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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

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Reviews: 864 | Ratings: 2,387
Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a cloudy golden color, white foam head on the top. Good lacing left on the glasss. Some fruit and alcohol on the nose. As for the taste, it has a nice, light feel to it. Some tropical fruit tastes, light, sweet malts, touch of hops. Quite a nice, refreshing drink.

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, Gnome thing going on the label. Pours light cloudy orange, chunky yeast floating around., yeasty,slight medicinal nose, creamy white head, leave nice lacing. Complex, fruity,spicy, multiple flavors floating around. light body, very smooth and pleasant mouthfeel. (I like the feel of this stuff in my mouth)warming and strong, classy stuff. I love this style, goes great with food and a nice warm sunny afternoon. Seek out and enjoy.

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

Ahh, the happy little gnomes of Belgium. I reckon I'd have a nose that red too, if I lived there and only weighed 50 lbs or so.

This beer looks like a Belgian beer oughta look. Clear gold in color (a bit hazy with the yeast), well-carbonated with a lovely, sticky, thick white head.

Aroma is mildly spicy with a faint sweetness underneath -- very standard.

The flavor's nothing to write home about, but is nice enough. Starts sweet, with a nice spicy bitterness toward the end. Very crisp feeling and refreshing -- a bit lighter in mouthfeel than some triples, but the high ABV gives it some substance in terms of both body and flavor.

Nothing extraordinary here, but a nice, drinkable Belgian nonetheless.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another brew from Firewaters in Atlantic City. Bummed about the pint glass serving, but the brew still tastes very nice. I get a slightly hazy golden color with a soft fluffy white head. Aroma is good and spicy with some cloves and coriander dominating. No real hop presence. First sip reveals a very light bodied brew with almost no carbonation. Flavor is crisp and refreshing, with citrus notes and very easy to drink. No hop bitterness present in the flavor either. No hints of alcohol anywhere to be found. This is quite a tasty brew that would be very enjoyable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was suprised to find this on tap nearby. I stopped in for a glass this afternoon. A slight bit pricey, but it's to be expected. It came in a Leffe glass ? I guess that's better than a pint glass, but I'd still like a true tulip for appearance's / smell's sake. This beer is a nice golden, with a frothy inch head of white lace. The smell is very fruity, lemon, with a prickle of hops and spice. The taste was quite good also. The malts are there, in a small way as this beer feels very light on the palate. I could tell there was some alcohol in it, but without remembering I would not have said 8% abv. Clean and very nicely balanced. There is a good interplay of clove and corriander with the hops which really show themselves on tap. I think that from the bottle, the beer has more of a esteric sweetness whereas fresh on tap the beer asserts itself with more pronouced spices and hopfeel. I thought this was quite refreshing and very drinkable. Price sort of hurts, but that shouldn't stop you if you find it on tap. Well worth it, at least for one. Great !

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

I am drinking this right now out of my La Chouffe tulip. It does make the appearence look great. The Magic Chouffe magically appears larger and the sides of the glass appear to have vines going into the Magic Chouffe. The color is a very light ripe pear skin. The lace sticks well.

Spicy Saaz hops in the nose. Fresh oranges and lemons in the nose as well. The smell resembles a hoppy pilsner. I don't really like the way this smells.

Very light-bodied. High carbonation. It's definately growing on me as I sit here sipping this. Many fruit flavors, mainly oranges and peaches. Numerous spices and lots of coriander. Clove on the finish. Zesty but not pungent.

The flavor was pleasant. I would have this again.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is a hazy golden, with a bubbly white head and some foamy lacing. The smell is dominated by corriander. The taste is fairly dry, with corriander mixing well with a very noticable hoppiness, with the slightest bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. As for drinkability, not bad at all and one I could really enjoy a few of.

