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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,012
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 132
Gots: 216 | FT: 0
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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 malcontent
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely, pale golden body with an appearance that is not quite opaque. Snowy, rocky head sits proudly atop leaving gobs of sticky lacing in its wake.

Spicy from the yeast, floral from the hops with plenty of barnyard and tang thrown in from the malt. This is what I expect from the style.

Much more malt sweetness on the palate with only moderate spice on the finish and really no mustiness to speak of whatsoever. A straightforward, if unadventurous, take on the classic Belgian pale ale.

Full-bodied with brisk carbonation expected from the aggressive Belgian yeast. A strong beer that would limit drinkability if looking to make a night out of it. However, very mild on the tongue if this were to be part of a tasting or if one had plans of switching beers for the evening at some point.

malcontent, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/10/2006 (bottle):

Huge head, white, good lacing, smallish bubbles, somewhat diminishing. Golden color, fizzy, pretty opaque. Very flowery aroma, alcoholy, like Allagash. Intense flower and spices aroma. Coriander, bananas. Fizzy taste, clean sweet aftertaste. Lightish taste compared with the aroma, bananas, flowers, spices. Slight bite of taste in the middle of the taste, but really creamy smooth finish. Not much alcohol taste (which is good) compared with the aroma. Tasty, but missing something in the taste, more fruit, too much flower. Light, slightly watery taste.

jujubeast6000, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a big, rocky head; clumps of lace leave a nice pattern on the chalice

Smell: An interesting blend of smells - lemony, yeasty, grassy and spicy, with distinct sweet, candi sugar undertones reminiscent of bit o'honey

Taste: Starts out dry and spicy, with lemon and coriander as the main thread; while the herbal flavors build to mid-palate, they are joined by a sweet anise flavor to balance them out; after the swallow, the grassy hops and yeasty flavors rise to the fore but the finish combines all of the elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with copious carbonation

Overall: Lots of complexity for this one and well deserving of its reputation

brentk56, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Riggo
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a turbid honey-golden color. large, sturdy, white, gorgeous, creamy head.
smells like rain, musty, cellary with lots of fruit--apples, pears, lemons. notes of coriander and pepper.
on palate, a bright dryness perfectly balanced with fruity--orange, lemon, grapefruit--and honeyish sweetness. some herbal--perhaps mint--notes. dry fruity finish.
very effervescent at first. as it warms, smoother and creamy.
very well balanced and therefore drinkable.

a simply beautiful product. so complex and so elegant. really a lot going on here, but in such harmony. this is beer at its finest.

Riggo, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Itoclown
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Drank from a wine glass.

Smell: Very fruity/Wheaty with a Belgian yeast background.
Look: Gold and hazy. Looked a LOT like wine.
Taste: Weird it looks like wine but it also tastes a little like wine. Also like fruity Belgium ale.
Mouthfeel: Smooth on the tongue. Leaves a fruity taste behind. Feels quenching on the tongue. Smooth, smooth, smooth.

Overall: Pretty solid beer but I think I prefer Houblin LaChouffe a lot more than this one. I will try this again. The bottle is cool as hell.

Itoclown, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at High Street Grill. It was presented in an oversized La Chouffe goblet. It was a clear golden color with minimal head, it left no lacing. The aroma was mildly sweet and a little spicy, but nothing exciting. The flavor profile was sweet aand floral. The finish was crisp. The beer has a medium body and was way too quaffable. An enjoyable brew.

bonkers, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulips.

Appearance- cloudy golden orange, with a thick, white head. Lacing is fantastic, by the way.

Smell- hoppy, especially compared to others of this type. Citrus and spice notes are also present, but hops dominate the nose. Not bad smelling, but unexpected, given the type.

Taste- hops alongside malt, fades into a juicy, fruity spiced center. Swallow is fruity, but not sweet, and the aftertaste is of hops and yeast, and fairly clean. If anything, the flavors seem a bit light for the type, but the flavors are all good, and the balance is good.

Mouthfeel- again, on its own, not bad; but compared to other Belgian Strong Pales, it is thin. No real juicy texture, and not much weight in the mouth. The mouthfeel is almost closer to a higher-carbonation lager than a Belgian Strong Pale.

