La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

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Photo of Bravak
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Complex yet not overwhelming. A truly pleasant sipper that morphs as it warms. Belies it's abv. A true global gem. Love it paired with hearty and spicy food.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium apricot/peach in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, significant amounts of fine to medium particles in suspension throughout the beer, and a faint amount of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruits (pear), spices, citrus (orange stands out), grainy malts, and just a hint of banana.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale and grainy malts with a light amount of light fruit sweetness (mostly pear with a hint of apple). That is followed by moderate flavors of orange citrus and just a hint of banana. There is a light flavor of spices in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable - lots of complexity to the flavor but still quite approachable. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

#101 Beers of Fame

Served in a La Chouffe tulip glass. Amber colored with a long-lasting, rocky, white head. Nice lacing down the glass. Fruity pear and orange aroma with a light peppery spice. Wonderful balance in the flavor. The fruit, spice, and alcohol are all there but neither the malt nor the hops are too strong. Medium bodied and a bitter finish. Easy to drink despite being fairly complex.

I avoided this beer unintentionally for quite some time but will no longer do so. A truly well crafted brew. Paired well with a big pot of mussels.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Good appearance. Cloudy amber with good head and lacing.

Aroma is pears and onions and subtle spicy notes.

Taste is pears and onions with spivy belguan yeast. White grape notes combine with wheat beer-esque banana flavours for a subtle but complex and delicious belgian strong ale effect. This is similar to duvel but a little different. Definitely worth a visit and would like to try the 750ml bottle rather than my 330ml serving to further explore this well balanced and sophisticated ale.

Very good.


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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance – Very hazy yellow gold colour. There is very thick creamy foam in this one

Smell – The smell of La Chouffe is fairly odd it is a little sweet with a smallest hint of lime and some spice but it does not prepare you for what comes next in the taste… to some that may be a bad thing but to me I like a beer that has a trick or two up its sleeve.

Taste – A lot of malt character up front there is also good spiciness such as clove, cinnamon, black pepper but there is also a light hoppy taste at the back. The smell of citrus is not coming through in the taste but there is peach. There is a slight note of Mandarin or Satsuma when you first sip on it and this does not go after a few mouthfuls

Mouthfeel – Light bodied and very effervescent that leaves a dry sort of finish in the mouth.

Overall – The first time I drank this in 2012 I thought it was too sweet but two years later when I came to review it I found that it had a lot of flavour and real depth to it. Cloudy against the light with tiny hints of matter like clouds floating in the glass (this is a good thing) this beer is fairly typical in appearance for a Belgium blond although it may be cloudier than most I’m used to. To put it another way it is golden like an English sunrise over the Isle of Purbeck in mid-July with noticeable clouds that promise a very good day. In some ways it resembles a wheat beer. . A cracking beer that I like very much!!

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Photo of denisconrado
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Expectation to see if you purchase a bottle of 750 ml, but... Appearance: fun label; the glass cloudy, with ingredients in suspension and color of honey. Aroma: A bit of malt. Taste: refreshing, coriander like Hoegaarden (would not be a Witbier??), prominent malt. Personally I preferred the Duvel; would be the temperature?

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Photo of burntoutphilosopher
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A – hazy, looks like a Saison. Nice fleks of Lees. Truly “golden”.
S – Cedar wood. Very very mild.
T – Tastes like a very dry Brut. This is the most mild tasting beer I’ve had in a very long time. Yet, perfectly flavored when you look for it. The hops are some of the best ive ever had. A nice green bitter taste. The only aftertaste is the citrus like yeast flavor left behind.
M - thin, champagne like. The bubbles are delicately small, yet it’s densely carbonated.
O – First sip “doesn’t taste like much of anything”. But the delicate bitterness and white wine type of yeast residue really grows on you. It reminds me more of a Moscato d’ Asti than a beer.
Obviously the absolute top notch. This has the classic Belgian taste that has made the region famous.
A Top fermenting yeast it says on the bottle… and it taste more like champagne than ale to me. This has a deeply complex taste that is totally unfarmiliar.

