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Chouffe-Bok - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
85
very good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 17.02%
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 eric5bellies
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 xylophonica
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a tulip.

A - Dark, ruby-tinged colour. Big, pillowy head. Carbonation bubbles a-plenty. Lacing is excellent.

S - Malt & caramel. Some phenols, herbs & a touch of cheese.

T - First reaction is that it tastes just like a bock. A bit darker in flavour than I'd expected from the smell. Burnt chocolate initially with a slightly bitter undertone. Tart berries with a bit of pepper and sweet cheese. Some other herbs and a soothing honey flavour coming through as it warms.

M - Smooth and creamy but with enough of a flavour to coat the mouth and leave a pleasant malty aftertaste.

D - A nice darker beer but one that's also surprisingly refreshing. Very easy to drink...

I know I'm guilty of loving this brewery...
But when they keep making beers like this how could you blame me?!
Probably not a true bock in the German tradition but even as a dark ale it's a damn fine drink. The slightly herbal feel I get from this beer seems to be a characteristic common to all beers from this brewery. You can almost tell it's from La Chouffe just from that first sip. Without getting too metaphorical you could say this is like the blonde ale taking a walk through a dark forest while wearing a trenchcoat! Cheers.

xylophonica, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of RuudJH
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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 rvdoorn
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in the Vlaamsche Reus in Wageningen.

Poured into an original Chouffe glass. The beer pours a dark brown amber color, with a nice thick white-colored head.

Smell: Strong yeast (bread, grass), spicy and fruity hops, grains and caramel malts

Taste: sweet malts (caramel), some fruity hops, nutty, and some dark fruits. Finish is a bit peppery and bitter malty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and medium carbonation

Overall: I have to say I already had quite some beers before tasting this one. Maybe I could not correctly identify all the flavors anymore. But anyhow, a nice sweet-bitter beer, but not my favorite bok beer by far. Still nice to drink.

rvdoorn, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Brasserie Achouffe gift shop in Achouffe, Belgium. This beer was poured from a 750 ml capped bottle. The 6666 refers to the postal code in Achouffe and is advertised as being 6.66% ABV to match.

Sheeting lace from the billowing white head surrounds a nutty clear coppery brown body. Lovely aroma, rich caramel malt with a hint of noble hops and some faint apple in there too.

Malty, nutty, caramel...all the flavors you would expect from a traditional bock beer. But there is a touch of fruitiness (apple or pear, I assume from the yeast) and a persistent twinge of noble hops throughout. Just a bit smoky too. A bit sticky in the finish but ultimately very drinkable, very well-balanced and very tasty. I finished the whole thing with little effort over the course of an hour. Brilliant stuff. According to the website, it's brewed for the Dutch market but get some if you can.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of ggaughan
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Absumaster
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 scruffwhor
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great from the get go. Poured into my big Family Guy mug and was greeted with one of the best looking heads I've ever seen in that mug. Best retenion I've ever seen, a whole fingers worth of head held fast throughout all 750 ml's !!! Perfect ruddy brown with a hint of mbver red, just like a bock should. Nice and opaque too, hard to see any bubbles in there. The aroma was mild for anything Belgian, but still had some classic, bock maltiness with a deeper hint of some special spices. The taste is an awesome mix between Belgian spice and German malts. Veyr clean malts with lots roasty sweetness and hints of prunes and fruity chocolate. Just an awesome Belgian interpretation on a German tradition.

scruffwhor, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly murky tawny with an infusion of apple red and multiple fine bubble streams that are only visible with backlighting. The toasted ecru cap has a pale orange tint that matches the oranginess of beer beneath and is a looker, especially after the second pour. Its gentle rockiness is an attractive feature, as are the small sheets of thick, rustic looking lace that end up on the glass.

The primary features of the nose are earthiness, fruitiness and mild spiciness. It smells like some sort of autumn beer potpourri, but in a good way. More power would be nice, as would more than the hint of complexity that's present. More of the first usually leads to more of the second, at least when the beer is brewed by a quality brewery, as this one is.

Chouffe-Bok is more impressive on the palate than it is in the nose. I could have picked out the correct style with one sip (Belgian Dark Ale, not Bock). I'm not sure why Brasserie D'Achouffe chose to use Bok in the name, but it kinda, sorta fits... in an oddball Belgian brewery sort of way. I don't care what they call their beer as long as continue to brew it.

The flavor profile is dominated by a brown maltiness that is reminiscent of mushy, fallen apples that have just begun to ferment in the warm October sun. A moderate amount of cinnamon and clove spice helps to give it a 'harvest' edge that further puts me in mind of my favorite season of the year. Forget that it's actually a spring seasonal. I know that I have.

Bitter is far and away more prominent than either sweet or sour. In fact, the bitterness is akin to a tannin-like woodiness that makes me think that the beer was aged in white oak barrels (although I don't believe that it was). There's a hint of alcohol on the finish, but it's so minimal as to be easily ignored. A bit more residual sugar and a slightly bigger body would result in a better beer as far as I'm concerned, but it's hard to argue with the snappy, crisply brisk, finely carbonated feel that has been provided. Quenching with a capital 'Q'.

I had no idea that this beer was retired when I plucked it off the shelf. I also didn't notice the miniature 'best before end 2002' along the bottom edge of the silk-screened label. It just goes to show that 'best by' dates are a crap shoot at best (in some styles) because Chouffe-Bok is still good beer. It may not be quite the beer that it was when fresh, but I'm enjoying the hell out of it and consider my $6.99 well spent.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in BIF16, shout out to counselor. I've never even seen this one before! Best by 2002! We'll see about that! Pop the top, and a dark amberish/orange ambrosia comes out. Sticky off-white head and lace ensues. Aromas of sweet candy, caramel, and sugar, as well as honey, several kinds of malt, and a slightly spicy hoppiness. Finish is juicy, and than dry with warming butterscotch, apple, and funk notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkability is good. An interesting chouffe indeed! Bah!

francisweizen, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 HappyHourHero
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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 RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +21%
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 Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a brown/ruby colored beer. It pours with a fizzing sound as the nice looking thick and dense light beige head forms on top. Aromas of lemon grass, leaves, herbs, spices and orange grace my nose. The flavor profile really stikes an earthy chord. Dry grass. Lemon pepper. Bark. Herbal weed like notes. And a subdued yeasty accent. Malts are biscuit like. And hops add a little bitterness to blend with the spicy, earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is carbonated and just a little spritzy. All in all, an interesting concoction.

Bighuge, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of John
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy brown color. Persistent head. Initial skunky aroma fades to a rather non-descript scent. A tart and rather unpleasant sour yeast flavor dominates. Hmmm…curiously there are no satisfying standout qualities here. Some faint malt manages to get through to force a semi-sweet tart finish. This brew does not emerge a favorite after this sampling session and misses whatever mark it’s targeting.

John, Jan 28, 2003
Photo of cokes
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
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 rastaman
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
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 ADR
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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 stoutman
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yummy. Belgian bock? Unlike German bock beers, this bock is a bottle-conditioned ale naturally spiced with Slovanian and Czech hops (so says the label). Deep dark color with a malty taste and spicy finish.

stoutman, Jun 01, 2002
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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
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Chouffe-Bok from Brasserie d'Achouffe
85 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.