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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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1,807 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,807
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 121
Gots: 151 | 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 daledeee


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy yellow/orange with a head that sticks around. Nose is very clovy and fruity(apricot or peach). Taste is clove and fruit. The carbonation is medium. The hops come through quite well in this brew. A fairly bitter finish for a belgian. I like the malt blend also. Alcohol is not prominent. But warms a little afterward.

Large bottles were always available, but we just got the small bottles in our area. Definitely one of the best Belgian pale ales I have had. It is getting better as I drink it. Oops! It's almost gone.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 15:44:34 | More by daledeee
Photo of jreitman


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spicy cloves in aroma with a nice underlying sweetness. Orange and spice in the mouth, possibly orange peel, but not quite identifiable. Acidic tang was noticed on back of tongue that may have been due to carbonation. Orange gold in color with visible carbonation. Overall, good but the tang got in the way and the beer wasn't overly complex

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 09:56:19 | More by jreitman
Photo of Indybeer


2.68/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1Pt 9.4 oz bottle. Poured a hazy golden color, with a descent head that receded quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma is of musty straw, citrus, and malt.Taste is earthy and musty. A very different taste for me. There is some sweetness in there, and a slightly bitter finish. You can feel the warmth from the alcohol. This is a little to earthy for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 19:33:11 | More by Indybeer
Photo of MaineBeerMan


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color, not quite orange, with a pillowy head of sticky, lacy foam that never quite fades completely.
Aromas of cut straw, and a bit of fruity sweetness and a certain earthiness, like the aroma of a forest on a rainy fall day.
Flavors of clove, light citrus notes and perhaps just a dash of sour apple.
Very effervescent mouthfeel, like a champagne, with a body somewhere just below medium.
Nice drinkable and tasty brew, would pair well with a variety of milder foods or make a nice contrast to a good spicy pizza.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 19:53:17 | More by MaineBeerMan
Photo of WaltTrombone

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark golden color, with a chunky off-white head. The aroma is mildly spicy, with hops and citrus notes. The taste is malt, clove, citrus, ash, hops. It has a light, smooth mouthfeel, with a tangy, medium carbonation. A dry hoppiness finishes it off.

I found this beer to have less intensity than the Canadian version, called Blonde d'Achouffe, which is brewed under license by Brasseurs du Nord, see that review here...


The Belgian version is less extroverted, IMHO, but still a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 11:56:05 | More by WaltTrombone
Photo of avylover


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a nice snow-white frothy head. There's yeast floating around in this stuff like crazy, really suspended even after given awhile to settle. Nice extra fruity aroma. The taste carries on fruity, but adds some pepperiness that mellows out the fruitiness. This is definitely a spiced beer,as advertised on the bottle. Nice carbonation in the mouth and very easy to drink, nice & warm going down. I feel this beer could use bit more oomph in the taste department.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 18:30:44 | More by avylover
Photo of nomad


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A soft golden color, with lots of carbonation. Slightly rocky foamy-type of head formed, and for the most part stayed put. Lace was quick to break. Nose was hoppy with light flower smells and some grassy-like notes, citrusy, and as it opened more and more coriander came out.

A very light taste but beautifully done: a citrusy taste that was not lemon but not orange, probably curacao. Bitterness was light in drying my tongue, as was the carbonation also light in palate activity, and a little sweetnees pokes through as well. Texture was mostly creamy and slightly oily.

A great beer, I'd say! Though this is deemd a strong pale ale, its spunky but appealing nose and light but enjoyable taste puts it far away from this style's standards (e.g. Duvel). Likably unique in its blend of citrus, coriander, Pilsner malt, and Golding and Saaz hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 13:57:14 | More by nomad
Photo of Mitchster


3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Effervescent, lightly cloudy golden brew forms a 3" thick, dense, peaking white head atop medium bubbles with dense solid sheets of lace. Strong carbonation with tons of swirling bubbles. Aroma is of bavarian wheat cloves and mild banana esters, tart applejuice, and while I don't smell lemons, there certainly is an acidic tartness in the aroma. Mouthfeel is crisp and explodes on the tongue with a light body. Taste starts with a dry, grainy, non-hop bitterness, fades into a strong, yet clean alcohol peppery bite, a here-then-gone pale malt background, and ends in a very dry, astringent fruitiness with very subtle fusels and some bready yeastiness. No sourness or Belgian Funk noted. Throw in some Pediococcus and Brett and they have a great beer, but as is, it just doesn't do much for me. A nice little spritzer, but ultimately lacking much character.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 13:28:53 | More by Mitchster
Photo of HopheadEd


