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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 145
Gots: 255 | 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 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.

Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a turbid golden color with a rocky two-finger white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin pancake on top leaving thick webbed lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears and apricots with a good deal of musty hop aromas. As the beer warms the mustiness subsides a bit making way for the sweet fruit flavors to come out more.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though everything is bigger. Sweet fruit flavors up front are backed by light malt and earthy flavors. Spices jump in every now and then and all these flavors manage not to top each other. The ending is sweet and the only hint of the alcohol is a warming sensation.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I could drink this all day.

Overall this beer reminds me that I should revisit this brewery more often, as I've never been disappointed. Well worth a shot.

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

A- Nice cloudy golden color. With a nice soft bubbly head. Long head retention with a nice top lacing.

S- Soft citrus aroma. Soft hops come through with coriander. Hints of the 8.0% ABV coming at the end of the aroma.

T- Sweet honey like malt, spice and yeast. Very well balanced with rounded flavors. Citrus like flavors come with coriander at the end. The aftertaste has a strong coriander taste and soft bitter hops.

M- Strong medium to full body. With tinny & rapid carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, great overall taste. Balanced with little hints of booze.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a gift pack along with a bottle of McChouffe and a tulip glass, which I used for this review.

A: Hazy golden color with a slight orange tint and a lively white head.

S: Quite spicy and almost citric on the nose, with notes of lemon, orange, coriander, clove and a hint of lime. Pleasant breadiness and yeast character in the mix as well.

T: Nice and sweet with just a smidgen of bitterness. The spices are a bit muted in the flavor, but the malt bill is very nice. Great Belgian pale character!

M: Medium-bodied and quite lively carbonation, but not so much as to make it feel prickly or fuzzy. Nice and dry on the finish.

D: Goes down very easily for an 8% alcohol beer. Would make a great compliment to a nice steak or fish dinner.

A coworker of mine recommended this to me, and his enthusiasm is well-founded. This is a very nice Belgian pale. The flavors did not impress me much at first, but grew on me after a while. I would like to try this side-by-side with Troublette to taste any similarities, as I La Chouffe reminded me a bit of the 'ol snail. In short, get this if it's available in your area. Or trade for it!

Photo of TerryW
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This beer looks amazing. Big chunky head like an ice cream float. Long-lived and lots of lace. Hazy apricot coour with lots of bubble action happening. Brilliant and appealing.

A nicely made Begian ale. Smooth drinking - sneaks up on you because the alcohol is so nicely hidden in the brew. Sweet and fruity without being in any way cloying. Nice element of spice.

Definitely worth a try, easy to put away a bottle or two.

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

On-tap at the Yardhouse during happy hour, on to the beer:

Orange, maybe darker gold in color, but with little head at all. Bubblegum and sugary fruits tease the nose. To the taste, it is sweet as expected. There is some nectarine, apricot, sugar, and bubblegum flavor pleasing me. Was coriander used in this beer? Because, it has that spiced coriander flavor as each sip comes to a close. Light on the carbonation and mouthfeel, and balanced without much perceived alcohol, which makes this beer easily drinkable. Recommended.

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

a - poured fizzy and bubbly head into a tulip glass. there wasn't any sheeting but a little lace that gradually grew with each sip. the body was an orange-amber color.
s - citrus, bananas, cloves with a yeasty aroma as well.
t - very spicey and at the same time, sweet. very champagne-like. this had a slight alcohol burn to it.
m - slightly thin and clean on the tongue.
d - very nice and refreshing.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a filmy dark golden color. The head is nothing to write home about other than the last of it is hard to go. Not very carbonated from what I can see. The smell is good. Smells like a Belgium beer should with a classical smell. Can taste the spice in the spice beer. Not too strong and not too weak on the spice. No aftertaste. Drinkability? Goes down rather smooth. Not a bad beer and 8% to boot!

**EDIT**

If you do not drink this beer fast enough, the spice turns a little strong and is noticeably harder to drink. This was never meant to be a power drinking beer so -0.5 adjustment for taste and drinkability.

Photo of stbfan
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark yellow/staw colored.yeast suspended in brew. very nice carbonation bubbles.nice white head. very aestheticallly pleasing brew.

smells like bananas, orange, spice, coriander, yeast.

pretty complex taste.very nice!fruits as described and peppery, spicy taste is pretty strong after that.

nice medium mouthfeel with warming alcohol finish. dry.

good drinkability.packs quite a strong alcohol punch surprisingly.nice.

Photo of sethmeister
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle, best before end 2010

Pours into my chimay chalice a golden straw color with frothy white head. Stringy lace decorates the glass.

