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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

La ChouffeLa Chouffe

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1,653 Ratings

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Ratings: 1653
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website

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 hustlesworth


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy burnt amber with some floating particles. The head in this one is amazing. Almost white and sticky beyond belief. Tentacles of lace reach up and refuse to let go.

S- fruity and bright, the coriander really stands out giving it the impression of a GE soft white light bulb. Vaporous spice warmth with other tropical delights such as banana, pineapple, clove, honey, papaya, peach, and melon over a pastry like malt. Very floral fruit blossom hop character with notes of apple and pear.

T- nicely sweet without being overwhelming. Fruitiness levels out to pear, sweet peaches, banana and over ripe melon. There's some citrus notes but the warmth of the coriander takes a back burner. Into the finish it gets very yeasty and banana peels bomb the senses. There's no tartness to be found, but a subtle constant grassy bitterness resides under the honeyed malt.

MF- pronounced yet soft carbonation sets the tone for the yeasty feel. Almosty powdery but also sugared and somewhat cloying as it warms. Moderate alcohol dryness.

D- awesome brew but a little too sweet for my taste, which won't effect the score one iota. This is a kick ass melange like I've never experienced. Elements of triple, witbier, and golden.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 23:45:18 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of IBetYouCouldUseAColdOne


4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one last week at a small restaurant in Amsterdam Oost. Originally thought that this was a mass market Belgian Pale Ale, however I was glad to find out that I was wrong.

Strong floral scent, but not overwhelming. Cloudy appearance, served chilled but not to cold.

First sip had a complex set of strong flavors. Floral notes definitely associated with a strong hoppy burst, slightly balanced by a citrus/earthy flavor. Had some other tastes in there I couldn't pick out - primarily because they didn't last long.

A little bit of a alcohol flavor just before it finished with a smooth, dry tart taste. Nice balance from start to finish.

Carbonation was good, kept it refreshing. Had it with a shrimp pasta dish that complimented the complex tastes very well.

Very happy I tried this one - definitely a beer I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 00:11:27 | More by IBetYouCouldUseAColdOne
Photo of TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an almost-clear golden yellow with a huge, airy white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a cap of white foam that can hold its own. Good retention; minimal lacing.

Musky yeast smells mixed with soap, lemon, fresh cut grass, and other earthy goodness. Some definite citrus and booze notes, but these are by no means the predominate odors. Smells Belgian (if that makes sense).

Big yet subtle. Fresh, crisp citrus notes right off the bat with a gradual warming maltiness towards the end. There is a really persistent hoppy funk below it all but it doesn't dominate. Long, lingering, slightly sticky aftertaste. Exquisite.

Medium body with intense carbonation and a tinge of boozy warmth.

Helluva beer. Between this and their Houblon Chouffe beer I think I could safely could make a trip to the proverbial desert island.
This is an intricate and subtle brew to say the least. At first sip it is not too in-your-face but as you concentrate on it you'll find it to be an extremely complex and enjoyable beer. I would say that it is predominately malty because there is always a tinge of sweetness, but it also is always funky and hoppy enough to bring you back. To me, this is what makes a good beer; when you can pick apart most of what is going on, but it happens so effortlessly that it requires a little work to separate it all out. Fabulous beer. And on sale for 5 bucks!!!
Would get it again, would recommend it to others.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 21:19:00 | More by TheDoctor
Photo of BobaFret


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a bright golden yellow with a quickly-dissipating white head.

S - Spices, clove, classic Belgian yeast, slightly citrusy/floral. Reminds me of a few Trappist tripels, which is a great thing.

T - Everything from the aroma is present but with a slight hoppiness in the finish. The alcohol is nicely masked; I wouldn't have guessed that this is 8.00% ABV.

M - Medium body; lightly carbonated. Refreshes the palate.

O - A great example of the "lighter" Belgian ales.

This is a perfect beer for me to bring to a nice restaurant: it's beautiful, refreshing, and light enough to enjoy a full meal.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 17:58:25 | More by BobaFret
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep gold; cloudy; big head

Aroma: Tart fruit; coriander

Taste: Dry aftertaste; herbal; hop resins in aftertaste

Remarks: Bought this during our first trip to Belgium. I think it was at a Carre Four just outside Bruges.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 15:21:44 | More by IchLiebeBier
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy, golden, very nice color, a bit darker than I'd like, nice head, good retention.
S - It's fairly skunky. I normally would have stopped a review by now, but upon drinking it, it was way better. Green bottles are just not acceptable, I don't care about tradition.
T - Belgian yeasty esters, apple, pear, some clove, no banana, fairly dry, maybe a bit sweet on the finish though. It's tasty, a little heavier than I'd like I think, but quite good. I'd like the finish just a bit drier. As it warms, some bitterness from the alcohol comes through, but it's definitely not hot at all.
M - Well carbonated, again I'd like a touch drier, but pretty good.
O - Normally, this is a style I very much like, but the aroma turned me off quite a bit, and the heavy finish left this beer a bit less sessionable. Still, it's a good beer and I would recommend it (if I could be assured it wasn't lightstruck somehow...)

