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Blonde D'Achouffe - Brasseurs R.J.

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83
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.87%


Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J. visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 02-17-2004)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2004 04:16:32 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 14:00:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660ml (qu'est-ce que c'est la?) bottle, procured via a trade with tbeckett - merci!

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of thin creamy white head, which leaves some jagged hanging tiers of lace around the glass as it steadily retreats (no Gallic inference meant or implied whatsoever...). It smells prominently of banana and clove, yeasty wheat grain, and a decent warming alcohol. The taste is sweet bubblegum wheat malt, zingy clove, mashed banana, mild citrus pith, earthy yeast, and a well-behaved booze edge. The carbonation is quite understated, the body medium weight, a bit too heavily in the way of the sugar, but still adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the main challenge to the sweet malt arising in the form of a re-armed saccharine ethanol dryness.

While it's hard to remember any minute detail of the Low Countries original, this, on its own merits, comes off as a very convincing simulacrum, made as it is an ocean away. A nice balance of grain, yeast, spice and booze, that is surprisingly easy to imbibe.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 23:55:53 | More by biboergosum
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2005 16:05:04 | More by Viggo
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 00:10:18 | More by spinrsx
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked the bottle and poured into a tulip. Hazy golden orange pour with a tight white head that soon diminished to nothing and left no lace. The colour is great, but the lack of head is not. An excellent bouquet of over-ripe banana, cinnamon, brown sugar and cloves impresses, and if the flavour follows suit all should be well. Here's what I get - strong esters, again with the over-ripe banana, but now joined by strawberry and lychee. Prominent, but well-integrated spicing. Huge caramel backbone with hints of vanilla and alcohol, which I found extremely similar to Southern Tier's Cherry Saison. Slight drying alcohol finish and a light warmth in the throat. Kind of saison-esque at the end. Smooth medium mouthfeel suits the caramel and sweet malt aspects well. My wife had a couple sips and declares it 'yummy'.

I have a feeling this beer is slightly under appreciated here. Taking a quick glancing at the other beer site I see it currently has a highly respectable 3.52 average, which I'm guessing would be a mid to high B+.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 13:15:36 | More by bobsy
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Crosling

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing orange. Strong, spicy aroma with coriander, along with hints of orange, pepper and sweet malt. Sweet, not cloyingly sweet, but still very sweet. Lush & soft mouthfeel. Lean, spice diversity (coriander), (orange peel?,) A tasty, well made interpretation of La Chouffe.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 00:43:25 | More by Crosling
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 22:33:00 | More by pootz
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange. Head is a bit wimpy and loose looking.
S - Fruity, yeasty, citrusy. Notes of tangerine and spice. Medicinal
T - Tangeries, ginger, and a slight bitterness in the finish. Compared to the La Chouffe, this seems more in-your-face, with bolder spice and esters, but less complex.
M - Slightly syrupy, thinner than the Belgian, but quite nice nonetheless. Carbonation is softer.
D - Nice, "light" Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 22:59:52 | More by allergictomacros
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2005 21:29:43 | More by goodbyeohio
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an RJ sample pack from Montreal. Poured into a chalice.

Pale golden-creamy colour, almost the colour of white grapefruit juice. Visible carbonation and sediment (admittedly, the sediment is in quite an off-putting form...) A thin head, doesn't stick around much.

Lovely nose on it - banana, spices, nuts, a bit of alcohol as well.

While not the best-looking brew on the block, this one sure tastes good. A lovely mix of banana, fruit, cinnamon, cloves, a touch of yeast and spices. Alcohol is present, but masked well.

Light carbonation, medium body. Slightly puckery to the finish. Smooth. It's hot as stink today, and this beer is doing the trick nicely.

A fine BSPA - really quite enjoyable. This seems to be a style that Quebeckers do well. Definitely will pick up some more next time I'm in la Belle Province. The gnome-factor also gives d'Achouffe a big thumbs up from me.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 20:33:05 | More by JohnnyBarman
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 02:28:23 | More by TerryW
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber in a Metro grocery store in Quebec City, 7/2005.

