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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 859
Hads: 2,353
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 17.79%
Wants: 204
Gots: 437 | FT: 1
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Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | website

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 horndecker
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the small bottle.

The color is a hazy gold with a rose tinge to it. A full active head, fine carbonation and a nice bit of lace.
The nose is green apples, pepper, orange peel and lemon; grassy and vegetal; then something faintly yeasty and meaty. Reminiscent of some saisons.
The flavors are of tart fruit at first, with a round and sweetish malt center and a gentle hop finish. All suffused with the prescence of clove and earthy yeast.
Nice and fizzy and smooth on the tongue. Tasty and delicious.

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

Poured from a 75 cL bottle into the proper La Chouffe glass.

Pours a pale cloudy orange with a thick foamy head with diminishes to a layer of bubbles and leaves foam down the glass. Subtle nose of spices and hint of malts. The taste is of spices, some cloves, malt and hints of peach and apricot. A lovely effervescent mouthfeel. A very nice Belgian pale ale. Very complex yet subtle flavours. I'm certainly going to be coming back to this one.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle with an immense creamy head. Once again I can't seem to properly decant this into a glass. There are bits of yeast floating here and there, but I did manage to keep most of it in the bottle. "Getting better all the time." Anyway, the head receded leaving a sticky lace along the sides of the glass.
The nose is seems to be an interesting mix of clove and honey, not unlike other strong pale ales, but with a subtlety all its own. The alcohol that is usually present in the scent some of these brews is missing altogether. It's replaced by a vague barnyard aroma.
This one generally tastes like it smells. The creamy mouthfeel gives way to a mild tartness and pale malt notes. I think the yeast comes through in the end.
Strikingly smooth, perhaps too smooth. Aside from the initial tartness there's no bite to this beer at all. As a result drinkability suffers for me.
Good strong pale ale, I'll have to try this again somewhere down the road.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml capped green magnum, best before date on the label says 2007. Bought with the Chouffe gift pack, so of course I poured it into the accompanying La Chouffe stemware. A deep hazy gold in colour, quite brilliant in its lustre for a hazed beer, with a massive sponge-like head that maintains impressive retention, I almost need a shovel to make a path through it to the actual beer. There is a very mild aroma, but it seems to draw me in with every inhale, a lot of complexity to something so subtle. Lemon and tangerine zest, bubblegum esters, fresh grass, and then the spices: coriander, black pepper, some nutmeg, and even cinnamon to my surprise. The flavour is light and refreshing, the mouthfeel is effervescent. This is quite an uplifting beer, I'm sampling this after an unsavory day at work, and it has completely managed to perk me up. Light grains and yeast at first, with a quick appearance of orange sweetness in the middle, then gaining some bulk on the finish with the spices, first coriander and cloves, with black pepper lingering on the aftertaste. I really didn't know what to expect with this, as the McChouffe didn't impress me much. I've certainly been missing out this past while in this case. As inexplicably annoying as I find gnomes, I can easily overlook that personal bias when it comes to La Chouffe, I'll definitely be picking more up, I can't remember the last time a new beer cheered me up so much.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden amber color from the 750ml bottle. Cloudy, with a big, fluffy white head and good lace.
Smell is slightly sour, malt, fruit (lemon & ... orange?), spice (coriander per the label) and light hops. A good complexity and balance for the nose.
Taste is malty, spicy, fruity with some oakiness and hops late. Could use a bit more complexity but the balance is spot on.
Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, with light effervescence. Warms the throat slightly, alcohol not overpowering at all.
Drinkability is high. The ABV is not really noticeable so I suggest sharing with friends to keep yourself off the floor.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. The mild spiciness reminds me of Unibroue (Don de Dieu in particular). Bright and fizzy, nice aroma starts it off. Smooth and refreshing, matched up well with the steak and shrimp we had for dinner. Doesn't have quite the tartness of a saison, but pretty similar in taste. I've seen this many times, and I'm glad I finally tried it.

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Photo of Skidz
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright, light gold and sits a foggish golden amber in the glass with a large, soapy white head, thoroughly attaching itself to the sides of the glass, coating it with streams of snowy white froth.

Smells highly aromatic and lifting. Sweet, fruty aromas are pushed out, lending hints of pears, apples, grapes and just a touch of orange zest. Full, herbal characteristics balance out the sweetness, giving a mild spiciness. Crackery and yeasty aromas buried deep within, but provide a good platform for everything to balance on.

Tastes immediately refreshing and extremely lively. Mouthfulls of green grapes, strawberries, nectarines, pears and apples are crammed in with every sip. Fruity sweetness is quickly balances with a grass-like spiciness and mild bitterness. Flavors continue to dance around long after swallowing, then are replaced with a dry, yeasty flavor on the pallate.

This may be light and and zesty, but it is far from weak. Wildly fulfilling and absolutely refreshing. Crisp feel and abundant carbonation filling in every gap. Lively light body, nothing wrong here. A 750 is a good stopping point, but shall be replaced for future events. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and hope I can do so more often in the future.

A nice way to mark my 300th attempt at a review. Here's to many more!

