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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,095
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 146
Gots: 258 | FT: 0
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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 dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie d'Achouffe's Dobbelen IPA was without a doubt one of my favorite beers of all time, so I had high hopes for their Belgian Strong Pale Ale... this one didn't disappoint... after loving their last two samples, I must say this is an outstanding brewery specializing in some real, authentic, outstanding brews that really hit home and impress with their distinctive high quality... Pours a wonderful golden color with decent foamy head... serious carbonation is visible behind a grainy, straw-colored hue... Teriffic ripe-fruit smell, with a crisp, fresh, light, aroma... taste was full of grapefruit, bananas, sweet candy, with a clear, crisp flavor full of yeast... the 8% ABV is not detected behind a rich conglomeration of fruit-filled flavors that dance on the tongue... amazing, rich, tasty mouthfeel with ultra-easy drinkability that goes down crisp, clear, clean, and smooth... no trouble drinking this one... a world-class brew... Definitely recommended...

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle to chalice at North 3rd Bar in Philly. Years back this was one of my first introductions to Belgian beer and have only now had the chance to really reflect on it.

Golden straw color, hazy, with great head retention, almost 3 fingers. Head stays for pretty much the duration of the drink. Loads of lace along the glass. Aroma is sweet with some peppery hints, also some honey. Taste reflects the aroma, but not with as much sweetness as I would have expected. Lots of fruit flavoring, some apple and citrus, along with some honey, also some coriander and some peppery spice. However the fruity flavoring is soon subdued by a dry hoppiness and soft alcohol glow. Mouthfeel is fizzy, reminding me a little of a Duvel, but full and coating. Very drinkable, 8% is not incredibly high, and the complexity of the flavors allow for continual imbibing contemplation.

Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was from a 750 ml bottle from bevmo, so who knows how old it was. The beer was a nice semi-dark golden color with a tall fluffy white head that had some moderate retention for a belgian beer. The only reason I didn't give the appearance a higher rating is that I could see yeast floating around in the bottle, and this is after it sat in the fridge for a week.

The aroma was very sweet and of belgian yeast (the high abv yeast that is used in a lot of tripels). The flavor was very nice. The extreme sweetness balanced out the 8% abv. I am assuming that the color and sweetness are from candi sugar. There is a moderate hop bitterness and a fairly high carbonation that give it some bite. Very nice.

This beer had a relatively heavy body which is somewhat rare with these belgian golden ales. I am hop head so I really like the thickness of the strong american ales. This was an extremely drinkable beer and will most certianly try it again.

Photo of AlexJ
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed glowing honey colored pour with a towering 3 finger head that displays epic retention, filming my Urthel mushroom goblet in sheets of lace.

Aroma is nice but seems diminished somehow. Pale Belgian malts, some candi and spice, light pepper and grass.

Thankfully the flavor is much bigger than the nose. Excellently structured layers of pale malts, a touch of something pilsneresque, and dry crackers are met by notes of citrus, coriander, white pepper, pinapple, and green apple. Overall quite dry but fruity. Quite complex.

The mouthfeel is excellent, creamy and full yet light on the palate with an airey feel. Consumed by itself this time, this would make a superb beer to pair food with.

This was one of the first Belgian beers I really liked and have dismissed it for the past 6-7 years. I must say i've been missing out.

Photo of AaronRed
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit dissapointed by this one- I had very high expectations. Pourned nicely, a bit hazy- but nice creamy head. As I drank the bottle, I could see the extra yeast diposit. Nice spicey aromas and flavors- definetely on the dry side, even though there was some sweetness as it mellowed. Clearly enjoyable, but not distinctive. Too much competition at this price.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Petit bottle filled right to the collar of the neck. Never seen a bottle this full before...