It is incredibly pleasant.

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Photo of arthurspoor
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

La Chouffe is a very refreshing, sweet yet interesting beer.

I like it's color, which is a bit hazy.

The smell ain't spectacular, but the taste is very good and typical 'Ardennen taste'. A bit banana sweet perhaps, but overall very nice.

I would serve it at 8-10 C, or maybe even warmer. It gets smoother that way.

Ideal for Summer. Very 'easy drink'.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice thick head on initial pour into a tulip glass , fine white foam with good lacing. Almost cream like in texture

S: Hint of hay, barn, champagne(?)

T: A tad malty without being too sweet, hint of peppercorn, clove, bread and only the slightest astringency from hops. Hint of apple or pear

M: Finely effervescent (like champagne) without being to gassy

Great beer, excellent price point at less than $3/bottle. Would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of jellikit
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: yellowIsh With a haze. Medium foamy head. Excellent lacing.

S: banana. Clove. Spices. Honey. Orange.

T: banana. Orange. Pepper. Alcohol tones.

M: medium-high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.

O: when I think Belgian, I think La Chouffe. Great beer.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - cloudy, hazy golden color with thick white head

Smell - green apple, ginger, coriander, caramel

Taste - liquified green apple, orange, ginger, coriander, honey

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, highly carbonated, citrus sweetness upfront, slightly tart in the back end, refreshing and satisfying despite the ABV

Overall - solid Belgian Ale, perfect amount of carbonation and full of flavor. Recommended

Price Point - $11.99/750 ML bottle

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Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden color with a big thick head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Aroma of orange citrusy, bread and caramel malt, herbs, cloves, coriander and white wine.
Flavor of champagne vinous, orange and lemon citrusy, herbal hops, nutmeg, nectarines, white pepper, cinnamon, pear, pineapple and coriander. Slightly tart with dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is dangerously hidden, especially considering its refreshing feeling.
Interesting beer, it is like a strong Golden Ale with Wit characteristics. Also well balanced despite of its boldness and quite complex, which was not entirely expected for the style. Endurecida, pero sin perder la ternura.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.33L bottle poured into a bona fide Brasserie D'Achouffe glass at 1600 Bier Haus in Calgary. A light honey orange color just shy of reddish with a well-formed but quick-breaking creamy white head, this iconic Belgian "special" said to defy style guidelines smells like shortbread cookies, orange rind, and white pepper, along buttery sweet yeast and a vinous tannic note like champagne or boozy white grapes. Palate is similarly citric, fruity, and spicy, with a champagne-like undercurrent propping up some woody nectarine or apricot, pepper, fermented rank pineapple, coriander seed, and faint caramel popcorn, nice complexity but very dry and tart, almost an "imperial witbier" in character. Well-attenuated body adds to the drying effect, rather smooth and the carbonation and alcohol effects are decidedly mellow. I'd go here again although I prefer some other more funky brews. This one might appeal to the wine drinker closeted somewhere deep in us all.

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Photo of djura
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 0.33l
A - Pale orange color,half finger of white foam,lasting till the end. Lots of bubbles in the glass,working all the way.
S - Huge aroma of aromatic hops. Lots of fruits,sweeter,pleasant.
T/M - Creamy,medium carbonation,decent aroma. You can feel that 8% alc in the mouth.

O - Very decent,drinkable,but not the best in my opinion.

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Photo of Altrurian
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The head is nice, thick, and variegated, and of sufficient longevity. The body is transparent, with a hue of light gold or amber. Caramel or toffee dominates the aroma, perfectly complementing a similarly constituted flavor. Are there hints of fruit? Perhaps--of the full-bodied yellow variety, like ripe peach or mango; but maybe I'm influenced by the beer's color, which seems to deepen with the lowering of the angle of the sun. The texture is mostly silky, with just enough sparkle. If you're looking for something satisfyingly quaffable on the sweet side of the spectrum, you can't go wrong here.

