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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,108
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 154
Gots: 269 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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Photo of ritzkiss
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with Bobsy - cheers man!

Pours a hazy, light straw golden with nice thick rocky foam on top that takes its sweet time to recede.

Not an over-the-top Belgian pale by any means, more delicate and refined. Light fruity esters of pear and apple dance with a light lemon, hints of light summer grains and hay, sparkly carbonation with a light dry and refreshing finish. Drinkable and refreshing in boatloads. Cheers Rob!

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

I tried this at Cafe Belgique in Amsterdam. It was a nice beer, very drinkable, but nothing too special or unique about it. I have trouble even thinking of what to compare it to, because it wasn't too memorable. I think this could go well with or without a meal. If you have a chance and like pale ales, try it. Otherwise, I'd recommend their dark ale (McChouffe) which was fantastic.

Photo of Anthony1
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

She pours a hazy golden color, very pale and pretty into the glass with a nice characteristic rocky white head. Nice.

The smell starts with some nice candied fruit, is followed by some sour notes, and finishes with a slight alcohol scent that blends well with the overall package. The taste is all yeast, nice belgian profile. There is some fruit, some light vinegar notes, a rounded vanilla to bring them together.

The mouthfeel is nice, medium body with high carbonation, alcohol is not present, which results in good drinkability so long as one does not mind being drunk quickly.

Photo of erz316
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750cl bottle, capped, poured into whatelse besides a la chouffe snifter.

A - looks really good. that is a beer to behold. the foam on the head is really bog and fluffy and has that mountainous rocky top. retention is also very good, quite very good. the body colour is just a bit too dark for what I think of as pale.it is a nice brazen or copper colour. its not a 5, but it sure as hell is close. aside from the colour, the beer is flawless. the finishing touches on a beer this good are having a bunch of lace, and this guy comes through.

S - a hoppy, spicy, kind of fruity nose. the hops are herbal and bitter even in the nose. the spiciness is pretty self explanatory. the fruitiness is a nice sort of apricot or peach like twang and sweetness. the only real problem is that the the nose is not very strong, and for a good belgian style anything you need that exciting powerful nose for a top mark.

T - this is a great, delicious beer with only one flaw. the initial taste is sweet: its got a real nice clovey and hoppy groove going on. the only problem is that the hops don't really make that big of an impression, the taste come on gradually and subtly takes over your taste buds. I want this style to let me know what kind of beer it is, not hint at it. the hops are herbal and grassy, and there is a lack of any real yeasty flavour. the malts help with the sweet backbone. the finish is interesting: it has this piny hop and kind of spicy flavour going around. Aha! I have figured out what that sweet flvour is! the apricot wasnt supplying any sort of sweetness, it was the belgian candi sugar! the aftertaste is sweet and malty. the one flaw: the candi sugar stands out too much and makes the beer way too sweet.

MF&D - some thing doesnt feel right, maybe the brew is too slick or there is a weird proportion of carbonation to body thickness. I dont know. I think it lacks a crisp carbonation; there are plenty of bubbles, they are just dull.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Best Before End 2011.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazy, golden-hued body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of honey-flavored candy with supplementary notes of herbaceous coriander, sugar-sweetened lemon juice, Granny Smith apples spritzed with alcohol, and some soft pastoral florals.

Taste: Sweet, honeyish malt character attacked with a blitz of sweet fruitiness -- lemon, green apple, and even an indistinct tropical fruit character cross the tongue. Meager touch of coriander. Faint floral character from the hops as well as a mild bitterness. Additional spiciness imparted by the Belgian yeast. Minor hint of alcohol, though very well-integrated considering the purported 8%. Finishes dry with lasting hints of fruit and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Easily likable, and easily drinkable (at least in the 11.2 ounce format), it's a tasty, well-fortified Belgian blonde.

