La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,061
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 136
Gots: 236 | FT: 0
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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the first Belgian beers to grab my attention a couple of years ago. Let's see how it measures up, now that I've been fortunate enough to drink so many other beers from the same region.

Appearance - A beautiful amber orange. Quite vivid and bubbly. Not much head at all here, in fact, it's a little disappointing. A fairly active beer. All of that said, it seems a little dull in the glass compared to other Belgian blondes.

Smell - Bitter orange peel and yeast. White sugar, coriander and light fruits such as apricot and grapefruit shine through. Surprisingly, this almost gives off a subtle aroma of white wine. Not too complex on the nose, but nice.

Taste - Heavily carbonated for a Belgian blonde. Almost cuts through the tongue (in a good way). Lots of orange peel here. Coriander is prominent, vanilla, banana, wheat, mandarin, honey with light traces of toffee.

Mouthfeel - A fairly impressive mouthfeel mostly due to the carbonation. This beer definitely stimulates all parts of the palate. Not as smooth as I would like, but nice.

Overall - I love how these beers are typically unpasteurized and unfiltered. Definitely my favorite thing about Achouffe's products. After drinking so many Belgian beers (blondes and quads alike), this happens to score pretty low for me, unfortunately. There are certainly a dozen or more blonde ales that are far more complex and superior. However, this is still a delicious treat from time to time. No question about that!

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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle poured into a large wine glass. The La Chouffe shows a deep straw/golden on the pour. An nch of white foam decays slowly, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Offers a nice yeast presence on the aroma, touch of sugar and some lemony grain. Gotta bump the appearance, meaningless that it be, to a 4.5. Great lace and retention are offered here. Aroma is solid and offers good depth, not to sugary in nature.

Luscious flavor with a touch of citus and a hint of spice on the finish. Rather rich and bready for the style, yet pleasant across the board. Quite nice, ane well refined with a fuller feel than typical for the style. Touch of lemon is everpresent.

Solid feel and drnk.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought me a Big Chouffe (1,5 liter magnum bottle) from Belgium,the 2011 collector's edition.I shared it with friends on new years eve.

appearance: blond, golden/light brown
mouthfeel: enough bubbles, but never too much
smell: fruits, yeast, cinnamon
taste: lovely fresh but characteristic taste, coriander

Chouffe invites artists to decorate the botlle. This one had a funny party-scene of a dwarf and a few animals drinking chouffe around a table.

I really loved it!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a Trappistes Fochefort goblet...

A- Golden blond with very thick and creamy snow white head. Plenty of carbonation with great head retention.

S- Wonderful belgian yeast, bananas and various subtle spices at the finish. Warming alcohol glow. This is a good example of why people love Belgium beer so much; lots going on and all held together with well controlled balance.

MF- It’s like a party going on in your mouth. Extremely pleasant mouth-feel and pleasing alcohol affects. There seems to be a growing desire to brew Belgian style beers in the U.S. I hope more examples of this style are on the slate.

O- One of my favorite Belgian ales. I would love to find this on tap sometime. If you haven’t tried this one yet and have a chance, I highly recommend it.

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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a white frothy head, sticky lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, orange, and spice.

Taste is clean crisp water, floral Belgian yeast, pale barley malt. Really nice clean Belgian golden ale. Full-bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall a solid Belgian strong pale ale, one I'd enjoy again.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on Christmas Eve hanging with the wife in front of a fire.

Pours out a light golden-hued body with a white head. Evidence of carbonation flowing through the goblet. Nice looking beer.

Aroma of honey, candy, lemon, & sour apples.

Sweet, honeyish malt character attacked with a bit of fruitiness -- lemon & green apple character cross the tongue. The Belgian yeast gives a bit of spice to balance the sweet flavors.

Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Easily likable, and easily drinkable. Don't think I like the Belgian pales quite as much as their dark cousins but a a good beer none the less.

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,061 ratings.