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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
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1,873 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,873
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 124
Gots: 176 | FT: 1
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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henrysunset

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

big headed beer,... light yellow pee-colored beer bu super clear and a big poofy head of fine white bubbles.

smell is pleasent, sweetness and a floral hoppines and also a bitter tone, very citrusy.

taste is interesting... sweet and citrusy while very floral. meelow for 8.0, not all that much alcohol or thinness of flavor.

02-03-2007 05:31:49 | More by henrysunset
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willjansen

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Golden full-bodied Blond, dissipating head
Smell: Permeating yeasty fruitness, complex bouquet of fruits that suggest maltiness backed up with hops, touch of molasses
Mouthfeel: light on the tongue, very bubbly, fleeting
Taste: Excellent beer - very well balanced between malt and hops with complex fruity bouqet meeting in the middle. Starts you off with a lighlty sweet, fruitiness progessing to a candy sugar maltiness and then lets you back down with a hint of bitter saaz hoppiness as you finish. Very subdued alcoholic notes for an 8% brew at first, but becoming much more noticable as the temperature rises whilst progressing through a 750ml bottle.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, particularly when colder,

02-03-2007 05:18:22 | More by willjansen
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

la chouffe pours a hazy coppery- orange color with a pillowy white head the slowly fell in to a thin sheet cover the beer.
the aroma suttle, dry, spicy, citrus, a little cardimon, little herbal.
the flavor is very rich, malty, spicy, peppery, herbal, flowery, dryish, there is plenty of carbonation which gives the brew a zest, there is a lingering hint of lemon and paradise seeds. wow what a great beer.

02-03-2007 04:29:11 | More by plaztikjezuz
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%

I had this at Cafe Hollander in Milwaukee, served in Achouffe glassware. I thought it was very good, but definitely inferior to Duvel.

Appearance was rather cidery. It has yellow and slightly hazy, with a lot of head (but not the float-a-nickel-on-it head that Duvel has).

Aroma was slightly skunky, and was also very appley.

Taste was a mix of apples and pears, with a healthy yeasty sweetness, and quite good.

Mouthfeel was good, but a bit harsh for the style.

Not sure I would have this again; it is good, but there are definitely better choices out there.

01-19-2007 20:24:51 | More by BeerBelcher
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rayjay

Hawaii

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

Best before 2009. This was a Christmas present from my loving girlfriend. Pour carefully, as there is a good amount of sediment. A Belgian ale with a pilsner-like hop bite and a healthy dose of pilsner malt...reminds me very much of an American double pilsner. The yeast character is decidedly of the ale variety, with esters of flowers. Sweet and bread-like. Strong body like a bock; I don't know but many qualities I percieve as lager-like. This is a very good beer, but not one of my favorites; I think I may prefer the draft version more. Cheers!

01-16-2007 15:37:06 | More by rayjay
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a clear amber gold with a giant white head. The head is huge and leaves great lacing. Be careful pouring this beer, lots of yeast and debris in this. The smell is strong with candy sugar, alcohol, and fruit,both dark and citrus. The taste has alot of candy sugar,very sweet, with citrus, alcohol, and a "bisquity" aftertaste. The m/f is medium and the flavors are very well mixed. An excellant beer that should not be missed.

01-16-2007 01:27:52 | More by jmz62565
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nase

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

pours a murky brown-orange out of a 25.4 oz'er into a tulip glass with a little less than an inch of head.

The spices are quite potent in this beer. I taste something that might be similar to a fruity almond extract on the dry finish. Compared head to head against La Fin Du Monde, there is considerably more bite. Very high carbonation. A light and rather creamy mouthfeel.

App. - 4.5, Smell - 3, Mouthfeel - 4, Taste - 3, Drinkability - 3

01-14-2007 03:51:52 | More by nase
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

La Chouffe
25.4 oz hunter green bottle with an excellent logo & bottle design. I love that gnome.
Served in a Chouffe Houblon goblet

Pours a golden and hazy light orange with a shiny yellow tint. Respectable head on top that leaves magnificant trails of sticky lacings all over the glassware.

