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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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94
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1,967 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,967
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 128
Gots: 205 | FT: 0
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Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

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 MAB
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I enjoyed this beer, previously, in the bottled form, to have it on-tap is a special treat.
The pub where I get it serves it in full pints or 1/2 pints; the halfs are in official La Chouffe tulip-shaped glasses, which adds to the appeal.
Nice lacey white head,
Bubbly, slightly cloudy, pale straw color,
Sweet with some spice notes but no citrus flavor that I could discern,
Pleasant mouthfeel, not too syrupy, nice carbonation,
Very drinkable (although rather pricey at CAD $7 for the half pint, $12 for the full)

I've ordered it on two different occasions so it's got to be good.

MAB, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of shodrod
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light, golden color with about a finger and a half of head which fades quicker than you would expect but does leave some nice lacing. The aroma has notes of berries and spice with a rather strong metallic smell. Soft fruits, like pear and apple, dominate the front of the tongue with a spicier finish. A slight hop presence shows itself on the back of the tongue.

shodrod, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-gold with a lot of white head and bubbles.

S-berries and spices. much like a good belgian pale ale though its not very strong smelling

T-the berries and spices hit up front. after-taste has a bit of barley and a very small hint of sourness to it. the taste is very strong and thick unlike the smell.

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a slightly watery finish

D-eh...the taste..it dwindles. not my favorite belgian strong pale ale that i've had. the abv hits somewhat but its not that bad.

AdamBear, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden colour with a large amount of head in the duvel tulip. Tastes quite sweet with a dark fruit taste lingering in there as well. Drinks down pretty smooth for the 8% abv, but the sweetness factor to this makes it hard to finish off an entire 750ml bottle. Decent belgian pale ale though.

WeedKing4, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Finite
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy blond in colour with hints of orange. Creamy white head with great lacing.

Cinnamon, coriander, banana and cloves with a rounded champagne aroma.

Spicy flavours with rind-like tang. Some lemony hop flavors and a slight sourness like warming yogurt.

Very nice beer over all quite drinkable but I had big exceptions and it didn't quite get there.

Finite, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of ludachris
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious hazed golden hue with aggressive streams of carbonation feeding the finger of paper white fluffy head. It boils down slowly to a solid ring that sticks around.

Dry and peppery in the nose. Medicinal honey, unripe pears, green apples, and a touch of banana add a pleasant fruity kick to the dry base of the beer. A little less pronounced than expected, but its subtlety adds to its complexity.

A pronounced dryness asserts itself in the palate first with honey placed on the tip of the tongue. Peppery, crisp, and an almost astringent character go hand in hand with the dry aspect of the beer. The astringency moves to the back, giving way to semi-tart but sweet granny smith apples, which in my opinion is the highlight of the beer. Subtley sweet pear notes incase the beer, rounding it out perfectly.

Medium bodied and creamy in the mouth. The carbonated kick compliments the dry, peppery character of this beer. A great balance is attained between the dry, peppery and astringent side of the beer and its more fruity, crisp, and sweet aspects. Like nearly every Belgian I've had, the high ABV is masterfully hidden, enabling you to easily sip and enjoy this gem of a beer.

Its beauty lies in its subtlety. It takes time to pick out each note and figure out whats going on, what flavours bounce off and compliment eachother, and how well rounded it is in the end. Its 750ml size allows and invites you to take your time and appreciate all of this. A fantastic seasonal release from this already great seasonal LCBO lineup. Worth its price and worth the time to appreciate this golden Belgian ale.

ludachris, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall bottle picked up as part of the LCBO's Winter release. Not that I needed any convincing buying a new Belgian ale, but just look at that gnome on the bottle. Look at him! Awwww...

Poured into my trusty Duvel. Deep golden, with hints of orange. Mildly opaque. Left a magnificient two inch foamy head, which receded into a nice half-inch patchy froth. Sheets of lacing with every sip.

Nose is apple, honey, peach, floral hops, pale Belgian malt, yeast.

A great evening sipper. Almost too sweet, but it's too damned tasty for me to care. Honey, apple, candied fruit, floral notes, coriander and spice are the big players here. Finishes dry, with a nice floral hop touch. Long finish.

Medium bodied, champagne-like mouthfeel up front, but as I work my way through the 650ml bottle, this wanes quite a bit.

A tasty Belgian strong ale, a great sipper for a quiet night in. A sweeter, gnome-ier version of Fin du Monde (or more accurately, Fin du Monde is a drier, less-gnomed version of La Chouffe.) Worth a pickup, despite the slightly high price point (at least in Ontario).

