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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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94
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1,923 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,923
Reviews: 813
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 126
Gots: 196 | 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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Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third beer from la Brasserie D'Achouffe and so far they have all been winners. La Chouffe is golden in color, has great lacing and retention.

Belgian yeastiness is apparent on the nose as well as spicing, grassy hops and pale malts.

Tastes of grassy hop bitterness, spices (yeast), slight fruitiness and sweet malts.

irishkyle21, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in glass with La Chouffe written on the side. Very cool at Der Braumesiter in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Light body, Yellow brown body, No head by the time the waitress brought it to our table.

S No smell that I could detect. If there was ANY it might have been a little hoppy.

T Moderately hoppy, interesting.

M Light to moderately heavy mouthfeel.

D Good for the high ABV.

Notes: This is not my favorite Strong Pale Ale but a very good example none the less. I highly recommend it.

adamette, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-blonde color with high carbonation, and a nice head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is smooth, bready and spicy with some hop bitterness showing through as well.

Taste is spicy with a hint of raisin upfront, followed by a bit of spiciness/sweetness and a mild hop bite at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is bready with lots of carbonation and a bit of spiciness.

Drinkability is decent with this ale. The carbonation is a bit rough but the overall taste is good enough to warrant trying it. If I had another bottle, I'd probably age it for 6 months, possibly longer. At least you can't tell the alcohol content.

Brad007, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light murk of honey. medium foam condenses and some lace. smell of sugar sweet, clove, and light orange peel. as it gets warmer the characteristics of alcohol come out with some vanilla. the taste is sweet at first with friut then hop lingering. nice herbal blend, but not dry. very nicely blended flavors. it could be a bit less sweet though. i don't think a great beer to let sit for a very long time as the palate seems to go a bit flat with fructose. not as spicy or dry as expected...

wonderful besides that... will try again...

had another two months later... and didn't seem like the sugar was broad faced in the palate as much as before. nice assistance... more honey like... more pollen like. quite a bit better. still would recommend for the american hop head joe IPA. try the De Dolle Dulle Teve... more interesting hop character with the belgian sugar quality... although it is a triple.

rtepiak, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of froghop
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a semi-cloudy orangish with a very large white foamy head, lively carbonation, sediment floating around, very good lacing.

smell is apricot, peach, pear, yeast, and spice.

taste is dry and thick on the tongue, peach, pear, spice, malt, slightly sour, finishes dry with just a touch of bitterness.

froghop, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, transparent color with thick snowy head that clings to the glass. Aroma of sweet vanilla and a bed of flowers welcomes you in. Medium body with slight malt and citrus notes, finishing with a touch of vanilla and spices that linger. A well hidden 8.0% ABV behind some real flavor and charm. An enjoyable summer time beer with an amiable personality.

JRed, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden/orange color, bright, with a thick fluffy head which is maintained leaving some wonderful lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation. This beer is very smooth with amazing drinkability. A bit light but the flavors blend nicely. Sweet malts, yeast, semi-tart fruits, with a floral hop character. Perhaps a bit fragrant. Again, at first it all seems a little light but the further I worked through the beer the more I appreciated it's delicate nature. Very nice.

changeup45, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of becktone
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eye: Perfectly clear golden orange in color. Dense, thick, white rocky head that just sustains itself...you can go to grab a bite to eat and it'll still be there. Lacing could use work, then again this is a new glass, La Chouffe glass, to be specific.

Nose: Sweet and fruity (faint notes of apple juice) candy aroma from this Belgian. Spicy hop notes and spicy alcohol notes as well. Nice strong aroma, strong malt backbone, and some coriander-strong notes of it, like a wit.

Tongue: Huge spices in taste, with big coriander flavor. Alcohol is noticeable and plays a role in balancing the brew out as well as adding complexity. Some of that apple fruitiness is also here. Overall this is one spicy ale. Aftertaste is harsh, with definite alcohol notes lingering....it works well for this beer though, it doesn't bother me. Sweet and strong malt backbone supports the spices that are happening at the foreground in the beer's flavor profile.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This one is on the lighter side for body and finishes semi-dry. Low levels of delicate carbonation that quickly fade and leave the palate. Alcohol isn't hidden all that well, however its presence enhances the overall experience when drinking this beer. Its warmth adds to the feel and semi-dryness of the palate, its taste helps to balance out and add complexity to the overall flavor.... This is one I'll drink again, one I'll buy again, and one I'll recommend to people. Overall quite a nice beer. In my opinion its almost a mix of Tripel-the dominant spicy notes mixed with a Belgian Strong Pale-the sweeter notes. This isn't one I'd look to for either as a definition of a style, but it is quite good. Give it a try.

becktone, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slurped down a 750mL bottle of this with a few people on...

