1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

Not Rated.
La ChouffeLa Chouffe

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,815 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,815
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 122
Gots: 151 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of La Chouffe Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,815 | Reviews: 808 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold with a foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The smell contained mostly wheat & spice with a little bit of lemon zest, hops and alcohol.

T: A bready wheat flavor hits you first, followed by a heavy lemon taste along with some clove spice & hops.

M: Very smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, with a very clean finish.

D: Very tasty and light, with a good kick to it. I could definitely stick with this one for a long time, but it’s a bit pricy to drink several of them in an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2006 15:18:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of peabody


3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out straw colored with a tint of orange in there. Lots of white suds in the tulip glass. This is a nice looking beer.
Smell is orange/lemon and yeast. Mabey a hop in there at the very back.
Taste is clove and caramel. Slight hop taste but very faint. Also some other spices covering the 8% abv which doesn't show up till the end of the aftertaste. Very slow warming of the chest.
Mouthfeel is clean at first then dark then warm then clean again.
I could drink a lot of this. I wasn't expecting this to be as nice as it is. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 23:58:04 | More by peabody
Photo of stephendr


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

Dark honey color – frothy white head – nose of bread , wheat , sweet dough , cloves , and fruit notes – sweet yeast , sour dough bread , nutty , earthy , slight anise , and slight hopps - medium creamy sparely body – aftertaste is nutty / earthy , short sweet with yeast

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 02:03:43 | More by stephendr
Photo of geographie


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A :: Poured a straw coloured opaque brew beneath a white head. Intrucate lacing patterns.

S :: Very lemon-zesty nose, loaded with spice. Seems almost antique. All supported by a lovely smell of pale malt. Superb nose.

T :: Orange peel and lemon are huge in the foretongue. The male is a secondary player here. The middle flavor lingers for an eternity with cherry and grape juice esters. Finishes with only slightly dry bitterness.

M :: Excellent carbonation, almost champagne-like. Prolongs fruity flavors of the beer. A bit harsh on the way down and finishes leaving your mouth a bit on the dry side. Light in character, but very medium body.

D :: Meh, i'd want to savor this at the beginning of a night and not return to it later on. A real treat & experience.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2006 16:46:29 | More by geographie
Photo of GregBrewski


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a dusty bottle..nevertheless when the cap popped off it foamed like champagne. Served in a wine style Grottenbier glass. It had a nice thick white head that lasted throughout with little lacing. Also, to note, lots of yeast deposits in the bottom of the bottle and which some made to the glass, so it was a little cloudy with all the deposits floating around. The aromas were delightful, smelled delicious, very fruity. It is a smooth ale with hints of spice, fruity taste, yet even with the high ABV it is unnoticed till it hits ya and you have to check go BA what the ABV is! I probably would'nt drink too much of these at one time, but its definitely a tasty Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 02:46:04 | More by GregBrewski
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Because others have described this as a spicey ale, I've steered away from this brew. Recently I had some on tap at a restaurant and found it a charming delight. Yes, it did have some spiceyness, but not what I thought. So now I try the bottled version. I'm drinking it warmer than I normally would and I'm finding the spicyness very enjoyable.

: Nice clear golden color bits of sediments and bubbles galor. Thick, white, pillowy head that leaves behind full bodied chunks of lace.
s: Smells of powdery yeasts and fruitiness.
t: Tastes typical belgian fruitiness with nice sweet and spice balance.
m: Very smooth full bodied experience.
d: I cannot wait have more.

I enjoyed this bottle with some white grapes, some cheddar and stilton cheese and crackers.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 21:33:34 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of RenoZymurgist


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color with a thick foamy white head that leaves lots of sticky lace and subsides slowly.
The aroma is very nice as it is a tight blend of yeast fruityness and spicyness from the coriander.
the flavor begins with a rush of carbonation that transports a dry hop bitterness that seems to carry a bit of orange peel. The carbonation fades and more flavors open up giving a dry malt and tons of fruitiness. Strangely it finishes with a light feeling not unlike eucalyptus shampoo on your scalp, as in it makes your tongue feel cool after drinking it and the carbonation sweeps the mouth clean of all flavors but a touch of the spiciness. The flavor is absolutely superb and a well aged example of this ale served at the proper temp is truly heavenly.
The mouthfell is full of that belgian Champagne like carbonation and it still has a nice viscosity but a very clean finish.
Extremly drinkable, if only i could get this in my state...

