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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,087
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 146
Gots: 255 | 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 sleazo
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Light yellow with a big full head when poured into my tulip

S-Almost like a wit but with more hops if that makes any sense.

T-I was expecting this to be ssweet buut it was pretty refreshingly bitter. The hop presence here is definitely notable, Saaz i believe. Hints of clove in the aftertaste, very slight though.

M-Effervescent, light body.

D-Middle of the road, this is clearly a good beer but there is something that leaves me a little flat compared with other Belgians.

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

From notes. 330ml bottle with no best by.

After opening the bottle it started to ooze foam out of the top
Pours a very pale, hazy, golden color into a Fantome tulip, with a frothing two finer head after a very gentle pour. There's almost no lacing, as the foam just slides down the glass.

Smell; lots of spices are very present, with a touch of pepper and coriander with some nice fruity notes. There's also a bit of a musty funkiness off in distance.

Taste; this is much more fruity in the flavor that it was in the aroma, with lots of tropical fruits. There's a bit of pineapple, apricots, peaches and oranges. The yeasts come off as a bit musty/funky, and the malts and spices add some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively mouth filing carbonation. The drinkability is really good, and I think it would be great on a hot summer day. This isn't my favorite Chouffe beer, but it's still better thatn most.

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

Golden color with a foamy head and yeasty formations, if you let the beer sit for a few minutes. Sweet, citrus smell. Taste is crisp, spicy and less sweet than the bouquet would lead you to believe--though there are still hints of fruit (pear, white grape)--with a malty aftertaste. This is a drinkable, effervescent beer that pairs well with hard, cow's milk cheeses like gruyere.

Photo of MiScusi
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. Poured a semi-hazy dark golden with a nice white cap. Smelled quite strong of fruit. Taste was very fruity and a bit dry. Mouthfeel was very light, carbonation was on the lower side for a belgian pale ale. Kinda got bored with this after a while but it wasn't all that bad.

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

I love the Unibroue beers and their take on Belgians — but La Chouffe, to me, is one of the best interpretations of this style around.

It poured a cloudy, dark gold into my goblet. Some apricot highlights tinged a body that sat below a foamy one-finger head. Some yeast floaties, too.

The aroma was mainly fresh, citric esters like orange and lemon zest which carried over into a flavour I found crisper and lighter than many Belgian strong pale ales: spicy corainder and ginger up front with a finish that was only slightly chalky from yeast.

It finished clean and crisp and just a bit sticky on the palate. I don't usually think of the word "refreshing" to describe this style of beer, but La Chouffe definitely qualifies.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazed golden orange color with a frothy white head and a little lacing in my snifter glass.

Smell: Sweet yeasty bread aroma with light peachy fruit and a hint of citrus.

Taste: Belgian Yeasty sweet easy and smooth with some spices that rush the taste buds for an intense moment preceding the swallow. The aftertaste contains some sweetness, a hint of lots and spices. A little alcohol shows through in the finish as well. The long lingering aftertaste is extremely pleasant.

Mouthfeel: This is a well carbonated beer. It is juicy through the center with some warm alcohol and spices on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is a dangerously drinkable beer. It is so easy drinking and the 8% will creep up on you very quickly.

Hope this is helpful.

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

750mL bottle of fresh La Chouffe, purchased a few days ago from a new shipment at Dan Murphy's Tuggeranong.

Appearance: Gold to copper colour, dense fluffy, rocky head with lacing staying around everywhere in large clumps. Fairly clear with moderate carbonation, most of which is rising from the scored bottom of the glass. Some flecks indicate a small amount of bottle conditioning (though most of the sediment would have been removed).

Smell: Very nice candied sugar and slightly sour yeast dominates. Notes include sour apple, green grape, hay and a faint hint of plum.

Taste: Rich and powerful. Sweet on the palate, sour on the tongue, but overall sweet - like candied sugar. Yeasty, zesty. Coriander is not especially noticeable but no doubt adds to the faint medicinal character of the brew. Overall, it's more sweet than fruity, but very refreshing and slightly warming. Quite an incredible beer.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and lubricating. A good part of the Chouffe experience.

Drinkability: Good, and not too sweet as to preclude a follow-up bottle! This beer would be well-served by following it up with another of the same, actually - although a grassy hop Pilsener would cleanse the palate nicely if some other beer were to be subsequently sampled.

Notes: Not my first experience with this Ardenne dwarf, but certainly my best. Enjoying it with the warm sun on my back was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon!