VLAAMSVEST '08

at the Delirium Cafe in Brussel. Tripelish hazy gold look, great retention, aromas of banana with noted hop presence, more of the same in the palate with fruits, spices, almost wheaty, exceptionally easy drinking, really, really with we could get this stuff in Ontario. Beats McChouffe easily in my mind, recommended!

Antilochus, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, it was a gusher! Started prying the cap, and immediately had to move the operation to the sink, as foam began cascading down the bottle...but oh, well.

Pours a beautiful glowing golden color, big rocky tan head settles into an off-centered island of foam in the beer, thick sheets of lacing clinging to the glass. Smell is full of fruity goodness, some apple, some lemon, faint peach, lots of pepper and spice notes. Very delicate balance of flavors here, plenty of the apple coming through, a refreshing peppery zing, tartness aplenty. Excellent mouthfeel, really active little bubbles, super-refreshing...this could be a very unexpected summertime treat. This is something I'll be drinking plenty of in the future...fantastic Belgian beer.

corey0212, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Zadok
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle.

The initial appearance of this beer is almost perfect for the type. Straw golden yellow with a 1 finger pure white head and mild lacing that kept up with the descending brew.

The aroma was one of the better in recent memory; this brew has the gambit of banana, bubble gum, coriander, and clove spices.

The taste does not disappoint, clove spice predominant but coriander and a banana bubble gum right behind it. Top that off with a mild pepper alcohol and you should be set for the next hour while consuming.

Mouth feel was nice and smooth, medium carbonation left a little bite after each swig.

This is the summer brew I have been looking for several months now. I would consume this out a used cowboy boot if needed. Absolutely delicious!

Zadok, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's in a tulip. Purs the standard yellow color with a thin white head. Smells of spice and some yeast. Great initial flavor- sweet with a bubble gum type kick. Really refreshing for a strong pale. Lots of flavor and a crisp refreshing mouthfeel. I could drink a few of these!

DrDogbeer, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My triumphant return to Vol De Nuit in the west village of Manhattan. My fellow beer geeks were amazed that I had not tried this beauty. I never want to reach the day where I go into a gin mill and have tried all of the beers.

A: Poured into a Stange glass, my first time having a beer out of such glassware which adds further credence that Vol is one of the best Belgian bars in the city. Colar was a cloudy and hazy bronze with a half finger head with mighty fine ringed lacing and retention.

S: Nose was spicy, probably coriander and with sugars. The ABV does not hide on this one folks but that made me enjoy it even more.

T: Follows the nose with regard to the spice, but add pepper, and citurs with kinda boozy heat, a term I've have just become accustom to using. Overlayered with mild candy but unsure at this point why type of sugar. It's a complex quaff and nothing stands out too much which I credit to the overall brewers prowess.

M: Medium to thick with spices elbowing their way back to your pallet and plenty of ABV to redden your cheeks.

D: A classy Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Comes at you as the beer warms and to my delight is not overpowering and very drinkable.

Brianmerrilyn, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a bomber.

A: Uniformly golden body, cloudy and beautiful. Head has decent staying power, lacing is also alright.

S: Mostly yeasty spice in the aroma. Smells good, definitely Belgian.

T: Yeast spice, floral and citrus flavors, very complex and it keeps on coming. Slightly herby on the finish. Really not expecting this from the aroma, but the taste delivers.

M: Good carbonation, maybe a little too much, but overall mouthfeel is good.

D: Pretty easy to drink, good flavors nothing overbearing.

Overall a nice light Belgian that I really enjoy. I would like to taste this and Duvel together, see what I like better.

51mmz0rz, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL corked bottle into a textured crystal wine glass. Many thanks to Durge and ohoove for sharing libations!

A: Poured a golden yellow color with a slight chilled haze and sediment floating beneath a nice cap of bubbly white foam. This brew had some nice retention and lacing.

S: Smells sweet and peppery, with a hint of banana and phenol alcohol. No real hop whiff.

T: The taste is quite bubbly, and errs in the classic Belgian pale style. Bananas, cloves and a sweet, peppery mint gum flavor round out the sweet fruit flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly.

D: I probably wouldn't pick up two to share, unless it were among a large number of people, and I likely couldn't take down a bottle myself. At 8%, don't take it lightly, but feel free to keep sipping if it suits you.

