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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 826
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 136
Gots: 232 | 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 thekanna
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, DC. The following review is compiled from the notes taken there:

A: A beautiful radiant gold with about 2 fingers of head, served in a tulip glass.

S: Beautiful floral freshness reminiscent of tulips, with Belgian yeasts on the side. Notes of creamy biscuit and fresh-baked bread.

T: Light, somewhat slightly watery brew with a diluted, yet initially rich biscuity taste risen with Belgian yeasts. Clean hop taste with a small bit of sweetness to round it out.

M: Somewhat watery, like seltzer water.

D: Extremely drinkable and, if not for the high alcohol content (which is hidden very well I must add), seems close enough to an equivalent Belgian session beer.

Photo of selecter70
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my wife's favorites, La Chouffe is a delicious Spring-thoughts-inducing golden ale that transcends one's mind to warm fields. Ok, enough with that, it's just a damned good Belgian farm-ale. The wonderful 1pt 9.4oz bottle pours a hazy gold with bright white fluffy head & sticky lace. The aroma is a hearty spiced yeast that comes trough with sipping and stays in the nose. Hints of lemon & pepper come through as well in this highly refreshing ale. The mouthfeel is relatively flat & the yeast is creamier than hoppier. Quite nice.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great head billows up on the pour: big, rocky and solid as honeycomb. Slight haze in a golden yellow body. Looks very tasty. Lacing is clingy and chunky, light little fluffs of white fuzz. Looks very good.

Notes of biscuit and bread on the nose, also a little resin and a light Belgian yeast richness. Hint of lightly carbonic seltzer water, but not a huge amount overall.

Taste is much better, a delicious fusion of light, clean hop resin with a delicate light sweetness, and a faint tint of alcohol. There's a very faint hint of kriek on the back palate, a faint medicinal kick that adds some refreshment. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, but not heavy. Nice.

Extremely drinkable - I think it does have a slight alcohol kick to it, but in the best tradition of the Belgians it's so well alleviated. Beautiful to drink, a real pleasure.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery-amber appearance, slightly sparsely bubbled head, very good when poured but dissipating to a thin film now. Kind of cloudy, without actually being cloudy. At least not transparent. Nice lacing.

Strong, actually quite lagery nose. Quite hoppy with a kind of amber ale smell as well. Bit of yeast to boot, not very welcome, but slight. This is your night, beer.

Less lagery than the nose because of a slightly sour, cidery character which dominates. Quite a hoppy flavour on the finish. Bit simple on the palate though, there's those sour, slightly hoppy notes and that's most of it. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, very nice and smooth in fact. Plus it's quite a nice, inoffensive sipping beer, but nothing that makes my loins breach and burst forth with essence.

Photo of biegaman
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange peel with nothing but bright sunshine on the trim.The complexion is spotlessly clear although the colour is deep enough to null transparency. Moreover, the beer is able to absorb light and its tone heats up with luminously. A topping of egg whites has been fluffed to a point of stiff peaks. This is as pretty as a spring landscape.

Belgian brewers don't love hops to the same extent their American counterparts do, but Brasserie d'Achouffe makes it known they do like 'em a lot. Pungent noble hops give the aroma a green minty coating with a discernibly earthy character. A prototypical Belgian yeast adds fruity esters and imparts farmhouse-like must. I'm curious to take a drink.

Very pale, hardly toasted malts are the most perceptible thing in the taste. They offer the flavour of honeyed oats, wheat husks, cereal grains and barley straw. By no means does this malt bill, agreeable as it may be, provide much excitement in the means of flavour. It does, however, allow the yeast and hops to really do their thing...

The hops are recognized by a brittle, earthy bitterness. The yeast, on the other hand, makes a more profound contribution. It adds vivid notes of under-ripe orchard fruits (peaches, in particular) and an appreciable spice. The must of barnyard hay is perceived even in the taste. That must and the fruit go well over the cereal grains and barley straw.

There's no way this is 8% even with anvils in its pockets; it is far too refreshing to be that strong. It's a good thing they offer this beer in the larger sized bottle, it would be a great thing to share with company or to nurse over the course of an afternoon. I can't be sure of how young or old this bottle is but I know from experience it can hold up over the long haul.

That being said, the fresh sample I had off draught in Belgium utterly blew my mind because of how good it was, so maybe the fresher the better. Although this bottle wasn't quite as mind shattering, it was certainly very enjoyable. If you're curious to try Belgian ales or if you already know you like them, be sure to stock the cart with plenty of these little gnomes.

Photo of deanhead
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw-like almost blonde in color, poured nice head, which reduced to just a few bubbles on the surface. Nucleation sites in the glass caused a steady stream of bubbles to emerge from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma -Coriander and spice, Sweet smelling with hints of grass.
Taste is slightly spicy and candy like
Light bodied easy drinker Belgian ale. Highly drinkable but watch out as this beer does have legs.

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ML into a tulip/ Best before end of 2009

P: Straw from the bottle, sits a slightly hazy honey gold in the glass. Head is very appealing! It's pearly white in color, two fingers tall, thick & rocky initially, but more frothy as it sinks. Shows incredible retention! Leaves amazing Belgian lace encrusted all over my glass as it finally sinks to a thick sheet of foam on top.

