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Chouffe-Bok - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
84
good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2001)
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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pt/9.4oz green magnum bottle with painted label. Best before end of 2002.

Appearance: A semi-hazed to cloudy amber beer with a healthy off-white foam head that retains very nicely and sticks here and there on the glass.

Smell: Musty yeast aromas, spices, grass, with metallic, grain and fruity esters in the background.

Taste: A very smooth and complex brew. Odd -- yet extremely unique and palatable -- combinations of fruity malts and esters, varying spices, tea-like bitterness and underlying malt sweetness (light toffee). Definitely of Belgian origin due to the distinct yeast flavours of grass, and medicinal characteristics. The palate dries up slightly at this point and gives way to an almost aggressive alcohol presence and a buttery slickness on the tongue. Finishes dry with a soft medly of what it once was in the aftertaste.

Notes: This is a pretty crazy bottle-conditioned brew and truly one of the most unique bocks that I've ever tasted. It's much lighter on the malt and alcohol vs. traditional bocks, at 6.5%abv, however this is made up by its character, its Belgian influence on the style and its being absolutely delicious. It's also rather refreshing.

Todd, Jun 24, 2001
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautiful, thick, and cloudy brownish-orange body with a wonderful head that went down slowly and laced the glass.

Smell – Classic yeasty Belgian malts with some terribly ripe fruits and a good helping of spices. The biscuit yeast aroma fills the nostrils as the peaches, apricots, cherries, melons, raspberries, and bananas complete the experience. This is a wonderful nose.

Taste – The lightly-toasted malt and yeast suggestions make this one a standout. The ripe pears, apricots, and apples mix well with the coriander, cinnamon, and allspice to give this one a classic BSDA flavor. The dark chocolate dipped in caramel finish provides a fitting end to this excellent ale.

Mouthfeel – Good, solid carbonation gives this medium to full-bodied ale an exciting personality.

Drinkability – I’ll be standing on my feet for the next few hours making pizza in my kitchen, and this will be the perfect accompaniment.

Comments – This one betters as it warms, so don’t drink it right out of the fridge. Pop the cap at “cellar temperature” for best results. This really is kick-ass bock meets BSDA.

RoyalT, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of ADR
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy cinnamon-brown, upcharging head. Smells a little of alcohol and apricot despite not being that strong a brew. Very sweet malts, a little astringency and something that approaches diacetyl and caramel flavor from a completely different direction. Hint of yellow raisins and pear flavor. Nice stuff, a little sweet and sticky without being that full-bodied. Nice swallow. Interesting...I enjoyed this beer.

ADR, Jun 11, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great appearnce, with a nice fluffy white head which sticks and leaves nice lace. Sugary malt aroma, bit of caramel, bit of brown sugar. Sweet and slightly fizzy palate, quite thin aswell, not as good as i hoped for.

rastaman, Jul 26, 2002
Photo of ggaughan
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the brewery store from a Sep 2008 visit with my brother.

The beer poured a brilliantly clear, off white head, massive and fluffy. The aroma was slightly citrus and a nice malt tone as well. The taste is very pleasing. Nice toasted character and some caramel notes and also a good bitterness on the tongue. Definitely worth picking up if you can find.

ggaughan, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Mar02x
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on the birthday of my brother in law yesterday evening (11-11-2011). I am expecting a lot of it.

A - Like a bock beer, brown and not a lot of foam.

S - A combined smell of yeast, alcohol and malts.

T - A good taste of La Chouffe yeast, some sweetness, malts and that is about it. There is not taste evolution whatsoever.

M - A low to medium carbonation and a light bitter finish.

O - Not a special brew not to bad either.

Mar02x, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of cokes
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

BB: End of 2004.

Damn do I love these Chouffe brews.
Pours gleaming garnet prior to the yeast pour. Huge, persistant ivory head. Tons of lace. Beautiful.
Nose is lightly caramelly and hay like. Sugar hues towards the back. Likeable, but not a lot to speak of.
Taste begins with some heavy brown sugar and caramel notes. Spices kick in next with hints of vanilla and thyme. The lable lists orange peel but there is more of a juicy citric orange flavor here. Loads of other fruits awaite in shadows. Ranging from grapes to the much more exotic. Doughy yeast imparts some grainy and grassy notes midway. Snapped up at the finish with some leafy raw hops.
Mouthfeel is about medium. Much more Belgian than bock-like. Who cares? This is a absolute treat.
Difficult not to drink fast. I love it.

cokes, Dec 02, 2002
Photo of Filosoof
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This chessnut brown beer is a good drinkable one. No real faults, but also not much to become wild from.

L: chessnut, quite light for a Bok; vanilla looking, lasting top;
S: the weakest part of the beer; a strong smell of burnt rubber plus some malt;
T: not much to mention, but I am so fed up with liquorice that I was glad not to find it in this beer;
M: nice;
O: I will probably drink this one more often, though it is not very special; it is nice and very drinkable.

Filosoof, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Damburger
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Damburger, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Maakun
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with light hints of red. It's a bit darker than most bok beers, but has that very nice reddish hue. Beige head that shrinks quickly.

Smell: grapes, white bread, slightly sweet, like sugared apple juice. Granola with honey.

Taste: sour fruits, some apples, the first sip is quite sour overall, with a hint of bitter burnt sugar/malts. Later some nicer fruit, cherries and riper apples, a nice slightly toasted malts/granola taste with a bitter touch that is more burnt than hoppy. Aftertase is slightly sour again.

Mouth: a bit thin, almost watery. Medium carbonation, and the alcohol is definately present. Not great, but drinkable.

