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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,106
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 154
Gots: 268 | 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 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


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.

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.

Photo of nickhiller
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my second sampling from Brasserie D'Achouffe, the first being their stellar Doubbelen IPA Tripel. Drank this one out of a tulip.

A: Overflowing foam from top of bottle like champagne. Hazy golden orange, almost peach colored when poured. Sturdy one finger head settles to a ring around the edges. Lacing is all but nonexistent. Yeast floaters remain suspended. This one looks pretty heavy.

S: Sourdough bread, yeast funk, citrus tang--like grapefruit--honey, sherry.

T: Sweet bready malt--that sourdough from the whiff--and hop fruitiness--orange juice maybe--are balanced in perfect unison, followed by must, tart and spice (can't place it) on the back end, lingering heat from the spice. I'm left with a great combination of sherry and leather to ruminate on.

M: In a word: dense. Mounds of solid frothy carbonation all the way through to the finish. Warming alcohol mixes perfectly with spicy heat making for a pleasant and lasting aftertaste.

D: I really liked this one. New meets old. Demonstrative of the style as a whole while packing the flavors and spicy notes that you would expect of a modern craft brewery. Very drinkable but a bit like liquid bread--one bottle was more than enough for one sitting.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright. a quick review here....cloudy pale gold with some sediment. Nice head, light carbonation. Citrusy with some metallic notes in the aroma. Flavor is good - still a little metallic tasting, nice spice however. 8% ABV, and you can taste the alcohol to an extent. Maybe a bad bottle?? Kind of a typical blond and maybe not even that good. Disappointing.

Photo of detlefchef
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750, opened yesterday and capped with champagne stopper.

Brownish orange color that is nearly brilliant with light and fine foam that easily reappears and lingers with a swirl.

Aromas of cinnamon, brown sugar, and guayabana (really, really pretty).

The warm, brown sugar elements just keep coming on the palate. Really ripe and soothing with lingering pie spice and roasted pears. Clean without being bright on the finish and I keep going back for more.

A truly delicious beer.

Pair with:
Roasted pork loin with dried fruit and spices.

Photo of Jeffo
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at the bottle shop down thr road.

From a 33cl stubby bottle into a tulip.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, fluffy looking white head that quickly fades to a thin wisp and leaves some immediate lacing down the glass. Color is a cloudy carrot orange with higher levels or carbonation evident. Wisp remains and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale and toasted malts in the nose. A bit of orange peel, green fruits, such as apple and pear, as well as some mild spicy notes.

TASTE: Toasted malts, pale malts, and some green fruits, mostly green apple and pear again. Spicy yeast, with some pepper and coriander as well. Touches of floral notes in the back. A relatively mild and shorter aftertaste is sweet and spicy with a dry finish.

PALATE: Medium-light body with higher amounts of carbonation. A little less creamy than hoped, but goes down smooth, no bite, and finishes rather dry on the palate. Could be a little creamier, but fine non-the-less.

OVERALL: A very solid strong pale ale. The flavors and aromas could have been a little bolder, and the palate a little creamier, but this was a very solid effort for sure, and one I wouldn't hesitate to have again.

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,106 ratings.