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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 1,871
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 124
Gots: 174 | 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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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

750ml bottle, $8.99 at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins, CO.

As prescribed on the bottle, served at 50 degrees in two chalices. Medium pour produced a large white long-lasting meringue-like head that left lots of thick lacing. Nice orange-amber body, clear in one chalice but slightly cloudy in the other (I swirled up the yeast). Very lovely looking beer.

Smell is funky malt, bread, soap, crackers, yeast, with a slight tangy-citrus hops note. Nice smell, but nothing overt or extraordinary.

Taste: the first note is coriander. Next comes the cracker-malt, then a bit of sweet malt, then the nice yeast with the citrus hops. Really nice. I really like the spicyness of this beer: it's kind of like a Hefeweizen on steroids for spicyness. Very summery and crisp.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly rich for the crisp flavor. Great soft carbonation makes the flavor spread throughout the palate.

Very easy to drink. I could have had both glasses myself. Just a bit pricey; but then, it's from Belgium, so what did I expect?

05-29-2007 04:09:08 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of katieandtodd


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

This has to be one of my favorite beers. We went to Belgium last fall to try out various beers and never came across this wonderful beer. It wasn't until an excursion into Amsterdam that I found it. Love the little elf-guys on the bottle. The beer itself has a lovely color and the taste is warm and spicy- thanks to coriander. This beer is very drinkable (most Belgians are) and I love sharing this with friends who aren't as in to beer as I am because it really does have a wonderful taste that anyone can appreciate.

05-13-2007 02:09:28 | More by katieandtodd
Photo of joe1510


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

750ml. Bottle
Binny's Orland Park

La Chouffe poured a beautiful glowing golden into it's own tulip. A big dense 2+ finger white head formed on the pour and settled to a 1+finger meringue like cap. Big sticky lacing gets left behind after each sip. Great looking beer.

The first thing pulled out in the aroma is clean semi-sweet pale malts. Coriander soon follows along with a faint spicy yeast. Grassy hops come along on the backend. Surprisingly clean malt aroma is a nice surprise. Each swirl makes the nose on this beer come to life.

The flavor starts off with those clean pale (bottle states Pilsner) malts. Again much like the aroma the coriander shows up mid palate and is quickly joined by a sprinkling of spicy yeast. Juicy peaches and pear mingle around in there as well. The clean maltiness shines throughout. The Saaz give a very pleasant grassy bitterness on the swallow. Very well put together beer.

Medium to light bodied with lively carbonation. The carbonation prickles the tongue and then the hops give it a swift kick. The body lightens throughout the swallow.

This is a super easy beer to put away. I find myself having to slow down. If you're not careful the bottle will be gone in the blink of an eye.

I'm not always a big fan of spiced ales but D'Achouffe hit the nail on the head with this one. A truly enjoyable Belgian Golden with clean flavors.

05-13-2007 00:36:34 | More by joe1510
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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Slightly cloudy reddish - gold body with very active carbonation under a white head that diminished quickly. Cloves dominated the smell with a malty biscuit like background. The taste is a very good mix of peppery spices and pale malts; it has a very good balance and is very tasty. The mouthfeel is right on; it is light and smooth with good hit from the carbonation. It is a very drinkable beer.

05-09-2007 03:17:27 | More by orsulacp
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4/5  rDev -5%

From the 750 ml bottle-capped container, into a cervoise, it’s a reddish-gold clear color with numerous bubbles. Huge white tan head fades at a moderate-slow pace leaving a heavy cap and thick lacing. Nose of sweet malt with a strong bready yeast character. Taste is sugary-syrupy sweet malt balanced nicely against mild bitter hops. No spices, just straight up strong pale ale flavor. Malt character definitely leans toward the sweet side and is quite enjoyable. Mouth is semi-creamy, heavy, and with moderate, smooth carbonation. Drinkability is quite good, with the 8% ABV pretty much undetectable, even as background warmth. Smooth and refreshing, I had no problem finishing off this bottle.

Overall: A good, light sweet-malty beer. I’m not sure how it compares stylistically to other SPA’s (La Chouffe calls it a “golden ale”) but it is quite tasty in its own right. Recommended.

