybe I could find more to this brew of cloaked complexity?

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Photo of Swedes21
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341 ml served in a chilled glass

Appearance - The beer pours a "dirty" amber/haze colour with a small amount of head that quickly disappears. The head is a solid white with some min lacing. There is low carbonation with a bunch of snow flake like sediment floating around.

Smell - I can smell dry banana's, some sweetness and not really much else.

Taste - The sweetness of the banana really comes through in this beer. There is a solid taste throughout the whole mouthfeel. The beer does not have much aftertaste to it.

Mouthfeel - decent amount of carbonation level adds to the banana taste. As well, brings a little bit more of a bitter aftertaste. I could also taste hints of apple/spice in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Besides the snow flake type of sediments in my beer, i found this to be a decent flavoured beer. Glad i tried it, would not stock it.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Palish blonde, the head dissapear really really fast., no life form of any sort in my glass. A tiny fruity smell, nothing much, quite a shy smell in fact.
a hoppy taste, a medium bitterness , and an apricot taste I perceived, it also gave me stomachaches.

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Photo of Quej
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out of a 750mL container a light, hazy orange. Not much head, but leaves a nice lace.
S - Very yeasty and citrusy, lots of orange smells and some coriander.
T - Light tasting, quite yeasty and spicy, but not as strong in taste as I remember. Peachy and fruity, more than alcoholic.
M - A little flat, but quite smooth. Hide the alcohol quite well.
D - Decent but too yeasty to have more than one.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A lot of yeast sediment. Looks like the inside of a snow globe. Head deceases quickly and eventually dissappears. Blonde-yellow colour. Not very inspiring overall.

S- Yeasty/musty. Fruity aromas with some spice.

T- Strong yeast bottle-conditioned flavour. Alcohol a little too prominent (though not surprising considering the ABV). Touch of apple and sweetness than increases as it warms. A little bitterness in the finish. Good overall, but lacking complexity.

MF- Bite from alcohol and carbonation. Has some substance to it.

D- Despite the big yeast flecks and strong alcohol presence, this beer goes down quite well.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky gold/amber colour with a small fizzy white head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stuck around for only a few minutes before it was gone. There is a ton of sediment.. the beer looks like a shaken snow globe.

Smell - bananas, cloves, wheat

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a nice level of carbonation, it feels creamy yet light. The most noticeable flavour is ripe bananas and cloves. Theer is also some white grape/apple flavour and some wheat. I can also taste the alcohol. It finishes with a slightly bitter banana aftertaste.

Drink - Another beer that I'm happy I tried.. but isn't anything to write home about.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very yellow. not cloudy like the common chouffe. sticky lace with sporadic thin layer of head. nose is buttery and carries with it a milder version of the classic brett flowery chouffe nose. chouffe lite.

already, comparison is dragging this thing down albeit not bad

flavor is big sweet malts with coriander and horse blanket.. buttery citrus. nice tangy aftertaste shows up, but that butterscotch overwhelms in the finish and hangs around all through the ride.

not bad and way drinkable for 8%, but nothing compared to la grande choufffeee!!!

as that guy with the name says, viva la chouffe!

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden ale with a big head. Coriander, yeasts and orange in the nose. Yeasty taste, but perhaps not as much as most other Cheval Blanc. Lots of malt, curacao, banana, coriander. Hoppier than I expected, dry finish. Definitly not a real chouffe, but pretty solid nevertheless.

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Photo of sstackho
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light yellow with moderate head with a few floaties. Aroma is very lemony. And the taste follows on the lemon trail. In fact, a bit too much so. There is a bit of spice up front, but not all that much. It is still enjoyable. For me, it feels like a BBQ beer or a good choice on a hot day - and there aren't many 8% alcohol beers that fit that description! The 8% alcohol is not very evident. It can be a very good bargain. I picked up a "bonus" 8-pack for C$10.

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Photo of ColForbin
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was brewed "under license" from the original Belgian brewery.

Appearance: A slightly cloudy, golden ale. Pours with a slight head that quickly fades. I used a Rapscallion glass for this tasting.
Smell: Very interesting; full of coriander, cloves, and some savory (cardamom?) notes.
Taste: Very spicy, coriander, cloves, pepper, maybe a little orange peel. Hard to see through the spice to any malt, but the is a subtle yeasty breadiness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, full body, very lightly carbonated. Hides the alcohol well.
Drinkability: Suffers a bit from too much spiciness, but isn't the overpowering kind of spice that you get with ginger or cinnamon flavored beers. Could perhaps use some conditioning in the cellar to mellow out a bit.

