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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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1,854 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,854
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 121
Gots: 170 | FT: 0
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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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sjccmd

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Best before end of 2010 indicated on the bottle.

Begins gushing immediately after cracking open. Initially pretty violently, but it subsided quickly and not much beer was lost.

Pours golden yellow with super fluffy head. Looks a bit fizzy. Murky, esepecially towards the end of the bottle with some little floaties.

Smells very sweet, bright and grassy. Champagne-like. Citrus and yeasty. Maybe a bit of lawnmower clippings...in a good way.

Sweet, honey-like malts with flowers and spices. Very dry finish but doesn't clean itself out very much.

The mouthfeel is a bit fizzy but finishes pretty slick.

Enjoyable and refreshing. I've had this a few times, and it seems like it tastes best in its namesake glass...of course it's probably entirely psychological.

01-03-2010 21:27:00 | More by sjccmd
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ThaCreep

Belgium

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Peach-colored golden, malty and fruity nose with citrus dominance returning bitter in taste. This is indeed spicy (coriander is the only spice used) and Saaz hops, fairly present, in fact a very dry beer. As and when the tasting, citrus flavors quickly become tough and dry. In my opinion, it lacks a little character and body to beer to win.

01-02-2010 13:27:20 | More by ThaCreep
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a sediment full & hazy golden yellow color that produced a good fluffy white head with good retention.

(S)- A spicy yeasty lemon & lime rind citrus with a light biscuity clay.

(T)- Rather bitter clay & yeasty with a nice crisp banana & lemon citrus.

(M)- A very fizzy carbonation level that is actually a bit too much. Otherwise, it has a decent balance & body to it.

(D)- A solid beer that has some good things going for it. A tad too much carbonation for my taste, but otherwise a nice crisp beer.

12-29-2009 23:51:01 | More by sweemzander
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +4%

Pure gold with a brilliant ray of orange shining through where the light hits. A fluffy two-fingers of white head dissipates quickly, leaving small groups of foam behind. Aroma is big, with coriander, a bit of fruit and citrus, malts, and a slightly funky yeast, which all rise together giving the nose a real treat. Fruity, spicy and malty on the palate, with a subtle, but near perfect hop bite at the end. More yeast, some sweetness (perhaps butterscotch) and a squirt of lemon finish it all up. Goes down smooth and almost creamy at first, but ends dry with a perfect amount of alcohol heat meandering down the back of the throat. One of the finest Belgian Strong Pale Ale's I've had, and that's saying quite a bit.

12-24-2009 19:23:29 | More by stephens101
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -15.7%

From written notes--
Popped the cap and turned away for a second, only to look back and see a train of bubbles escaping from the bottle.

A: Pours a brilliant slightly opaque sunset-peach colour, with an enormous white head that shows some good stickage and retention. Really nice.

S: Fruity/bubblegum smell from the yeast, a little biscuity, and a coriander overdose. The coriander works very well with the fruitiness imparted by the yeast.

T: Much like the smell--A little bready, esters, light citrus, and huge coriander that stays in the finish. The fruity esters and coriander rule the show.

M: Huge, lively mouthfeel. Without the lively agitation, I think the coriander would get even more overpowering.

D:A good beer, but the spices need to be put on a leash.

12-24-2009 01:27:13 | More by darklordlager
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flagmantho

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4%

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice light golden color with a little haze and lots of apparent effervescence and a two-finger rapidly-dissipating white head. A nice lace is left, though.

Smell: very nice. Kind of mild, but lots of nice cidery aroma with some chalkiness and headiness to it. I like it a lot.

Taste: rather a lot like the aroma. Big malt; a little chalky and with orchard flavors like apple and pear. Not super complex but a flavor which I quite enjoy.

Mouthfeel: medium body bursting with carbonation so there's a very nice creaminess to it. Lovely!

Drinkability: for me, extremely drinkable. If I had another bottle I'm sure I'd drink it too despite the high ABV.

12-22-2009 02:23:44 | More by flagmantho
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Cloudy golden copper without much of any head.

S - Sweet grainy malt, honey, peach, apricot, citrus, hint of spice, coriander and grape.

T - Apple, pear, peach, nice and fruity followed by some candy sweetness, honey, bready malt and a bit of spice. Banana and coriander. The complex flavor really comes out as it warms.

M - Medium to full body with good carbonation. Lingering honey and fruit sweetness.

D - Very smooth for 8% abv. Nice and complex as it warms.

