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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,923 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,923
Reviews: 813
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 126
Gots: 196 | FT: 0
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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Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy bronze color with a 1/2 inch head and considerable floating debris. Smell is of spices and fruits. Taste is good, fruits and spices are present, lots of flavor here. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a high quality beer.

tone77, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of carpezytha
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip

A: You have to be careful pouring this, otherwise the head gets aggressive. Cloudy light honey body.
S: Grapefruit, prairie, distant hay traces.
T: Straightforward grapefruit, pine, nappy yeast, muted funk, and then another sharp citrus bite, all over a subtle foundation of sweet croutons. I say straightforward, but the last glass was more complex, probably the yeast element.
M: Full, tight and there.
D: I believe this one is drinkable, lads. Yes I do.

carpezytha, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL green glass bottle stamped with a date that I believe to be 06/01/13. Served cool into my New Belgium goblet.

La Chouffe is a slightly hazy golden yellow-orange color with frothy white head. As it settles, a bit of lace is left behind but not much.

Aroma is wonderful and complex. It has layers of floral, spice, and funky yeast. There is also some nice citrus and it all comes together seamlessly.

Flavor is really quite pleasant too. The peppery spice is probably what stands out the most but the sweet citrus, bitter-spicy hops, and grassy finish are all enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, heavily carbonated, and bone dry on the finish. Definately a champaigne of beers. Someone should send Miller a bottle or two.

GilGarp, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.oz bottle, Netherlands distr.

Pours a clear, dark gold with a sticky two-finger head.

Aroma is a little heavy on the coriander and spice, but brightly phenolic as well.

I really like the flavor of this beer. It's somewhat hoppy, but also yeasty and buttery, with notes of toffee. Good amount of ripe fruit and banana, making it reminiscent of a strong wheat beer. Lingering flavor is of earthy spices and yeasty phenols. Alcohol was well-integrated, but the mouthfeel was a bit harsh in terms of the carbonation, though not undrinkable.

Not a perfect Belgian Golden Ale, but definitely a very good beer.

dasenebler, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of jeranbrews
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Blonde

A - It has a fluffy kitchen sponge head with some lacing.  Color is mildly cloudy crystallized honey.

S - Sweet citrus tones folded inside malt yeast and hops. In that order. Reminds me of hoegarden.

T- Initial flicking tongue lash of hops followed by sweet butterscotch.  A steep roller-coaster that climbs then has a boring decline.

M - Fizzy at the start and buttery at the finish.

D - not so much a complex beer as a sharply contrasting beer. Drinkable but not as memorable as I'd like.

jeranbrews, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of boss302
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lachouffe golden ale 8.0%abv 750 ml bottle

A Golden clear, nice head that lasted the whole glass.

S mostly candy sugar aroma with some citrus. Not much hop aroma.

T Hops show up here to add some bitterness to the light malt flavor. Some minor citrus flavor. Beer is crisp and clean.

M Light to medium body. Carbonation is just right. 

D A very good drinking beer that hides its alcohol very well. Crisp and refreshing.

boss302, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of SmokinSmyth
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 750ml bottle out on the patio before dinner. It poured great into a tall pilsner that could almost hold the entire bottle. The second pour allowed me to bring about a two inch head right to the rim of the glass.

Color is golden, with a slight cloudiness to it.

Taste is excellent, very easy on the palate. No real "sweetness" that often comes with the higher ABV beers.

This is a favorite in Antwerp, which says something since it rises above many of the great beers available.

SmokinSmyth, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of nataku00
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. Really big head initially, almost three fingers thick, on top of a bright golden orange beer. Head clings heartily to the glass as it starts to dissipate. Clear beer shows plentiful carbonation. Really beautiful beer.

Nose is grapefruit, tropical fruit, clove, and yeasty funk. The big head really helps promote the aroma.

Taste follows the nose upfront, with a little banana as well. Hop bitterness is tamed by a sweet but dry finish.

Medium bodied beer with small bubble carbonation makes this very easy to drink.

The gnome on the bottle doesn't lie, you will be admiring this beer once you get it into the glass, and enjoy it once you take your first sips.

nataku00, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of impending
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

B+

La Trappe. Pours a dingy golden honey with classic towering dense frothy head.

Scent of light citrus, white bread, bright, spicy, fruity and clean.