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

A- Pleasantly cloudy golden body with a rich foamy white head. You can see traces of sediment floating in the beer. Pretty good lacing overall. The head dissipates about 4/5 of the way, leaving a nice cap on the body of the beer.

S- Very fruity and slightly spicy. I could smell citrus, apple, and champagne-like grape notes, as well as coriander and pale malts.

T- Starts out with a brief alcohol kick, then going into loads of fruitiness (apple, pear, banana, and a touch of citrus), followed into a sweet malty, slightly spicy and bitter finish. Very yeasty but appetising. As I drank more of it, I could definitely taste and smell some nice floral hops. The best part has got to be the finish; a bit bready and sweet, it did not get harder as the beer was consumed.

M- Medium-to-full bodied. The carbonation is quite noticeable, but it adds to the mouthfeel rather than ruins it.

D- Goes down easily. Very drinkable for an 8% beer. I had the whole 750ml bottle to myself and enjoyed it quite a lot! Highly recommended.

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

I'm in no way a beer guru and I've just started to venture out and try any new beer that I can. I tried this one for the first time tonight and loved it. It smelled amazing and the appearance was great as well. It had the smell of oranges and kind of a spice sent to it. It wasn't a heavy beer, nor did it leave a funny aftertaste like some other Belgian beers I've tired. I found that it hid the alcohol extremely well and for as strong as the alcohol content is, you would never know it from drinking it. For someone who's only drank cheap beer, it's comparable to something like Blue Moon, only a MILLION times better!!!

The only bad thing I could say about this beer, is that it lost it's good taste, during and after my meal. I drank it with beef, and it totally spoiled the great taste. I will be drinking this again, just not with a meal!

Photo of tdawgydog
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been meaning to get around to this for quite some time now. So many beers, so little time...

A - Pours a beautiful hazy golden color, good 1 - 2 finger head that stays around and leaves a good lacing on the glass.

S - As you tip this back to enjoy your first sip, the fruits in the beer definitely shine through. Strong scent of apple and a little spice.

T - Great tasting Belgian ale. One of the better I have had. Doesn't have the feel of an 8% ABV. A little sweet, I could enjoy this one all night.

D - Goes down easy, a little gassy but not in a bad way, I think it brings out the complex flavors in this beer a little more.

M- Smooth as silk, goes down like a glass of apple cider. They got this one right. I'll be picking up some more of this on my next trip to my favorite beer store.

Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear gold with fluffy white head. It smelled like wild spicy yeast, with earthy caramel and some banana and nutty malt. It tasted like light wild yeast and sweet honey and Belgian sugar, with a bit of waxy hops and light caramel. It was watery with lots of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a good beer with a super clean taste, although not a ton of depth or complexity. It had decent body, but the carbonation never died down like it usually does with bottle conditioned ales. It was very delicate but still hid the alcohol pretty well, so it was very easy to drink. Good beer, but I ended up somewhat bored half way through the bottle.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Years of pouring great beers into great glasses could make one jaded to how wonderful this beer looks, as it's strikingly simple: hazy sunny yellow leaning toward gold, with a foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. But that's just it: this thing's simple beauty is nearly perfect in every aspect.

Green apple dominates the aroma, although a yeast funk comes in to make sure things don't get too nicey-nice. Coriander spice is bold and present, and despite an additional grassy but gentle hop element, there's a lot more going on here than just basic impressions from the actual ingredients--a wide variety of spices and sweet fruits comes to mind.

Flavor matters most, of course, and this beer never fails in this department. More green apple crispness, with playful spices bouncing between savory and sweet. An overall herbal character looms large from the coriander and hops cooperation, while malt remains bready and firm, serving as a gentle background for the more exotic elements (ie. intermingling spice, yeast and hops). A little bit of alcohol-spiked yellow cake batter in the finish. The 8% alcohol only underlines the spicy/grassy elements without being anything but a minor flare of warmth, which suits this beer just right.

Medium-bodied in texture, it holds firm while creaminess wins out over a just-right amount of non-cloying carbonation.