Pours a hazy pale orange, frothy and lacy ivory head. Smells of spicy apples and citrus.

Tastes of spicy clove and black pepper. Fruity malt, gree apple and white raisin. Nice dry finish. Mouth is crisp and dry with a lingering spiciness. It's smooth, sneaky smooth and would be truly easy to knock off 2 or 3 bombers with ease.

Not as tasty as the original La Chouffe but not to be missed if you can lay your hands on it. A must for me whenever I find myself in Quebec.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 00:03:01 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 14:41:48 | More by Rastacouere
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, peppery spices, banana and cloves. (Very Hefe like)

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite yeast followed by banana and cloves, some peppery spices and wheat malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 00:57:43 | More by SebD
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 11:31:06 | More by ZorPrime
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Pub St. Alexandre in Vieux Quebec. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a tinge of orange with a nice white head that laced a little bit on the way down. Aroma was gorgeous, with a pile of banana and a bit of clove and coriander with a touch of wheat malt underneath it. Tastes much of the same, without any of the 8% within the beer playing through... Superbly well balanced in terms of flavour, malt and alcohol. Good mouthfeel, though nothing amazing and wildly drinkable...

Well made, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 01:42:06 | More by kjyost
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TheDeuce

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blonde d’Achouffe…in a bottle from the Brewer’s mixed pack.

Appearance-mix of gold and amber, a wavy thick head rises and then leaves fast, leaving little more than tons of crackling bubbles
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Smell-banana and clove, yeast mixed with alcoholic burns, smoked and burnt sugar as well. Pungent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-initial burn on the tongue, strong banana notes mixed with burnt sugar. Yeasty doughy background on the malt, backs it up ok. Smoothness is ok. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Finishes with a spicy hit of fruit and peppery haze. Other flavor notes that I did not were caramel and dried bread but they were light. Alcohol is actually well hidden after the initial crush.

Overall-interesting beer, one I’d try again, I like the way the alcohol is hidden for the most part. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 19:37:19 | More by TheDeuce
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden honey color. Great looking beer; it's almost glowing. One finger head quickly disappears, leaving only the thinnest ring behind with no lacing. Tons of big chunks of sediment! I'm not sure if this is good...I'm kind of scared to drink it. It looks like the beer has a bad case of dandruff suspended throughout.

Smells light, spicy and refreshing.

Tastes light, spicy and refreshing! This is a pretty nice beer, almost none of the 8% is evident. Sweet up front with a little bitterness on the end. Nicely spiced.

The mouthfeel is thin but not too thin, with a sparkly carbonation.

This is quite drinkable, especially at 8%. I would definitely buy this again, especially at $3.99 for a 660ml. It tastes like it's worth more than is costs. I've seen this beer around for a while and always thought the label looked funny with the little elf and didn't ever think to buy it. I read the good reviews here and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did and will definitely be buying this again. A flavorful strong beer that goes down pretty easily. I'll ignore the extreme amount of sediment since it was so enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of spiced beers but this one presents a good balance, not overly spiced as some tend to be. I'll look forward to trying the brown version soon (and also to sample the original, which I just spotted at an SAQ this afternoon).

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 06:04:38 | More by eat
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 03:11:55 | More by Yoonisaykul
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 15:42:37 | More by fisherman34
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baiser

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a fluffy white head. Aroma of lemon, spices, yeast and pepper. Taste was excellent. Alcohol was well hidden. Quite fruity, yeasty, phenolic, spicy and balanced by a dry, hop bitterness. Fluffy, medium bodied, and smooth mouthfeel. Nice on draught.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2005 07:02:34 | More by baiser
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rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 00:44:48 | More by rodenbach99
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 01:21:19 | More by 3Vandoo
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sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 20:39:07 | More by sstackho
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Blonde D'Achouffe from Brasseurs R.J.
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