La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 833
Hads: 2,234
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 178
Gots: 356 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 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
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | 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)

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

Purchased at the LCBO for $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a huge chunky head that lasts. Unfiltered good. Medium gold

S- Lots of hops here. Good malt. Nice

T- Those hops are fantastic! Super enjoyable brew that is expertly blended. Lots of fruit overtones. Hints of caramel.

M- Dry and crisp. Lots of alcohol.

O- Very enjoyable brew. Will buy again when I next see it at the LC.

Food Pairing

This wonderfully ripe fresh hoppy brew went well with...... Cream of leek soup with chicken supreme.

Enjoy (557 characters)

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

one of the classics. i think this basically defines the genre of belgian strong pale ale. it has all the elements, and is one of the more balanced beers in this style thats out there. a little darker than golden, bright russet colored, with a tall white head that is vintage belgian. the nose is a showcase of this very dynamic yeast, as spice laden as it is fruity, and then bittering hops with a european grassiness. the flavor is quite similar, with a little grain sweetness on the front end before the yeast driven dry finish. carbonation is akin to champagne, and the beer is awfully drinkable and creamy for something thats 8% abv. very uncommon. i kind of always keep this beer in the back of my mind and internally compare all other belgian pales to it. very few stack up to la chouffe. (794 characters)

Photo of Advocaate
2/5  rDev -51.7%

Hugely disappointed here. Based on reviews here and feedback from friends I expected a lot, and finished feeling let down.

Won't bother with a full review as that would waste time. The finish here was so sweet it just reminded me of bubblegum. I mean that literally: I got notes of Bazooka Joe and Dubble Bubble here. Matter of fact, the nose and taste were absurdly sweet as well. If you like sweet, yeasty Belgians you will love this, but personally, this is a one and done for me. (484 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a beautiful hazy yellow with a fizzy white head that lasts. The smell is full of bananas with some bread scents coming out too. The taste is light and aromatic like champagne with banana and apple being in the front and then toasted biscuits and a little bit of toffee coming in the end. Very pleasant and a wonderful beer. (329 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden hazy. Thick head served in a snifter. Amazing retention.
Aroma is sugary, citric aroma, like lemonade. Also, honey.
Oh so malty sweet! Tastes of honey, orange and soda bread/biscuity finish.
Feel is quite full bodied, it feels like a meal! Not much by way of carbonation, more biscuits and chewy.
I really enjoyed this one! It's like a meal onto itself. Not a beer to drink on a hot summerday to cool off. Better for warming up in cold weather, with a hearty meal or chocolates. I love Belgian beers so much!! (526 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Cloudy, sunny orange color, with perfect big head.

Aroma is a bit funky with lots of yeast and wheat.

The taste is throughout great, from the beginning there is an intense taste of wheat which leads to a smooth mouthfeel, with a fresh hoppy ending. Some peppers add a necessary contrast to the beer, otherwise it might be too mild. Slight hints of berries going along with the upcoming bitterness in the end, giving the beer a generous complxity. (450 characters)

Photo of Bravak
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Complex yet not overwhelming. A truly pleasant sipper that morphs as it warms. Belies it's abv. A true global gem. Love it paired with hearty and spicy food. (160 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium apricot/peach in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, significant amounts of fine to medium particles in suspension throughout the beer, and a faint amount of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruits (pear), spices, citrus (orange stands out), grainy malts, and just a hint of banana.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale and grainy malts with a light amount of light fruit sweetness (mostly pear with a hint of apple). That is followed by moderate flavors of orange citrus and just a hint of banana. There is a light flavor of spices in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable - lots of complexity to the flavor but still quite approachable. Definitely a sipper. (1,131 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

#101 Beers of Fame

Served in a La Chouffe tulip glass. Amber colored with a long-lasting, rocky, white head. Nice lacing down the glass. Fruity pear and orange aroma with a light peppery spice. Wonderful balance in the flavor. The fruit, spice, and alcohol are all there but neither the malt nor the hops are too strong. Medium bodied and a bitter finish. Easy to drink despite being fairly complex.

I avoided this beer unintentionally for quite some time but will no longer do so. A truly well crafted brew. Paired well with a big pot of mussels. (600 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Good appearance. Cloudy amber with good head and lacing.

Aroma is pears and onions and subtle spicy notes.

Taste is pears and onions with spivy belguan yeast. White grape notes combine with wheat beer-esque banana flavours for a subtle but complex and delicious belgian strong ale effect. This is similar to duvel but a little different. Definitely worth a visit and would like to try the 750ml bottle rather than my 330ml serving to further explore this well balanced and sophisticated ale.

Very good.

