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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,156 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,156
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 166
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: 2,156 | Reviews: 847
Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian blondes... I like them. And of course the beers are great too. La Chouffe is an interesting sort with a picture of a garden gnome on the bottle. It conjures up images of garden gnomes sitting round a toadstool drinking the brew from steins made out of twigs perhaps plotting to overthrow the rose bed or conquer the birdbath for themselves... it looks like we have a brewer with a sense of humour, who also happens to be Belgian.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice.

A: Has a fine goldenrod body with a touch of cloudiness. The head is 1cm densely packed beige affair and as a whole the appearance invites one to quaff.

S: There's a lot of the classic Belgian blond characters here; dry yeast, orange peel, crisp acidic apples, stone-fruit and a hint of cloves... even more inviting.

T: Polyphenolic! This is quite a taste experience in a glass. Starts out with sourdough bread-like characters and moves to a sweet apple ferment with stone-fruit followed by a light bitterness and astringency in the finish. World class balance of flavours up there with the Trappist ales for its uniqueness.

M: The body is mid to heavy with a light but dense and creamy carbonation which works well with the style.

D: You can quite easily forget this is 8% ABV while drinking this as the alcohol is well hidden and the mouthfeel is not sticky like other beers at this percentage. A very fine brew and further proof that the Belgians are the greatest brewers on the planet. The only thing holding me back from drinking more often? The price. Does it topple the mighty Duvel? It's a close one.

Food match: Brasserie fare; light roast game bird with a garden salad, goats cheese and desserts such as tiramisu or strawberry shortcake.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice, lacing head atop a light orange body.

Smell – Nice malt backbone to this spicy BSPA. This is heavily spiced. I can pick out some big Italian spices, like oregno and basil, but the major players are the powdery versions of pepper and coriander. There’s some light fruit in there as well, mostly melon and maybe some lime, that compliment the mix.

Taste – Ditto on the tongue. The deep, sharp spices guide the taste. The malt takes a back seat. This is mostly the spice show from the nose.

Mouthfeel – Surprisingly light in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is classic BSPA. It’s a little too spicy for my taste, but on-style nevertheless.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden color with a nice rocky head that becomes a little creamy with some nice lacing,aroma is lighter than expected some spiciness with a hint of some grassiness.Taste is citruisy with a more subdued spicieness again with a grassy hop that comes thru in the finish.It almost has a creamy mouthfeel its a refreshing beer for the alcohol content a nice beer but there are better out there of the style I think.

Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden/orange with a lively and large white head. The nose is pleasantly fruity sweet and highlighted by hints of bubble-gum, orange peel and spice. The taste offers a fine balance between fruity sweetness and light hop bitterness on the finish. The spice comes through nicely down the middle. A very lively and full mouthfeel but yet failry light bodied. The aftertaste lingers nicely and maintains it's orange peel bitterness. A pleasant and easy drinking Belgian. Top notch.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Maduro in Madison, Wi. Poured hazy golden with a brilliant fluffy and lasting white head into a la Chouffe glass. Carbonation is like a seiche, swelling and tumultuous. Aromas are big and lovely. Spicey saaz hops, lemon peeper, and pilsner malts. Very nice. Flavor is fruity and crisp with a great big lemon zinger bite at the end. Great bite! Finish is spicy and dry with a nice lingering hoppiness. Very refreshing.

Update...after 20 odd more glasses (yes I am a lush but this stuff was on tap for only 3 bucks!) I have increased drinkability to 5 and the taste to 4.5 (from 4). I love this beer!

Photo of brownbeer
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden with a white fluffy head.

A lot of fast moving bubbles with lace being left already just from the head shrinking.

Aroma wasn't mind blowing for me, yeasty with spices(banana, clove, coriander).

Highly carbonated mouthfeel with orange and lemongrass notes. Spices come through with a soft doughiness as it warms. Also has some white wine characteristics.

Overall, i've had this on tap and thought it was much better, but this time I wasn't overly impressed.

Photo of steelerguy
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Exceptionally clear, one finger head, light golden color, with a bit of carbonation. Head faded to covering leaving a good bit of lacing while I enjoyed.

S - I don't give out a lot of 5's but this beer smelled exceptional. Sweet and spicy with some succulent fruit flavors. This was unique and quite excellent.

T - The great smell carries over to the flavor. A nice spicy flavor right off the bat which balances out nicely the sweet flavors. Very little hop flavor with a little bitterness, but a nice tartness from the yeast. There is a little alcohol warmth and flavor at the end which let you know you are drinking a strong ale. Again, unique and very tasty.

M - Nice dry finish, drier than I would have expected from a sweeter beer. I would have liked some more carbonation, in fact was surprised at how little carbonation it had. This could have been because I refrigerated the beer for about a year before I drank it (at a relatives house out of town...meant to drink it then).

D - There are high alcohol beers that you sip and drink slowly and then there are ones that someone still come across as refreshing. This one is refreshing even at 8% ABV, the spicy, dry finish makes this a refreshing and great beer to enjoy.