A: Wow! This is much more hoppy than I expected! Very citrusy twang like oranges, clementines, and tangerines. Also some lighter fruits in the background with pale malts, coriander, and some other spices.

T: Softly toasted pale malts support the citrusy, floral-like hops that the nose suggested. Lighter fruits come out in the middle that reminds me of bananas and peaches, with coriander, black pepper, and other spices as well. None of that signature Belgian yeast to be found, though. Alcohol is completely undetectable on the palate, but packs a nice punch.

M & D: Just a notch below full-bodied, smooth & slick, and moderately carbonated for nice bite. Drinkability is good for this bottle, but not quite good enough to have another one.

Notes: Quite the hoppy BSPA! It features some citrus fruits, exotic fruits, a nice touch of spice, and a sizeable, but undetectable alcohol presence. This is pretty good, but where's that Belgian yeast that I love so dearly? Anyhow, still definitely worth a try if you like BSPA's.

Photo of cvaypai
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle to goblet.

Appearance - Beautiful golden color. Orange when held up to light. Lots of suspended yeast. Head is almost none existent and quickly disappeared.

Smell - Really aromatic yeast and citrus smell. No alcohol evident, lemon and orange apparent.

Taste - My favorite part, here comes. This is awesome, a great mix of hops, yeast and wheat. Orange citrus is apparent, really tasty. I like that it is hoppier. Something you don't find much in beligians. Really good, haven't had anything like it thus far.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good, a little too much sting on the tongue and mouth for me. At the end its too sparkling.

Drinkibility - Pretty good, but like most beers of its stature, only a few before you get full or drunk.

Would drink this again and looking forward to other brews by this brewery.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer. There...my review is over. Ok, for real though. This pours a hazy golden with massive, fluffy, white head with great retention and amazing lacing. Smell is an amazing blend of yeast, pear, grape, apple, some bread, and alcohol. Just incredible. Taste is great as well. Ripe sweet fruit (see smell description) with some yeast, bread, dry malt and grassy hops. Touch of spice as well (but I couldnt tell you what exact ones). Mouthfeel was light and smooth with a certain creaminess too it. Sweet, somewhat dry aftertaste. Overall a great beer and VERY easy drinker. So easy I had to capitalize "very."

Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't expect to believe the hype, but this really is a great beer.

Pours bright orange with a vast fluffy white head. Aroma is orangy with anise clove and allspice. The flavor is lightly phenolic spicy, with clove, malt, and light grassy hops. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Lovely

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at JeanRo Bistro.
Pours a hazy gold in color with a nice, huge, frothy head. Smell is slightly spicy. Not sure on the exact spice(s), but after having the Gulden Draak, this is entirely different. Clean, zesty, and spicy on the taste. A little more bitter in the taste and not as full on the mouthfeel.

Photo of Goliath
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light orange color with an inch and a half bright white foamy head. Great retention, but no lacing.

The aroma is decent. A touch of hops giving a bit of lemon zest, as well as a bit of corriander make for a nice intro. A bit of spicey yeast comes through on the back end and really tempts you to drink.

The taste is pretty good. A nice burst of citrus with orange and lemon peel are the initial tones. Corriander follows suit and brings a nice note of spice into the mix. A light phenolic quality reminds you that it is indeed Belgian crafted, and when it's all put together it's quite delicious.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a full mouth of fine and gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Good flavor profile and nonapparent alcohol make this Belgian ale easy to consume and quite a treat.

Photo of dudecandle
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into oversized tumbler:

A: Beautiful pale-golden cloudy body, with nice thick head which left a ton of lacing down the way.
S: Lemon zest, ginger, wheat, light malt character. Really opens up after some minutes of sitting, warming.
T: Wheaty aplenty, doubly sweetened by honey, with black pepper and coriander mixing it up.
M: Nice solid body on this one, thick but not too thick
D: A bit too sweet for my general tastes, but this is not a beer I can ever complain about. Mid-High ABV is unnoticed.

Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, golden orange hue with a thick, foamy, bubbly, two-finger head. It left lace on the tulip glass.

S - It smelled of Belgian yeast, spices, clove and hints of caramel.

T - Tasted very good. Spicy hoppiness with tons of yeasty flavors. Nice clove and banana-like flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great Belgian ale. It was nice to have it on tap.

Photo of optiontwo
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz. poured into tulip

Appearance: Semi-translucent gold/yellow with a lot of floaties and streaming bubbles. One inch fizzy white head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Orange, coriander, clove, banana, lemon, and resinous hops.

Taste: Honey and orange right off the bat followed by clove spice and banana and finally caramel malt and a mild amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability: Medium.

Overall: Not as good as Chouffe's IPA but decent. I'd probably try it again. Spices aren't as detectable as I expected them to be.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle with steamed mussels in a bacon sauce - delicious pairing. This reminds me a bit of a double wit, or strong wheat for the vanilla-like spiced yeast character. There's also a great orange candy taste under the yeast character, that adds a nice juicy element. And like so many great Belgians, this beer ends with a peppery hop note. I'll come back to this one.

