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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,110 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,110
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 154
Gots: 271 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 charlzm
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of thelawnet
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of monkjuice
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

Photo of philbe311
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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...

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Photo of BBP
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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!

Photo of Rayek
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.99/5  rDev -5%
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.

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.

Photo of carpezytha
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of boss302
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of SmokinSmyth
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

Photo of impending
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of scott451
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,110 ratings.