La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 236 | FT: 0
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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 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

Photo of Beerzebub
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy orange. Modest white head. Good lace.

Loose yeast, even the second to last glass has little chunks, despite careful pouring.

Smells bright, fruity, spicy. Apple, pear, melon, lemon. Floral honey. Coriander (and it says so right on the bottle). Very nice.

Tastes moderately sweet, spicy, yeasty, floral. Apple, pear, mandarin orange, orange blossom. A touch of hop flavor and bitterness, but not much. Seems a bit unbalanced at first - the sweetness seems out of place without some more complex malt character or some bitterness to go with it - but then it dries out, finishing dry and yeasty. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Lots of fine, very prickly carbonation. Tongue numbing. Quite drinkable.

Interesting Belgian strong pale ale, certainly worth a try.

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

The beguiling Chouffe gnomes clearly live a double life of lawn ornaments and expert brewers.

This beauty pours a clear gold with a medium white head. The fine, water lacings persist throughout.

Fruity ester aroma with green apple, grape and raisin. There is a doughy presence of Chouffe yeast .

The taste is light, sweet malt up front with fruity notes throughout. Candied sugar, plum, grape and apple converge into a tasty flavor. There is a tartness in the finish that is accompanied by a doughy, yeast presence. There is a slight hint of alchohol accompanied by clove, pepper and some coriander. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry.

Light mouthfeel with excellent carbonation, which can be seen throughout. At 8%, this is highly drinkable for the style

Viva La Chouffe!

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky dried apricot gold color with honeycomb like bubble structures on the side of the glass. Quality frothy off white head adds cotton ball like rockiness in the glass.

S: Spicy yeast, cardoman, floral notes, clover honey, wet hay and melon balls.

T: Metallic spices start this one off. Goes towards honey sataured green pear and fuji apple. More bitter than your standard golden ale, heavy on the earthy side. A lot of grassy characteristics which drifts more towards hay as the beer opens up. Sweetness is primarily honeysuckle based. Finishes earthy with Fuji apple touches.

M: Medium body, nice smoothness but needs more carbonation.

D: Not one of my favorite Chouffe's. Too much like the rest of the golden ale pack with out enough individuality.

Photo of sweethome
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From their new 12 ounce brown bottles - funny little commentary on the back.

Pours hazy golden. Nice lacing. Nose is a bit barnyard - plenty of yeast, a hint of coriander.

Nice sweet malts upfront, plenty of spice. Lots of coriander here. Nice backing of a yeast flavors - a belgian candy sugar flavor also. The alcohol is also present.

Warm finish. A very nice trip.

Photo of Toddv29424
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a wonderful hazy-golden color. A tremendous amount of bubbles rest on top of the brew after its poured, and they continue to rise long after the pouring has stopped. The smell is very sweet, with a big whiff of hops and spices. The taste is terrific. Seems to be the perfect amount of hops, malts, and carbonation. Also well balanced. The taste starts with fuggles hops, then in creeps the zesty lemon flavor. The end result is a wonderful synergy that amounts to a tremendous beer. Well worth seeking out.

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

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head which subsided fairly quickly.
The aroma contained malts hops and some hints of fruits and spices.
The flavor was malty and sweet with orange rind, apples and peach. spices like clove and cinnamon carried through the finish allong with some alcohol. All of the sweet fruityness was nicly ballanced with hops making this a very pleasant beer.

Photo of Foxman
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy and well-carbonated sunny gold. Three fingers of off-white meringue head huff and puff. Ribs of lacing corduroy the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings tangy nasal esters of yeast, with green apple, apricot, and earthy berry blanketing a caramel malt sweetness. Clove and coriander counter a touch of anise and a flit of alcohol.

Upon tasting, there comes an initial malt sweetness, with caramel, vanilla, and a slight baked bread crustiness. A spicy clove note and light floral piece touch on a limpid pool of alcohol. Tangy yeast yields Granny Smith apple, a feather of banana, and joins a residual malt presence to boost a glimpse of dried fruit. A very muted but dry bitterness lingers gently in the finish. It's a genuinely pleasant, comfortable flavor.

The grain, yeast, and spices join to grant a savory, creamy impression to the palate.

Can an elf be cozy? I think so, because this may not be flashy, but it warms and lulls and caresses. It's so nicely blended that nothing stands out, but the sum is an enjoyable end result. The ABV is well disguised, and it just warms the drinkability. You're indeed welcome in my lair anytime, little elf.

Photo of dherling
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy golden orange color, with a decent foamy white head. The nose offers malt, pepper, close, coriander, and a bit of orange/apricot fruityness. Lots of things going on in the taste, Christmas flavors (clove, pepper, coriander), some fruityness (apricot), and sour green apple. Finishes dry with decent carbonation.