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 03:52:18 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of KarlHungus


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy orange color with ruby hues. The head is large, fluffy and bright white. The aroma is of yeast, citrus, faint caramel, and more yeast. The taste is like the aroma, but a bit harder to appreciate due to way too much carbonation. The mouthfeel is slightly fuller than medium bodied with too much carbonation. Overall, this is a decent brew that is covered up too much by the carbonation. I would drink it again, and certainly enjoy it. However, there are better Belgain Strong Pale Ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 21:24:13 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This could well be my favorite beer of all time, I have drank it draught in both Belgium and England, but I prefer it in the bottle, which is very unusual for me to say.

The overall package is fantastic, the flavours battle each other to make it difficult to pin any perticular one down. Spiced and an old golden, dark amber colour, it just explodes in your mouth. The head stays and tastes more bitter than the body of the beer it's self, is that possible?

This is just a fine beer, it fits my idea of being perfect in almost every way, I hope anyone reading this takes my advice and gives this beer a chance. Sit down and relax, if your tastebuds haven't been tested for a while, now is the time to let them be re-vitalised.

The beer is a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 14:25:10 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of beerphilosopher


3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presents itself as a nice light golden color with just a bit of haze. Big, fluffy white head that lasts. Nose is of spices and fruit, primarily. Quite lively. Palate is interesting, indeed. Hoppier than expected, this one is quite fruity (some citrus), light malts, and candy sugar sweetness in there. Mouthfeel is light, and easily inbibed. Clean finish. I'm a pretty big Duvel fan ( I can prove it ... I pronounce it correctly) and this is somewhat Duvel-like. Definitely not a copy though. Give this one a try or two ...

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2006 16:43:04 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of nicefix


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a giant white fluffy head with great retention and lace that sticks all the way down the glass which is what I would expect from Brasserie d'Achouffe since this is the third offering I've tried from them and it's always been the same amazing champagne like head. A smell and taste of cloves, and spice with maybe apricot. Strong alcohol but not so much appearent in the taste and smell, just in the effect, with a semi bitter finish.

I really like this beer. I would definitely recommend it to a fan of Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 23:51:40 | More by nicefix
Photo of Golden2wenty1


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

Picked up the "Great Chouffe Party" gift pack included a 750 each of La Chouffe and Mc Chouffe plus a sweet Chouffe tulip that I've lusted after since seeing it at Maduro.

Pour: golden amber, crystal clarity at first, slight yeasty haze with subsequent pours, multifinger white, foamy, soapy head with good lacing and fine yeasty sediment in suspension.

Nose: spciy, musty yeast, citrus, apple cider, tropical fruit nectar, sweet tarts, apricot/melon sugar, strawberry-kiwi juice, doughy bread

Taste: ephemeral from the get-go...sweet tart fruitiness, citrus rind, spicy saaz hops, a little boozy in the finish with a light pale malt on the tongue. Less fruity complexity than my experience on-tap.

Feel: light, bubbly body with evaporating booze throughout the sinuses.

Drinkability/Overall: Not quite as dynamic or assertive as it is on-tap, perhaps due to sitting on a shelf for a while. Still a hallmark example of the style that I'll always enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 22:00:55 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of brushpig


4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this fine beer at the Map Room in Chicago. Served in the proper La Chouffe tulip glass.

Golden Yellow hazy hue, with a white foamy head that lasted a while.

Lots of aromas, hard to deifine, flowers, spices, grasses, yeast, and some kind of friuts.Something else that I just can't figure out. I'll have to look at some reviews to figure it out.

Taste is wonderful. Nice sweet malts upfront,Hops, floral, spices,fruits (peaches I think). Very complex and balenced.

Great beer -period! Try it!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 18:27:05 | More by brushpig
Photo of MusicalBeers


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in Westvleternen chalice. Thick fluffy head settles down slowly and unevenly with a cloud-like appearance. Color is a darker shade of golden, almost amber with towers of carbonation like champagne. Looks like cinnamon apple cider. Aroma of Belgian sugars and hops and a spiciness I can’t quite identify. Still a rookie at this.

Immediate taste has a bit of fruitiness and citrus, reminiscent of particularly cherry and some lemon, but this isn’t heavily fruity. As it rolls across the tongue the taste progresses to a buttery white-chocolate taste and a drawn-out spicy finish with tastes of cinnamon and coriander. The latter is easy to confirm as it’s called out on the label. A coriander flavor seems to be in a lot of the brews I’ve tried lately, I wonder if this is a new beer trend? Or fad maybe? But I’m not complaining. The spicy finish is not strong but is long-lasting, leaving a chance for subtlety, and reminds of the complex aroma of allspice, with bits of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Aftertaste is similarly light. Overall this is not particularly malty or hoppy, with everything in harmony. Hoppiness at the finish has some grapefruit bitterness, but is pleasant rather than overly bitter. This is highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel is crisp and pure if that makes any sense. A higher level of carbonation, almost like Perrier water, may support that impression. This is a great summer beer, lighter and very refreshing. If you’re looking for a stronger example of the style go somewhere else, but I’d be hard pressed to think of better companion on a hot summer evening. The alcohol hits me slowly which helped reinforce the light impression, or maybe I was just drinking it so fast I expected it to hit me sooner!