Drinkability- very high. Belgian Strong Pale flavors, only not over saturated, and with a light, clean mouthfeel result in a beer that hides every single trace of its 8% ABV, and feels like you could drink it all night.

Notes- I find this to be an odd duck of a beer. I really enjoy it, and I plan on buying more, but at the same time, in most categories, compared to others in the same style, it is weak. This is a very nice, enjoyable beer that breaks free of the stereotypical Belgian Strong Pale mold, without straying too far.

WalrusJockey, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Voonder
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy peach yellow with white foemy head. Smell - yeast, oranges, spices with touch of hops. Taste - coriander and spisec hit at first, then malts ands hops with fruity pleasant finish. Very complex beer, rich and smooth. Very well baleanced and drinkable.
Great brew

Voonder, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of endovelico
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes. Reviewed on 31-12-2008. No best before date. Poured into Whisky glass.

Presentation: 1.5 Liter Bottle with quirky and soothing design. Very appealing.

Appearance: Frothy head that quickly dissipates into thin cap. Medium perceived effervescence. The beer is Hazy pale yellow true to the style definitions.

Smell: Nose is of high strength. Aroma is mainly of Bubblegum, clove, coriander and other spices. Alcohol is also noticeable. Slight banana and floral hop undertones. Very enjoyable, one of the most well crafted aroma profiles i've smelled on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, although the spiced up aroma does bring out the alcohol on the nose a bit.

Taste: Slight Banana and bubblegum flavor but the spices clearly dominate the flavour profile. The spices also bring out the Alcohol taste, and made me forget at times i was drinking an Ale with 'only' 8%.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium to Low carbonation. Medium hop Bitterness. Finishes clean. Fair balance.

Drinkability: Like aforementioned, the aroma/taste might lend you to believe it's stronger than it really is, ABV wise. Pair that with the fact that its a very spiced up Belgian Pale Ale and one can only conclude that the drinkability is really not on par with the rest of the beer aspects.

Overall: An excellent Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Took me a few sips before i could really get immersed in the Complexity that is La chouffe. Will have whenever possible.

endovelico, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of ccrida
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my La Chouffe tulip, La Chouffe is a cloudy gold with a big, fluffy white head with long last leaving heavy lace.

Smell is very mineral laden, like tonic water, some herbal hops and very light fruitiness, pithy lemon. Floral honey comes out as it warms, and especially the coriander.

Taste is also very hard, chalky, light fruitness, champagne like, sweetening as it warms, but also opening up are the fusels. There is a spicy, hoppy bite on the dry finish, with the lemon spice gaining strength as it warms. Ever time I revisit this beer, I want for something more then just the spicy dryness.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, very spritzy and crisp.

Drinkability is ok, I've never been to impressed with this beer, a bit to sharp, with not enough depth of flavor.

ccrida, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of dolemite77
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy sunburst yellow/orange. Fluffy white head that gives way to mostly lacing after a short while. Aroma is mellow hops, with strong notes of candied oranges. Flavor is sweetly hoppy, with lots of citrus in it. This is a good example of what jacking up the volume of hops, that aren't really hoppy... any brewery can pump tons of C-hops into an IPA and blow your head off with the flavors- this beer is full of more mellow hops that don't blow your head off... interesting mix of sweet malt, along with the hop character I described above.

dolemite77, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of danmouer
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Chouffe is the signature beer of Brasserie d'Achouffe and a prime example of the Belgian Strong Golden Ale style (BJCP 18D).

This review is being completed following the first chalice full of this delightful nectar from a 750 ml bottle. The beer pours a rich golden color with an opalescent shimmer and a big rocky white head that slowly subsides, tracing fine lace over the glass.

My nose catches a big first hit of sweet malt, Saaz hops and the spicy aroma of characteristic Belgian yeast. A little more nasal indulgence captures sweet caramel and coconut.

The flavor of this beer is rich without being fat. Candy sweetness, a spicy-bitter backbone, and the warmth of alcohol on the mid-palate and swallow say this is a serious beer: not a summer refresher, but neither is it a winter warmer. More like a beer to enjoy with a good meal or at an intimate moment.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy--the fullness largely from the moussy effervesance. There is a long, warm and slightly bitter finish that leaves the mouth dry and coated with spicy sweetness that fades slowly.