Very smooth flavor, lots of honey, medium bodied mouthfeel. No part of the taste jumps out, it is light on the tongue and fades away quietly. I guess it is considered a strong pale ale because of the abv.

Well balanced brew.
cheers
jd

when the glass was empty the lace trailings were wonderful

impending, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A full and frothy four-finger head emits a yeasty aroma with juniper and orange peel notes.

The golden honey-colored brew is densely clouded by precise bottle conditioning, nearly hiding the continuous emergence of effervescence replenishing the slowly receding head.

A few sips sends the spicy scent to the tongue and releases the complex, full-flavored characteristics of this classic to the rest of the palate in a delightful torrent. The hint of bread and fruit is as pleasing as fresh toast and jam on a brisk fall day.

Thank goodness for the inspirational gnomes of the Ardennes.

tubacharlie, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy holden color with high carbonation evident and one finger of fluffy white head that quickly leaves.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, bananas, fruity malts, and hints of bready malts.

t - Tastes of Beglian yeast, bananas, bready malts, and hints of spices. Not nearly as much spice in the taste as the smell.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A very solid Belgian. Lots of spice in the smell and a nice fruity, Belgian yeast mox in the taste. Fews smaller than 8%, will definitely have this beer again.

mdfb79, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of catrone
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden to orange yellow color, with a white thin foam.

The taste is delicious, with notes of fruits (mainly citrus and orange) and spices.

The alcohol mixes perfectly with all the other tastes, masking it's real amount (doesn't seem like an 8%).

Paired with fish meat and italian cheese.

catrone, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of scott451
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy apricot with a thin white head. A thin head and a burst of carbonation soon diminish. Light lacing.

Sweet malt smells with some spice. Cinnamon?

Nicely balanced and well melded taste. Hard to put a finger on the details but I keep coming back for more.

Medium body and low carbonation. Drinkability is good but for the high ABV.

scott451, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of nickhiller
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my second sampling from Brasserie D'Achouffe, the first being their stellar Doubbelen IPA Tripel. Drank this one out of a tulip.

A: Overflowing foam from top of bottle like champagne. Hazy golden orange, almost peach colored when poured. Sturdy one finger head settles to a ring around the edges. Lacing is all but nonexistent. Yeast floaters remain suspended. This one looks pretty heavy.

S: Sourdough bread, yeast funk, citrus tang--like grapefruit--honey, sherry.

T: Sweet bready malt--that sourdough from the whiff--and hop fruitiness--orange juice maybe--are balanced in perfect unison, followed by must, tart and spice (can't place it) on the back end, lingering heat from the spice. I'm left with a great combination of sherry and leather to ruminate on.

M: In a word: dense. Mounds of solid frothy carbonation all the way through to the finish. Warming alcohol mixes perfectly with spicy heat making for a pleasant and lasting aftertaste.

D: I really liked this one. New meets old. Demonstrative of the style as a whole while packing the flavors and spicy notes that you would expect of a modern craft brewery. Very drinkable but a bit like liquid bread--one bottle was more than enough for one sitting.

nickhiller, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright. a quick review here....cloudy pale gold with some sediment. Nice head, light carbonation. Citrusy with some metallic notes in the aroma. Flavor is good - still a little metallic tasting, nice spice however. 8% ABV, and you can taste the alcohol to an extent. Maybe a bad bottle?? Kind of a typical blond and maybe not even that good. Disappointing.

SolomonGrundy, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of detlefchef
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750, opened yesterday and capped with champagne stopper.

Brownish orange color that is nearly brilliant with light and fine foam that easily reappears and lingers with a swirl.

Aromas of cinnamon, brown sugar, and guayabana (really, really pretty).

The warm, brown sugar elements just keep coming on the palate. Really ripe and soothing with lingering pie spice and roasted pears. Clean without being bright on the finish and I keep going back for more.

A truly delicious beer.

Pair with:
Roasted pork loin with dried fruit and spices.

detlefchef, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at the bottle shop down thr road.

From a 33cl stubby bottle into a tulip.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, fluffy looking white head that quickly fades to a thin wisp and leaves some immediate lacing down the glass. Color is a cloudy carrot orange with higher levels or carbonation evident. Wisp remains and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale and toasted malts in the nose. A bit of orange peel, green fruits, such as apple and pear, as well as some mild spicy notes.

