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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 844
Hads: 2,259
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 184
Gots: 375 | FT: 1
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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 Brenden
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (1,790 characters)

Photo of glass_house
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (958 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Prost! (1,076 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: a stumpy, solid little 330mL brown bottle with an cute / sweet label. Better than your average Belgian package.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass (perfect choice as it turns out). A hazy yet brilliant orange-yellow with plenty of fine champagne-style carbonation exploding from the base of the glass. Sporadic lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast aromas up front but with plenty of sweet malts and citrus hops also. Some orchard fruits also - a really pleasant aroma, one of the best from a Belgian.

Taste: an amazingly well-balanced Belgian Strong - generally the yeasts take the front foot. With La Chouffe it is metered out by a pleasant and refreshing citrus and orchard fruit sweetness. Some spices in the background. Nice!

Aftertaste: backs off somewhat, but still a massively pleasant beer. A touch more bitterness comes through.

Overall: a brilliant Belgian Strong. I have seen this at Dan Murphy's for a long time and assumed from a distance that it was a cider. I'm glad I bothered to take a closer look - one of the best balanced and most refreshing Belgian Strong Pale Ales I have had to date. (1,114 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy dark gold with a good white head that left a good lace
S-Belgian beer smell. Pear, spice with a hint of clove and banana
T-Pear, spice, and pepper, with a tart spicy and alcohol warming in the aftertaste. Banana comes end at the end of the glass and the tart taste seems to get stronger as the beer goes down
M-high carbonation that made the body seem light
O- solid beer. Spice and tart aftertaste and complex flavors (425 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a dirty dark gold with a tiny white head. No lacing and just a little bit of foam remaining on top of the beer.

Aroma has that rich Belgian spice character from the yeast including some bubblegum and banana. Some ripe peach and pineapple as well. Really nice.

The flavor is even better. Huge punch of Belgian yeast and spice that just carries on seemingly forever. Loads of peach, coriander, and bubblegum along with lots of bread in the background propping it up. Drying bitterness and a bone dry finish. No hint of alcohol whatsoever.

Overall, what an awesome beer! The depth of the spice and yeast esters is amazing and it is dangerously drinkable for the abv. Definitely one to seek out. (729 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden murky color with a three Finger head that stuck around for a while. Great carbonation in this beer.
Aroma is sweet, bready, apples and honey, spices.
Taste is dry, and well balanced with bitter and sweetness. I get lots of apple and spice and pears and a mild bready flavor but not malty at all.
Mouthfeel is bubbly and perfectly dry and crisp. (367 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Brasserie d'Achouffe's La Chouffe last month for $4.43 at Toskey Sands Market. So It looks like this is the 900th different beer I've had since I joined the site three years ago and I thought I would go with a beer that I have been meaning to try for a long time now, so lets see how it goes. Best before Feb. 2016. Poured from a brown shorter euro style 330ml bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

A- The label looks ok, I'm not a big fan of the gnome on the label but it doesn't look bad. It poured a hazy golden yellow color that took on more of a golden and amber color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This a nice looking beer, but i think the head retention and lacing could have been a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a honey like aroma to it and it's followed by a nice fruity aroma with some nice citrus rind aromas coming through along with a nice pear aroma. Up next comes Belgian yeast aroma with some banana aromas and a mix of spicy aromas with coriander seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end comes the malts which impart a grainy, sweet malt, caramel, and wheat like aromas. This beer had a very nice aroma that was true to style and fairly complex.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a light honey flavor to it and it's followed by some fruity flavors up front that impart a nice citrus rind flavor with a slight pear flavor in the background. Up next comes the Belgian yeast which imparts a nice spicy flavor with coriander still sticking out the most and there's a slight banana flavor in the background. Towards the end comes the malts which impart a grainy, bready and wheaty flavor with a slight alcohol flavor and a lower amount of bitterness with a malty, Belgian yeast, and citrus rind aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer that's very true to style.

M- Smooth, very crisp, pretty dry, medium bodied with a higher amount of prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel was true to style and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a pretty good and textbook example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style and nothing seemed out of place. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, very crisp, not filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but I think the prickly carbonation would prevent me from drinking more than one of these. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and mouthfeel I thought they were both very nice and they were pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, but the head retention and lacing were a little weak. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it's good, but it's a little pricey and for around the same price I can get Duvel which I like more than this beer. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style or Belgian beers in general. All in all i was satisfied with this beer, it wasn't the best of the style I have had, but I still thought it was good and I'll be on a look out for more beers from this brewery since this beer made for a good first impression, nice job guys, keep up the good work. (3,461 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazed and lemon yellow with an orange pastel hue when held to the light in the room. Fat white head that is slow to fall and leaves a layer on top. Nose is bright with orange peel, lemongrass, a soft honey sweetness, little yeasty bite and a delightful faint tickle of lime. Some grass and a bit herbal. There is the faintest clove and banana in the background. Taste is dry and sparkling with ample carbonation. Tangy citrus bites and then sweet fruit peel soothes. The malt is light cracker with a touch of honey. The banana smooths out the beer and gives it a lasting quality to the palate. Finishes lightly sweet and tart with a mouthwatering citrus and little spicy kick from corriander. Herbal and grass keeps it bright and a bit bold.

Really nice. (762 characters)

Photo of Underrower
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served in a goblet.

