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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,106
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 154
Gots: 268 | FT: 0
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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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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.

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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.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,106 ratings.