La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 835
Hads: 2,238
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 178
Gots: 356 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 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...

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/rate_results/599/4097/

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)

Photo of mickeymac
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a pretty gold with a fat white head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. It has a slightly lemony smell with just a bit of spice. The taste is fairly light, but everything in it comes together very nicely. The mouthfeel is creamy and it leaves a nice layer of beer and foam on the top lip after each drink. This is a very nice beer. (349 characters)

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

Pours a beautiful deep golden color with a frothy white head. The head is quite durable and leaves nice trails of lace down the glass. Aroma is of citrus, yeast, and a touch of spicy hops. Well-balanced and quite tasty overall. Very smooth in the mouth and dangerously drinkable, this is an excellent Belgian ale. Was glad to try La Chouffe on draught, as well. (361 characters)

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

What a pleasant suprise when I first poured and tasted this Belgium Beer. The color was of a golden reddish amber color with the aroma of malt, citrus and a hint of spices. The taste was of heaven and I can't say enough about this beer. I guess heaven is one word to use. Smooth and tasty is what I found in this so called 'Strong Ale'. Wish I could find it in smaller bottle's instead of pints! (395 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Very sweet aroma. Reddish-gold with a small off-white head. Light spicy-sweet flavor and a clean finish. Not a bad Belgian. (195 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part 2 of the JohnnyP tasting-session! This La Chouffe offering (or, as JohnnyP calls it, La Chooch) poured a cloudy, medium-dark golden color....was quite foamy at first, then settled-down into a thin, fine head. Nose was a big, yeasty one, with some bready notes inching their way in. Found the body to be medium, yet it was a tad rough tongue-wise. Enjoyable flavors: bready-malt, with yeasty notes...smooth finish. Not real spicy, like some Belgian strongs are. A pleasurable offering! Thnx, Bro!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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

BB: End of 2004.

Quite the nice Belgian Pale Strong.
Pours an archetypical, explosive, hazed golden orange. Himalayan head bursts forth, then retreats like a sherpa in a blizzard. Sticks around base camp.
Enticing nose full of pepper and mild lime fruity tartness.
Taste is similar: lime and pepper seem to spot the yetti first. Discovering footprints are bready yeastness, mild alternative fruit tones (pineapple especially) and a pronounced chalky componant. Alcohol is a disbeliever, and is not taken note of. Grassy finish gets trampled underfoot.
Medium bodied with an airy smoothness that is seldomly matched. However, it loses carbonation as it sits...but never gets sticky or cloying.
Hell of a beer, Quite the expedition and certainly worth a trek. (777 characters)

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

Pours a golden orange color. Off white head that lastest for a minute or two. The smell is orange or lemons. The effervensence kind of explodes in your mouth. Very warming as it goes down and smooth for a higher ABV beer. I would like to try this on tap. (259 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color and formed a nice bubbly white head that left trace lace. Some medium carbonation was present. An aroma of citrus and clove was evident. A flavor of citrus, clove and some malt. A somewhat tart finish. A good beer for this style. (261 characters)

Photo of doerickson
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden with a short white head. Mild spicy aromas. Sharp carbonation. Sweet taste, but not over the top; clove spiciness and an apple fruitiness are also present. Warming alcohol on the way down. A nice choice. (217 characters)

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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