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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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1,661 Ratings
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Ratings: 1661
Reviews: 804
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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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.33L bottle poured into a bona fide Brasserie D'Achouffe glass at 1600 Bier Haus in Calgary. A light honey orange color just shy of reddish with a well-formed but quick-breaking creamy white head, this iconic Belgian "special" said to defy style guidelines smells like shortbread cookies, orange rind, and white pepper, along buttery sweet yeast and a vinous tannic note like champagne or boozy white grapes. Palate is similarly citric, fruity, and spicy, with a champagne-like undercurrent propping up some woody nectarine or apricot, pepper, fermented rank pineapple, coriander seed, and faint caramel popcorn, nice complexity but very dry and tart, almost an "imperial witbier" in character. Well-attenuated body adds to the drying effect, rather smooth and the carbonation and alcohol effects are decidedly mellow. I'd go here again although I prefer some other more funky brews. This one might appeal to the wine drinker closeted somewhere deep in us all.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 02:46:33 | More by CalgaryFMC
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djura

Serbia

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 0.33l
A - Pale orange color,half finger of white foam,lasting till the end. Lots of bubbles in the glass,working all the way.
S - Huge aroma of aromatic hops. Lots of fruits,sweeter,pleasant.
T/M - Creamy,medium carbonation,decent aroma. You can feel that 8% alc in the mouth.

O - Very decent,drinkable,but not the best in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 09:42:00 | More by djura
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Altrurian

New York

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The head is nice, thick, and variegated, and of sufficient longevity. The body is transparent, with a hue of light gold or amber. Caramel or toffee dominates the aroma, perfectly complementing a similarly constituted flavor. Are there hints of fruit? Perhaps--of the full-bodied yellow variety, like ripe peach or mango; but maybe I'm influenced by the beer's color, which seems to deepen with the lowering of the angle of the sun. The texture is mostly silky, with just enough sparkle. If you're looking for something satisfyingly quaffable on the sweet side of the spectrum, you can't go wrong here.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 22:44:20 | More by Altrurian
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #44 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Belgian Golden Ales are a favorite style of mine, I've more or less liked all of the ones I've tried. They have a refreshing, sharp edge to them that I like, especially when compared to some of the other, heavier, more layered kind of Belgian styles.

I bought this in an unassuming beer store near where I live. On the one hand, it's pretty awesome that in America today you can get something like this in a non-descript beer place (at least in a big city like Philadelphia); on the other hand, I spent $25 for a four pack, so, like, damn.

Pours cloudy-golden with something of a honey tinge, and manages to keep its head for the most part, all very nice. It has the mouthfeel typical of the style, a lot of carbonation and a sort of spicy-sharpness that lingers on the palate long after you swallow. Strange to say, given the generally high alcohol content and the sort of "elite" cachet of the brand, but I've always found beers like to be rather refreshing -- they're especially good in the Spring and Fall, I think, those in-between seasons between 'hot' and 'cold' .

I never know how to describe the nose on a Golden like this. Belgian Golden Ales smell like...Belgian Golden Ales. There's a yeasty/spicy component that's quite pleasant with some alcohol floating around in the back. That spicy note is replicated in the flavors, once you get past the initial sharpness of the yeast and the carbonation it softens out nicely before sharpening up a bit in the finish.

I'm under the impression this isn't one of the "classic" Belgian Goldens, but its quite nice and if you feel like spending the cash, probably a good gateway into the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 02:25:03 | More by dougbassett
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JTuomi

Finland

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a goblet. Golden yellow hazy color with one finger head. Fruity smell with citrus, yeast and some honey. The taste was sweet and yeasty with a peppery aftertaste with some coriander that lasted for some time. Nice carbonation and a medium body. Liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 19:21:15 | More by JTuomi
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy goldenrod color. Okay head size and retention.

Very complex. Orchard fruitiness with an herbal revision. Yeast esters are sweet with ripe pear and juicy fruit. Malts are mead-like and bready.

A little more powdery with that yeast dryness. Sweet alcohol, floral/herbal notes, pear, white tea, and tree fruits. Finishes with a tartness that complements the fleshy fruits and chalkiness.

A little heady. Medium body with a semi-spicy carbonation. Good drinking for a strong pale.