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Photo of frazbri
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale golden color with fluffy white head and excellent lacing. Aromas of lemon grass, lemon zest, grapefruit and. Citrus tang, coriander and grassy flavors with balancing bitterness. Light in body with an almost spritzy mouthfeel.

I can't believe I drank the whole bottle. I opened it with the intention of sharing, but had to go it alone. This is a very refreshing beer. A well balanced thirst quencher. I recommend sharing this with friends, if you have to :-)

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a towering white that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a refreshing pale malt scent with a wonderfully fruity and tart Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is outstanding. It has a very smooth pale malt flavor with a dry, yet fruity finish. It goes down easy and finishes a bit warm, but nothing too harsh. This is an easy drinker. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate to good carbonation. This is an excellent Belgian. It has great aroma and taste, an excellent sessions brew.

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Photo of mrfosters
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying Duvel ,I knew that Belgians had won a permanent place in my fridge, La Chouffe has made even more room. The thick ,pillowy head was a wonderful sight and the lacing did not quit.A little citrus, orange it seemed to me,combined with that peppery undertone...yeah.. that's the stuff.And the carbonation was fantastic.It's right up there with Duvel, though I find Duvel just a bit smoother.Definitely another fun brew.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge off-white head that leaves behind a thick lacing on the sides of the chalice. The ale is a beautiful honey hue and a bit hazy. there were lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom during the entire consuption of the 750ml bottle.

The aroma contained a light hop bouquet, earthy yeast and a little bit of spiciness, especially pepper.

The taste was composed of sweet malts, spices, pepper, nice balance of sweet malts with a dry finish and a bit of bittering hops lingering in the end.

Good carbonation and nice medium body. For 8% the alcohol really doesn't come through at all.

nice ale!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Eulogy. Large, creamy head. This beer has a nice, estery character, but it could be so much more. Bottle-conditioned would be the preferred way to go with this one. Very good on-tap. I would assume it would have much more complexity in the bottle. In my mind's eye, I picture that tasting wonderfully. A lot of Belgian beers are that way. Remember, on-tap is not always better.

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Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright mildly hazy gold with a thin white head and champagne bubbles. No lace on the glass (the only negative I can write at this time). Aroma of bright citrus, a little hop flower maybe grass. Not much lace. Bright citrus tang on the flavor a little hop bitterness. I was a little surprised to see this listed as a Belgian Pale rather than a gold ale. Nice light mouth feel very drinkable. Excellent beer. The d'Achouffe brewery does it again.

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Photo of taez555
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick choppy white head with a golden orange body.

The nose was a mix of big spice, fruit, yeast, pears, golden apples, banana and wheat. Really a lovely classic golden/triple nose.

A very choppy mouthfeel with a large bubbled carbonation sit against the light to medium body. Somewhat tart with an earthy hop taste. A slightly grainy spice, coriander, apple or apple peel, and yeast with a hidden alcohol. There’s a nice, almost numbing bitterness from start to finish.

Really a nice Belgian blonde/triple/golden or whatever you choose to call it. Definitely one of the finest beers from the brewery.

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Photo of Redrover
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz green bottle with the great label and product description/history.

The beer pours a hazy, opaque goldish brown. Massive chiffon like head and fantastic lacing.

The beer has a very pleasant aroma. I get some nice citrus/pine, spices (coriander and perhaps white pepper) and some grainy aroma that reminds me of fresh oats.

The taste is refreshing and bracing. The beer has nice citrus, apple and spice flavor. I also get almost a straw taste. This beer has a subtle nuance. The layers of flavors keep coming. Very enjoyable. I can‘t believe this an 8% beer, there is absolutely no trace of alcohol. .

Great mouthfeel. The beer is tart, sweet & sour all at the same time. Perfect levels of carbonation. What an easy drinker! This has the taste and complexity to be a great session beer (however, that 8% may become problematic…).

Folks, this is a keeper! It truly is an artisanal beer and one that everyone should be able to enjoy!

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Photo of Ellbert
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: The appearance of this brew was awesome. It didn't hurt that I used the appropriate tulip for the beer. It had a large pillowy head with mass amounts of lace. The beer was light in color with pleasant bubblies making an appearance.

Smell: Somewhat spicy but mostly fruity. Very sweet aroma coming up from this brew. Very, very appeaing.

Taste: Spices really come through. They lend a citric sweet flavor to the beer. Very malty, spicy, and sweet.

Mouthfeel is just a tad thin and bubbly.

A great brew. I could drink this all night. The first belgian I really loved.

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Photo of elricorico
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden colour with a big bubbly white head. The head faded down to just a ring, but a substantial amount of lacing is gracing the glass.

Smells ok, I smell soapiness in it though, which is a turn off. Has a pepper floating in citrus smell. Smells a lot like you'd expect from the style.

Taste is quite nice. Starts sweet and ends a bit less sweet. Has some of the citrus flavours in the beginning, then ends with a hit of the spicyness.

The feel is very good, the right weight and carbonation. Even if this beer wasn't deceptively strong, it would receive a good drinkability score, as it is smooth and pleasant.