Photo of vancurly
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Leffe chalice. Deep golden honey, white light frothy head. A fair bit of sediment made it into the glass. This is OK.

Initially a strong green, fresh hop aroma, apricot flesh, fleshy yeast esters, and caramel malts. Later notes include banana & spice.

Musky, candy flavours, subtle spice like mustard seed or white pepper.

Big mouthful of effervescence. Medium, creamy body. Slightly sweet finish, but balanced with a slight bitterness.

Photo of Grundle20
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with the very deffinition of a belgian head into a caracole snifter with an agitator. Deep copper in color, and relitively clear for a belgian.

A well balanced smell of strong floral scents offset by an underlying banana spike. Small notes of nutmeg spicing. Very wholesome and pleasing smell overall.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Smooth with a medium malt body. Not much of the floral hops smell carries over into the taste, and there really isn't too much hops taste to speak of, maybe the tiniest touch of English hopping. Tastes of sweet peas or sweet bread paired with nutmeg. A very earthy beer with full natural flavors.

If I was simply comparing this to Belgians this beer would dominate in this category, but it simply can't compete with some American beers IMO. Still highly drinkable due to it's well balanced flavors and it's incredible job of crushing the 8% ABV with all out taste.

Bottom Line:
Hands down one of my favorite belgians. I wouldn't pass this beer up for anything. If you haven't tried this beer or if you're searching for a good gateway beer into Belgians then you simply can't pass up this beer.

Photo of bgraney
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honey/amber with hues of gold. Huge, fluffy white head, bubbly and active.
Citrusy aroma, more orange/grapefruit than lemon/lime, maybe some raisin hints in the background, full & rich.
Smooth flavor with a hint of alcohol. I was expecting a bigger alcohol hit. The orange notes more dominant in the taste than the aroma.
Medium, relaxed mouth feel. Flavor spreads and lingers around the mouth and into the nose. Nice to sit for a while after each sip and just enjoy the flavor spreading.
The 8% alcohol is really deep in the flavor and barely noticeable so multiple refills is definitely an appealing concept with this fantastic biere.

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

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits last week along with several other beers. I let this warm to around 45º F and served it in one of my Duvel tulip glasses.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a dense, fluffy, white head that's fed by vigorous carbonation. The head slowly fades to a thin layer leaving massive lace.

Smell: The nose is predominantly peppery with some alcoholic spice. There are notes of grain, lemon, banana and yeast.

Taste: Tingly carbonation domiantes upfront. The center is fruity with notes of banana, apple and citrus. The finish is a blend of peppery and alcoholic spice, powdery yeast, and a light bitterness, all over a lingering fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, light to medium-bodied with a smooth texture.

Drinkability: Refreshing, but spicy with high alcohol.

Overall: A very good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It has the nice mix of fruitiness and spiciness that I like in the style.

Photo of mjc410
1.88/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A too quick pour into my La Moneuse tulip lets a bit of chunky sediment into the glass (I usually forget to decant Belgians). The beer forms a slow-falling two-finger head, just off-white. The beer's body is a bright orange-gold, and visibly carbonated. The lacing is also quite dense. The nose is bright: full of green apples, grass, a bit of citrus, peach, sweet, and a bit peppery. But, there also seems to a green vegetable scent, like asparagus, that messes things up a bit (I like asparagus, just not in a beer). The taste is sweet and slightly alcoholic at first, but overshadowed by the asparagus flavor I noticed before. Ends fairly bitter. Terrible. Mouth is medium thick, and the carbonation is not as forward as I thought it would be. Still, this beer tastes horrible, so I must have a bad bottle, right? Nonetheless, I'll review and wait for another try.

Photo of jabocu
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark honey color with a think head that exploded at first, but settled quickly to a very thin cap. Aroma is banana, clove, woodsy, citrus, maple syrup, yeast, and wheat. Flavor is banana and yeast up front with a syrup and honey background. A muddle of flavors supporting the wheat, earthy grain, and honey malts. Some english noble hops carry the sweetness throughout with a nice bitterness. Some spice, pepper, oak, and coriander. Mouthfeel is light body, med high carbonation, and dry warm finish. Excellent beer!

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

Bottle is a green 750 , with a gnome brewer for the lable.

Appearance: deep golden color , slightly opaque , with a creamy white layer of head.

Smell: the first thing that comes to my mind when taken to the nose is fruity pebbles. Rich scents of fruit/citrus , some coriander spice , bit of saaz hop.

Taste: fruity and slightly tart flavors , nice paler malt that is fairly sweet for a moment, some citrus , coriander spice , and and edge of noble hop bitterness. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: creamy at first , finishes quite dry.

Drinkability: a neat, lively brew from a smaller brewery, and quite drinkable!