Excellent Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 13:35:14 | More by thecheapies
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, coriander, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast ester, malt, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, coriander, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, coriander, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast ester, malt, and spice flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong pale ale! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast ester, malt, and spice flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:49:09 | More by superspak
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Brenden

Ohio

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
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glass_house

Ohio

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
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BierJager89

California

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly darker than straw colored, with a white head.

S: Citrus peel, fruity Belgian yeast esters, orange and a bit of grass in the nose.

T: Dominant taste is orange, some fruity Belgian yeast esters, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, tastes a bit like a witbier.

M: Medium bodied, not what I'd call smooth.

O: Definitely recommended, a very good Belgian strong pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:11:46 | More by BierJager89
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kevanb

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

The beer pours a cloudy apricot color, plenty of sediment floating around the glass with a big, billowy white head, soft and fluffy that has very nice retention and leaves an incredible amount of soapy lace behind. The aroma is inviting, lots of fruity yeast, sweet pale malt, lemongrass and some crisp spice character from both the hops and the coriander. The flavors follow really well, nice fruity yeast flavors, a touch of funkiness, berry and lemon pop nicely, pale grain that is smooth and soft, sweet but not too rustic, but with a earthy assertiveness. A bit of spiciness leads to a crisp finish that has just a faint hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is superb, super lively carbonation, dances across the tongue while still coating the mouth nicely and gently and finishes easily with just a touch of carbonated zip.

Verdict: A benchmark for the style and a really wonderful beer to drink. It's not overly complex or inventive, but refined and executed impeccably. It's quite refreshing for the ABV and one of the more quaffable Belgian Pale Strong Ale's one can find.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:53:51 | More by kevanb
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 75 cL bottle into a Duvel tulip/balloon with a gentle hand. Best by 25/11/15 according to the very subtle stamp on the neck. Had this many times, but never reviewed...

A: Cloudy, golden orange-yellow with some visible sediment. 2-3 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast with very light funk notes. Tropical fruit, banana, mango. Light cracker, grass, straw and pale malt scents. Some indistinct spice.

T: Spice and round, tropical fruit hit first. Gradual transition to a balancing hop bitterness and fairly dry finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but light for 8% ABV. Some vanilla and orange notes develop as it warms.

M: Moderate to slightly high carbonation with a mild prickliness initially. Smoothes out nicely and becomes creamy as it warms. Moderate body. Feels substantial, but refreshing. Great vehicle for the flavors.

O: Exceptionally smooth and polished brew. It's somewhat difficult to pull out specific scents/flavors, but as an integrated, melded whole, this is really good. Drinks so well.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 07:45:03 | More by fourstringer
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip

A: pours a pale straw with a slight cloudyness and a full three finger head that breaks slowly leaving a lovely thing film of foam.

S: Belgian yeasts, an earthyness or grassyness is also present. Sweet malts and spices are also present.

T: yeast and spice up front, with the malt sweetness there. There is also a slight bubblegum taste. As with the nose, there are grassy/earthy elements as well.

M: higher carbonation and medium body. A smooth beer with a nice dry finish.

O: a nice Belgian strong pale ale. I can see why this is such a staple at so many bars around my parts. Nice and easy to drink, I found this beer tasty and enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the smell of this beer, and I found it really added a great deal to the experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 19:03:43 | More by polloenfuego
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SmashPants

Australia

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: a stumpy, solid little 330mL brown bottle with an cute / sweet label. Better than your average Belgian package.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass (perfect choice as it turns out). A hazy yet brilliant orange-yellow with plenty of fine champagne-style carbonation exploding from the base of the glass. Sporadic lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast aromas up front but with plenty of sweet malts and citrus hops also. Some orchard fruits also - a really pleasant aroma, one of the best from a Belgian.

Taste: an amazingly well-balanced Belgian Strong - generally the yeasts take the front foot. With La Chouffe it is metered out by a pleasant and refreshing citrus and orchard fruit sweetness. Some spices in the background. Nice!

Aftertaste: backs off somewhat, but still a massively pleasant beer. A touch more bitterness comes through.