Scent is apples, pears, apple pie spices, peppery spice and yeast tang.

First impression is that it tastes like a dutch apple pie. Sweet fresh fruit (apples, pear, peach), candy sugar and possibly brown sugar. Spices - pepper and clove - as well as nutmeg and cinnamon. Some citrus flavors as well - primarily orange. A bit of hop bite and bitterness towards the finish.

Mouth is dry and crisp.

Drinkability is exceptional.

La Chouffe is a wonderful Belgian strong pale, a style which I am very fond of.

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml chilled bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Huge carbonation does its thing a creates a huge head the practicaly fills the glass and slowly falls away leaving behind hefty lacing and an uneven end result.

Aromas of malt are very prevelant and sit well with the hints of orange and banana. Rounds off with a little garden herb spice and some of the so-called cut grass smell.

The taste is like several different taste layers rolling over the taste buds, its seems simple at first bt after thinking about it and realising the variety one can move to believe Chouffe is very complex. Layers of citrus fruits with an emphasis on oranges, layers of sweet sugars then summer fruits and finally malt before it drives of quickly with an alohol finish.

The thick malt flavors almost give the impression that you are chewing through a paste or syrup of the stuff. The initial feel of this begs the drinker to hold it for as long as possible before swallowing and realising one hell of a complex and rewarding spectrum of flavors.

This is a great strong ale and one brilliant beer, definitely a favourite and possibly a legend in the beer world.

Photo of berkey
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opens with a somewhat vigorous pop and pours a pale orange body. Carbonation is fairly high but dies quickly. Medium frothy white heat with poor retention.

Spice, alcohol sweetness, and soft floral hops run the show in the aroma department. While the hopping is faint, it's definitely more noticeable than other golden ales/BSPA's. Deeper investigating finds some Belgian yeast aroma.

Taste follows the nose with some more spice and sugar. Fruit is much more evident here including some pear and apple. Mouthfeel a little more syrupy-sticky than I prefer. Fairly drinkable ale but the ABV is not well hidden compared to some of the other beers this brewer puts out.

Overall a pleasant beer but if I have to grade it against the great beers in this category it doesn't stack up as well. While Chouffe is a great Belgian craft brewer this isn't my favorite of their offerings by a stretch.

Photo of Parrotshake
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light orange. A little froth escapes over the lip of the bottle upon opening, and half a pint glass of beer poured yields 2 fingers of foamy white head, receding quickly to a line of tiny bubbles at the edge of the glass.

The nose is champagne, big-time belgian yeasts and a little spice - difficult to determine WHICH spice in particular, just.... spicy.

Belgian yeast again taste-wise, with hay, apples & pears, pepper, clove. Pale malt is in there and then another wave of fruit. Sudden, drying finish with lingering alcohol and a mild hop bitterness a little like chewing on a green twig. In retrospect, I smell that now too.

Creamy mouthfeel, but light and refreshing thanks to an active but moderate carbonation. There's alcohol in the flavor profile, but it's still hard to believe it's 8% - it's just goes down too easy. If there was a bar around here with this on tap, I'd surely be thrown out, eventually - this stuff is too easy to drink.

Photo of bcdees47
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from a wine glass on a spring night in Edinburgh. Pours nicely and has a medium golden color. A rather strong fruity scent on the nose. This beer has a very light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. It has sort of a wheaty taste and almost reminded me of a wit. Lots of fruit and very smooth. Delicious and eminently drinkable.

Photo of xmorgan
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in Amsterdam on Easter in the Hotel Bar. On Tap and this was my final beers of the day, after touring the city and hitting Café Belgique. (Café Belgique is the coolest beer bar in Amsterdam).

I did not expect much as I had some really good beers during the day.

This was a very nice spiced ale, with hints of corrender, black pepper and malt.

It was extrondenly drinkable and we drank about 4 of them before noticing the bar staff was waiting on us to finish.

Could have drank that beer to the end of the world that night.

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

Served in an Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is lightly hazy and has a dark gold color. The ½" off-white head holds up well and produces a nice pattern of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is malty, spicy, and lemony, with hints of coriander and has some grassy hops in it.

Taste: The flavor is clean and spicy with some sweet pale biscuity malts, a hint of lemon. The grassy hops show up here once in a while but the flavor is so well balanced that the flavors play back and forth without any one being dominant. The words complexity and balance apply to this flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with the long lasting soft carbonation. The finish is long and dry and here is where the grassy hop bitterness shows itself most clearly.

Drinkability: This beer is dangerously drinkable. Each sip fades and as it does so invites another and another. I could easily do 2 or 3 of these right now and I certainly will return to this beer given the chance.