Photo of MutualAid
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours amber, unfiltered appearance (good) with a huge, fluffy white head.

S - Honey, currant, and straw aromas with no noticeable hop bouquet.

T - A little bit sweet and sour: honey sweet up front followed by a grain husk astringency; aged hop flavor similar to Orval. Lingering honey sweetness as the beer warms.

M - Medium body with a long clean hoppy finish.

D - Highly drinkable, which could be dangerous given the alcohol content.

Overall, a very good beer that nails the style with ease.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really have enjoyed the beers I've tried from this brewery. This beer was a hazy orange with a thick white head and wonderful carbonation. It had a sweet, spicy odor. The taste was wonderful; spicy, some fruit (lemon), with a warm hoppy finish. Very nice, a great beer to drink.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared a magnum with some friends.
The beer is golden with a white lace and head that remains nice.

The nose is sweet pale malts hints of honey and vanilla subtle

The mouth starts with a mouth of carbonation iit becomes malty sweet and the belgian yeasts comes and drys the palet and makes a slight bitter

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 Jason
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden colour with a thick and creamy white lace. Light bodied and very effervescent that is close to a champagne-like mouth feel. Dry pale malt character with a complex spiciness of clove, cinnamon, black pepper and a light hoppy presence. Burst of peachy fruitiness in the middle that awakes the taste buds from more. Lovely in the bottle but even better on tap.

Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber pour into the goblet. White head quickly becomes delicate ring and island lacing. Big Nose of floral and citrus, knocks you back a couple of feet. Pine, lemon, hay, and orange zest occupy the nose. Taste is a balance of sweet and crystal malt, melding with some outstanding hops(Saaz?).. Mouthfeel is very pleasant. It's hard to go wrong with a good Belgian.

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, Gnome thing going on the label. Pours light cloudy orange, chunky yeast floating around., yeasty,slight medicinal nose, creamy white head, leave nice lacing. Complex, fruity,spicy, multiple flavors floating around. light body, very smooth and pleasant mouthfeel. (I like the feel of this stuff in my mouth)warming and strong, classy stuff. I love this style, goes great with food and a nice warm sunny afternoon. Seek out and enjoy.

Photo of fdrich29
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Chouffe "Artisanal Belgian Golden le brewed with spices" Brewed and bottled by Brasserie D'Achouffe, Achouffe, Belgium. 1 Pint, 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville, MA.

Cloudy golden haze crowned with a fluffy white, lofty head that disappeared to reveal perfect glass encompassing lacing.

Clean, crisp smell and taste with cloves, spices, and some citrus taking turns tickling the senses and leaving a comforting warmness behind.

I find myself craving a nice Belgian Strong more often than not these days and La Chouffe has successfully reminded me that my quest to find these beers should continue. Definitely worth looking for this one.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle of fresh La Chouffe, purchased a few days ago from a new shipment at Dan Murphy's Tuggeranong.

Appearance: Gold to copper colour, dense fluffy, rocky head with lacing staying around everywhere in large clumps. Fairly clear with moderate carbonation, most of which is rising from the scored bottom of the glass. Some flecks indicate a small amount of bottle conditioning (though most of the sediment would have been removed).

Smell: Very nice candied sugar and slightly sour yeast dominates. Notes include sour apple, green grape, hay and a faint hint of plum.

Taste: Rich and powerful. Sweet on the palate, sour on the tongue, but overall sweet - like candied sugar. Yeasty, zesty. Coriander is not especially noticeable but no doubt adds to the faint medicinal character of the brew. Overall, it's more sweet than fruity, but very refreshing and slightly warming. Quite an incredible beer.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and lubricating. A good part of the Chouffe experience.

Drinkability: Good, and not too sweet as to preclude a follow-up bottle! This beer would be well-served by following it up with another of the same, actually - although a grassy hop Pilsener would cleanse the palate nicely if some other beer were to be subsequently sampled.

Notes: Not my first experience with this Ardenne dwarf, but certainly my best. Enjoying it with the warm sun on my back was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon!

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall bottle picked up as part of the LCBO's Winter release. Not that I needed any convincing buying a new Belgian ale, but just look at that gnome on the bottle. Look at him! Awwww...

Poured into my trusty Duvel. Deep golden, with hints of orange. Mildly opaque. Left a magnificient two inch foamy head, which receded into a nice half-inch patchy froth. Sheets of lacing with every sip.

Nose is apple, honey, peach, floral hops, pale Belgian malt, yeast.

A great evening sipper. Almost too sweet, but it's too damned tasty for me to care. Honey, apple, candied fruit, floral notes, coriander and spice are the big players here. Finishes dry, with a nice floral hop touch. Long finish.

Medium bodied, champagne-like mouthfeel up front, but as I work my way through the 650ml bottle, this wanes quite a bit.