Overall: a brilliant Belgian Strong. I have seen this at Dan Murphy's for a long time and assumed from a distance that it was a cider. I'm glad I bothered to take a closer look - one of the best balanced and most refreshing Belgian Strong Pale Ales I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 08:08:52 | More by SmashPants
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a wine glass (yeah I know, but it was a gift from a confused friend, still mostly acceptable), let's do this:

A: a dark somewhat hazy golden yellow colored body with a slim half finger white foamy head that dies within a half a minute. Some lacing is left in rings

S: somewhat earthy "iced pears" (kinda like a tripel), light spice - coriander perhaps, some clove and "banana" esteriness coming through, sweet apples coming through on the back end as it warms

T: mainly sweet, yet an element of tartness comes through after a bit of warming, sticky sweet aftertaste and finish

M: about a medium in body, somewhat sessionable, carbonation lends a hand to a nice smooth sort of rolling feel coating the mouth and tongue, I'm diggin' this, good for style and great to me

O: gee weez, this turned out way better than I thought it would, got it to think heck sounds like something just great to tick to my profile, but this is very well done and I would more than definitely have this bad boy again

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 19:26:30 | More by BeerKangaroo
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy dark gold with a good white head that left a good lace
S-Belgian beer smell. Pear, spice with a hint of clove and banana
T-Pear, spice, and pepper, with a tart spicy and alcohol warming in the aftertaste. Banana comes end at the end of the glass and the tart taste seems to get stronger as the beer goes down
M-high carbonation that made the body seem light
O- solid beer. Spice and tart aftertaste and complex flavors

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 01:08:29 | More by a0lbudman
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a dirty dark gold with a tiny white head. No lacing and just a little bit of foam remaining on top of the beer.

Aroma has that rich Belgian spice character from the yeast including some bubblegum and banana. Some ripe peach and pineapple as well. Really nice.

The flavor is even better. Huge punch of Belgian yeast and spice that just carries on seemingly forever. Loads of peach, coriander, and bubblegum along with lots of bread in the background propping it up. Drying bitterness and a bone dry finish. No hint of alcohol whatsoever.

Overall, what an awesome beer! The depth of the spice and yeast esters is amazing and it is dangerously drinkable for the abv. Definitely one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 03:51:57 | More by rangerred
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden murky color with a three Finger head that stuck around for a while. Great carbonation in this beer.
Aroma is sweet, bready, apples and honey, spices.
Taste is dry, and well balanced with bitter and sweetness. I get lots of apple and spice and pears and a mild bready flavor but not malty at all.
Mouthfeel is bubbly and perfectly dry and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 18:47:45 | More by zookerman182
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Brasserie d'Achouffe's La Chouffe last month for $4.43 at Toskey Sands Market. So It looks like this is the 900th different beer I've had since I joined the site three years ago and I thought I would go with a beer that I have been meaning to try for a long time now, so lets see how it goes. Best before Feb. 2016. Poured from a brown shorter euro style 330ml bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

A- The label looks ok, I'm not a big fan of the gnome on the label but it doesn't look bad. It poured a hazy golden yellow color that took on more of a golden and amber color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This a nice looking beer, but i think the head retention and lacing could have been a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a honey like aroma to it and it's followed by a nice fruity aroma with some nice citrus rind aromas coming through along with a nice pear aroma. Up next comes Belgian yeast aroma with some banana aromas and a mix of spicy aromas with coriander seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end comes the malts which impart a grainy, sweet malt, caramel, and wheat like aromas. This beer had a very nice aroma that was true to style and fairly complex.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a light honey flavor to it and it's followed by some fruity flavors up front that impart a nice citrus rind flavor with a slight pear flavor in the background. Up next comes the Belgian yeast which imparts a nice spicy flavor with coriander still sticking out the most and there's a slight banana flavor in the background. Towards the end comes the malts which impart a grainy, bready and wheaty flavor with a slight alcohol flavor and a lower amount of bitterness with a malty, Belgian yeast, and citrus rind aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer that's very true to style.

