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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,654 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1654
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%


Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001)
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Chouffe was dying to get out of the bottle. The head is full and strong and maintains its presence throughout. It has a fine lace that clings to the glass, and an amber/golden color. La Chouffe has a great combination of effervescence and creaminess that adds an interesting character to the mouth feel and the taste. The smell is earthy and fruity with a hint of apples and pears. Taste is a complex and somewhat subtle mix of sweet and bitter that makes it very drinkable and not overwhelming. I have had in on tap and from the bottle and have never been disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 03:58:51 | More by SeanChouffe
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MarcGetty

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How does one describe La Chouffe? SPICY! The incredibly complex flavor of La Choufee is terriffic, but not overwhelming in any way.

I've had La Choufee a number of times, and it never disappoints. The complex flavor and golden color are hard not to love. This is truly one of the best Belgian ales available today.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 15:49:58 | More by MarcGetty
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boudreaux

Alabama

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours, as you will see, with a generous head. This is quite slow to subside and leaves considerable lacing on the glass.
The mouth feel is, as you would expect from an 8% beer, substantial, almost 'chewy'. You know you're drinking something rather special.
The flavour is a good balance of malt and hops, the background flavour of candy sugar that should warn you you're drinking something potent, and there's a definite spice flavour, almost fruit cake. It's a very warming brew.

Quite possibly my favorite beer. Period.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 08:58:46 | More by boudreaux
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pbrian

Connecticut

4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly amazing. Spicy, yeasty, hoppy. Awesome interpretation of style. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2001 15:48:35 | More by pbrian
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jenbys2001

Japan

4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was pleased that my first experience with this beer was on tap. This is an excellent beer, although it's funny - my first impression was that it tasted and smelled a bit like a creamy Hefeweizen. It tasted a bit smoky, with hints of peaches and bananas. It had a delicious appearance in the glass, with a hazy gold color and a frothy head. It also had hints of spiciness - clove and pepper with a light hoppiness to the finish. Overall a really excellent, drinkable beer. It also makes an impression on tap, my friends and I are still discussing this brew several days later.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2008 14:58:54 | More by jenbys2001
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This could well be my favorite beer of all time, I have drank it draught in both Belgium and England, but I prefer it in the bottle, which is very unusual for me to say.

The overall package is fantastic, the flavours battle each other to make it difficult to pin any perticular one down. Spiced and an old golden, dark amber colour, it just explodes in your mouth. The head stays and tastes more bitter than the body of the beer it's self, is that possible?

This is just a fine beer, it fits my idea of being perfect in almost every way, I hope anyone reading this takes my advice and gives this beer a chance. Sit down and relax, if your tastebuds haven't been tested for a while, now is the time to let them be re-vitalised.

The beer is a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 14:25:10 | More by BlackHaddock
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thelawnet

United Kingdom (England)

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful golden brew poured from a 330ml bottle.

Hints of coriander with a pleasant alcohol kick to it. Limited head and carbonation, outstanding flavour, a much better choice than a run-of-the-mill beer like Leffe Blonde (which I won't buy) - this one's a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 18:42:55 | More by thelawnet
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. brown glass bottle, best before the end of 2006 on the bottle. Pours a hazt gold color with some sediment and carbonation visible towards the bottom of the chalice. Head is large and creamy, very good retention and lacing. Very nice belgian yeast woody funk in the nose, alcohol and spices also present. Taste is absolutely crisp and clean, lots of malt backbone, good yeast and subtely fruity flavors. Alcohol also adds some more body to this excellent beer. Mouthfeel is spot on. I could've drank a 750 mL of this, but unfortunately I only had a 330 mL. I will definitely get more next time.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 23:49:45 | More by TastyTaste
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Rudgers73

New York

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Petit bottle filled right to the collar of the neck. Never seen a bottle this full before...

