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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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1,960 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,960
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 128
Gots: 204 | FT: 0
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Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website

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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Photo of chefelf
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll be honest, I bought this one because of the gnome on the bottle. The fact that this also happens to be my favorite style of beer was a bonus. I would buy anything with a picture of a gnome on the bottle.

The beer was beautiful in appearance. I poured it into a tulip. It was a light copper color with a nice white head. There was a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the tulip.

It had a very smooth taste and was very easy to drink. One of the nicer Belgian Strong Ales I've had. I look forward to trying a few of d'Achouffe's other beers.

chefelf, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton. It was a transcendental experience. Let me share it with you.

A - the pint pour was a cloudy, yellow with a very fluffy head that left a lot of chunky lacing on the glass.

S - lovely combination of yeast and floral elements. Nice and intense.

T - some nice initial bitterness that melted into a smooth, yeasty floral finish that lasted for minutes at the back of the throat.

M - this may be the high point of this beer: it was smooth and velvety with some mild carbonation that really coats the mouth. Slight hint of alcohol warmth.

D - very drinkable; after putting down 2 pints I wanted more and more, though that would have been exceptionally dangerous.

This is a great all-weather beer. Quenching enough to be nice on a patio, but hearty enough to hold up to cooler weather. An amazing all-rounder! Couldn't recommend this more: if you see it drink it!

DoktorZee, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Golden to bronze color that pours a high white foam that reminds me of lemon meringue. Laces the glass beautifully.

S - Scents of clove and pepper, with a bit of fruit (pear).

T - Has a pleasant spicy first sip that transitions to a fruity sweetness. Finishes with a hearty yeast potency. The flavors come off as robust.

M - Medium bodied, masks the ABV well, and is fairly gentle on the palate.

O - Surprised it took this long for me to try, but this is a very enjoyable belgian pale. Worth seeking out.

socon67, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of omnigrits
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a crown cork 750ml into a New Belgium globe.

A. Hazy golden amber colour with a vigorous white head so typical of the style.

S. Very fruity - mangoes, bananas, apples. Strong aroma of Belgian yeast. Quite earthy and musty.

T. A good dose of both fruity and candy sugar sweetness up front with a gentle bitter finish. A hint of alcohol, but barely noticeable.
*Edit* The sweetness fades somewhat as the beer warms, allowing the other flavours to come to the fore. I'm liking it a bit more than I did ten minutes ago.

M. Sparkling and relatively dry.

O. Just a little too sweet for my palate. Otherwise a very nice Belgian pale ale and well worth the outlay.

omnigrits, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Vol de Nuit in New York City. Served in a La Chouffe signature glass. Review from notes.

Look: bright, golden body with a slight haze, thick white head, decent lacing, generally looks good.

Smell: fruity, some Belgian spicy esters, a little mustiness. Simple but good.

Taste: follows the nose with a dry, light malt taste with Belgian yeast, and some spiciness. Almost tastes like a lighter tripel. Good.

Feel: light bodied, alcohol is well hidden, nicely carbonated, good. Easy drinking but I tried to take my time with it anyway.

Overall: a pretty good strong blonde ale, which is a style I'm not a big fan of generally. Its worth trying. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a very hazy orange with a creamy head that lingers and leaves some nice lacing. Smells of banana and cloves, candi sugar, and some firm malt. Fairly classic aromas, but nothing mindblowing. Tastes sharp and a little bit sweet up front, then slightly grainy, and quite spicy on the finish. Not very well integrated, so the flavors don't meld seamlessly like they do in the best strong Belgian style beers. Fairly creamy in the mouth, but with a sharpness on the fore palate. Pleasant enough, but there are so many other choices I'd probably head to first.

Georgiabeer, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
2.55/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours golden in color, as advertised, topped with a fluffy white head made of big bubbles. The beer is hazy, but you can still see carbonation bubbles.

S: First thing I get is the grainy smell I get from most pilsners. Background I get some tart fruit, and apricot and maybe light peach.

T: No tartness or sour flavors in the taste like the smell might suggest. I do get a big grainy taste which lingers a while after the finish. There is the presence of something that can't quite identify. Its like a funkiness of sorts, probably from the yeast.

M: Highly carbonated and medium bodied, with a dry finish.

D: I don't care for the drinkability of it, way too bubbly and the flavor isn't to my liking.

tlazaroff, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden color, with a nice large white head. The smell is full of spices, and subtle alchool smell can be detected. The taste is very full, lots of belgin spices, a small amount of alchool can be detected in the flavor as well. Good strong flavor and very nice carbonation. Overall a Fantastic beer, a must try.

vette2006c5r, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of txbrew81
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this in a bottle before and this was my first experience on tap.

A: Hazy deep yellow color. Huge three finger head (third glass from freshly tapped barrel) that stuck around and left considerable lacing all the way through.

