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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 1,923
Reviews: 813
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 126
Gots: 196 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001)
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Photo of pwoods
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle from Party Source poured into an oversized wineglass. Best before 2010.

A: Bright golden yellow that is quite transparent. Very small head with no retention. No lacing.

S: Earthy and grass hops. Yeast is pretty evident even after a proper pour. Gettig some green apple and cider. Plenty of spice.

T/M: Bready and yeasty. Slightly on the subtle side of this style which I think is great. Citrus comes out like an orange but with a bit of a tartness to it. Light body enhanced by higher carbonation. Strong, dry finish.

D: One of the better tasting of this style.

pwoods, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this brew into my La Chouffe tulip glass.

The head is a little beefy but quickly dissappeared. A steady finger remains as I take my first sip. ::pause for sip::

The taste is pretty good. I could see it being considered a weak La Fin du Monde. However, its still a well done brew. The smell is pretty good and what you would expect from this style. A slight hint of booze fills out the nose. This brew is extremely drinkable.

Overall: This beer is pretty decent. The taste is pretty good and this beer is very drinkable. Its an enjoyable brew.

iconoklaztor, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz., 750 mL green bottle,

A: Pours a golden orange, with a big, thick, billowy, white head, typical of this style, great retention, with some alcoholic lacing to the glass at 8%.

S: Redolent of orange, some bitter apple peel, pepper, and earthy hops, though not as fragrant as I would have liked.

T: Definitely serve this beer at a temperature above 50 degrees since this is where the flavour really starts to come out. Pear and apple esters abound, sweet at first, then some bitterness from the coriander comes out, close to the bitterness in a wit, the hops are earthy and really only have a small part to play, the coriander, in my opinion forms most of the bitterness, the beer ends with a bit of bitter orange and melon.

M: Thick, lustrous carbonation coats the tongue in the initial pour, though the beer becomes more yeasty and phenolic as it warms and is drunk. A medium-bodied beer, with a hint of hop resin and oil is what is felt on the tongue, overall.

D: A very good beer from the La Brasserie d'Achouffe, been wanting to try this beer for a long time, but have been putting it of for a while. If you're a fan of yeasty, Belgian strong ales, you'll enjoy this.

Halcyondays, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Maracuja
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle sets in the glass a slightly hazy gold color with a massive bright white head that creamy in texture, with the resultant lace a thin slip to cover the glass. The nose is fruity, sweet and a slight yeast tone also noticed, lemon-lime crispness seals it off with the start is delightfully sweet, delectable are the malts, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is biting in its acidity, the hops perfect in their spiciness, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, on of my favorite beers from Brasserie d'Achouffe!

Maracuja, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of dfillius
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Cloudy, beautiful golden color with particles in suspension. Pure white, fine, lacy head.

S: Apricot, bread, sharp goat cheese smell like this beer was brewed using some lactofermentation. I don't believe that is a characteristic of the style though.

T: A great representation of the style! Sweet, belgian yeasty, apple, and bready flavors with fruity tones. Slight skunky aftertaste possibly from my warm cellar.

M: Drying

D: Quite smooth for 8%. I would definitely like another!

dfillius, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic Belgian Strong Pale. Poured an orange golden colour with loads of yeast bits and other debris floating about. I find debris/sediment very attractive in most Belgian styles, and this certainly has plenty. Smell is very fruity and very yeasty. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but you really have to be looking for it. Taste, too, is fruity and yeasty with alcohol that is difficult to detect. Quite drinkable for an 8,0%abv brew. This is a really good beer and a great example of the style.

SilentSabre, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of blakesell
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at boston's 9/13/07
Poured into a Chouffe Belgian glass

Appearance- Rich golden colour with a large fluffy head pillowing up. dissapates to a tight ring of tiny bubbles with LEGS.

Smell- Fruity with big light candi sugars. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, yeasty esters, malt hiding behind the yeast scents.

Taste- Sweet upfront with a slight alcoholic phenolic aftertaste, yeast sticks the most with it's thick Belgian golden flavour. Orange sticks out, but not as strongly as a Saison farmhouse wild ale.

