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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 146
Gots: 258 | 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 josefnewsong
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful cloudy golden color. The nose was yeasty, earthy, and floral, and the taste was the same but with more complexities and intensity than I expected or was ready for. This instantly became one of my favorite belgians. Had it since out of a bottle and it was great, but not nearly as good as on-tap.

Edit: Had a 3-4 year old vintage recently, it was still great but beginning to decline. I would recommend this one fresh.

Photo of seand
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow amber with a finger or so of bubbly off white head. A thin layer stays around, and leaves nice lacing.

S: Sweet and somewhat yeasty.

T: Sweet, earthy, yeasty, and nicely balanced. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Lots of carbonation, medium to full bodied, finishes slightly dry.

D: Quite easy to drink, though it's well above a sessionable ABV at 8%.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gold, with a large, white foamy head. Great retention and seawall lace.

Kinda farmy, kinda grassy sugar, spice and yeast. Very springtime: lavendar, wild flowers. Smells "gnomey" I guess.

Fluffly pils malt up front with a big, wet, fruity finish accented by light coriander citrus. Light and springy, hides 8% abv very well.

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

Pours cloudy gold, small but persistent head.

Aroma promises spice and warming alcohol. Taste is nutmeg and ginger, with orange notes and an undertow of belly-warming alcohol. Light bitterness with biscuity malt. Carbonation complements the beer, plays off the tongue but does not foam up in the mouth.

Drinkability is something of an oxymoron for this beer - I can spend at least two hours on each bottle, savouring each sip, so it is a slow drinker, but I reckon I could start at 4 and finish at 2 on La Chouffe. Or I would, if the alcohol doesn't get me first!

I expect that I will top up the Xmas fridge with a couple of these.

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

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of Belgian yeast fruit and spice

T - Follows the nose with a yeasty spiced fruit taste

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - Very easy to drink don't even notice the 8% abv good taste worth picking up sometime to try

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

Revisiting an old friend, it was either this or Tripel Karmeliet that was my first Belgian ale, over 10 years ago now. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass (itself a replacement for my shattered La Chouffe glass). Best Before "End 2012."

Cloudy metallic gold, amber, and tangerine-yellow liquid with a voluminous sudsy magnolia head. Superior retention, lacing looks like thick paint applied roughly with a sponge, no legs.

Bottle was a bit of a gusher, and tossed up a geyser of pilsner malt aromatics - the malt is the first thing I note in the glass as well, but it is joined by yeast and spice, a conglomerate of pepper, grass, and coriander with a hint of turbinado sugar and hops. Crisp, and inviting.

Pilsner/lager notes on the palate, along with green apple and unripe pear, plus a light spiciness (coriander with a hint of pepper) and a pleasant bitterness. Biscuits and very faint parsnip in the finish (not DMS!). The Saaz hops are working overtime in providing the flavor here, though they don't overwhelm the yeast or esters.

Effervescent, rather light bodied, but very drinkable (alcohol is hard to detect).

Nostalgia aside, this is still a pleasant example of the style - though I expect their IPA plays even more to the strength of the brewery elves...

Photo of zoso493
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep, murky orange with a full, three-finger bubbly head that stays around for a few minutes and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of yeast, clove, spices, hay, apple and even some orange peel. It also has a very sweet smell to it, the specifics of which I can't quite put my finger on. Pretty nice on the nose, though.

Taste: Some funky Belgian yeast comes out initially, followed by a slightly tart fruity finish. I can pick out some apples and even a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too special . Medium-bodied - maybe a touch too thin - but pretty creamy and dry.

Drinkability: At 8% ABV, it's hardly a strong ale, so you could imbibe a couple of these, if the occasion called for it.

Overall, this is a pretty solid example of the style. I certainly wouldn't say it does anything for me to separate itself from the pack, but it's still a well-put-together brew that I would gladly have again.

Photo of champ103
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms and recedes in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: Funky Belgian yeast. Lots of fruity aromas. Grass, hay, and floral aromas. Find of herbal tea like. Lots of layers in the nose.
T: Lightly sweet malt. Floral and grassy. Funky yeast that follows the nose. Very enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body, and dry. This has a ton of prickly carbonation. For the high ABV this is pretty east to drink. A good be the sip on.