Photo of DouggiePhresh
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dense, orange-yellow with lots of sediment swirling around. The thick, off white,pillowy head formed nicely in my Stone Imperial Russian Stout glass. Smelled very spicy with a hint of old beer. It tasted fantastic, low carbonation, spicy, lightly alcoholic. It feels syrupy in the mouth and I would have to say VERY drinkable. Cant wait to finish the bottle!

Photo of msubulldog25
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this tasty beer at Stumptown, a downtown Portland coffee bar(!) - on-tap(!!!). On a gorgeous late September afternoon, I felt like having one & paying homage to our recent trip to the Brasserie d'Achouffe and Taverne in Achouffe, Belgium.

A: Glistening and hazy pale golden with a monstrous creamy white head. The head crept above the rim of the "Magic Chouffe" tulip glass in which it was served, 3+ fingers high. Very pretty lacing.

S: Lots of spices - cinnamon, black pepper, cloves. A few hints at banana esters and that prevalent wild yeast. Not a sugary sweetness, rather dry and grassy/herbal undertones.

T: Ripe peaches, lots of pepper, clove/cinnamon, a zesty ginger kick, mildly sweet with a pretty gentle hoppy dry finish.

M: Tingly sharp mouthfeel, a bit like champagne. A nice effervescence. Medium to full body. Finish develops from that tingliness to a dry and all-encompassing creaminess.

D: Delicious and worthy of another. A bit sneaky on the ABV, pretty high at 8%. Nice full flavors, satisfying from start to finish. A recommended beer, definitely.

Cheers to the gnomes!

Photo of rarevos
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden-yellow with good head and great retention. Eventually became a solid blanket of foam.

S: Spicy nose with banana and pepper dominating, and clove playing in the background. Has a bit of a grape kick toward the back.

T/M: Very fruity and spicy. Banana and orange up front, followed by some peach, black pepper and clove toward the end. It's fruity, dry and warming. Alcohol is a bit too prevalent to be in the "sinister" Duvel category, but it's not like there's a vodka-burn to the finish or something.

D: It's nice, bold and spicy, but the abv means I'm not drinking a ton of these. As a sippin' beer, it does the trick. Full of fruity and spicy flavors, blooms wonderfully, and

Photo of box299
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very strong beer with a sweet molasses taste. No head to speak of. Served in a half pint tulip glass. Very rich and filling to drink. I did like the taste but it has more of an evening ending kind of taste... I think it would be a good idea to have this with food. We weren't eating at the moment and were also a little ways into an afternoon of tasting...

Photo of bwyker
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the South Philly Taproom.

Pours a cloudy/hazed light-orange, with about a ½ inch of creamy white foam. Settles slowly, leaving fine lacing. Big banana ester aroma with coriander and clove. Taste is similar to the aroma. Orange citrus flavor at the start, slight spice in the aftertaste. Smooth, light start with a slight burn in the finish. Light enough to drink a few, but the alcohol is definitely felt.

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

Hazy gold with a bright white head composed of (mostly) fine bubbles. A few larger bubbles formed a solid collar, while solid lacing developed as the head fell. Fruity sweet aroma, kind of like candy, with some lemon and lively peppery spices. Malty flavour, then lemony fruit character, then peppery spices in the finish. As it warmed, peach and clove flavours appeared. Slightly slick, full bodied, ample carbonation, a bit creamy. Tasty stuff! The spices carry nicely through the flavour - assertive without being overbearing. Very enjoyable.

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

This beer poured a brilliant gold color with a huge rocky head that I had to scoop from the glass to keep from running over. Aroma was very spicy with notes of citrus(orange peel?) and sweet malts in the nose. Taste was equally impressive. Very spicy and peppery with flavors of pear, Belgian candi sugar, pilsner malt and clove. Mouthfeel was fairly light for such a strong beer, making the drinkability pretty high. Another fine beer from d' Achouffe.

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

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold with a foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The smell contained mostly wheat & spice with a little bit of lemon zest, hops and alcohol.

T: A bready wheat flavor hits you first, followed by a heavy lemon taste along with some clove spice & hops.

M: Very smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, with a very clean finish.

D: Very tasty and light, with a good kick to it. I could definitely stick with this one for a long time, but it’s a bit pricy to drink several of them in an evening.

Photo of peabody
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out straw colored with a tint of orange in there. Lots of white suds in the tulip glass. This is a nice looking beer.
Smell is orange/lemon and yeast. Mabey a hop in there at the very back.
Taste is clove and caramel. Slight hop taste but very faint. Also some other spices covering the 8% abv which doesn't show up till the end of the aftertaste. Very slow warming of the chest.
Mouthfeel is clean at first then dark then warm then clean again.
I could drink a lot of this. I wasn't expecting this to be as nice as it is. Great stuff.

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,063 ratings.