It pours hazy yellowish-amber. Under closer examination I realize that this beer is full of tiny particles suspended with an almost neutral buoyancy. Tiny bubbles of mild carbonation rise up through the sediment forming a small, but retentive head. Nice lacing as it drinks down. This beer smells wonderful. There is a wild, musty yeast aroma that rises from a smooth, light malt undertone. Very fruity/spicy. I smell an almost pineapple sweetness and I can notice alcohol after a long smell, but it definitely isn't a hot smell. The flavor is very complex. Incredibly smooth and creamy with mellow and sweet general flavors. Citrus, candi sugar, apples, pineapple, and spicy and bitter hops at the end. The alcohol tingles your tongue after a while and the sweetness subsides and the bitterness becomes more prevalent. This is an ever-changing beer. The body is pretty dry giving it a very light and lively mouthfeel.

Overall, this is what I would consider a more refined and finer tuned version of La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue. More delicate and complex, but a similar fruit flavor and yeast aroma/flavor. Better hopped and more interesting flavor profile IMO.

I enjoyed this one with some chunks parmesan peppercorn baguette. The peppercorn works well with the dryness and hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 23:52:14 | More by Rudgers73
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1fastz28

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

as soon as i opened it up, i smelled a skunkiness, i was really worried it was a really old one, or it somehow got crapped up, but i think its ok. regardless it looks fantastic, a beautiful golden color with a pure white sparkly head. smell is fantastic as well, belgians are just the best thing ever, i can't think of a better beer than a great belgian strong ale, or a trip/dubble taste just makes me want to move there and become a monk and swim in the beer. i really dont know what else to say, just amazing.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 00:52:48 | More by 1fastz28
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bcdees47

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from a wine glass on a spring night in Edinburgh. Pours nicely and has a medium golden color. A rather strong fruity scent on the nose. This beer has a very light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. It has sort of a wheaty taste and almost reminded me of a wit. Lots of fruit and very smooth. Delicious and eminently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 19:27:21 | More by bcdees47
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Evoeater

Washington

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally coming back to my first Belgium. From a 750mL bottle into a La Chouffe glass.

A- Nice head, but it dropped quickly. Cloudy appearance.

S - Sweet smell with some wheat.

T - Sweet with a beautiful wheat/yeast flavor. Just enough hops to keep it interesting. I don't know how to properly describe it, but it is nothing short of amazing.

M - Smooth with a nice medium mouth feel. Easy to drink.

O - Amazing beer. After returning to it much later, I finally appreciate the complex flavor and composition. One of the best in this category and a great beer all around. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:45:57 | More by Evoeater
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AlexanderCsamaj

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Once upon a time I was searching for a beverage better than the rest, something creative and satisfying. As I walked the aisles of the Foodery a voice called out to me. What it was saying I can't actually remember. Regardless, it was a gnome calling out to my soul; his words rang true. We have been friends ever since. Even my wife likes to hang out with him.

This is a great beer. It is an easy drinking super tasty mildly potent happy juice that goes as good with breakfast as it does with pork chops or a long drawn out chess game.

I think it has been know to cure the common cold.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:36:14 | More by AlexanderCsamaj
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jjkatter

Australia

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a Trappistes Fochefort goblet...

A- Golden blond with very thick and creamy snow white head. Plenty of carbonation with great head retention.

S- Wonderful belgian yeast, bananas and various subtle spices at the finish. Warming alcohol glow. This is a good example of why people love Belgium beer so much; lots going on and all held together with well controlled balance.

MF- It’s like a party going on in your mouth. Extremely pleasant mouth-feel and pleasing alcohol affects. There seems to be a growing desire to brew Belgian style beers in the U.S. I hope more examples of this style are on the slate.

O- One of my favorite Belgian ales. I would love to find this on tap sometime. If you haven’t tried this one yet and have a chance, I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 04:30:06 | More by jjkatter
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml poured in proper La Chouffe tulip.

Sitting in the fridge for days and right through the bottle it is still ultra chunky looking (lots of floaties). Of course that won't stop me from drinking this beer, but its worth mentioning.

Kind of a apricot color. Beer is very murky. Cant see it but the carbonation level is quite high. The most mountainous frothy head! Sticks around forever as well. Laces the glass. Love it.

Smell is a marriage of yeast and spice. Really can't differentiate, but it smells delicious. Aroma is delicate. Slight fruit going on. Being delicate, it does fade.

