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:
76
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
14
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of Sammy
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Water and spice, and spices like pepper and corriander and cloves, also bannana mid-sip I like to avoid. Nice lace. Alcohol not masked. Even worse than the bottle. Could not take more than a sip. Like a herbal tea with too much water and left over to cool.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden color beer with a nice head when poured into glass. Carbonation is a bit low. Aroma of spice are really present and very tasteful. The alcohol is well hidden and overall this is another very refreshing beer from Cheval Blanc though not as good as its Belgian cousin.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky gold/amber colour with a small fizzy white head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stuck around for only a few minutes before it was gone. There is a ton of sediment.. the beer looks like a shaken snow globe.

Smell - bananas, cloves, wheat

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a nice level of carbonation, it feels creamy yet light. The most noticeable flavour is ripe bananas and cloves. Theer is also some white grape/apple flavour and some wheat. I can also taste the alcohol. It finishes with a slightly bitter banana aftertaste.

Drink - Another beer that I'm happy I tried.. but isn't anything to write home about.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Volo. Poured a hazy golden yellow, tight creamy white head, lots of lace. Smell is sweet and fruity, like strawberries, various spices are present, orange and coriander. Taste starts out spicy, sweet and malty, then pleasant fruitiness, I didn't taste any of the alcohol, but got the warming. Pretty smooth, full and tasty, like a less harsh la Fin du Monde.

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Photo of papat444
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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

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 oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of TerryW
2.24/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Afraid I have to go against the flow here. I found this beer to border on unpalatable for how sweet it was. Maybe I got an off bottle, but the bottle I got was a clear miss.

Looks good enough. Looks appetizing for a firm moderate head and a nice hazy golden colour. First hint of trouble is in the nose which is interesting for its fruitiness and grain, but is overlaid by too much sweetness.

That carries through to the flavour of the beer. Its unexpectedly sweet over top of what should be something far more interesting. There's a notion of tastiness there, but the sweetness is simply utterly distracting.

I'll fetch up some other bottles to try, but for now its a fail.

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Photo of groleau
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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 Socialiste
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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 NightINgale
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 goodbyeohio
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very yellow. not cloudy like the common chouffe. sticky lace with sporadic thin layer of head. nose is buttery and carries with it a milder version of the classic brett flowery chouffe nose. chouffe lite.

already, comparison is dragging this thing down albeit not bad

flavor is big sweet malts with coriander and horse blanket.. buttery citrus. nice tangy aftertaste shows up, but that butterscotch overwhelms in the finish and hangs around all through the ride.

not bad and way drinkable for 8%, but nothing compared to la grande choufffeee!!!

as that guy with the name says, viva 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 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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3.7 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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