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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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1,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 125
Gots: 184 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001)
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Photo of mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light golden/orange color. Light head that becomes more of a thick & uneven film with a bit of lacing.

Smell: Aroma of yeast, spices, and grains. Slightly bitter.

Taste: Generally mild taste of yeast and grains. A bit of balance with honey-like flavors towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth and light- to medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation is most present towards the finish.

Drinkability: Noticeable but moderate alcohol.

A decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but it fails to capture my attention.

mithrascruor, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of cbros
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Serving type- 11 ounce bottle, best before 2010, other than that no freshness date

Appearance- Poured a murky golden orange with sediment floating in the beer. I would guess that is the leftover yeast. Had a white little white lace that stayed till finish.

Smell- Hints of fruit maybe orange and hops, clove and pepper. Mellow in its combination of flavors.

Taste- Tastes of orange and hops that finishes bitter. Also has a dry pale malt ending.

Drinkability- Tried this after researching other Belgian Strong Pale Ales and am glad that I gave it a try. Not as commanding as others I have tried in the same family but nontheless a good Stronp Belgian PA.

cbros, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of julian
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

A: nice golden hay color with slight tangerine hue (almost looks like a hefeweizen), with visible carbonation. thick bubbly white head with medium retention and very decorative spotty lacing.

S: grassy with a fruity esters and mild floral aroma. sweetness to the nose as well.

T: can taste citrus fruits, maybe banana, pear? mildly alcoholic, but mostly masked. taste is slightly sweet with a creamy aftertaste.

M: very bubbly and carbonated. the frothy head along with the balance of citrus and other fruit, malting and carbonation make this an easy drink.

D: due to the ABV and fizziness I could probably only drink 1 PT bottle of these in a sitting...doesn't mean it isn't a great beer though!

julian, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

on tap poured into a goblet at Cafe Hollander in Milwaukee. pours a pale gold color with two fingers of tight white head.

aroma is of pale malts with a light hop presence, and banana esters. the hops are floral and subtle, but add nicely to the profile.

taste is of smooth malt and fruit up front, with a dry, floral hop finish. simple in profile, but nocely crafted.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish and a light bite from CO2. no alcoholic presence.

drinkability is good. this is an easy going belgian with a smooth and pleasing hop presence. cheers!

botham, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%

appearance - Golden color with a nice large white head.

smell - Smells of yeast, bread, sna spices here.

taste - Has a sweet taste of spices and some mild hops present with a dry ending taste.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - I know this is popular,but felt it was overrated. I thought it was an ok beer, above average, but nothing that I would says wow you have try this.

auxiliary, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

On Tap at Julian's in Providence. Pours cloudy orange with a huge white head. Aroma of banana, grass, yeast, and citrus. Flavor of grass, citrus, and slightly spicy. Finish is slightly bitter. Medium mouthfeel and medium=high carbonation. Nicely complex beer.

RomanW70, May 31, 2008
Photo of redmagik99
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

hazy pale orange, ok retention. Smells sweet, citrusy, coriander. Coriander definitely present in the taste, though not overbearing. Citrusy smell becomes more of an orange-lemon tangy bitterness, most likely imparted by the hops. Good use of hops - sweetness nicely balanced out. The overall zestiness is really reminiscent of a wit beer. Combined alcohol, hops, and high carbonation makes the liquid dance in my mouth. I wouldn't say the 8% is totally unexpected but like many well made belgian ales, it really doesn't hurt the drinkability. Recommended.

redmagik99, May 17, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 25.4 oz. bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with some yeast floating in the glass. Massive foamy head that leaves a large cap in the middle of the glass.

Smell is very spicy with aromas of orange peel and coriander. Taste was spicy as well, but with less citrus than the nose. A very alcoholic warmth finishes it off.

Light to medium mouthfeel with a very carbonated, high alcohol punch. The beer is a delicious warmer that is definitely a sipper.

daythree16, May 14, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
2.65/5  rDev -36.9%

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.

Pleepleus, May 03, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

Slynger, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Moxley
2.53/5  rDev -39.8%

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.

Moxley, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

hyland24, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

nrbw23, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of jar2574
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

jar2574, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Strix
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

Strix, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of jenbys2001
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

jenbys2001, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

ROMER79, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

akorsak, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of pershan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

pershan, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Proteus93, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of bigluch1
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

bigluch1, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of ericj551
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

ericj551, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

paulthebeerguru, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

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!

BeerImmediately, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of searsclone
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

searsclone, Mar 01, 2008
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