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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,904 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,904
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 124
Gots: 185 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

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 BretSikkink
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Dark yellow-gold brew, yeast sediment hangs suspended thickly. The big off-white head stays large, firm, and largely unpocked until quite warm. Room temperature maintains a short foam cap, and nice lacing cascades down the tulip.

There is some watery fruit in the nose, definitely some spicing. There's a musty pepper aroma that is okay. Quality is fine, volume is a little less powerful than some of its direct competitors.

Again, not unique or overly powerful in the flavor, although very tasty. Pale malt and a wheaty banana flavor add some depth to a minimally hopped Strong Pale. Traditional characters include spice/pepper, understated fruit with a farmhouse backdrop. Not as sweet as a dextrin note, but some herbal flavor makes it in as well.

Mouthfeel is decently thick, not as highly carbonated as the appearance would lead to believe. Almost but not quite creamy. Finish is light and smooth, apparent alcohol but easy to drink. Even when warm, the beer is relatively easy to make disappear. Tasty, solid for the style, and an excellent introduction to Belgian beer.

BretSikkink, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +6%

Poured into La Chouffe tulip:

Pours slightly hazed gold with a thin, white everlasting head. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of bubblegum and grass/grain. Coriander-like spiciniss gives the aroma a kick.

The taste is grassy/grainy - pils-like with bubblegum/coriander spiciness. Sweet with a Saaz-like hop finish.

The feel is soft and smooth with lingering flavor.

A very nice brew this is. Sweetness with a good deal of hop backing. A real treat from Belgium!

jwc215, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of Patrick999
4.45/5  rDev +6%

First crack at La Chouffe, and I do not expect to be disappointed.

Poured from the 750 champagne bottle into my snifter - head was decent, but not Duvel-like. Hazy gold color made me think of a Tripel.

It sure smells great...coriander, cloves and other spices that I can't pick out abound. A little of that BSPA cotton candy smell, though the spices cancel it out a bit....a little yeasty....not to mention a couple pleasant whiffs of spicy alcohol letting you know this is a fairly strong beer. Smells like a really well-crafted beer.

Taste is Tripel-esque with an extra emphasis on the spicing, maybe even a little saison-like funkiness. Candi sugar definitely makes its presence felt, but it isn't cloying. It's very easy to taste why this well-made beer is rated highly.

Mouthfeel is exceptional with one caveat - while not cloying in taste, the sugar seems to coat the tongue and be a little sticky. I'm pretty used to sticky beers by now...not a big problem.

Drinkability is great, as any exceptional BSPA should be, in my opinion. You'll polish off the 750 with ridiculous ease, as have I. Great beer.

Patrick999, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of Cascadia
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

Nice looking beer. A heavy coat of of white fluff tops this golden yellow brew. Smells of fresh-cut grass, hops and a slight yeast tone. Tastes very clean, lots of fruit and hops flavor with a nice belgian finish. Great beer for a hot day, quite refreshing. Close to the great Duvel, but not quite as high in my book. A good beer nonetheless.

Cheers!

Cascadia, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of timtim
3.95/5  rDev -6%

this one poured a nice, hazy golden color with a white head that went about 90% away pretty quickly. the nose was nice, but not heavenly. spicy, yeasty and a little peachy. the taste was the taste was also spicy (corriander, pepper) with a slightly peach and subtle hop flavor, but the pilsner malt was really cool to me. pretty complex, but not over the top. mouthfeel was near perfect for a nice summer day like today - smooth, bubbly, unoffensive. a great strong pale ale

timtim, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of oelergud
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

Golden translucent body with a reddish hint. Good carbonation. White head of small bubbles. Good retention and lace.
Spicy and sharp malts, abit of alcohol comes through. Some almond and very light nutskin hop notes.
Mildly spiced caramel malts with a good amount of hops but surprisingly little aftertaste. Nutskin and abit of pine.
Medium body and coating, slightly dry.
Pretty good drinkability.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of longarm
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%

Interesting and fun label with a little gnome who seems to be carrying some barley and hops. 8.0% a.b.v., so I'll take my time sipping this one.

Pours from a bomber slightly hazy with a yellow-orange notes. Big carbonation on the pour drops quickly, leaves a little lacing and settles into a thin, but sustained head.

Aroma has hints of bubble-gum, apples and lemon rind on the nose. These oddly seem to disappear as it warms just a little.

Refreshing citrus notes dominate the up-front flavor followed by a sour-sweet finish. Not much in the middle. The malt is definitely there, but it has so much undetermined background music that I don't notice it. In that sense it might be a little out of balance, but not really in a negative way. I'd like to notice a few more of the flavors, but everything seems to blend together. Presented somewhat bubbly, it has a champagne-esque feel.

Certainly a drinkable and tasty beer, but I wasn't psyched about it afterwards. It's good, but not on par with some other Belgian Pales on the market that I've recently experienced. That being said, it paired well with a medium-sharp cheddar (Hook's 5 year sharp).

longarm, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Enjoyed in a Mc Chouffe glass, BBD of 31 Dec 2009

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3+ fingers of parfait-like white head. Perfect head retention & lacing

S: Bready, peppery & fruitty & I get lemons + apple peal as this warms

T: Honey malt & citric hops up front. I catch some coriander & orange peel as this warms. Apple peel & honey follows. Finishes with apricot, warming booze, lemony hops & a bit of dryness

MF: Light carbonation & syruppy feel. Great balance

Drinks a little slow, due to its complexity, great example of the style, love this brewery!

russpowell, May 30, 2007
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

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?

ColoradoBobs, May 29, 2007
Photo of katieandtodd
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

katieandtodd, May 13, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

750ml. Bottle
$8.99
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.

joe1510, May 13, 2007
Photo of orsulacp
3.95/5  rDev -6%

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.

orsulacp, May 09, 2007
Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

jettjon, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

BEERchitect, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

GbVDave, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.2/5  rDev 0%

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.

bluegrassbrew, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of acrawf6
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

acrawf6, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

sleazo, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

From notes. 330ml bottle with no best by.

After opening the bottle it started to ooze foam out of the top
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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.

RedHaze, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of jozols
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

jozols, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.78/5  rDev -10%

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.

MiScusi, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

vanrassel, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev 0%

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.
Cheers!

Phatz, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Weizenmensch
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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!

Weizenmensch, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of Mandrake
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Mandrake, Mar 09, 2007
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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