Refreshing, tasty, complex and surprisingly alcoholic. Alcohol is mostly perceived in warmth. Hops lend a pine flavor. Bitterness is spot on. Malts really come through- solid grain and possibly wheat flavors. Ends with a variety of yeast flavors that seem to change and the beer temperature changes.

I wasn't sure about this one because of the term "brewed with spice". That term can mean an infinite amount of stupendous and horrendous things. Too loose a term for me to confidently purchase. But this beer kick ass! Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 22:48:19 | More by mlazzaro
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benmiliron

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a re-review from my first review below. This time I had a big wine bottle of the stuff, must have been newer. Smells great - spicy & aromatic. Beautiful color too. Taste is sweet, wheaty/malty and subtly spicy and flowery. Wonderful. If it always will taste like this bottle I just had, this is one of the finest beers in the world.


From12-15-03:

Paid 2.49 for a single. This is my first experience with the happy gnome, who provides me first with a sparkling golden liquid that froths so much the 1/2" head quickly becomes 2" of head. Smells strangely like homebrew gone bad (it's not pasteurized), sort of metallic and resinous. Tastes real good though, mellow, not spiced like the label claims. All in all a good brew, with hidden alcohol so you can quaff this one pretty good, but be careful.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 22:38:21 | More by benmiliron
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RedLion

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy gold color, with a huge fluffy off white foam that sits gently on the top.

Smell: This beer has wonderful floral and citrus aromas with just a hint of spice.

Taste: Intoxicating. I've never had anything like this before. Grapefruit, apples, very clean.

Mouthfeel: Way too easy to drink. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer from the bottle, but is absolutely a "can't miss" on tap! My first bottle was a disappointment, but who knows how long it had been on the shelf. Later bottles were much better.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2005 02:52:58 | More by RedLion
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joecast

Australia

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. best before 2007.
for this review im going to assume this beer is fairly young, belgians use candi sugar to increase abv%, and i know a little about BSPAs.

odd label on the back (guessing its from the importer though there is no "imported by" on it). reads "important shake well before opening". seeing as i dont have any glass to hold the entire contents, im sure it will get shaken enough after several pours.

fairly loud hiss as i pop the cap hints at the lively carbonation. initial pour ends up with about 75% foam in the glass. oops.
this settles fairly quickly to almost no head at all. below average head retention leaves quite a bit of lacing. slightly cloudy golden color with streams of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.
subsequent pours continue forming a rather large head, but the retentionability improves.

mouth watering aroma. some apple cider, and a little winey. for the style, this would be about perfect. slightly floral and some yeastiness that is apparent in some belgians i have tried.
no contribution from any malt, probably due to the use of sugars.

fantastically smooth tatse. any taste from the alcohol (which there is some) lacks harshness. goes down almost like sugar water. im finding it difficult to describe the taste. lack of hop bitterness is expected, but it doesnt leave it sweet or unbalanced.
usually beers are described as malty or hoppy. la chouffe seems to fall into a different category all together, as it really doesnt fit into either of those.

mouthfeel is full but not overwhelming. it fits in just right for a beer of this magnitude.

that little gnome on the bottle has earned a bit of respect from me tonight. hides the alcohol incredibly well. the sediment in the bottle settles out very quickly making it easy to get the most beer for the buck. of course, if you want the dregs, that can be made to happen as well.
ive gone with a 5 for drinkability, but a 750 would be best enjoyed in moderation, or shared. this is so easy to drink it could get dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 10:27:45 | More by joecast
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Big green bottle. Best before 2008. Hazy orange with specs of floaties. Huge rocky head leaving patchy lace.

S - Yeasty and spicy with citrusy undertones. Slightly medicinal and alcoholic, but by no means "boozy". Slightly musty as well, as it warms.

T - First up, bread and butter. Grapefruit and tangerine comes in next. A touch of bitterness shows up as well, with the grapefruit. Finish is a mild bitterness than lingers along with spiciness.

M - Slick and syrupy. Finishes very dry.

D - Very good.