A tasty Belgian strong ale, a great sipper for a quiet night in. A sweeter, gnome-ier version of Fin du Monde (or more accurately, Fin du Monde is a drier, less-gnomed version of La Chouffe.) Worth a pickup, despite the slightly high price point (at least in Ontario).

Photo of Byeast
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is a green 750 , with a gnome brewer for the lable.

Appearance: deep golden color , slightly opaque , with a creamy white layer of head.

Smell: the first thing that comes to my mind when taken to the nose is fruity pebbles. Rich scents of fruit/citrus , some coriander spice , bit of saaz hop.

Taste: fruity and slightly tart flavors , nice paler malt that is fairly sweet for a moment, some citrus , coriander spice , and and edge of noble hop bitterness. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: creamy at first , finishes quite dry.

Drinkability: a neat, lively brew from a smaller brewery, and quite drinkable!

Photo of jakester
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. It came in a tulip glass.

Arrives a hazy gold with a 1-1/2 finger head of beautiful white foam. Carbonation appears pretty high. The head falls to islands and a ring, with pretty good lacing.

Aroma is spicy and fruity, with notes of pears, golden raisins, pepper and nutmeg. There is a light yeast smell, along with some of that Belgian funky shit going on! Smells good!

Flavor is malty sweet, slightly bready, with notes of pears, golden raisins, and spices like above. Residual sweetness is fairly high. Hop character is low. Aftertaste is sweet, spicy, warm, and slightly yeasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty sweet, with medium carbonation. Finish is sweet and mellow.

This, to me, is your average sweet Belgian pale ale stuff. It's good, very tasty, good aroma, nice Belgian funkiness, pretty well balanced. Nothing over the top, but I'd drink it anytime.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a filmy dark golden color. The head is nothing to write home about other than the last of it is hard to go. Not very carbonated from what I can see. The smell is good. Smells like a Belgium beer should with a classical smell. Can taste the spice in the spice beer. Not too strong and not too weak on the spice. No aftertaste. Drinkability? Goes down rather smooth. Not a bad beer and 8% to boot!

**EDIT**

If you do not drink this beer fast enough, the spice turns a little strong and is noticeably harder to drink. This was never meant to be a power drinking beer so -0.5 adjustment for taste and drinkability.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 Big Chouffe magnum poured into a HF tulip for Thanksgiving 2011.

Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a small white head along with some thin white lacing. Nose is sweet and hoppy, bready yeast and a mellow spiciness finishes it off.

Taste is quite spicy and a bit sharp, there's a very strong hop bite as well, not overwhelming but well balanced. The alcohol is quite present which is a bit disappointing given I have a liter and a half to drink. The finish is crisp with a full body, lots of carbonation as well.

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 dwvarner77
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden hue that's at least 200% thick foamy head, that is certainly taking its time falling. Eventually falls to a light ivory fluff, with lots of lacing. Lots of floating sediment; initially active carbonation dies as the session progresses.
Nose is zesty; very malty, with significant yeast and peppery character. Taste is full, lots of malt and yeast, followed by a big spicy/peppery flavor that lingers in the back of the mouth. Hints of alcohol remain as well.
Mouthfeel is good at first,creamy, but flattens more than i would expect as the session progresses. Very tasty, but the alcohol hinders its drinkability somewhat.

Photo of Underrower
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served in a goblet.

Opened up and there was smoke lingering around the top. Poured a slightly cloudy nice golden color.

Pear and yeast on the nose; some honeycomb and maybe orange peel. Love the old yeast type smell. It's a shame that there is no sign of bottle conditioning.

Tastes great. Tastes almost like a dark beer and dark beers are usually my favorite. At the end you can taste the coriander and feel the bubbles and the alcohol comes in faintly. The alcohol is not the boozy sweet type but the astringent rubbing alcohol taste. It is good that the alcohol taste and bitterness is not that strong. I do not like bitter tastes at all and this one does finish lightly bitter.

Good smallish bubbles in the carbonation. This beer has a nice light feel to it. Not too harsh.

Great beer. My favorite beers are the strong, sweet dark belgians (St Bernardus, Gouden Caroulus Van de Kaiser Blau on tap, Gulden Draak etc)but this beer is up pretty high on my list even though it is not a dark. I wish it finished without any bitterness at all. This has a stout long lasting 8% alcohol effect on me. Feels more like 13% to me. I will probably be buying this again and may try aging this.

Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

A murky, hazy, and dull orange and copper color, with a thick, foaming, persistent white head. Spots and lines of lacing left down the glass.

An interesting and unique aroma: mild citrus, Belgian yeast, some herbal garden/grass notes, and a hint of cracked black pepper.

Flavor follows the nose very similarly. The earth, grass, herbal, and yeast are dominant, with a faint hint of citrus hiding in the background. Incredibly drinkable.

Light to medium bodied, no hint of alcohol and perfectly carbonated.

An interesting, herbal, and yeasty Belgian strong pale.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,156 ratings.