Chouffe Biere De Mars - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.15/5 rDev +1%
expiration end 2005. cloudy golden, large sugary head. Initially barnyard aroma. Very well crafted ,then honeyish yeast. machine oil in nose and taste, initial oxidizationand then mellows. Interesting carbonation. Higher ranked if not metallic.Yeasty concoction. Full mouthfeel. Found in Spring Valley NY State.
02-08-2006 00:14:13 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
Yeast-choked rich amber (that becomes frankly cloudy by mid-bottle). I wasn't looking when I popped the cap and was therefore surprised to see Mt. Chouffe depositing several ounces of beer onto my desktop. The yellowed ivory cap was huge initially, but disappeared lickety-split thanks to its somewhat coarse, unsticky nature. For whatever reason, I'm having better luck with the second pour. The fabulous, rustic, cluttered look of the beer makes up for any deficiencies of head and lace.
The nose is neither a powerhouse, nor is it subtle. In fact, it smells like quite a few Saisons that I've had. My Biere de Garde experience could fit on the head of a pin with room to spare, so I'm not sure how the two styles really differ. The beer smells lightly fruity, but is primarily yeasty-spicy. Musty is a word I'd choose (in a good way), but funky is not.
The flavor reminds me of a scaled back Tripel except that it isn't quite as candi sugar sweet, nor as powerful in terms of malt or alcohol. Sun-ripened pears lead the way with just enough yeastiness to keep things interesting. All in all, this is a fairly lightly flavored beer for one so (relatively) high in alcohol. Speaking of alcohol, it plays a role on the palate, but not much of one.
Hoppiness is on the low end, but makes a slightly bigger splash on the finish. As the beer warms, I'm beginning to appreciate at least one new facet to the flavor profile: banana. Not to the extent that one would find in a good German Hefe Weizen, but the monkey fruit is definitely a part--and a welcome part--of the increasingly complex whole. Just for kicks, I'll give this beer a (hefe weizen) banan-o-meter score of 2/5.
The body is light-medium in general terms. It feels light and airy early in the mouthful, thanks to the still-buoyant degree of carbonation, and more substantial late in the mouthfeel, thanks to a not insignificant degree of mouthcoating. The best of both worlds one might say. I don't recall being disappointed by a Brasserie d'Achouffe mouthfeel yet.
I find it strange that the 'best by' date on this beer is 'end 2005', while the date on this brewery's lower ABV Saison (Biere Du Soleil) was 'end 2024'. That beer tasted like it was on the downhill side of its prime while this one doesn't appear to have lost anything at all. On second thought, how the hell do I know? It might have been life-changing when fresh.
Even though it doesn't floor me with its brilliance, Biere De Mars is still good beer and is still a worthwhile purchase no matter what the 'best by' date says. It's regrettable that Brasserie d'Achouffe is retiring some of their more interesting offerings, but I'll forgive them if they give us even better beer in return.
04-14-2006 15:16:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a very hazy golden, lots of chunks, big white head forms, lots of lace. Smell is caramel, spice, grass/hay, oats, really grainy and a yeasty spicy finish. Taste is almost the same, caramel and spice, grass/hay, grains and yeast in the finish, little bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. A real treat, thanks northyorksammy.
02-21-2006 01:18:37 | More by Viggo
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
Hazy golden colour with small dark chunkies floating throughout. The fluffy, bright white head lasted for quite some time and produced some lace. Aromas of hay and fruity caramel, bready with light citrus. There's a bit of spice too, along with the distinct smell of waffles with syrup. The flavour revealed a bit of oxidation, but the complexity covered it up well. The caramel, fruit, and bready characters carried through to the flavour and were complemented by some earthiness and light grapefruit. The finish was a little spicy and slightly metallic. Some dryness, round body, and high carbonation. This was quite enjoyable, fairly complex yet approachable. Thanks northyorksammy!
