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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,012
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 132
Gots: 216 | FT: 0
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Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website

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 paulman86
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

La chouffe review

a: pale golden clear scant head, abundant effevescense

s: predominant nice yeast aroma , fruit undertones

t: Excellent balance with no one dominant flavor component.. hint of spice from the coriander.

m:. unique champagne like quality. This brew in no way reveals it's 8 percent abv.

Overall: La Chouffe is a unique world class brew. The true champagne of bottled beers.

paulman86, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75 cl bottle in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy, sparkling golden with a rounded thin white head.

Spicy, fruity and sweet smell bursts out.

Taste is smpicy, sharp, sweet, and sour apple. Little aftertaste, just clean.

Snappy feel cleans each sip for the next.

Great drinking beer, as to be expected from D'Achouffe.

aubuc1, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought the La Chouffe because everyone said it was good. I thought Duvel would beat it out hands down based on what I saw on BA, but I actually like it much better. I think it has a much better balance than Duvel and at the same abv it has a similiar affect.

I poured mine into a La Chouffe glass (25 cL). It poured a fairly clear golden color and the second half was murky from the copious yeast sediment. The head it white and fluffy - but not quite as creamy as Duvel.

The aroma is like that of fresh baked bread and spices. This is a delicate yet earthy beer.

The mouthfeel is creamy and light all at once. And I think this leads to a very drinkable beer. If not for the 8% ABV I could drink this all day.

I really enjoyed this one and will definately have it again.

PerzentRizen, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

as soon as i opened it up, i smelled a skunkiness, i was really worried it was a really old one, or it somehow got crapped up, but i think its ok. regardless it looks fantastic, a beautiful golden color with a pure white sparkly head. smell is fantastic as well, belgians are just the best thing ever, i can't think of a better beer than a great belgian strong ale, or a trip/dubble taste just makes me want to move there and become a monk and swim in the beer. i really dont know what else to say, just amazing.

1fastz28, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of kinnaird
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale blonde, fluffy head. Smells of spices with a hint of hops and fusel alcohol. Tasty fruits are abound and the body is kept light. I drank this at my local, corporate, 200 tap watering hole, but because it was a warm day and work was over, it hit the spot. Solid Belgian strong pale.

kinnaird, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of naterock
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a pale blonde, white head that laces nicely.

smells of a grassy hop, a strange malt quality that I can't place

smooth, pappery, and oddly enough I think I taste mustard. don't worry this isn't a mustard beer, it has a very slight mustard whim in the aftertaste.

mouth is thin and slightly oily but smooth, sweet and very easily drank.

naterock, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear, bright golden, light amber, yellow and topped with a thick and bubbly just a bit off-white head, gets nice and hazy near the end after the yeast pour near the end of the bottle. Big fluffy head that eventually settles into a thin cap , leaving some really nice looking, classic, Belgian lace.

S: Bright and peppery spiciness, white pepper, fresh lemon rind and mustard green.

T/MF: Rather light and bubbly, slight acidity, mild breadiness, slight booziness, mild champagne fruitiness. With a bit of blue cheese the beer takes on a different character, cinnamon and clove, for example. Mild, slightly peppery, peach and pineapple. Medium bodied, light and crispy mouthfeel, big fluffy carbonation levels make for a light, but filling mouthfeel.

D: To remain rather light bodied for being as big as it is, this beer wins a lot of points in my book. Couple that with the great taste and you have for yourself one highly drinkable beer, that is worthy of multiple return visits.

bluemoonswoon, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy yellow color with a huge head that goes away in awhile. Has some lacing to it.

Smells citrusy, piny, very earthy like.

Nice sweet like taste to it with a little spice.

Light carbonation, smooth, little spice to it like before.

I would say this is a good drinkable beer.

tr4nc3d, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Vixie
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange color with a thick head, which doesn't last long, but leaves some lacing. It's cloudy when held up to the light, but still very nice looking.

Has a strong smell, to me was almost floral in character.

Taste is hard to pinpoint, not as strongly flavored as I expected, but still very good. There is a sweetness there, and the hops in the end keep it from being too sweet. Quite a bit of carbonation as well, the overall effect to me is a spicey sweetness. Quite good.

The carbonation helps the mouthfeel, gives it a bit of needed bite. Not much aftertaste to this one.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Duvel to me has a bit more flavor, but this isn't far behind. if you're a fan of this style, do yourself a favor and try this one.