12-17-2009 23:04:39 | More by brewcrew76
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful strong golden straw color with nice orange hues. With a nice .5 inch head that recedes slowly and leaves a nice film.

S - Nice grainy malt sweetness. Hints of bread and banana nut bread with hints of honey and some citric hints. Nice coriander and some pepper in the nose.

T - Nice malty sweetness with hints of honey, banana and cloves. But none of this is as overwhelming as the spiciness of this beer. coriander and pepper rule the palette. Very appealing.

M - med to light body. Nice co2 quantity and feel.

D - Very high. ABV isnt felt as much but could be sneaky.

12-15-2009 00:25:07 | More by JoEBoBpr
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

I have had this bottle in my fridge for a while...not quite sure where I got it, but let's give it a go, nonetheless.

Appearance: Opens up to get the foam started, and I had to rush a bit to get it in the glass before it climbed out of the bottle. The head was thick, pillowey, and white. The head was sustaining forever maintained by a steady cascade of bubbles rising to the top. There is quite a bit of yeast and bottle debris clearly visible through the clear golden yellow beer. There is some thick lacing left on the glass after drinking. If the floaters had stayed on the bottom, this would be an excellently presented beer.

Aroma: I initially get a fresh florl and spicy aroma with some sweet honey-like malt presence. After a few minutes, the aroma gets considerably softer. The overall blend of the aromas is really nice as the beer sits pretty cold. I am anxious to see how this beer warms up.

Taste: Fresh floral and clean in the flavor with some subtle sweet malt in there all riding on top of a huge wave of carbonation that explodes on your palate. There is a bit of a citrusy note that comes in later in the sip and hangs around until the finish. The malt is in charge of the profile, but there is an evident alcoholic warming that sets in on the back of the throat pretty late, but lingers for quite some time after the sip.

Opinion: This is a really good tasting and crafted beer. About my only thing is that I wish that the floaters stayed put, that always turns me off, but otherwise and excellent beer and I am not one that is big on spicy beers. My allergies are a little messed up right now, so I wouldn't mind trying the beer again with a fresher palate.

12-14-2009 01:01:53 | More by SkeeterHawk
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

750ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice dec10 2009

A cloudy peachy yellow with a massive amount of bubbles and a big fluffy head that hangs around for quite a while but only leaves a patch of lace

S some tropical fruit, yeast, and some peppery spice

T lots of fruit, apple, peach, pineapple some more yeast and spice with some hops and well concealed faint booze

M light and crisp with lots of carbonation

D I will drink this again, and for 8% it's pretty easy drinking

I've now tried all the beers available from this brewer where I live in Calgary 3 in total. I wish there was more because they seem to brew some good stuff.

12-12-2009 00:52:25 | More by wordemupg
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steelerguy

New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

A - Exceptionally clear, one finger head, light golden color, with a bit of carbonation. Head faded to covering leaving a good bit of lacing while I enjoyed.

S - I don't give out a lot of 5's but this beer smelled exceptional. Sweet and spicy with some succulent fruit flavors. This was unique and quite excellent.

T - The great smell carries over to the flavor. A nice spicy flavor right off the bat which balances out nicely the sweet flavors. Very little hop flavor with a little bitterness, but a nice tartness from the yeast. There is a little alcohol warmth and flavor at the end which let you know you are drinking a strong ale. Again, unique and very tasty.

M - Nice dry finish, drier than I would have expected from a sweeter beer. I would have liked some more carbonation, in fact was surprised at how little carbonation it had. This could have been because I refrigerated the beer for about a year before I drank it (at a relatives house out of town...meant to drink it then).

D - There are high alcohol beers that you sip and drink slowly and then there are ones that someone still come across as refreshing. This one is refreshing even at 8% ABV, the spicy, dry finish makes this a refreshing and great beer to enjoy.

12-09-2009 05:21:23 | More by steelerguy
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josefnewsong

New York

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%

Poured a beautiful cloudy golden color. The nose was yeasty, earthy, and floral, and the taste was the same but with more complexities and intensity than I expected or was ready for. This instantly became one of my favorite belgians. Had it since out of a bottle and it was great, but not nearly as good as on-tap.

Edit: Had a 3-4 year old vintage recently, it was still great but beginning to decline. I would recommend this one fresh.

11-24-2009 06:36:30 | More by josefnewsong
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seand

California

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow amber with a finger or so of bubbly off white head. A thin layer stays around, and leaves nice lacing.

S: Sweet and somewhat yeasty.

