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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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94
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2,056 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,056
Reviews: 825
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 136
Gots: 232 | FT: 0
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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 FreshHawk
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy, honey gold with a slightly orange hue. Large, bubbly white head, slightly sticky. Average retention with a good amount of lacing left.

S - Belgian yeast, lemon citrus with a bit of orange. Also a good amount of spice (coriander being most prominent, but also some clove). Also has a general fruity/juicy smell.

T - A variety of taste are present. Good amount of spice, mostly coriander with some clove, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg. This gives way to a fruity taste. Good amount of lemon and orange as well as apple. Also has apricot, peach, and hints of tropical fruit. Along with these are a touch of honey and bubblegum. Finishes with a bit of pale/pilsener malt and a bit of floral hops. Alcohol is slightly noticeable throughout.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Somewhat creamy and a bit of a drying finish.

D - Very good drinkability. The diversity and complexity of flavors means that each sip is different, and makes me want to keep drinking. The fruitiness/juicy taste go great with the slight drying finish as well.

Notes: Solid offering and good example of the style. Lots of flavors that go well together. Up towards the top for the style, not as good as Duvel, but Duvel sets quite a high bar to exceed. Definitely give it a try if you can.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A :Poured a pale golden colour with a frothy white head that laces nicely and reduces slightly.

S :Orange, lemon aromas dominate with some spice and sweet candy aromas.

T :Bready yeasty malts combined well with fruit and citrus notes with the hint of pepper and spice throughout.

M :Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation that gives a refreshing crisp finish.

O : With out a doubt one of my favourite Belgium ales with all its qualities shining through. A wondeful well balanced complex beer that is a must to try.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a small tulip, appears deep gold with a snow white foamy head. Some lacing. Very nice.

Some fruity boozy scents, with some spice and yeast.

Some fermented stone fruit, almost like alcohol and peaches or apricots, some alcohol bite, spices, yeast, and very light bitterness. Very smooth and all of the flavors are in excellent balance.

Decent carbonation and medium body make this one very easy to drink. I cannot believe I found this on tap. Fantastic beer.

Photo of moz9
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being obsessed with hops, I often forget just how good belgian ales can be. This one is no exception.

On tap at BTs, poured into a La Chouffe tulip glass. As mentioned in other reviews, this beer as a very light and nice body--very easy to drink. You don't feel like you are drinking a beer with the gravity that it actually is.

A great smooth finish that leaves your palate dry and crisp and wanting more. An excellent Belgian beer.

Photo of Stavage
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, gets a huge frothy and rocky white head on top of a hazy golden liquid. Seems to dissipate fairly quickly but theres a lot of it so its no drama, leaves a decent enough lacing.

Smell was spicy and yeasty, with a fresh straw scent and a touch of booziness. There was the astringent character of citrus present but thats the closest I got to fruitiness.

Taste was dominated by a very light but full malt flavour with some subtle savoury spiciness, think coriander. Ever so slight astringent as with the smell.

A light bodied beer but incredibly smooth. Leaves the palate feeling dry, making this an excellent strong summery beer.

Very drinkable for a beer of this strength. The combination of the delicate (light) flavour with the smoothness and dry finish work well. I find Duvel and Delirium Tremens more interesting but I definitely find this more drinkable.

Photo of eat
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the more interesting beers the SAQ imports which the LCBO does not. Best before 11/06/2012.

Hazy dull-straw colour. Thin blanket of airy bright-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Yeast, citrus, wheat and a touch of light spice, candy and astringency.

Light refreshing taste, almost like I'd imagine a Belgian version of a lager to be. Citrus, wheat, apples and light yeast and spice. Very delicate flavour. The alcohol is just barely noticeable on the finish.

The feel is amazing. Velvety light body with copious sparkling Champagne-like carbonation. It seems to intertwine with the flavour, each complementing the other.

A cold bottle of La Chouffe on a sunny summer day would probably be just about the best thing ever. This is one of the smoothest, most refreshing Belgian blonds I've ever had.

Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is yellow and hazy with a white head . Carbonation is moderate and the head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Served in a tulip glass.

The aroma is nice and yeasty, very spicy with some citrus character, overall the citric is weak but definitely present.

Body is medium to thin, nice carbonation in the mouth prop up an otherwise thin body. There is no aftertaste and the beer finishes nicely. There is minimal bitterness and a really nice fruity palate in the midpalate. Drinkability is high and so is mouthfeel. A really good beer, I would drink it again.

Photo of Cresant
2.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 750 mL into a La Chouffe glass (that I got with the gift-pack). The bottle and box said best by the end of 2009. This is a cellarable beer so I thought nothing of purchasing this pack. Additionally the two beers included were protected from the light by the box. After a hearty pour there was a modest head of soapy looking foam that left spindly lacing. The body was bright butterscotch with a slight haze.

Smell was fruit and faint Belgian yeast. Clean, wet stones. Not much else.

Taste was light tartness and mild malts. A little spiciness, coriander. Mildly sweet and creamy, leaving a sweet linger on the lips. Very little alcohol in the taste or aroma. This one was NOT champagne-like. Overall flavor did improve as it warmed (it was served around 50 degrees in the first place). I would like to try this one fresh because the aged one was a bit disappointing.

