La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.56/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
As pale yellow as many weaker beers but with an extraordinary substance to it by contrast. It's got some haze all through it, some soft bubbly activity, and an extremely creamy and thick pillow of pure white head that solidifies at just over a finger with lots of heftiness. It sits heavily at that point and barely moves. When it does, it's all together as some deposits of lace are left in thick patches here and there.
Nice and juicy yet dry as well in the aroma, it's all kinds of complex. So much yeast character comes out without snuffing the malts, esters, or even very light hop addition. Dusty pale malts with an earthiness accentuated by the yeast's character lay a firm foundation for it. It's exceptionally juicy, almost making my mouth water just smelling it. Tart ripe pale fruits flesh is in full effect along with sweeter notes of almost tropical fruits. Soft banana is there from front to back with honey just at the end. Alongside all this, sweet and gentle spiciness of clove and coriander, along with a gently hot spiciness akin to cinnamon, add fantastic complexity. Alcohol has a gentle, warming presence that builds.
Malts form as firm a backbone in the flavor, and it follows suit with the exception that somewhat more and more varied spiciness is revealed along with more bubble gum yeast notes along with must, earth, clove and coriander. All the same juicy and honey-like sweetness, along with that of candied citrus, remain into the finish.
The beautiful body that marks the style is manifested in this one. At once soft and strong, it's incredibly creamy with a soft but even carbonation building lots of smoothness on the palate while offering a nice crispness that never falters. Alcohol doesn't have too strong an effect, and it eases into a semi-dry finish.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 20:59:16 | More by Brenden
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
330 ml bottle poured into a footed Belgian tulip
Cloudy pale gold with 3 fingers of pillowy white head that slowly recedes to a persistent cap with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is full of pale malts, citrus peel, and spicy yeast esters. A little bit of clove and grassy funk in the background.
The taste follows the smell pretty closely. Bright citrus--mostly lemon--leads the way. The white peppery spice and earthy grains follow, while the pale malts lend support throughout. Just a hint of herbal bitterness at the end. The texture is near perfection as far as I'm concerned. Starts off feeling medium with an ever-so-slight sticky feeling. The lively carbonation provides a crisp, mildly prickly, refreshing zing, and it finishes very dry and clean.
These gnomes know what they're doing. It's been a while since I had the Houblon Chouffe, but this seems pretty similar, which is a good thing. This is simply one of the best Belgian Pale Ales I've had.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 14:41:21 | More by glass_house
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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