Chouffe Biere Du Soleil - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.26/5 rDev +15.4%
Pours a rich, deep golden color which borders a light bronze. Pillowy, foamy head forms and leaves a lot of lacework on the branded glass. Aroma of bready malts, very clean, with some yeast and earthy must. In the taste, Belgian yeast with a very light musty taste. Subtle tart notes, but mostly just amplified yeast notes and the hops. Malt is doughy and mildly sweet, not enough to cut through the earthy, dank funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high level of carbonation, and very smooth. Overall, this is a high quality authentic Belgian farmhouse ale. I'd recommend it.
05-20-2013 23:07:42 | More by Stinkypuss
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
Refreshing to see a Saison with managable alcohol and taste- not trying too hard to meet the demand of American craft drinkers, nor the anti-establishment table beer. It's like baby bear soup.
Honey gold and hazy in appearances, the heady beer releases a creamy froth that steers away from the usual racy carbonation and spritzy character. Instead the beer looks of Witbier with a soft ivory pillow that retains effortlessly the session and trails with classic Belgian lace.
Earthy with pear and fresh cut tobacco, the sent is backed with honey and mild grainy caramel. Hebal hops offer up a pleasantly floral tone with grassy botanical and wet hay. A spicy tinge of white pepper and wine tickle the nose heading into taste.
Terse sweetness of grain, light honey and over-ripened orchard fruit captivate the early palate, just as the raw taste of hibiscus and tobacco offer an earthen sweetness at middle palate. Finishing boldly bitter- the taste turns dry, peppery, and lightly cidery. An aftertaste of mulled herbs and grass keep the beer lingering into the next sip.
Mid-light on the palate, the ale affirms with slightly more robust malt character that holds of the turn to dryness, warmth, or crispness until later in the taste. Light wine tannin and cidery spice offer a final impression.
Biere du Soliel is certainly an earthy and semi-dry Saison, yet it borrows a fruity and earthy tone that's normally seen in older English ales. Though they fit in nicely here, its oddly compelling until the taste buds get acclimated to the beer's overall taste.
05-17-2013 22:57:11 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, spice, fruit, spicy hop, and earthy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, earth hop, spice, and spicy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I actually didn’t know what to expect going into this one, but knew with it being from La Chouffe that it would be earthy and hoppy. They did not disappoint on this fact as I got both right out of the gate. The spicy note was definitely a new one from them though that I have no experienced in the past. I actually quite enjoyed this one with my lunch that day. Definitely worth at least trying if you get the opportunity to do so.
01-15-2013 11:51:55 | More by thagr81us
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
I just had this on tap at Shorty's in NYC. I was surprised to see that La Chouffe had a Saison style beer that I did not know existed. The hazy chestnut color does not look like the Saisons I am used to, and it did not have very much of a head. The aroma was pleasing, with sour apple and pepper standing out. For the flavor itself, the tart apple remained and brought with it a grassiness and a certain funkiness. I did not pick up on much citrus as some of the other reviewers did. The mouthfeel was watery, and overall it was a bit one-dimensional. This was not really a great saison, and I am disappointed that it be4ars the great name of La Chouffe. I would like to find out more details of the brewing for this.
11-26-2012 19:17:23 | More by Neorebel
3.58/5 rDev -3%
Served on tap in a tulip glass
Appearance – Served a hazy yellow-orange color with a billowy off-white head. The head had nice retention, eventually fading to leave a fair amount of lacing.
Smell – The smell was largely of wheat, spice, yeast and a lighter citrus aroma. Mixed with this were some aromas of green apple and a very light caramel smell.
Taste – The taste began with a sugary sweet and bready flavor with good hints of the citrus that was in the nose. With these flavors is a strong presence of a yeast flavor. As the flavor advanced, some spice came to the tongue with hints of a sour lemon/apple entering the scene. The sour got stronger more toward the end of the taste with the sweetness lightening some giving overall a a nice mildly sweet and sour spice flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The thickness of the beer was a little on the lighter side with the carbonation level being average to just above average. Both made for a very refreshing wheat style brew.
Overall – A very easy drinking and flavorful beer that is great for a warm day. While a little pricey for the quality it was well worth a try.
06-30-2012 20:50:48 | More by Darkmagus82
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass all the way down to the last drop. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice but seems pretty mild aroma wise. Taste is much the same with a very mild spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's pretty thin and mild in my opinion.
06-24-2012 08:25:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
Hazy honey color with an inch of head. Excellent retention. Looks great in its own D'Achouffe tulip. 4.5
Nectarine and apricot fruity with some light funk and apple sweetness. Nectary. Not what one would expect from a farmhouse ale. 4.0
Light apple and peach fruitiness with a smack of tart lemon and hay. Finishes with some clean bitterness and powdery yeast. 4.0
Very lightly carbonated and thin-bodied. Feels a little too thin, although a medium body might trick the palate into interpreting the beer as sugary. 3.5
Delicious beer, but makes for a strange saison. Sweetest saison I've had yet. 3.5
06-20-2012 02:29:26 | More by thecheapies
Chouffe Biere Du Soleil from Brasserie d'Achouffe
83 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.