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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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94
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1,808 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,808
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 121
Gots: 151 | 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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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the Unibroue beers and their take on Belgians — but La Chouffe, to me, is one of the best interpretations of this style around.

It poured a cloudy, dark gold into my goblet. Some apricot highlights tinged a body that sat below a foamy one-finger head. Some yeast floaties, too.

The aroma was mainly fresh, citric esters like orange and lemon zest which carried over into a flavour I found crisper and lighter than many Belgian strong pale ales: spicy corainder and ginger up front with a finish that was only slightly chalky from yeast.

It finished clean and crisp and just a bit sticky on the palate. I don't usually think of the word "refreshing" to describe this style of beer, but La Chouffe definitely qualifies.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 22:29:30 | More by vanrassel
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: Pours a hazed golden orange color with a frothy white head and a little lacing in my snifter glass.

Smell: Sweet yeasty bread aroma with light peachy fruit and a hint of citrus.

Taste: Belgian Yeasty sweet easy and smooth with some spices that rush the taste buds for an intense moment preceding the swallow. The aftertaste contains some sweetness, a hint of lots and spices. A little alcohol shows through in the finish as well. The long lingering aftertaste is extremely pleasant.

Mouthfeel: This is a well carbonated beer. It is juicy through the center with some warm alcohol and spices on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is a dangerously drinkable beer. It is so easy drinking and the 8% will creep up on you very quickly.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 02:31:37 | More by Phatz
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Weizenmensch

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle of fresh La Chouffe, purchased a few days ago from a new shipment at Dan Murphy's Tuggeranong.

Appearance: Gold to copper colour, dense fluffy, rocky head with lacing staying around everywhere in large clumps. Fairly clear with moderate carbonation, most of which is rising from the scored bottom of the glass. Some flecks indicate a small amount of bottle conditioning (though most of the sediment would have been removed).

Smell: Very nice candied sugar and slightly sour yeast dominates. Notes include sour apple, green grape, hay and a faint hint of plum.

Taste: Rich and powerful. Sweet on the palate, sour on the tongue, but overall sweet - like candied sugar. Yeasty, zesty. Coriander is not especially noticeable but no doubt adds to the faint medicinal character of the brew. Overall, it's more sweet than fruity, but very refreshing and slightly warming. Quite an incredible beer.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and lubricating. A good part of the Chouffe experience.

Drinkability: Good, and not too sweet as to preclude a follow-up bottle! This beer would be well-served by following it up with another of the same, actually - although a grassy hop Pilsener would cleanse the palate nicely if some other beer were to be subsequently sampled.

Notes: Not my first experience with this Ardenne dwarf, but certainly my best. Enjoying it with the warm sun on my back was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 10:35:16 | More by Weizenmensch
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Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

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

Pours a cloudy yellow, fairly light, and with a moderate pure white head that lasts very well and leaves solid lacing. Smell is bright and spicy, coriander, cloves, and pepper, with banana and light citrus (orange and lemon), and some yeast and breads as well. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it's very clean and bold. Taste is rather sweet at first, the fruits coming through and malt sugars overwhelming the spicier notes. Coriander in the finish, and some light noble hops. Mouthfeel is well carbonated but lacks a little bit of body, and drinkability is good. Not a bad beer at all, enjoyable and well put together. Something I could see myself drinking often, even if it isn't anything particularly mind-blowing.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 02:50:16 | More by Mandrake
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dingy gold body, slightly chunky, topped by a large-bubbled off-white head. Head shows decent retention. Aroma has a slightly sweet, key lime note. Really clean with a hint of spice. Flavor is really mild, with a smooth creamy body. Individual flavors are hard to pick out, as everything seems to blend together. Maybe a bit of coriander, a touch of honey, an ever so slight vanilla note, and just a touch of bitterness. It's impressive because it is so well crafted. Most beers impress by bullying your taste buds; this is subtle. The pinnacle of balanced flavors. Mouthfeel is also top notch. Very light, very quaffable for 8% ABV. I think this was $3 for the bottle. Best $3 I've spent on a beer in a very long time. Worth twice that. Time to go back and try Mc Chouffe as well I guess.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 03:38:44 | More by aaronh
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Schwarzbart

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearace: Cloudy honey apricot color with debris and a big fluffy, pillowy, white head.
Smell: Light fruits and citrus rind. Alcohol and some yeast.
Taste: Light on the palate other than the alcohol. Mild spices, some citrusy fruit and some light bread flavor.
Mouthfeel: Foams in the mouth like champagne.
Drinkability: To much of this and you're sure to be burping, but an excellent Belgian strong pale ale and very pleasant tasting.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 22:05:14 | More by Schwarzbart
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kernalklink

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very solid belgian ale- great color and even better aromas- yeast is subdued but definately there as well as a welcome amount of spice. Very complex early on with some interesting combination of tangy and sweet peppered with a slight burn. Great carbonation, extremely easy to drink way too fast. Light and satisfying. When its available on tap, jump at the chance to sample.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2007 13:32:12 | More by kernalklink
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay glass. There was thin frothy head was rather lasting in a razor thin form on top a rich golden brew with some sediment noticeable floating in the bottom of the glass. Aroma was a nice mix of spices, light biscuitty malt with a crisp yeast bite. Taste was much of the same with some nice vanilla characteristics. The carbonation was just right and the alcohol was well hidden by an appropriate level of sweetness. Very enjoyable brew if your willing to pay for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 02:43:13 | More by atsprings
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Greenfloyd

California

4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this Brasserie d'Achouffe beauty at a Belgian Beer Festival....one of the best of the day.

