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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,134 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,134
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 162
Gots: 292 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 2,134 | Reviews: 842
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL corked bottle into a textured crystal wine glass. Many thanks to Durge and ohoove for sharing libations!

A: Poured a golden yellow color with a slight chilled haze and sediment floating beneath a nice cap of bubbly white foam. This brew had some nice retention and lacing.

S: Smells sweet and peppery, with a hint of banana and phenol alcohol. No real hop whiff.

T: The taste is quite bubbly, and errs in the classic Belgian pale style. Bananas, cloves and a sweet, peppery mint gum flavor round out the sweet fruit flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly.

D: I probably wouldn't pick up two to share, unless it were among a large number of people, and I likely couldn't take down a bottle myself. At 8%, don't take it lightly, but feel free to keep sipping if it suits you.

The flavor is fine and all, but I was expecting more of a hop presence, and was let down when I didn't find it. Since it was billed as a Belgian IPA, I guess I was naive about how the style would probably come out. Oh well.

Photo of philipquarles
3.26/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Cafe Pelikaan in Antwerp.

Pours a nice hazy gold with a fluffy snow-white head. Recedes gradually.

Smells of fruits (pears, a hint of banana?), sugar, and a bit of yeast.

Taste is decent, but a bit unbalanced. The sugary sweetness overpowers the slight hoppiness that is usually present in pale ales.

It felt good on the palate, but was just too sweet to make it really drinkable for me.

Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the local supermarket (after it was bought-out by a French mega-chain). The beer pours a hazy golden hue with a modest head. Lots of lace, thought. The aroma is quite good....lots of floral qualities. Flowers and light pale malt. A touch of hops, black pepper (honestly), subtle spice, and yeast...the aroma provides the framework for this brew. The taste is moderately sweet and full of spice. Nice alcohol warming. Moderate carbonation and a little hop bitterness in the back. The beer has a terrific lingering aftertaste. Although it's not as flavor-forward as a lot of great Belgians, this beer is engaging and very enjoyable. The peppery aspect is very enjoyable. Certainly worth having again.

Photo of spointon
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 750ml green bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a pale yellow color with a slight chill haze and TONS of yeast particles in suspension. The white head was initially out of control at 3", but quickly settled to a thin skim. Lacing was decent.

S= The smells of this ale were a mix of pale malts, fruit (mostly peaches), funky yeast (like grandma's basement), and alcohol.

T= This ale had a distinct Belgian mix of flavors including biscuity pale malts, fruit, spice, and funky yeast leading into a dry alcohol finish. Altogether delicious!

MF= The mouth feel of this brew was very light due to the high carbonation release.

D= This is an excellent and very drinkable offering. I will be seeking more of this one!

Photo of Gmann
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a hazy toasted straw color with a nice and fluffy pure white head that left rings of lace as it dissipated. The aroma is big with pale Beglian malt/yeast, corriander, tart apple, juicyfruit. Closer to the Wit side of the Belgian world. The taste is of pale malt, slight Belgian yeast spiciness, subtle corriander, a touch of sweetness from the candi sugar, a touch of pepper/earthiness and a hint of tropical fruit. Not big bold BSPA flavors but clean and well balanced. The feel is fairly light and fizzy carbonation, though not overly carbonated; finishes slightly sweet but balanced. Hides the booz-a-hol very well. Another Chouffe winner, not bold BSPA flavors but perfectly balanced.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale lemon. Some yeasties hovering around the bottom. Thick bubbly head and clingy sticky lace latches itself to the sides of the glass.

Skunky tart apple, wheaty yeast and malt in the aroma.

Super fizzy frothy mouthfeel that dissolves the body, turning every sip into a perpetual frothy head. Skunkiness aired out pretty quickly and I began to get the nuances of this brew. Dry and then really sweet before finishing a bit sweet (almost fake-sweet, like sweetnlow or equal) and wheaty.

Fruity peach, cannabis (probably the skunking coming through), and a bit buttery and excedingly smooth.

Overall a damn fine beer! I wish my bottle wasn't skunked. There's gotta be something to make these guys get rid of green bottles!!!

Photo of dmamiano
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 3/15/2010.
pours light straw in color, nice head and lacing observed.
Smells of spice, gumballs and malts. Earthy and sweet.
Taste is smooth, mouthfeel big. Spces again prevail with the typical Belgian funk displayed in earnest.
Very, very good beer.
One of my favorite styles.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Golden colored with a nice white head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Big lacing.