As a post-script, I was surprised by the unfiltered solids at the bottom, I should have been paying attention! This last quarter of the bottle turned the dials up to 11, amplifying the bitter and spicy tastes, more heavily astringent and alcoholic with a strong taste of cloves and nutmeg.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 03:28:54 | More by MusicalBeers
Photo of expatsteve


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange color that is spectacular in the sun. Big 1 inch head that subsides to nice heavy cover. Low/medium viscosity, and low/medium visibility.

Aroma: Bready with yeasty notes - lemon peel and a little grassiness. Some spiciness in the finish, with hints of raisin, soy and apple skins.

Taste: Spicy hops and a little pine, with malts emerging as it warms. Light honey, a little raisin, caramel, apple skins. Malts remain fairly light, with more spiciness than I remember from previous glasses. Hints of booze in the finish, but nothing oppressive or unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: A little metallic, bitter finish. Malt and fruit aftertastes and some malt notes on the front palate balance this.

Drinkability: Different to La Chouffe on tap, where there are more prominent fruits and malts on display. From the bottle, this emphasizes spices and bitter finish. After drinking this, I could see why Garrett Oliver might want to call this a saison rather than a golden ale or a strong pale ale. I definitely prefer this on tap, though the bottle was definitely drinkable and very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 17:45:57 | More by expatsteve
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

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

Got a big, green 750ml champagne bottle (with a really nice etched 'label') of La Chouffe sometime in the last six months, and decided to crack it open a few nights ago.

Poured a beautiful shiny, somewhat hazy gold. Nice fluffy white head that stuck around, with some great lacing. This was in an oversized wine glass.

Aroma is very complex... floral hops, salt-and-pepper notes up front. After that, earthy or hay/straw-like elements prevail, along with some other dry grasses and mild summer fruits (nectarines? plums?)

Taste is, again, floral, with a good hop presence that makes this a pleasure to drink. The farmy notes are still there, but become woody rather than earthy as the beer warms. Slight hints of pineapple pop up here and there as I drink.

The mouthfeel is fantastic and coating without being too thick or chewy. Aftertaste is mildly fruity, but not sour -- maybe some banana?

This is a very good special-occasion beer, and I think it would be perfect for impressing non-craft beer drinkers at a nice dinner.

One important note... this was my second beer of the evening (after a Hockley Dark, 5%), but ended up being my last. Alcohol is well hidden and, lightweight that I am, I wasn't up for more after finishing this off alone!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 19:06:32 | More by crwills
Photo of allengarvin


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

750ml bottle, poured into a Chimay chalice. Pours an orange-amber, quite turbid, with a good head and little yeasty chunks floating around inside. Bright aroma of leafy, flowery hops and sweet tangerine. Flavor is a very nice mix of light citrusy fruit character, spicy coriander and spicy, floral hops, and sweet malt. Light bodied for the strength, but with plenty of carbonation.

Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 01:13:16 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Damian


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

Poured a murky straw yellow with tons of floating yeast. The beer was capped by a beautiful, foamy, white head which was garnished with specs of brown sediment. Intense lacing coated the entire inside of the glass with large rings.

The pleasant aroma consisted of a mix of clove, nutmeg, yeast and banana.

Taste was similar to smell yet more intense. Spices and citrus came through strongest. Alcohol flavor was moderate but became more detectable in the aftertaste.

Overall, an impressive Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 23:36:44 | More by Damian
Photo of Hunter


3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:Clear amber brew topped by a thick head of dense white foam. Light carbonation, good lacing effects.

Smell: Ugh. Initial smell is cat farts. No gentle way to put it. After it's had time to air out, notes of fruit, grass, floral soapiness emerge. Once the initial aroma dissipates, not bad.

Taste: Clean, lighter than 8% ABV would suggest. Spicy citrus, background hoppiness. Some bit of unpleasant aftertaste, but it's minimal.

Mouthfeel: Good scouring effect from the carbonation, some brackishness on the aftertaste lingers.

