La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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Reviews by danmouer:
4.25/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
La Chouffe is the signature beer of Brasserie d'Achouffe and a prime example of the Belgian Strong Golden Ale style (BJCP 18D).
This review is being completed following the first chalice full of this delightful nectar from a 750 ml bottle. The beer pours a rich golden color with an opalescent shimmer and a big rocky white head that slowly subsides, tracing fine lace over the glass.
My nose catches a big first hit of sweet malt, Saaz hops and the spicy aroma of characteristic Belgian yeast. A little more nasal indulgence captures sweet caramel and coconut.
The flavor of this beer is rich without being fat. Candy sweetness, a spicy-bitter backbone, and the warmth of alcohol on the mid-palate and swallow say this is a serious beer: not a summer refresher, but neither is it a winter warmer. More like a beer to enjoy with a good meal or at an intimate moment.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy--the fullness largely from the moussy effervesance. There is a long, warm and slightly bitter finish that leaves the mouth dry and coated with spicy sweetness that fades slowly.
There are many fine strong goldens out there, a bunch of them with devilish names, but La Chouffe strikes me as a bit richer, a bit more substantial than many of the old standbys. It isn't, for instance, as easily drinkable or refreshing as Duvel. Rather, this golden lives up to the full measure of its 8% apv and suggests a place at a table dressed with crisp linen.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2008 22:05:12 | More by danmouer
More User Reviews:
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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