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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 844
Hads: 2,263
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 186
Gots: 376 | 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 NearerMyBeerToMe
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very, very yeasty with big clumps floating around in the glass--not the most appetizing presentation, IMO. A huge white rocky head, with bubbles ranging from medium to tiny and dense, slowly subsides with scattered clumping. Color ranges from near-coppery at center to honeyish at edges of glass; all very hazy. Good carbonation with a few vigorous streamers. Aroma is super smooth, with golden lemon rinds; champagney in middle; hay and lemon pulp; the typical Saaz hoppiness; with the imagination running wild I find pine, butter, marijuana... Flavor? Just great. Light bready yeast, big coriander and a nice hop tingle suggesting rosemary or even bay(?); lots more lemon zest. At cooler temperatures, champagne flavors abound; with warmth, mandarin orange emerges in the front palate that melds wonderfully into a green apple tartness. Complex! Mouthfeel is so nice and smooth: slightly tingly and full; soft alcoholic foam; great lip-smacky tart goes to creamy and then swings back to dry. Oh so nice. Drinkability: 4.5, there you go. Why do I love Belgian Strong Golden Ale? This is. (1,094 characters)

Photo of Admiraldinty
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden with a huge white head that lasts. Fairly spicy aroma with musty yeast. Taste is fairly peppery and spicy. This leads to a peachy flavor. Light hoppy presence as well. Mouthfeel is very dry and effervescent - almost like a champagne. Leaves very little aftertaste. Not bad, but not entirely what I was expecting flavor-wise. Not as much going on as I would have liked. Still, pretty good. (408 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one super-terrific brew. It pours a nice golden yellow with a tight white head. The head gives way to a thin lace until the end of the glass. The aroma is of spices. Like the bottle says there is the aroma of coriander, a musty yeast-y smell and a noble hop mix from the Golding and Saaz hops. It is simply fantastic. The flavor is refreshing, hoppy and spices all in a nice mix. The coriander is present from finish to end but the hops mix in and hints of the musty yeast flavor come in at the end. There is enough different flavors jumping around that the 8.0 abv is not present. Mouthfeel is smooth, nothing to rave about, a bit above average.

Overall: This is a very nice and enjoyable brew. It is steep in price ($8.00 for a 1pt.9.4 floz) but we all need to spoil ourselves every once in a while. This brew is easy to sit back and enjoy and not worry about anything until your finished with it. A must to try! (925 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color, fantastic, fluffy, frothy white head...poured into a Duvel glass, (appropriate, in that I'd previously pegged this as a Duvel imitator) which uses all it's powers to hold it up, and it works.
Nose, spice, and fruit, and everything good, vibrant, sophisticated, transcendent, uplifting, delirious...
Taste:...nice, fresh, hoppy, but lacking in a powerful ZAP! on the buds that I was yearning for after being teased by the aroma. Okay, I'll try it again...nice, fruity (peach, apricot, orange), some hops (English Golding and Saaz, they say), reliable malt (Pilsner, the label tells), abundant sugar, coriander pleases the tongue quite assuredly...this is a very smooth, mellow, yet lively and flavorful ale that should please any real beer lover.
A very likable product from one of the smaller Belgian brewing concerns that I fully admire. (861 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 75cl green glass wine style bottle that has a screen printed label. “LA” appears above the word “CHOUFFE” in red lettering. A wizened gnome completes the presentation. Labeled as 8,0% alc/vol & described as an ‘Artisanal Belgian Golden Ale’. No freshness date.

A clear golden body is punctuated only with innumerate streamers, which all feverishly race upwards to support the huge white head that rapidly forms when being poured. The head is rocky, cratered & densely packed with small bubbles with a stiff egg-white consistency that lends staying power. Nevertheless, it was awesome to watch it slowly “pop” away & collapse to a thin, but smooth, ½” covering. A Looker!

A light Saison-like odor permeated the air as I cracked off the crown cap. Spices & damp wet yeasty bread odors mixed in a freshly kneaded dough lend a tingly barnyard feel to the nasal passage. Medium in strength, but the spicy coriander makes good in the back of the smells department. Quite special.