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 01:20:42 | More by mattbk
Photo of freneticamnesic


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

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Cloudy orange gold, thick white head with long lasting lacing

S - Citrus and flowers

T - Orange, spices, buttery caramel, and sweet, fruity esters. Finishes with a floral, hoppy bitterness

M -Smooth, very bubbly, but not in a bad way. Dry finish

O - Overall, very enjoyable and drinkable beer, especially in the warmer months. If you like your triples a bit sweeter, this is the way to go. Pretty easily available too, just one of the more pricey triples, as far as the commonly sold ones go.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 07:24:45 | More by freneticamnesic
Photo of BWED


3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle split two ways into a tulip. "Best before end 2015" marked on bottle.

A- Semi-hazy golden honey body, with a well retained, pillowy off white head. Thick rings of lacing hold on throughout consumption.

S- A spicy sting jumps into the nose, with a hint of booze and a light sweet maltiness.

T- Rather mild sweetness, with a little spice. Complexity in taste seems to be lacking.

M- A light body for the ABV, it seems. A little fizzy, and the spice hangs in the aftertaste.

O- This beer is decent, but it really didn't have the depth of flavor I like in Belgian strongs. It wasn't bad, but I don't see myself buying another one for the price I paid.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 12:47:20 | More by BWED
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber-gold appearance, and it's capped with a two-finger head that settles to a persistent film of foam. Excellent retention and lacing. Chalky, phenolic yeast aroma upfront. Light grain and coriander notes. The back end of the aroma is floral and fruity.

Moderately dry with nice complexity on the palate. Texture is probably the best attribute -- almost silky smooth due to the very fine carbonation. No harshness at all. Fruity esters are at the forefront, while there's a cracker-like malt backbone of what seems like pilsner malt. Very easy drinking for 8% ABV.

La Chouffe is just a great all-around Belgian pale. I wish I'd tried it sooner. Flavor and aroma didn't really wow me, but it's solid all-around and available in 4-packs of 330ml.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 02:22:52 | More by gr0g
Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear


4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my snifter a gorgeous golden color with a reddish hue. The pour retained a nice tight head with minimal lacing. The nose has a delicate spice with fresh-bread notes. Not quite clear, yet not cloudy. Very pretty.

I'm really diggin' this brew. Wonderful balance, clean finish. The high ABV was not evident. Refreshing...an all-season ale I could enjoy by the fire in December or on the deck in July. Once again, I will have to re-arrange my Top 5 to include La Chouffe.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 01:14:37 | More by Knuckles_Nuclear
Photo of JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden color. Good head retention and lacing.

S: Yeast, spice, and fruit.

T: Follows the nose. Peach and some pepper come through with a light malt backbone.

M: Light and nicely carbonated.

Overall: Great beer. The Smell is an enticing mix of fruit and yeast. It's very drinkable for 8%. A complex and enjoyable Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 00:56:58 | More by JuliusCaesar
Photo of Roman5150


4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: large white frothy head, beautiful amber orange color. Unfiltered, lots of particles.

Smell: smells a lot like a delerium and a duvel, you can really smell the citrusy belgian yeast.

Taste: my favorite belgian strong ale, its a lot smoother than the other famous ones. You get all the complex flavors an spice notes you would expect, but the big thing about this beer is the smoothness. Very citrusy, strong notes of coriander and slight banana aftertaste. I taste a lot of apples as well. This is a very refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: pretty carbonated, very sweet and doesnt leave tour mouth too dry.

Overall: This is one of my favorite beers for any situation. Ive had it on tap in Amsterdam, for my first experience. But honestly i almost like it out of the bottle better. Maybe thats an unfair assesment as I haven't had it on tap in years, but regardless this beer will amaze anyone. Its so drinkable that this could convert even non beer drinkers into avid beer snobs. If you love Delirium or Duvel, you need to give this a shot, you'll probably like it even better.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 18:47:42 | More by Roman5150
Photo of Smurf2055


3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel Tulip. I poured a bit too fast, as there’s sediment galore.