JohnnyBarman, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of charlzm
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on October 31, 2010 from a 330ml bottle and into a goblet.

Beer pours a fairly clear medium gold (that is as long as you're careful not to pour the yeast sludge out of the bottom of the bottle). No head to speak of, though there is a fine skin of white foam that provides excellent sheeting down the sides of the glass.

Spicy notes (nutmeg, white pepper) and a slight hint of banana in the nostrils.

Soft yeasty spice flavor. Low bitterness. Banana note again. Slightly sweet.

Carbonation is low, but present.

Not particularly impressive, but easy enough to put a glass away.

charlzm, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of thelawnet
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful golden brew poured from a 330ml bottle.

Hints of coriander with a pleasant alcohol kick to it. Limited head and carbonation, outstanding flavour, a much better choice than a run-of-the-mill beer like Leffe Blonde (which I won't buy) - this one's a keeper.

thelawnet, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of monkjuice
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, poured into my Duvel Tulip.

A: A gorgeous hazy amber orange hybrid that has a generous pillowy white head with sticky lacing down the side of the glass until every drop is gone.

S: Belgian yeast, candied citrus peel, honey, some tree fruit, with a little bit of baking spice lurking in the background. Nice.

T: Much like the nose with the yeast and citrus playing leading rolls, banana presents itself as well, and the spiciness gives me wonderful breath (I think so at least, my companions can decide for themselves). Good balance of sweet and tart, with a bit of bitterness to smooth things out.

M: As expected, medium density for a beer with this alcohol content. Nice light carbonation adds to the pleasantness.

D: Really good for an 8% sleeper. Nothing overpowering to turn this in to a one-and-done for the evening.

monkjuice, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How can you not be excited by a beer with Belgian folklore on the back and a gnome as their brewery mascot? I have high hopes for this beer given the hype I've heard as well as a long line of tasty Belgian tradition. This beer also reins in closely to my favorite beer genre: Saison; so the stage is set for something that can either leave me fulfilled or utterly disappointed.

Appearance:
Love the 750 mL bottle, but the cap was hard to get at with a bottle opener. I would expect a cork in a bottle of this caliber, however, only very wealthy beggars can be choosers...while I pick up pennies for their sheer 1 cented value instead of the popular belief that you will gain good luck. There is generous carbonation present in this beer and nice yeasty particulate matter floating around. I am excited; this is what I look forward to the most in a good Belgian. Depending on what glass you're using (i used a pilsner and tulip) you may or may not get a fluffy head, but try to use a glass that will give you one because it adds a delicious element of eye candy to the hazy gold lurking beneath.

Smell:
Belgian, yeast and spice, so true to what it claims to be on the bottle. A simple, endogenous sweetness from the pilsner malt gives tasty aroma to the beer as well. Likewise, The 8% abv doesn't come through too strongly and most likely will complement the sweetness.

Taste:
Rich and tasty Belgian yeasts, spices and malt. It was what I had hoped for and comparable to any great Belgian I've had previously. Rich and creamy with very balanced flavors which are more accentuated when the beer begins to warm. A swish around brings out an orange creamsicle flavor. I can tell that a very skilled team of gnomes tailored this beer to exactly what I have come to expect in a good Belgian golden ale.

Mouthfeel:
Standard and typical, yet above average in the richness and depth of flavor this beer has to offer. The yeast and hops add some bitterness which gives the lighter pilsner a much needed backbone. The carbonation does not run out even when the head has dissipated.

Drinkability:
I love this style and would drink more if I had more. It's a good size for 2 people sharing, however, you will most likely feel like you want more when it's all gone. Even with the fall sniffles I do not regret having this beer so there are no excuses. Get out there and grab some big bottles from the Belgian section and while you're there...pick this one up, you will not regret it.

Cheers

ThePorterSorter, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of philbe311
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A minimal off-white head quickly fades away leaving a luxurious veil of lacing sitting atop a densely hazed vibrantly glowing orange amber colored brew...

S - Mandarin oranges... Honey... Ginger... Clove... Corriander... Belgian yeast... Grassy notes... A slight hop component...

T - Wonderful balance and complexity... Sweet orange... Honey... Clove and assorted spices... Belgian yeast... A subtle hop presence... Bubblegum... Even and consistent throughout...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... The carbonation is a tad on the fizzy side... Sleek and smooth... Even and consistent sip after sip...

D - A rock solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale and another excellent offering from Brasserie d'Achouffe... A sophisticated offering and amongst the finer Belgian ales... This one gets my seal of approval and is something that I'll gladly welcome in my cellar anytime...

philbe311, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared with some friends @ The National - Vevey. Poured in an ordinary glass.