I haven't had the original Achouffe, but I have had McChouffe. McChouffe was much more subtle than this beer, and I assume the same could be said for Achouffe. This beer was good enough that I will be seeking out the original. I encourage seeking this version out if you happen to be in Quebec.

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Photo of VbolieuV
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice blonde color with lots of carbonation and a 1-inch head with some lacing. Smell of hops and wheat with some spices too. Taste like a spicy witbier if you want. Nice citrusy taste and good hop flavours too, lots of spices also. Not a bad beer but pretty sure it ain't as good as the original (that I haven't tasted yet sadly.)

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

660ml brown bottle, brewed under licence of La Chouffe in Belgium,

A: yellow-golden coulour, thin white head.
S: nice aroma of yeast and spices.
T: nice crisp, spices, some yeasty texture finale.
M: medium to almos full bodied beer.
D: good belgian ale.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Volo. Poured a hazy golden yellow, tight creamy white head, lots of lace. Smell is sweet and fruity, like strawberries, various spices are present, orange and coriander. Taste starts out spicy, sweet and malty, then pleasant fruitiness, I didn't taste any of the alcohol, but got the warming. Pretty smooth, full and tasty, like a less harsh la Fin du Monde.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle out of ''La collection du Maitre Brasseur'' 6 pack from Brasseurs RJ

A- Like a hazy peach juice. Lots of sediment followed the careful pour. Head is minimal. Basically a ring with thin layer in the center of it.
S- Gooseberry. Grain. Belgian type yeast. Pear. Fermented orange juice. Some sort of banana and/or peach creme once it warms up. Alcohol starts off discrete but packs quite a punch when warm.
T- More bitter than I thought. Mandarin. Leafy. Strong clove taste. Reminds me for some reason of a bitter pomelo. Drank this almost at room temperature and it hides the alcohol fairly well (for 8%).
M- Smooth. Highly carbonated at first but loses it. So... low to medium fine carbonation.
D- High. I could probably drink a sixpack. I'd be drunk though.

Good beer but I don't know what it is... something is off. A little detail. I thought it had a watery finish but I'm not so sure anymore. I definitely might be biased considering I know this is a licensed product but this really tastes like a clone. ... a real well executed knockoff beer. Seems like it lacks soul... not trying to get too deep here...

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Photo of sid
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this over at Costco in Gatineau in the mixed 15 pack.

Pour was a hazy golden orange colour with very little head and no lacing. The smell is of spicy aroma, with hints of alcohol and cloves. The taste is complex, fruity with a hint of of spices and cloves with an alcohol aftertaste. Ends with a slight bitterness.

Could I drink this all night? Probably but it is a bit heavy for a summer beer yet it is refreshing.

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Photo of Founders_Fanatic
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought 660mL bottle and poured into a pint glass.
A: Golden orange, 1 finger of light head which fades quickly, very hazy, fine bubbles
T: Yeast, surprising amount of banana, clove, some alcohol.
M: Slight carbonation, medium body, dry, very drinkable
D: This is a solid beer. Belgian style beer with the banana taste is great. This is a sweeter summer beer. It was so good that I bought a bottle for my dad, and he loved it as well. Not too mention the bottle was $4.00 in Montreal

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Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Poured a hazed orange-gold ale with a glistening sheen into my goblet. Substantial tight white cap... I’m not used to seeing on these high ABV ales...lasts reasonably and laces the glass well.

Aroma is excellent: spice, pinapple, earthy-honey tones and mustiness.

Solid malt spine, soft mouth feel, rounded satisfying character.

Delivers a spiced load of malt in the front, corriander, cinnamon and other spice tones battle it out with the substantial malts for balance...mid palate the hops release their tastes to add a burst of drying bitterness against the yeasty fruit flavors...finishes dry , and spritzy but very clean with no after tastes for such a strongly spiced ale!?...alcohol is totally hidden.

This "elf" ale has a distinctly different charater from its Belgian counterpart but in a good way. This ale is nice and malty yet all the spice and fruit are there...the dry finish is a surprise but seems to work as the strong spicing totally drops out in the end to leave you with a clean dry finish....nicely put together. I will buy more.

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Photo of vwahaszee
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I look at the numbers above, I see good listed several times. That's what this beer was, good, not great, like it's brown counterpart. The alcohol could definitely be sensed more easily here than in Brune D'Achouffe. Kind of spicy, but thats mixed in to the rich fruity flavor. Well carbonated and not too heavy this is overall a quality Belgian Pale Ale with a bit of spice that makes it different.

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Blonde D'Achouffe from Brasseurs R.J.
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.