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La Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,796 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 119
Gots: 144 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001)
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Leffe goblet. ABV 8%.

A - Poured a deep gold with a slight haze and a 1 cm head. Head reduced to a long lasting thin cap. Good lacing.

S - Mandarins, spices, hint of mushrooms.

T - Sweet malts, light sour fruitiness, light spiciness, bitter finish with a slight alcohol burn.

M - Good carbonation, medium-heavy body, tangy, some sweet stickiness, burning & dry finish.

O - Pretty good. Drinkability is pretty good. The ABV sure sneaked up on me after 2 bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:23:08 | More by decimator
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent head that settles in a lumpy session. Some chunky lace on the glass. Cloudy, orange-gold color.

Pale malt start to the nose. There's a bit of chalkiness to the smell. There's light all spice and clove in the aroma as well.

Lightly sweet with a pepper kicker in the swallow. Rich body with an above average carbonation. In a word, smooth. Creamy finish with a touch alcohol showing up in the swallow. Very complex.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 00:31:49 | More by smcolw
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-15-2012 05:18:56 | More by danthehopslamman
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KCM

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-15-2012 02:04:07 | More by KCM
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Philousa

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle to a Duvel tulip.

Golden yellow in the light with a thin but dense layer of white head. The foam settles to irregular blotches where the bubbles found the glass. There is significant lacing, but more when the drink goes back to the glass, not so much in layers like an IPA laces a glass. Lots of hay and barn aromas with lemon and pungent barley. Typical Belgian yeast produces clove and other spices, but it's delicate on the nose. This has a good amount of malt aroma in it compared to other Belgian Strong Pales, indicating a decent body. The taste starts and ends with the malt. A strong grainy, earthy flavor. Hops come in at the end to bitter it out. The bitterness warms over your tongue in as inviting a way as it can be. Grassy and nectary. Light and playful in feel, and a balanced finish which is different in a Belgian, considering how the yeast tends to work. Towards the end it does get a bit watery.

I can imagine a Belgian farmer making this his nightly drink. It's suggests to me so strongly of being made on a farm. It's earthy, spicy, and approachable. It's something I could have nightly, but not more than a glass. Where Duvel is delicate and complex, La Chouffe comes across as strong and proud, rigid in its strengths. I'd want this after a hard day's work in the yard. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 04:16:40 | More by Philousa
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Zakk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-14-2012 01:46:51 | More by Zakk
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden ale with lots of tiny bubbles. Large irregular foamy white head, as can be expected from Belgian pale ales.

S: Coriander with a load of spicy yeast.

T: Coriander. Hints at spice. No banana. Typically sour body with lots of fizz. A bit watery.

O: I hate coriander but it seems like a pretty sound beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 17:23:38 | More by Hoppsbabo
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-13-2012 12:57:44 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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frosted33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-11-2012 19:40:53 | More by frosted33
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Gagnier77


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-11-2012 16:35:01 | More by Gagnier77
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-11-2012 00:50:28 | More by EvanWilliams
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dvinci9

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

08-09-2012 00:01:21 | More by dvinci9
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DrunkenMonk

California

3/5  rDev -28.6%

08-08-2012 03:55:54 | More by DrunkenMonk
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml poured in proper La Chouffe tulip.

Sitting in the fridge for days and right through the bottle it is still ultra chunky looking (lots of floaties). Of course that won't stop me from drinking this beer, but its worth mentioning.

Kind of a apricot color. Beer is very murky. Cant see it but the carbonation level is quite high. The most mountainous frothy head! Sticks around forever as well. Laces the glass. Love it.

Smell is a marriage of yeast and spice. Really can't differentiate, but it smells delicious. Aroma is delicate. Slight fruit going on. Being delicate, it does fade.

Refreshing, tasty, complex and surprisingly alcoholic. Alcohol is mostly perceived in warmth. Hops lend a pine flavor. Bitterness is spot on. Malts really come through- solid grain and possibly wheat flavors. Ends with a variety of yeast flavors that seem to change and the beer temperature changes.

I wasn't sure about this one because of the term "brewed with spice". That term can mean an infinite amount of stupendous and horrendous things. Too loose a term for me to confidently purchase. But this beer kick ass! Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 22:48:19 | More by mlazzaro
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janubio

Spain

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Pours a hazy golden colour, with a decent head that fades quickly, leaving a lace. Smell of papaya, spices, clove, coriander and some others that I can't really tell. Strong body, harsh palate (in a good sense), lots of carbonation. Taste is again spicy, clove, coriander and some that I can't tell, including kind of some fermented fruit and a lemon touch. Dry and spicy aftertaste. It taste like if it had some more alcohol. Great.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 11:27:00 | More by janubio
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PayTheTolles

Michigan

5/5  rDev +19%

08-03-2012 23:57:40 | More by PayTheTolles
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber with lots of little floating particle in it, almost like snow. Perhaps too long a pour, but it looked great. Nice thick long lasting off white head and lacing. Nice looking. Belgian fruit aroma. Fruit, malt, sweet malt light spicing. A bit of a dry abrupt finish. Tame, but nice and enjoyable. La Chouffe is an excellent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 21:20:57 | More by LiquidAmber
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey golden color with nice thick off-white head that dissipates quickly to ring around sides of glass. Age of bottle us unknown.

Smell is honey and sweet potato. Ripe fruits, such as plum, apple and banana present as well.

Taste follows smell. Lots of very ripe fruit; bananas, plums and apples. I taste the sweet potato throughout. Not terrible, but not great either.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall this was a little dissappointing for me. Maybe this is just a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 22:45:37 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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penguinboat

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-01-2012 02:38:05 | More by penguinboat
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Jose9e

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-30-2012 12:15:17 | More by Jose9e
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BobsledTM

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-30-2012 01:11:26 | More by BobsledTM
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Real gorgeous orange body color off the pour, opaque, with great columns of pin head rising bubbles. Head is white and rocky bright, with some good stick and lacing. Fantastic looking in the glass.

Nose is filled with classic Belgian yeasty esters, candy and clove sense, real nice dry ripping grain on this also, with a fruity angle that comes off something like kumquats. Real nice and solid.

Really wonderful playful carbonation on the palate, bringing that citrus angle on the nose with a nice creamy orange sweetness in the mid palate. Refreshing finish, almost crisp dry malt sense, but a good sweet malt and candy like density play wonderfully together. Great balance in the palate, light sweetness, good effervescence but with some great malt depth and body. Wonderful finish.

Overall, I always let this beer slide because I buy and drink Dobblen so much, but this one is just as much fun and a great beer. Gotta love those gnomes...

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 00:35:01 | More by smakawhat
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darkstar12

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy golden color with little bits of yeast at the bottom. One finger head that dissipated fairly quickly, moderate lacing that also dissipates quickly

S: a mild and not unpleasant sour smell, little bit of yeast, some mild spice notes

T: some mild sour cherries, a little bit of sweet aftertaste, very little indication of the alcohol content

M: good mouthfeel, creamy but not overly syrupy, nice amount of carbonation

O: very good, flavorful, enjoyable summer beer

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 00:57:51 | More by darkstar12
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Garlicjosh

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

07-27-2012 23:41:14 | More by Garlicjosh
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TheBeard89

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

07-26-2012 06:25:18 | More by TheBeard89
La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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