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

Pours a cloudy yellow, fairly light, and with a moderate pure white head that lasts very well and leaves solid lacing. Smell is bright and spicy, coriander, cloves, and pepper, with banana and light citrus (orange and lemon), and some yeast and breads as well. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it's very clean and bold. Taste is rather sweet at first, the fruits coming through and malt sugars overwhelming the spicier notes. Coriander in the finish, and some light noble hops. Mouthfeel is well carbonated but lacks a little bit of body, and drinkability is good. Not a bad beer at all, enjoyable and well put together. Something I could see myself drinking often, even if it isn't anything particularly mind-blowing.

Photo of aaronh
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dingy gold body, slightly chunky, topped by a large-bubbled off-white head. Head shows decent retention. Aroma has a slightly sweet, key lime note. Really clean with a hint of spice. Flavor is really mild, with a smooth creamy body. Individual flavors are hard to pick out, as everything seems to blend together. Maybe a bit of coriander, a touch of honey, an ever so slight vanilla note, and just a touch of bitterness. It's impressive because it is so well crafted. Most beers impress by bullying your taste buds; this is subtle. The pinnacle of balanced flavors. Mouthfeel is also top notch. Very light, very quaffable for 8% ABV. I think this was $3 for the bottle. Best $3 I've spent on a beer in a very long time. Worth twice that. Time to go back and try Mc Chouffe as well I guess.

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

Appearace: Cloudy honey apricot color with debris and a big fluffy, pillowy, white head.
Smell: Light fruits and citrus rind. Alcohol and some yeast.
Taste: Light on the palate other than the alcohol. Mild spices, some citrusy fruit and some light bread flavor.
Mouthfeel: Foams in the mouth like champagne.
Drinkability: To much of this and you're sure to be burping, but an excellent Belgian strong pale ale and very pleasant tasting.

Photo of kernalklink
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very solid belgian ale- great color and even better aromas- yeast is subdued but definately there as well as a welcome amount of spice. Very complex early on with some interesting combination of tangy and sweet peppered with a slight burn. Great carbonation, extremely easy to drink way too fast. Light and satisfying. When its available on tap, jump at the chance to sample.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay glass. There was thin frothy head was rather lasting in a razor thin form on top a rich golden brew with some sediment noticeable floating in the bottom of the glass. Aroma was a nice mix of spices, light biscuitty malt with a crisp yeast bite. Taste was much of the same with some nice vanilla characteristics. The carbonation was just right and the alcohol was well hidden by an appropriate level of sweetness. Very enjoyable brew if your willing to pay for it.

Photo of Greenfloyd
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this Brasserie d'Achouffe beauty at a Belgian Beer Festival....one of the best of the day.

This beer was served in a chalice with one of the smoothest looking, golden hues I've ever seen. Pale golden/yellow tones fill the glass, as a pearl white head rests comfortably on top for a decent amount of time. The smells were of subtle hints of vanilla, spice, and yeasty tones. This beer had matching flavors, as a light creamy vanilla rides into a malty, biscuit like finish. The mouth feel from this tap production was incredibly smooth, with a lighter/medium body. This beer paired very well with traditional fish & chips, but I'm dying to try it with a plate of wit beer steamed Belgian mussels...Enjoy

Photo of rec
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with sediment apparent. A foamy and sticky lacing rides the glass as you drink.

Spice and lighter fruits such as pear and apricot dominate the aroma.

The aforementioned characteristics come through in the flavour, with a bready dry aftertaste.

It's a beautiful ale, and could easily be considered a session beer due to how easy it is to drink.

A unique Belgian pale, and one I'll regularly buy.

Photo of henrysunset
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

big headed beer,... light yellow pee-colored beer bu super clear and a big poofy head of fine white bubbles.

smell is pleasent, sweetness and a floral hoppines and also a bitter tone, very citrusy.

taste is interesting... sweet and citrusy while very floral. meelow for 8.0, not all that much alcohol or thinness of flavor.

Photo of willjansen
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden full-bodied Blond, dissipating head
Smell: Permeating yeasty fruitness, complex bouquet of fruits that suggest maltiness backed up with hops, touch of molasses
Mouthfeel: light on the tongue, very bubbly, fleeting
Taste: Excellent beer - very well balanced between malt and hops with complex fruity bouqet meeting in the middle. Starts you off with a lighlty sweet, fruitiness progessing to a candy sugar maltiness and then lets you back down with a hint of bitter saaz hoppiness as you finish. Very subdued alcoholic notes for an 8% brew at first, but becoming much more noticable as the temperature rises whilst progressing through a 750ml bottle.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, particularly when colder,

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

la chouffe pours a hazy coppery- orange color with a pillowy white head the slowly fell in to a thin sheet cover the beer.
the aroma suttle, dry, spicy, citrus, a little cardimon, little herbal.
the flavor is very rich, malty, spicy, peppery, herbal, flowery, dryish, there is plenty of carbonation which gives the brew a zest, there is a lingering hint of lemon and paradise seeds. wow what a great beer.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at Cafe Hollander in Milwaukee, served in Achouffe glassware. I thought it was very good, but definitely inferior to Duvel.

