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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 844
Hads: 2,261
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 185
Gots: 376 | FT: 1
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Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

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Photo of fitzy84
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Monks Cafe in Philly. The beer came out with a golden appearance that was a little bit murky but clear enough to see carbonation. The beer also had a thin head with decent lacing on the sides. Aromas included a predominant burnt orange smell mixed with yeast and wheat. The overall taste of the beer included a wide range of citrus and grapefruit flavors mixed with light hops. Could taste that orange aroma balanced into a solid bittersweet taste. Great body with decent carbonation allowing for a crisp and refreshing drink. Overall, I really enjoyed how this beer looked, smelled, and tasted. (614 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle from Copper Vine ($4.39 Fathers' Day present) best by 12 2016. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A liberal pour creates 1-1/2 fingers of pillowy, off-white head atop the clean, golden body that shows just the slightest haze. There's plenty of carbonation rushing from the nucleation site to the surface. The head settles to a fully covering foam that leaves nice rings on the glass. My wife liked the logo as it reminded her of a recent family trip to Disney World.

S- Bold and complex. Right off the bat I get a combination of Belgian funk in the form of bubblegum mixing with lemon and husky grains. Somewhat reminiscent of a Hefeweizen. Hints of black pepper later on.

T- Oh that's nice. More of the lemon and funk mentioned in the aroma. The malts are sweet and grainy, like a sweetened cereal or cream of wheat. Maybe even hints of creamed corn? The alcohol is well hidden and comes off as sweet more than anything else. The finish is relatively clean, especially given some of the sweeter qualities, with spicy hops finishing it all off.

M- Creamy and full bodied. A light, alcohol warmth is quite smooth on the way down. Hops in the finish provide a nice bite.

O- A really tasty Belgian ale. The sweetness and citrus is a bit of a departure from the flavor profile I'd expect from the style, but really good. I could definitely enjoy a second bottle in a sitting. Not the cheapest beer, but something I'd buy again. (1,453 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big white head in a golden color pretty clear beer. Lots of Belgium yeast with some hops in the background. Smooth and very tasty with lighter Belgium and slightly more hops but not to much. Has a hint of a strong ale taste but more of a Belgium pale. Really good. (268 characters)

Photo of BeerChancelor
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a 25cl chalice, from a 33cl bottle.

A: Cloudy golden color with a small foamy head that leaves a nice lacing behind and has decently carbonation going on

S: A moderate flowery scent, yeasty and with some coriander and citrus notes

T: It starts with coriander/citrus/hops transitioning to a super nice flowery flavor

M: Light-medium body, medium carbonation

O: Good Belgian strong ale, really good at camouflaging the 8% ABV and very surprising - there's so much going on! (486 characters)

Photo of bilbobrewer
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl btl purchased at Brussels grocery store.
Served chilled in tulip glass.

This is a very good beer. No debate.
My problem with it is that I'm not as big a fan of "yeast-forward" taste profiles as Belgians obviously are. But there is other stuff going on here to be appreciated. There's a crisp dryness without much astringency, some fruity twang at the front-end, a nice lingering head, and a sly booziness that'll sneak up on you if not careful.
Not my fave of the style, but I wouldn't argue with a beer fan that loves it. (534 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with over a finger of head. The nose is yeasty with mild funk.

The flavor profile is malt forward funkiness.

I was seriously under-whelmed by this beer. (181 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Sunny golden color with excellent clarity. Bubbly white three-finger head retains very well. Chunky and sticky lacing.

S: Herbal and grassy hop bouquet and a boatload of citrusy/peppery coriander jump out immediately. Floral elements too. Some musty yeast. Dough and lightly toasted grain. Hints of mint and alcohol. Medicinal.

T: Taste more or less follows. Coriander has a citrusy and peppery bite up front. Musty yeast works its way out from behind the coriander. Grassy and herbal hops follow suit. Touch of ginger and other vague spice-like flavors. Juicy peach bursts out in the middle. Pear and apple skin too. Under-ripe banana, quickly. Bitter alcohol and phenols. Hint of mint. Lightly toasted grain and a mild confectioners sugar sort of taste. Minty/herbal finish is bone dry.

M: Medium-light body. Soft creamy texture with a bit of chewiness is instantly whisked away by the ample, sharp and scrubbing carbonation.

