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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,135
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 162
Gots: 292 | FT: 0
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Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website

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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Ratings: 2,135 | Reviews: 842
Photo of PartyBear
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as a slightly hazy burnt yellow colour with a big fluffy white head and massive amount of carbonation. Huge malty aroma with classic Belgian yeast, fresh bread, and a slightly medicinal edge. The first flavours that hit you are malty, with lots of grainy cereal, this is followed by a nice warming alcohol feel, which lasts throughout. There is a definite taste of spice, hints of pepper and a gentle sweet sugar. It is definitely on the heavy side and the carbonation is huge in the mouth. Really like the flavours in this, they help to make this very drinkable considering the high ABV.

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

Big, wine bottle size poured into a Chimay ale goblet.

A: Slightly cloudy, orangish gold with a nice, Sprite-like head.

S: Fragrant spices, miscellaneous citrus, apples, a distinct pineapple note and a perfume nose.

T: A hot, creamy mouthfeel is complimented well by spices, lemon zest, coriander and toasty wheat. Tastes way better not so cold.

D: I plowed through this wine bottle size in less than two hours. I'm not ashamed either.

Value: Not sure, as this was a gift. What a great one!

Photo of mulder1010
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ML poured into a La Chouffe tulip glass

A-- Poured a cloudy straw yellow color with a big white puffy head, 2 fingers, very sticky lacing and very small bubbles in the head.

S-- Spicy. Cloves, lemon, honey, cinnamon, and get the Belgian yeast smell. There is a lot going on in the smell.

T-- Very yeasty, followed by the lemon and honey tastes, no real hop presence in the beer until the end

M-- Finishes dry and crisp, do get a bit of a bitter taste at the end but this is more about the spices. Not sweet at all, more about the lemon/honey to the hop finish.

D-- 8%?? Really? Never would think that. Goes down well and is very refreshing. Very well balanced and is usually a couple of dollars cheaper than Duvel is here in Sydney. That is big here when good beer is expensive. One 750 is more than suitable. Not as good as Duvel is but a good second and a good alternative.

Photo of cassanoj
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy orange, big white head, thick lacing.

Smells like coriander and pilsner malts. Citrus, banana, a bit musty. Floral accents and grain. Pretty nice I guess, not overly powerful.

Taste a lot of malt dominating the forefront. Backed up by citrus, peach, banana, peppery spice, pretty mellow. Not in love, but solid.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy with a light bitterness. Medium to full-bodied.

It's a solid beer, but I can't grab onto anything special about the Gnome.

Photo of woosterbill
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Publick House into its proper tulip.

A: Clear straw-gold body beneath two fingers of solid, creamy foam. Decent retention and big chunks of fluffy lace. Half-point bonus for being served in its own branded tulip. Nice.

S: Classic Belgian pale ale aroma of powerful, spicy yeast - very strong on cloves and cinnamon.

T: Fruit up front (lots of green apples), followed by the yeast spiciness, then some bready malt and a big boozy finish. Lots of fruity alcohol on the aftertaste.

M: A little thin with two waves of carbonation: one prickly and sharp, the next fine and smooth.

D: Too much booze present for my taste - this is hotter than most 10% Belgians I've had, and infinitely more so than, say, a Duvel.

Notes: Definitely hit the spot when I was looking for a Belgian yeast fix, but nothing really memorable.


Photo of Travlr
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewery.
A: Cloudy golden color with a huge white head that settles slowly and leaves nice lacing.
S: Aroma of cinnamon and clove, with strong malts.
T: Well-balanced. Slightly bitter finish. Light spice in the background, probably coriander, and a bit of orange peel.
M: medium body.
D: Good example of the style. Could drink this all day.

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

Best before end of 2010 indicated on the bottle.

Begins gushing immediately after cracking open. Initially pretty violently, but it subsided quickly and not much beer was lost.

Pours golden yellow with super fluffy head. Looks a bit fizzy. Murky, esepecially towards the end of the bottle with some little floaties.

Smells very sweet, bright and grassy. Champagne-like. Citrus and yeasty. Maybe a bit of lawnmower clippings...in a good way.

Sweet, honey-like malts with flowers and spices. Very dry finish but doesn't clean itself out very much.

The mouthfeel is a bit fizzy but finishes pretty slick.

Enjoyable and refreshing. I've had this a few times, and it seems like it tastes best in its namesake glass...of course it's probably entirely psychological.

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

Peach-colored golden, malty and fruity nose with citrus dominance returning bitter in taste. This is indeed spicy (coriander is the only spice used) and Saaz hops, fairly present, in fact a very dry beer. As and when the tasting, citrus flavors quickly become tough and dry. In my opinion, it lacks a little character and body to beer to win.

Photo of sweemzander
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a sediment full & hazy golden yellow color that produced a good fluffy white head with good retention.

(S)- A spicy yeasty lemon & lime rind citrus with a light biscuity clay.

(T)- Rather bitter clay & yeasty with a nice crisp banana & lemon citrus.

(M)- A very fizzy carbonation level that is actually a bit too much. Otherwise, it has a decent balance & body to it.

(D)- A solid beer that has some good things going for it. A tad too much carbonation for my taste, but otherwise a nice crisp beer.

Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pure gold with a brilliant ray of orange shining through where the light hits. A fluffy two-fingers of white head dissipates quickly, leaving small groups of foam behind. Aroma is big, with coriander, a bit of fruit and citrus, malts, and a slightly funky yeast, which all rise together giving the nose a real treat. Fruity, spicy and malty on the palate, with a subtle, but near perfect hop bite at the end. More yeast, some sweetness (perhaps butterscotch) and a squirt of lemon finish it all up. Goes down smooth and almost creamy at first, but ends dry with a perfect amount of alcohol heat meandering down the back of the throat. One of the finest Belgian Strong Pale Ale's I've had, and that's saying quite a bit.