The flavor is fine and all, but I was expecting more of a hop presence, and was let down when I didn't find it. Since it was billed as a Belgian IPA, I guess I was naive about how the style would probably come out. Oh well.

Gambrinus1184, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Cafe Pelikaan in Antwerp.

Pours a nice hazy gold with a fluffy snow-white head. Recedes gradually.

Smells of fruits (pears, a hint of banana?), sugar, and a bit of yeast.

Taste is decent, but a bit unbalanced. The sugary sweetness overpowers the slight hoppiness that is usually present in pale ales.

It felt good on the palate, but was just too sweet to make it really drinkable for me.

philipquarles, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the local supermarket (after it was bought-out by a French mega-chain). The beer pours a hazy golden hue with a modest head. Lots of lace, thought. The aroma is quite good....lots of floral qualities. Flowers and light pale malt. A touch of hops, black pepper (honestly), subtle spice, and yeast...the aroma provides the framework for this brew. The taste is moderately sweet and full of spice. Nice alcohol warming. Moderate carbonation and a little hop bitterness in the back. The beer has a terrific lingering aftertaste. Although it's not as flavor-forward as a lot of great Belgians, this beer is engaging and very enjoyable. The peppery aspect is very enjoyable. Certainly worth having again.

Suds, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 750ml green bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a pale yellow color with a slight chill haze and TONS of yeast particles in suspension. The white head was initially out of control at 3", but quickly settled to a thin skim. Lacing was decent.

S= The smells of this ale were a mix of pale malts, fruit (mostly peaches), funky yeast (like grandma's basement), and alcohol.

T= This ale had a distinct Belgian mix of flavors including biscuity pale malts, fruit, spice, and funky yeast leading into a dry alcohol finish. Altogether delicious!

MF= The mouth feel of this brew was very light due to the high carbonation release.

D= This is an excellent and very drinkable offering. I will be seeking more of this one!

spointon, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a hazy toasted straw color with a nice and fluffy pure white head that left rings of lace as it dissipated. The aroma is big with pale Beglian malt/yeast, corriander, tart apple, juicyfruit. Closer to the Wit side of the Belgian world. The taste is of pale malt, slight Belgian yeast spiciness, subtle corriander, a touch of sweetness from the candi sugar, a touch of pepper/earthiness and a hint of tropical fruit. Not big bold BSPA flavors but clean and well balanced. The feel is fairly light and fizzy carbonation, though not overly carbonated; finishes slightly sweet but balanced. Hides the booz-a-hol very well. Another Chouffe winner, not bold BSPA flavors but perfectly balanced.

Gmann, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale lemon. Some yeasties hovering around the bottom. Thick bubbly head and clingy sticky lace latches itself to the sides of the glass.

Skunky tart apple, wheaty yeast and malt in the aroma.

Super fizzy frothy mouthfeel that dissolves the body, turning every sip into a perpetual frothy head. Skunkiness aired out pretty quickly and I began to get the nuances of this brew. Dry and then really sweet before finishing a bit sweet (almost fake-sweet, like sweetnlow or equal) and wheaty.

Fruity peach, cannabis (probably the skunking coming through), and a bit buttery and excedingly smooth.

Overall a damn fine beer! I wish my bottle wasn't skunked. There's gotta be something to make these guys get rid of green bottles!!!

SurlyDuff, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 3/15/2010.
pours light straw in color, nice head and lacing observed.
Smells of spice, gumballs and malts. Earthy and sweet.
Taste is smooth, mouthfeel big. Spces again prevail with the typical Belgian funk displayed in earnest.
Very, very good beer.
One of my favorite styles.

dmamiano, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Golden colored with a nice white head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Big lacing.

Aroma of bubble gum, some light spice and nice sweet maltiness. Tastes of sweet malt and spicy hops. Some honey notes evident as well. Very clean and not a lingering finish at all. Hides it's 8 percent well. A nice easy drinker.

Some big body, yet an easily drinkable beer.

ZimZamZoom, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl capped bottle, poured into a tulip yields a sunny golden orange body crowned with three fingers of fine-bubbled, creamy white head that leaves foamy rings of lacing.

Smell is orangey with a zip of lemon, a little juniper, and a wonderful aroma of peppery spices.

Taste is a refreshing malty orange with just the right amount of dryness and a slight mineral element. Notes of coriander, black and white peppercorns and a little heat mark the aftertaste.

A quaffable soda-pop disguised as a strong Belgian ale, this beer hides its ABV very well. A fun drink that reminds me of a Creamsicle, only without the stick.

cvstrickland, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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