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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,962 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,962
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 128
Gots: 205 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001)
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Photo of Naerhu
2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lable reads 87% malt. Is the remaining 13% beet sugar? Dont know.

A - A frightening amount of floaties in a hazy gold body.
S - Sweet malty aroma with a bit of peachy sourness
T - Very light flavor. The taste begins and ends with yeastyness. The little maltyness which was in the nose makes almost no showing on the palate. Washed out fruityness. Sweet flavors buy not a sweet beer.
M - Light bodied and yeasty mouthfeel.
D - Yet anouther sleepy Belgian pale, lacking in character.

Naerhu, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of ohitsbrad
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

31 December 2005

Appears misty pale yellow in colour with a large white fluffy head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is spicy, fruity and yeasty. The flavour is fruity (apples, pears, bananas, citrus fruits), yeasty, and complex. Tastes of spicy, citrusy, perfumy hops against some sweetish, light malts with a warming finish. Medium bodied. Sparkling and creamy mouthfeel. An excellent, complex, strong pale ale.

ohitsbrad, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

La Chouffe

Purchased at Circle Liquors- Pennington, N.J.

Appearance- cloudy yellow with a thick thick head.
Smell- sweet lemon and spice.
Taste- clove and cinnimon. Too sweet and sugary.
Mouthfeel- smooth and watery. Just too sweet.

Overall- a mediocre Belgium Ale at best not worth the $9!! Too sweet!!

NJpadreFan, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of Terp96
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a special edition Anno 2005 Magnum called BIG CHOUFFE(only $16.99).

I bouth this a few months back and waited for Christmas to drink it and it was well worth the wait. This beer is outstanding.

Pours a wonderfully hazy pale orange with a tremendously tight head into my 16 oz. chalice. Almost champaigne-like carbonation.

Smells awesome. Sweet citrus with clove-nutmeg-cinnamon spiciness. Very delightful.

Tastes phenomenal. This is one of the best tripels I have every had. It is sweet and sour up front until you are hit with the spiciness. The tastes rounds out with a nice drying hop finish. Very balanced and complex in every sip.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. A little prickly from the carbonation at first but this one is silky smooth over the tongue. The flavor lingers for quite some time and reminds you to keep going back for more.

La Chouffe is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had, thus the 5. THe flavor never gets old and it is so complex that you almost discover another nuance each time you drink some. The alcohol doesn't rear its head either which allows you to think you could go all night with this one.

Terp96, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of orfeu
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL brown bottle. Light golden amber with plenty of floating particulates (yeast? spices? I poured *very* slowly...). Fluffy white head that soon dissipates. Aroma is strong spicy citrus and yeast, with underlying caramel malts and bitter greens (mustard, kale, etc.) Mellow sweet peach flavor, bready with a pleasant vegetable taste. Mineral finish and an aftertaste like salted sweet peas. Very intriguing! Satisfying creamy mouthfeel and medium body. Would pair nicely with a midday meal.

orfeu, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five-finger+ white head that goes slowly leaving a good lace pour this very slooowly. Nearly clear, pale amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Spicey nose. Starts sweet and smooth, mellow finish some yeast in the background. $10.95 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a golden yellow / light orange colour... Head was white, big and foamy with quite small beading and lasted quite a long time...

Aroma - Citrusy, peppery, slight sweetness, pineapple, earthy hints, grassy notes, saltiness..

Taste – Lemony, slight sweetness, spicy, orange notes, slight earthiness...

Feel - Very sharp as there is quite a lot of carbonation... light bodied..

Overall - A top notch Belgian ale.... one of the best. Highly recommended...

mdagnew, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This "Artisanal Belgian Golden Ale Brewed With Spice" is really boardering on a saison, though it is a little sweet, and the yeast is fairly straight-laced. If they finished it off with a wild yeast or lacto, they'd certainly have a saison!

A: Earthy straw colour, off white head, very little retention, but it does leave some lace.

S: Sweet candy, some fruity esters (pear with a little pineapple), slightly earthy, only a hint of spice in the nose.

T: Balanced on the sweet side, slightly warming, alcohol taste increases with temperature. Bready Pilsner, with some sweet, light, caramel malts. Yeasty earthyness. The spices are quite subtle, as though they are only a product of the yeast.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Very approachable, but certainly not a session beer.