Appears dark orange and with a lot of sediment, as previously stated. I thought it was pretty well carbonated on the pour too.

Smells a bit like oranges and cream. Yeasty. From the smell, I feel like it will have a bit of a bite to it. Spicy. Maybe a hint of lavender. Very floral.

I was surprised at how mild it actually was. A lot of citrus working in there. A very nice spice bite as you swallow. Belgium yeast.

Mouthfeel was tingly and not very viscous at all.

Overall, not a bad beer. It’s certainly something I’ll see again down the road, but nothing that knocked my socks off.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 20:07:09 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of dar482

New York

4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The color is a hazy amber orange with a big head.

I tasted this with another beer and the aroma is just delicious. It’s fruity and of
It has an extremely fresh smell of yeast. There’s an off orange, like tangerine, and apple and pear. There’s a bran cereal note with honey.

The taste is similar to the aroma. However, the backbone maltiness carries throughout the mouth quite well. It’s just so very smooth throughout. It’s a good malt and fresh fruitiness and then it just cleans up nicely. There’s a clove, banana there.

This is a dangerously drinkable beer. It hides the alcohol so well and you just want to keep drinking it.

I taste tested this with Duvel and I would say I prefer this because of the smooth maltiness, but also the lovely fruit flavors.

What a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:53:13 | More by dar482
Photo of Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, served in oversized tulip

A - semi-cloudy wheat colour, 1" head that dissipates

S - pale malts, a little funk, some gum-y hops

T - pale malts, a little wheat, sweet without being overly so, maybe a little grape?

M - a little denser than normal, but it really works. Medium-light on the carbonation.

O - very nice! I'd like to do a BPA A/Bing sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:45:29 | More by Beelzebeer
Photo of elNopalero


4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This pours a clear golden color with billowy foam. There’s a vibrant aroma, estery & floral, with notes of coriander and lemongrass. Spot on, it smells great!

The flavor is crisp, bright, with a clear estery finish that showcases some noticeable straw notes. Sweetly dry, this was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 08:02:28 | More by elNopalero
Photo of ujsplace


4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

A cloudy, golden colored brew with a snow white head that fades fairly quickly, but sticks around for a bit.

Smells of bright fruits, yeast and spice.

Tastes spicy with a nice balance of hops and candied malt sweetness. Peppery and a nice balance of that sweet candied Belgian malt. Nice hop presence that adds just the right amount of bitterness.

Thicker than I'd expect from a BSPA, but thicker is always better. Luscious and creamy.

A very satisfying brew. An instant go-to brew for the style. This was a gift and my first from Brasserie d'Achouffe, but I am definitely impressed with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 21:45:29 | More by ujsplace
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Ontario (Canada)

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

750ml Bottle from the SAQ Gatineau QC for 6$

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good acing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes. There are also some particles floating around in it towards the end of the bottle.

Smell - Breads/grains, grapes, coriander, pepper, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with some grape juice. There is also some corriander/clove mixed with yeast and some hops. It ends with a fruity yet spicy aftertaste.

Overall - An enjoyable beer that was a little bit different than I was expecting. Some nice fruity notes and some spice to balance it out. Not sure I could drink more than 750ml of this in one night though, it's a touch sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 17:16:13 | More by spinrsx
Photo of teromous


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

A: Light gold color, very hazy, fluffy white head, good lacing rings.

S: Various spices come through. A bit peppery, with some lemon scent, some alcohol scent in there as well, and a ginger-like scent. It doesn't smell like ginger, just very similar. Very pleasant and multifaceted in scents.

T: Some caramel, some alcohol characters that are flowery tasting, and some spice quality to the flavor. There is a cream-like taste to it as well. It feels creamy, but there is an actual cream-like taste. Some bitter hop flavors in the background. The aftertaste is more caramel.

M: Very light, creamy and soft, yet bright with carbonation. There is a light bite at the end, with some bitterness. Very carbonated.

O: Overall I thought the beer was very enjoyable. Everything from the caramel flavors to the spiciness was a journey. The alcohol would pop up from time to time, which isn't preferable, but there was enough going on that it didn't detract much from the experience. Belgian beer lovers would really enjoy this beer. I highly recommend seeking it out

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 22:30:58 | More by teromous
Photo of Radome


4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle bought in Germany.

A - Beer is a medium golden color and very clear. Head is pure white, thick and sticky, made of large bubbles. It persists very well. Constant stream of bubbles rising through the beer. A beautiful beer.

S - Aroma is more hops-forward than I was expecting, but is still very well balanced. Good blend of fresh, green, grassy hops and bready malt. Some cracked grain in the end. Very clean; very nice, but not very deep or complex.

