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Chouffe Biere Du Soleil - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Chouffe Biere Du Soleil
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 03-03-2006)
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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Crescent Moon/Max and Joe's for d'Achouffe Week
Poured into a Brasserie d'Achouffe tulip glass
Review from notes

The bartender was referring to this as a saison, but the brewery's material called it a Belgian Pale Ale. Whichever it is, Soleil is a satisfyingly drinkable beer, though it is simple, straightforward, and surprisingly mild in aroma and flavor: you really have to search for things in it. I don't mind trying to find things in beer, it's just that after a while it becomes tedious, and you wonder if the mind is inventing more characters than are really there. I'd not seek this out again, instead opt for a solid Belgian wit, which is a bit like what this reminded me of.

Pours a 3cm head of white, dense bubbles, small in size. Retention is about average, settling to a few wisps of foam atop the body, and a ring around the glass. Lacing is noticeable and above average, being slightly refreshed with each swirl and sip. Body is a semi-hazy, gold-meets-copper color, with light bringing out some orange and yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible along sides of the glass.

Aroma fairly simple, of light grain, lemon citrus, and a bit of green, leafy herbaceous vegetation (not hops).

Taste is similar to smell, thankfully a bit stronger. Most expressiveness from pale, sweet malts and lemon citrus, with mild fruit esters and modest hop bitterness appearing mid-palate and traipsing through to the back. Aftertaste of lingering lemon, grain, and mild bitterness. Again, fairly lacking in any intensity and expressiveness. Seems kind of like an old beer, even though this was just tapped at the beginning of the day.

Beer is medium bodied with gentle, though noticeable carbonation. The result is a smooth and adequately flowing beer across the palate. Closes with a fair bit of dryness.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a two finger white head on a copper colored, hazy body. Average head retention but excellent lace.

S - Bready malt, pear, pepper, and lemon.

T - Sweet malt, toffee and lemon up front. A finish full of bread, pear, honey and lightly herbal hops.

M - A thick, chewy body, low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Subtle but interesting with good balance and drinkability.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two finger thick head with nice retention and lots of lacing. Body is murky crimson with golden hues. Aroma is very sweet and fruity with mostly green apple and kiwi with typical Belgian yeast. Flavor is Bready plus more of the same with a mild sour green apple note mixed with a sweet kiwi and banana flavor. Semi dry in the finish, medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. It's a little dryer than I like but still good.

Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always exciting to see a new d'Achouffe beer on tap.

A: The ale is amber color, lighter towards the autumnal orange end of the spectrum and hazed over. No head on this one.

S: Sweetness, pale breads and fruits and yeast, gives the beer the air of a Belgian amber ale on steroids. Beyond the candi sugar-inspired sweetness, there isn't much depth.

T: The candi sugars and yeast are immediately evident, sweetness from the first sip. Light breads follow, biscuity. A fuller body, supporting the sweetness, doesn't add much depth, making this a one trick pony. Too much amber for me, the sweetness a minor moment of redemption.

M: An amped up amber ale. Glad for the chance to try it though. If there are d'Achouffe offerings, check them out first.

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2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well what a letdown. I'd just had the beautiful De Glazen Toren Saison D'Erpe Mere and then tried this one. It fell totally flat by comparison. Faint, not much flavor happening, none of that delightful saison sweet freshness. I'm a saison lover and this was a real disappointment, a shadow of what you'd expect. I just wound up using it as a palate cleanser between some heavier things I was trying. It was handy in that role! Utterly forgettable and I'd never waste another beerportunity on it in the future.

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3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11 ounce goblet - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: This one is hazy, opaque, and dark orange-amber in appearance with a thin layering of snow white foam. Copious lacing.

Smell: Honey-toned, pale malted, bready malts with little, light touches dried herb, green grapes, lemon rind, and vague florals.

Taste: A sweetish taste of raw, organic honey over cracked pale malts with a light toastiness, and a light caramel quality. Herbal, lowly citrusy hops, very low bitterness. Hint of grapeskin, a bit of pulverized apricot. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: It's alright, I am appreciative of the relatively low alcohol. However, I'll politely, though entirely disagree with the saison categorization.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brasserie d'Achouffe Biere du Soleil, saison.

Huge, pillowy head, lacey and lovely, above a deepy amber-colored brew.

Malt-driven aromatics, earthy, nutty, lightly spiced. Rustic, with faint fruit. Special Belgian yeast must is a plus.

This is a darker saison than we're accustomed to, but it's not in the Belgian way to cling to fast to styles. How's it taste, though? Slides in smoothly, easily, and yummily. (It's a word, look it up. Or, don't.)

A very different version of a saison, and not one I'd expect from d'Achouffe. The beer are consistently good, and this is, as well, but it certainly defies expectations for the style. Light-bodied, lower alcohol, tasty, but unobtrusive malt character. Lacks a certain citric spark or spicy zing, but makes up for it with particular characteristics of it's own.