TASTE: Toasted malts, pale malts, and some green fruits, mostly green apple and pear again. Spicy yeast, with some pepper and coriander as well. Touches of floral notes in the back. A relatively mild and shorter aftertaste is sweet and spicy with a dry finish.

PALATE: Medium-light body with higher amounts of carbonation. A little less creamy than hoped, but goes down smooth, no bite, and finishes rather dry on the palate. Could be a little creamier, but fine non-the-less.

OVERALL: A very solid strong pale ale. The flavors and aromas could have been a little bolder, and the palate a little creamier, but this was a very solid effort for sure, and one I wouldn't hesitate to have again.

Jeffo, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Chouffe is a super lively, slightly hazy golden with lots of floaters. It has a huge, fluffy, white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a warm aroma of spice, fruit, bread and phenol. It's pretty light bodied and very smooth. The finish is clean, dry and delicate. Wow, it tastes fruity! I detect apple, pear, peach, cherry and maybe some dried fruit. The finish is earthy, leathery, peppery and phenolic. This beer is a treat! This would be just as appropriate on a hot summer day or a cold winter night.

yesyouam, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, poured a cloudy golden-yellow, with two fingers of white head; great retention and lacing. Smelled of coriander orange peel, bubble gum, sugar, and apricot. The taste revealed all of the above, with an excellent sense of balance, dissolving to an apricot/peel finish. Medium-bodied and more carbonated than expected; made for a nice sensation. Great beer.

donniecuffs, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of bbkd3b
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Maredsous glass.

A - Looks like orange juice mixed with ice tea. Foggy, orange-gold. All types of sediment floating around this beer. 1-finger white head with decent retention. Surprisingly little lacing considering the carbonation.

S - Yeast, sugar cane, grainy spices. Overall very pleasant and inviting. Smallest hint of citrus, as well... Orange peel, I guess.

T - Spice notes right away. Hint of pepper, with heavy yeast. Most prominent though were the sour fruits. Orange and lemon. Very dry finish. Another good tasting Belgian. Well-done.

M - Really heavy carbonation almost attacks the tongue. The body is lighter, and when it hits the stomach, it's very warming.

D - Bought only one, wish I had another. I could just drink and drink and drink...

Overall/notes: I love my Belgian beers, and this is another well-executed one. Perhaps not on the same level as Duvel, but jeez, I won't hold that against it. Drinking this was a good, enjoyable experience.

bbkd3b, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of ryanonline
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears very bright straw gold, moderately hazy. The pour leaves a big white head and awesome lacing.

Wonderfully sweet and spicy scent. A bit of caramel malt scent with some light coriander too.

Lemony taste, even grassy, lots of caramel sweetness. Still a light presence of coriander. Bitter finish.

Thin and foamy, dry finish.

A bit filling.

Yummy. This beer is a feast fir the eyes and nose as well as the mouth. I think I had their Christmas beer and I liked it a lot as well.

ryanonline, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy gold orange color with a creamy 2 finger off white head that looks cloudy and lasted a while; a lot of sediment floating in the beer, which looked like salt water.

Smells of yeast, spices, coriander, orange peel, pineapple, floral hops, grass, pepper and some light banana and clove; a really nice smelling beer with a diverse nose.

Tastes sweet and tart up front, like a grapefruit, lemon or sour apple, followed by malt sweetness, yeast, pepper, clove, brown sugar, spices like cinnamon or allspice, herbs, caramel or candy sugar; the end was a mix of orange peel, citrus hops, hop spices and light grains that had a metallic hint, like a penny. The spices like coriander and the alcohol are present, but this taste does not live up to the aroma and is a little disappointing to me. This does not taste bad, but it's just on the basic side of the flavor spectrum which might be true to the Belgian Strong Pale Ale style, but a far cry from what I expected. Again, this does not taste bad, and is a pretty good beer, but not as good as I expected it too taste. The herbs like tea leaf and light alcohol bite add balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with very mild carbonation, a medium body and an easy flow for a beer that has 8% ABV. A tasty Belgian treat that was funky, spicy and tasty, everything a good Belgian beer should be. This really flows down easy

Drinkability is OK to god, as this brew has all of the makings of a really great beer but comes up litte short in flavor.

