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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,108
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 154
Gots: 269 | 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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Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden with a light haze and a modestly durable white head.

A spicy and yeasty aroma with hints of honey, hops, toffee and brown sugar. The taste is notably hoppy, given that this is a Belgian PA. Hints of dates, cloves, white pepper, cinnamon, and over-ripe peaches. This has a well chosen level of spicing to make it spiced but without overpowering the malt, yeast, and hops. Lightly sweet. Unlike some Belgian (style) brews, the yeast in this one is under control too. Complex and nicely harmonious flavor profile.

Body is nicely crisp and refreshing, with a dry finish.

O: very Belgian ale with remarkably well hidden alcohol, a fabulous finish, and great balance and complexity.

(revisited and tweaked with a "Petit" {11.2 oz} bottle {"best before end 2014"} on 3/27/12)

Photo of birderbeerer
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden ale with solid white head. Beautiful looking thick ale.

Great aroma of spice and light malts with a lot of yeast. Farm, hay, pepper, cloves/anise.

Taste is a lot like the smell. It's creamy and refreshing. Light. It has hints of citrus and good spice but not a lot of either. Just enough to accent and enrich the golden ale.

Very creamy. Rich and complex flavor that doesn't add up with the abv.

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 09.30.11. Poured from a 750ml green bottle into a D'ACHOUFFE tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy w/yellow-orange notes. Plenty of carbs on the pour that drop quickly, leaves a little lacing and settles into a thin, but sustained head.

S: Apples and lemon on the nose.

T&M: Citrus notes dominate up-front followed by a sour/sweet finish. The malt is barely there. In that sense it might be a little out of balance, but not really in a bad way. I'd like to notice a few more of the flavors, but everything seems to blend together. A bit more carbs than I was expecting.

Quite drinkable and tasty. I'd like to try this again with a different food pairing (I had baked chicken, rice & steamed vegetables).

Photo of MrIncognito
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 750ml bottle at Fire Works Leesburg

A - Rich bronze body with a fluffy white head that retains nicely and leaves great lacing after settling to a whispy cap

S - Spicy aroma of warming alcohol, light lemon zest, and pepper. Nicely fresh in the nose and very inviting

T&M - Moderately carbonated and crisp in the mouthfeel with a slight slickness from the alcohol makes this easy to drink. Great spicy flavor with anise and cardamom prevaling with white pepper in the finish. Slight warming alcohol but not at all boozy. Lightly sweet without being cloying and the spices keep this from being a "sweet beer" in my book.

O - A great sipper from cold to room temp. Will definitely have this again.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a nice deep golden color with a slight amber hue, entirely hazy with a large amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with two fingers of white head that is frothy with large bubbles and lingers nicely, leaves a small amount of spotty lacing on the glass
S: cloves, light banana scent, slight nuts and also a nice underlying little amount of lemon
T: interesting taste, really complex and hits on alot of different notes through the sip, hits in the beginning with bread then moves onto the slight peppery note and then moves to something i cant identify and ends wit what i would interpret as cherries but im really nice sure, definitely leaves a nice sweetness on the palate
M: gentle to medium carbonation tingle in the beginning, smooth in the middle, smoothness and silkiness on the palate afterwards, very nice
O: a great brew, really enjoyed my first foray into this brewery, really a nice golden, so smooth and nicely sweet which is not what i had expected

Photo of KMcG
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden with 2 fingers of head that fade to a thin lace. I had trouble pouring this without yeast sediment so my pour included some flocs floating about. 

Smell is orange, coriander and faint fruit like apple or pear. The Belgian yeast smell is quite evident. 

The taste is similar to the smell. Slightly spiced, a bit of orange, sweeter malt, and some lemon. Some banana and parsley in the aftertaste. 

The mouthfeel is medium with fine carbonation. Easy to drink and high alcohol not so noticeable. 

Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured that beautiful golden Belgian ale color we've come to know. Nice two finger head stuck around for a while and left some suds.

S- Decent but vague fruit, and a some clear spice.

T- Sweet oranges, strong fruit there, great spicing (cardamom?), and light hopping, could use more hops though. Needs something to bite back some of the sweet. Maybe it's because I got it in the states, but there's a yucky metallic tinge on the finish.

M- Sticky :( That's the biggest drawback! It makes it unsessionable. You won't know it's an 8.0% until you're on the floor though.

O- It's good! But it's not my fave Belgian Pale at all.

Photo of Mar02x
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored hazy fluid with a nice white head and some carbonation.

S - Aroma is an mixture of citrus, spices (cardamom and oranges) and sweetness which is ever evolving as it warms.