Mouthfeel was a bit dead in the mouth. Medium to light bodied.

Photo of boudreaux
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours, as you will see, with a generous head. This is quite slow to subside and leaves considerable lacing on the glass.
The mouth feel is, as you would expect from an 8% beer, substantial, almost 'chewy'. You know you're drinking something rather special.
The flavour is a good balance of malt and hops, the background flavour of candy sugar that should warn you you're drinking something potent, and there's a definite spice flavour, almost fruit cake. It's a very warming brew.

Quite possibly my favorite beer. Period.

Photo of fastsrt
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml in a duvel tulip
A: golden, nice clarity with bits of sediment as the pours went on, fluffy white head
S: coriander and bit of malts, and hints of lemon peel
T: spices, Hops, bits of citrus
M: this one stands out here, great body finishing smooth and a unique hop spicy hop profile lends to a dry finish.
D: one bottle big bottle is enough, but it went down with ease this beer is balanced, perfectly. absolutely delicious.

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

La Chouffe, brewed in the Ardennen, it's available in my local supermarket, yet i've not come around to trying it before.

Yellow golden with an orange glow, Modest head, good carbonation.
Fresh smell of malts, bread, citrus, peach.
Very hoppy taste, with some herby notes, cloves.
Very smooth mouthfeel and a most pleasantly lingering aftertaste.

I would say this beer is to be recommended. Very well balanced, very clean quality of water, i'm sure.
Very good overall.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour pale gold with dense clingy pure white head. Grain and a bit of yeasty lemon on the nose. Honey wheat cereal malts, a pop of phenol in the middle, a hint of fresh mint leaf for hops, a yeasty hit and a dry end. Fairly sticky with some burn.

Balanced, with some different hopping for this style. Easy to drink; which in this case also means not too challenging.

Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky wheat with cotton white head.

S - Funky, barny, straw, Belgian yeast esters.

T - Nice malt with taste bringing in all the smell attributes Surprisingly bitter finish.

M - Heavyish medium body, creamy, good coating, good balance.

D - Nice but would tire easily.

Photo of dstc
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a big off-white head. Head falls to a minimal one. Decent lace.

Nice herbal aroma, bit of alcohol and a bit sweet. Belgian yeast and malt smell.

Rather sweet taste. Nice malts and spice. Alcohol is present although mild. Ends sweet. Very nice.

Medium bodied and rather smooth. Alcohol feel on the tongue.

One of my favorite, easy drinking Belgian ales.

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

Long awaited Chouffe tasting is in process - bottle poured into la choffe tulip

Appearance - beautiful gold, light yeast hazyness, nice white head with a bit of lacing.

Smell - Citrus - orange, *lime, floral, some light spices -

Taste - Wow - delicious layers of citrus and floral slightly earthy tastes, hints of sweet candy...

Mouthfeel - not too sweet but it's far from dry

Overall - great beer, very well done and would love to taste again.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good Belgian Golden Ale, leaning on a spicy character, pleasing but not too remarkable.

Presentation: 750 ml corked bottle. Gnome (Chouffe) illustration with a coat of arms emblazoned with a foamy glass of beer, noting style and main intent. Back label offers a longer narrative giving some context to the brewery and brew, including a longer description and serving indications. Shows "best before end" date (2011), and Alc. by Vol. (8%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pale gold with a faint yeasty haze. Shows off with a large foamy head that holds pretty well with touches of lacing as it goes down.

S - Sweet softness with a small spice whiff.

T - Sweet maltiness with a pilsner-like remembrance in a hoppy note that comes and goes. The sweetness has a hint of coriander and... some other very subtle spicy presences.

M - Smooth, light body with hefty carbonation and a grassy texture.

D - Goes down well, in particular sharing a big bottle. Otherwise it feels a bit boring for a solo drinker.

Notes: Hmmm, not being a big fan of the style I fear I really do not enjoy it as much as it may deserve what seems a good brew, if a bit trite for the the style. It is well crafted, matches well common expectations for a golden ale, but there is little else that entices me to repeat when having other choices around.

Photo of Bisho
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First Belgian Blonde or SPA that I ever had and quite frankly, still one of the best!

On tap it is heavenly and it's not too shabby from the bottle either. Drank this on tap as I toured through Belgium and managed to grab several 750ml bottles for the remainder of my trip through Europe :)

Cloudy golden hue with a super creamy eggwhite head. Lots of clove and spice on the nose and palate with hints of cinnamon and a little pepper. Has an Lemony Peach taste with a light hoppiness at the finish. Lots of carbonation that works so well with the complex flavour, it simply bursts in the mouth! The reasonable ABV means this shouldn't be a session beer but I can drink La Chouffe all night!

Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a La Chouffe tulip.

The draft version of La Chouffe pours a honey hue of gold with a thin white head and noticeably less carbonation than the bottled version.

Notes of clove, vanilla, pear, nutmeg, and tropical fruits can be found in both the aroma and flavor. A sweet pilsener malt base is firm on the palate with only a subtle spicy hop character. The body and mouthfeel are smooth with the lower level of carbonation and the finish is touch sweeter than the bottled version.