Definitely a unique beer...one of the rare Belgians with a noticable hop taste to it, and uses the coriander just right and doesn't kill the beer. This is one I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of jlervine
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light honey color with a fizzy white head. Smell is light, airy, with a heavy coriander/citrus/lemony finish. Taste hits with a hint of citrus and light malts, followed by a brief brush with alcohol, and a heavy-handed zesty herbal finish. Mouthfeel is not very light for a strong golden ale, but is certainly not devastating. A great beer, but really heavy on the spices.

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

On tap at Le Porte Noire in Brussels (They were out of St. Bernardus ABT12 on draught...argh!). This was a nice deep golden colour with a fluffy white head of foam. The aromas are all about the fresh floral smells, and zesty hops. The taste is floral, fresh, hoppy, and zesty and spicy as well. In fact this reminds me of a saison, more than a belgian strong pale ale. This is actually more refreshing, zestier, and spicier on tap. The mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick and the drinkability is very good. I highly recommend trying this beer on tap, it really seems that the flavors meld together, and make this brew even better than it is in the bottle!

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Photo of JimsArcade
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, La Chouffe is somewhat cloudy and pale-yellow in color. The head, at about two-fingers thick, is typically fine like many Belgians.

The aroma is sweet and spicy. Hints of citrus and nutmeg are detectable. When bringing the aroma into the mouth, the same characteristics apply with the addition of an alcohol sensation.

At first, the beer is rather spicy. Coriander and clove dominate the senses. After a few sips, the sweetness really kicks in. The carbonation is a little less than I was expecting, though. Hops linger in the background. Mild hints of mango increase as the beer warms towards the finish.

La Chouffe proved much better than I had anticipated, given the description at the bar. I would be interested to see how this fares from a bottle.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden color with a nice rocky head that becomes a little creamy with some nice lacing,aroma is lighter than expected some spiciness with a hint of some grassiness.Taste is citruisy with a more subdued spicieness again with a grassy hop that comes thru in the finish.It almost has a creamy mouthfeel its a refreshing beer for the alcohol content a nice beer but there are better out there of the style I think.

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Photo of Bachus
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle reads:

Artisanal Belgian Golden Ale Brewed with Spices--8.0% alc./vol. ALE.

Poured into a chalice--beautiful, flowing, dense, white head with nice lacing down the glass, and a cloudy orange coulor with bits of yummy yeast and spices floating throughout.

Tastes of fruit--orange peel, lemon, spicey pepper, corriander, perhaps some clove. Very nice carbonation and a fruity dry finish that is very tastey.

This is a winner--very nice. I will buy more of this.

Long Love Beer!

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

Pours a cloudy golden/orange with a lively and large white head. The nose is pleasantly fruity sweet and highlighted by hints of bubble-gum, orange peel and spice. The taste offers a fine balance between fruity sweetness and light hop bitterness on the finish. The spice comes through nicely down the middle. A very lively and full mouthfeel but yet failry light bodied. The aftertaste lingers nicely and maintains it's orange peel bitterness. A pleasant and easy drinking Belgian. Top notch.

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Photo of TripelJ
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now Quaffing: La Chouffe

Pours a murky "peppered" golden with a good head that fizzes away with a little bit of lacing. Smell is subdued sweetness with some peach and light spices. Taste is smooth and also subdued, this beer is spiced with what is most likely corriander, but it is very delicate. Alcohol is present, but is definitely deceptive. The mouthfeel is full and smooth with a nice crispness to the finish. Overall, I'm used to a lot more flavor from a belgian strong pale ale, but this was actually a nice change. Belgian at heart, but with a mellow mood, I would have no problem finishing an entire 750ml bottle of this (or two).

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Photo of Zorro
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold color.

Smells lemony and spicy, bit of malt in the smell to.

Taste is very flowery! Has a strange bitter twang to it too. It is mildly sweet I can taste clover maybe? I think pepper or dust and a hint of honey. Very complex, but not my favorite Belgian, Mc Chouffe is much better.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml in La Chouffe glass: Dark blond color, very big foamy head that sticks well to the glass. Aroma of spices and herbs, hay field, almost like a saison with that hop profile. Taste of coriander, orange, perhaps flowers with a balanced mild farmhouse bitterness, flowery. Just very good in all aspects and actually quite complex.