90/100 (518 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance – Very hazy yellow gold colour. There is very thick creamy foam in this one

Smell – The smell of La Chouffe is fairly odd it is a little sweet with a smallest hint of lime and some spice but it does not prepare you for what comes next in the taste… to some that may be a bad thing but to me I like a beer that has a trick or two up its sleeve.

Taste – A lot of malt character up front there is also good spiciness such as clove, cinnamon, black pepper but there is also a light hoppy taste at the back. The smell of citrus is not coming through in the taste but there is peach. There is a slight note of Mandarin or Satsuma when you first sip on it and this does not go after a few mouthfuls

Mouthfeel – Light bodied and very effervescent that leaves a dry sort of finish in the mouth.

Overall – The first time I drank this in 2012 I thought it was too sweet but two years later when I came to review it I found that it had a lot of flavour and real depth to it. Cloudy against the light with tiny hints of matter like clouds floating in the glass (this is a good thing) this beer is fairly typical in appearance for a Belgium blond although it may be cloudier than most I’m used to. To put it another way it is golden like an English sunrise over the Isle of Purbeck in mid-July with noticeable clouds that promise a very good day. In some ways it resembles a wheat beer. . A cracking beer that I like very much!! (1,446 characters)

Photo of denisconrado
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Expectation to see if you purchase a bottle of 750 ml, but... Appearance: fun label; the glass cloudy, with ingredients in suspension and color of honey. Aroma: A bit of malt. Taste: refreshing, coriander like Hoegaarden (would not be a Witbier??), prominent malt. Personally I preferred the Duvel; would be the temperature? (324 characters)

Photo of burntoutphilosopher
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A – hazy, looks like a Saison. Nice fleks of Lees. Truly “golden”.
S – Cedar wood. Very very mild.
T – Tastes like a very dry Brut. This is the most mild tasting beer I’ve had in a very long time. Yet, perfectly flavored when you look for it. The hops are some of the best ive ever had. A nice green bitter taste. The only aftertaste is the citrus like yeast flavor left behind.
M - thin, champagne like. The bubbles are delicately small, yet it’s densely carbonated.
O – First sip “doesn’t taste like much of anything”. But the delicate bitterness and white wine type of yeast residue really grows on you. It reminds me more of a Moscato d’ Asti than a beer.
Obviously the absolute top notch. This has the classic Belgian taste that has made the region famous.
A Top fermenting yeast it says on the bottle… and it taste more like champagne than ale to me. This has a deeply complex taste that is totally unfarmiliar.

It is incredibly pleasant. (975 characters)

Photo of arthurspoor
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

La Chouffe is a very refreshing, sweet yet interesting beer.

I like it's color, which is a bit hazy.

The smell ain't spectacular, but the taste is very good and typical 'Ardennen taste'. A bit banana sweet perhaps, but overall very nice.

I would serve it at 8-10 C, or maybe even warmer. It gets smoother that way.

Ideal for Summer. Very 'easy drink'. (359 characters)

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

A: Nice thick head on initial pour into a tulip glass , fine white foam with good lacing. Almost cream like in texture

S: Hint of hay, barn, champagne(?)

T: A tad malty without being too sweet, hint of peppercorn, clove, bread and only the slightest astringency from hops. Hint of apple or pear

M: Finely effervescent (like champagne) without being to gassy

Great beer, excellent price point at less than $3/bottle. Would definitely purchase again. (452 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: yellowIsh With a haze. Medium foamy head. Excellent lacing.

S: banana. Clove. Spices. Honey. Orange.

T: banana. Orange. Pepper. Alcohol tones.

M: medium-high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.

O: when I think Belgian, I think La Chouffe. Great beer. (252 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - cloudy, hazy golden color with thick white head

Smell - green apple, ginger, coriander, caramel

Taste - liquified green apple, orange, ginger, coriander, honey

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, highly carbonated, citrus sweetness upfront, slightly tart in the back end, refreshing and satisfying despite the ABV

Overall - solid Belgian Ale, perfect amount of carbonation and full of flavor. Recommended

Price Point - $11.99/750 ML bottle (450 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden color with a big thick head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Aroma of orange citrusy, bread and caramel malt, herbs, cloves, coriander and white wine.
Flavor of champagne vinous, orange and lemon citrusy, herbal hops, nutmeg, nectarines, white pepper, cinnamon, pear, pineapple and coriander. Slightly tart with dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is dangerously hidden, especially considering its refreshing feeling.
Interesting beer, it is like a strong Golden Ale with Wit characteristics. Also well balanced despite of its boldness and quite complex, which was not entirely expected for the style. Endurecida, pero sin perder la ternura. (719 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.89/5  rDev -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. (961 characters)

Photo of djura
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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. (342 characters)

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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