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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

La ChouffeLa Chouffe

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1,658 Ratings
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Ratings: 1658
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 04:16:51 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 02:27:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 22:17:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 03:29:29 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 00:13:19 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 15:45:46 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2007 17:46:41 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 14:10:29 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 03:10:01 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 04:14:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 22:22:44 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 21:25:29 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

330ml squat elfin bottle, in more ways than one.

This beer pours a frosted medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some random rickety lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly settles.

It smells of strong bready pale Belgian malt, sour orange and lemon citrus, earthy yeast, and a touch of grassy, leafy hops. The taste is astringent, tangy, and spicy citrus flesh, soft pale grainy malt, a sublime, understated barnyard yeastiness, and weak leafy, earthy hops. No sign of the 8 points of alcohol.

Still present after more than a few minutes worth of settling is a prevalent carbonation, one soft and frothy enough to render a smooth, medium-weight body. It finishes clean as it can be with the sugary malt and lingering yeast and orchard fruit, it all seeming somehow a tad ethereal.

A prototypical Belgian pale ale - grainy, moderately sweet, and the rest of the standard spice and booze elements very well integrated into the whole. Careful you don't trip over that oblivious little elf while polishing off this sneaky offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 04:01:48 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color, fantastic, fluffy, frothy white head...poured into a Duvel glass, (appropriate, in that I'd previously pegged this as a Duvel imitator) which uses all it's powers to hold it up, and it works.
Nose, spice, and fruit, and everything good, vibrant, sophisticated, transcendent, uplifting, delirious...
Taste:...nice, fresh, hoppy, but lacking in a powerful ZAP! on the buds that I was yearning for after being teased by the aroma. Okay, I'll try it again...nice, fruity (peach, apricot, orange), some hops (English Golding and Saaz, they say), reliable malt (Pilsner, the label tells), abundant sugar, coriander pleases the tongue quite assuredly...this is a very smooth, mellow, yet lively and flavorful ale that should please any real beer lover.
A very likable product from one of the smaller Belgian brewing concerns that I fully admire.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2003 09:34:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold with a foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The smell contained mostly wheat & spice with a little bit of lemon zest, hops and alcohol.

T: A bready wheat flavor hits you first, followed by a heavy lemon taste along with some clove spice & hops.

M: Very smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, with a very clean finish.

D: Very tasty and light, with a good kick to it. I could definitely stick with this one for a long time, but it’s a bit pricy to drink several of them in an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2006 15:18:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a Mc Chouffe glass, BBD of 31 Dec 2009

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3+ fingers of parfait-like white head. Perfect head retention & lacing

S: Bready, peppery & fruitty & I get lemons + apple peal as this warms

T: Honey malt & citric hops up front. I catch some coriander & orange peel as this warms. Apple peel & honey follows. Finishes with apricot, warming booze, lemony hops & a bit of dryness

MF: Light carbonation & syruppy feel. Great balance

Drinks a little slow, due to its complexity, great example of the style, love this brewery!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 05:48:32 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a towering white that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a refreshing pale malt scent with a wonderfully fruity and tart Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is outstanding. It has a very smooth pale malt flavor with a dry, yet fruity finish. It goes down easy and finishes a bit warm, but nothing too harsh. This is an easy drinker. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate to good carbonation. This is an excellent Belgian. It has great aroma and taste, an excellent sessions brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 23:56:22 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is yellow and hazy with a white head . Carbonation is moderate and the head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Served in a tulip glass.

The aroma is nice and yeasty, very spicy with some citrus character, overall the citric is weak but definitely present.

Body is medium to thin, nice carbonation in the mouth prop up an otherwise thin body. There is no aftertaste and the beer finishes nicely. There is minimal bitterness and a really nice fruity palate in the midpalate. Drinkability is high and so is mouthfeel. A really good beer, I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 16:46:37 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, golden orange hue with a thick, foamy, bubbly, two-finger head. It left lace on the tulip glass.

S - It smelled of Belgian yeast, spices, clove and hints of caramel.

