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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,154 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,154
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 167
Gots: 308 | FT: 0
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Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

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Ratings: 2,154 | Reviews: 846
Photo of imfinished
3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Just too sweet and light in the wrong ways.

Photo of Kinsman
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hoppier than most for this style but a great beer all around. Yeast character gives it a nice spice and slightly fruity take.

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect beer tastes great love it.

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Favorite of the style. Comparable to Duvel, but slightly better in taste-not as carbonated, coriander is subtle but evident.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl(330ml) brown short bottle with a lovely Belgian shape to it. This little chouffe is dressed for the background behind him. A lovely bottling with excellent artwork. Poured into an authentic la chouffe stemmed tulip glass.

A - glowing golden yellow with a lush orange hue once out of the light. White head pours very nice in size and settles into a splotchy and clumped ring of lacing leaving good stick.

S - belgian yeasts and big fruitiness. Orange and banana to be exact. Maybe a touch of sweet lemon bread. Coriander and clove round out the Belgian theme of spices.

T - d'achouffe yeast is spot on with a dash of coriander and clove spices. Banana and hints of orange with plenty of Belgian fruit esters flowing around the mouth. Soft malt backbone balances nicely leaving a tasty linger in the back end. Classic.

M - medium bodied with a lovely texture. Thickness is precise with the style and some hints of alcohol as it warms. Finish is smooth and leaves you wanting another sip.

O - I had forgotten how grand la chouffe was. Boy, am I glad it's showing up in my area these days. An excellent Belgian ale and a pure traditional Belgian classic ranking up there with the great brewers of that part of the world. A must try and it remains one of my all time favorites.

Photo of alwaysmad
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love it!. It´s slightly bitter at the end and doesn´t feel like a beer with 8% ABV

Photo of Offbeeat
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If I could marry this beer, I would.

Photo of CAC329
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I feel i should give this a 5 but maybe i have not drank enough. My first true belgium beer and i must say WOW!
I really can say i know a full bodied beer. The smell, taste, eand feel, wonderful.
I would definitely recommend and go back for more!

Photo of Luisvida
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gran ejemplo del estilo, es una cerveza visualmente muy atractiva y con un aroma complejo y lleno de frescura, con la marca de la levadura belga. Fácil de beber y placentera, no se nota el grado y tiene un paladar limpio y seco, con gran repertorio de especias y frutas verdes y maduras.

Photo of Duvel_Boston
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chouffe tulip glass at The Abbey in Brookline, Mass.
To start, La Chouffe is simply one of the tastiest looking Belgian ales. The initial pour yields a big, inviting pure white head, and a hazy near-opaque caramel/orange body. The smell is very nice - dry caramel, fruity Belgian esthers - although perhaps the aroma isn't as forthright on draught as it is out of the bottle. The taste is magic though. Full bodied with crisp carbonation and just enough hop bite. It's really delicious and easy to drink. One of my favorite beers of all time. I sometime think of La Chouffe as a perfect foil to Duvel - a much softer, rounder, less-intense Belgian ale that nonetheless brings a perfect balance of flavor. It's more playful and sweetly bodied than some Belgian ales, but definitely a serious contender. I don't think I'll ever get tired of drinking it.

Photo of MartyFrankenhoff
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Especially in the cooler months

Photo of WunderLlama
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Corked champagne style bottle poured into pilsener

Slight hazy golden yellow with plenty of carbonation leads to a dense billowy two finger white foam cap

Aroma of grass, lemons, spices, tart apples

Tartness on the tip of the tongue, grassy notes on the middle, hint of alcohol. Reminds me of the tartness found in some white wines

No sudsing, Alcohol present , slight tart aftertaste

Great beer. Repeating this one

Photo of Tilly
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear golden straw with a clean white, frothy, two finger head.
Aromas of malts, ple and lemon at the back.
Tastes of sweetness, herbs and spices and finishes with some mild vanilla.
Clean, crisp mouth feel.
Not one of the best Belgium Golden's , but right up there!

Photo of DaverCS
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice orange hue with lively carbonation and 2 finger white head.

Aroma is nice and yeasty. Closer to a saison with nice spiciness.

Taste is great, but I think duvel is better. This has more malt than duvel and less carbonation than duvel. Not nearly as crisp. Don't get me wrong, this is world class, but it isn't my favorite Belgian strong ( more like 2nd or 3rd). Flavor is nice and yeasty with some nice spice and a touch of alcohol at the end. Well balanced with the malt at the finish. The malt isn't noticeable or detracting but it is there as a balancer.

Overall world class beer! Those belgians know how to do it! Literally pair this with anything ... Fancy from lobster to caviar .... Or cheap nice slice of pepperoni pizza. I give it a 97.5/100.

Photo of dresdena1
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Quite possibly my favorite of all beers.

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a huge chunky head that lasts. Unfiltered good. Medium gold

S- Lots of hops here. Good malt. Nice

T- Those hops are fantastic! Super enjoyable brew that is expertly blended. Lots of fruit overtones. Hints of caramel.

M- Dry and crisp. Lots of alcohol.

O- Very enjoyable brew. Will buy again when I next see it at the LC.

Food Pairing

This wonderfully ripe fresh hoppy brew went well with...... Cream of leek soup with chicken supreme.

Enjoy

Photo of clarknova
3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

although this beer has 8% ABV it is very easy to drink. but not very aromatic and a bit boring.

Photo of jetpilot12
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very solid, strong beer with not much kick.

Photo of Tim725
3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Little too sweet for my taste. Not bad though

Photo of simoen
2.66/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

mooie kleur en geur maar smaak valt tegen

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of the classics. i think this basically defines the genre of belgian strong pale ale. it has all the elements, and is one of the more balanced beers in this style thats out there. a little darker than golden, bright russet colored, with a tall white head that is vintage belgian. the nose is a showcase of this very dynamic yeast, as spice laden as it is fruity, and then bittering hops with a european grassiness. the flavor is quite similar, with a little grain sweetness on the front end before the yeast driven dry finish. carbonation is akin to champagne, and the beer is awfully drinkable and creamy for something thats 8% abv. very uncommon. i kind of always keep this beer in the back of my mind and internally compare all other belgian pales to it. very few stack up to la chouffe.

Photo of evilpenguin9000
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smooth and well made. Light and delicious.

Photo of Advocaate
2/5  rDev -52.5%

Hugely disappointed here. Based on reviews here and feedback from friends I expected a lot, and finished feeling let down.

Won't bother with a full review as that would waste time. The finish here was so sweet it just reminded me of bubblegum. I mean that literally: I got notes of Bazooka Joe and Dubble Bubble here. Matter of fact, the nose and taste were absurdly sweet as well. If you like sweet, yeasty Belgians you will love this, but personally, this is a one and done for me.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a beautiful hazy yellow with a fizzy white head that lasts. The smell is full of bananas with some bread scents coming out too. The taste is light and aromatic like champagne with banana and apple being in the front and then toasted biscuits and a little bit of toffee coming in the end. Very pleasant and a wonderful beer.

Photo of Mlkluther
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Lovely beer. Some biscuit and bread along with some banana.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,154 ratings.