Vixie, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML green bottle

This one is solid gold, slightly hazy with a lively white head that dissipates pretty quick, which is excellerated by the wide-mouth Chimay glass. There is plenty of lovely white foam left over though.

The nose has a sweet malt, like clear Belgian candy, musty, earthy almost meaty scent in the yeast. Honey and corriander with slight lemmon effects, big wheatie finish.

The malt is rather heady and sweet, as if a just a dash of honey runs through is quickly balanced with a classic, zesty, earthy belgian yeast crispness, it has a lively bite at first and then finishes light and smooth. The earthiness cannot be understated here, it's wheatie, herbal and spicey which gives it major depth. There's a tangy, green-leaf hop finsi right at the end with just a touch of heat that is very well hidden for 8% abv. There is a lingering sour-yeast effect that goes forever and is not my favorite aspect of this brew.

This is pretty much spot-on stuff and a pleasure to consume.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of funkengruven
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In Montreal on business, picked up a bottle of this at the local SAQ outlet around the corner from my hotel. This poured into the poor excuse of a glass that I have here a semi-cloudy orange, with tons of lacing and abundant head. Smell is malty, very nice, typical of a Belgian Ale. Taste is of malt, slight hop bitterness,
a slight honey sweetness, very tasty. This goes down smooth as silk, and I could drink this all day.

This is really good stuff, too bad I can't get it at home.

funkengruven, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light but cloudy gold body with a decent head and a lace ring to match. Light to medium bodied, a great fruit (citric, dark, heavy all rolled in there) taste and carbonation that dances on the tongue. Complimented by some mild maltiness and a dry backbite that seems to come from some spices for a very smooth, very lively drink. This is a great beer.

clayrock81, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of WHROO
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a pale golden nectar colour, vibrant, huge head with a champagne like corbonation - very moussey & alive. Great head retention
Honey malts in the aroma, with a little spicey hops, grassy & a fraction bready...
Taste was sensational, just soooo smooth. Layered with honey malty sweetness at first followed by spices/cloves in the middle & finishes with a little bitterness & alcohol flavour. The finish leaves the tongue refreshed, alive & wanting more...thank god we had a little more to refill our glasses.
This is one I could drink & drink...just loved it.

WHROO, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Roeters
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a slight haze to it, thin white head the quickly turns to nothing, continues with a light lacing

From the moment the bottle is cracked open the aroma can be detected, a slightly sweet aroma with hints of spice

nice spice note in the front with a mild middle and a great finish.

The fizzy release upon the beer hitting the back of the mouth

All that I can say is that I wish I had bought the bomber instead of the 12oz this one glass is not enough.

Roeters, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third beer from la Brasserie D'Achouffe and so far they have all been winners. La Chouffe is golden in color, has great lacing and retention.

Belgian yeastiness is apparent on the nose as well as spicing, grassy hops and pale malts.

Tastes of grassy hop bitterness, spices (yeast), slight fruitiness and sweet malts.

irishkyle21, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in glass with La Chouffe written on the side. Very cool at Der Braumesiter in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Light body, Yellow brown body, No head by the time the waitress brought it to our table.

S No smell that I could detect. If there was ANY it might have been a little hoppy.

T Moderately hoppy, interesting.

M Light to moderately heavy mouthfeel.

D Good for the high ABV.

Notes: This is not my favorite Strong Pale Ale but a very good example none the less. I highly recommend it.

adamette, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-blonde color with high carbonation, and a nice head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is smooth, bready and spicy with some hop bitterness showing through as well.

Taste is spicy with a hint of raisin upfront, followed by a bit of spiciness/sweetness and a mild hop bite at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is bready with lots of carbonation and a bit of spiciness.

Drinkability is decent with this ale. The carbonation is a bit rough but the overall taste is good enough to warrant trying it. If I had another bottle, I'd probably age it for 6 months, possibly longer. At least you can't tell the alcohol content.