Mouthfeel- thick and sticky but yet light at the same time. Alcohol is a bit over the top. Only 8% but that is plenty for this one.

Drinkability- Not so much due to the alcoholic flavor. All-around a great Belgian beer, but the phenolics take over and make it something that you can't drink all day.

blakesell, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Belgian Golden Ale has alwaysbeen a favorite of mine, so I was quite glad to see it on tap at Max's the othe night.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with very good, very creamy head retention and lacing. On the nose there is a bracing aroma of lime, honey, cherry and fuji apple. The beer is sweet on the palate, but not overly so. More honey, cherry and fuji apple, with some underlying, refreshing bitterness in the finish. The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel and is just a pleasure to drink. The beer is medium bodied and is not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate. The finish is impeccable, with the 8% abv. very well disguised.

Very impressive beer.

John_M, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of TrojanMan
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Spotted this one on the tap list at RFD in Washington, DC and gave it a try. I would certainly order it again!

The tap was running perfectly and the bartender gave it a very good pour. It arived in a tulip glass with about a finger and a half of head just cresting the top of the glass. Good lacing as the head broke up giving off a wonderful, slightly sweet aroma of soft wood, spice and a slight bit of alcohol. Exceptional.

The pale golden liquid was a bit cloudy as expected and diffused the light well enough. It looks thin for how elegant the nose is.

Taste gives you more spice and soft wood and adds a bit of hop bitterness. Just enough so that you notice, it's very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel, like appearance, is again a bit thin. Medium body with just the perfect ammount of carbonation (though perhaps that's a function of the tap, I haven't had it from a bottle yet). A bit of fizz spreads the taste around and, along with the alcohol, gives it a tiny bite at the finish. I'd expect a "heavier" feeling beer for the flavor and perhaps that's what makes it so drinkable. For a high ABV, this one drinks very nicely and I'll pass that as words of caution.

Move over Duvel? Perhaps not quite, but the La Chouffe offers some great flavor and spice that's suprisingly unique. It's a well-balanced, solid offering. I paid $6 for about a 12-ounce draft so, at least in this instance, I'd say it's a great value as well. Highly recommended.

TrojanMan, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Petit' bottle, pours a nice golden orange into my chalice, a decent whitish head receding to a nice film, a bit of a whirl bringing back a thick, carbonated foam. There is a lovely use of spices here, from coriander to whatever this yeast is giving off, in addition to the spices from hops through the beginning and end. The mouth is fairly solid, well carbonated, about as good warm as cool. In all, I just didn't get too excited over this one, as much as I wanted to. Perhaps some other time.

objectivemonkey, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a brassy gold with a decent sized head that somewhat clings to the glass. No lacing to speak of. This smells overtly of coriander. The pale malts come through, but the spicing is a bit much. There's some booze in there as well. Taste has the same things going on as the aroma (especially with the over-spicing) along with an overbearing graininess and sweetness. There's some toastiness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is rather sticky and prickly. Not impressive.

goochpunch, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at my bachelor party at Eulogy in downtown Philadelphia. Pours a clear golden color with a nice big bouncy head on top that sticks around. Nose is nice and strong: spices dominate, along with some light citrus and wheat. Taste is fairly similar, although even stronger and more delicious. Carbonation is strong but appropriate to the beer, and the body is quite full and tasty. This one's delicious, one I could throw back a bunch of if it weren't for a rather high ABV and pricetag.

soupyman10, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of basica
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a giant 75cl bottle; I bought this from Oosters and cracked it as I was rather
pleased that my dear Belgium pal, Christelle, managed to buy me 2 bottles of Westvleteren
Special 6 Red Cap from Kulminator itself. Kudoz to her! Anyway this is the first time I am
trying out such a large bottle; I intended to share it with my dad but he was concerned about
his sugar levels therefore rejected it. Anyway, I tasted this blond Chouffe in my Duvel Tulip
and it pours out with nice dull golden color topped with a most luscious creamy head; quite a
looker. Smell was yeasty, bready and I am not sure if I detected a dash of fruits. The taste
has a yeasty entry and a citrusy and peach-like taste that followed with some spices therein;
a light aroma was felt on the nose followed by a slightly bitter and yeasty finish. Significant
after taste of grapes and a bit of peach and apples with floral, yeasty aromas on the nose. A
pity that the fruitiness was not strong in the taste; I could really appreciate the after taste
but the taste itself was only not bad. The yeast was pretty significant as well, in fact a
little too strong that's why 7.5 instead of 8. Medium bodied mouthfeel topped with pretty
strong carbonation; very smooth to drink but drinkability slightly lowered due to the yeastiness
and sightly bitter finish. I was really expecting more from this one; let's see what the Mc
Chouffe has to show.