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Photo of dougbassett
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #44 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Belgian Golden Ales are a favorite style of mine, I've more or less liked all of the ones I've tried. They have a refreshing, sharp edge to them that I like, especially when compared to some of the other, heavier, more layered kind of Belgian styles.

I bought this in an unassuming beer store near where I live. On the one hand, it's pretty awesome that in America today you can get something like this in a non-descript beer place (at least in a big city like Philadelphia); on the other hand, I spent $25 for a four pack, so, like, damn.

Pours cloudy-golden with something of a honey tinge, and manages to keep its head for the most part, all very nice. It has the mouthfeel typical of the style, a lot of carbonation and a sort of spicy-sharpness that lingers on the palate long after you swallow. Strange to say, given the generally high alcohol content and the sort of "elite" cachet of the brand, but I've always found beers like to be rather refreshing -- they're especially good in the Spring and Fall, I think, those in-between seasons between 'hot' and 'cold' .

I never know how to describe the nose on a Golden like this. Belgian Golden Ales smell like...Belgian Golden Ales. There's a yeasty/spicy component that's quite pleasant with some alcohol floating around in the back. That spicy note is replicated in the flavors, once you get past the initial sharpness of the yeast and the carbonation it softens out nicely before sharpening up a bit in the finish.

I'm under the impression this isn't one of the "classic" Belgian Goldens, but its quite nice and if you feel like spending the cash, probably a good gateway into the style.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a goblet. Golden yellow hazy color with one finger head. Fruity smell with citrus, yeast and some honey. The taste was sweet and yeasty with a peppery aftertaste with some coriander that lasted for some time. Nice carbonation and a medium body. Liked it a lot.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy goldenrod color. Okay head size and retention.

Very complex. Orchard fruitiness with an herbal revision. Yeast esters are sweet with ripe pear and juicy fruit. Malts are mead-like and bready.

A little more powdery with that yeast dryness. Sweet alcohol, floral/herbal notes, pear, white tea, and tree fruits. Finishes with a tartness that complements the fleshy fruits and chalkiness.

A little heady. Medium body with a semi-spicy carbonation. Good drinking for a strong pale.

Excellent Belgian ale.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, coriander, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast ester, malt, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, coriander, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, coriander, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast ester, malt, and spice flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong pale ale! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast ester, malt, and spice flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Brenden
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As pale yellow as many weaker beers but with an extraordinary substance to it by contrast. It's got some haze all through it, some soft bubbly activity, and an extremely creamy and thick pillow of pure white head that solidifies at just over a finger with lots of heftiness. It sits heavily at that point and barely moves. When it does, it's all together as some deposits of lace are left in thick patches here and there.
Nice and juicy yet dry as well in the aroma, it's all kinds of complex. So much yeast character comes out without snuffing the malts, esters, or even very light hop addition. Dusty pale malts with an earthiness accentuated by the yeast's character lay a firm foundation for it. It's exceptionally juicy, almost making my mouth water just smelling it. Tart ripe pale fruits flesh is in full effect along with sweeter notes of almost tropical fruits. Soft banana is there from front to back with honey just at the end. Alongside all this, sweet and gentle spiciness of clove and coriander, along with a gently hot spiciness akin to cinnamon, add fantastic complexity. Alcohol has a gentle, warming presence that builds.
Malts form as firm a backbone in the flavor, and it follows suit with the exception that somewhat more and more varied spiciness is revealed along with more bubble gum yeast notes along with must, earth, clove and coriander. All the same juicy and honey-like sweetness, along with that of candied citrus, remain into the finish.
The beautiful body that marks the style is manifested in this one. At once soft and strong, it's incredibly creamy with a soft but even carbonation building lots of smoothness on the palate while offering a nice crispness that never falters. Alcohol doesn't have too strong an effect, and it eases into a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of glass_house
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a footed Belgian tulip

Cloudy pale gold with 3 fingers of pillowy white head that slowly recedes to a persistent cap with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is full of pale malts, citrus peel, and spicy yeast esters. A little bit of clove and grassy funk in the background.