Opened up and there was smoke lingering around the top. Poured a slightly cloudy nice golden color.

Pear and yeast on the nose; some honeycomb and maybe orange peel. Love the old yeast type smell. It's a shame that there is no sign of bottle conditioning.

Tastes great. Tastes almost like a dark beer and dark beers are usually my favorite. At the end you can taste the coriander and feel the bubbles and the alcohol comes in faintly. The alcohol is not the boozy sweet type but the astringent rubbing alcohol taste. It is good that the alcohol taste and bitterness is not that strong. I do not like bitter tastes at all and this one does finish lightly bitter.

Good smallish bubbles in the carbonation. This beer has a nice light feel to it. Not too harsh.

Great beer. My favorite beers are the strong, sweet dark belgians (St Bernardus, Gouden Caroulus Van de Kaiser Blau on tap, Gulden Draak etc)but this beer is up pretty high on my list even though it is not a dark. I wish it finished without any bitterness at all. This has a stout long lasting 8% alcohol effect on me. Feels more like 13% to me. I will probably be buying this again and may try aging this. (1,204 characters)

Photo of azorie
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: poured hard into mug @ 36f, golden yellow color, this 330ml has less yeast than the 750 ml version. big giant 3 inch head, settled down to 1/2 or so. nice lacing

s: nice yeast nose, sweet malt, banana like, reminds me of a hefe.

t: very spicy bite, strong Belgian pale malt and yeast backbone. balanced hop wise, its like a blend of golden strong ale or blonde, Duval lite with coriander. funky, malt banana bite as it warms.

m: medium body, med carb, smooth, spicy aftertaste bite

o: refreshing beer even @ 8%, easy to drink, outstanding beer. I had this beer in Amsterdam at tiny neighbor bars, when this is the only Belgian they carry. never been disappointed about that yet! It funny I just started review on here most beers I drink I buy at retail

4 pack of 330 bottle @ 9.99 at TW. (798 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From my tasting notes: The La Chouffe was a strong Golden Ale in the vein of Duvel that came with a fluffy white head and plenty of belgian yeast notes in the aroma. This was a great tasting beer that was herbal and spicy while being very well balanced and highly drinkable. This is their flagship beer and it was very tasty. Definitely one to revisit. (352 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a bunch of head that seems to have a fair amount of retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber that glows with hints of orange and lemon when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Definitely a Belgian beer, it's bright with citrus flavors (orange and lemon), spice notes (coriander and clove), and other esters (banana specifically). Thick with yeast, there is nothing subdued about the aroma of this beer. Some orange and lemon peel are in there as well. Some other esters such as melon, peach, and apple. The apple becomes stronger as I drink it.

Taste- Citrus forward with notes of orange and lemon while a bit of Belgian yeast starts to appear. It suggests clove (heavy clove), coriander, and banana. Spicy to the point there is a minor tingle on the tongue and on my gums. Very yeasty, maybe a little too yeasty for me but this is just my first taste. Maybe it will mellow out. Some banana as well but the other minor esters of the aroma haven't really appeared as of yet. Some earthy, grassy, and herbal notes as well. At the moment, this seems a notch above Duvel but still below Damnation, pretty much my standard for Belgian Goldens. Banana starts to outweigh the citrus notes. Some apple hangs in the background. Solid beer and a very good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with touches of syrup to the texture. Good amount of carbonation but his works well with the overall spiciness and tingle. A bit of a dry finish helps wrap it all up.

Drinkability- No heat but the yeast spice is a little bit of an obstacle for me but not much of one. Priced about the same as Duvel but a little better.

Overall- Solid to very good. If you're a fan of Belgians and specifically, golden ales, you should give this a try. Or if you're new to these styles, this would be a good introduction. (1,895 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

La Chouffe has a thick, frothy, off-white head, lots of heavy lacing left behind, a hazy, golden appearance, and lots of tight bubble streams. The aroma is of very spicy, yeasty, pungent, sweet bread and grain, and the flavor is of all that, with some dessert bread and pepper. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and La Chouffe finishes dry, rich, somewhat refreshing, and easing going. Overall this beer is difficult to describe, but I score it outstanding.

RJT (459 characters)

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden opaque body with a medium weak head due to low carbonation, typical of Belgian Strong Pale Ales.
S: Bananas, peach, citrus notes and a heavy tone of both malt and alcohol.
T: All the things included in the aroma are both present in the taste, as well as resin and belgian yeast.
M: A very balanced bitterness (20 IBUs) makes it much better than its direct rival, Duvel with 32 IBUs. It's a softer beer that dries your mouth after the sip, almost obliging the drinker to finish it quickly.
O: The Brasserie d'Achouffe and its gnome have never let me down, gotta love this beer and these guys. (602 characters)

Photo of Takahiro
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl brown bottle bought in the Netherland super market

A: golden, little cloudy, and poured with a very thick foam which lasts and sticks on the glass
S: banana/clove, graininess, caramel
T: caramel, some grain malt, followed by a very slight herbal bitterness from what I think is hop and some sweetness and warmth from alcohol
M: little sweet to my mouth. but dry for its high alcohol strength.
O: it reminds me of Duvel. a nice beer (437 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.39/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,233 characters)

Photo of IBetYouCouldUseAColdOne
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (1,458 characters)

Photo of BobaFret
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -27.5%
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 (298 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
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...) (915 characters)

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
92 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.