Photo of Faune
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation- 750 ml green bottle with freshness date on back label.

A- Cloudy gold with streams of small champagne-like bubbles. A nice thick, coarse, bubbly white head which leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Grain, fruity, spice/ herbal, yeast, citrus

T- fruity sweetness which is balanced with the slightly bitter finish, honey, cloves, spicy, citrusy.

M- Bubbly, live carbonation and light bodied like champagne.

D- An excellent beer, sweet but not overly, very enjoyable.

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

Poured a 750ml bottle into a tulip. A hazy honey-yellow, with a surprising amount of sediment, as I hadn't riled the bottle. Effervescent, producing a lot - many fingers - of white head. Solid retention, nice lacing.

Smells... like spicy lemonade. Lemon rind. Some biscuit malt, especially gaining presence as the beer warms. Yeasty dough at the end. Very nice.

Lemon zest. White bread and candy sugar. Clove and a hint of pepper. Yeasty "dust" coats the palate at the end. Maybe the slightest bit of an ethanol flavor at the end, negligible and well integrated - 8% ABV is an afterthought.

A nice feel. Medium bodied, bubbly but not prickly carbonation.

I'm not sure anything can displace Duvel from my personal list of top strong Belgian pales, but this is a unique, tasty and just darn good brew.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy honey color with a thin but rich white head and sticky lacing coating the glass.

Bright aroma of bubblegum, banana, lemon, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and spices.

The taste and the aroma must have been separated at birth. They're identical. Finishes very clean with a hint of lemon. The 8% alcohol is well hidden.

Lighter bodied, crisp and dry, and well-carbonated.

Easy to drink and easier to enjoy.

Photo of Brewsmith
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach. Served in a goblet glass. Color is a golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is fruity bubblegum with a hint of spice. Flavors match the aroma with bubblegum and spice notes, also giving candy sugar sweetness and a little alcohol. Nice and light for the size and a dry finish. A nice Belgian beer to end the evening.

Photo of malcontent
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely, pale golden body with an appearance that is not quite opaque. Snowy, rocky head sits proudly atop leaving gobs of sticky lacing in its wake.

Spicy from the yeast, floral from the hops with plenty of barnyard and tang thrown in from the malt. This is what I expect from the style.

Much more malt sweetness on the palate with only moderate spice on the finish and really no mustiness to speak of whatsoever. A straightforward, if unadventurous, take on the classic Belgian pale ale.

Full-bodied with brisk carbonation expected from the aggressive Belgian yeast. A strong beer that would limit drinkability if looking to make a night out of it. However, very mild on the tongue if this were to be part of a tasting or if one had plans of switching beers for the evening at some point.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/10/2006 (bottle):

Huge head, white, good lacing, smallish bubbles, somewhat diminishing. Golden color, fizzy, pretty opaque. Very flowery aroma, alcoholy, like Allagash. Intense flower and spices aroma. Coriander, bananas. Fizzy taste, clean sweet aftertaste. Lightish taste compared with the aroma, bananas, flowers, spices. Slight bite of taste in the middle of the taste, but really creamy smooth finish. Not much alcohol taste (which is good) compared with the aroma. Tasty, but missing something in the taste, more fruit, too much flower. Light, slightly watery taste.

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a big, rocky head; clumps of lace leave a nice pattern on the chalice

Smell: An interesting blend of smells - lemony, yeasty, grassy and spicy, with distinct sweet, candi sugar undertones reminiscent of bit o'honey

Taste: Starts out dry and spicy, with lemon and coriander as the main thread; while the herbal flavors build to mid-palate, they are joined by a sweet anise flavor to balance them out; after the swallow, the grassy hops and yeasty flavors rise to the fore but the finish combines all of the elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with copious carbonation

Overall: Lots of complexity for this one and well deserving of its reputation

Photo of Riggo
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a turbid honey-golden color. large, sturdy, white, gorgeous, creamy head.
smells like rain, musty, cellary with lots of fruit--apples, pears, lemons. notes of coriander and pepper.
on palate, a bright dryness perfectly balanced with fruity--orange, lemon, grapefruit--and honeyish sweetness. some herbal--perhaps mint--notes. dry fruity finish.
very effervescent at first. as it warms, smoother and creamy.
very well balanced and therefore drinkable.

a simply beautiful product. so complex and so elegant. really a lot going on here, but in such harmony. this is beer at its finest.

Photo of Itoclown
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Drank from a wine glass.

Smell: Very fruity/Wheaty with a Belgian yeast background.
Look: Gold and hazy. Looked a LOT like wine.
Taste: Weird it looks like wine but it also tastes a little like wine. Also like fruity Belgium ale.
Mouthfeel: Smooth on the tongue. Leaves a fruity taste behind. Feels quenching on the tongue. Smooth, smooth, smooth.

Overall: Pretty solid beer but I think I prefer Houblin LaChouffe a lot more than this one. I will try this again. The bottle is cool as hell.

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,057 ratings.