T - Spicy up front (cardamom and orange-apple), slightly hoppy, fresh taste, like a light triple.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth and and a bit creamy, good thickness. Excellent balance. There is no hint of the 8% ABV.

O - Enjoyable blond ale.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a variety of this brewery's beers on tap at Lizardville, focusing on the feel and flavor of a brewery and brewing style I don't normally drink. So when I saw La Chouffe in a 330 ml bottle, I thought, this is the perfect opportunity to carefully review one of their offerings in the comfort of my home.

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into my Delerium Tremens snifter. Notably, the bottle calls this "Petit" La Chouffe, I'm sure owing to the smaller size of the bottle. Apparently, Brasserie d'Achouffe prefers to sell their beer in champagne magnums. The bottle advises a slow pour, leaving a cm of beer in the bottle to capture some of the sediment.

The beer pours a hazy orange color, almost a pumpkin shade, with a one finger head that reduces to a swirling dollop of head amid a soapy skim of white.

This has a very pungent aroma. I can smell La Chouffe as it sits 18" away on the countertop. Grape, honey, cardamon, and hints of cinnamon, this has a sweet, spicy smell with little to no hints of malt and only mild whiffs of hops.

As the smell dies down and I venture a sip, I am greeted with a variety of flavors. Muscat grapes, honey, hints of anise, cardamon, and leafy hops blend and mix for a relatively smooth brew. At 8%, there is a bit of a boozy taste as well, and the hops nip for a slightly bitter finish. Mixed in with all of this is a lingering cloud of "funk", likely from the belgian yeast, that hangs in the top and back of the mouth.

Medium bodied, this ale is spicy on the tongue and back of the throat with a mildly dry finish.

While this is slightly spicier than I remember it being on tap, it is still a pleasant and enjoyable ale. Belgian Golden Ale (as the bottle claims this is, and not a BSPA) is a style I'm not terribly familiar with, and is one that I've been nervous about getting to learn about, since Belgian Ales generally have an air of the mysterious to them. This is a tasty BGA, though, and you should try if you can find it.

Photo of Filosoof
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you know 'the new Chouffe' (Dobbelen Triple Houblon Chouffe), tasting the 'old' regular La Chouffe is a disappointment

L: glass and top are very inviting; colour has a bit orange in it;
S: a faint smell of the Houblon Chouffe, a bit organge;
T: here comes the disappointment: it doesn't have a real body; where is the hop? The orange still can be tasted, but what else? I don't know. But clear is: it doesn't impress. A weak taste, without bitterness.
M: the carbonation is ok, but no more than that.
O: a disappointment; I have promised myself never be trapped again by the look of the little hobbit - unless it is the great Houblon Chouffe.

Photo of dcook11
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip glass.

A- Pale hazy yellow. 2 finger head white head that fades into a twon finger one as time passes. Good lacing. High carbonation.

S- Belgian yeast, orange, lemon peel, vanilla, sweetness, touch of funk.

T- Pretty much the same as the smell.

0- Not my favorite of the style, but worth a try.

Photo of RickS95
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For the style it looks great. It pours a rich hazy orange with yummy stuff held in suspension. On top is a bright white head, moderate in thickness, that leaves a sticky lacing. The head is craterous and resembles a cloud.

It smells like an Oktoberfest or a winter warmer as the coriander and other spices dominate. Yes please.

The taste is similar to the smell. The coriander is again dominant, but the fruity Belgian yeast provides a welcome balance. It's one of the best tasting beers I've had. I'm torn on giving this a 5 for taste.

This beer makes your mouth come alive. It starts off spicy (but not too much so) and then the fruity yeast brings the spice in check. In the swallow, the slight hoppy bitterness finally makes a presence. It's not exactly smooth, but it's nothing resembling unpleasant. Medium to full bodied.

This is a fabulous beer. Very easy to drink because it tastes so good.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared a magnum with some friends.
The beer is golden with a white lace and head that remains nice.

The nose is sweet pale malts hints of honey and vanilla subtle

The mouth starts with a mouth of carbonation iit becomes malty sweet and the belgian yeasts comes and drys the palet and makes a slight bitter

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is hazy and orange hued with a thick, whipped meringue head. the head is two inches thick, lasts indefinitely and leaves ample lacing on the tulip glass.

The aroma brings a heavy dose of citrus fruit, especially oranges, followed by Belgian yeast and spices.

The flavor is superb. Lots of orange, with coriander and various spices, Belgian yeast, and a bouquet of floral hops. Really easy to drink, one could put away a lot of this.

Alcohol presence is really minimal, almost nonexistent. Nice, smooth feel on the palate.