O: Full of character. The complexity builds with each sip. The coriander comes on a bit strong at first, but it jells quickly. Its spicy and herbal nature make it a natural digestif. This is a special brew and a must-drink. (1,197 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Clear golden pour, nice tall fluffy white head, lots of lacing. Yeast aroma, citrus, some bubblegum. Taste is sweet, fair bit of light fruit, spice, coriander. (167 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with weak activity. Foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with some good legs.

Aromas of fresh sweet grains, vinous citrus, and slightly floral. Flavors of lemony citrus, fruity ester, sweet malts, floral and herbal spices. Strong citrus sharpness balanced with nice malt sugar. Tasty, balanced, and super fresh.

Smooth medium body with champagne like carbonation. Well intensified medium strength crispy clean finish, ending with a perfect touch of spices and some floral notes.

Overall an exquisite craft having great freshness and delicious flavors. Quite accessible having almost no perception of alcohol and low on the spices. One of the best Belgian ale out there. (706 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a signature La Chouffe tulip glass from a 33cl bottle.

Appearance: A pale gold color with heavy bubbles on the body. Head was thick upon initial pour settling quick rifhgt after the first sip.

Smell: Light lemon and orange aroma...I wish it was a little stronger but seriously worth taking a sniff before the sip.

Taste: Complex and sweet. The right amount of bitterness. Has slight sour feel to it and almost like a honey...this beer is all over the place. Nom.

Mouth: Very bubble brew and pretty sticky. the sweet orange after taste gets to you.

Overall: Paired this brew with a ribeye steak very late at night but perfect for a late night beer tasting. Passing this up is downright illegal, grab the four pack and be amazed. Salud! (754 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml stubby bottle served cool into a glass. Purchased for about $3.40 CDN. Considering their Belgian IPA is phenomenal, I'm really excited to try this.

Appearance - bright and deep golden color. Massive three fingers of head even with a slow put. Some wisps of what appears to be sediment cascading through the glass. Not clear but not really hazy. Incredible retention time and a nice swath of sticky lacing left behind.

Smell - hmmmm... Belgian all the way. Some funky yeast aromas, candy sugar and a subtle pear and peach compilation. Floral bouquet and very inviting. Can't wait to taste this. Hint of spices too.

Taste - lots of sugar up front very sweet, before some peach and pear take over and then slowly get pulled back with a very mild dosage of bitterness. Booze is imperceptible and this would be so easy to drink all night (until you fell of your stool).

Mouthfeel - smooth well carbonated but not gassy. Remarkably light body. This is fantastic Belgian ale.

Overall - wow this is so good. Easy to drink, delicious, aromatic and just plain great. World class all the way. Right now in a dogfight with Duvel for my favourite Belgian strong pale ale. Definitely worthy shot for any self respecting beer lover and for those with fantasies of delicious Belgians look no further, (1,299 characters)

Photo of thehoppylady
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Belgian's I've tasted. The coriander is just perfectly laced throughout the beer. Unfiltered blond beer which is re-fermented both in the bottle and in barrels. It is pleasantly fruity, spiced with coriander and tinged with hops. (248 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm glad I finally got around to trying this great ale. It definitely works for me.

It opens a little thick and dingy looking with fantastic little bubbles and fizz. There is a load of stuff suspended. Yum. The aroma is clean, cleaner that most or this style and almost too clean.

The taste is full bodied. It has a bit of bite too. There is a bunch of that yeasty goodness making it fruity. Nice, strong balance. It is no where near as easy drinking as Duvel, which makes this safer! Highly recommended. (506 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin puffy layer. It is a hazy pale orange yellow color with some clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, powdery yeast, pilsner malts, apple, pear, Belgian candy, spicy yeast, and grassy hops.

Taste: Nice blend of above aromas. Balanced and deceiving delicious with a slight trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, medium to high carbonatio, dry, a bit chewy, a little alcohol, and medium bodied.

Overall: Such a classic BSPA that I have enjoyed over the years. Look forward to more of this in the future. Delicious stuff. (741 characters)

Photo of dmitrosan
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not being a fan of Blonde beers, this one gave me big pleasure.

Full and rich spicy aroma with a dominant of cloves and orange peel.
A soft malty taste with kind hops bitterness and liquorice aftertaste.
The 8% of alcohol is carried very softly.