04-30-2007 23:17:57 | More by jettjon
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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

Nice to see the draught version around these parts. The beer, as remembered, is a run for the top spot of beerdom. The pour is a hazy straw with hints of yeast and spiced in suspension. Good head retention and solid on carbonation promises creaminess and richness. Aromas release a juicy, mouthwatering plethera of ripe fruits, sweet malts, bold esters, tartness, and a splash of honey. The flavors are most bold with fruit flavors of peaches, pears, banannas, apples, lemons, appricots, mangos... Bold sweet malts swirl around the fruits and lend a full, rich cotton candy and bubblegum softness. Back-up notes of clove, corriander, curraco, ginger, and nutmeg gives a ton of variety to the brew. The feel is an anticipated rich, smooth, velvety blanket across the palate; soon washed by fruity tartness and alcoholic strength. Finishes with a mildly dry, clean fruit flavors. Simply a great beer.

04-30-2007 17:46:41 | More by BEERchitect
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4.38/5  rDev +4%

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden color. Big two finger head.Very sticky lace. Lots of suspended floaties in the glass.

S: Earthy spiciness. Coriander, hops, and fruit like apricot or pear.

T: An excellent mixing of floral hoppiness and earthy spiciness. Dry malt backbone pairs nicely with the spice. A dash of pepper in the finish. The hops add a very interesting element to the flavors. This one is dry, spicy, hoppy, and delicious!

M: Dry, peppery, and spicy. Three of my favorite things!

D: Drinkability is excellent. This beer reminds me of a slightly less hoppy version of Popperings Hommelbier, which is my favorite BPA. This was a pleasure to drink.

04-19-2007 23:46:03 | More by GbVDave
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. Upon opening fizzy carbonation spewed from the bottle.

A deep golden color that was a bit murky, probably from the aformentioned spewage. Head was not as large nor as well retained as I would like.

Smells strongly of sour fruits and yeast.

Taste is quite good. Again a bit of sour fruit. Some sweet malt to keep it balanced. Some spice comes with warming.

Well balanced and good. Will try this one again to see if the appearance improves with a better bottle.

04-19-2007 22:10:07 | More by bluegrassbrew
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4.8/5  rDev +14%

Pours out a lighter clear orange hue with a bubbly white head that rests to a nice thin layer on top.

Smell. The bottle talked about a pilsner malts, and that is what i get. At first, the aroma to me had a floral characteristic that i did not expect, but liked, but as the head dropped and warmed, i get a much more pilsner aroma to it.

Taste. The spices really come out here. The corriander (which i normally do not like) compliments this very well. Other spices i get are a little cinnamon, and a touch of clove...but the corriander dominates for the spices. The fruits i get are some canned peaches, sweet apple juice, a touch of apricot. Aftertaste is not as sweet as the taste, and more of the corriander.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, and lively carbonation. I think the hops play a great role in this, much more so than most others in this beer. great balance.

Overall, i think this is just a fantastic beer. Great spices, is sweet, and still have a great hop characteristic.

04-14-2007 01:09:10 | More by acrawf6
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -15%

A-Light yellow with a big full head when poured into my tulip

S-Almost like a wit but with more hops if that makes any sense.

T-I was expecting this to be ssweet buut it was pretty refreshingly bitter. The hop presence here is definitely notable, Saaz i believe. Hints of clove in the aftertaste, very slight though.

M-Effervescent, light body.

D-Middle of the road, this is clearly a good beer but there is something that leaves me a little flat compared with other Belgians.

04-09-2007 19:10:28 | More by sleazo
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

From notes. 330ml bottle with no best by.

After opening the bottle it started to ooze foam out of the top
Pours a very pale, hazy, golden color into a Fantome tulip, with a frothing two finer head after a very gentle pour. There's almost no lacing, as the foam just slides down the glass.

Smell; lots of spices are very present, with a touch of pepper and coriander with some nice fruity notes. There's also a bit of a musty funkiness off in distance.

Taste; this is much more fruity in the flavor that it was in the aroma, with lots of tropical fruits. There's a bit of pineapple, apricots, peaches and oranges. The yeasts come off as a bit musty/funky, and the malts and spices add some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively mouth filing carbonation. The drinkability is really good, and I think it would be great on a hot summer day. This isn't my favorite Chouffe beer, but it's still better thatn most.