T: Sweet, earthy, yeasty, and nicely balanced. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Lots of carbonation, medium to full bodied, finishes slightly dry.

D: Quite easy to drink, though it's well above a sessionable ABV at 8%.

11-23-2009 02:38:18 | More by seand
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

Gold, with a large, white foamy head. Great retention and seawall lace.

Kinda farmy, kinda grassy sugar, spice and yeast. Very springtime: lavendar, wild flowers. Smells "gnomey" I guess.

Fluffly pils malt up front with a big, wet, fruity finish accented by light coriander citrus. Light and springy, hides 8% abv very well.

11-22-2009 02:08:27 | More by donkeyrunner
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DrScotch

California

4/5  rDev -5%

Pours cloudy gold, small but persistent head.

Aroma promises spice and warming alcohol. Taste is nutmeg and ginger, with orange notes and an undertow of belly-warming alcohol. Light bitterness with biscuity malt. Carbonation complements the beer, plays off the tongue but does not foam up in the mouth.

Drinkability is something of an oxymoron for this beer - I can spend at least two hours on each bottle, savouring each sip, so it is a slow drinker, but I reckon I could start at 4 and finish at 2 on La Chouffe. Or I would, if the alcohol doesn't get me first!

I expect that I will top up the Xmas fridge with a couple of these.

11-06-2009 03:46:20 | More by DrScotch
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev -5%

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of Belgian yeast fruit and spice

T - Follows the nose with a yeasty spiced fruit taste

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - Very easy to drink don't even notice the 8% abv good taste worth picking up sometime to try

11-02-2009 20:46:45 | More by armock
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augustgarage

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Revisiting an old friend, it was either this or Tripel Karmeliet that was my first Belgian ale, over 10 years ago now. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass (itself a replacement for my shattered La Chouffe glass). Best Before "End 2012."

Cloudy metallic gold, amber, and tangerine-yellow liquid with a voluminous sudsy magnolia head. Superior retention, lacing looks like thick paint applied roughly with a sponge, no legs.

Bottle was a bit of a gusher, and tossed up a geyser of pilsner malt aromatics - the malt is the first thing I note in the glass as well, but it is joined by yeast and spice, a conglomerate of pepper, grass, and coriander with a hint of turbinado sugar and hops. Crisp, and inviting.

Pilsner/lager notes on the palate, along with green apple and unripe pear, plus a light spiciness (coriander with a hint of pepper) and a pleasant bitterness. Biscuits and very faint parsnip in the finish (not DMS!). The Saaz hops are working overtime in providing the flavor here, though they don't overwhelm the yeast or esters.

Effervescent, rather light bodied, but very drinkable (alcohol is hard to detect).

Nostalgia aside, this is still a pleasant example of the style - though I expect their IPA plays even more to the strength of the brewery elves...

11-02-2009 00:28:49 | More by augustgarage
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zoso493

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep, murky orange with a full, three-finger bubbly head that stays around for a few minutes and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of yeast, clove, spices, hay, apple and even some orange peel. It also has a very sweet smell to it, the specifics of which I can't quite put my finger on. Pretty nice on the nose, though.

Taste: Some funky Belgian yeast comes out initially, followed by a slightly tart fruity finish. I can pick out some apples and even a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too special . Medium-bodied - maybe a touch too thin - but pretty creamy and dry.

Drinkability: At 8% ABV, it's hardly a strong ale, so you could imbibe a couple of these, if the occasion called for it.

Overall, this is a pretty solid example of the style. I certainly wouldn't say it does anything for me to separate itself from the pack, but it's still a well-put-together brew that I would gladly have again.

11-01-2009 21:35:37 | More by zoso493
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champ103

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms and recedes in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: Funky Belgian yeast. Lots of fruity aromas. Grass, hay, and floral aromas. Find of herbal tea like. Lots of layers in the nose.
T: Lightly sweet malt. Floral and grassy. Funky yeast that follows the nose. Very enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body, and dry. This has a ton of prickly carbonation. For the high ABV this is pretty east to drink. A good be the sip on.

This is a good beer. If you like Duvel (which I do) than this is for you. Something that is worth a try.

10-29-2009 14:57:04 | More by champ103
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Shared with a friend.

Pours a clowdy straw yellow with a thin lace of white head. Doesn't display much retension. Aroma slightly sulfuric and yeasty. Medium to high amount of carb and a medium feel. Taste is slightly tart with a bit of yeast. Crisp finish has little to no malt sweetness or hop bitterness. Feel and carb is reminding me of champagne. As it warms clove appears in both taste and nose and a bit more sweetness.