Complex beer. Very spicy.

A: Beautiful orange cloudy color with a reasonable and bubbled white head. Low retention and many lacings left
S: Smell is a must. Complex. Very spicy and fruity. Perfume of hops and the traditional Belgian yeasts
T: Complex as the nose. Malts, spices (pepper, clove, coriander), fruits, wood, hints of honey, hops and yeasts
M: Medium to full body. Good carbonation. No alcohol sensation despite the reasonable ABV
D: Good. A beer to be enjoyed

eduardolinhalis, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of BBP
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Clear, but hazy with outstanding carbonation, and a full, frothy head. Fragments of yeast floating around as well. Substantial lacing.

S- Sweet. Honey, and citrus. Some definite yeast notes. Some fruity sweetness as well. Somewhat herbal as well and full of spices.

T- Fruity. Apple and pear lead the charge and are soon a foundation for the spice. Some hops, but not enough to stand out; You just know they're there. There's a theme of honey which, while never overwhelming, sweetens things up in a very subtle non-offensive manner. Some hints of pepper also work well in this brew, and are mostly noticable in the aftertaste.

M- Creamy and smooth. Medium full body. This beer feels so easy on the tongue.

D- Funny thing is the style is called Belgian Strong Pale Ale. This is true for ABV only. It's extremely drinkable, and actually pretty light tasting. A very good beer, with great balance and good detail, but didn't have too much kick to really blow me away. Memorable as a great beer, but a light one at the same time.

BBP, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of CASK1
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Light sweet pils malt aroma. Some subtle alcohol evident. Light spicy hop aroma, as well as apple and pear esters.

A: Medium gold, slightly hazy. Initial strong, dense, white head fades, but leaves a nice thin layer of foam to the bottom of the glass.

T: Sweet pils malt flavor up front, which fades to a crisp spicy hop bitterness. Fruity esters of pear and apple, and a little lemon. Some peppery phenolics. Low spicy hop flavor.

MF: Clean, medium-low body. High carbonation, with pleasant effervescence. Very dry, crisp finish.

D: Nicely hidden alcohol, very drinkable. Wish I'd found this one sooner!

CASK1, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a red wine glass.

A: Hazy deep gold, with active carbonation. A rocky eggshell cap has good retention and leaves a little lace.

S: Before it warmed up, this beer had a distinct EPL character of lemongrass hops and straw like malts. As it warmed up; however, green grape and pear crept in to gave the beer a nice white wine quality.

T: As the beer warms, the complexity improves. Sweet flavors or grape and pear start things out. Balance is provided by a coriander and clove spiciness, plus a light alcohol bite. Finishes warm, with a slight spiciness.

M: The light and slightly grainy body has a high level of tongue tingling carbonation. The beer's lightness makes it not feel as strong as it is.

D: A combination of a light body and fairly well masked alcohol make this beer go down quicker than the strength would recommend. A nice accompaniment to a cool October evening.

Rayek, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was surprised to find this one on tap at a local watering hole, so was excited to give it a try!

A - Pours a nice light hazy golden orange colour, thumb of head with decent retention (couple minutes) and leaves some fine sticky lacing.

S - Cloves, banana, bubble gum and nutmeg all came through on the nose very nicely.

T - Cloves and banana dominate the palette, and a bit of a warming sensation from the alcohol, though non-offensive. Also a bit peppery on the finish with a wooden oak flavour that lingers as well.

M - Nice and light bodied, goes down smooth with a slight warming sensation from the alcohol.

D - Very tasty strong belgian. Although the higher ABV does come through, it is not offensive. The flavours are nicely rounded and it goes down smooth. I was very pleased with this one, and would definitely try it again.

andrenaline, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Huge chunks. Golden colour with a nice white head and decent lacing.

S - Lot's of spice. Banana is present and some baking spice comes through.

T - Full on yeast and banana. Some spice is there also.

M - Full bodied but crisp and pleasant in the mouth.

D - High considering the ABV. Nothing offensive is present and the flavors are pleasant.

tbeckett, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pours golden hazy, pillowy white one finger head.

S: Smell is somewhat subdued; very light, flowers, wheat, Belgian.

T: Very spicy, some cloves and bananas, light fruit, roses, floral - both hop and flower - sweet, tortilla kind of breadiness.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy with very good carbonatoon, small bubbles, not too strong.

D: Drinkability is good, sweet and spicy, yet light on the palate.

This was great. I loved the spice and the overall flavor. I really wanna get my hands on more of this.

VoiceOfTheSoul, Sep 29, 2010
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
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,967 ratings.