The taste follows the smell pretty closely. Bright citrus--mostly lemon--leads the way. The white peppery spice and earthy grains follow, while the pale malts lend support throughout. Just a hint of herbal bitterness at the end. The texture is near perfection as far as I'm concerned. Starts off feeling medium with an ever-so-slight sticky feeling. The lively carbonation provides a crisp, mildly prickly, refreshing zing, and it finishes very dry and clean.

These gnomes know what they're doing. It's been a while since I had the Houblon Chouffe, but this seems pretty similar, which is a good thing. This is simply one of the best Belgian Pale Ales I've had.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly darker than straw colored, with a white head.

S: Citrus peel, fruity Belgian yeast esters, orange and a bit of grass in the nose.

T: Dominant taste is orange, some fruity Belgian yeast esters, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, tastes a bit like a witbier.

M: Medium bodied, not what I'd call smooth.

O: Definitely recommended, a very good Belgian strong pale ale.

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Photo of kevanb
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

The beer pours a cloudy apricot color, plenty of sediment floating around the glass with a big, billowy white head, soft and fluffy that has very nice retention and leaves an incredible amount of soapy lace behind. The aroma is inviting, lots of fruity yeast, sweet pale malt, lemongrass and some crisp spice character from both the hops and the coriander. The flavors follow really well, nice fruity yeast flavors, a touch of funkiness, berry and lemon pop nicely, pale grain that is smooth and soft, sweet but not too rustic, but with a earthy assertiveness. A bit of spiciness leads to a crisp finish that has just a faint hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is superb, super lively carbonation, dances across the tongue while still coating the mouth nicely and gently and finishes easily with just a touch of carbonated zip.

Verdict: A benchmark for the style and a really wonderful beer to drink. It's not overly complex or inventive, but refined and executed impeccably. It's quite refreshing for the ABV and one of the more quaffable Belgian Pale Strong Ale's one can find.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 75 cL bottle into a Duvel tulip/balloon with a gentle hand. Best by 25/11/15 according to the very subtle stamp on the neck. Had this many times, but never reviewed...

A: Cloudy, golden orange-yellow with some visible sediment. 2-3 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast with very light funk notes. Tropical fruit, banana, mango. Light cracker, grass, straw and pale malt scents. Some indistinct spice.

T: Spice and round, tropical fruit hit first. Gradual transition to a balancing hop bitterness and fairly dry finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but light for 8% ABV. Some vanilla and orange notes develop as it warms.

M: Moderate to slightly high carbonation with a mild prickliness initially. Smoothes out nicely and becomes creamy as it warms. Moderate body. Feels substantial, but refreshing. Great vehicle for the flavors.

O: Exceptionally smooth and polished brew. It's somewhat difficult to pull out specific scents/flavors, but as an integrated, melded whole, this is really good. Drinks so well.


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Photo of polloenfuego
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip

A: pours a pale straw with a slight cloudyness and a full three finger head that breaks slowly leaving a lovely thing film of foam.

S: Belgian yeasts, an earthyness or grassyness is also present. Sweet malts and spices are also present.

T: yeast and spice up front, with the malt sweetness there. There is also a slight bubblegum taste. As with the nose, there are grassy/earthy elements as well.

M: higher carbonation and medium body. A smooth beer with a nice dry finish.

O: a nice Belgian strong pale ale. I can see why this is such a staple at so many bars around my parts. Nice and easy to drink, I found this beer tasty and enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the smell of this beer, and I found it really added a great deal to the experience.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
93 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.