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Belgian Strong, pours a hazy yellow, not quite opaque, with a big frothy head that slowly fades to a nice 1/2 inch. Lace throughout the glass. Aromas of sweet fruit, lemon and spices, most noticably, clove. Some honey and banana noticed in the taste, as well as some spices, nutmeg, and maybe some pepper. A creamy mouthfeel with a slight carbonation that is not overpowering. Very drinkable at 8%, a nice version of the style. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 18:50:18 | More by HopheadEd
Photo of Longstaff


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head froths up to a pillowy dream like cloud when poured into my goblet and settles down to a quarter inch of frothy foam. There is a strong floral aroma mixed in with a lemony - pepper, wheatish smell. The body is a sweet medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. There are many flavors in this beer and some are hidden and hard to pick out but the ones that stand out are lemon, pepper, coriander, heather, and most certainly - clove. Finishes somewhat sweet on the tounge. A great belgian ale that ranks right up their with my favorites. Why did I wait so long to try this?

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2003 14:17:28 | More by Longstaff
Photo of mickeymac


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

It pours a pretty gold with a fat white head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. It has a slightly lemony smell with just a bit of spice. The taste is fairly light, but everything in it comes together very nicely. The mouthfeel is creamy and it leaves a nice layer of beer and foam on the top lip after each drink. This is a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 18:09:13 | More by mickeymac
Photo of Jon


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

Pours a beautiful deep golden color with a frothy white head. The head is quite durable and leaves nice trails of lace down the glass. Aroma is of citrus, yeast, and a touch of spicy hops. Well-balanced and quite tasty overall. Very smooth in the mouth and dangerously drinkable, this is an excellent Belgian ale. Was glad to try La Chouffe on draught, as well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2002 21:35:10 | More by Jon
Photo of BeerManDan


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

What a pleasant suprise when I first poured and tasted this Belgium Beer. The color was of a golden reddish amber color with the aroma of malt, citrus and a hint of spices. The taste was of heaven and I can't say enough about this beer. I guess heaven is one word to use. Smooth and tasty is what I found in this so called 'Strong Ale'. Wish I could find it in smaller bottle's instead of pints!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 08:37:02 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of Dogbrick


3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Very sweet aroma. Reddish-gold with a small off-white head. Light spicy-sweet flavor and a clean finish. Not a bad Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 09:52:37 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

Part 2 of the JohnnyP tasting-session! This La Chouffe offering (or, as JohnnyP calls it, La Chooch) poured a cloudy, medium-dark golden color....was quite foamy at first, then settled-down into a thin, fine head. Nose was a big, yeasty one, with some bready notes inching their way in. Found the body to be medium, yet it was a tad rough tongue-wise. Enjoyable flavors: bready-malt, with yeasty notes...smooth finish. Not real spicy, like some Belgian strongs are. A pleasurable offering! Thnx, Bro!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 17:35:05 | More by Bierman9
Photo of cokes


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

BB: End of 2004.

Quite the nice Belgian Pale Strong.
Pours an archetypical, explosive, hazed golden orange. Himalayan head bursts forth, then retreats like a sherpa in a blizzard. Sticks around base camp.
Enticing nose full of pepper and mild lime fruity tartness.
Taste is similar: lime and pepper seem to spot the yetti first. Discovering footprints are bready yeastness, mild alternative fruit tones (pineapple especially) and a pronounced chalky componant. Alcohol is a disbeliever, and is not taken note of. Grassy finish gets trampled underfoot.
Medium bodied with an airy smoothness that is seldomly matched. However, it loses carbonation as it sits...but never gets sticky or cloying.
Hell of a beer, Quite the expedition and certainly worth a trek.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2002 21:49:52 | More by cokes
Photo of CharlesRiver


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color. Off white head that lastest for a minute or two. The smell is orange or lemons. The effervensence kind of explodes in your mouth. Very warming as it goes down and smooth for a higher ABV beer. I would like to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2002 16:57:46 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of Wildman