Aroma of bubble gum, some light spice and nice sweet maltiness. Tastes of sweet malt and spicy hops. Some honey notes evident as well. Very clean and not a lingering finish at all. Hides it's 8 percent well. A nice easy drinker.

Some big body, yet an easily drinkable beer.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl capped bottle, poured into a tulip yields a sunny golden orange body crowned with three fingers of fine-bubbled, creamy white head that leaves foamy rings of lacing.

Smell is orangey with a zip of lemon, a little juniper, and a wonderful aroma of peppery spices.

Taste is a refreshing malty orange with just the right amount of dryness and a slight mineral element. Notes of coriander, black and white peppercorns and a little heat mark the aftertaste.

A quaffable soda-pop disguised as a strong Belgian ale, this beer hides its ABV very well. A fun drink that reminds me of a Creamsicle, only without the stick.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light golden/orange color. Light head that becomes more of a thick & uneven film with a bit of lacing.

Smell: Aroma of yeast, spices, and grains. Slightly bitter.

Taste: Generally mild taste of yeast and grains. A bit of balance with honey-like flavors towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth and light- to medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation is most present towards the finish.

Drinkability: Noticeable but moderate alcohol.

A decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but it fails to capture my attention.

Photo of cbros
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 11 ounce bottle, best before 2010, other than that no freshness date

Appearance- Poured a murky golden orange with sediment floating in the beer. I would guess that is the leftover yeast. Had a white little white lace that stayed till finish.

Smell- Hints of fruit maybe orange and hops, clove and pepper. Mellow in its combination of flavors.

Taste- Tastes of orange and hops that finishes bitter. Also has a dry pale malt ending.

Drinkability- Tried this after researching other Belgian Strong Pale Ales and am glad that I gave it a try. Not as commanding as others I have tried in the same family but nontheless a good Stronp Belgian PA.

Photo of julian
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: nice golden hay color with slight tangerine hue (almost looks like a hefeweizen), with visible carbonation. thick bubbly white head with medium retention and very decorative spotty lacing.

S: grassy with a fruity esters and mild floral aroma. sweetness to the nose as well.

T: can taste citrus fruits, maybe banana, pear? mildly alcoholic, but mostly masked. taste is slightly sweet with a creamy aftertaste.

M: very bubbly and carbonated. the frothy head along with the balance of citrus and other fruit, malting and carbonation make this an easy drink.

D: due to the ABV and fizziness I could probably only drink 1 PT bottle of these in a sitting...doesn't mean it isn't a great beer though!

Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap poured into a goblet at Cafe Hollander in Milwaukee. pours a pale gold color with two fingers of tight white head.

aroma is of pale malts with a light hop presence, and banana esters. the hops are floral and subtle, but add nicely to the profile.

taste is of smooth malt and fruit up front, with a dry, floral hop finish. simple in profile, but nocely crafted.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish and a light bite from CO2. no alcoholic presence.

drinkability is good. this is an easy going belgian with a smooth and pleasing hop presence. cheers!

Photo of auxiliary
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Golden color with a nice large white head.

smell - Smells of yeast, bread, sna spices here.

taste - Has a sweet taste of spices and some mild hops present with a dry ending taste.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - I know this is popular,but felt it was overrated. I thought it was an ok beer, above average, but nothing that I would says wow you have try this.

Photo of RomanW70
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Julian's in Providence. Pours cloudy orange with a huge white head. Aroma of banana, grass, yeast, and citrus. Flavor of grass, citrus, and slightly spicy. Finish is slightly bitter. Medium mouthfeel and medium=high carbonation. Nicely complex beer.

Photo of redmagik99
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy pale orange, ok retention. Smells sweet, citrusy, coriander. Coriander definitely present in the taste, though not overbearing. Citrusy smell becomes more of an orange-lemon tangy bitterness, most likely imparted by the hops. Good use of hops - sweetness nicely balanced out. The overall zestiness is really reminiscent of a wit beer. Combined alcohol, hops, and high carbonation makes the liquid dance in my mouth. I wouldn't say the 8% is totally unexpected but like many well made belgian ales, it really doesn't hurt the drinkability. Recommended.

Photo of daythree16
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25.4 oz. bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with some yeast floating in the glass. Massive foamy head that leaves a large cap in the middle of the glass.