Good beer, the next time I see it I'll be sure to bring some home.

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

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep gold color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of lemon and lime going on. It's slightly sweet as well. The taste is also sweet, with more citrus fruit coming through. A very pleasant flavor. The mouthfeel is decently thick and strong. The drinkability is great for an 8% brew. A damn fine beer. Thanks to Christina for this one, she made a wonderful selection.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My lovely wife brought this beer to the beer tasting. She's trying really hard to get into beer so that she understands what I'm talking about with flavors and aromas. I really respect her for taking interest in my hobby, and respect her choice of beer, as this was a champ. The beer poured a yellow color with golden hues and a strong one finger head that wouldn't go away for anything. The nose was full of lemony and peppery notes wtih a really sweet background. I think this would be nice to marinade some chicken. The flavor was nice sweet lemon that finished peppery and spicey and refreshing. The feel was moderate with a nice creamy texture. Damn what a fine beer. I will be visiting this one again in the summer, but I don't think I'll share my bottle.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from the 750 ml bottle into a chalice glass, the beer is indeed cloudy, as the bottle states. Cloudy despite being vertically stored in my cellar for 2 weeks, and poured without disturbing the lees. Interesting. Honeyed, wheat, orange browns, with a whipped cream white head, tight and small bubbled. Screen lacing that ever so slowly dissipates. Tiny bits of sediment are visible in the beer. Wow, another incredible aroma from Chouffe. Mild but extremely appetising fruits up front, clean fresh bread, baked sweet cinnamon rolls, definite cinnamon itself, spicy herbs, some metallic notes once it has warmed a little, sweet icing sugar, a cranberry or pomegranate seed tartness. Some detergent soapiness, and clove. Taste is not strong at all, but extremely flavourful. Lightly roasted malt in the front, faint smoked hints. In the middle are some wheat notes, and also some coriander, similar to a good wit. Some orange marmalade in the finish, and grapefruit; this is by far one of the most complex beers for fruit flavours. Definite orange flavours, and even a hint of lemon peel. Only faintly could I detect the alcohol in the taste, but in the feel it is most definitely there--warming and smooth. The aftertaste is mainly sweet and phenolic, hops only peeking their heads through on the sides of the tongue, and balancing this beer so it is not overly sweet. Their role here is balance, not flavour. The mouthfeel is exceptional, cream-filled, foamy and medium-bodied. This is one 8% brew I could drink quite happily through an entire night, without it becoming too overpowering. Undeniable drinkability marks. This would pair splendidly with a dry cheese, or aged cheddar. Nuts of all sorts would accompany this nicely as well.

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Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a flourescent golden color with a medium airy white head. A small layer of foam lies above the liquid. Smell is spicy and earthy. Taste begins fairly basic but the further I go the deeper and more complex. Lots of noticeable pale malts and a light crisp body upfront. Coriander and orange peel seem to come in and mix well with the malts. The yeast is interesting and seems to be more flavorful the more I drink it. Finish is light, dry, and semi-fruity. Not a real sweet beer but not real dry either, this one has a good balance. Flavors are delicate but work nicely. I've drank this beer twice and both times I get a flavor that I can't put my finger on and I think its from the yeast strain. I guess I'll just have to keep drinking it until I figure it out!

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Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How does one describe La Chouffe? SPICY! The incredibly complex flavor of La Choufee is terriffic, but not overwhelming in any way.

I've had La Choufee a number of times, and it never disappoints. The complex flavor and golden color are hard not to love. This is truly one of the best Belgian ales available today.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with a golden orange color and a frothy white head. The aroma is fruity and fresh with a yeast smell. The nose is also bready with the smell of rosated sunflower seeds. The flavor is crisp and malty with afruity diesters all the way through. It's clean on the palate and does not get too sticky on the palate.

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Photo of dren
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly dark orange red with a thick tall head. Smells of fruit and spice. First sip is slightly sweet ending with a background of spice and slight bitterness. Finishes dry. The flavors are ok but too much spice is in the background and not enough flavor in the middle. Not one of the best I've had, but it was ok.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt 9.4 fl oz dark green bottle.

Foamy 1" white head with great retention; finally clumps to the sides of the glass. Thin and condensed lacing with above average strength. Plenty of noticeable carbonation with clouds of thick yeast sediment throughout the glass. Golden with a glowing orange tint in color.

Moderate to slightly bold corriander spiciness. Slight metallic, wheat, and musty odor. The aromas are all pretty subdued.

Grain driven, slightly metallic, crisp tasting pilsen-like flavor. The corriander kicks in at mid-sip and truly spices the crisp pilsen taste. The aftertaste is peppery with some hints of a candied, powdered sweetness that is virtually absent from the ale's primary flavor. To me, the ale's spiciness and sweetness are a bit unbalanced.

A shade lighter than medium bodied; A modest amount of carbonation giving this ale a prickly mouthfeel.

The 8% abv is very well hidden given how light this beer feels on the palate. I'm glad that I gave this a try, but nothing really blew me away enough to have it again.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
93 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.