Sweet malts & a spicy hop like character at the start. The middle hints at the 8% alcohol, the latter end has a slightly drying coriander feel. It is a nice Golden Ale, but it is like brilliant student that can’t be bothered to try his best, it does no more than it has to – it’s almost self-deprecating of its own potential. I felt this beer could offer much more; it’s a straight B Student, but it could so easily be an A++ with very little effort.

I expected a bit more; it was light & almost airy at times but still wholesome (?!). When it warmed it improved, but it lost some Drinkability as it approached room temperature. Better towards the lower end of the 50-55°F range as recommended on the label.

The 75cl bottle was a great wind-down from a difficult Monday at work. It went well with a few slices of freshly baked white bread & sharp mature Cheddar Cheese with HP Brown Sauce. The 8% is well-balanced in the beer & aids the thirst quenching capacity. No complaints here.

Overall: Better than expected, but not as great as I remember, either my memory is failing me & rose-tinted - or has the beer changed? Probably the former! For $8 each a bottle, I think I would surely pass on McChouffe, the La Chouffe is so-so (if I have the money), but I would however still purchase the N’Ice Chouffe, which is perhaps the best of the bunch for me & probably worth the money.

A solid Golden Ale with no faults, but just not that many superior features. Nice but expensive. I’ll stick with Duvel until this drops in price. (2,539 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Landmark 1850 Inn. Served in a La Chouffe tulip-styled glass. Ale has a golden amber appearance with a thick fluffy white head. Light-bodied with a pleasant crispness to it from the carbonation. Complex flavor combines a sweet bready maltiness, citrusy tartness, yeast and spices for a wonderfully smooth offering. Hop balance is right on target. 8% alcohol is barely noticable. Definitely meant to be savored and enjoyed. (444 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best that I've had. This is simply a great beer that provides so much in every dimension as to almost overwhelm. The look is great with its lovely honey color and full, rich head and lacing. The nose is great giving off lovely aromas of citrus fruit, spice, and malt. This complexity follows in the flavor which simultaneously gives citrus fruit, spice, pepper and malt caramel sweetness with a tart overlay. The feel is light for such a full body owing to the lovely carbonation balanced by the creamy body. Dangerously drinkable given the ABV. (556 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy pale peachy-honey gold hue, large white head with an apex of almost two fingers. Excellent retention, a solid cap lasted throughout consumption, very minimal lace though. The nose is very inviting with whiffs of pears and apples, pepper and alcohol, kind of tart, a solid does of hops too (Saaz I believe). Good potency. The taste on this ale is divine! So mellow, so complex, so engaging… the carbonation is much lower than many of its brothers, this only embellishes the flavor profile. The malt is so well developed it almost steals the show, it provides a distant but solid stage to let the hops dance allover it, pleasantly spicy, tart, mildly bitter in spots, some suggestions of a Wit... oh, what a palate! Sharp, acidic finish. Soft, medium body. 8% abv? Bullshit… I could not taste a hint of alcohol, very well hidden. This beer is not as assertive as Duvel but it has such unique qualities that make it very memorable. Highly Recommended. (955 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have tried La Chouffe a number of times, and it is surprising how much this beer can change from keg to keg and bottle to bottle. It is never bad; it is just different.

I had this on tap at Eulogy in Philadelphia. The bartender recommended skipping it, because he said the keg had a bitter flavor. I tried a taste and found no bitterness. The bartender tasted it and agreed that this new keg (they had tapped it in the morning) was much better.

This version of the beer had a nice deep yellow to gold color with a nice off-white head and a lot of lacing. It had a citrusy, spicy aroma that was very pleasant. There was a definite hint of lemon in the taste of the beer and there was also a malty hint to it.

The beer was felt light in the mouth with a wonderful drinkability. It called out for another. Overall, a very good to excellent beer of the Begian Strong Pale Ale type. (888 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice, lacing head atop a light orange body.