It's been a long time since I've had this beer. What a delicious brew. I am so glad that I revisited La Chouffe. I will make a point to have this around and enjoy it more often.

Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the SAQ, picked up last year while passing through QC on the way to Maine. Best before March 6, 2013. Into a clear (plastic) cup at a recent family gathering.

Poured a golden brown, with a huge dense white head; persistent and creamy with a great thickness. Exceptional lace, even considering the serving vessel. Nose has some light pear and green apple in restraint. Sweet malts overshadow some subdued spicy and pepper like qualities. Taste is sweet with some mild caramel-like qualities. Peppery notes are enhanced by a vibrant carbonation, which is active but not overpowering. Hints of alcohol and some mild herbal qualities (Euro-hops surely, but I can't decipher them). Good warmth from the alcohol, with a medium heavy feel. A solid Belgian strong, sharing this was the best option however.

Photo of soju6
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden copper color with a nice head that slowly fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma is an mixture of citrus, spices and sweetness which is ever evolving as it warms. Enticing.

T: First sip was of citrus, then into a mild spicy sweetness. No real bitterness and a nice dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and and a bit creamy. Excellent balance. There is no hint of the 8% ABV.

O: Very enjoyable, a perfect evening sipper. The alcohol has a nice warming effect

Photo of angelogarcia3
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this really good Belgian strong ale at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY. They served this ale in a brandy snifter glass with a nice creamy white head and a slightly hazy golden color.  It has notes of raisins, caramel, and spices on the nose.  Once it hits the mouth the creamy tastes of raisins, and plums leave a clean finish.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out with a nice golden color, the head was thick and white. The lacing was minimal but had a decent retention to it. The smell of the beer was slightly sweet, some grains on the nose and plenty of earthy hops and yeast. The taste of this beer is nicely balanced, grains and malts upfront that fade into a more dry and earthy aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and drinkable. Overall this beer is quite good, and would drink this along with any of the other Chouffe brews out there again.

Photo of sommersb
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 08-29-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750 ml green bottle
Glassware: Duvel tulip
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

Color is dark golden. The first pour yields a relative clear beer, but the second and third pours are cloudy from the suspended yeast. An off-white head of 4 fingers gives good retention and a fair amount of lacing.

The aromas seem to match the taste, and are complex. Spices and citrus smells and flavors dominate, with hints of lemons and other tangy citrus, as well as vanilla and licorice. This is backed by light bready malt and wheat notes, typical Belgian yeast funkiness and a little bitterness of hops. Overall character is neither sweet nor dry but balanced well. As the beer warms, the coriander spices take more center stage.

Mouthfeel is zesty, with high carbonation and a finish that is fairly dry with a pleasant, spicy character. Nice alcohol warming affect as you work through this one.

Overall a superb beer and one I would highly recommend.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swirling OJ with pulpy bits int it, nice head....

A bit fruity on the nose, citrus mostly, quite tolerable\

Yes, a delicious belgian candy start, with sourdough and and orange peel. Yeast strong which is phenomenal and a tad spicy at the backend

Light medium body, with a luscious blanket of carbonation and a hint of warmth as the beer reaches room temp

Overall it hits the spot for my sweet, yeasty, belgian beer jonesin!

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" white head which consisted of large bubbles that collected mostly on the outer area of my tulip glass over cloudy amber liquid. The head was very consistent which was impressive.

S: Floral hops and yeast, somewhat reminiscent of a Saison.

T: Slightly bitter combination of floral hops, citrus, a touch of malt, and the presence of alcohol (which wasn't overpowering). Very nice.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with a medium to high level of fine carbonation.

O: A very drinkable beer and one of the best representations of the style I have come across. An excellent beer.

Photo of dsprainman
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quiet a pleasing beer.
Poured an opaque golden/ yellow color with two finger head, some lacing. Smells of spice (cloves), yeast, and pears/ grapes. Flavor is of light fruits and spices. Mouth feel is nicely carbonated and a little thick. A great beer that is worth seeking out.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice thick foam head. Provides a decent amount of spotty lacing.

S: Very inviting scent. Offers a lot of spices in the form of cloves and coriander, light floral hops and tons of dark fruit in the form of plums and raisins.

T: Starts off with a nice spicey touch. The spice is not overdone. in the middle the dark fruit really comes to the forefront, taking over and lating throughout the tasting. On the back end, the spice comes back a tad and there is also a slight undertone of floral hops.

M: Leaves a creamy taste on the palate. Nicely carbonated beer.

O: This is a highly drinkable brew. The alcohol is very well hidden. Lots of taste and inviting scent. Would certainly reach for this again and again. Better for a nice cool fall evening.

Photo of chefelf
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of DoktorZee
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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