This beer was served in a chalice with one of the smoothest looking, golden hues I've ever seen. Pale golden/yellow tones fill the glass, as a pearl white head rests comfortably on top for a decent amount of time. The smells were of subtle hints of vanilla, spice, and yeasty tones. This beer had matching flavors, as a light creamy vanilla rides into a malty, biscuit like finish. The mouth feel from this tap production was incredibly smooth, with a lighter/medium body. This beer paired very well with traditional fish & chips, but I'm dying to try it with a plate of wit beer steamed Belgian mussels...Enjoy

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2007 04:01:31 | More by Greenfloyd
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rec

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with sediment apparent. A foamy and sticky lacing rides the glass as you drink.

Spice and lighter fruits such as pear and apricot dominate the aroma.

The aforementioned characteristics come through in the flavour, with a bready dry aftertaste.

It's a beautiful ale, and could easily be considered a session beer due to how easy it is to drink.

A unique Belgian pale, and one I'll regularly buy.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 12:56:51 | More by rec
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henrysunset

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

big headed beer,... light yellow pee-colored beer bu super clear and a big poofy head of fine white bubbles.

smell is pleasent, sweetness and a floral hoppines and also a bitter tone, very citrusy.

taste is interesting... sweet and citrusy while very floral. meelow for 8.0, not all that much alcohol or thinness of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 05:31:49 | More by henrysunset
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willjansen

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden full-bodied Blond, dissipating head
Smell: Permeating yeasty fruitness, complex bouquet of fruits that suggest maltiness backed up with hops, touch of molasses
Mouthfeel: light on the tongue, very bubbly, fleeting
Taste: Excellent beer - very well balanced between malt and hops with complex fruity bouqet meeting in the middle. Starts you off with a lighlty sweet, fruitiness progessing to a candy sugar maltiness and then lets you back down with a hint of bitter saaz hoppiness as you finish. Very subdued alcoholic notes for an 8% brew at first, but becoming much more noticable as the temperature rises whilst progressing through a 750ml bottle.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, particularly when colder,

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 05:18:22 | More by willjansen
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

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

la chouffe pours a hazy coppery- orange color with a pillowy white head the slowly fell in to a thin sheet cover the beer.
the aroma suttle, dry, spicy, citrus, a little cardimon, little herbal.
the flavor is very rich, malty, spicy, peppery, herbal, flowery, dryish, there is plenty of carbonation which gives the brew a zest, there is a lingering hint of lemon and paradise seeds. wow what a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 04:29:11 | More by plaztikjezuz
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at Cafe Hollander in Milwaukee, served in Achouffe glassware. I thought it was very good, but definitely inferior to Duvel.

Appearance was rather cidery. It has yellow and slightly hazy, with a lot of head (but not the float-a-nickel-on-it head that Duvel has).

Aroma was slightly skunky, and was also very appley.

Taste was a mix of apples and pears, with a healthy yeasty sweetness, and quite good.

Mouthfeel was good, but a bit harsh for the style.

Not sure I would have this again; it is good, but there are definitely better choices out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 20:24:51 | More by BeerBelcher
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rayjay

Hawaii

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 2009. This was a Christmas present from my loving girlfriend. Pour carefully, as there is a good amount of sediment. A Belgian ale with a pilsner-like hop bite and a healthy dose of pilsner malt...reminds me very much of an American double pilsner. The yeast character is decidedly of the ale variety, with esters of flowers. Sweet and bread-like. Strong body like a bock; I don't know but many qualities I percieve as lager-like. This is a very good beer, but not one of my favorites; I think I may prefer the draft version more. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 15:37:06 | More by rayjay
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jmz62565

Connecticut

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

Pours a clear amber gold with a giant white head. The head is huge and leaves great lacing. Be careful pouring this beer, lots of yeast and debris in this. The smell is strong with candy sugar, alcohol, and fruit,both dark and citrus. The taste has alot of candy sugar,very sweet, with citrus, alcohol, and a "bisquity" aftertaste. The m/f is medium and the flavors are very well mixed. An excellant beer that should not be missed.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 01:27:52 | More by jmz62565
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nase

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky brown-orange out of a 25.4 oz'er into a tulip glass with a little less than an inch of head.

The spices are quite potent in this beer. I taste something that might be similar to a fruity almond extract on the dry finish. Compared head to head against La Fin Du Monde, there is considerably more bite. Very high carbonation. A light and rather creamy mouthfeel.