Photo of BarrelO
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. The back of the bottle says that this is the only one of Achouffe's products available in 11.2oz bottles, but I don't think that's right. I know I've seen Houblon Chouffe in small bottles. Best before end 2011.

A: Cloudy light orange. Head starts outs massive but quickly fades to nothing.

S: Tangy citrus, yeast, and spices.

T: Orangey tangy sweetness and bready malt. Some phenols, but they're not overdone. Rather reminiscent of a saison.

M: Medium-bodied with tons of carbonation. Works well to cleanse the palate.

D: I'm generally a fan of BSPAs, and I'm generally a fan of Achouffe, so it's no surprise that this would be up my alley. David the Gnome won't steer you wrong.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big Magnum bottle(2006) courtesy of Oglmcdgl, split amongst friends into a large snifter.

A- La Chouffe is a very nice looking hazy orange color with a nice tight off white head above the liquid. The foam does not last long and dies rather quickly.

S- A nice array of spices is dead front center with earthy hops combined. Some floral varieties arrise and citrus scents including lemon. Also some wheat in the background.

T- See above. The spices added are very prominent and yes corriander is dominate. Also some sweet tastes coming from some type of malt. Wheat is also a key player and is my favorite addition to this. Citrus lemon with orange and banana and some yeast in there as well.

M- A delicious beer with a great mouth on it as well. This one is medium bodied with a nice amount of carb going for it. The main flavors that stick around are the citrus and other fruits and the spices.

D- Great stuff and it has held up well at just about three years. The flavors are very well balanced at this point and this could be my favorite offering from this brewery. A bit high in abv but so what, I would drink a ton of this year round but preferably in warmer weather.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with a huge, clumpy, meringue head. A lot of carbonation

Smell: Yeasty beligian witbier spices like Coriander with strong notes of citrusy lemon and orange peel

taste: The citrus fruit takes a back seat to the upfront spices that come through in the taste. Alcohol is present with a typical pilsener malt profile. Hopped in restraint, but remind me of Saaz hops used in a pilsner. This beer is a three way cross for me between a belgian wit, a tripel, and a czech pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated to the max with a medium to thin mouthfeel. Very crisp and improved as it warmed up.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle pours a hazy pale gold with a huge white head. Lacing is out of control.

The aroma is dominated by the usual Belgian yeast smells, as well as a bit of apple. A little alcohol becomes more evident as it warms.

The flavor reminds me of Tremens or Local 1 but with a tad bit more hop bitterness. It's obviously not as evident as with Houblon Chouffe, but it's there. Breadiness is a plus here as well. Spiciness is heavy on cloves, as to be expected. Alcohol creeps out the closer you get to room temp. Good shit. Really good, in fact.

Mouthfeel is spectacular. It's crisp and has an active carbonation that lasts until the very end. At the same time, it's never too thin or too heavy. Dryness is out of control, but in the best possible way.

If it was only a little lower on the price and abv scale, I would give it a 5 for drinkability. This is among my favorite strong Belgian pales that I've had. World class brew.

Photo of grayburn
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 Gyle41386
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden color. Magnificent fluffy white head. Great retention, tons of lacing. Lots of suspended particles. Bubbles rising to the top throughout.

Fruit, spice, pale malts (pilsner malts) in the nose. Tart yeasty aroma, though not up to the standards of some great BSPA's I've tasted.

Taste follows the nose, although each component is bigger. Pilsner malts provide a pretty stable canvas for the other flavors to explode onto. Citrus fruits, spice (coriander and pepper), and floral hops, The spice gives it a tripel vibe. Alcohol isn't noticeable.

Plush feel. Medium-full body. Very smooth, very creamy. Appropriate level of carbonation. Dry finish. Not overly complex, but delicious nonetheless.

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

Enjoyed on tap. Beer arrived in a tulip glass with a cloudy golden yellowish color. A big cap of attractive foam hovered overhead. A big fruity, yeasty aroma delighted the senses with some clove-like spice complements and a faint ghost of bubble gum. Light to medium body across the palate. Refreshing--a little sourish
Belgian funk--and very tasty, similar to the aroma. A little dry and a nice spicy earthy finish.

I very much enjoyed this brew, and definitely will get again if the opportunity arises.

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

Pours a nice deep gold with a medium head. Leaves some lacing on the surface. Aroma is earthy and a little yeasty with some background phenolic, malt, and spice notes. Taste is also earthy and spicy- cloves, and some fruit notes. Some herbal hops in the finish add some bitterness. Complex, balanced, and very good. Very well carbonated, medium bodied, and somewhat dry. Pretty drinkable and quite good overall.

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.