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Photo of necoadam
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

La Chouffe, in my opinion, would be a good late spring beer. Poured a nice thick head and it look like it's going to have a nice full body taste to it. Lots of floating yeast in this thing. Smell consists of citrus and some spiciness along with it. Taste is quite good. Some spiciness in there, then some apricot/peach/honey kicks in, quite good. You can taste and feel the alcohol in this thing but you can't feel the whole 8.0% on it. It poured a full body but it tasted like it was a medium body beer. I don't know, maybe it's me but it's missing a little something in there. But nevertheless, it's a good, decent brew. But if you're looking for a belgian ale, go to Duvel instead. But I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright magnificant golden color with a huge frivilously sized head chunky and nice leaves thick bands of lacing oh yeah. Aroma: Wow, very nice peppery farmhouse style exotic spices this is it, the scent tickles the senses with an herbal like approach sends straight beer nirvana my way. Taste: Nice golden ale backed with all of the spices in the scent and then some like a barnyard with nice earthy hop servings and peppery spices this is excellent stuff here not too sweet just right. Mouthfeel: Well carbonated medium bodied golden ale. Drinkability: I can't say enough good stuff abou this one just awesome stuff the herbal spice that comes with it would be perfect for a reduction with some chicken and potatoes. Good stuff nonetheless gets high marks across the board with me.

Update 4/14/14: Nice four packs for affordable prices with short stubby bottles make this one more approachable nowadays, nice to see it's being imported into the states into Ommegang/Duvel Moortgat in Cooperstown, NY. Pours slightly hazed honey golden body with a bright effervescent white head, fine Belgian lace forms on the sides of my glass. Aroma spicy yeast, cereal grains medicinal at times but not overly boozed up. This seems to be in higher production than back in 2004 when I first reviewed it and back in 2001 when I enjoyed it at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto, Canada on tap for the first time. My love affair with Belgian ale is still intact but nothing like it was when I first got into beer, to me a lot of their beers tend to have a lot of sweetness compared to American crafts that I enjoyed more 10 to 13 years ago. Now I'm a full fledged hophead that can still respect one of the beers that really helped get me hooked. The cereal grains come across on the palate with loads of coriander and other spices, black pepper, a hint of pear, a bit of alcohol comes through with the 8% abv, very balanced and well appreciated for what it is. If you need more hops just grab an Houblon Chouffe instead of La Chouffe you'll be glad you did. Tomahawk, Amarillo, there's one other variety of American high alpha acid hops that they use in that brew. Mouthfeel is effervescent the carbonation is a bit much for me but I can still appreciate the flavors it carries along some of the residual sugars left behind in fermentation much better with the higher carbonation. Overall I'm still a fan boy of beer in general and can appreciate pretty much any style, but La Chouffe was a beer that I held in high regards because of the enjoyment and experiences with friends I had when I found this on a weekend trip into Canada with some college dorm mates back in early 2000s.

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

Pours a golden color with a thick and fluffy head. Plent of lacing developed through the drink. Aroma is a wonderful combination of malt, yeast, grass, coriander and other spices. The flavor follows the nose as the malt, bitterness, and spices are well balanced.

The mouthfeel is crisp while being a medium bodied beer. Clean finishing, as the coriander lingers very softly after swallowing. Nice carbonation levels as plenty of tiny bubbles were rising through the drink. Extremely drinkable as the alcohol level is not noticeable at all.

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Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber pour into the goblet. White head quickly becomes delicate ring and island lacing. Big Nose of floral and citrus, knocks you back a couple of feet. Pine, lemon, hay, and orange zest occupy the nose. Taste is a balance of sweet and crystal malt, melding with some outstanding hops(Saaz?).. Mouthfeel is very pleasant. It's hard to go wrong with a good Belgian.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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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.

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