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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,021
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 133
Gots: 219 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001)
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Photo of Goliath
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light orange color with an inch and a half bright white foamy head. Great retention, but no lacing.

The aroma is decent. A touch of hops giving a bit of lemon zest, as well as a bit of corriander make for a nice intro. A bit of spicey yeast comes through on the back end and really tempts you to drink.

The taste is pretty good. A nice burst of citrus with orange and lemon peel are the initial tones. Corriander follows suit and brings a nice note of spice into the mix. A light phenolic quality reminds you that it is indeed Belgian crafted, and when it's all put together it's quite delicious.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a full mouth of fine and gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Good flavor profile and nonapparent alcohol make this Belgian ale easy to consume and quite a treat.

Goliath, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into oversized tumbler:

A: Beautiful pale-golden cloudy body, with nice thick head which left a ton of lacing down the way.
S: Lemon zest, ginger, wheat, light malt character. Really opens up after some minutes of sitting, warming.
T: Wheaty aplenty, doubly sweetened by honey, with black pepper and coriander mixing it up.
M: Nice solid body on this one, thick but not too thick
D: A bit too sweet for my general tastes, but this is not a beer I can ever complain about. Mid-High ABV is unnoticed.

dudecandle, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, golden orange hue with a thick, foamy, bubbly, two-finger head. It left lace on the tulip glass.

S - It smelled of Belgian yeast, spices, clove and hints of caramel.

T - Tasted very good. Spicy hoppiness with tons of yeasty flavors. Nice clove and banana-like flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great Belgian ale. It was nice to have it on tap.

zeff80, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of optiontwo
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz. poured into tulip

Appearance: Semi-translucent gold/yellow with a lot of floaties and streaming bubbles. One inch fizzy white head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Orange, coriander, clove, banana, lemon, and resinous hops.

Taste: Honey and orange right off the bat followed by clove spice and banana and finally caramel malt and a mild amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability: Medium.

Overall: Not as good as Chouffe's IPA but decent. I'd probably try it again. Spices aren't as detectable as I expected them to be.

optiontwo, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle with steamed mussels in a bacon sauce - delicious pairing. This reminds me a bit of a double wit, or strong wheat for the vanilla-like spiced yeast character. There's also a great orange candy taste under the yeast character, that adds a nice juicy element. And like so many great Belgians, this beer ends with a peppery hop note. I'll come back to this one.

tempest, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Faune
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation- 750 ml green bottle with freshness date on back label.

A- Cloudy gold with streams of small champagne-like bubbles. A nice thick, coarse, bubbly white head which leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Grain, fruity, spice/ herbal, yeast, citrus

T- fruity sweetness which is balanced with the slightly bitter finish, honey, cloves, spicy, citrusy.

M- Bubbly, live carbonation and light bodied like champagne.

D- An excellent beer, sweet but not overly, very enjoyable.

Faune, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of TheMistler
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 750ml bottle into a tulip. A hazy honey-yellow, with a surprising amount of sediment, as I hadn't riled the bottle. Effervescent, producing a lot - many fingers - of white head. Solid retention, nice lacing.

Smells... like spicy lemonade. Lemon rind. Some biscuit malt, especially gaining presence as the beer warms. Yeasty dough at the end. Very nice.

Lemon zest. White bread and candy sugar. Clove and a hint of pepper. Yeasty "dust" coats the palate at the end. Maybe the slightest bit of an ethanol flavor at the end, negligible and well integrated - 8% ABV is an afterthought.

A nice feel. Medium bodied, bubbly but not prickly carbonation.

I'm not sure anything can displace Duvel from my personal list of top strong Belgian pales, but this is a unique, tasty and just darn good brew.

TheMistler, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy honey color with a thin but rich white head and sticky lacing coating the glass.

Bright aroma of bubblegum, banana, lemon, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and spices.

The taste and the aroma must have been separated at birth. They're identical. Finishes very clean with a hint of lemon. The 8% alcohol is well hidden.

Lighter bodied, crisp and dry, and well-carbonated.

Easy to drink and easier to enjoy.

Monkeyknife, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Brewsmith
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach. Served in a goblet glass. Color is a golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is fruity bubblegum with a hint of spice. Flavors match the aroma with bubblegum and spice notes, also giving candy sugar sweetness and a little alcohol. Nice and light for the size and a dry finish. A nice Belgian beer to end the evening.

Brewsmith, Jan 31, 2009
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
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,021 ratings.