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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,956 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,956
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 128
Gots: 204 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 1,956 | Reviews: 815 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression-the model for a Unibroue. The licensed Quebec version is a harsh echo of it. The real thing is citrus, yes corriander and pepper, some yeast. Great floral smell. Terrific hops. A great over-the-top head that never quits. The beer that I can get people to switch from champagne.

Sammy, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was from a 750 ml bottle from bevmo, so who knows how old it was. The beer was a nice semi-dark golden color with a tall fluffy white head that had some moderate retention for a belgian beer. The only reason I didn't give the appearance a higher rating is that I could see yeast floating around in the bottle, and this is after it sat in the fridge for a week.

The aroma was very sweet and of belgian yeast (the high abv yeast that is used in a lot of tripels). The flavor was very nice. The extreme sweetness balanced out the 8% abv. I am assuming that the color and sweetness are from candi sugar. There is a moderate hop bitterness and a fairly high carbonation that give it some bite. Very nice.

This beer had a relatively heavy body which is somewhat rare with these belgian golden ales. I am hop head so I really like the thickness of the strong american ales. This was an extremely drinkable beer and will most certianly try it again.

t0rin0, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Lab Brewing Company in Agoura Hills, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, fruits, spices, yeast, and some slight banana aromas. Taste is the same with a nice spice finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.8%

djrn2, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.8%

zestar, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria and served with Christmas dinner. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a good white head. Very bubbly. The nose is banana, pear, and spice with a bit of creaminess. Really soft and mellow with a bit of a light buttery, chardonnay-esque character. The taste is pretty similar with over-ripe pear and spicing really standing out. The feel is nice--medium body with good carbonation and a good creamy feel to it. This drinks quite well and works nicely with turkey and accompaniments.

Thorpe429, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

acurtis, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear light yellow into a snifter glass with a large, white foamy head. A moderate level of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose has some funky citrusy, floral and sour aromas. It's not quite what you would expect from a typical saison.
T: Orangey flavors really stand out in the taste, along with some notes of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth from the level of carbonation.
D: This beer is a good sipper yet is also refreshing at the same time.

metter98, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a big, rocky head; clumps of lace leave a nice pattern on the chalice

Smell: An interesting blend of smells - lemony, yeasty, grassy and spicy, with distinct sweet, candi sugar undertones reminiscent of bit o'honey

Taste: Starts out dry and spicy, with lemon and coriander as the main thread; while the herbal flavors build to mid-palate, they are joined by a sweet anise flavor to balance them out; after the swallow, the grassy hops and yeasty flavors rise to the fore but the finish combines all of the elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with copious carbonation

Overall: Lots of complexity for this one and well deserving of its reputation

brentk56, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hugely hazy pale lemon with plenty of jazzed up bubbles. I'm continually amazed at the amount of carbonation in Belgian beer. The head is gargantuan, is a half shade darker than pure white and is stiff and meringue-like. Chunklets of foam are starting to appear and ultimately there's a near-solid wall of lace on the opposite side of the glass. The head is some kind of impressive. It's more than rocky, it's craggy; but it isn't quite mountainous.

There's nothing all that exciting in the nose. It's a little fruity, a little spicy and a little musty, but I don't get the usual pedal-to-the-metal Belgian yeastiness. The flavor is a definite step up. There's a sweetish blonde malt backbone along with spicy, earthy, exotic fruity, strongly herbal elements. It reminds me of a tripel in some ways. The body/mouthfeel is medium-full and is nicely creamy. Despite all the bubbles, it isn't fizzy in the least. Well-hidden ABV.

I'm not a big fan of Belgian beer, but perhaps I just haven't had the right ones yet. La Chouffe won't make me forswear my beloved IPAs, but it is pretty tasty. I'm glad that I picked up two bottles.