M- Smooth, very crisp, pretty dry, medium bodied with a higher amount of prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel was true to style and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a pretty good and textbook example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style and nothing seemed out of place. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, very crisp, not filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but I think the prickly carbonation would prevent me from drinking more than one of these. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and mouthfeel I thought they were both very nice and they were pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, but the head retention and lacing were a little weak. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it's good, but it's a little pricey and for around the same price I can get Duvel which I like more than this beer. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style or Belgian beers in general. All in all i was satisfied with this beer, it wasn't the best of the style I have had, but I still thought it was good and I'll be on a look out for more beers from this brewery since this beer made for a good first impression, nice job guys, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 04:46:15 | More by StoutHunter
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utopiajane

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazed and lemon yellow with an orange pastel hue when held to the light in the room. Fat white head that is slow to fall and leaves a layer on top. Nose is bright with orange peel, lemongrass, a soft honey sweetness, little yeasty bite and a delightful faint tickle of lime. Some grass and a bit herbal. There is the faintest clove and banana in the background. Taste is dry and sparkling with ample carbonation. Tangy citrus bites and then sweet fruit peel soothes. The malt is light cracker with a touch of honey. The banana smooths out the beer and gives it a lasting quality to the palate. Finishes lightly sweet and tart with a mouthwatering citrus and little spicy kick from corriander. Herbal and grass keeps it bright and a bit bold.

Really nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 14:54:02 | More by utopiajane
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Underrower

Georgia

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 22:56:52 | More by Underrower
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azorie

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: poured hard into mug @ 36f, golden yellow color, this 330ml has less yeast than the 750 ml version. big giant 3 inch head, settled down to 1/2 or so. nice lacing

s: nice yeast nose, sweet malt, banana like, reminds me of a hefe.

t: very spicy bite, strong Belgian pale malt and yeast backbone. balanced hop wise, its like a blend of golden strong ale or blonde, Duval lite with coriander. funky, malt banana bite as it warms.

m: medium body, med carb, smooth, spicy aftertaste bite

o: refreshing beer even @ 8%, easy to drink, outstanding beer. I had this beer in Amsterdam at tiny neighbor bars, when this is the only Belgian they carry. never been disappointed about that yet! It funny I just started review on here most beers I drink I buy at retail

4 pack of 330 bottle @ 9.99 at TW.


Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 20:22:09 | More by azorie
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brurevu

Texas

4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From my tasting notes: The La Chouffe was a strong Golden Ale in the vein of Duvel that came with a fluffy white head and plenty of belgian yeast notes in the aroma. This was a great tasting beer that was herbal and spicy while being very well balanced and highly drinkable. This is their flagship beer and it was very tasty. Definitely one to revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 19:02:08 | More by brurevu
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a bunch of head that seems to have a fair amount of retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber that glows with hints of orange and lemon when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Definitely a Belgian beer, it's bright with citrus flavors (orange and lemon), spice notes (coriander and clove), and other esters (banana specifically). Thick with yeast, there is nothing subdued about the aroma of this beer. Some orange and lemon peel are in there as well. Some other esters such as melon, peach, and apple. The apple becomes stronger as I drink it.

Taste- Citrus forward with notes of orange and lemon while a bit of Belgian yeast starts to appear. It suggests clove (heavy clove), coriander, and banana. Spicy to the point there is a minor tingle on the tongue and on my gums. Very yeasty, maybe a little too yeasty for me but this is just my first taste. Maybe it will mellow out. Some banana as well but the other minor esters of the aroma haven't really appeared as of yet. Some earthy, grassy, and herbal notes as well. At the moment, this seems a notch above Duvel but still below Damnation, pretty much my standard for Belgian Goldens. Banana starts to outweigh the citrus notes. Some apple hangs in the background. Solid beer and a very good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with touches of syrup to the texture. Good amount of carbonation but his works well with the overall spiciness and tingle. A bit of a dry finish helps wrap it all up.

Drinkability- No heat but the yeast spice is a little bit of an obstacle for me but not much of one. Priced about the same as Duvel but a little better.

Overall- Solid to very good. If you're a fan of Belgians and specifically, golden ales, you should give this a try. Or if you're new to these styles, this would be a good introduction.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 01:17:33 | More by artoolemomo
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

La Chouffe has a thick, frothy, off-white head, lots of heavy lacing left behind, a hazy, golden appearance, and lots of tight bubble streams. The aroma is of very spicy, yeasty, pungent, sweet bread and grain, and the flavor is of all that, with some dessert bread and pepper. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and La Chouffe finishes dry, rich, somewhat refreshing, and easing going. Overall this beer is difficult to describe, but I score it outstanding.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 12:46:36 | More by RonaldTheriot
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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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