The nose is inviting and interesting with whiffs of unique Belgian yeast and all of that musky twang, fruit and spices.

Juicy, sweet malts with an exotic fruit presence. Flavors of orange, lime, mango and peach come through with a sugary-sweet backbone. I'm talkin strong candy sugars are up front. Noticable hop snap on the finish with a raw and favorable Golding & Saaz hop combination.

Without a doubt, this beer is a masterpiece and one of my favorite for the style. Reminds me of hours logged in at Essex Ale House in NYC, where the Brasserie d'Achouffe draught beers are well represented and served with style.

01-13-2007 22:33:48 | More by Hibernator
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MrHurmateeowish

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

75cL green bottle from Florian's in Auburn. Golden translucent body with an inch or so of white head and small bits of what is presumably yeast floating suspended in the body. Smells hoppy; citrusy and piney. Tastes sweet, citrusy, piney, yeasty, and spicey. Surprisingly refreshing for the abv. Alcohol flavor is only there a little in the aftertaste, but the alcohol warming is there. Light bodied and pleasant, full flavored and well balanced. Fantastic. I'm impressed.

01-02-2007 01:26:25 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -15%

750 ml bottle. Best before end of 2008.

A- Cloudy gold with touch of orange.

S- Yeast. Faint citrus. Alcohol increases with temperature. Eventually alcohol dominates whole.

T- Light flavoured with noticeable bitter hops finish. Alcohol not overpowering at first but really increases with temperature. Yeast present but not as much as I like for the style. Spicy notes are nice.

MF- Good carbonation and good body.

D- Good drinker but alcohol character too noticeable. A good beer from a style I like. But not my favorite of the type.

12-22-2006 04:29:39 | More by JOaikido
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev -5%

on tap at Maduro, a week or so ago, from the brief cellphone notes

appearance: served in the signature la chouffe glasses at maduro...clear dark apricot body, nice white froth head

smell: very floral, yeasty, apricot, white grape and other fruit

taste: well spiced, floral yeasty taste that dominates, apricot, white grape, pear, melon, light citrus...slight tartness, good but not as good as the tripel-ipa hybrid i had of theirs a while back

mouthfeel: active and yeasty

drinkability: good

12-13-2006 02:00:34 | More by dirtylou
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Beerzebub

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

Somewhat hazy orange. Modest white head. Good lace.

Loose yeast, even the second to last glass has little chunks, despite careful pouring.

Smells bright, fruity, spicy. Apple, pear, melon, lemon. Floral honey. Coriander (and it says so right on the bottle). Very nice.

Tastes moderately sweet, spicy, yeasty, floral. Apple, pear, mandarin orange, orange blossom. A touch of hop flavor and bitterness, but not much. Seems a bit unbalanced at first - the sweetness seems out of place without some more complex malt character or some bitterness to go with it - but then it dries out, finishing dry and yeasty. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Lots of fine, very prickly carbonation. Tongue numbing. Quite drinkable.

Interesting Belgian strong pale ale, certainly worth a try.

12-11-2006 08:02:37 | More by Beerzebub
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

The beguiling Chouffe gnomes clearly live a double life of lawn ornaments and expert brewers.

This beauty pours a clear gold with a medium white head. The fine, water lacings persist throughout.

Fruity ester aroma with green apple, grape and raisin. There is a doughy presence of Chouffe yeast .

The taste is light, sweet malt up front with fruity notes throughout. Candied sugar, plum, grape and apple converge into a tasty flavor. There is a tartness in the finish that is accompanied by a doughy, yeast presence. There is a slight hint of alchohol accompanied by clove, pepper and some coriander. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry.

Light mouthfeel with excellent carbonation, which can be seen throughout. At 8%, this is highly drinkable for the style

Viva La Chouffe!

12-10-2006 02:15:15 | More by Estarrio
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Westsidethreat

California

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%

A: Murky dried apricot gold color with honeycomb like bubble structures on the side of the glass. Quality frothy off white head adds cotton ball like rockiness in the glass.