10-23-2009 15:46:50 | More by stakem
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

This 750 ml beast of a bottle comes courtesy of zorprime - thanks Eric!

Classic BSPA pour, with a deep burnished gold body and a fluffy white head, that laces well as it drops to a persistent film. The aroma is also standard for the style, and La Chouffe either seems to be following the template or forging it. Strong honey notes mix in withapricot, grain and a sweet, teasty spiciness. Its an extremely well-made aroma and certainly very tempting.

The flavour can also be termed as 'classic'. There's nothing that deviates to far from the expected standard for the style, but it is done incredibly well, and in some respects could be viewed as a benchmark. Sweet honey malts overlay grain, while floral elements hit the roof of the mouth. Candy sugar makes for a sweet center, but there's just about enough grassy hops to cut through that and provide a decent bite. A clove-like spiciness accompanies a long lasting and lightly alcoholic finish. The body is also standard for the style - both medium in weight and carbonation.

Its hard to fault La Chouffe, though it is pretty boilerplate for a Belgian Strong Pale. Sometimes, though, you just need a beer that adheres to the style guidelines and delivers on what its should do. I'd happily revisit this gem again.

10-19-2009 01:52:51 | More by bobsy
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

750ml bottle split with Bobsy - cheers man!

Pours a hazy, light straw golden with nice thick rocky foam on top that takes its sweet time to recede.

Not an over-the-top Belgian pale by any means, more delicate and refined. Light fruity esters of pear and apple dance with a light lemon, hints of light summer grains and hay, sparkly carbonation with a light dry and refreshing finish. Drinkable and refreshing in boatloads. Cheers Rob!

10-17-2009 18:49:35 | More by ritzkiss
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RobeyStreet

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -16.2%

I tried this at Cafe Belgique in Amsterdam. It was a nice beer, very drinkable, but nothing too special or unique about it. I have trouble even thinking of what to compare it to, because it wasn't too memorable. I think this could go well with or without a meal. If you have a chance and like pale ales, try it. Otherwise, I'd recommend their dark ale (McChouffe) which was fantastic.

10-14-2009 21:28:35 | More by RobeyStreet
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Anthony1

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -9%

She pours a hazy golden color, very pale and pretty into the glass with a nice characteristic rocky white head. Nice.

The smell starts with some nice candied fruit, is followed by some sour notes, and finishes with a slight alcohol scent that blends well with the overall package. The taste is all yeast, nice belgian profile. There is some fruit, some light vinegar notes, a rounded vanilla to bring them together.

The mouthfeel is nice, medium body with high carbonation, alcohol is not present, which results in good drinkability so long as one does not mind being drunk quickly.

10-13-2009 17:53:53 | More by Anthony1
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erz316

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

750cl bottle, capped, poured into whatelse besides a la chouffe snifter.

A - looks really good. that is a beer to behold. the foam on the head is really bog and fluffy and has that mountainous rocky top. retention is also very good, quite very good. the body colour is just a bit too dark for what I think of as pale.it is a nice brazen or copper colour. its not a 5, but it sure as hell is close. aside from the colour, the beer is flawless. the finishing touches on a beer this good are having a bunch of lace, and this guy comes through.

S - a hoppy, spicy, kind of fruity nose. the hops are herbal and bitter even in the nose. the spiciness is pretty self explanatory. the fruitiness is a nice sort of apricot or peach like twang and sweetness. the only real problem is that the the nose is not very strong, and for a good belgian style anything you need that exciting powerful nose for a top mark.

T - this is a great, delicious beer with only one flaw. the initial taste is sweet: its got a real nice clovey and hoppy groove going on. the only problem is that the hops don't really make that big of an impression, the taste come on gradually and subtly takes over your taste buds. I want this style to let me know what kind of beer it is, not hint at it. the hops are herbal and grassy, and there is a lack of any real yeasty flavour. the malts help with the sweet backbone. the finish is interesting: it has this piny hop and kind of spicy flavour going around. Aha! I have figured out what that sweet flvour is! the apricot wasnt supplying any sort of sweetness, it was the belgian candi sugar! the aftertaste is sweet and malty. the one flaw: the candi sugar stands out too much and makes the beer way too sweet.

MF&D - some thing doesnt feel right, maybe the brew is too slick or there is a weird proportion of carbonation to body thickness. I dont know. I think it lacks a crisp carbonation; there are plenty of bubbles, they are just dull.

10-10-2009 03:30:10 | More by erz316
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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