There are many fine strong goldens out there, a bunch of them with devilish names, but La Chouffe strikes me as a bit richer, a bit more substantial than many of the old standbys. It isn't, for instance, as easily drinkable or refreshing as Duvel. Rather, this golden lives up to the full measure of its 8% apv and suggests a place at a table dressed with crisp linen.

Good stuff!

danmouer, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of TMB0424
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML capped bottle. Poured into tulip.

Pours a deep, hazy gold color. Creamy looking ghost white head, big bubbles. Slowwwly recedes, great lacing, very nice. Many bubbles rising to meet the head.

Smells of yeast, slight fruit. Can't really put my finger on anything specific... maybe citrus.

Wow, a lot better than I was expecting. A flood of smooth, fruity, very sweet flavors. Malt flavor is awesome. Taste of fresh apples and pears and peaches midway through, finishes with a nice little pepper. Even a little bit of toasted biscuit flavor in there as it warms. Small hop kick. Sweet and sour even.... very, very nice.

Medium bodied, great carbonation. Slight honey aftertaste that lingers with a warming sensation of alcohol - both are welcoming. Drinkability is definitely good. Alcohol is not extremely high, but either way, it's not overpowering at all. I just love the aftertaste and finish.

McChouffe was a little disappointing to me, so this exceeded all expectations. Aside from the kind of bland smell, everything else about this brew is great. Great tasting malts and the appearance is just enticing. A truly solid Belgian pale ale.

TMB0424, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Arbitrator
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow.

S: Malty, yeasty, a little hops, strong fruits and pepper.

T: Yeast first, hints of coriander, mild hops, citrusy and banana-y dominating throughout.

M: Sharp at first, fizzy, but lights up as you hold it. Still, a bit strong and that cuts down on how much you can have.

D: I had 10oz with no problems, but a second might have gotten bothersome due to the fizz.

Arbitrator, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Clubchat
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL à la SAQ de Val-D'Or

A - Beautiful, hazy golden yellow, nice effervescent and long head

S - Aroma of sweet malts, musty yeast, hop bouquet, peppery, a lot of fruits (citrus)

T - Yeast flavors, starting sweet and finishing spicy (coriander), nice hoppiness who goes along with the sweet and high quality malts, citrusy on finish

MF - Sharp with the citrus, nice light-medium body in mouth, fizzy

D - Very drinkable, a liked it

Clubchat, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of JBogan
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Why not a nice Belgian for my 200th review?

Poured a nice looking bright golden/orange with a small but bubbly white head. Minimal lacing followed.

Smelled of musty citrus, mainly lemon was what I picked up.

Tasted good, but not great. The lemon was there again, along with some sweet malt. Was a bit less complex than I was expecting. No sign of the alcohol.

Nice mouthfeel. Average bodied but with a good amount of bubbliness to perk things up. Smooth going down.

Overall this was a really nice beer. The alcohol was well hidden, and it's easy to drink a bottle before you know what hit you. I'd try this again in the future.

JBogan, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque orange, with golden highlights and a thick creamy head that hangs around awhile.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt, citrus fruit and yeasty spices.

Taste is candy sweet, caramel malt, and a strong citrus character. Apricot and tangerine stand out nicely. Finish is musty and quite dry with a powdery feel.

Mouthfeel medium bodied.

Overall a tasty BSPA. I really enjoyed the strong citrus qualities and mild spices. A winner.

Blakaeris, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of bashiba
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dirty orange with a thick white head, nice retention.

Smell has a light tropical fruit and green apple with a bit of spice and musty yeast.
Very nice and powerful smell.

The flavor follows the smell nicely with a lightly sweet citrus and apple fruit flavor with some spices and a bit of a musty yeast flavor with just a hint of citrus hops balancing this out nicely.

The mouthfeel has a lot of tingling carbonation going on with a long dry lingering finish.

Very solid Belgian Strong Pale. Will be looking forward to enjoying more of this in the future.

bashiba, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Monks Cafe.