04-03-2007 02:32:52 | More by RedHaze
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New York

4/5  rDev -5%

Golden color with a foamy head and yeasty formations, if you let the beer sit for a few minutes. Sweet, citrus smell. Taste is crisp, spicy and less sweet than the bouquet would lead you to believe--though there are still hints of fruit (pear, white grape)--with a malty aftertaste. This is a drinkable, effervescent beer that pairs well with hard, cow's milk cheeses like gruyere.

04-01-2007 00:40:52 | More by jozols
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3.78/5  rDev -10.2%

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. Poured a semi-hazy dark golden with a nice white cap. Smelled quite strong of fruit. Taste was very fruity and a bit dry. Mouthfeel was very light, carbonation was on the lower side for a belgian pale ale. Kinda got bored with this after a while but it wasn't all that bad.

03-30-2007 06:34:44 | More by MiScusi
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Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

I love the Unibroue beers and their take on Belgians — but La Chouffe, to me, is one of the best interpretations of this style around.

It poured a cloudy, dark gold into my goblet. Some apricot highlights tinged a body that sat below a foamy one-finger head. Some yeast floaties, too.

The aroma was mainly fresh, citric esters like orange and lemon zest which carried over into a flavour I found crisper and lighter than many Belgian strong pale ales: spicy corainder and ginger up front with a finish that was only slightly chalky from yeast.

It finished clean and crisp and just a bit sticky on the palate. I don't usually think of the word "refreshing" to describe this style of beer, but La Chouffe definitely qualifies.

03-17-2007 22:29:30 | More by vanrassel
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance: Pours a hazed golden orange color with a frothy white head and a little lacing in my snifter glass.

Smell: Sweet yeasty bread aroma with light peachy fruit and a hint of citrus.

Taste: Belgian Yeasty sweet easy and smooth with some spices that rush the taste buds for an intense moment preceding the swallow. The aftertaste contains some sweetness, a hint of lots and spices. A little alcohol shows through in the finish as well. The long lingering aftertaste is extremely pleasant.

Mouthfeel: This is a well carbonated beer. It is juicy through the center with some warm alcohol and spices on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is a dangerously drinkable beer. It is so easy drinking and the 8% will creep up on you very quickly.

Hope this is helpful.

03-16-2007 02:31:37 | More by Phatz
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

750mL bottle of fresh La Chouffe, purchased a few days ago from a new shipment at Dan Murphy's Tuggeranong.

Appearance: Gold to copper colour, dense fluffy, rocky head with lacing staying around everywhere in large clumps. Fairly clear with moderate carbonation, most of which is rising from the scored bottom of the glass. Some flecks indicate a small amount of bottle conditioning (though most of the sediment would have been removed).

Smell: Very nice candied sugar and slightly sour yeast dominates. Notes include sour apple, green grape, hay and a faint hint of plum.

Taste: Rich and powerful. Sweet on the palate, sour on the tongue, but overall sweet - like candied sugar. Yeasty, zesty. Coriander is not especially noticeable but no doubt adds to the faint medicinal character of the brew. Overall, it's more sweet than fruity, but very refreshing and slightly warming. Quite an incredible beer.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and lubricating. A good part of the Chouffe experience.

Drinkability: Good, and not too sweet as to preclude a follow-up bottle! This beer would be well-served by following it up with another of the same, actually - although a grassy hop Pilsener would cleanse the palate nicely if some other beer were to be subsequently sampled.

Notes: Not my first experience with this Ardenne dwarf, but certainly my best. Enjoying it with the warm sun on my back was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon!

03-13-2007 10:35:16 | More by Weizenmensch
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a cloudy yellow, fairly light, and with a moderate pure white head that lasts very well and leaves solid lacing. Smell is bright and spicy, coriander, cloves, and pepper, with banana and light citrus (orange and lemon), and some yeast and breads as well. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it's very clean and bold. Taste is rather sweet at first, the fruits coming through and malt sugars overwhelming the spicier notes. Coriander in the finish, and some light noble hops. Mouthfeel is well carbonated but lacks a little bit of body, and drinkability is good. Not a bad beer at all, enjoyable and well put together. Something I could see myself drinking often, even if it isn't anything particularly mind-blowing.