Super-earthy with lots of depth, La Chouffe has always delivered the goods, and this bottle/year is no different. Yum yum yum yum yum yum yum. Yum.

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Light slightly hazy golden color, soapy foam that didn't retain long but laced nicely.

Smell: Belgian Yeast, and sweet floral hops with citrus notes.

Taste: Sweet, yeasty and citrus fruit. There are hints of floral hops in the mix. Slightly dry. A very good BSPA.

Mouthfeel: Light, well carbonated and slightly dry. Nice.

Drinkability: Love this beer. Would rate it as one of my favorite BSPA's, and I've had it on several occasions. Always a pleasure.

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

Pours deep golden with a white fluffy head.

A lot of fast moving bubbles with lace being left already just from the head shrinking.

Aroma wasn't mind blowing for me, yeasty with spices(banana, clove, coriander).

Highly carbonated mouthfeel with orange and lemongrass notes. Spices come through with a soft doughiness as it warms. Also has some white wine characteristics.

Overall, i've had this on tap and thought it was much better, but this time I wasn't overly impressed.

Photo of bbeane
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... cloudy straw colored beer with a rocky head. Leaves nice lacing

S- Yeasty lemon smell

T- Initial taste is sweet with hints of lemon. Finishes dry and bready

M- Smooth light bodied beer with hints of the slightly higher abv

D- Not one of my favorites, but an easily drank beer

CHEERS!!

Photo of capra12
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at the Gingerman NYC with Speedwayjim and Steph on 8/7/09.

Appearance: Light tan in color with little head

Smell: Belgian Yeast, and sweet green grapes.

Taste: Opens malty and sweet. The middle there are hints of green fruit and belgian yeast. In the transition from middle to end there is a hint of floral hops and finishes dry with green grapes leaving a subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Dry and light bodied.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another on the same night. The flavor profiles in this are not complex but each component makes it enjoyable.

Photo of pvsob
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a darkish/amber color with a good two finger head that fades slowly. Very little lacing is present, but a thin film lasts the whole time.

Smell: Lemons, honey, yeast, peppery alcohol, hints of green apple, pineapple, and some medicinal aromas.

Taste: Some sweetness and malt up front, but a nice spicy alcohol flavor comes in and wipes this from the palate. Some hops mix with the alcohol and creates a nice light-medium bitterness. Flavor was not as fruity as the aromas led me to believe.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: La Chouffe is definitely a tasty BSPA. A complex aroma and above average flavor and mouthfeel makes this beer worth a try if you haven't drank it before. Drinkability is pretty good, even with the 8% ABV. Personally, if Duvel or Don de Dieu is available in your area, I'd go with one of those instead of this beer. Cheers!

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

Pours very cloudy, with a good solid gold color. Head retention is good, but fades a little too quickly; however, the lacing sticks well to the glass.

The aroma is something more to boast about. There are hints of honey, and white grape/wine.

The taste has a little of the honey character in it, along with some citrus fruit quality.

This feels full in body, with lots of prickly carbonation and coarseness; however, there is a little oil slickness here too. Warming alcohol finishes this beer off.

Altogether a good BSPA and full of character.

Photo of mltobin
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this alongside some wings at J. Timothy`s in Plainville.
The bottle features a cartoon of a gnome and has some background on the brewery. It was poured into a Affligem goblet. Its appearance is a golden tone with a small white head, which will quickly fade to a ring. The smell of La Chouffe comprises citrus, pepper, and sugar. The taste has some more of the light citrus fruit, spice, and some light hops come into play. Its mouthfeel is delightful, with a nice balance of honey, pepper, yeast, some other flavors. Drinkability is very much there, especially considering the 8% abv. It had been perhaps a year or so since I last drank La Chouffe and boy was I depriving myself. This is a great belgian strong pale ale.

Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazy dark golden colour with an inch of fluffy white head that slowly falls away and leaves plenty of lace.
S - Spicy and light fruit yeast phenols with some pale malt hints.
T - A lot more spicy and fruity phenolic character in the taste with a dry, slight bready malt sweetness.
M - Light to medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation level. Some warm alcohol notes hint at the end.
D - Quite drinkable despite the high ABV%.

Photo of cdizinno
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: poured into a tulip glass from a 11.2 oz. bottle stating best before end 2010.

A: Very cloudy golden orange color with a thick and creamy white head and lace.

S: Spices and slight alcohol scents are mixed with slight citrus hop smell.

T&M: Light bodied champagne-like. Dry pale malt character with a complex spice flavors. Slight hoppy presence and mild fruity taste, almost cherry flavored. Very nice flavors and a mild oily feeling on the aftertaste.

Very good belgian ale. Pricy but worth it every once in a while.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nice amberish pale color

smell: slight fruit and spicy aromas, slight banana notes

taste: balanced beer with the alcohol being so high and sweet flavor. a pleasant spicy flavor.

mouthfeel: medium to light bodied and blanaced

drinkability: overall a decent belgan and I would try again

Photo of charlesw
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange/amber, huge white head of tiny bubbles that are gone very quickly. Smells of orange peel, corriander, hints of clove, candi sugar, dusty roads on a hot day. Tastes, well, not like that. Interesting. Big malt backbone - you get the sweet and rich hit as you swallow it. Corriander, yeah, I see it. Hints of star anise. Reminds me that I left a tool on at work when I left, today. Bummer. I hope it's OK in the AM. Anyway, interesting. There's some over-extraction astringency going on in here - typical for the style. A little fizzy tingle to the mouth - again, pretty typical for the style. Not bad.

Photo of david18
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you cant get a duvel, and are dying for a draft beer, this is the best of the strong belgian pales that's not a duvel. Worth getting at any bar and and easy drinker even with the elevated alcohol by volume. Would recommend most anytime you see on tap.

Photo of praufs01
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Chouffe
Brewed by: Brasserie d'Achouffe, Belgium
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale ABV: 8.00%

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head

Aroma - Spicy white pepper and a hint of clove. The peppery smell dominates the nose.

Mouthfeel - Very effervescent. There is a high amount of small bubble carbonation that scrubs the palate clean and yet it's not harsh.

Taste -Tart lemon moving quickly to a candied peach middle that ends with a smooth tangerine finish. The warmer this beer gets the sweeter it gets with some raw honey flavors manifesting in the finish.

Overall - Phenomenal ale. This is probably the best Belgian ale I've had to date

Photo of Murchmac
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had nothing to do on this hot afternoon, but to settle down and pour out a cloudy yellow highlighted, honey orange body, bubbling frothy sparkling ale. The morning sun in it's face really shows it's age, It wears it well, a little old fashioned but that's alright.

Some smells have all the Spice, Some smells are peppery, Some smells are all earthy, some smells do nothing but complain. Not much here, it gave birth to a no pound fruity odor. Oh no, not again, it hurts so good I don't understand - infatuation.

Loosen off that pretty french gown, Let me pour you a good long drink, sweet, smooth, creamy and yet perky body. Tonights the night.

Great beer. I think it's sexy, I want it's body, and i'm letting you know. I hope this beer dates and impregnates many models well into it's golden years.

Photo of FatJeff
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The weekly beer run to SWAM (Shiroma's Wine and More)reviled this fine beer. The head is tall & airy and sticks around for a while. First thing you notice when you hold it up to light is the particles of yeast swirling around. This should help to keep those "sip stealers" away. The color is orange-ish, with an unfiltered look. Smell great, spice & fruit. The taste is great, fresh but not lacking in flavor. If not for the price you could sit and sip this all the way through the BBQ. If I wanted to pick a beer to build a menu around, this would be a good choice, it will compliment spicy & complex flavors.

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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