This is a good beer. If you like Duvel (which I do) than this is for you. Something that is worth a try.

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with a friend.

Pours a clowdy straw yellow with a thin lace of white head. Doesn't display much retension. Aroma slightly sulfuric and yeasty. Medium to high amount of carb and a medium feel. Taste is slightly tart with a bit of yeast. Crisp finish has little to no malt sweetness or hop bitterness. Feel and carb is reminding me of champagne. As it warms clove appears in both taste and nose and a bit more sweetness.

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

This 750 ml beast of a bottle comes courtesy of zorprime - thanks Eric!

Classic BSPA pour, with a deep burnished gold body and a fluffy white head, that laces well as it drops to a persistent film. The aroma is also standard for the style, and La Chouffe either seems to be following the template or forging it. Strong honey notes mix in withapricot, grain and a sweet, teasty spiciness. Its an extremely well-made aroma and certainly very tempting.

The flavour can also be termed as 'classic'. There's nothing that deviates to far from the expected standard for the style, but it is done incredibly well, and in some respects could be viewed as a benchmark. Sweet honey malts overlay grain, while floral elements hit the roof of the mouth. Candy sugar makes for a sweet center, but there's just about enough grassy hops to cut through that and provide a decent bite. A clove-like spiciness accompanies a long lasting and lightly alcoholic finish. The body is also standard for the style - both medium in weight and carbonation.

Its hard to fault La Chouffe, though it is pretty boilerplate for a Belgian Strong Pale. Sometimes, though, you just need a beer that adheres to the style guidelines and delivers on what its should do. I'd happily revisit this gem again.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with Bobsy - cheers man!

Pours a hazy, light straw golden with nice thick rocky foam on top that takes its sweet time to recede.

Not an over-the-top Belgian pale by any means, more delicate and refined. Light fruity esters of pear and apple dance with a light lemon, hints of light summer grains and hay, sparkly carbonation with a light dry and refreshing finish. Drinkable and refreshing in boatloads. Cheers Rob!

Photo of RobeyStreet
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at Cafe Belgique in Amsterdam. It was a nice beer, very drinkable, but nothing too special or unique about it. I have trouble even thinking of what to compare it to, because it wasn't too memorable. I think this could go well with or without a meal. If you have a chance and like pale ales, try it. Otherwise, I'd recommend their dark ale (McChouffe) which was fantastic.

Photo of Anthony1
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

She pours a hazy golden color, very pale and pretty into the glass with a nice characteristic rocky white head. Nice.

The smell starts with some nice candied fruit, is followed by some sour notes, and finishes with a slight alcohol scent that blends well with the overall package. The taste is all yeast, nice belgian profile. There is some fruit, some light vinegar notes, a rounded vanilla to bring them together.

The mouthfeel is nice, medium body with high carbonation, alcohol is not present, which results in good drinkability so long as one does not mind being drunk quickly.

Photo of erz316
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750cl bottle, capped, poured into whatelse besides a la chouffe snifter.

A - looks really good. that is a beer to behold. the foam on the head is really bog and fluffy and has that mountainous rocky top. retention is also very good, quite very good. the body colour is just a bit too dark for what I think of as pale.it is a nice brazen or copper colour. its not a 5, but it sure as hell is close. aside from the colour, the beer is flawless. the finishing touches on a beer this good are having a bunch of lace, and this guy comes through.

S - a hoppy, spicy, kind of fruity nose. the hops are herbal and bitter even in the nose. the spiciness is pretty self explanatory. the fruitiness is a nice sort of apricot or peach like twang and sweetness. the only real problem is that the the nose is not very strong, and for a good belgian style anything you need that exciting powerful nose for a top mark.