Pours a hazy golden color with a huge foamy white head. Spicy aroma with lots of crisp fruit notes. Flavor very similar to aroma with nice amount of spice and hops balancing out the apple, pear and garpe flavors. Very quaffable. Nice carbonation up front with sweet alcohol center and slight dry finish.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of loosey
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

according to the mythical creatures guide, despite being 15cm tall and pigeon toed, gnomes are 7 times stronger than a man, can run at speeds of 35 miles per hour, and have better sight than a hawk... i am positive however, that i can kick a gnome's ass if need be

11.2oz bottle (labeled 'petit'), poured into a goblet.. golden copper, heavy lasting cloud on top, lots of flotsam and jetsam .. here's a first for me...the head on this beer receded then came back while i did nothing but sniff at it

smell fruitcake, prunes, oranges, some kind of spice, alcohol, sweat..

taste is complex, fruity and sweet but tart, plums, apricots, and citrus... refreshing with a sour bite, alcohol is present but not overwhelming, like its laced with vodka but not enough to realize your about to be taken advantage of by that overly friendly cocktail waitress and her 'boyfriend', coriander maybe, finish is a flourish with some light spicy taste..

mouth is light to medium, muchly bubbled, finishes slightly dry... excellent, try some..

try this at a time when no one is talking to, at, or around you, and don't take a shower a minimum of 12 hours prior.. if this sounds like too much trouble because you are irresistibly popular or just too important, do us all a favor and have your secretary put it in your calendar as an appointment, then go get lost in your own eyes and die

loosey, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of MutualAid
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours amber, unfiltered appearance (good) with a huge, fluffy white head.

S - Honey, currant, and straw aromas with no noticeable hop bouquet.

T - A little bit sweet and sour: honey sweet up front followed by a grain husk astringency; aged hop flavor similar to Orval. Lingering honey sweetness as the beer warms.

M - Medium body with a long clean hoppy finish.

D - Highly drinkable, which could be dangerous given the alcohol content.

Overall, a very good beer that nails the style with ease.

MutualAid, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottled - best by end of 2006 indicated on the label (should have paid closer attention). Served in my DT tulip. Poured an orange-gold with lost of yeast and bubbles floating in solution. Two inch bright white foamy head sizzled and popped as it slowly collapsed into a solid half inch cap. Some spotty lacing, but weak legs. Nose is lemon zest, yeast and grassy. Flavors consisted of pale malt, some citrus, yeast and muted spices. Detected some ligth fruit as it warmed (maybe pear). Mouthfeel was light and lively with a mild residual burn detected at the back of the tongue and a slight citrus astringency that lingers at the finish. Fairly drinkable, but this one may have been past its prime. Will have to compare with a fresher bottle.

Jwale73, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of bone white foam that settles slowly and leaves nice lace in its wake. The body is golden-orange with a slight cloudiness.

S - A strong earthy, herbal hop presence, with notes of pepper and rosemary.

T - Spicy yeast up front with moderate hop flavor and a bit of light fruity flavor, peaches or apricots. Pilsner malt richness comes out in the middle and transitions into low to moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium to thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable. The yeast and hop flavors play off of each other wonderfully and make for a complex and very enjoyable example of the style.

nickfl, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of kdmorse
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers in my favorite style.

Appearance is always top notch. Golden, peach color topped with plenty of head when poured properly. Heads fades and doesn't leave much lacing, but still looks appealing down to the last drop.

Smell and taste add an extra dimension to the style. Spices show up in scent and on the tongue. Other than that, bright and bubbly on the tongue. Refreshing but fulfilling.

Great all around. Love to drink a bottle myself, but it ends there. Can't go beyond a glass or two.

kdmorse, Oct 24, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden complexion. Pours with white frothy head that dissipates into surface clouds. Visible yeast and sediment suspended near the bottom. Vertical lacing clings to the glass.

S: Fruity with some pear and apple notes.

T&M: Fruit and spice notes throughout. Hints of pear, white pepper, maybe a light tinge of fermented banana or berries. Light bodied.

D: Pretty good. This one definitely benefits from warming up a bit. I find that the warmer this gets, the mellower it becomes- but that may just be true with all beer. It's light body keeps this from being too filling, thus enabling me to drink more ;-)

dino213aa, Oct 23, 2008
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,012 ratings.