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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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1,867 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 124
Gots: 172 | FT: 0
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Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website

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 Pleepleus

New York

2.65/5  rDev -37.1%

Had this with fellow BA Moxley. Poured from a Petit bottle into a goblet, had apricot color and almost very little head that settled to nothing. The aroma was light and malty, but the taste was heavy spice up front with light malty flavor. It got better as it warmed and the sediment sips saved it from disapionting to acceptable, but still not something I would buy again. I wish I had BA member 3080's experience with this one, maybe we had a bad bottle.

05-03-2008 01:00:02 | More by Pleepleus
Photo of Slynger


3.83/5  rDev -9%

La Chouffe pours a pale hazy golden hay color with a nice large and fluffy white cap.

Very light floral and crystal malty sweetness with some golden orchard fruits and yeasty spice.

Classic Belgian full and fuzzily, massagingly, smooth carbonation. Malty, grainy, yeasty tasting with lots of noble hop spiciness to it. Fruit is extremely light and somewhat lacking.

Pretty good overall but second tier to the best of the style.

04-27-2008 04:01:07 | More by Slynger
Photo of Moxley

New York

2.53/5  rDev -39.9%

A - Opaque peach color with a head that settled quickly with nothing by Emilio Estevez left hanging on for dear life. Sketchy, watery lacing.

S - Faint malt aroma, not much to report in this category.

T - Spiced apple malt up front with floral undertones. Bitter sweet finish with a strong alcohol presence.

M&D - Highly carbonated, and a bit creamy.

A little disappointed in this one. I was expecting a more complex beer.

I'd like to give a shout out to BA reviewer 3080. I don't think anyone can top his/her review of this beer.

04-21-2008 22:56:52 | More by Moxley
Photo of hyland24

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

Received this from my buddy Moxley (aka-Chuck). Thanks pal.

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Impressive hazy blond with a firm even white head leaving an even sheet of lacing covering the entire walls of the goblet. Sweet smell of apple, pear, apricot and peaches. The taste was spicy with sweet fruit, apples, white grapes and hoppy spice with a slightly dry champagne finish. Heavy carbonation although it suits this beer well. Nice sweet mouth coating that lingers after the swallow. Very impressed with this one. Try it if you get the chance. No comment on that little fucker on the bottle, I wont give him the satisfaction.

04-21-2008 05:03:05 | More by hyland24
Photo of nrbw23


4/5  rDev -5%

A- a super hazy light gold color. After opening I found the head slowly creeping out of the top of my bottle before I even got to pour it. I nice looking white foamy head here that left some lacing.

S- A ton of citrus here. Maybe even an apple smell. Could also pick up some grassy hops and some spice smells.

T- Got to me a too cold so I let it warm up. Started out sweet and finished with a nice spice flavour to it maybe even a little cinnamon here at the end. Very nice tasting.

M- a little creamy but overall very nice.

D- Drinkable yes...just don't think I could put these away all the time.

04-21-2008 00:42:00 | More by nrbw23
Photo of jar2574


3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

Big bubbly head, dissapates quicky due to high carbonation. An opaque yellow color.

Nice smell. Spices, citrus, earth and hops.

The beer tastes tart up front, with spices. But its aftertaste is slightly watered down and flat, and also sugary. This water / sugar effect prevents it from standing out. The heavy carbonation and the sugar reminds me of soda pop.

This beer seems on the verge of greatness, but comes up a little short. A touch too flat and watery. But it's easy to drink, I'll give it that. And I'll have another.

04-18-2008 01:23:54 | More by jar2574
Photo of Strix


3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

Golden with a good head. Some particles because I did a crappy job of decanting.

Smell is pleasant but underwhelming. Clove and spices.

Taste is very muted for me, especially at first. I'll let this warm.
* waiting... *
Okay, flavors come out a bit more as it warms. Buttery, lemony, faint spices, black pepper. Very subtle. Alcohol hidden.

Mouthfeel good, refreshing, and easy to drink.