It pours hazy yellowish-amber. Under closer examination I realize that this beer is full of tiny particles suspended with an almost neutral buoyancy. Tiny bubbles of mild carbonation rise up through the sediment forming a small, but retentive head. Nice lacing as it drinks down. This beer smells wonderful. There is a wild, musty yeast aroma that rises from a smooth, light malt undertone. Very fruity/spicy. I smell an almost pineapple sweetness and I can notice alcohol after a long smell, but it definitely isn't a hot smell. The flavor is very complex. Incredibly smooth and creamy with mellow and sweet general flavors. Citrus, candi sugar, apples, pineapple, and spicy and bitter hops at the end. The alcohol tingles your tongue after a while and the sweetness subsides and the bitterness becomes more prevalent. This is an ever-changing beer. The body is pretty dry giving it a very light and lively mouthfeel.

Overall, this is what I would consider a more refined and finer tuned version of La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue. More delicate and complex, but a similar fruit flavor and yeast aroma/flavor. Better hopped and more interesting flavor profile IMO.

I enjoyed this one with some chunks parmesan peppercorn baguette. The peppercorn works well with the dryness and hops.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml from the Coop for I think about $4.50.. poured into my Kasteel tulip.

Careful pour left a nice 1/2" head and good lacing for the entire glass.... more important a steady hand produced a clear honey golden brew.

Nose seems like a "Belgian" lite... a little flat smelling. Belgian pale malts with only slight expected esters.

Thankfully the flavor is miles ahead of the aroma. Belgian pale malts are heavy with a touch of candy sugar and spicy notes. Some fruitiness ... lite white peaches and a little melon... spices remind me of white pepper .. cumin .. and coriander... maybe a touch of orange peel. Lite/medium viscosity and more than adequate little bubble carbonation.

Maybe only the 3rd time I've had this brew... I always look over it, because my brew stores typically only carry the 750's and I try and get smaller bottles because my ADD tells me I must try something else... good choice even though the nose is definately lacking.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed orange gold with a white head. Nose is yeasty and citrus. Flavor is strong with apparent yeast influence and a minute citrus edge. Sweet, but not overly so. Definite influence from spices, but not overpowering by any means. Feel is good with carbonation. Pretty standard for the style, but still good. Highly drinkable. I’d go back to this again and again...and again.

Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderful Belgium. Girls find the Grimble Grumble Gnome cute. Biding my time with this beer, I find it lovely. Opened it to find it bubbling out into onto my counter, quickly into my glass. A Spiced Blondie, she had lots of carbonation and lots of suspended yeast (best I could tell, of those little floaters). The guy who devised Oberon & Two Hearted recommended this so I had to try. I can see why. This beer would be amazing on draught at the source.

Photo of korndog
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer ended up with a higher rating than I thought it would when I first tried it. It' just that the mouthfeel and drinkability are so memorable that I am drawn to it when I want something cool. Not much more to say besides what has been written except that I find this to be like a dumb blond chick that's good in the sack. I don't want to marry her, but she's great fun on a summer day.

Photo of Lukie
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly cloudy golden with a huge fluffy white head that slowly dropped into a nice thick layer. The layer of head stayed for the whole of the glass, and it was wonderful.

Not much aroma at all. Some slight apple, with a caramel finish and some sligh alcohol. For the style, I was expecting something stronger and more complex.

Mild sour fruits, some citrusy lemon, slight grapefruit, and some sour green grape. Slight spice, clove, coriander.
The taste is not overpowering, and for the style incredibly easy drinking and smooth. Definently worth the price for an easy drinking belgian night. The mouth is smoot and nicely carbonated.

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

Golden, transparent, peach body with a thick bubbly, foamy head and gorgeous lace. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, and spicy. Alcohol is slightly noticable. Elements of sour fresh apple skin, white pepper, and clove.

Flavor boasts spicy sour fruits and sweeter malts. Very bitter as it goes down which accentuates the spice profile. Light hops also make an appearance.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La chouffe is for the most part a standard belgian golden. nothing particularly amazing ( other than the fact that its brewed by dwarves!) but a great drink none the less. it pours super carbonated, but a suprisingly small head ( for a golden that is) taste is basically a weaker yet smoother version of the dobbelen IPA triple) smooth and bubbly, taste of hops and has almost a white ale twinge to it, clearly belgian in character. Good brew

Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is dark golden/light honey-orange in color with a small head that settles fast. LOTS of sediment floaties in suspension.