App. - 4.5, Smell - 3, Mouthfeel - 4, Taste - 3, Drinkability - 3

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 03:51:52 | More by nase
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

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

La Chouffe
25.4 oz hunter green bottle with an excellent logo & bottle design. I love that gnome.
Served in a Chouffe Houblon goblet

Pours a golden and hazy light orange with a shiny yellow tint. Respectable head on top that leaves magnificant trails of sticky lacings all over the glassware.

The nose is inviting and interesting with whiffs of unique Belgian yeast and all of that musky twang, fruit and spices.

Juicy, sweet malts with an exotic fruit presence. Flavors of orange, lime, mango and peach come through with a sugary-sweet backbone. I'm talkin strong candy sugars are up front. Noticable hop snap on the finish with a raw and favorable Golding & Saaz hop combination.

Without a doubt, this beer is a masterpiece and one of my favorite for the style. Reminds me of hours logged in at Essex Ale House in NYC, where the Brasserie d'Achouffe draught beers are well represented and served with style.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 22:33:48 | More by Hibernator
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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

75cL green bottle from Florian's in Auburn. Golden translucent body with an inch or so of white head and small bits of what is presumably yeast floating suspended in the body. Smells hoppy; citrusy and piney. Tastes sweet, citrusy, piney, yeasty, and spicey. Surprisingly refreshing for the abv. Alcohol flavor is only there a little in the aftertaste, but the alcohol warming is there. Light bodied and pleasant, full flavored and well balanced. Fantastic. I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 01:26:25 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Best before end of 2008.

A- Cloudy gold with touch of orange.

S- Yeast. Faint citrus. Alcohol increases with temperature. Eventually alcohol dominates whole.

T- Light flavoured with noticeable bitter hops finish. Alcohol not overpowering at first but really increases with temperature. Yeast present but not as much as I like for the style. Spicy notes are nice.

MF- Good carbonation and good body.

D- Good drinker but alcohol character too noticeable. A good beer from a style I like. But not my favorite of the type.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 04:29:39 | More by JOaikido
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dirtylou

Washington

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

on tap at Maduro, a week or so ago, from the brief cellphone notes

appearance: served in the signature la chouffe glasses at maduro...clear dark apricot body, nice white froth head

smell: very floral, yeasty, apricot, white grape and other fruit

taste: well spiced, floral yeasty taste that dominates, apricot, white grape, pear, melon, light citrus...slight tartness, good but not as good as the tripel-ipa hybrid i had of theirs a while back

mouthfeel: active and yeasty

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2006 02:00:34 | More by dirtylou
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Beerzebub

California

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy orange. Modest white head. Good lace.

Loose yeast, even the second to last glass has little chunks, despite careful pouring.

Smells bright, fruity, spicy. Apple, pear, melon, lemon. Floral honey. Coriander (and it says so right on the bottle). Very nice.

Tastes moderately sweet, spicy, yeasty, floral. Apple, pear, mandarin orange, orange blossom. A touch of hop flavor and bitterness, but not much. Seems a bit unbalanced at first - the sweetness seems out of place without some more complex malt character or some bitterness to go with it - but then it dries out, finishing dry and yeasty. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Lots of fine, very prickly carbonation. Tongue numbing. Quite drinkable.

Interesting Belgian strong pale ale, certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 08:02:37 | More by Beerzebub
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beguiling Chouffe gnomes clearly live a double life of lawn ornaments and expert brewers.

This beauty pours a clear gold with a medium white head. The fine, water lacings persist throughout.

Fruity ester aroma with green apple, grape and raisin. There is a doughy presence of Chouffe yeast .

The taste is light, sweet malt up front with fruity notes throughout. Candied sugar, plum, grape and apple converge into a tasty flavor. There is a tartness in the finish that is accompanied by a doughy, yeast presence. There is a slight hint of alchohol accompanied by clove, pepper and some coriander. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry.

Light mouthfeel with excellent carbonation, which can be seen throughout. At 8%, this is highly drinkable for the style

Viva La Chouffe!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 02:15:15 | More by Estarrio
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Westsidethreat

California

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky dried apricot gold color with honeycomb like bubble structures on the side of the glass. Quality frothy off white head adds cotton ball like rockiness in the glass.

S: Spicy yeast, cardoman, floral notes, clover honey, wet hay and melon balls.

T: Metallic spices start this one off. Goes towards honey sataured green pear and fuji apple. More bitter than your standard golden ale, heavy on the earthy side. A lot of grassy characteristics which drifts more towards hay as the beer opens up. Sweetness is primarily honeysuckle based. Finishes earthy with Fuji apple touches.

M: Medium body, nice smoothness but needs more carbonation.

D: Not one of my favorite Chouffe's. Too much like the rest of the golden ale pack with out enough individuality.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 20:56:50 | More by Westsidethreat
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sweethome

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From their new 12 ounce brown bottles - funny little commentary on the back.

Pours hazy golden. Nice lacing. Nose is a bit barnyard - plenty of yeast, a hint of coriander.

Nice sweet malts upfront, plenty of spice. Lots of coriander here. Nice backing of a yeast flavors - a belgian candy sugar flavor also. The alcohol is also present.

Warm finish. A very nice trip.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 04:25:42 | More by sweethome
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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