Smell – Nice malt backbone to this spicy BSPA. This is heavily spiced. I can pick out some big Italian spices, like oregno and basil, but the major players are the powdery versions of pepper and coriander. There’s some light fruit in there as well, mostly melon and maybe some lime, that compliment the mix.

Taste – Ditto on the tongue. The deep, sharp spices guide the taste. The malt takes a back seat. This is mostly the spice show from the nose.

Mouthfeel – Surprisingly light in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is classic BSPA. It’s a little too spicy for my taste, but on-style nevertheless. (673 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a decent white head and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a little spicy with lots of citrus and hints of alcohol. Very nice. Flavor represents the spice and citrus with plenty of other great Belgian characters. A little yeasty and very very tasty. This has become one of my favorite standard Belgian ales. The body is dead on and the drinkability is excellent. (407 characters)

Photo of SeanChouffe
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Chouffe was dying to get out of the bottle. The head is full and strong and maintains its presence throughout. It has a fine lace that clings to the glass, and an amber/golden color. La Chouffe has a great combination of effervescence and creaminess that adds an interesting character to the mouth feel and the taste. The smell is earthy and fruity with a hint of apples and pears. Taste is a complex and somewhat subtle mix of sweet and bitter that makes it very drinkable and not overwhelming. I have had in on tap and from the bottle and have never been disappointed. (575 characters)

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

Big green Euro champagne shaped bottle. Shiny yellow pour, golden and bubbly. Huge, clumpy white head explodes on contact with the glass. Sticky lace all the way to the bottom. Smell was a mix of sweet bready maltiness, and some subtle fruit flavors. Taste was dominated by a highly charged bubbly, almost champagne like texture. Cleanses the palate, and left traces of fruit flavors, maybe peaches or apricots. Hints of honey, and cinnamon as well. Nice floral tone, and a very light earthy yeast quality to it. Very drinkable at 8%. Great summer beer, IMO. Would be great with a grilled chicken ceasar salad or something like that. At $6.99 a bottle though, I might be tempted to get 2-3 of something else. (708 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine, frothy white head. Very durable and provides excellent lacing. The beer is golden amber. More clear than I expected. Splendid aroma. Smells of spices and fields. Slight apple taste is a nice partner to the spiciness. Like a good, hot apple pie... except cold. Pleasant mouthfeel. Interesting fuzzy feel. Enjoyed the bottle and will add this to my list of "one of these will do tonight" beers. (398 characters)

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

Poured (after leaving upright in the fridge for two day's as the beer was just teeming with chunky sediment) a a rich orange/golden with a thick creamy beige head that would not go away. Aromas of caramelized sugar and pine needles start things going. The flavors straight off were of cotton candy, burnt sugar and caramel. Some faint fruitiness in the way banana also were present. The beer was very warming and pleasurable to drink, with an underlying spiceiness adding to the complexity. This is a beer to enjoy very slowly with your favortite music and while sittting in your most comfortable chair. I am amazed at how much sediment this beer contained however. Is this normal for this beer? All in all very interesting and unique. (735 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy yellow/orange with a head that sticks around. Nose is very clovy and fruity(apricot or peach). Taste is clove and fruit. The carbonation is medium. The hops come through quite well in this brew. A fairly bitter finish for a belgian. I like the malt blend also. Alcohol is not prominent. But warms a little afterward.

Large bottles were always available, but we just got the small bottles in our area. Definitely one of the best Belgian pale ales I have had. It is getting better as I drink it. Oops! It's almost gone. (539 characters)

Photo of jreitman
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spicy cloves in aroma with a nice underlying sweetness. Orange and spice in the mouth, possibly orange peel, but not quite identifiable. Acidic tang was noticed on back of tongue that may have been due to carbonation. Orange gold in color with visible carbonation. Overall, good but the tang got in the way and the beer wasn't overly complex (341 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1Pt 9.4 oz bottle. Poured a hazy golden color, with a descent head that receded quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma is of musty straw, citrus, and malt.Taste is earthy and musty. A very different taste for me. There is some sweetness in there, and a slightly bitter finish. You can feel the warmth from the alcohol. This is a little to earthy for me. (363 characters)

Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color, not quite orange, with a pillowy head of sticky, lacy foam that never quite fades completely.
Aromas of cut straw, and a bit of fruity sweetness and a certain earthiness, like the aroma of a forest on a rainy fall day.
Flavors of clove, light citrus notes and perhaps just a dash of sour apple.
Very effervescent mouthfeel, like a champagne, with a body somewhere just below medium.
Nice drinkable and tasty brew, would pair well with a variety of milder foods or make a nice contrast to a good spicy pizza. (530 characters)

Photo of WaltTrombone
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark golden color, with a chunky off-white head. The aroma is mildly spicy, with hops and citrus notes. The taste is malt, clove, citrus, ash, hops. It has a light, smooth mouthfeel, with a tangy, medium carbonation. A dry hoppiness finishes it off.

I found this beer to have less intensity than the Canadian version, called Blonde d'Achouffe, which is brewed under license by Brasseurs du Nord, see that review here...


The Belgian version is less extroverted, IMHO, but still a great beer! (573 characters)

Photo of avylover
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a nice snow-white frothy head. There's yeast floating around in this stuff like crazy, really suspended even after given awhile to settle. Nice extra fruity aroma. The taste carries on fruity, but adds some pepperiness that mellows out the fruitiness. This is definitely a spiced beer,as advertised on the bottle. Nice carbonation in the mouth and very easy to drink, nice & warm going down. I feel this beer could use bit more oomph in the taste department. (483 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A soft golden color, with lots of carbonation. Slightly rocky foamy-type of head formed, and for the most part stayed put. Lace was quick to break. Nose was hoppy with light flower smells and some grassy-like notes, citrusy, and as it opened more and more coriander came out.

A very light taste but beautifully done: a citrusy taste that was not lemon but not orange, probably curacao. Bitterness was light in drying my tongue, as was the carbonation also light in palate activity, and a little sweetnees pokes through as well. Texture was mostly creamy and slightly oily.

A great beer, I'd say! Though this is deemd a strong pale ale, its spunky but appealing nose and light but enjoyable taste puts it far away from this style's standards (e.g. Duvel). Likably unique in its blend of citrus, coriander, Pilsner malt, and Golding and Saaz hops. (852 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Effervescent, lightly cloudy golden brew forms a 3" thick, dense, peaking white head atop medium bubbles with dense solid sheets of lace. Strong carbonation with tons of swirling bubbles. Aroma is of bavarian wheat cloves and mild banana esters, tart applejuice, and while I don't smell lemons, there certainly is an acidic tartness in the aroma. Mouthfeel is crisp and explodes on the tongue with a light body. Taste starts with a dry, grainy, non-hop bitterness, fades into a strong, yet clean alcohol peppery bite, a here-then-gone pale malt background, and ends in a very dry, astringent fruitiness with very subtle fusels and some bready yeastiness. No sourness or Belgian Funk noted. Throw in some Pediococcus and Brett and they have a great beer, but as is, it just doesn't do much for me. A nice little spritzer, but ultimately lacking much character. (859 characters)

Photo of HopheadEd
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Belgian Strong, pours a hazy yellow, not quite opaque, with a big frothy head that slowly fades to a nice 1/2 inch. Lace throughout the glass. Aromas of sweet fruit, lemon and spices, most noticably, clove. Some honey and banana noticed in the taste, as well as some spices, nutmeg, and maybe some pepper. A creamy mouthfeel with a slight carbonation that is not overpowering. Very drinkable at 8%, a nice version of the style. Worth seeking out. (456 characters)

Photo of Longstaff
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head froths up to a pillowy dream like cloud when poured into my goblet and settles down to a quarter inch of frothy foam. There is a strong floral aroma mixed in with a lemony - pepper, wheatish smell. The body is a sweet medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. There are many flavors in this beer and some are hidden and hard to pick out but the ones that stand out are lemon, pepper, coriander, heather, and most certainly - clove. Finishes somewhat sweet on the tounge. A great belgian ale that ranks right up their with my favorites. Why did I wait so long to try this? (582 characters)

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