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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,059 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,059
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 136
Gots: 233 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001)
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Photo of Snamnoum
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pale hazy hay color with tons of sediment and three fingers of head that refuse to die and eventually leave a pancake center remaining. Sticky lace abounds.

Smell - like a AIPA and a Tripel had a baby. Yeast and spicy phenols, cloves, bananas, combined with green/floral hops

Taste - begins like a normal Belgian Tripel, yeast, sweet pale malt, and medicinal spicy tasting. Then transitions into a bitter and slightly dry IPA. Some perceived alcohol at the end but not an overwhelming amount.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, very carbonated and effervescent. Chewy feel that coats your mouth for a long finish.

Drinkability - very drinkable especially for the abv. An interesting brew well worth a try, combines two of my favorite styles successfully.

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

I had a couple of bottles of this from Christmas. Gifts from the family. Received some nice beers this year, and this was one of them.
Pours a very hazy, light orange with a big bold head. Head is thick like Texas toast. Plenty of carbonation. Smells surprisingly peppery, yet pleasant. Bit like spiced fruit. Some malts, pears, and hoppy citrus. Flavours are very light and sweet. Bananas, pears, bit of orange, bit of citrus, and bold pepper. With all the pepper, one would think this beer unpleasant, but it surprisingly works. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, reminding me a bit of champagne. So much so that, for New Years, I served this and people thought it was a style of champagne. They were, however, a tad drunk. Definitely a beer to enjoy and savour all the flavours and aromas. Drink it cool and let it warm, so that the subtle complexities shine through.

Photo of thecarster1
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a goblet, one finger fades slowly leaving nice lacing behind, hazy orange gold.

s- peppery yeast, some citrus, lemon chime in, some sweetness.

t- very nice, ample belgian yeast, light lemon citrus, slight hop bitterness, pepper, sweetness rounds it all out - this is one tasty classic beer.

m- medium, really smooth with a touch of creaminess.

d- good, it'd easily pick one of these up when i'm in that rare mood for a belgian, one of the better belgians that i've had easily! also gotta love the adorable chouffe!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria and served with Christmas dinner. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a good white head. Very bubbly. The nose is banana, pear, and spice with a bit of creaminess. Really soft and mellow with a bit of a light buttery, chardonnay-esque character. The taste is pretty similar with over-ripe pear and spicing really standing out. The feel is nice--medium body with good carbonation and a good creamy feel to it. This drinks quite well and works nicely with turkey and accompaniments.

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

Pours a golden orange with thick white head. Really nice head retention, as it dissipates to leaving a finger or 2 still. Lots of lacing down the glass. Smells more of hops than I was expecting, with banana and Belgian yeast. Quite a dry, sweet flavour with some mild bitterness. Really delicious. Medium bodied carbonation. An extremely nice Belgian ale.

Photo of BobZ
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Split with buddy and poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Murky yellow with a very rich, the head hangs around throughout the beer and the lacing is excellent.

Smell: Sweet spice up front with some floral hops, nicely complex for pale ale.

Taste: Wow, almost like a cross between a Tripel and a BPA, spicy sweetness to start, gentle hoppy bitterness to finish. Extremely well balanced.

Mouth feel: Very creamy on the palate, really adds to the enjoyment of this beer.

Drinkability: Very smooth and delicious easy to keep drinking.
Excellent offering from La d'Achouffe.

Photo of Kulrak
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orangey-gold color with a minimum of head. Smells yeasty, spicy and a little fruity. The taste is very sweet and yeasty with some banana, but is surprisingly light. Not much in the way of hops. Mouthfeel is very creamy and light, very nice. Overall, a very drinkable beer, especially for a belgian ale.

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

Poured a golden amber with a fizzy head that pretty much disappeared straight away but left some lacing on the glass.

Smells very much of yeast and hops with a hint of citrus.

Initial taste is very much of banana with some citrussy grapefruit flavours.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing without too much carbonation.

This is something I'd like to have again. Preferably in greater quantities. Very nice.

Photo of tastermaster
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking La Chouffe for quite some time now; I consider it to have more character then Duvel with the different spices that are prevalent within the beer. The beer goes down like champagne and has characteristics of a tripel but is definitely Belgian Strong ale.