Smell is very spicy with aromas of orange peel and coriander. Taste was spicy as well, but with less citrus than the nose. A very alcoholic warmth finishes it off.

Light to medium mouthfeel with a very carbonated, high alcohol punch. The beer is a delicious warmer that is definitely a sipper.

Photo of Pleepleus
2.62/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this with fellow BA Moxley. Poured from a Petit bottle into a goblet, had apricot color and almost very little head that settled to nothing. The aroma was light and malty, but the taste was heavy spice up front with light malty flavor. It got better as it warmed and the sediment sips saved it from disapionting to acceptable, but still not something I would buy again. I wish I had BA member 3080's experience with this one, maybe we had a bad bottle.

Photo of Slynger
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La Chouffe pours a pale hazy golden hay color with a nice large and fluffy white cap.

Very light floral and crystal malty sweetness with some golden orchard fruits and yeasty spice.

Classic Belgian full and fuzzily, massagingly, smooth carbonation. Malty, grainy, yeasty tasting with lots of noble hop spiciness to it. Fruit is extremely light and somewhat lacking.

Pretty good overall but second tier to the best of the style.

Photo of Moxley
2.53/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Opaque peach color with a head that settled quickly with nothing by Emilio Estevez left hanging on for dear life. Sketchy, watery lacing.

S - Faint malt aroma, not much to report in this category.

T - Spiced apple malt up front with floral undertones. Bitter sweet finish with a strong alcohol presence.

M&D - Highly carbonated, and a bit creamy.

A little disappointed in this one. I was expecting a more complex beer.

I'd like to give a shout out to BA reviewer 3080. I don't think anyone can top his/her review of this beer.

Photo of hyland24
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this from my buddy Moxley (aka-Chuck). Thanks pal.

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Impressive hazy blond with a firm even white head leaving an even sheet of lacing covering the entire walls of the goblet. Sweet smell of apple, pear, apricot and peaches. The taste was spicy with sweet fruit, apples, white grapes and hoppy spice with a slightly dry champagne finish. Heavy carbonation although it suits this beer well. Nice sweet mouth coating that lingers after the swallow. Very impressed with this one. Try it if you get the chance. No comment on that little fucker on the bottle, I wont give him the satisfaction.

Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a super hazy light gold color. After opening I found the head slowly creeping out of the top of my bottle before I even got to pour it. I nice looking white foamy head here that left some lacing.

S- A ton of citrus here. Maybe even an apple smell. Could also pick up some grassy hops and some spice smells.

T- Got to me a too cold so I let it warm up. Started out sweet and finished with a nice spice flavour to it maybe even a little cinnamon here at the end. Very nice tasting.

M- a little creamy but overall very nice.

D- Drinkable yes...just don't think I could put these away all the time.

Photo of jar2574
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big bubbly head, dissapates quicky due to high carbonation. An opaque yellow color.

Nice smell. Spices, citrus, earth and hops.

The beer tastes tart up front, with spices. But its aftertaste is slightly watered down and flat, and also sugary. This water / sugar effect prevents it from standing out. The heavy carbonation and the sugar reminds me of soda pop.

This beer seems on the verge of greatness, but comes up a little short. A touch too flat and watery. But it's easy to drink, I'll give it that. And I'll have another.

Photo of Strix
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a good head. Some particles because I did a crappy job of decanting.

Smell is pleasant but underwhelming. Clove and spices.

Taste is very muted for me, especially at first. I'll let this warm.
* waiting... *
Okay, flavors come out a bit more as it warms. Buttery, lemony, faint spices, black pepper. Very subtle. Alcohol hidden.

Mouthfeel good, refreshing, and easy to drink.

This is quite refreshing, but the taste is incredibly faint. seems just this side of water. This is not really a knock, but I'm kind of amazed at the lack of definite tastes I can pick up in this. It's not like a poor macro lager, which is watery and sad, it's like water, yet light and crisp.

Photo of jenbys2001
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was pleased that my first experience with this beer was on tap. This is an excellent beer, although it's funny - my first impression was that it tasted and smelled a bit like a creamy Hefeweizen. It tasted a bit smoky, with hints of peaches and bananas. It had a delicious appearance in the glass, with a hazy gold color and a frothy head. It also had hints of spiciness - clove and pepper with a light hoppiness to the finish. Overall a really excellent, drinkable beer. It also makes an impression on tap, my friends and I are still discussing this brew several days later.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,134 ratings.