BuckeyeNation, May 08, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see the draught version around these parts. The beer, as remembered, is a run for the top spot of beerdom. The pour is a hazy straw with hints of yeast and spiced in suspension. Good head retention and solid on carbonation promises creaminess and richness. Aromas release a juicy, mouthwatering plethera of ripe fruits, sweet malts, bold esters, tartness, and a splash of honey. The flavors are most bold with fruit flavors of peaches, pears, banannas, apples, lemons, appricots, mangos... Bold sweet malts swirl around the fruits and lend a full, rich cotton candy and bubblegum softness. Back-up notes of clove, corriander, curraco, ginger, and nutmeg gives a ton of variety to the brew. The feel is an anticipated rich, smooth, velvety blanket across the palate; soon washed by fruity tartness and alcoholic strength. Finishes with a mildly dry, clean fruit flavors. Simply a great beer.

BEERchitect, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an hazy blonde ale with a huge bubbly white head. Aroma is quite spicy with yeast also discernable. Taste is very refreshing with again strong spices (pepper?) and a yeasty finish. Good body and alcohol is not noticeable. This beer represent a quality example of a strong blonde Belgian ale, one can never go wrong with this one.

Phyl21ca, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

GRG1313, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is actually my mother in laws favorite beer, lol. so i split a bottle with her last weekend just to be nice.

A huge, two inch plus head of off white yeasty foam on top. Nice retention as it hung around for a good long while. Once it finally relented it left behind a ton of gooey lace on the glass.

Very spicey and yeasty. Alot of nutmeg, and fruit notes were very prominent from the start. Lively aroma, you could tell there was a nice amount of yeast in hear. A touch of light eathy hops that seemed to mix out as it warmed up. Smooth, very very smooth. Not even a hint of the alcohol inside this one. It was just a very nicely done belgian pale. Made your lips tingle a bit, this one tasted alive still, very nice. It had a good earthy grain quality and a touch of some light fruit. Very nice balance.

Overall It was effortless to sip. Gave a really good pop once it hit your palate and kept itself feeling vibrant throughout the session.

mikesgroove, May 27, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jaydoc, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Two finger frothy head on a dark golden hazy body with nice lacing. Aroma is excellent with a distinct musty floral note with a fruity background. Taste is also on the floral side. The coriander is robust in the one with a semi sweet fruit flavor as well. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. I enjoyed this one and will get it again.

kylehay2004, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out with a nice golden color, the head was thick and white. The lacing was minimal but had a decent retention to it. The smell of the beer was slightly sweet, some grains on the nose and plenty of earthy hops and yeast. The taste of this beer is nicely balanced, grains and malts upfront that fade into a more dry and earthy aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and drinkable. Overall this beer is quite good, and would drink this along with any of the other Chouffe brews out there again.

Knapp85, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Best Before End 2011.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazy, golden-hued body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of honey-flavored candy with supplementary notes of herbaceous coriander, sugar-sweetened lemon juice, Granny Smith apples spritzed with alcohol, and some soft pastoral florals.

Taste: Sweet, honeyish malt character attacked with a blitz of sweet fruitiness -- lemon, green apple, and even an indistinct tropical fruit character cross the tongue. Meager touch of coriander. Faint floral character from the hops as well as a mild bitterness. Additional spiciness imparted by the Belgian yeast. Minor hint of alcohol, though very well-integrated considering the purported 8%. Finishes dry with lasting hints of fruit and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Easily likable, and easily drinkable (at least in the 11.2 ounce format), it's a tasty, well-fortified Belgian blonde.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

oberon, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of TMoney2591
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Figured I'd give the store's last bottle of this a good home: mine. It pours a mostly clear gold topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises heavy Belgian yeast, light white bread, clove, a pinch of black pepper, light lemon peel, a hint of banana peel, and a touch of flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with that heavy yeast character really coming to the fore. This isn't to say that the spices take a full backseat, but they are definitely subservient to the yeast. Lesser beers would suffer from this situation, but this yeast works well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice BSPA, not quite up there with Duvel and the other standard-bearers, but it comes pretty dern close.

TMoney2591, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

SocalKicks, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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