Edit: After putting the rest of the bottle in w/ yeast, it's (not surprisingly) much more opaque. Mouthfeel is much fuller and taste sweeter and mellower, and the problem with floaties has gone away. Seems to be more warming as well (that could be because I've had half the bottle though...) I would recommend having this one with the yeast in, after carefully pouring most of the bottle and doing the "swirling the lees around" trick to dissolve the floaties.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 20:25:08 | More by allergictomacros
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josefnewsong

New York

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful cloudy golden color. The nose was yeasty, earthy, and floral, and the taste was the same but with more complexities and intensity than I expected or was ready for. This instantly became one of my favorite belgians. Had it since out of a bottle and it was great, but not nearly as good as on-tap.

Edit: Had a 3-4 year old vintage recently, it was still great but beginning to decline. I would recommend this one fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 06:36:30 | More by josefnewsong
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Bierschenker

Belgium

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I served this fine beer in a large tulip. I’ve had many beers before, especially in bars. But I never thought of reviewing before.

In the large tulip I was able to pour a huge head. The glass supports the head, but still it slowly diminishes. It’s thick and irregular.
The colour is a misty pale orange. In the glass the yeast plays with the carbonation.
The odour is very intense. Strong fruit, yeast and alcohol. Fruit: stewed pears, banana orange peel and lemon.
As the beer touches my lips a moderate but stubborn taste emerges. The alcohol is omnipresent but at no point overwhelming. Yeast is very strong too, joined by banana, avocado and sour apple. Freshly harvested grains.
When the beer fills the mouth it gives a moderate thickness. The yeast swirls around the tongue.
The aftertaste is the evolution of the taste. As the beer warms in the mouth and throat, it mellows down and lingering yeast, alcohol and banana enrich the taste buds.

Great beer, but I’m telling nothing new.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 20:13:01 | More by Bierschenker
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Bisho

Australia

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First Belgian Blonde or SPA that I ever had and quite frankly, still one of the best!

On tap it is heavenly and it's not too shabby from the bottle either. Drank this on tap as I toured through Belgium and managed to grab several 750ml bottles for the remainder of my trip through Europe :)

Cloudy golden hue with a super creamy eggwhite head. Lots of clove and spice on the nose and palate with hints of cinnamon and a little pepper. Has an Lemony Peach taste with a light hoppiness at the finish. Lots of carbonation that works so well with the complex flavour, it simply bursts in the mouth! The reasonable ABV means this shouldn't be a session beer but I can drink La Chouffe all night!

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2010 12:44:24 | More by Bisho
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chefelf

New York

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll be honest, I bought this one because of the gnome on the bottle. The fact that this also happens to be my favorite style of beer was a bonus. I would buy anything with a picture of a gnome on the bottle.

The beer was beautiful in appearance. I poured it into a tulip. It was a light copper color with a nice white head. There was a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the tulip.

It had a very smooth taste and was very easy to drink. One of the nicer Belgian Strong Ales I've had. I look forward to trying a few of d'Achouffe's other beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 13:53:27 | More by chefelf
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acrawf6

Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a lighter clear orange hue with a bubbly white head that rests to a nice thin layer on top.

Smell. The bottle talked about a pilsner malts, and that is what i get. At first, the aroma to me had a floral characteristic that i did not expect, but liked, but as the head dropped and warmed, i get a much more pilsner aroma to it.

Taste. The spices really come out here. The corriander (which i normally do not like) compliments this very well. Other spices i get are a little cinnamon, and a touch of clove...but the corriander dominates for the spices. The fruits i get are some canned peaches, sweet apple juice, a touch of apricot. Aftertaste is not as sweet as the taste, and more of the corriander.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, and lively carbonation. I think the hops play a great role in this, much more so than most others in this beer. great balance.

Overall, i think this is just a fantastic beer. Great spices, is sweet, and still have a great hop characteristic.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 01:09:10 | More by acrawf6
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WHROO

Australia

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a pale golden nectar colour, vibrant, huge head with a champagne like corbonation - very moussey & alive. Great head retention
Honey malts in the aroma, with a little spicey hops, grassy & a fraction bready...
Taste was sensational, just soooo smooth. Layered with honey malty sweetness at first followed by spices/cloves in the middle & finishes with a little bitterness & alcohol flavour. The finish leaves the tongue refreshed, alive & wanting more...thank god we had a little more to refill our glasses.
This is one I could drink & drink...just loved it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 10:13:16 | More by WHROO
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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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