03-09-2007 02:50:16 | More by Mandrake
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Hazy, dingy gold body, slightly chunky, topped by a large-bubbled off-white head. Head shows decent retention. Aroma has a slightly sweet, key lime note. Really clean with a hint of spice. Flavor is really mild, with a smooth creamy body. Individual flavors are hard to pick out, as everything seems to blend together. Maybe a bit of coriander, a touch of honey, an ever so slight vanilla note, and just a touch of bitterness. It's impressive because it is so well crafted. Most beers impress by bullying your taste buds; this is subtle. The pinnacle of balanced flavors. Mouthfeel is also top notch. Very light, very quaffable for 8% ABV. I think this was $3 for the bottle. Best $3 I've spent on a beer in a very long time. Worth twice that. Time to go back and try Mc Chouffe as well I guess.

02-28-2007 03:38:44 | More by aaronh
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearace: Cloudy honey apricot color with debris and a big fluffy, pillowy, white head.
Smell: Light fruits and citrus rind. Alcohol and some yeast.
Taste: Light on the palate other than the alcohol. Mild spices, some citrusy fruit and some light bread flavor.
Mouthfeel: Foams in the mouth like champagne.
Drinkability: To much of this and you're sure to be burping, but an excellent Belgian strong pale ale and very pleasant tasting.

02-18-2007 22:05:14 | More by Schwarzbart
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

A very solid belgian ale- great color and even better aromas- yeast is subdued but definately there as well as a welcome amount of spice. Very complex early on with some interesting combination of tangy and sweet peppered with a slight burn. Great carbonation, extremely easy to drink way too fast. Light and satisfying. When its available on tap, jump at the chance to sample.

02-18-2007 13:32:12 | More by kernalklink
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay glass. There was thin frothy head was rather lasting in a razor thin form on top a rich golden brew with some sediment noticeable floating in the bottom of the glass. Aroma was a nice mix of spices, light biscuitty malt with a crisp yeast bite. Taste was much of the same with some nice vanilla characteristics. The carbonation was just right and the alcohol was well hidden by an appropriate level of sweetness. Very enjoyable brew if your willing to pay for it.

02-14-2007 02:43:13 | More by atsprings
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%

Tried this Brasserie d'Achouffe beauty at a Belgian Beer Festival....one of the best of the day.

This beer was served in a chalice with one of the smoothest looking, golden hues I've ever seen. Pale golden/yellow tones fill the glass, as a pearl white head rests comfortably on top for a decent amount of time. The smells were of subtle hints of vanilla, spice, and yeasty tones. This beer had matching flavors, as a light creamy vanilla rides into a malty, biscuit like finish. The mouth feel from this tap production was incredibly smooth, with a lighter/medium body. This beer paired very well with traditional fish & chips, but I'm dying to try it with a plate of wit beer steamed Belgian mussels...Enjoy

02-12-2007 04:01:31 | More by Greenfloyd
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Golden yellow with sediment apparent. A foamy and sticky lacing rides the glass as you drink.

Spice and lighter fruits such as pear and apricot dominate the aroma.

The aforementioned characteristics come through in the flavour, with a bready dry aftertaste.

It's a beautiful ale, and could easily be considered a session beer due to how easy it is to drink.

A unique Belgian pale, and one I'll regularly buy.

02-09-2007 12:56:51 | More by rec
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3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

big headed beer,... light yellow pee-colored beer bu super clear and a big poofy head of fine white bubbles.

smell is pleasent, sweetness and a floral hoppines and also a bitter tone, very citrusy.

taste is interesting... sweet and citrusy while very floral. meelow for 8.0, not all that much alcohol or thinness of flavor.

02-03-2007 05:31:49 | More by henrysunset
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Golden full-bodied Blond, dissipating head
Smell: Permeating yeasty fruitness, complex bouquet of fruits that suggest maltiness backed up with hops, touch of molasses
Mouthfeel: light on the tongue, very bubbly, fleeting
Taste: Excellent beer - very well balanced between malt and hops with complex fruity bouqet meeting in the middle. Starts you off with a lighlty sweet, fruitiness progessing to a candy sugar maltiness and then lets you back down with a hint of bitter saaz hoppiness as you finish. Very subdued alcoholic notes for an 8% brew at first, but becoming much more noticable as the temperature rises whilst progressing through a 750ml bottle.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, particularly when colder,

02-03-2007 05:18:22 | More by willjansen
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