S: Spicy yeast, cardoman, floral notes, clover honey, wet hay and melon balls.

T: Metallic spices start this one off. Goes towards honey sataured green pear and fuji apple. More bitter than your standard golden ale, heavy on the earthy side. A lot of grassy characteristics which drifts more towards hay as the beer opens up. Sweetness is primarily honeysuckle based. Finishes earthy with Fuji apple touches.

M: Medium body, nice smoothness but needs more carbonation.

D: Not one of my favorite Chouffe's. Too much like the rest of the golden ale pack with out enough individuality.

12-03-2006 20:56:50 | More by Westsidethreat
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sweethome

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

From their new 12 ounce brown bottles - funny little commentary on the back.

Pours hazy golden. Nice lacing. Nose is a bit barnyard - plenty of yeast, a hint of coriander.

Nice sweet malts upfront, plenty of spice. Lots of coriander here. Nice backing of a yeast flavors - a belgian candy sugar flavor also. The alcohol is also present.

Warm finish. A very nice trip.

12-03-2006 04:25:42 | More by sweethome
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +10%

This beer pours a wonderful hazy-golden color. A tremendous amount of bubbles rest on top of the brew after its poured, and they continue to rise long after the pouring has stopped. The smell is very sweet, with a big whiff of hops and spices. The taste is terrific. Seems to be the perfect amount of hops, malts, and carbonation. Also well balanced. The taste starts with fuggles hops, then in creeps the zesty lemon flavor. The end result is a wonderful synergy that amounts to a tremendous beer. Well worth seeking out.

12-02-2006 22:33:28 | More by Toddv29424
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geetlord

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head which subsided fairly quickly.
The aroma contained malts hops and some hints of fruits and spices.
The flavor was malty and sweet with orange rind, apples and peach. spices like clove and cinnamon carried through the finish allong with some alcohol. All of the sweet fruityness was nicly ballanced with hops making this a very pleasant beer.

11-06-2006 02:17:40 | More by geetlord
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

It pours a slightly hazy and well-carbonated sunny gold. Three fingers of off-white meringue head huff and puff. Ribs of lacing corduroy the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings tangy nasal esters of yeast, with green apple, apricot, and earthy berry blanketing a caramel malt sweetness. Clove and coriander counter a touch of anise and a flit of alcohol.

Upon tasting, there comes an initial malt sweetness, with caramel, vanilla, and a slight baked bread crustiness. A spicy clove note and light floral piece touch on a limpid pool of alcohol. Tangy yeast yields Granny Smith apple, a feather of banana, and joins a residual malt presence to boost a glimpse of dried fruit. A very muted but dry bitterness lingers gently in the finish. It's a genuinely pleasant, comfortable flavor.

The grain, yeast, and spices join to grant a savory, creamy impression to the palate.

Can an elf be cozy? I think so, because this may not be flashy, but it warms and lulls and caresses. It's so nicely blended that nothing stands out, but the sum is an enjoyable end result. The ABV is well disguised, and it just warms the drinkability. You're indeed welcome in my lair anytime, little elf.

11-02-2006 18:17:21 | More by Foxman
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dherling

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours out a cloudy golden orange color, with a decent foamy white head. The nose offers malt, pepper, close, coriander, and a bit of orange/apricot fruityness. Lots of things going on in the taste, Christmas flavors (clove, pepper, coriander), some fruityness (apricot), and sour green apple. Finishes dry with decent carbonation.

11-01-2006 01:01:49 | More by dherling
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vancurly

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into a Leffe chalice. Deep golden honey, white light frothy head. A fair bit of sediment made it into the glass. This is OK.

Initially a strong green, fresh hop aroma, apricot flesh, fleshy yeast esters, and caramel malts. Later notes include banana & spice.

Musky, candy flavours, subtle spice like mustard seed or white pepper.

Big mouthful of effervescence. Medium, creamy body. Slightly sweet finish, but balanced with a slight bitterness.