S: Attractive. Spicy, belgian yeast, fruity with good hop smell.

T: Follows the nose but is more memorable. Starts sweet and then follows with spicy bannana, touch of pear and a slightly bitter finish.

M: Average feel with medium carbonation. Slight warming.

O: This was a great experience, I much prefered this on tap vs bottle. Very well done belgian strong pale, would order again.

txbrew81, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows wheat, doughy Belgian yeast, confectionery and light fruit. Lovely.
Similarly sweet flavours, lots of cand sugar. More doughy yeast too, as well as the light fruit and a little alcohol.
Carbonation is a bit too high.

CrazyDavros, May 27, 2011
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 THECPJ
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes thanks goes out to Marc for opening this bottle.

Appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: banana, spices, hops,

taste: coriander spice, banana, hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a crisp and refreshing Belgian pale ale. would definitely have another.


THECPJ, May 18, 2011
Photo of mintjellie
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow-orange in colour. Massive cream coloured head is tight and dense, well retained, and completely coats the walls of my glass in lace. Smells of orchard fruit, lemon peel, doughy malt, and flowers. Estery fruit flavour imitates peaches and bananas. There's residual sweetness from the malt. It has a nice lemony acidity and peppery spice, and finishes with a delicate bubblegum flavour. Medium bodied with abundant fine carbonation. Feels velvet and mousse-like. The carbonation is champagne like. La Chouffe is a fantastic beer with well-integrated flavours and a wonderful mouthfeel. It looks good in the glass too. It truly is a pleasure for all five senses.

mintjellie, May 09, 2011
Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised I haven't reviewed this before. Good quality and I buy it often enough. So here goes. Poured into tulip.

A- This is one of those great looking beers. Clear deep gold topped by a chewy, whipped mound of a head. Pretty damn close to perfect in my opinion. Well I'm sure it could be better but I'm not sure what exactly it is that could change to make this look any better. Maybe some better lacing and retention? Not 100% sure about the beer-cleanliness of my glass.

S- Spicy orange, peel, flesh, juice and all, rounded off in a soft, almost dairy-like, creaminess. Some more ''standard'' grapefruit and belgian candi and grain follow. Not particularly yeasty. Great. A little skunky perhaps? Bubblegum as it warms. A very fine, elegant even, smell.

T- Light but solid flavour. Applesauce. You can definitely taste the alcohol in here. Some more of that creaminess in the finish along with the bitterness which I'm afraid to say I find has a touch of cardboard. Bubblegum as it warmed.

M- Alcohol is a bit warming. I actually think it numbs the tongue. Medium to high carbonation. Medium dryness.

O- All in all a great beer. Only I find the flavours a bit ''disconnected''. Almost feels like pure alcohol was added after fermentation. If the alcohol and cardboard were in check, I'd probably be in love with this beer.

Yoonisaykul, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La Chouffe tastes of yeast, apple and spices. Very nice.

A: Pale orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Smells of yeast, apple and spices. 4

T: Tastes of yeast and spice. 4

M: Thick and foamy. 4.5

O: Very nice beer. 4

vandemonian, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - golden ale with a great amount of particulates despite letting it settle.
S - mostly raisin bread and coriander spice.
T - like a sweet raisin bread with noticeable alcohol and a slight bitter lingering finish. Overtones of something off, maybe this bottle is too old?
M - crisp med-light feel.
D - not a session beer but certainly drinkable.

Really hoping this bottle is not the norm for this brew as overall I like it despite the off character.
I will try another if I find one that is well kept.

Beer4Baltimore, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle picked up at my local whole foods. drank out of my chimay tulip.

A- this one pours out a slightly hazy golden orange colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind small rings of lacing. pretty nice start for this one.

S- belgian candy sugar and sweet pale malts are the first things i think of when smelling this beer. after that i get the impression of green apples, white grapes, and a touch of pear. a little bit of alcohol and earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with sweet belgian candi sugar and a pale malts. there is a definite frutiness that follows. pear, green apple, and white grapes. earthy hops with a mild alcoholic finish.

M- the body is on the lighter side of medium, with the expected higher level of carbonation. mild alcohol warming.

O- im not usually a big fan of belgian strong pale ales, but i did really enjoy this one. i can definitely see myself having this again sometime in the near future. check this one out if you like the style.

jwinship83, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of trevorjn06
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden/straw color with 2 fingers of light head that slowly recedes to a thick layer on the surface of the beer and leaves heavy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very mildly skunky (due to the green bottle and the fact that I didn't buy this at my usual place that takes great care to keep bottles out of the light) and an herbal, hoppy character accompanied by orange, light malts, some mild spice and a hint of mineral character. Quite nice other than the light skunking.