This is quite refreshing, but the taste is incredibly faint. seems just this side of water. This is not really a knock, but I'm kind of amazed at the lack of definite tastes I can pick up in this. It's not like a poor macro lager, which is watery and sad, it's like water, yet light and crisp.

04-11-2008 03:55:36 | More by Strix
Photo of jenbys2001


4.95/5  rDev +17.6%

I was pleased that my first experience with this beer was on tap. This is an excellent beer, although it's funny - my first impression was that it tasted and smelled a bit like a creamy Hefeweizen. It tasted a bit smoky, with hints of peaches and bananas. It had a delicious appearance in the glass, with a hazy gold color and a frothy head. It also had hints of spiciness - clove and pepper with a light hoppiness to the finish. Overall a really excellent, drinkable beer. It also makes an impression on tap, my friends and I are still discussing this brew several days later.

04-01-2008 14:58:54 | More by jenbys2001
Photo of ROMER79


4.38/5  rDev +4%

The pour was a bubbly gold with a frothy white head of two fingers. It wreaked of citrus and honey. Bitter hops, citrus, honey, and spices were all present in the taste. The mouthfeel was great. Very refreshing and easy to drink. I would definitely go after this beer again. I look forward to trying all the products that La Chouffe makes.

04-01-2008 01:50:50 | More by ROMER79
Photo of akorsak


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

A 250 mL serving at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, Ct.

A: The ale is a hazy yellow color, a darker fuller yellow that flirts with deep golden colors. A half a finger of head coated the top of the ale and layered in strata as it was consumed.

S: The nose is spicy, with coriander and yarrow aromas and significant amounts of pale candi sugars. Very enticing, even if it can't hide its boozy strength.

T: The spice profile is strong, lots of sweetness mixed with boozy warmth. Coriander pepper, pale candi sugars, yarrow and citrus pepper the taste buds at various points throughout the sip. The flavor, overall, if full-bodied and thick, lots going on.

M: The spices make for a satisfying drink, good taste with a lot of alcohol backing it up.

D: Those little gnomes really know how to make good beer. The flavor profile will appease the stodgiest of critics.

03-14-2008 02:01:56 | More by akorsak
Photo of pershan


4/5  rDev -5%

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy pale straw color with a thick, white creamy head into a chalice. The smell was of yeast and bubble-gum. The taste was of candy sugar, hints of apple and bubble-gum, with a nice bitter finish. Good carbonation and lacing. Very refreshing for a strong ale - a solid beer.

03-13-2008 18:18:03 | More by pershan
Photo of Proteus93


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Somewhat murky golden straw... a frothy head that recedes somewhat quickly, but leaves plenty behind.

S: Cinnamon & clove, a splash of green apple and peach. Slightly peppery.

T: Warm, spicy flavour... sweet, cloves, a little peppery, like the smell. Slightly peachy. Alcohol peeks out in the body right through the finish. Very tasty and nicely balanced.

M + D: A liberal carbonation sizzle over the tip of the tongue... calms through the body. Wet and refreshing... tasty enough to go back for more, but not quite big bodied enough to be a gentle sipper.

03-12-2008 20:32:59 | More by Proteus93
Photo of bigluch1


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Look: Slightly cloudy, golden in color with a hint of amber coloring. Thick white head after pouring with a thin cap remaining throughout the glass.

Smell: Smells of spices and sweet fruit with the presence of alcohol and hops.

Taste: Smooth, hoppy flavor without the bitter bite. Slightly fruits (peach and apricot), some sugar, and malt.

Feel: Lighter than expected, not quite a medium bodied feel that I expected from a Belgian ale.

A lot of flavor and alcohol but with a smooth finish. I could drink a couple and I recommend trying it, but you wont see me having more then one or two of these in a night.

03-10-2008 04:36:16 | More by bigluch1
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

La Chouffe pours a pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thick sticky head that lingers nicely. The aroma is a bit of sulfur with some sweet pale malt and undertones of dry, chalky yeast and esters. The slight skunkiness comes through in the flavor but just a bit. The flavor is sweet with more of the light yeasty esters. I don't quite taste any spices, but I think thats probably evidence of good light spicing, it's there but not dominant. This is a very good beer, but it's unfortunate that it comes in a green bottle, as I'm sure this contributed to the skunked off-flavors.