Appearance was rather cidery. It has yellow and slightly hazy, with a lot of head (but not the float-a-nickel-on-it head that Duvel has).

Aroma was slightly skunky, and was also very appley.

Taste was a mix of apples and pears, with a healthy yeasty sweetness, and quite good.

Mouthfeel was good, but a bit harsh for the style.

Not sure I would have this again; it is good, but there are definitely better choices out there.

Photo of rayjay
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 2009. This was a Christmas present from my loving girlfriend. Pour carefully, as there is a good amount of sediment. A Belgian ale with a pilsner-like hop bite and a healthy dose of pilsner malt...reminds me very much of an American double pilsner. The yeast character is decidedly of the ale variety, with esters of flowers. Sweet and bread-like. Strong body like a bock; I don't know but many qualities I percieve as lager-like. This is a very good beer, but not one of my favorites; I think I may prefer the draft version more. Cheers!

Photo of jmz62565
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber gold with a giant white head. The head is huge and leaves great lacing. Be careful pouring this beer, lots of yeast and debris in this. The smell is strong with candy sugar, alcohol, and fruit,both dark and citrus. The taste has alot of candy sugar,very sweet, with citrus, alcohol, and a "bisquity" aftertaste. The m/f is medium and the flavors are very well mixed. An excellant beer that should not be missed.

Photo of nase
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky brown-orange out of a 25.4 oz'er into a tulip glass with a little less than an inch of head.

The spices are quite potent in this beer. I taste something that might be similar to a fruity almond extract on the dry finish. Compared head to head against La Fin Du Monde, there is considerably more bite. Very high carbonation. A light and rather creamy mouthfeel.

App. - 4.5, Smell - 3, Mouthfeel - 4, Taste - 3, Drinkability - 3

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

La Chouffe
25.4 oz hunter green bottle with an excellent logo & bottle design. I love that gnome.
Served in a Chouffe Houblon goblet

Pours a golden and hazy light orange with a shiny yellow tint. Respectable head on top that leaves magnificant trails of sticky lacings all over the glassware.

The nose is inviting and interesting with whiffs of unique Belgian yeast and all of that musky twang, fruit and spices.

Juicy, sweet malts with an exotic fruit presence. Flavors of orange, lime, mango and peach come through with a sugary-sweet backbone. I'm talkin strong candy sugars are up front. Noticable hop snap on the finish with a raw and favorable Golding & Saaz hop combination.

Without a doubt, this beer is a masterpiece and one of my favorite for the style. Reminds me of hours logged in at Essex Ale House in NYC, where the Brasserie d'Achouffe draught beers are well represented and served with style.

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

75cL green bottle from Florian's in Auburn. Golden translucent body with an inch or so of white head and small bits of what is presumably yeast floating suspended in the body. Smells hoppy; citrusy and piney. Tastes sweet, citrusy, piney, yeasty, and spicey. Surprisingly refreshing for the abv. Alcohol flavor is only there a little in the aftertaste, but the alcohol warming is there. Light bodied and pleasant, full flavored and well balanced. Fantastic. I'm impressed.

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

750 ml bottle. Best before end of 2008.

A- Cloudy gold with touch of orange.

S- Yeast. Faint citrus. Alcohol increases with temperature. Eventually alcohol dominates whole.

T- Light flavoured with noticeable bitter hops finish. Alcohol not overpowering at first but really increases with temperature. Yeast present but not as much as I like for the style. Spicy notes are nice.

MF- Good carbonation and good body.

D- Good drinker but alcohol character too noticeable. A good beer from a style I like. But not my favorite of the type.

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

on tap at Maduro, a week or so ago, from the brief cellphone notes

appearance: served in the signature la chouffe glasses at maduro...clear dark apricot body, nice white froth head

smell: very floral, yeasty, apricot, white grape and other fruit

taste: well spiced, floral yeasty taste that dominates, apricot, white grape, pear, melon, light citrus...slight tartness, good but not as good as the tripel-ipa hybrid i had of theirs a while back

mouthfeel: active and yeasty

drinkability: good

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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