Blonde D'Achouffe - Brasseurs R.J.

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: francisweizen on 02-17-2004)
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Photo of nighthawk
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Swedes21
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of kjyost
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of sid
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of TerryW
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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...

Photo of Otterburn
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Christmas gift with the glass.

color is golden hazy cloudy, looks good

smell is spicy with cloves, alcool,sweet banana; smells quite good

Taste a bit like the smell: spicy, alcool
well balanced with all the spice,malt,alcool
sweetness and everything, cause the taste is quite complex, full body belgium style

mouthfeel is alright

Drinkability is good with such complex aromas,texture taste..

Photo of bobsy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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+.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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).

Photo of rodenbach99
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Quej
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of shamus
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sweet gnome treat. a mighty powerful beer from a wee feller. D'Achouffe is similar to Maudite, which is a personal favourite. Devils and gnomes seem to make great beer. Much better than Coors and labatts anyhow.

This is a spicy but not astringent beer. It has alot of flavour but is not cloying. This is a beer for sitting around the fire on a cold night be it summer around the campfire or winter next to the hearth.

D'Achouffe may mean little gnome person in French, but to me it means, another please.

Photo of sstackho
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Crosling
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of JOaikido
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Conrad
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this stuff at a Metro grocery store in Gatineau, Quebec. The lable shows a smiling gnome/dwarf bending over under a load of hops.
A: Pours a cloudy honey yellow-orange colour. There is some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so I poured gently. The sediment was added to the last few ounces in the glass, and that really clouded the brew! No head to speak of.
S: The smell carried across the room as I poured. Big aroma, with hops, citrus, coriander, and other spices I can't identify. Get your nose up close and the spices dominate. And it gets better as the beer warms in the glass.
T: One of the most complex flavoured beers I've had. It does not have a sharp bite or sourness though. Flavours include herbs, coriander, assorted spices, earthiness. It's fun to try to sort them out.
M: With only light fizz, this is a smooth, medium body. Take it in sips.
D: Do not chug this one. It is a refreshing bitter high test beer that should be savoured. Considering the size (660 ml) and the 8% abv, one is enough for a single sitting.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.65/5  rDev +27%
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.

Photo of fisherman34
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Photo of Beersignal
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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?

Blonde D'Achouffe from Brasseurs R.J.
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.