Taste is not what I expected: a very smooth malt character with hints of bread and honey along with fruity yeast character and an herbal hop presence. Midway through there is a mild tartness and some citrus/orange comes through. The finish is on the dry side but leaves lingering bready/sweet malts and lots of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium/high carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer despite the lightstruck/skunky character. It has a nice balance between malts, hops and yeast character that is complimented well by a subtle coriander accent.

trevorjn06, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Sam21
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a best before end of 2012. Poured into tulip.
Appearance – Glowing golden body. Fluffy white head with great lacing and retention.

Smell – Clove, malt sweetness, black pepper, an unknown spice (coriander?), must, and peaches.

Taste – Clove, spice, and a moderately strong peachy sweetness. Bit of bread to the depth. Peppery bite midway. Finish is sweet with herbal notes coming through. The strong sweet body gives this beer a great foundation to work off of. The spice and yeast are in balance and emphasize the sweetness without overdoing it.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with filling carbonation.

Drinkability – This is a great golden ale. Lots of subtleties from the spice and peppery notes from the yeast. Drinkability is high, which is the sign of a well built beer at this ABV.

Sam21, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Appears to be carbonated insanely well. A murky, sour apple cider color. Brown with hints of sickly green. A soapy lacing with a head that is quick to disappear. Remnants of yeast float all throughout.

Smell - A strong Belgian dark fruit smell. Apples and light citrus overall. Smells slightly funky with light tart. Hints of lemon and light fruits as well.

Taste - Quite an interesting taste. Citrus and lemon right up front with some slight sour apple funk accompanying it. An odd light fruit taste of bananas and pineapple as well. Can get a little sugary on the tongue and back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Sweet and full of blast of fresh fruit. The Belgian yeast is not overpowering, which I like. Easy to drink and fairly light bodied. Refreshing and

Jesse13713, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Evoeater
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally coming back to my first Belgium. From a 750mL bottle into a La Chouffe glass.

A- Nice head, but it dropped quickly. Cloudy appearance.

S - Sweet smell with some wheat.

T - Sweet with a beautiful wheat/yeast flavor. Just enough hops to keep it interesting. I don't know how to properly describe it, but it is nothing short of amazing.

M - Smooth with a nice medium mouth feel. Easy to drink.

O - Amazing beer. After returning to it much later, I finally appreciate the complex flavor and composition. One of the best in this category and a great beer all around. Highly recommended.

Evoeater, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of stonesean
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a "La Chouffe" tulip glass from "The Pegasus" bar in Diest, Belgium.

Appearance: Copper/gold with yeast trails clearly visable when held to light. A couple fingers head, that does dissapate quick. A small ring of lace on the glass, but not as much as other Belgians.

Smell: Apple pie. Some strong bread/yeast as well. Lovely.

Taste: Man oh man. What is promised in the nose, is delivered on the tongue. Some obvious citrus/spice notes as well. Certainly some cloves, and you know the alcohol is there, but not in a bad way. Super rich, not filling or off putting at all. I could drink this all day, or at least until I fell over.

Mouthfeel: The only thing I wasn't thrilled with. A bit fizzy for me. Small price to pay for such great taste.

Overall: I live in Germany, and can't bring myself to tell my German friends that I think the Belgians just make better beer across the board. This is a wonderful example, if not my very favorite, BPSA.

stonesean, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

358th review on BA
bottle to chalice
BJ's restaurant

App- A nice amber orange with some yellow highlights and a nice 1 1/2 finger head. Some nice sticky lace.

Smell- Big Fruity esters with a yeasty damp earthy quality.

Taste- Dry yeasty and a little spice. This is one beer again I take for granted on the basicness of it but yet is quite good.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a nice matching medium carbonation level. A touch dry at the finish.

Drink- Overall a well done beer. The dry yeasty flavor will keep me coming back to this one.

FosterJM, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of ntatum
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden wheat with a slight head.

It smelled of spice and wheat.

The taste was fantastic. You go into this thinking you're getting something similar to Duvel but they really are different kinds of beer. You catch the fruitiness up front and then it's like a floral explosion finishing with a spicy slightly bitterness.

The mouthfeel is great an not overly heavy or carbonated.

Overall a fantastic beer. Cakman2 has talked this up to me for weeks and I'm glad I finally got to try it. I'm picking up a bottle next week.

ntatum, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Pale and cloudy golden. Head is creamy but fizzy, without much retention but with good lacing

S- Grainy with a floral hint, along with some fruity background notes (citrus, pear). A slight musty feel from the yeast

T- Delicate bready feel, quite musty from the yeast as the smell suggested. Light fruity flavors on the tongue (citrus, orange, apple). A slight herbal freshness on the back of the tongue. There is also a vague clove spiciness

M- Average body and carbonation. Yeast getting a bit much in the way in my opinion. Quite heavy on the stomach

D- Decent complexity and drinkability though it appears to me that quality and overall feel have somehow gone down with time. This is why i decided to edit this review. My recent tries were all disappointing if compared to the ones i had years ago

Cozzatoad, Mar 25, 2011
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