T - this is a great, delicious beer with only one flaw. the initial taste is sweet: its got a real nice clovey and hoppy groove going on. the only problem is that the hops don't really make that big of an impression, the taste come on gradually and subtly takes over your taste buds. I want this style to let me know what kind of beer it is, not hint at it. the hops are herbal and grassy, and there is a lack of any real yeasty flavour. the malts help with the sweet backbone. the finish is interesting: it has this piny hop and kind of spicy flavour going around. Aha! I have figured out what that sweet flvour is! the apricot wasnt supplying any sort of sweetness, it was the belgian candi sugar! the aftertaste is sweet and malty. the one flaw: the candi sugar stands out too much and makes the beer way too sweet.

MF&D - some thing doesnt feel right, maybe the brew is too slick or there is a weird proportion of carbonation to body thickness. I dont know. I think it lacks a crisp carbonation; there are plenty of bubbles, they are just dull.

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

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Best Before End 2011.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazy, golden-hued body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of honey-flavored candy with supplementary notes of herbaceous coriander, sugar-sweetened lemon juice, Granny Smith apples spritzed with alcohol, and some soft pastoral florals.

Taste: Sweet, honeyish malt character attacked with a blitz of sweet fruitiness -- lemon, green apple, and even an indistinct tropical fruit character cross the tongue. Meager touch of coriander. Faint floral character from the hops as well as a mild bitterness. Additional spiciness imparted by the Belgian yeast. Minor hint of alcohol, though very well-integrated considering the purported 8%. Finishes dry with lasting hints of fruit and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Easily likable, and easily drinkable (at least in the 11.2 ounce format), it's a tasty, well-fortified Belgian blonde.

Photo of NightINgale
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pleasantly cloudy golden body with a rich foamy white head. You can see traces of sediment floating in the beer. Pretty good lacing overall. The head dissipates about 4/5 of the way, leaving a nice cap on the body of the beer.

S- Very fruity and slightly spicy. I could smell citrus, apple, and champagne-like grape notes, as well as coriander and pale malts.

T- Starts out with a brief alcohol kick, then going into loads of fruitiness (apple, pear, banana, and a touch of citrus), followed into a sweet malty, slightly spicy and bitter finish. Very yeasty but appetising. As I drank more of it, I could definitely taste and smell some nice floral hops. The best part has got to be the finish; a bit bready and sweet, it did not get harder as the beer was consumed.

M- Medium-to-full bodied. The carbonation is quite noticeable, but it adds to the mouthfeel rather than ruins it.

D- Goes down easily. Very drinkable for an 8% beer. I had the whole 750ml bottle to myself and enjoyed it quite a lot! Highly recommended.

Photo of MSUgurl
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm in no way a beer guru and I've just started to venture out and try any new beer that I can. I tried this one for the first time tonight and loved it. It smelled amazing and the appearance was great as well. It had the smell of oranges and kind of a spice sent to it. It wasn't a heavy beer, nor did it leave a funny aftertaste like some other Belgian beers I've tired. I found that it hid the alcohol extremely well and for as strong as the alcohol content is, you would never know it from drinking it. For someone who's only drank cheap beer, it's comparable to something like Blue Moon, only a MILLION times better!!!

The only bad thing I could say about this beer, is that it lost it's good taste, during and after my meal. I drank it with beef, and it totally spoiled the great taste. I will be drinking this again, just not with a meal!

Photo of tdawgydog
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been meaning to get around to this for quite some time now. So many beers, so little time...

A - Pours a beautiful hazy golden color, good 1 - 2 finger head that stays around and leaves a good lacing on the glass.

S - As you tip this back to enjoy your first sip, the fruits in the beer definitely shine through. Strong scent of apple and a little spice.

T - Great tasting Belgian ale. One of the better I have had. Doesn't have the feel of an 8% ABV. A little sweet, I could enjoy this one all night.

D - Goes down easy, a little gassy but not in a bad way, I think it brings out the complex flavors in this beer a little more.

M- Smooth as silk, goes down like a glass of apple cider. They got this one right. I'll be picking up some more of this on my next trip to my favorite beer store.

Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear gold with fluffy white head. It smelled like wild spicy yeast, with earthy caramel and some banana and nutty malt. It tasted like light wild yeast and sweet honey and Belgian sugar, with a bit of waxy hops and light caramel. It was watery with lots of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a good beer with a super clean taste, although not a ton of depth or complexity. It had decent body, but the carbonation never died down like it usually does with bottle conditioned ales. It was very delicate but still hid the alcohol pretty well, so it was very easy to drink. Good beer, but I ended up somewhat bored half way through the bottle.

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

Years of pouring great beers into great glasses could make one jaded to how wonderful this beer looks, as it's strikingly simple: hazy sunny yellow leaning toward gold, with a foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. But that's just it: this thing's simple beauty is nearly perfect in every aspect.

Green apple dominates the aroma, although a yeast funk comes in to make sure things don't get too nicey-nice. Coriander spice is bold and present, and despite an additional grassy but gentle hop element, there's a lot more going on here than just basic impressions from the actual ingredients--a wide variety of spices and sweet fruits comes to mind.

Flavor matters most, of course, and this beer never fails in this department. More green apple crispness, with playful spices bouncing between savory and sweet. An overall herbal character looms large from the coriander and hops cooperation, while malt remains bready and firm, serving as a gentle background for the more exotic elements (ie. intermingling spice, yeast and hops). A little bit of alcohol-spiked yellow cake batter in the finish. The 8% alcohol only underlines the spicy/grassy elements without being anything but a minor flare of warmth, which suits this beer just right.

Medium-bodied in texture, it holds firm while creaminess wins out over a just-right amount of non-cloying carbonation.

Super-earthy with lots of depth, La Chouffe has always delivered the goods, and this bottle/year is no different. Yum yum yum yum yum yum yum. Yum.

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Light slightly hazy golden color, soapy foam that didn't retain long but laced nicely.

Smell: Belgian Yeast, and sweet floral hops with citrus notes.

Taste: Sweet, yeasty and citrus fruit. There are hints of floral hops in the mix. Slightly dry. A very good BSPA.

Mouthfeel: Light, well carbonated and slightly dry. Nice.

Drinkability: Love this beer. Would rate it as one of my favorite BSPA's, and I've had it on several occasions. Always a pleasure.

Photo of brownbeer
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden with a white fluffy head.

A lot of fast moving bubbles with lace being left already just from the head shrinking.

Aroma wasn't mind blowing for me, yeasty with spices(banana, clove, coriander).

Highly carbonated mouthfeel with orange and lemongrass notes. Spices come through with a soft doughiness as it warms. Also has some white wine characteristics.

Overall, i've had this on tap and thought it was much better, but this time I wasn't overly impressed.

Photo of bbeane
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... cloudy straw colored beer with a rocky head. Leaves nice lacing

S- Yeasty lemon smell

T- Initial taste is sweet with hints of lemon. Finishes dry and bready

M- Smooth light bodied beer with hints of the slightly higher abv

D- Not one of my favorites, but an easily drank beer


Photo of capra12
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at the Gingerman NYC with Speedwayjim and Steph on 8/7/09.

Appearance: Light tan in color with little head

Smell: Belgian Yeast, and sweet green grapes.

Taste: Opens malty and sweet. The middle there are hints of green fruit and belgian yeast. In the transition from middle to end there is a hint of floral hops and finishes dry with green grapes leaving a subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Dry and light bodied.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another on the same night. The flavor profiles in this are not complex but each component makes it enjoyable.

Photo of pvsob
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a darkish/amber color with a good two finger head that fades slowly. Very little lacing is present, but a thin film lasts the whole time.

Smell: Lemons, honey, yeast, peppery alcohol, hints of green apple, pineapple, and some medicinal aromas.

Taste: Some sweetness and malt up front, but a nice spicy alcohol flavor comes in and wipes this from the palate. Some hops mix with the alcohol and creates a nice light-medium bitterness. Flavor was not as fruity as the aromas led me to believe.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: La Chouffe is definitely a tasty BSPA. A complex aroma and above average flavor and mouthfeel makes this beer worth a try if you haven't drank it before. Drinkability is pretty good, even with the 8% ABV. Personally, if Duvel or Don de Dieu is available in your area, I'd go with one of those instead of this beer. Cheers!

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.