Brad007, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light murk of honey. medium foam condenses and some lace. smell of sugar sweet, clove, and light orange peel. as it gets warmer the characteristics of alcohol come out with some vanilla. the taste is sweet at first with friut then hop lingering. nice herbal blend, but not dry. very nicely blended flavors. it could be a bit less sweet though. i don't think a great beer to let sit for a very long time as the palate seems to go a bit flat with fructose. not as spicy or dry as expected...

wonderful besides that... will try again...

had another two months later... and didn't seem like the sugar was broad faced in the palate as much as before. nice assistance... more honey like... more pollen like. quite a bit better. still would recommend for the american hop head joe IPA. try the De Dolle Dulle Teve... more interesting hop character with the belgian sugar quality... although it is a triple.

rtepiak, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of froghop
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a semi-cloudy orangish with a very large white foamy head, lively carbonation, sediment floating around, very good lacing.

smell is apricot, peach, pear, yeast, and spice.

taste is dry and thick on the tongue, peach, pear, spice, malt, slightly sour, finishes dry with just a touch of bitterness.

froghop, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, transparent color with thick snowy head that clings to the glass. Aroma of sweet vanilla and a bed of flowers welcomes you in. Medium body with slight malt and citrus notes, finishing with a touch of vanilla and spices that linger. A well hidden 8.0% ABV behind some real flavor and charm. An enjoyable summer time beer with an amiable personality.

JRed, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden/orange color, bright, with a thick fluffy head which is maintained leaving some wonderful lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation. This beer is very smooth with amazing drinkability. A bit light but the flavors blend nicely. Sweet malts, yeast, semi-tart fruits, with a floral hop character. Perhaps a bit fragrant. Again, at first it all seems a little light but the further I worked through the beer the more I appreciated it's delicate nature. Very nice.

changeup45, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of becktone
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eye: Perfectly clear golden orange in color. Dense, thick, white rocky head that just sustains itself...you can go to grab a bite to eat and it'll still be there. Lacing could use work, then again this is a new glass, La Chouffe glass, to be specific.

Nose: Sweet and fruity (faint notes of apple juice) candy aroma from this Belgian. Spicy hop notes and spicy alcohol notes as well. Nice strong aroma, strong malt backbone, and some coriander-strong notes of it, like a wit.

Tongue: Huge spices in taste, with big coriander flavor. Alcohol is noticeable and plays a role in balancing the brew out as well as adding complexity. Some of that apple fruitiness is also here. Overall this is one spicy ale. Aftertaste is harsh, with definite alcohol notes lingering....it works well for this beer though, it doesn't bother me. Sweet and strong malt backbone supports the spices that are happening at the foreground in the beer's flavor profile.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This one is on the lighter side for body and finishes semi-dry. Low levels of delicate carbonation that quickly fade and leave the palate. Alcohol isn't hidden all that well, however its presence enhances the overall experience when drinking this beer. Its warmth adds to the feel and semi-dryness of the palate, its taste helps to balance out and add complexity to the overall flavor.... This is one I'll drink again, one I'll buy again, and one I'll recommend to people. Overall quite a nice beer. In my opinion its almost a mix of Tripel-the dominant spicy notes mixed with a Belgian Strong Pale-the sweeter notes. This isn't one I'd look to for either as a definition of a style, but it is quite good. Give it a try.

becktone, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slurped down a 750mL bottle of this with a few people on...


at the Delirium Cafe in Brussel. Tripelish hazy gold look, great retention, aromas of banana with noted hop presence, more of the same in the palate with fruits, spices, almost wheaty, exceptionally easy drinking, really, really with we could get this stuff in Ontario. Beats McChouffe easily in my mind, recommended!

Antilochus, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, it was a gusher! Started prying the cap, and immediately had to move the operation to the sink, as foam began cascading down the bottle...but oh, well.

Pours a beautiful glowing golden color, big rocky tan head settles into an off-centered island of foam in the beer, thick sheets of lacing clinging to the glass. Smell is full of fruity goodness, some apple, some lemon, faint peach, lots of pepper and spice notes. Very delicate balance of flavors here, plenty of the apple coming through, a refreshing peppery zing, tartness aplenty. Excellent mouthfeel, really active little bubbles, super-refreshing...this could be a very unexpected summertime treat. This is something I'll be drinking plenty of in the future...fantastic Belgian beer.

corey0212, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Zadok
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle.

The initial appearance of this beer is almost perfect for the type. Straw golden yellow with a 1 finger pure white head and mild lacing that kept up with the descending brew.

The aroma was one of the better in recent memory; this brew has the gambit of banana, bubble gum, coriander, and clove spices.

The taste does not disappoint, clove spice predominant but coriander and a banana bubble gum right behind it. Top that off with a mild pepper alcohol and you should be set for the next hour while consuming.

Mouth feel was nice and smooth, medium carbonation left a little bite after each swig.

This is the summer brew I have been looking for several months now. I would consume this out a used cowboy boot if needed. Absolutely delicious!

Zadok, Aug 03, 2008
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,012 ratings.