An all-round good beer. If you like strong blondes, it's a must try.

Derek, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle pours a clear yellow orange color with lots of floating yeast particles, huge frothy off white lasting head, leaves nice clingy sheets of lace in my glass. Sweet and malty, spicy yeasty aroma. Sweet sugary flavors of pears, lemons and spicy cloves. Medium bodied with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering sweetness.

maxpower, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of PenguinBeerFan
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a fifth into a large tulip glass. Pours the color of honey with a huge bubby white head. Tons of carbonation in there.

Smells like a fresh wheat field, lots of cloves and other spices come through with honey sweetness dominating.

Taste is sweet and sticky. Very clean and no hop character anywhere. The high alcohol doesn't even register in the mouth.

You can drink this one all night long and at 8% you'll be feeling it. Reminds me a lot of some of the better tripels like St. Bernardus, certainly not a bad thing.

PenguinBeerFan, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB date of this bottle: 11/06/08.
A: served in a big tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a dark orangey golden hue, with a white, effervescent beer head coming so fluffy and rocky it takes a while for the crispy egg-shell like surface to break down, leaving very tight and uneven lacing along the way.
S: profound aroma of exotic perfumy fruit-esters (mixture of banana, passion fruit and pineapple), slightly muscat, as well as deeply honeyish and yeasty, with thick texture of candy-sugar, grainy and wheatish maltiness, plenty of spice (like clove?), and an refreshing hop aroma, both flowery and citrus-fruity, like marriage of spicy Saaz and citrusy Fuggles (though I have no idea which hops are used in this brew of course...). Overall, the nose, despite being a bit sharp at first, gradually settles down and introducing an evolving structure of rich and various aromas. Very complex and nice.
T: creamy smooth and sweetish/candyish maltiness upfront, while a flow of settled fruitiness, like figs and some sweetened citrus flavour, gradually develops underneath; leading to a bready, flat, slightly warmish and creamy texture of maltiness surrounding the whole mouth, with a slightly spicy and tangy hoppyness mixed well with sugary flavour in the aftertaste. Finished quite dryish and spicy with a lingering taste of hops, althoughyet the flat, sugary maltiness is always there providing a solid body.
M&D: very light on the palate making it so easy to drink, yet the drawback is that it turns a bit watery and thin as the beer warms up and the rich flavour dissipates... overall, this is a medium-bodied Belgian pale ale so light as well as delicious despite its high alc. strength. Very solid and enjoyable!!

wl0307, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This will give me my fix for tonight I hope. It pours a light golden color, with ample foam and lace. The smell is of slight barnyard funk, very slight. Honey, wheat and grass are blended into the aroma. Spicy smelling, too.

The taste is of not too sweet lemoncake, wheat like malt, and grassy hops. Some spiciness at finish, along with some yeast. Mouthfeel is light and almost frothy. 750ml is no problem.

Sephiroth, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another one of those Belgians that I just haven't gotten around to trying until the other night at the Publick House. It's really good too. Kind of on the golden side for a Belgian pale, cloudy, with a big head. Looks nice in the little gnome glass. Smell and taste are all over the place and pretty complex, while not overwhelming. Sweet spicy notes take over, clashing with the herbal whispy hops. Yeasty and estery, dough-like, with some nice almost citrusy or slightly sour qualities that sort of remind me of a nice saison. Definately an interesting beer. I'd like to try it in the bottle some time, because I think that sort of conditioning seems to do these kinds of beers a lot of good. Either way, this is an excellent beer.

twelvsies, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a hazy golden color with loads of effervescent carbonation. The head is frothy and massive and doesn't die.

Smell: Smells very nice. A mix of sweet and sour notes, with some farmhouse funk (grass, hay, etc...). Spices are apparent and strong, but seem to be countering the alcohol nicely.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Initally sweet, but ending very dry, balance is the key to this beer. The spices are strong, and meld nicely with the almost bread-like malt flavor. Fruity esters are noticble, and mostly are oranges, lemons, and apples.

Drinkability and Overall: Ahhh... the classic La Chouffe. While it may not be the best beer in the world, this one is a keeper. Full of flavor and complexity, but still one you could consume for a while. Definitly worth a try...

santoslhalper, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip. Freshness date reads "BEST BEFORE END 2007".

