Blonde D'Achouffe - Brasseurs R.J.

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 66
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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 JOaikido
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of Conrad
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
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? (718 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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! (605 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of vwahaszee
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of baiser
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (256 characters)

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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (275 characters)

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