10-26-2006 04:16:51 | More by vancurly
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Grundle20

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance:
Pours with the very deffinition of a belgian head into a caracole snifter with an agitator. Deep copper in color, and relitively clear for a belgian.

Smell:
A well balanced smell of strong floral scents offset by an underlying banana spike. Small notes of nutmeg spicing. Very wholesome and pleasing smell overall.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Smooth with a medium malt body. Not much of the floral hops smell carries over into the taste, and there really isn't too much hops taste to speak of, maybe the tiniest touch of English hopping. Tastes of sweet peas or sweet bread paired with nutmeg. A very earthy beer with full natural flavors.

Drinkability:
If I was simply comparing this to Belgians this beer would dominate in this category, but it simply can't compete with some American beers IMO. Still highly drinkable due to it's well balanced flavors and it's incredible job of crushing the 8% ABV with all out taste.

Bottom Line:
Hands down one of my favorite belgians. I wouldn't pass this beer up for anything. If you haven't tried this beer or if you're searching for a good gateway beer into Belgians then you simply can't pass up this beer.

10-20-2006 14:10:32 | More by Grundle20
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bgraney

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

Honey/amber with hues of gold. Huge, fluffy white head, bubbly and active.
Citrusy aroma, more orange/grapefruit than lemon/lime, maybe some raisin hints in the background, full & rich.
Smooth flavor with a hint of alcohol. I was expecting a bigger alcohol hit. The orange notes more dominant in the taste than the aroma.
Medium, relaxed mouth feel. Flavor spreads and lingers around the mouth and into the nose. Nice to sit for a while after each sip and just enjoy the flavor spreading.
The 8% alcohol is really deep in the flavor and barely noticeable so multiple refills is definitely an appealing concept with this fantastic biere.

10-16-2006 14:42:36 | More by bgraney
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1%

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits last week along with several other beers. I let this warm to around 45º F and served it in one of my Duvel tulip glasses.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a dense, fluffy, white head that's fed by vigorous carbonation. The head slowly fades to a thin layer leaving massive lace.

Smell: The nose is predominantly peppery with some alcoholic spice. There are notes of grain, lemon, banana and yeast.

Taste: Tingly carbonation domiantes upfront. The center is fruity with notes of banana, apple and citrus. The finish is a blend of peppery and alcoholic spice, powdery yeast, and a light bitterness, all over a lingering fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, light to medium-bodied with a smooth texture.

Drinkability: Refreshing, but spicy with high alcohol.

Overall: A very good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It has the nice mix of fruitiness and spiciness that I like in the style.

10-16-2006 03:10:58 | More by EPICAC
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mjc410

Vermont

1.88/5  rDev -55.3%

A too quick pour into my La Moneuse tulip lets a bit of chunky sediment into the glass (I usually forget to decant Belgians). The beer forms a slow-falling two-finger head, just off-white. The beer's body is a bright orange-gold, and visibly carbonated. The lacing is also quite dense. The nose is bright: full of green apples, grass, a bit of citrus, peach, sweet, and a bit peppery. But, there also seems to a green vegetable scent, like asparagus, that messes things up a bit (I like asparagus, just not in a beer). The taste is sweet and slightly alcoholic at first, but overshadowed by the asparagus flavor I noticed before. Ends fairly bitter. Terrible. Mouth is medium thick, and the carbonation is not as forward as I thought it would be. Still, this beer tastes horrible, so I must have a bad bottle, right? Nonetheless, I'll review and wait for another try.

10-12-2006 22:13:47 | More by mjc410
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jabocu

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a murky dark honey color with a think head that exploded at first, but settled quickly to a very thin cap. Aroma is banana, clove, woodsy, citrus, maple syrup, yeast, and wheat. Flavor is banana and yeast up front with a syrup and honey background. A muddle of flavors supporting the wheat, earthy grain, and honey malts. Some english noble hops carry the sweetness throughout with a nice bitterness. Some spice, pepper, oak, and coriander. Mouthfeel is light body, med high carbonation, and dry warm finish. Excellent beer!

10-10-2006 16:57:02 | More by jabocu
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,873 ratings.