T - Tasted very good. Spicy hoppiness with tons of yeasty flavors. Nice clove and banana-like flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great Belgian ale. It was nice to have it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 02:50:22 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold color. It is well carbonated and holds up a fluffy off white head. The aroma is dry, spicy, herbal, and lemony, with some subtle notes of coriander. The taste is dry up front with a slight bit of clean acidity. There is a nice clean spiciness and an accompanying bitterness in the finish which really sets this beer off. The herbal character is in the taste as well, which perhaps contributes a bit of astringency, and there is a certain lemon like character here as well. As this beer warms up it develops a certain sweetness and a hint of vanilla up front. It has a very simple, clean malt character, from the Pilsner malt, that contributes just a hint of maltiness that reminds me of lightly toasted biscuits. This is a really nice beer, it is quite clean, and could perhaps use a bit of complexity, but the hopping levels, malt, and yeast character create a beautiful balance that works very well. Actually the more this warms up and the more I contemplate it the more I am enjoying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 20:24:29 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 15:15:40 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into La Chouffe tulip:

Pours slightly hazed gold with a thin, white everlasting head. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of bubblegum and grass/grain. Coriander-like spiciniss gives the aroma a kick.

The taste is grassy/grainy - pils-like with bubblegum/coriander spiciness. Sweet with a Saaz-like hop finish.

The feel is soft and smooth with lingering flavor.

A very nice brew this is. Sweetness with a good deal of hop backing. A real treat from Belgium!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 07:18:21 | More by jwc215
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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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed orange gold with a white head. Nose is yeasty and citrus. Flavor is strong with apparent yeast influence and a minute citrus edge. Sweet, but not overly so. Definite influence from spices, but not overpowering by any means. Feel is good with carbonation. Pretty standard for the style, but still good. Highly drinkable. I’d go back to this again and again...and again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 13:29:27 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright magnificant golden color with a huge frivilously sized head chunky and nice leaves thick bands of lacing oh yeah. Aroma: Wow, very nice peppery farmhouse style exotic spices this is it, the scent tickles the senses with an herbal like approach sends straight beer nirvana my way. Taste: Nice golden ale backed with all of the spices in the scent and then some like a barnyard with nice earthy hop servings and peppery spices this is excellent stuff here not too sweet just right. Mouthfeel: Well carbonated medium bodied golden ale. Drinkability: I can't say enough good stuff abou this one just awesome stuff the herbal spice that comes with it would be perfect for a reduction with some chicken and potatoes. Good stuff nonetheless gets high marks across the board with me.

Update 4/14/14: Nice four packs for affordable prices with short stubby bottles make this one more approachable nowadays, nice to see it's being imported into the states into Ommegang/Duvel Moortgat in Cooperstown, NY. Pours slightly hazed honey golden body with a bright effervescent white head, fine Belgian lace forms on the sides of my glass. Aroma spicy yeast, cereal grains medicinal at times but not overly boozed up. This seems to be in higher production than back in 2004 when I first reviewed it and back in 2001 when I enjoyed it at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto, Canada on tap for the first time. My love affair with Belgian ale is still intact but nothing like it was when I first got into beer, to me a lot of their beers tend to have a lot of sweetness compared to American crafts that I enjoyed more 10 to 13 years ago. Now I'm a full fledged hophead that can still respect one of the beers that really helped get me hooked. The cereal grains come across on the palate with loads of coriander and other spices, black pepper, a hint of pear, a bit of alcohol comes through with the 8% abv, very balanced and well appreciated for what it is. If you need more hops just grab an Houblon Chouffe instead of La Chouffe you'll be glad you did. Tomahawk, Amarillo, there's one other variety of American high alpha acid hops that they use in that brew. Mouthfeel is effervescent the carbonation is a bit much for me but I can still appreciate the flavors it carries along some of the residual sugars left behind in fermentation much better with the higher carbonation. Overall I'm still a fan boy of beer in general and can appreciate pretty much any style, but La Chouffe was a beer that I held in high regards because of the enjoyment and experiences with friends I had when I found this on a weekend trip into Canada with some college dorm mates back in early 2000s.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 03:19:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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