My friend and I go to a place called growlers pub and have 2 of these and it produces a truly mellow buzz. I highly recommend this beer for it's distinctiveness and overall drinkability.

Photo of philphilphil
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

okay first things first im bodering on intoxicated after the bottle so if this review sounds retarded... Yeah.
appearence is cloudy yellow with good head
Smell is sweet and kinda tripel like?
Taste is fairly similar, quite sweet.
Drinkability isn't bad, at 15 a bottle it isnt bad priced, and its fairly good. Admittedly its not quite duvel which i'd probably choose over this, but this is certainly nice and worth a visit.
Overall there is the little problem that the style which it is made to be, a stong belgian pale ale, is clearly not the only style the brewer had in mind, in some ways it reflects more similarities to a tripel, which presuming it is not, seems strange and inclines me to choose something like Duvel or La Fin du Monde over La Chouffe because they know which style they are and are a similar price.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazey Golden colour with a tight white head that stays the distance.

S - Aromas of yeast, grapes and citrus.

T - Plenty of yeast and hops with some pear grapes and spice.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

D - A beer to savour and trumps the Duvel for me.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden color. Slight haze.
S: Peppery spice from phenols. Sugary sweetness.
T: Candi sweetness up front. Same phenolic (peppery) flavors. Alcohol hidden.
M: Creamy. High carbonation. Sweet semi-dry finish.
O: This one differs from the standard super-dry Belgian Strong (think Duvel) in that it is sweeter and fruitier. I wouldn't say one is better than the other. Both have their charms. If you want a sweeter and fruitier beer, this is for you. Sometimes might seem cloying.

Photo of peensteen
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pale golden colour with a thick white head that looked like whipped cream and stuck to the glass instantly. Smells of spicy yeast, hints of citrus fruit with a medicinal candy sweetness. Taste is bready with a candy apple sweetness that finishes long there is also a slight alcohol presence here. Nice medium mouthfeel with a great carbonation that was very enjoyable. Drinks really, really well. After one 750 I wanted another this is one of my new favorites.

Photo of Ralphus
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks very good. Big golden colour but slightly hazy due to some suspended yeast. Its left lots of lacing down the side of the glass and a small head remains.

Smellwise things are fairly muted. Some belgian yeast, apples and pears along with a lightly herbal finish.

The taste has more volume. Lots of sweetness balanced well by herbal and floral hops. The belgian yeast is there as well.. but what is not is the alcohol. Well hidden for sure. Its good.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and slightly dry. Drinkability scores well.

Photo of MattyV
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy deep golden brew with a big frothy white head that recedes relatively quickly (by Belgian standards), leaving sporadic lacing. Nose is very clean - grain, apple cider, hint of some sort of spice, white grape, and bubblegum. Taste is surprisingly big on bready malt, along with a good dose of spice and belgian yeast. Not as fruity/citrusy as expected. There is an iron-like metallic tinge that lingers throughout. Finish is slightly sweet but still pretty crisp. Medium-bodied, effervescent. Overall, I enjoyed it, but the lingering somewhat metallic taste distracted me, and will probably prevent me from picking up anymore of this, especially since other solid representations of the same style (i.e. Duvel) are much cheaper in the province.

Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this to be a very good, slightly unique Belgian strong pale ale but not outstanding.

Cloudy deep gold, it has a big off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving only weak hints of lace.

Aroma is grain, hay, hints of wine, yeast, strong fruit (apples, hint of banana), mineral, bread crust hint and later a hint of toffee.

Taste is lightly winey dough, fruit, an interesting fruity-woody-herbal character that is hard to pin down, plus hint of banana cream pie and cream. It has some light complexity. It's lightly sweet up front with light bitterness that is more prominent in the finish and aftertaste, but takes a back seat to the slightly stronger light sweetness. It's very good and has a feel that is lightly creamy but also has some slight liveliness.

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

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy gold with 2 fingers of thick white head which leaves lots of lacing.

S: Smells of yeast, white wine aromas, lemon.

T: Tastes of apple, yeast, a little hop in the finish. Very crisp and refreshing.

M: Light-medium body with very fine carbonation.

D: The drinkability of this is very high.

I found this very similar to Duvel, both are great beers and very tasty.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,059 ratings.