Great beer that gave me a Christmas mood in the middle of spring. (313 characters)

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great belgian beer, not sweet but well balanced. Pours golden hazy and smell is very complex. Fruit esters and spices. Taste is strong, alcohol is perceptible, not very sessionable but a great beer overall. (206 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

-grass,lemon,lime and a faint hop taste
--champagne-esque grapes and bubble gum
-slight notes of green tea
-well carbonated
-alcohol well hid
-bready with very spicy coriander on the finish

good,though it slightly disappointed me,because nothing really stands out in this flavour-wise,aside from maybe the coriander. (317 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl(330ml) brown short bottle with a lovely Belgian shape to it. This little chouffe is dressed for the background behind him. A lovely bottling with excellent artwork. Poured into an authentic la chouffe stemmed tulip glass.

A - glowing golden yellow with a lush orange hue once out of the light. White head pours very nice in size and settles into a splotchy and clumped ring of lacing leaving good stick.

S - belgian yeasts and big fruitiness. Orange and banana to be exact. Maybe a touch of sweet lemon bread. Coriander and clove round out the Belgian theme of spices.

T - d'achouffe yeast is spot on with a dash of coriander and clove spices. Banana and hints of orange with plenty of Belgian fruit esters flowing around the mouth. Soft malt backbone balances nicely leaving a tasty linger in the back end. Classic.

M - medium bodied with a lovely texture. Thickness is precise with the style and some hints of alcohol as it warms. Finish is smooth and leaves you wanting another sip.

O - I had forgotten how grand la chouffe was. Boy, am I glad it's showing up in my area these days. An excellent Belgian ale and a pure traditional Belgian classic ranking up there with the great brewers of that part of the world. A must try and it remains one of my all time favorites. (1,287 characters)

Photo of CAC329
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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! (250 characters)

Photo of Luisvida
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of Duvel_Boston
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chouffe tulip glass at The Abbey in Brookline, Mass.
To start, La Chouffe is simply one of the tastiest looking Belgian ales. The initial pour yields a big, inviting pure white head, and a hazy near-opaque caramel/orange body. The smell is very nice - dry caramel, fruity Belgian esthers - although perhaps the aroma isn't as forthright on draught as it is out of the bottle. The taste is magic though. Full bodied with crisp carbonation and just enough hop bite. It's really delicious and easy to drink. One of my favorite beers of all time. I sometime think of La Chouffe as a perfect foil to Duvel - a much softer, rounder, less-intense Belgian ale that nonetheless brings a perfect balance of flavor. It's more playful and sweetly bodied than some Belgian ales, but definitely a serious contender. I don't think I'll ever get tired of drinking it. (874 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Corked champagne style bottle poured into pilsener

Slight hazy golden yellow with plenty of carbonation leads to a dense billowy two finger white foam cap

Aroma of grass, lemons, spices, tart apples

Tartness on the tip of the tongue, grassy notes on the middle, hint of alcohol. Reminds me of the tartness found in some white wines

No sudsing, Alcohol present , slight tart aftertaste

Great beer. Repeating this one (421 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear golden straw with a clean white, frothy, two finger head.
Aromas of malts, ple and lemon at the back.
Tastes of sweetness, herbs and spices and finishes with some mild vanilla.
Clean, crisp mouth feel.
Not one of the best Belgium Golden's , but right up there! (273 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice orange hue with lively carbonation and 2 finger white head.

Aroma is nice and yeasty. Closer to a saison with nice spiciness.

Taste is great, but I think duvel is better. This has more malt than duvel and less carbonation than duvel. Not nearly as crisp. Don't get me wrong, this is world class, but it isn't my favorite Belgian strong ( more like 2nd or 3rd). Flavor is nice and yeasty with some nice spice and a touch of alcohol at the end. Well balanced with the malt at the finish. The malt isn't noticeable or detracting but it is there as a balancer.

Overall world class beer! Those belgians know how to do it! Literally pair this with anything ... Fancy from lobster to caviar .... Or cheap nice slice of pepperoni pizza. I give it a 97.5/100. (758 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.98/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a large champagne sized corked bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a spicy yeast aroma, incredible smell.
Appearance- Pours an orange color with a medium sized white head.
Taste-Great yeasty malt flavor with noticeable spice added.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Goes down very smooth.
Overall- World class beer, this should be on everyone's must try list. (396 characters)

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
92 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.