Blonde D'Achouffe | Brasseurs R.J.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J.
Quebec, Canada
brasseursrj.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by francisweizen on 02-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
Wants:
4
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15
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of allergictomacros
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange. Head is a bit wimpy and loose looking.
S - Fruity, yeasty, citrusy. Notes of tangerine and spice. Medicinal
T - Tangeries, ginger, and a slight bitterness in the finish. Compared to the La Chouffe, this seems more in-your-face, with bolder spice and esters, but less complex.
M - Slightly syrupy, thinner than the Belgian, but quite nice nonetheless. Carbonation is softer.
D - Nice, "light" Belgian.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber in a Metro grocery store in Quebec City, 7/2005.

Pours a hazy pale orange, frothy and lacy ivory head. Smells of spicy apples and citrus.

Tastes of spicy clove and black pepper. Fruity malt, gree apple and white raisin. Nice dry finish. Mouth is crisp and dry with a lingering spiciness. It's smooth, sneaky smooth and would be truly easy to knock off 2 or 3 bombers with ease.

Not as tasty as the original La Chouffe but not to be missed if you can lay your hands on it. A must for me whenever I find myself in Quebec.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bier_Gendron
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of intoxabroad
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of binno
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevofficiel
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blonde D'Achouffe from the Brasseur RJ

The look of it : A nice Golden Orange color. Lots of carbonation. Not even half od a finger of head

The smell of it: Remind me of the Hoegaarden. But way more spices to it. Can also smell a stronger presence of Alcohol

The taste of it. Like the smell some spices. A touch of orange. Some citrus with a touch of banana on the after taste. A good balance of the Alcohol. The feel is also nice inside the mouth

So overall would I recommend it ? Sure, this is a well made beer. Can t go wrong with this one.

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Photo of kjyost
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Pub St. Alexandre in Vieux Quebec. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a tinge of orange with a nice white head that laced a little bit on the way down. Aroma was gorgeous, with a pile of banana and a bit of clove and coriander with a touch of wheat malt underneath it. Tastes much of the same, without any of the 8% within the beer playing through... Superbly well balanced in terms of flavour, malt and alcohol. Good mouthfeel, though nothing amazing and wildly drinkable...

Well made, worth seeking out.

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Photo of shamus
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sweet gnome treat. a mighty powerful beer from a wee feller. D'Achouffe is similar to Maudite, which is a personal favourite. Devils and gnomes seem to make great beer. Much better than Coors and labatts anyhow.

This is a spicy but not astringent beer. It has alot of flavour but is not cloying. This is a beer for sitting around the fire on a cold night be it summer around the campfire or winter next to the hearth.

D'Achouffe may mean little gnome person in French, but to me it means, another please.

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Photo of Conrad
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this stuff at a Metro grocery store in Gatineau, Quebec. The lable shows a smiling gnome/dwarf bending over under a load of hops.
A: Pours a cloudy honey yellow-orange colour. There is some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so I poured gently. The sediment was added to the last few ounces in the glass, and that really clouded the brew! No head to speak of.
S: The smell carried across the room as I poured. Big aroma, with hops, citrus, coriander, and other spices I can't identify. Get your nose up close and the spices dominate. And it gets better as the beer warms in the glass.
T: One of the most complex flavoured beers I've had. It does not have a sharp bite or sourness though. Flavours include herbs, coriander, assorted spices, earthiness. It's fun to try to sort them out.
M: With only light fizz, this is a smooth, medium body. Take it in sips.
D: Do not chug this one. It is a refreshing bitter high test beer that should be savoured. Considering the size (660 ml) and the 8% abv, one is enough for a single sitting.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 341ml bottle to a tulip glass

A: Yellow blonde color. Small one finger head that died down pretty quick and left minimal lacing. Seeing chunks floating in my beer was quite strange but it was interesting. I'm used to some sediment but this took it to a whole new level. lol.

S: Not much on the nose honestly. A slight bit of lemon citrus and some of the phenolicy yeast characters typical to this style of beer.

T: the citrus really opens up on the palate. Nice amounts of orange and lemon zest. I didn't think I was going to get to much flavor out of it based on its aroma but one sip changed my opinion. There is also a nice bit of banana and coriander too. Its pretty refreshing despite its high alcohol. Bitterness is also fairly low.

M: Fairly crisp and dry. The alcohol is really noticeable. Perhaps one of the better aspects of this beer.

O: I liked this beer and might consider picking it up again seeing as its a local brew and i'm assuming its cheap. (Got it as a gift). If it was decently priced I'd get some more otherwise its nothing spectacular.

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Photo of SebD
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, peppery spices, banana and cloves. (Very Hefe like)

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite yeast followed by banana and cloves, some peppery spices and wheat malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of BeerMe42
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of EinWeizenbitte
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of toddsschneider
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eat
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden honey color. Great looking beer; it's almost glowing. One finger head quickly disappears, leaving only the thinnest ring behind with no lacing. Tons of big chunks of sediment! I'm not sure if this is good...I'm kind of scared to drink it. It looks like the beer has a bad case of dandruff suspended throughout.

Smells light, spicy and refreshing.

Tastes light, spicy and refreshing! This is a pretty nice beer, almost none of the 8% is evident. Sweet up front with a little bitterness on the end. Nicely spiced.

The mouthfeel is thin but not too thin, with a sparkly carbonation.