A very appealing Belgian ale. Plenty of complexity, but with an overall soft impression.

Photo of Shadman
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a classic BPA look...aprocot colour, tremendous head retention, fine carbonation akin to champagne...no worries here mate.

Subtle, yet balanced aromas. Peach, and yeast spiciness.

Nice, especially after the beer warmed a bit and the carbonation settled down just a smidge. NIce malt flavour followed by a combo punch of alcohol and hop. Nice spiciness in the middle, noted some cinnamon, clove in the mix. Finishs quite dry.

Given the active carbonation the mouthfeel works in this case.

This is the 'gnome' to purchase and sample...not that I could tell them apart. Good ale.

Photo of meeekyh
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been looking forward to trying this beer for a while now. My favorite Liquor store got it in this week. Crossroads Liquor, 24 road and F on the Southwest corner. Monte is the man, thanks.

Poured from a 750ml bottle in to a Belgian style beer glass.

Dernt thing tried to escape. I agitated the bottle slightly, not on purpose, thought little of it and tried to pry the metal cap off. Well, when I got it off the beer came issuing forth in a very excited manner. I wasted precious little of the fine smelling ale.

She pours a clouded straw colour with a healthy, albeit airy, head. The head leaves little, loose lacing as it dissipates.

Smells are cidery, citrus, berry, dried apricot, yeasty bread and just a note of piny hops. Not as heavially pronounced as I expected but well balanced and notably complex.

Tastes are sweeter, malt and vanilla along with more tart flavours. There seems to be something missing, but I am not sure what. There is grain in the aftertaste, along with citrus.

Moutfeel is full but not heavy. Finish is slightly sweet and lingering. Carbonation is good but not heavy.

Drinkability is quite good for the style. But the ABV is on the low side for the style also which may explain a few of its attributes.

I like it OK but expected more. This beer seems muted. I guess I am bound to find a few on either side of my expectations as I quest on. Cheers.

**I would like to add that I am impressed specifically for this reason; there is a contrast to the nose, in its tartness, and the taste, in its sweetness. I appreciate the complexity and juxtaposition.

Extra 1/2 mark awarded for taste in reflection.

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

Reviewed from my notes. Poured from a bottle into a Le Chouffe goblet. It's a golden orange beer with a thin white head. It's translucent and has lots of carbonation bubbles visible within. It has a very nice earthy yeast aroma; there may be a hint of fruit in it as well. It has a great grassy, wheat like taste. There is a hint of alcohol in the finish. It's spiced to perfection. It has a heavier body than I expected, and a plenty of carbonation. It's a bit strong, but very good to drink. An excellent beer.

Photo of PartyBear
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as a slightly hazy burnt yellow colour with a big fluffy white head and massive amount of carbonation. Huge malty aroma with classic Belgian yeast, fresh bread, and a slightly medicinal edge. The first flavours that hit you are malty, with lots of grainy cereal, this is followed by a nice warming alcohol feel, which lasts throughout. There is a definite taste of spice, hints of pepper and a gentle sweet sugar. It is definitely on the heavy side and the carbonation is huge in the mouth. Really like the flavours in this, they help to make this very drinkable considering the high ABV.

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

Big, wine bottle size poured into a Chimay ale goblet.

A: Slightly cloudy, orangish gold with a nice, Sprite-like head.

S: Fragrant spices, miscellaneous citrus, apples, a distinct pineapple note and a perfume nose.

T: A hot, creamy mouthfeel is complimented well by spices, lemon zest, coriander and toasty wheat. Tastes way better not so cold.

D: I plowed through this wine bottle size in less than two hours. I'm not ashamed either.

Value: Not sure, as this was a gift. What a great one!

Photo of mulder1010
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ML poured into a La Chouffe tulip glass

A-- Poured a cloudy straw yellow color with a big white puffy head, 2 fingers, very sticky lacing and very small bubbles in the head.

S-- Spicy. Cloves, lemon, honey, cinnamon, and get the Belgian yeast smell. There is a lot going on in the smell.

T-- Very yeasty, followed by the lemon and honey tastes, no real hop presence in the beer until the end

M-- Finishes dry and crisp, do get a bit of a bitter taste at the end but this is more about the spices. Not sweet at all, more about the lemon/honey to the hop finish.

D-- 8%?? Really? Never would think that. Goes down well and is very refreshing. Very well balanced and is usually a couple of dollars cheaper than Duvel is here in Sydney. That is big here when good beer is expensive. One 750 is more than suitable. Not as good as Duvel is but a good second and a good alternative.

Photo of cassanoj
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy orange, big white head, thick lacing.

Smells like coriander and pilsner malts. Citrus, banana, a bit musty. Floral accents and grain. Pretty nice I guess, not overly powerful.

Taste a lot of malt dominating the forefront. Backed up by citrus, peach, banana, peppery spice, pretty mellow. Not in love, but solid.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy with a light bitterness. Medium to full-bodied.

It's a solid beer, but I can't grab onto anything special about the Gnome.

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,056 ratings.