The distributor made me a tap handle, which calls "Beer of the Sun" a "pale ale". I guess it is more of a malty pale ale, than what we typically think of as a saison.

I find it hard to be very critical of this one. It really does more resemble a Belgian pale ale than a by-the-numbers saison, but any way you shake it, it's a nice beer. A sessionable Belgian ale, for sure, at a mere 4.5%, but, again, not quite what you expect when you think "saison". There's still plenty of citric snap, and slight hoppy/spicy twang that gives the palate something to do, and think about, but there's not so much challenge in it to worry anyone too much. The sort of beer I'd want one more of, and then, another.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a goblet in low altitude Seal Beach, California. Reviewed from notes taken at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream lacing, great thickness, and great retention. Dark nontransparent caramel-amber.

Sm: Caramel, cream, and a light hint of dark fruit esters. A mild strength aroma.

T: Dark fruit, cream, and light caramel. A bit simple, but very tasty. It's certainly got depth. Nice toasted malt. Balanced and well built.

Mf: Smooth and wet; a bit buttery with light cream. Suits the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable. It comes at a high price, but the quality is great. I'd have it again, but preferably not at this price.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

La Trappe. Served in a stange, slightly hazy light yellow straw, pure white head, ok lacing.

Aroma is subdued but nice. Yeasty light skinned fruits, tiny flowers and citrus.

Taste too is subdued, no sharp edges. Low in sweets, nearly zero bitters. Again yeasty with a little fruit and citrus. Aftertaste evaporates quickly, nothing remains. Pairs well with all foods. Light bodied mouthfeel.

This is not a saison, a nice table pale ale.
cheers
jd

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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a Duvel takeover at Rapture in Charlottesville.

Quarter-finger head, hazy amber (ruddy) body.

Slightly tart nose with some citrus and a bit of funk.

Mellow, subdued funk in the taste, though there's a possible metallic note in there somewhere. I'm wondering whether this is due to the unusual malt bill. Balanced, but not robust nor particularly interesting.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and quite nice.

Underwhelming? Supposedly the first time in the States for this one. Kind of a subdued, un-spicy saison.

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3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's. Cloudy yellow, lacey. As initially served too cold, it does not improve that much as rises to room temperature. Good drinkability, medium mouthfeel, very saison yeasty aroma. Malted,herbal, a tad spicy but not very complex. OK for the style

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a translucent amber with a solid medium white head, good Belgian lace.

S: Yellow apple and pear, nice estery nose. Definitely Belgian, with a hint of orange zest.

T: Orange and lemon zest. A nice acidity here with noticable floral and piney hops.

M: Light to medium-bodied, classic soft carbonation, light acid.

O: I didn't really know what this was, I was just going on name. Good to see another Belgian table beer, Chouffe continues to make good stuff.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pristine tangerine with a faint coral blush when backlit with sunlight. The head is a real looker as well. It's filling half the glass at the moment and has a rumpled, deeply pitted surface that's reminiscent of a torn piece of coarse French bread. It's falling anything but uniformly, as large sticky sections are maintaining contact with the sides of the glass. A great look.

The nose is interesting. It's fairly light, as a summer seasonal ought to be, but it doesn't lack complexity. The dominant scent is a citrusiness that's more lime than lemon. Beneath that is a subtle spiciness that contains clove and something else that I can't identify. Something warm, exotic and bewitching.

The flavor is interesting as well, but for some reason the ingredients don't work as well on the palate as they do in the nose. According to the back of the bottle, the malt bill consists of malted barley, malted rye and malted wheat. I'm not sure of the relative contributions of each, but there isn't much rye flavor as far as I can determine. Although it's decently malted for a light, easy drinking summer beer, the malt flavor isn't especially distinctive or noteworthy.

That leaves hops, yeast and spices. Since spices aren't mentioned, I'm left to conclude that any spiciness is due solely to the Chouffe yeast. Here again, the flavor is pleasant without reaching out and grabbing me by the taste buds. It's still somewhat citric and reminds me, to some extent, of the Kaffir Lime leaf used in Stone Vertical Epic 04.04.04. The yeastiness is on the tame side; the better to breeze through an entire '750' without getting palate fatigue.

Subsequent pours add a fine, yeasty haze and allow me to marvel even more at the majestic crown of foam. The mouthfeel is light, as the style demands. Nothing wrong with that, but it breaks down a tad on the finish and begins to verge on watery. It isn't fizzy in the least, yet there's enough bubblation to keep things appropriately lively and light-hearted.

This beer is no longer a part of the Brasserie d'Achouffe lineup, so if it hasn't been already, it should be designated as retired (I'd like to thank the Bros. for giving me permission to add it). Despite the optimism of the stated 'best by' date of 'end 2024', I pretty sure that it won't last anywhere near that long. If this is a representative bottle, I can't say that I disagree with the brewery's decision to retire Biere du Soleil. It's good, but is certainly nothing special.

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Chouffe Biere Du Soleil from Brasserie d'Achouffe
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.