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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,135
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 162
Gots: 292 | 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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Ratings: 2,135 | Reviews: 842
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.

Photo of Maracuja
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle sets in the glass a slightly hazy gold color with a massive bright white head that creamy in texture, with the resultant lace a thin slip to cover the glass. The nose is fruity, sweet and a slight yeast tone also noticed, lemon-lime crispness seals it off with the start is delightfully sweet, delectable are the malts, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is biting in its acidity, the hops perfect in their spiciness, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, on of my favorite beers from Brasserie d'Achouffe!

Photo of dfillius
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Cloudy, beautiful golden color with particles in suspension. Pure white, fine, lacy head.

S: Apricot, bread, sharp goat cheese smell like this beer was brewed using some lactofermentation. I don't believe that is a characteristic of the style though.

T: A great representation of the style! Sweet, belgian yeasty, apple, and bready flavors with fruity tones. Slight skunky aftertaste possibly from my warm cellar.

M: Drying

D: Quite smooth for 8%. I would definitely like another!

Photo of SilentSabre
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic Belgian Strong Pale. Poured an orange golden colour with loads of yeast bits and other debris floating about. I find debris/sediment very attractive in most Belgian styles, and this certainly has plenty. Smell is very fruity and very yeasty. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but you really have to be looking for it. Taste, too, is fruity and yeasty with alcohol that is difficult to detect. Quite drinkable for an 8,0%abv brew. This is a really good beer and a great example of the style.

Photo of blakesell
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at boston's 9/13/07
Poured into a Chouffe Belgian glass

Appearance- Rich golden colour with a large fluffy head pillowing up. dissapates to a tight ring of tiny bubbles with LEGS.

Smell- Fruity with big light candi sugars. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, yeasty esters, malt hiding behind the yeast scents.

Taste- Sweet upfront with a slight alcoholic phenolic aftertaste, yeast sticks the most with it's thick Belgian golden flavour. Orange sticks out, but not as strongly as a Saison farmhouse wild ale.

Mouthfeel- thick and sticky but yet light at the same time. Alcohol is a bit over the top. Only 8% but that is plenty for this one.

Drinkability- Not so much due to the alcoholic flavor. All-around a great Belgian beer, but the phenolics take over and make it something that you can't drink all day.

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

This Belgian Golden Ale has alwaysbeen a favorite of mine, so I was quite glad to see it on tap at Max's the othe night.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with very good, very creamy head retention and lacing. On the nose there is a bracing aroma of lime, honey, cherry and fuji apple. The beer is sweet on the palate, but not overly so. More honey, cherry and fuji apple, with some underlying, refreshing bitterness in the finish. The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel and is just a pleasure to drink. The beer is medium bodied and is not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate. The finish is impeccable, with the 8% abv. very well disguised.

Very impressive beer.

Photo of TrojanMan
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Spotted this one on the tap list at RFD in Washington, DC and gave it a try. I would certainly order it again!

The tap was running perfectly and the bartender gave it a very good pour. It arived in a tulip glass with about a finger and a half of head just cresting the top of the glass. Good lacing as the head broke up giving off a wonderful, slightly sweet aroma of soft wood, spice and a slight bit of alcohol. Exceptional.

The pale golden liquid was a bit cloudy as expected and diffused the light well enough. It looks thin for how elegant the nose is.

Taste gives you more spice and soft wood and adds a bit of hop bitterness. Just enough so that you notice, it's very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel, like appearance, is again a bit thin. Medium body with just the perfect ammount of carbonation (though perhaps that's a function of the tap, I haven't had it from a bottle yet). A bit of fizz spreads the taste around and, along with the alcohol, gives it a tiny bite at the finish. I'd expect a "heavier" feeling beer for the flavor and perhaps that's what makes it so drinkable. For a high ABV, this one drinks very nicely and I'll pass that as words of caution.

Move over Duvel? Perhaps not quite, but the La Chouffe offers some great flavor and spice that's suprisingly unique. It's a well-balanced, solid offering. I paid $6 for about a 12-ounce draft so, at least in this instance, I'd say it's a great value as well. Highly recommended.

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

'Petit' bottle, pours a nice golden orange into my chalice, a decent whitish head receding to a nice film, a bit of a whirl bringing back a thick, carbonated foam. There is a lovely use of spices here, from coriander to whatever this yeast is giving off, in addition to the spices from hops through the beginning and end. The mouth is fairly solid, well carbonated, about as good warm as cool. In all, I just didn't get too excited over this one, as much as I wanted to. Perhaps some other time.

Photo of goochpunch
2.85/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a brassy gold with a decent sized head that somewhat clings to the glass. No lacing to speak of. This smells overtly of coriander. The pale malts come through, but the spicing is a bit much. There's some booze in there as well. Taste has the same things going on as the aroma (especially with the over-spicing) along with an overbearing graininess and sweetness. There's some toastiness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is rather sticky and prickly. Not impressive.

Photo of soupyman10
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at my bachelor party at Eulogy in downtown Philadelphia. Pours a clear golden color with a nice big bouncy head on top that sticks around. Nose is nice and strong: spices dominate, along with some light citrus and wheat. Taste is fairly similar, although even stronger and more delicious. Carbonation is strong but appropriate to the beer, and the body is quite full and tasty. This one's delicious, one I could throw back a bunch of if it weren't for a rather high ABV and pricetag.

Photo of basica
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a giant 75cl bottle; I bought this from Oosters and cracked it as I was rather
pleased that my dear Belgium pal, Christelle, managed to buy me 2 bottles of Westvleteren
Special 6 Red Cap from Kulminator itself. Kudoz to her! Anyway this is the first time I am
trying out such a large bottle; I intended to share it with my dad but he was concerned about
his sugar levels therefore rejected it. Anyway, I tasted this blond Chouffe in my Duvel Tulip
and it pours out with nice dull golden color topped with a most luscious creamy head; quite a
looker. Smell was yeasty, bready and I am not sure if I detected a dash of fruits. The taste
has a yeasty entry and a citrusy and peach-like taste that followed with some spices therein;
a light aroma was felt on the nose followed by a slightly bitter and yeasty finish. Significant
after taste of grapes and a bit of peach and apples with floral, yeasty aromas on the nose. A
pity that the fruitiness was not strong in the taste; I could really appreciate the after taste
but the taste itself was only not bad. The yeast was pretty significant as well, in fact a
little too strong that's why 7.5 instead of 8. Medium bodied mouthfeel topped with pretty
strong carbonation; very smooth to drink but drinkability slightly lowered due to the yeastiness
and sightly bitter finish. I was really expecting more from this one; let's see what the Mc
Chouffe has to show.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,135 ratings.