Drinkability: Overall, a worthy session beer. Light cheeses and pasta might accompany this best.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 02:06:09 | More by Hunter
Photo of Bierschenker


4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I served this fine beer in a large tulip. I’ve had many beers before, especially in bars. But I never thought of reviewing before.

In the large tulip I was able to pour a huge head. The glass supports the head, but still it slowly diminishes. It’s thick and irregular.
The colour is a misty pale orange. In the glass the yeast plays with the carbonation.
The odour is very intense. Strong fruit, yeast and alcohol. Fruit: stewed pears, banana orange peel and lemon.
As the beer touches my lips a moderate but stubborn taste emerges. The alcohol is omnipresent but at no point overwhelming. Yeast is very strong too, joined by banana, avocado and sour apple. Freshly harvested grains.
When the beer fills the mouth it gives a moderate thickness. The yeast swirls around the tongue.
The aftertaste is the evolution of the taste. As the beer warms in the mouth and throat, it mellows down and lingering yeast, alcohol and banana enrich the taste buds.

Great beer, but I’m telling nothing new.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 20:13:01 | More by Bierschenker
Photo of HardTarget


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

Bottle Inspection: Green capped 750ml bottle lists 8% abv and gives glass and serving temperature suggestions

Aroma: Fruity, first and foremost Belgian yeast banana, with some nice citric lime peel notes.

Appearance: First pours are clearer, later pours murky gold. Head lasts and laces deep, but not all the way through the glass.

Flavor: Yeast is predominating and the fruit flavors still very strong, it tastes very much to me like La Fin du Monde from Unibroue. Some peppery spicy notes and a hop flavor that balances between cheesy and metallic, but end up being very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, medium light body, slight oil in the texture.

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable offering. I had no problems what so ever downing the big bottle by myself, but now I’m feeling the effects. I recommend this little gnome strongly.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 00:57:55 | More by HardTarget
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a thistle glass)

A- This beer has a hazy light yellow body with a thick white head that could be cut with a knife. There was tiny bubble rising around the curve of the glass.

S- This beer has a light perfume sweet smell with hints of rose and a light bubble gum note in the finish.

T- The taste of sweet light candy with a white grape note in the finish was sweet but not overly sweet. There were notes of flowers and white raisins in the flavor aswell.

M- This beer had a light mouthfeel with a strong fizz texture in the finish.

D- This beer had some nice smooth sweet flavors and a good complexity but the fizz in the mouthfeel was a bit overpowering but I'm not sure if it would have been overly sweet if that was not there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2006 23:39:44 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of tavernjef


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

Softly hazed dark gold with a bunch of bubbly, out of control carbonation that bursts the white capping up to about 2 inches tall before it nearly tumbled over the edge. Lacing is placed in lots of stringy sheets as the cap fades to keep a constant, firm, creamy foam lather.

Aroma is dusty, rustic, and musty with a partial tang in a mellow lemony orange, lime edged citrus tone.

Taste is of a dulled citrus background that resembles a lemony lime pithy-like skin tint with a centered tang of lightly soured sherbert ice cream. It covers itself in a wrap of warm wash cloth and musty basement-like notes as it drys off with a mixing, deceptively paled sense across the palate. Very plain, yet surging enough and lengthy in its disposition that intrigues more then just its centering flavors. Its complexity is drawn out and luring in its own dulled satisfaction of dryness and intricacy. Well done in that realm. Keeps ya wondering, and more importantly, keeps ya drinking.

Which ain't hard to do as it is quite quaffable given its 8%. Great, firm texture and bold medium body. Lively and giving. Smooth, caring, and lightly spicy with musty dryness in the finishing areas.
A nice Belgian Pale. Solid and drinkabale.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 02:12:37 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Solomon420


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

Had this beer on tap at the Hotel Golden Tulip in Naldwijk Holland. Nicely poured into its own chalice, complete with the golden Elf on the glass and all. Great looking beer, great mild fruity taste. It was not overbearing by any means and I quickly put this on my favorites list to drink again when I return to Holland, year after year.

Recommended to any Belgian beer afficionado...

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2006 16:49:16 | More by Solomon420
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark gold color with a large rocky white fluff atop. Thick chunks stick to the glass down to the last sip.

Peppery Belgian yeast in the nose with a lemony hint and some Christmas spices.

Sweet maltiness that dries out quickly and turns to a very peppery belgian yeast taste. There's a hair of Belgian funkiness in it.

A highly drinkable beer and another great offering from Achouffe.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 17:18:06 | More by timtheenchanta
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,815 ratings.