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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,912 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,912
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 125
Gots: 192 | FT: 0
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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1/5  rDev -76.2%

hdfvr3, Dec 27, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.2%

zambixi, Mar 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.2%

Aldemir_lachapelle, Sep 12, 2014
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1/5  rDev -76.2%

badgerman, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of mjc410
1.88/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A too quick pour into my La Moneuse tulip lets a bit of chunky sediment into the glass (I usually forget to decant Belgians). The beer forms a slow-falling two-finger head, just off-white. The beer's body is a bright orange-gold, and visibly carbonated. The lacing is also quite dense. The nose is bright: full of green apples, grass, a bit of citrus, peach, sweet, and a bit peppery. But, there also seems to a green vegetable scent, like asparagus, that messes things up a bit (I like asparagus, just not in a beer). The taste is sweet and slightly alcoholic at first, but overshadowed by the asparagus flavor I noticed before. Ends fairly bitter. Terrible. Mouth is medium thick, and the carbonation is not as forward as I thought it would be. Still, this beer tastes horrible, so I must have a bad bottle, right? Nonetheless, I'll review and wait for another try.

mjc410, Oct 12, 2006
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2/5  rDev -52.4%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.4%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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2/5  rDev -52.4%

dumbocastillo, Mar 03, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

Whoknowsdan, Jul 11, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

nicsman, Sep 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

Mudawg, Feb 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

afrothunder, Jan 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

biercycle, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Moxley
2.53/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Opaque peach color with a head that settled quickly with nothing by Emilio Estevez left hanging on for dear life. Sketchy, watery lacing.

S - Faint malt aroma, not much to report in this category.

T - Spiced apple malt up front with floral undertones. Bitter sweet finish with a strong alcohol presence.

M&D - Highly carbonated, and a bit creamy.

A little disappointed in this one. I was expecting a more complex beer.

I'd like to give a shout out to BA reviewer 3080. I don't think anyone can top his/her review of this beer.

Moxley, Apr 21, 2008
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2.55/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours golden in color, as advertised, topped with a fluffy white head made of big bubbles. The beer is hazy, but you can still see carbonation bubbles.

S: First thing I get is the grainy smell I get from most pilsners. Background I get some tart fruit, and apricot and maybe light peach.

T: No tartness or sour flavors in the taste like the smell might suggest. I do get a big grainy taste which lingers a while after the finish. There is the presence of something that can't quite identify. Its like a funkiness of sorts, probably from the yeast.

M: Highly carbonated and medium bodied, with a dry finish.

D: I don't care for the drinkability of it, way too bubbly and the flavor isn't to my liking.

tlazaroff, Jun 10, 2011
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2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this with fellow BA Moxley. Poured from a Petit bottle into a goblet, had apricot color and almost very little head that settled to nothing. The aroma was light and malty, but the taste was heavy spice up front with light malty flavor. It got better as it warmed and the sediment sips saved it from disapionting to acceptable, but still not something I would buy again. I wish I had BA member 3080's experience with this one, maybe we had a bad bottle.

Pleepleus, May 03, 2008
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2.68/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1Pt 9.4 oz bottle. Poured a hazy golden color, with a descent head that receded quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma is of musty straw, citrus, and malt.Taste is earthy and musty. A very different taste for me. There is some sweetness in there, and a slightly bitter finish. You can feel the warmth from the alcohol. This is a little to earthy for me.

Indybeer, Jun 25, 2003
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Tomblerone, May 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

gnikola, Apr 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

crobinso, Jul 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

RoyFokker, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a brassy gold with a decent sized head that somewhat clings to the glass. No lacing to speak of. This smells overtly of coriander. The pale malts come through, but the spicing is a bit much. There's some booze in there as well. Taste has the same things going on as the aroma (especially with the over-spicing) along with an overbearing graininess and sweetness. There's some toastiness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is rather sticky and prickly. Not impressive.

goochpunch, Sep 03, 2007
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2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lable reads 87% malt. Is the remaining 13% beet sugar? Dont know.

A - A frightening amount of floaties in a hazy gold body.
S - Sweet malty aroma with a bit of peachy sourness
T - Very light flavor. The taste begins and ends with yeastyness. The little maltyness which was in the nose makes almost no showing on the palate. Washed out fruityness. Sweet flavors buy not a sweet beer.
M - Light bodied and yeasty mouthfeel.
D - Yet anouther sleepy Belgian pale, lacking in character.

Naerhu, Jan 02, 2006
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2.93/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 32oz growler into a wide-mouthed glass.

A: Dirty amber with a cluster of soapy off-white bubbles.

S: Weak, sugary water with some bubblegum and clove phenols that just plain don't smell that good.

T: Follows the smell. Tastes like the watered-down remains of what may have been a good beer. Rough phenols and harsh beerish water taste. Carbonation is abrasive.

D: Dumped the last few oz of my growler. This is off and I'm pretty dissappointed.

Overall: Not sure what was up witht this keg, but this was not a good beer. Tasted old, undercarbonated, underattenuated and maybe even infected. Lots of off-flavours and roughness. Not good.

JohnnyChicago, Jan 26, 2012
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2.95/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 750 mL into a La Chouffe glass (that I got with the gift-pack). The bottle and box said best by the end of 2009. This is a cellarable beer so I thought nothing of purchasing this pack. Additionally the two beers included were protected from the light by the box. After a hearty pour there was a modest head of soapy looking foam that left spindly lacing. The body was bright butterscotch with a slight haze.

Smell was fruit and faint Belgian yeast. Clean, wet stones. Not much else.

Taste was light tartness and mild malts. A little spiciness, coriander. Mildly sweet and creamy, leaving a sweet linger on the lips. Very little alcohol in the taste or aroma. This one was NOT champagne-like. Overall flavor did improve as it warmed (it was served around 50 degrees in the first place). I would like to try this one fresh because the aged one was a bit disappointing.

Mouthfeel was a bit dead in the mouth. Medium to light bodied.

Cresant, Feb 11, 2010
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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,912 ratings.