02-11-2006 20:19:41 | More by DrJay
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
750ml bottle share courtesy of hatchy. Bottle labeled best before the end of 2005. P
oured a medium and cloudy golden color with a small sized white head. Lots of small floaters. Aromas of yeast, bananas (and all around fruitiness), and citrus. Tastes of citrus, spices, lighter fruitiness, and some yeast.
Notes from: 5/11/07
01-27-2009 16:14:54 | More by hopdog
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
Sampled on tap at Anam Cara.
This saison poured a hazy golden color with white foam. The smell was a strong fruity aroma reminiscent of oranges together with some spices, malt, and citrus. The taste was fruity orange and spice (coriander, pepper) with some light malt and a mild hoppiness. There was a light sweetness to the flavor, and a hint of alcohol came through. The mouthfeel was smooth and sharp and crisp with medium body and moderate carbonation. The spices and citrus lingered pleasantly on the tongue. This was a very nice saison and was quite enjoyable to drink.
06-09-2004 03:59:04 | More by UncleJimbo
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
From notes. The bottle let out a small burp of foam after opening, but did not gush. Poured a hazy orange color with a 1 finger head that was maintained by an active carbonation. Nose was slightly grainey, raisiney, lemony/orange, with a spiceyness on the finish. The flavor was slight raisiney, weak graineyness, with an orange finish. Very nice, clean and crisp. the feel was moderate with a healthy carbonation. Very nice on the palatte. Overall, a clean and refreshing beer. Nothing intense about it. Just a nice blend. Pretty nice beer
09-18-2005 03:26:38 | More by kmpitz2
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
From notes. Best before end 2005. I didn't think I'd ever be able to review this one! Sweet! Pours from the killer silkscreened bottle of the Chouffe gnome on Mars with a crazy bubbly headed alien a glowing yellow orange with an airy, creamy bubbly head. Crazy champagne carbonation rises up. Grainy citric, lemony with hints of sourness and spice (mmmm...woodruff.) Floral and perfumy.
First sip is upfront with a citric, lemony graininess along with yeast tones. Smooth, clean and refreshing. A hint of dark fruit and spice on the way down with a lingering citric/sour aftertaste. A bit floral on the finish.
Quite a nice brew here! Smooth, crisp, medium bodied with good carbonation. An easy drinking brew that would simply rock in the summertime. Bring this one back!! I'd buy it again by the case!
09-01-2005 03:13:38 | More by orbitalr0x
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Festival, it's a bright hazy gold with a foamy white head. Although it has some of the funky barnyard smell expected in a Saison, it's dominated by a strong citrus smell. Things are a bit more interesting in the taste, with a bit of sweetness kicking in on top of just a trace of hops. The alcohol is nicely subdued. Not a bad beer.
02-22-2004 06:02:58 | More by mickeymac
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a nice golden color with some decent yeasties floating around a a nice head that lasts thanks to the scoring on my glass. Definite fruity phenolic aroma with some decent yeast qualities in there as well. Spicy pepper and other spices are in the background of the aroma. Definite fruity phenols in the start. Some banana, pear, slight apple/apple peel, and some orange zest. Slight zesty hop character with a decent malt backbone that provides a good foundation for this brew. Big spicy finish. Strong pepper, coriander, and other spices make this beer finish crisp and refreshing. Slight sticky/cloyingness drops this brew a bit in mouthfeel and overall drinkability. This is yet another ass-kicking brew from this brewery. One of these days I have to go to Belgium and catch one of these gnomes and make him brew privately for me.
07-31-2002 12:53:23 | More by Murph
4.4/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a hazy, yellow with a white creamy head that billows above the rim. Lasts pretty long and settles to a 1/4 inch collar with nice lace. Aroma of cloves, yeast, spice and a hint of lemon. Nice mouthfeel, very carbonated, with a very nice dry, crisp, clean finish. Hints of vanilla, fruits, and a bite of alcohol in the end. Very nice, very enjoyable, a la La Fin du Mond (sorry, too much French there). Excellent Ale!
10-23-2002 17:48:22 | More by HopheadEd
Chouffe Biere De Mars from Brasserie d'Achouffe
88 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.