basica, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden / light amber color with a large finely carbonated head. The head fades quickly to a covering of the glass. There is moderate to light lacing. This is an amazingly smooth and balanced Belgian. Both the nose and the taste give an initial hint of astringency, followed by a mild candy sugar and fruit taste. Some of the Belgian beers I have tried have a bolder first taste but would not stand up well over the long haul. This would be a great Belgian "starter" beer. There is no overwhelming astringency or sweetness that could get annoying over the long haul. La Chouffe features a rich mouthfeel, very balanced sweetness / astringency and no alcohol taste. Drinkability would be based on how wasted you wanted to get. The flavor would stand up fine to a long, slow disciplined session.

JayQue, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Eulogy Tavern: Mine poured a hazy, golden color with almost no head and minimal lacing. Definitely some spice to the aroma. There is also notes of fruit and sweet malts. The taste is good. It is slightly beady and yeasty, with hints of fruits, as well as some coriander. Nice.

Boto, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of drumrboy22
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into La Chouffe tulip glass.

Huge, off white head that lasts a long time. Excellent lacing down the edges of the glass.

Color was orange/amber.

Aroma had a farmhouse style hint to it. Light malt, bread, peach, bubble gum, pine and more came out in the aroma. Light hop smell. Mild pepper-ness.

Medium body with a creamy texture. Average carbonation. Lots of flavors present. Pine and peach combination was nice. Nothing overwhelming. Very drinkable, especially during Summer. Almost reminds me of Duvel.

drumrboy22, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La Chouffe (Brassiere d'Achouffe, Belgium)
Style: Belgian Stong Spiced Pale Ale
ABV: 8%

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy orange with a tall foamy head. Accidentally poured the yeast sediment into the glass... No harm done, but kind of weird to see.

Smell: Spiced dessert apples. Some other spices noticed as well (or maybe the image of spiced apples made me think of the other smells...). Classic Belgian smell of light fruits and hops.

Taste: Same spple flavor, mixed with cinnamon and a good hint of maltiness. Citrus also detected at some point in there. Faint spicy aftertaste. Extremely refreshing and deceptively light on the tongue, this beer is moderately carbonated and that adds to the refreshing nature of the brew.

Notes: I would drink this all day on a hot day, but that alcohol content sneaks up on you quick. I may pick this up again, next time leaving the sediment in the bottle.

BucBasil, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange in color with microscopic CO2 bubbles forming an exceptionally creamy head. Lacing is thick.

Smells like apple pie; baked apple, cinnamon, caramel, and some earthy hop aromas.

Wow. Tastes like an apple pie in a goblet! Starts sweet caramel then moves into cinnamon, caramelized apple, nutmeg, and biscuit flavors. Other flavors include coriander, slight banana, and orange.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth when it hits the tongue and finishes dry and prickly.

Heavier than other Belgian Strong Pales but still a very nice and complex brew.

bosco7, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of goodbyesoberday
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Failed to pour this gently enough for the rampantly effervescent head and had to wait an eternity (a minute or two) for it to die down.

Billowy white head and a murky gold for the liquid underneath. Fresh, crisp aroma of apple and orange skins with some zesty clove, ginger and other spice. Flavour continues in a similar spicy vein with the inclusion of some licorice (aniseed / molasses) flavour that is surprising considering the light colour. Not as zesty as the head would prepare one to expect.

Wondrously complex and very well flavoured with a good drinkability for an 8% ABV beer. Only downers are I find it perhaps a bit crowded and confusing on the flavour and the extent of the murkiness is a little aesthetically displeasing.

goodbyesoberday, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


Cascadia, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of timtim
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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, Jun 10, 2007
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