This is quite drinkable, especially at 8%. I would definitely buy this again, especially at $3.99 for a 660ml. It tastes like it's worth more than is costs. I've seen this beer around for a while and always thought the label looked funny with the little elf and didn't ever think to buy it. I read the good reviews here and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did and will definitely be buying this again. A flavorful strong beer that goes down pretty easily. I'll ignore the extreme amount of sediment since it was so enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of spiced beers but this one presents a good balance, not overly spiced as some tend to be. I'll look forward to trying the brown version soon (and also to sample the original, which I just spotted at an SAQ this afternoon).

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660ml (qu'est-ce que c'est la?) bottle, procured via a trade with tbeckett - merci!

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of thin creamy white head, which leaves some jagged hanging tiers of lace around the glass as it steadily retreats (no Gallic inference meant or implied whatsoever...). It smells prominently of banana and clove, yeasty wheat grain, and a decent warming alcohol. The taste is sweet bubblegum wheat malt, zingy clove, mashed banana, mild citrus pith, earthy yeast, and a well-behaved booze edge. The carbonation is quite understated, the body medium weight, a bit too heavily in the way of the sugar, but still adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the main challenge to the sweet malt arising in the form of a re-armed saccharine ethanol dryness.

While it's hard to remember any minute detail of the Low Countries original, this, on its own merits, comes off as a very convincing simulacrum, made as it is an ocean away. A nice balance of grain, yeast, spice and booze, that is surprisingly easy to imbibe.

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Photo of bobsy
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked the bottle and poured into a tulip. Hazy golden orange pour with a tight white head that soon diminished to nothing and left no lace. The colour is great, but the lack of head is not. An excellent bouquet of over-ripe banana, cinnamon, brown sugar and cloves impresses, and if the flavour follows suit all should be well. Here's what I get - strong esters, again with the over-ripe banana, but now joined by strawberry and lychee. Prominent, but well-integrated spicing. Huge caramel backbone with hints of vanilla and alcohol, which I found extremely similar to Southern Tier's Cherry Saison. Slight drying alcohol finish and a light warmth in the throat. Kind of saison-esque at the end. Smooth medium mouthfeel suits the caramel and sweet malt aspects well. My wife had a couple sips and declares it 'yummy'.

I have a feeling this beer is slightly under appreciated here. Taking a quick glancing at the other beer site I see it currently has a highly respectable 3.52 average, which I'm guessing would be a mid to high B+.

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Photo of baiser
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a fluffy white head. Aroma of lemon, spices, yeast and pepper. Taste was excellent. Alcohol was well hidden. Quite fruity, yeasty, phenolic, spicy and balanced by a dry, hop bitterness. Fluffy, medium bodied, and smooth mouthfeel. Nice on draught.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blonde d’Achouffe…in a bottle from the Brewer’s mixed pack.

Appearance-mix of gold and amber, a wavy thick head rises and then leaves fast, leaving little more than tons of crackling bubbles
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Smell-banana and clove, yeast mixed with alcoholic burns, smoked and burnt sugar as well. Pungent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-initial burn on the tongue, strong banana notes mixed with burnt sugar. Yeasty doughy background on the malt, backs it up ok. Smoothness is ok. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Finishes with a spicy hit of fruit and peppery haze. Other flavor notes that I did not were caramel and dried bread but they were light. Alcohol is actually well hidden after the initial crush.

Overall-interesting beer, one I’d try again, I like the way the alcohol is hidden for the most part. Worth a try.

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Photo of Electros
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing orange. Strong, spicy aroma with coriander, along with hints of orange, pepper and sweet malt. Sweet, not cloyingly sweet, but still very sweet. Lush & soft mouthfeel. Lean, spice diversity (coriander), (orange peel?,) A tasty, well made interpretation of La Chouffe.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an RJ sample pack from Montreal. Poured into a chalice.

Pale golden-creamy colour, almost the colour of white grapefruit juice. Visible carbonation and sediment (admittedly, the sediment is in quite an off-putting form...) A thin head, doesn't stick around much.

Lovely nose on it - banana, spices, nuts, a bit of alcohol as well.

While not the best-looking brew on the block, this one sure tastes good. A lovely mix of banana, fruit, cinnamon, cloves, a touch of yeast and spices. Alcohol is present, but masked well.

Light carbonation, medium body. Slightly puckery to the finish. Smooth. It's hot as stink today, and this beer is doing the trick nicely.

A fine BSPA - really quite enjoyable. This seems to be a style that Quebeckers do well. Definitely will pick up some more next time I'm in la Belle Province. The gnome-factor also gives d'Achouffe a big thumbs up from me.

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Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:

Poured a hazed orange-gold ale with a glistening sheen into my goblet. Substantial tight white cap... I’m not used to seeing on these high ABV ales...lasts reasonably and laces the glass well.

Aroma is excellent: spice, pinapple, earthy-honey tones and mustiness.

Solid malt spine, soft mouth feel, rounded satisfying character.

Delivers a spiced load of malt in the front, corriander, cinnamon and other spice tones battle it out with the substantial malts for balance...mid palate the hops release their tastes to add a burst of drying bitterness against the yeasty fruit flavors...finishes dry , and spritzy but very clean with no after tastes for such a strongly spiced ale!?...alcohol is totally hidden.

This "elf" ale has a distinctly different charater from its Belgian counterpart but in a good way. This ale is nice and malty yet all the spice and fruit are there...the dry finish is a surprise but seems to work as the strong spicing totally drops out in the end to leave you with a clean dry finish....nicely put together. I will buy more.

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