Photo of darklordlager
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From written notes--
Popped the cap and turned away for a second, only to look back and see a train of bubbles escaping from the bottle.

A: Pours a brilliant slightly opaque sunset-peach colour, with an enormous white head that shows some good stickage and retention. Really nice.

S: Fruity/bubblegum smell from the yeast, a little biscuity, and a coriander overdose. The coriander works very well with the fruitiness imparted by the yeast.

T: Much like the smell--A little bready, esters, light citrus, and huge coriander that stays in the finish. The fruity esters and coriander rule the show.

M: Huge, lively mouthfeel. Without the lively agitation, I think the coriander would get even more overpowering.

D:A good beer, but the spices need to be put on a leash.

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice light golden color with a little haze and lots of apparent effervescence and a two-finger rapidly-dissipating white head. A nice lace is left, though.

Smell: very nice. Kind of mild, but lots of nice cidery aroma with some chalkiness and headiness to it. I like it a lot.

Taste: rather a lot like the aroma. Big malt; a little chalky and with orchard flavors like apple and pear. Not super complex but a flavor which I quite enjoy.

Mouthfeel: medium body bursting with carbonation so there's a very nice creaminess to it. Lovely!

Drinkability: for me, extremely drinkable. If I had another bottle I'm sure I'd drink it too despite the high ABV.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden copper without much of any head.

S - Sweet grainy malt, honey, peach, apricot, citrus, hint of spice, coriander and grape.

T - Apple, pear, peach, nice and fruity followed by some candy sweetness, honey, bready malt and a bit of spice. Banana and coriander. The complex flavor really comes out as it warms.

M - Medium to full body with good carbonation. Lingering honey and fruit sweetness.

D - Very smooth for 8% abv. Nice and complex as it warms.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful strong golden straw color with nice orange hues. With a nice .5 inch head that recedes slowly and leaves a nice film.

S - Nice grainy malt sweetness. Hints of bread and banana nut bread with hints of honey and some citric hints. Nice coriander and some pepper in the nose.

T - Nice malty sweetness with hints of honey, banana and cloves. But none of this is as overwhelming as the spiciness of this beer. coriander and pepper rule the palette. Very appealing.

M - med to light body. Nice co2 quantity and feel.

D - Very high. ABV isnt felt as much but could be sneaky.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this bottle in my fridge for a while...not quite sure where I got it, but let's give it a go, nonetheless.

Appearance: Opens up to get the foam started, and I had to rush a bit to get it in the glass before it climbed out of the bottle. The head was thick, pillowey, and white. The head was sustaining forever maintained by a steady cascade of bubbles rising to the top. There is quite a bit of yeast and bottle debris clearly visible through the clear golden yellow beer. There is some thick lacing left on the glass after drinking. If the floaters had stayed on the bottom, this would be an excellently presented beer.

Aroma: I initially get a fresh florl and spicy aroma with some sweet honey-like malt presence. After a few minutes, the aroma gets considerably softer. The overall blend of the aromas is really nice as the beer sits pretty cold. I am anxious to see how this beer warms up.

Taste: Fresh floral and clean in the flavor with some subtle sweet malt in there all riding on top of a huge wave of carbonation that explodes on your palate. There is a bit of a citrusy note that comes in later in the sip and hangs around until the finish. The malt is in charge of the profile, but there is an evident alcoholic warming that sets in on the back of the throat pretty late, but lingers for quite some time after the sip.

Opinion: This is a really good tasting and crafted beer. About my only thing is that I wish that the floaters stayed put, that always turns me off, but otherwise and excellent beer and I am not one that is big on spicy beers. My allergies are a little messed up right now, so I wouldn't mind trying the beer again with a fresher palate.

Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice dec10 2009

A cloudy peachy yellow with a massive amount of bubbles and a big fluffy head that hangs around for quite a while but only leaves a patch of lace

S some tropical fruit, yeast, and some peppery spice

T lots of fruit, apple, peach, pineapple some more yeast and spice with some hops and well concealed faint booze

M light and crisp with lots of carbonation

D I will drink this again, and for 8% it's pretty easy drinking

I've now tried all the beers available from this brewer where I live in Calgary 3 in total. I wish there was more because they seem to brew some good stuff.

Photo of steelerguy
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Exceptionally clear, one finger head, light golden color, with a bit of carbonation. Head faded to covering leaving a good bit of lacing while I enjoyed.

S - I don't give out a lot of 5's but this beer smelled exceptional. Sweet and spicy with some succulent fruit flavors. This was unique and quite excellent.

T - The great smell carries over to the flavor. A nice spicy flavor right off the bat which balances out nicely the sweet flavors. Very little hop flavor with a little bitterness, but a nice tartness from the yeast. There is a little alcohol warmth and flavor at the end which let you know you are drinking a strong ale. Again, unique and very tasty.

M - Nice dry finish, drier than I would have expected from a sweeter beer. I would have liked some more carbonation, in fact was surprised at how little carbonation it had. This could have been because I refrigerated the beer for about a year before I drank it (at a relatives house out of town...meant to drink it then).

D - There are high alcohol beers that you sip and drink slowly and then there are ones that someone still come across as refreshing. This one is refreshing even at 8% ABV, the spicy, dry finish makes this a refreshing and great beer to enjoy.

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.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,135 ratings.