Appearance- Typical white, soapsudsy head that stands three inches tall on a classic pour. Color is an almost clear pale to medium gold. Fantastic, active stream of carbonation stemming from the etched "D" at the bottom of my glass.

Smell- English Goldings and Saaz hops immediately, combined with Pilsner malt and coriander spice. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but is slightly noticable. Good balance of aromas.

Taste- Surprisingly huge malt profile... I didn't expect that! Great balance of hops, malt, and spices that certainly delivers. Not as sweet as Duvel, but you can feel the alcohol warmth almost immediately after the second or third *glug* down the gullet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Nice, medium activity that doesn't interfere whatsoever with the pleasant tastes. Thick and rolling in the mouth, this is one solid Belgian. A bit strong for a second helping, but nevertheless a very drinkable brew. Two thumbs up!

yelterdow, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of texashammer
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pale orange with bubbles moving upwards for quite some time after pouring, with a rocky head like meringue (sp?) or whipped egg whites. Smells of yeast and orange zest. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a quick light spritz in the middle. Smooth taste with a zesty "wang" of citrus and yeast. The middle is downright juicy with tropical fruit; finishes dry. Truly lovely and very refreshing and drinkable.

texashammer, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of EStreet20
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml green glass bottle marked best before end of 2007. Poured into a Victory Golden Monkey chalice.

A - Golden color with orange tint and one finger white head. Lots of bubbles rush to top. Head dissipates to a mere surface covering rather quickly.

S - Spicy, peppery aroma. A little grassy with some yeasty smell.

T - A bit sweet but actually tastes a little bland to me. Some spice on the opening, I really can't describe it as anything other than different. Not one of my favorites though.

M - Nice carbonation and a smooth feel.

D - While I'm not too crazy about the taste it is a beer that goes down nice and smooth.

Notes: After trying La Chouffe I am a little disappointed as BSPAs are my favorite style and after seeing the high overall score I was looking forward to this one. However I'm sure my displeaure is simply a matter of personal opinions as many other more experienced BA's have rated this one high. All in all quite different and a beer I'm sure many enjoy. The flavor and lack of a lasting head, however, don't do it for me. Will probably try again to see if I got a bad bottle.

EStreet20, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. brown glass bottle, best before the end of 2006 on the bottle. Pours a hazt gold color with some sediment and carbonation visible towards the bottom of the chalice. Head is large and creamy, very good retention and lacing. Very nice belgian yeast woody funk in the nose, alcohol and spices also present. Taste is absolutely crisp and clean, lots of malt backbone, good yeast and subtely fruity flavors. Alcohol also adds some more body to this excellent beer. Mouthfeel is spot on. I could've drank a 750 mL of this, but unfortunately I only had a 330 mL. I will definitely get more next time.

TastyTaste, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of RedDiamond
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Chouffe earns the distinction of having the most infectious jingle in world of beer advertising. If you’ve never heard that catchy jingle “Vive La Chouffe,” my advice to you is to never EVER listen to it. Cover your ears if you’re within earshot. Cover your eyes. Start chanting, “I CAN’T HEAR YOU…etc.” Whatever it takes. Once you’ve heard that jingle, nothing short of massive cerebral trauma will remove it from your brain. It’ll come back to you at odd moments. You’ll start singing it in the shower, while you’re driving a car. Your sexual bliss will suddenly be interrupted by a nagging chorus of “Vive La Chouffe.” You’ll need years of therapy and lithium to recover. It’s just not worth it.

But drinking the beer is a worthy pursuit. La Chouffe has a bright, sparkling effervescence reminiscent of champagne. The body is light golden and mostly clear, though minute suspended flocs are easily seen. A pretty and persistent crown of soft white suds yields a dry and snappy aroma. In its wake, La Chouffe leaves classic Belgian lace in abundance on the glass.

La Chouffe tastes grassy and lightly spiced without being peppery. The coriander is a tasteful compliment and is not overstated. The mildly acidic balance would likely compliment food with distinction. I suspect there’s very little candi sugar here which suits me just fine. The beer improves with subtle warming.

Vive La Chouffe!