S: Fruity and spicy, but neither are particularly strong in the nose. There's a faint mustiness that becomes more noticeable as it warms.

T: First impression is spice -- coriander. Next is the fruit -- peaches and apricots. Then a bit of hop bitterness finishes it off, with the bite of tart apple skins at the back of the mouth. A fruity sweetness lingers in the aftertaste, however, so this is decently balanced all around.

M: Very good mouthfeel in the way that Belgians seem to do it best -- a spritzy feel makes it finish nice and clean and feel lighter than it really is.

D: Pretty good. Nicely balanced flavors and a clean, dry feel make this one go down pretty easily.

Photo of kundabuffer
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell of faint allspice, raspberry, malt and cream. The taste starts off light and tangy with carbonation, finishing heavier with more yeast presence, nutmeg and citrus. I don't quite like this as much as their "double IPA tripel" but it is very good.

Photo of markaberrant
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - I cracked it open and it gushed like champagne. It looks like one of those snow things that you shake up - there is small yeast particles dancing amidst all of the carbonation. Colour is a clear golden orange, with big puffy white head that ain't going nowhere anytime soon. Tons of lacing left behind.

S - fresh scents of honey, pears and pepper

T - closely matches the aroma, great balance of sweetness and spice. Very smooth flavours, yet not bland at all.

M - light bodied, yet the carbonation creates a fullness. Tons of carbonation, but very smooth. Alcohol is barely detectable, incredibly well hidden.

D - highly enjoyable and dangerously drinkable

This gets high scores across the board, I can't think of anything I dislike about this beer, it is solid through and through. I wasn't sure what I would think of this because I had already sampled Achouffe's Houblon IPA, and I think it is out of this world, so I figured this might bore me a little, but it is not the case at all. And I still can't get over how easy this beer is to drink!

Photo of Squelch
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden with a high white foaming head that dissipates fast

S: Lemony hops dominate the aroma, with a slight malt aroma.

T: Well rounded with a touch of residual sweetness and some tart sourness is present. Little to no heat from the alcohol

M: Twinge of carbonation is evident. A little puckering from the sourness.

D: Highly drinkable beer.

Photo of tastybeer
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yummy looking, hazy orange, apricot color under a white soapy head. Large and fluffy at first then dense and creamy. Aroma is very crisp and refreshing. Citrus, sugar cookies, banana ice cream, flowery spice, pepper...all yummy and creamy. Taste is deep with all sorts of uplifting stuff as well. Great creamy texture with fuzzy fine carbonation.

Delightful to drink.

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

Hazed golden color, vigorous carbonation supporting a nice frothy head. Spicy, grassy hop aromas meld with sugar cookies, coriander, and citrus. Malt sweetness, oranges, and spicy hops with fruity esters and a slight hint of alcohol. Effervescent body, crisp, and fairly light. Good stuff.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a Ommegang glass and courtesy of Brian.

Cloudy golden body like a hefe.Nice white head with some nice lacing.

Belgian yeasty smell and some fruit.

Yeast and hop flavor in there.

Mouthful is very smooth and easy on the palate.Very complex

I like this beer but it isnt my favorite style .

Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75cl.), tasted in 1999.
Big chouffe (1,5 L), tasted in january 2009.

Appearance : copper color (veiled), with beautifull compact foam head.
Smell : spicy (corriander), yeast and hops on a set off grass.
Taste and mouthfeel : well round and full in the mouth, fruity notes, it reveals a nice balanced bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong ale.

Review translated from french 7-9-2008.

Photo of crazybrody06
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 755ml bottle labled best by end of 2008 into a pint glass. Huge white head with tiny bubbles that lasted a while. Lots of yeast floating in the glass and bottle. The smell is spice with sweet fruits as well although not as strong as it could have been. The taste is very complex with the sweet fruits, very nice spicyness and little hop bitterness thrown in at the end. This is a very drinkable brew and I would love to have again.

Photo of pwoods
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,095 ratings.