03-10-2008 01:45:35 | More by ericj551
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured into a snifter. Poured a cloudy, straw yellow, with a slightly orange hue to it. Nice solid white head that hangs out for a while. Great lacing. Aromas are of sweet citrus, honey, tropical fruits, spices, nutmeg, anise, and some yeasty esters. Nice citrus flavor on top, s well as tropical fruits being all over this one. Some nice spices like clove and nutmeg really balance this out. Light mouthfeel, crisp and clean, with a great carbonation level. I think this beer is outstanding. Anything by Chouffe is worthy of a try, but their flagship beer is very delicious.

03-09-2008 22:22:11 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Bought a case of this over the summer, and hid the $90 receipt from the wife 'til after she had one (she understood when I compared it to buying $8 bottles of wine). Can't believe I haven't reviewed 'til now, so thankfully saved one in the cellar.

Beautiful appearance - small 1/2 finger head, very effervescent throughout, golden color - but first half of bottle was much clearer - second half had sediment (even tho tried not to pour it) floating in suspended animation - creating a full, cloudy amber appearance.

Smelled of grapes, corriander spice, pepper and some sweet fruity candy. Slight mustiness, too.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, this is a great flavor! Some yeasty notes add to everything I just noted in the smell.

Nice mouthfeel - dry, zesty bite on the tongue. Slight champagne quality.

Extremely drinkable - please go enjoy one of these, if you haven't already!

03-01-2008 21:54:29 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of searsclone


4.72/5  rDev +12.1%

poured into a snifter from an 11.2 oz bottle.

murky orange color with a lot of floaters, good head that went away quickly.

smells of oranges and spices, maybe a little honey.

it is very sharp hitting your tongue, then goes to a sweet citrus flavor, followed by smoke or cloves. finishes warm and fruity.

this is possibly one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.

03-01-2008 00:28:03 | More by searsclone
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev -5%

On tap in branded glass at Cafe Gollem in Amsterdam

A- Yeasty cloudy amber/blonde, with a 2 finger head, with a nice retention but very good lacing.

S- Spice, peaches and oranges, some fresh breads

T- Once again spices and citrus fruits, with a nice light alcohol note in the finish.

M- Light and spritzy yet not aggressive

D- Masks its 8% abv well, nice fruity aromas and tastes make this a nice flavoursome belgian

02-26-2008 19:46:11 | More by seanyfo
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

poured a cloudy gold with a one and a half finger high white head, that left delicate lacing behind.

nose of pepper, coriander, citrus and a little bit of honey

peach, grape skin, coriander, pepper

fairly active mouthfeel, medium bodied, foams up a little bit in the mouth.

A very enjoyable beer

02-07-2008 02:52:53 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of TheBierBand


4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

Went to this Italian Restaurant in Cincinnati (West Chester) called Anthony's. This place is more like a bar that serves food... But I was pleasently surprised by the tap selection! Bells Two Hearted, Rogue Dead Guy, Goose Island 312, La Chouffe, Guiness Nitro, Magic Hat #9, and a selection on cask.... (out of it). They had many others in bottle too... but I didn't check that out.

Anyway, I chose the La Chouffe Belgian as I had not tried this one before. It arrived in a tulip glass with just a thin cap of head (damn! I wish bartenders knew how to pour a beer!). The beer was a light straw color and just a tad cloudy.

The nose was big malty and some fruit like peach and a hint of spice.

Taste: VERY GOOD... lots of malt with a good alcohol presence. A little spice (like clove) and fruit (like peach and banana).

MF: GOOD, not as fizzy as many other Belgians I've had... (probably due to being served ON-TAP). Nice and smooth and creamy going down.

Drinkability: Yes, I'll have another. One of my favorite Belgians to date.

02-04-2008 06:29:30 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of unclederby


4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

I'm working on a glass of wine, and the lady's just home from work and proceeding to make some marinara with spaghetti, mushrooms and zuchini squash. I've been thinking all day about the Chouffe she bought me last night as an early anniversary present, so i ditch the wine and pop open the 750. I've had it before of course.