RedDiamond, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is sort of a cloudy golden orange in colour. Horse blanket aromas dominate, with notes of citrus, mild malt, and yeast. The flavors are surprisingly mild, but in a good way. There is an interesting spice/citrus interplay and the body is fuller than expected. I would have liked a bit more of a hop presence, but who am I to argure ? This stuff is still wicked good!

fisherman34, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml... bottle cap and best before 2008.

I've had my eyes on this one since coming to BA and finally found it in Kansas City. Thanks Gomer's!

Pours a very nice glass. Thick, white head with a cloudy straw color.

Smell was a tad offensive at first. Settled out nice into coriander and cinnamon. A nice touch of fruit as well.

Taste is spicy and fruity. Apricot and cinnamon. Very nice.

Seems like it could be better with a bit of age, a little young, but a very good beer.

Fugazme, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of joecast
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. best before 2007.
for this review im going to assume this beer is fairly young, belgians use candi sugar to increase abv%, and i know a little about BSPAs.

odd label on the back (guessing its from the importer though there is no "imported by" on it). reads "important shake well before opening". seeing as i dont have any glass to hold the entire contents, im sure it will get shaken enough after several pours.

fairly loud hiss as i pop the cap hints at the lively carbonation. initial pour ends up with about 75% foam in the glass. oops.
this settles fairly quickly to almost no head at all. below average head retention leaves quite a bit of lacing. slightly cloudy golden color with streams of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.
subsequent pours continue forming a rather large head, but the retentionability improves.

mouth watering aroma. some apple cider, and a little winey. for the style, this would be about perfect. slightly floral and some yeastiness that is apparent in some belgians i have tried.
no contribution from any malt, probably due to the use of sugars.

fantastically smooth tatse. any taste from the alcohol (which there is some) lacks harshness. goes down almost like sugar water. im finding it difficult to describe the taste. lack of hop bitterness is expected, but it doesnt leave it sweet or unbalanced.
usually beers are described as malty or hoppy. la chouffe seems to fall into a different category all together, as it really doesnt fit into either of those.

mouthfeel is full but not overwhelming. it fits in just right for a beer of this magnitude.

that little gnome on the bottle has earned a bit of respect from me tonight. hides the alcohol incredibly well. the sediment in the bottle settles out very quickly making it easy to get the most beer for the buck. of course, if you want the dregs, that can be made to happen as well.
ive gone with a 5 for drinkability, but a 750 would be best enjoyed in moderation, or shared. this is so easy to drink it could get dangerous.

joecast, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. Best Before end of 2006.

Appearance: Awesome golden, crystal clear, body with a sticky, film-like head that stuck to the side of the glass like a glue stick. Yeast sediment was heavy at bottom.

Aroma: Filled with peppery spices and earthy notes. Hay and grass aromas similar to some saisons I've had. Of course, flowery esters fill the nose as well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Definately a sweet and spicy belgian that is somewhat distinct from other belgians. The clove-like spice bites the tongue while the sweetness finishes. Very clean and light tasting even though it is a full-bodied brew.

Drinkability: Way too easy to suck this down without hesitation and not even notice the kick of this until the little gnomes get inside your head and start playing games.

Viva La Chouffe!

ALESwhatCURESya, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so good I'm going to review it again. It poured a cloudy golden color with a big billowy white head. The head slowly simmered down to a thin cap with some very nice lacing.

The aroma is of coriander, citrus as in orange, nice spiciness.

The flavor is of pale malt with a nice spiciness to it. There is definately coriander here as well as nice citrusy flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium/moderate carbonation.

This is a most drinkable beer and I highly recommend it. Very refreshing.

Brian700, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped 750 best before end 2007 poured into a chalice.

Clear light copper with a one inch head of white that slowly settles to >1cm of foam that lasts. Sheeted lace is left inside the glass as it goes down.

Smells of coriander with bitter hops and a little orange peel. Sweet malts underneath. The spice and hop aromas compliment each other nicely.

The taste follows along the same lines as the nose. Dry overall and you can taste that these are indeed English hops. Spritzy carbonation tingle pops up in the middle with the coriander remaining throughout the ride. The citric notes are noticable as well.

The carbonation gives this one an almost champagne like mouthfeel. Very clean. A good one to pair with a cheese and fruit plate.

ypsifly, Aug 27, 2005
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,962 ratings.