CHickman, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Rusty gold with a massive, white pillowy head that slowly recedes leaving an abundance of lacing. Nearly rivals the appearance of Duvel.

S: Spice, a bit of pineapple, apple, pear yeast and candi sugar. I've only had this once prior to this review, and I don't recall any of this.

T: Tart, spicy and sweet, with a mild yeasty twang in the finish. The twang seems to wear thin after awhile. The one thing I do recall the only other time I've had this, was that it was very easy to drink, but unremarkable. This time around, it's still easy relatively to drink, with more of a kick. Still, not as complex as some BSA's, but more so than I found it to be the first time I had it.

M:Slick and smooth, with a mild bite in the finish. Less than average carbonation, which is somewhat of a detractor; I like my beers well carbonated. Doesn't hurt the beer's flavor too much, but could affect the drinkability slightly.

D: A relatively robust 8% ABV will almost certainly hurt drinkability of any beer. But the yeasty finish, more commonly found in Saisons and farmhouse ales, also hurts the drinkabilty. This is a sipper, for sure, but also not as great as most folks think. Not bad, but there are superior BSA's out there in comparison to this one. (Delirium Tremens, Duvel, Don De Dieu to name a few)

irishking1977, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, spicy, fruity aroma with notes of clove and apple. Very nice.

Reasonably clear, golden colour with a big, fluffy, long-lasting white head. Nice lacing.

Wonderful clean malt profile which showcases the spicy, peppery yeast. Good fruit notes as well. I prefer this to Duvel.

Light, spritzy, refreshing mouthfeel.

A very easy to drink beer. Lots of flavour and I certainly don't notice the 8% alcohol.

dgilks, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Jemonster
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was actually the first beer that I rated on BA right after I really got into craft beers. That said, my palate has changed and now I look for different characteristics in a beer. Long story short, I thought I would give this beer another shot since so many people apparently think that it actually is awesome and brewed by mushroom-hut dwelling gnomes in the Belgian forests. My original review follows the new one.

A: Clover honey colored and murky appearance with no discernible head. In a large red wine glass, I cannot look through the beer and detect my hand passing on the other side.

S: Faint but sweet scent, kind of like Christmastime with the spices. Nothing else really there for me.

T: Upfront sweetness and mulled cider-like spices. Slight bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Kind of malty like malted milk. I would imagine this beer might benefit from the addition of citrus to create some action on the tongue, although I'm not the type to add anything to my beer because I like it to express itself. If this beer were to be drank socially on someone elses terms, I just might throw in some lemon.

M: Creamy and slightly heavy without much carbonation. Falls kind of flat on my tongue with nothing to pop out the flavors. This beer actually makes me thirsty.

D: I still can't really drink this beer. It is too sweet and flat, and I'm having trouble drinking it as I finish this review.

In conclusion, I wanted to like this beer but I just don't see what everyone else sees in it. It's like when cute girls go for that a--hole who's a wanna be bad boy and not even good looking. Maybe this beer is just not my style. I want it to have something it doesn't and I can't seem to enjoy it for what it is.

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My original review:

A: This beer poured a golden/very light amber from its bottle into a stein. Semi long lasting head that coats the glass as the beer is consumed. The head is a silky looking off white; it has a mild sheen. The most remarkable characteristic about this beer is the heavy sediment in the bottom of the glass. I would call this interesting, but not a selling point for me, as I prefer my drinks smooth...
S: The smell is sweet and mildly fruity, I can't pick out any distinguishing scents that stand out. The smell seems well balanced as far as flavors go.
T: This beer is somewhat strong with a spicy beginning. It has a fruity sweetness and a strong hop bitterness right after the beginning. The aftertaste lingers for a while and remains bitter for the finish.
M: This beer has a malty texture that is more viscous than most beers I have tried. The sticky feel probably helps contribute to the bitterness at the end.
D: I don't think I could drink much of this if I tried and I had a hard time actually drinking a pint of this. It is heavy in a way, but not in a good way like a stout...and that lingering bitterness and sediment at the end just turns me off.

Overall, in my opinion, this beer is overrated. It's average to me. I wouldn't buy it again, especially for $10 for the 25oz bottle.

Jemonster, Jun 10, 2010
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,923 ratings.