Overall: surprisingly thin for its ABV. There's just this big mouth-coating maltyness that I'd expected. Way too watery as well. Also a bit too sour. I don't like boks that are too sweet, but this is goes so far in the other direction that it also doesn't work very well. It's drinkable, but not great.

Maakun, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of RuudJH
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Chouffe Bok, bottle 75 cl, 6.66 % abv.
It has a very clean taste overall.
Dark chestnut brown colour, with a good creamcolour head. Clear with good carbonation.

Smell is of dark fruits, malts, caramel and spice.
Taste is slightly bitter, with a spicy bite afterwards.
Refreshing with the carbonation.

Traditional fall beer in the Lowlands region, and a very nice one it is. Chouffe from the Ardenne I guess uses very clean water, and the results are allways more than ok.
Cheers.

RuudJH, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

21st Oct 2012: Cafe De Grendelpoort in Valkenburg, on-tap, along with a host of others in a 'Bok Fest'.

Pours a dark brown colour which isn't mirky but it isn't clear either. On top a thin layer of white foam.

The aroma was of over roasted malty molasses and yeastiness.

The yeast and sweetness from the molasses carried on into the taste nicely. There was also a distinct liquorice finish to this brew, so much so I had to have another to make sure!

Very pleasant and tasty, body strength good and well carbonated.

BlackHaddock, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass

A - Pours a clear amber colour with a very nice ruby tinge to it. Nice tight Ivory coloured head that reduces to a film that retains well.

S - Not much in the way of aromas except some small Malt.

T - Nice honey like flavours that have some vanilla and chocolate present, maybe a littel herbal notes as well.Very well balanced indeed.

M - Nice creamy brew that is medium bodied with minimal carbonation

D - Well what a great drop again from this brewery. This is a little different than your average Belgian beer and well worth a try

eric5bellies, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Absumaster
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark copper, brown beer with a fizzy head that settles into a small layer of white foam.

Smell is malty with a nutty and some molasses notes. The malty part is really munich malt-like. The yeast adds a light fruity and with a bit of imagionation a Belgian bok character.

Taste is malty, but not as bold as the smell would expect. The malt is nutty and a bit candisugar-like. Still an above-average maltiness. There is a fruity taste, that does not appear to be the standard Chouffe yeast. I am used to either Dutch or German bocks, which do not have this fruity taste and I can't say I am a big fan of it in a bock. Bitterness is low and body is a bit thin, but this makes drinkability better.

Absumaster, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Very dark brown, almost black, but with some reddish hints if seen through light. Light brown head, not big but nicely persistent. Good lacing

S- Sweet malts: notes of caramel, molasses plus some background dark fruit hints. Also a slight spiciness. On the back of things, a slight herbal note to bring a bit of a refreshing touch. Warming and inviting

T- Sweet as the smell suggested. A bit of yeasty 'earthyness' if that may be the right word and sweet dominant notes of caramel, toffee, maybe liquorice. Maybe some light dark fruit notes, though even weaker than in the aroma. Very sweet but not cloyingly so, thanks to a slightly herbal, dry finish

M- Medium body, carbonation is a bit above average and brings some life. Overall, creamy and soft but still lively, expecially on the palate. Dry finish and aftertaste as mentioned

O- Not a super flavourful beer, but sure nicely balanced and highly drinkable despite it's preminent sweet character. Plus, warming as a winter beer should be, showing that warming does not mean 8% or more ABV

Cozzatoad, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of safaricook
3/5  rDev -19.8%

safaricook, May 11, 2013
Photo of Redteketed
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Redteketed, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy brown color with a thin tan head that lasted for a while. The aroma was a complex mixture of malt, spice, grass, and yeast. The flavor was even more exciting, as malt, cinammon, fruits, and yeast all danced well together on the tongue. The malt rode the aftertaste the most, with a tiny bit of sourness at the finish.

Smooth on the tongue, but some crispness detected while swallowing. After finishing the bomber bottle, I do not think I would have wanted anymore in this sitting, so drinkablilty was graded a little lower, even though this is an extremely tasty beer. Also the alcohol was barely noticeable.

Gavage, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of vollie
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

vollie, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i've been consuming this beer on the down-low for a while now, finally got around to reviewing with the 'ban' lifted.. this is the american silkscreened bottle import version (best by 2002), not the labeled belgian version (best by 2005).

clear reddish orange pour. deep color haziness with the age-bred floaties omnipresent. creamy ring with a slight surface wisp and an island of bubbles isolated in the center. amoebic lace monsters coat the glass. aroma is sweet caramel peppered with accenting clove bombs.. a fruitcake quality is present which dwells on candied, overripe purple fruit and hints of canned pineapple. crispness characterized by a peppy yeast-shitten carbonation. flavor with warmth quickly becomes overtaken by a spicy wood quality that bring the clove and lavender to the foreground. extreme depth of taste excites a coffee subtlety which nicely counterbalances some of the sweetness. finishes with a burnt sugar smoothness and the light, effervescent body begs another sip real quick. this has held up (and blossomed) with age and would probably last thru '07. great beer and a sad loss from the chouffe line (here, anyway).

goodbyeohio, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick light tan head, good retention. The beer is deep burgundy in color. The aroma is extremely faint, there's a some alcohol in there, a some bitterness, maybe lemon. The beer is incredibly light on the tongue. It has a bit of malt, balanced by some caramel,fruit, and spices. Its very smooth and easy to drink, although I was expecting a bit thicker beer with more intense flavors.

HappyHourHero, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of Elbrownbag
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Elbrownbag, Jun 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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Photo of supermeniscus
4/5  rDev +7%

supermeniscus, Oct 13, 2012
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Chouffe-Bok from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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