T - Taste is well balanced. There is a light to moderate hop bitterness with gently grassy hops flavor. Balancing that is bready malt with a grainy wheat cracker note. There is a yeast note with black pepper and bubblegum, but fairly faint.

M - Medium body. Sparkly, tingly carbonation. No alcohol burn.

O - This beer was a very pleasant surprise and it can hold its head up with the best of the breed. It isvery clean, well-made and balanced. I consider the appearance to be perfect and the aroma and taste are nearly so, just lacking in depth/complexity to make it the best of the best.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 21:19:40 | More by Radome
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Alberta (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a brandy snifter. Warmed for 15 minutes after removing from the fridge.

A-Pours a slightly cloudy gold/amber colour with a small white head. The doesn't drop completely and leaves a thin layer with some patches thicker than other. Leaves isolated rivulets of lacing.

S-Sweet and slightly sour or citric aroma. Lots of pale malts shining through.

T-Sweet and finishes moderately dry as I expected. The sweetness isn't just one note though as there seems to be a burst of fruit after the initial malty sweetness. I'm also detecting a bit of tartness. After the sweetness the cardamom pops in giving it some spicy/peppery notes. Little to no bitterness.

M-A fair bit of carbonation giving it an almost pop-rock kind of sensation. I get very little if any heat from the alcohol (and it's 8%!!!)

O-Damn, damn, damn this is enjoyable. Refreshing, surprising, and everything I had hoped it would be. It was pricey, but worth it. Definite revisit in the summer season.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 03:59:45 | More by Muhly
Photo of Arno

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Hazy gold, off-white head.

smell: citric fruits, lemon/grape. Tad sour yeast, quite sharp and mild hops.

taste: sour/bitter Lemon/Grape with subtle honey like sweetness. Spices i find hard to define. Bready yeast with mild bitter hops.

mouthfeel: Medium thickness, could do with a tad more creaminess to it. Quite a hefty tingly carbonation kick all the way.

overall: Nice refreshing beer, which is dangerous considering the ABV :) Not the best Belgium ale i've had though. Just ok.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 22:07:01 | More by Arno
Photo of SStein


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

Poured from a 33cl into a Brasserie d'Achouffe tulip glass.
Pours a hazy golden color, with a white, finger width head. The head slowly goes down to lacing, which slowly becomes lacy islands in the beer.
As you smell it, there is a solid spice smell. It is peppery and has a pleasant burn to the nostrils.
There is definite spice as you drink it. There is some lemon and pepper notes. There is a nice level of hoppiness.
It is medium body with light carbonation. A nice bit of bitterness from the hops. It is very balanced
It is a solid beer, definitely one to add to my regular line up.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:16:37 | More by SStein
Photo of VelvetExtract


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

A-Pours with the slightest of haze. Thick, doughy head flares off to a fine bubbly skin with clusters and patches in certain areas. Head is bleached and leaves light lacing islands.

S-Candied cracker malt with plenty of Belgian yeast and noble hoppiness. Cloves and other spices along with pale-fleshed fruits. A well balanced trio of yeast, hops and malt. Sweetens after every sniff.

T-The spices set up the cracker malt which leads into the hops. Pears set atop crackers. Yeast creeps in during the middle. A slight bit of barny funk and hay. Definitely getting the clove and coriander combo. Lemon zest too.

M-Light and incredibly drinkable with plentiful, yet soft carbonation. Medium bitterness. Booze hidden quite excellently.

O/D-I enjoyed their Dobbelen more but this one is no slouch. The large bottle will disappear quite quickly. Balanced and well-crafted.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 21:07:50 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at a Philly bottle shop for ~$7.00. Knew this was a little much, but because I was brewing a blonde ale this weekend with the La Chouffe strain I decided the price was worthy for research. Allowed the bottle to warm up for 20 minutes out of the fridge prior to sampling.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with nice fluffy white head that dissipates to a thin coating with nice Belgian lacing on the wide-mouth glass sides.

S: Aromas of wheat, fresh bread, lemon peel, coriander, green apple, subtle spices and the typical Belgian Ardennes yeast characteristic.

T: Lemon with a nice bitter bite. Sharpness due to seemingly high carbonation. Wheat is evident with a fresh, doughy white bread-like taste.

M: Feels light to medium. Bitterness & sweetness give balance to one another. Refreshing.

O: A very well brewed artisan beer. Has typical Belgian qualities. Would seem great in the summer months. Glad to have tried, but was expecting a little more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 17:34:04 | More by jwhancher
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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