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

This beer poured a golden color and formed a nice bubbly white head that left trace lace. Some medium carbonation was present. An aroma of citrus and clove was evident. A flavor of citrus, clove and some malt. A somewhat tart finish. A good beer for this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2002 17:00:17 | More by Wildman
Photo of doerickson


3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden with a short white head. Mild spicy aromas. Sharp carbonation. Sweet taste, but not over the top; clove spiciness and an apple fruitiness are also present. Warming alcohol on the way down. A nice choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2002 21:57:41 | More by doerickson
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big lemon malt nose. Gold color with lots of bubbles and lots of suspended yeast. Decent head on pour but it is not lasting. A slight white lace remains in the goblet. Original taste of citrus hits the tongue. Predominatly orange and lemon zest notes... then the brew becomes earthy with a slight grassy finish. The mouth is lively and light. The beer has great balence and is a wonderful belgian selection for the summer months(or any time). Highly reccomended.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2002 11:53:47 | More by frank4sail
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Contrary to the opinion of my close friend/beer advocates, I found this one to be better than Duvel, which I suppose is indeed a bold statement. Very similar in both smell and appearance...has a spicy aroma and the typical clear golden color with a large fluffy head.

I found it to be more palatable than other Belgians, as it didn't have that harsh spicy bite to it. I think many people like that bite, but it becomes too overwhelming for me, so that's why I liked this one more. Had a nice smoky flavor to it as well. A very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 12:26:40 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a fine belgian indeed. a nice gloden pour that wants to jump right out of the glass. done just right without an overpowering flavor of alcohol, this brew goes down silky smooth. all in all a high quality strong ale ranking up with the best of em

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 09:20:01 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of marc77


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light amber / dark golden in hue w/ good clarity for style. Prodigious production of bubbles support the thick, persistent, mountainous, ivory - white head which resembles a topographic map. The aroma is a balanced combination of honey, ripe tropical fruit sweetness and tarter, slightly underripe pear notes. Green apple acetaldehyde is mellow and well integrated into the aroma, and complements the tart fruit nicely. Flavorwise this brew exhibits a fine balance of sweet fruity esters, lightly peppery alcohol, and tart, slightly bitter citrus rind. Is there Curacao in this brew? Hop bitterness is mild, yet counters residual sugars enough to completely prevent and cloying sweetness. Refined bready malt and hints of Coriander become noticeable as the beer warms. Spot on bodywise, but with a carbonation lower than the norm for style that aids in drinkability. Finishes a touch sweet, w/ soothing alcohol warmth emerging as an afterthought. La Chouffe is one of the very best Belgian Strongs I've tasted. The combination of spices and yeast esters result in an absolutely delicious brew. The relatively high strength is superbly hidden; the drinkabilty of this fine brew is top notch.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 18:19:03 | More by marc77
Photo of Thrasher


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Puffy and turbulent head, liquid is orange/amber with frosted impenetrability from yeast. Aroma is divine, and impossible to describe; suffice to say it's like, if God was a plant, and this plant was bearing its very first flower. Oh, and the plant was fertilized with alcohol. I would be happy just smelling this beer all night, but that would be downright nutty. Fruits, spices, and warm alcoholic burn in the taste. Other reviews have got some great flavor descriptions. It's the finish that kills me; orange, buttery malts, and a slight dry twang. The spectacular aftertaste goes on forever. This beer would be equally welcome on the Christmas dinner table as on a picnic blanket during a sweltering Sunday afternoon in the park. In a word, great.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2002 17:02:02 | More by Thrasher
Photo of Murph


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangey gold color with a creamy white head that leaves a terrific lace. Spicy nose, lots of peppery and coriander smells in there as well as about 10 other spices I can't even identify. Slight bubble gum smells as well. Sweet candy sugar jumps on the tongue at first and dances around with some juicy fruit flavors. Grapes, apples, and some mixed citrus flavors are all in there. Faint hops emerge to give the brew a grassy/hayish quality to it for a short while before the spices take over. More pepper and some light coriander and again there are several spices I can't even pick up on. No alcohol is even perceived on the tongue, only the brain notices it. Creamy and somehow not sticky mouthfeel makes this brew an absolute joy to drink. Damn, those little gnomes know how to brew some beer. This is one awesome concoction here.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2002 12:00:30 | More by Murph
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