This beer sure pours out beautifully, golden in color and topped with a two-finger, billowing white cloud. Enticing.

On the nose i get orange rind. I ask my girlfriend to take a whiff and she declares "Jolly Rancher". Another sniff and I modify it to green apple Jolley Rancher.
Works for us.

The flavor comes off a bit yeasty, with lemon zest appeal, toasted grain, and a dry pilsner-like finish. Fruity but dry. Nice.

La chouffe is medium/full bodied and lively on the palate, with plenty of zippy carbonation.

Well, I don't know that i'm of right mind to rate it's drinkabilty, as I've nearly polished off the bottle after a few drinks prior and am reeling just a bit. This is a nice beer on it's own but really shines i think when paired with certain foodstuffs... give it a try with your favorite cheese.

01-29-2008 04:55:53 | More by unclederby
Photo of MisterClean


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

750 ml at manderes in folsom

A - Golden-yellow with nice head, great legs, but the head fades quickly.

S - Allspice, clove, and apricot.

T - All of the smells made it into the taste, this is incredibly smooth as well.

M - So smooth, light sugars add to the firmness of the body and provide ample character.

D - If not for the alcohol content, would make the ideal session beer. Excellent.

01-27-2008 19:22:33 | More by MisterClean
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Brasserie d'Achouffe's Dobbelen IPA was without a doubt one of my favorite beers of all time, so I had high hopes for their Belgian Strong Pale Ale... this one didn't disappoint... after loving their last two samples, I must say this is an outstanding brewery specializing in some real, authentic, outstanding brews that really hit home and impress with their distinctive high quality... Pours a wonderful golden color with decent foamy head... serious carbonation is visible behind a grainy, straw-colored hue... Teriffic ripe-fruit smell, with a crisp, fresh, light, aroma... taste was full of grapefruit, bananas, sweet candy, with a clear, crisp flavor full of yeast... the 8% ABV is not detected behind a rich conglomeration of fruit-filled flavors that dance on the tongue... amazing, rich, tasty mouthfeel with ultra-easy drinkability that goes down crisp, clear, clean, and smooth... no trouble drinking this one... a world-class brew... Definitely recommended...

01-25-2008 00:00:57 | More by dsa7783
Photo of IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

Poured from 750ml bottle to chalice at North 3rd Bar in Philly. Years back this was one of my first introductions to Belgian beer and have only now had the chance to really reflect on it.

Golden straw color, hazy, with great head retention, almost 3 fingers. Head stays for pretty much the duration of the drink. Loads of lace along the glass. Aroma is sweet with some peppery hints, also some honey. Taste reflects the aroma, but not with as much sweetness as I would have expected. Lots of fruit flavoring, some apple and citrus, along with some honey, also some coriander and some peppery spice. However the fruity flavoring is soon subdued by a dry hoppiness and soft alcohol glow. Mouthfeel is fizzy, reminding me a little of a Duvel, but full and coating. Very drinkable, 8% is not incredibly high, and the complexity of the flavors allow for continual imbibing contemplation.

01-12-2008 15:33:06 | More by IgnatiusReilly
Photo of t0rin0


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

This was from a 750 ml bottle from bevmo, so who knows how old it was. The beer was a nice semi-dark golden color with a tall fluffy white head that had some moderate retention for a belgian beer. The only reason I didn't give the appearance a higher rating is that I could see yeast floating around in the bottle, and this is after it sat in the fridge for a week.

The aroma was very sweet and of belgian yeast (the high abv yeast that is used in a lot of tripels). The flavor was very nice. The extreme sweetness balanced out the 8% abv. I am assuming that the color and sweetness are from candi sugar. There is a moderate hop bitterness and a fairly high carbonation that give it some bite. Very nice.

This beer had a relatively heavy body which is somewhat rare with these belgian golden ales. I am hop head so I really like the thickness of the strong american ales. This was an extremely drinkable beer and will most certianly try it again.

01-11-2008 20:18:26 | More by t0rin0
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