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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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1,903 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,903
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 124
Gots: 185 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

bryehn, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

IpeeA, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +19%

Elfastball7, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sjstraub
5/5  rDev +19%

sjstraub, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%

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
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -4.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev -4.8%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of bbadger
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

bbadger, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Pahn
5/5  rDev +19%

Pahn, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured a big two fingers with big sudsy bubbles, cloudy, great retention and frothy lacing. Orange yellow in colour, looks like a hefe.

Smell is bananas and cloves, yeasty, ,malt, pepper, and lemon zest.

The taste follows the nose with some light fruit.

Mouth is light to medium bodied, decent carbonation, dry and peppery.

This is a greta brew that would pass for a spectacular hefe. Really could drink this all day, a real pleasant surprise.

Stocean1, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of AlexanderCsamaj
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Once upon a time I was searching for a beverage better than the rest, something creative and satisfying. As I walked the aisles of the Foodery a voice called out to me. What it was saying I can't actually remember. Regardless, it was a gnome calling out to my soul; his words rang true. We have been friends ever since. Even my wife likes to hang out with him.

This is a great beer. It is an easy drinking super tasty mildly potent happy juice that goes as good with breakfast as it does with pork chops or a long drawn out chess game.

I think it has been know to cure the common cold.

AlexanderCsamaj, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a light gold color with an off white head. Excellent carbonation, and super sticky lacing on the side of my snifter glass. Somewhat cloudy, but not completely- You can still see the other side of the glass. Smell is fairly fantastic- malt, yeast, spices, tiny bit of farm smell. Really smooth, and very well put together- excellent. Taste is the same profile as the nose with some fruit flavors in there. I'm mainly getting pear... Very nice, and smooth- an easy drinker. None of the 8% ABV shows itself in the taste at all. Feel is medium, w/ a fruit/spice aftertaste. Overall, this is a really enjoyable beer- I would definitely pick this up again. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of taigor
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured into a small glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy golden color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving average amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Bready yeast, spices and earthy scents dominate with faint fruity and floral scents.

T - Slightly sweet with dominating yeast and spicy flavors. Flavor becomes citrusy and fruity towards a slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good BSPA that I would highly recommend.

taigor, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of dbmata
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

One of my favorite beers when I see it on tap and know I won't be disappointed

It's a phenomenal belgian pale. Definitely strong on the mouth, but not overwhelming. you can have more than one. The nose is very floral, reminds me of honey and flowers and tastes just as good.

It looks like a light golden, slightly clouded ale, and keeps a strong head.

dbmata, Oct 25, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -14.8%

Fairly rich but sprightly on the tongue. Mellow malt is pleasant but the overall effect is quite sharp. Modest head on the golden grew. Some chewy, grainly taste along with the Belgian flavors. Yeasty hint and a slight bitterness. Hard to find fault, it's not too sweet nor overly bitter. Lacks some of the interesting spice and complexity of other Belgian light ales.

On tap at the Encinitas Ale House.

mactrail, Oct 21, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured chilled into flared glass

A: clear light yellow; good carbonation; robust head
S: sweet banana-honey aroma; inviting
T: yeasty, slightly spiced (cinnamon, nutmeg); light notes of citrus, banana; quite yummy

Overall, a very nice dinner beer, Belgain style

Arithmeticus, Oct 21, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nicely sweet and underplayed aroma of malt, yeast and some spices.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, some malt, and some spices (cinnamon and coriander. A very pleasing, well-balanced and easy to like flavor.

M: A high amount of carbonation with a crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, tasty and drinkable beer.

avalon07, Oct 09, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%


Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

A murky, hazy, and dull orange and copper color, with a thick, foaming, persistent white head. Spots and lines of lacing left down the glass.

An interesting and unique aroma: mild citrus, Belgian yeast, some herbal garden/grass notes, and a hint of cracked black pepper.

Flavor follows the nose very similarly. The earth, grass, herbal, and yeast are dominant, with a faint hint of citrus hiding in the background. Incredibly drinkable.

Light to medium bodied, no hint of alcohol and perfectly carbonated.

An interesting, herbal, and yeasty Belgian strong pale.

ehammond1, Oct 07, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Golden with a light haze and a modestly durable white head.

A spicy and yeasty aroma with hints of honey, hops, toffee and brown sugar. The taste is notably hoppy, given that this is a Belgian PA. Hints of dates, cloves, white pepper, cinnamon, and over-ripe peaches. This has a well chosen level of spicing to make it spiced but without overpowering the malt, yeast, and hops. Lightly sweet. Unlike some Belgian (style) brews, the yeast in this one is under control too. Complex and nicely harmonious flavor profile.

Body is nicely crisp and refreshing, with a dry finish.

O: very Belgian ale with remarkably well hidden alcohol, a fabulous finish, and great balance and complexity.

(revisited and tweaked with a "Petit" {11.2 oz} bottle {"best before end 2014"} on 3/27/12)

chinchill, Oct 04, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Cloudy golden ale with solid white head. Beautiful looking thick ale.

Great aroma of spice and light malts with a lot of yeast. Farm, hay, pepper, cloves/anise.

Taste is a lot like the smell. It's creamy and refreshing. Light. It has hints of citrus and good spice but not a lot of either. Just enough to accent and enrich the golden ale.

Very creamy. Rich and complex flavor that doesn't add up with the abv.

birderbeerer, Oct 03, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -14.3%

Enjoyed on 09.30.11. Poured from a 750ml green bottle into a D'ACHOUFFE tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy w/yellow-orange notes. Plenty of carbs on the pour that drop quickly, leaves a little lacing and settles into a thin, but sustained head.

S: Apples and lemon on the nose.

T&M: Citrus notes dominate up-front followed by a sour/sweet finish. The malt is barely there. In that sense it might be a little out of balance, but not really in a bad way. I'd like to notice a few more of the flavors, but everything seems to blend together. A bit more carbs than I was expecting.

Quite drinkable and tasty. I'd like to try this again with a different food pairing (I had baked chicken, rice & steamed vegetables).

ILikeGoodCider, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of MrIncognito
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Had from a 750ml bottle at Fire Works Leesburg

A - Rich bronze body with a fluffy white head that retains nicely and leaves great lacing after settling to a whispy cap

S - Spicy aroma of warming alcohol, light lemon zest, and pepper. Nicely fresh in the nose and very inviting

T&M - Moderately carbonated and crisp in the mouthfeel with a slight slickness from the alcohol makes this easy to drink. Great spicy flavor with anise and cardamom prevaling with white pepper in the finish. Slight warming alcohol but not at all boozy. Lightly sweet without being cloying and the spices keep this from being a "sweet beer" in my book.

O - A great sipper from cold to room temp. Will definitely have this again.

MrIncognito, Sep 30, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a nice deep golden color with a slight amber hue, entirely hazy with a large amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with two fingers of white head that is frothy with large bubbles and lingers nicely, leaves a small amount of spotty lacing on the glass
S: cloves, light banana scent, slight nuts and also a nice underlying little amount of lemon
T: interesting taste, really complex and hits on alot of different notes through the sip, hits in the beginning with bread then moves onto the slight peppery note and then moves to something i cant identify and ends wit what i would interpret as cherries but im really nice sure, definitely leaves a nice sweetness on the palate
M: gentle to medium carbonation tingle in the beginning, smooth in the middle, smoothness and silkiness on the palate afterwards, very nice
O: a great brew, really enjoyed my first foray into this brewery, really a nice golden, so smooth and nicely sweet which is not what i had expected

BigPlay1824, Sep 30, 2011
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