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%
 
 
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4
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15
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 42
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 Yoonisaykul
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle out of ''La collection du Maitre Brasseur'' 6 pack from Brasseurs RJ

A- Like a hazy peach juice. Lots of sediment followed the careful pour. Head is minimal. Basically a ring with thin layer in the center of it.
S- Gooseberry. Grain. Belgian type yeast. Pear. Fermented orange juice. Some sort of banana and/or peach creme once it warms up. Alcohol starts off discrete but packs quite a punch when warm.
T- More bitter than I thought. Mandarin. Leafy. Strong clove taste. Reminds me for some reason of a bitter pomelo. Drank this almost at room temperature and it hides the alcohol fairly well (for 8%).
M- Smooth. Highly carbonated at first but loses it. So... low to medium fine carbonation.
D- High. I could probably drink a sixpack. I'd be drunk though.

Good beer but I don't know what it is... something is off. A little detail. I thought it had a watery finish but I'm not so sure anymore. I definitely might be biased considering I know this is a licensed product but this really tastes like a clone. ... a real well executed knockoff beer. Seems like it lacks soul... not trying to get too deep here...

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

Christmas gift with the glass.

color is golden hazy cloudy, looks good

smell is spicy with cloves, alcool,sweet banana; smells quite good

Taste a bit like the smell: spicy, alcool
well balanced with all the spice,malt,alcool
sweetness and everything, cause the taste is quite complex, full body belgium style

mouthfeel is alright

Drinkability is good with such complex aromas,texture taste..

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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 ZorPrime
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on January 24th, 2009.

Pours as a golden yellow color with a nice head. Aroma is fruity (banana mainly) with some spices (however, very difficult to distinguish what spices, I'm not good at that). Tasted is very refreshing, complex. Taste is fruity and spicy, just like the aroma. The banana taste is light. Carbonation is high. For me this is not an every day beer, too rich IMO.

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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 rodenbach99
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

660ml brown bottle, brewed under licence of La Chouffe in Belgium,

A: yellow-golden coulour, thin white head.
S: nice aroma of yeast and spices.
T: nice crisp, spices, some yeasty texture finale.
M: medium to almos full bodied beer.
D: good belgian ale.

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Photo of Quej
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out of a 750mL container a light, hazy orange. Not much head, but leaves a nice lace.
S - Very yeasty and citrusy, lots of orange smells and some coriander.
T - Light tasting, quite yeasty and spicy, but not as strong in taste as I remember. Peachy and fruity, more than alcoholic.
M - A little flat, but quite smooth. Hide the alcohol quite well.
D - Decent but too yeasty to have more than one.

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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 sstackho
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light yellow with moderate head with a few floaties. Aroma is very lemony. And the taste follows on the lemon trail. In fact, a bit too much so. There is a bit of spice up front, but not all that much. It is still enjoyable. For me, it feels like a BBQ beer or a good choice on a hot day - and there aren't many 8% alcohol beers that fit that description! The 8% alcohol is not very evident. It can be a very good bargain. I picked up a "bonus" 8-pack for C$10.

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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 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 JOaikido
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A lot of yeast sediment. Looks like the inside of a snow globe. Head deceases quickly and eventually dissappears. Blonde-yellow colour. Not very inspiring overall.

S- Yeasty/musty. Fruity aromas with some spice.

T- Strong yeast bottle-conditioned flavour. Alcohol a little too prominent (though not surprising considering the ABV). Touch of apple and sweetness than increases as it warms. A little bitterness in the finish. Good overall, but lacking complexity.

MF- Bite from alcohol and carbonation. Has some substance to it.

D- Despite the big yeast flecks and strong alcohol presence, this beer goes down quite well.

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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 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 fisherman34
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blonde in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of mild coriander, pear, yeast, and black pepper. Fairly sweet and heavy bodied. I think there’s a fair bit of wheat malt in there. Orange peel, and other savory spices become apparent in the mouth as well. A bit of an odd vegital note as well. A fairly good and spicy Belgian strong, but not in the same class as the classic La Chouffe.

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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 Beersignal
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden ale with stark white foam of diminutive proportions. No real lasting power and no lacing.

The aromas are yeasty and fruity initially with notes of ripe pears up front and some malty sweetness. Hints of coriander and faint banana follow the sweetness and are joined by very dim traces of apples. Nice aromas!

Medium bodied and heady brew, flavours of yeast and grains up front with some residual sweetness. Very potent alcohol bite overwhelms any hints of fruit that might reside within but lets a peppery bite surface before washing away in a tide of warming fusel bitterness.

I could surely have more than one at one sitting, who knows maybe I could find more to this brew of cloaked complexity?

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

I look at the numbers above, I see good listed several times. That's what this beer was, good, not great, like it's brown counterpart. The alcohol could definitely be sensed more easily here than in Brune D'Achouffe. Kind of spicy, but thats mixed in to the rich fruity flavor. Well carbonated and not too heavy this is overall a quality Belgian Pale Ale with a bit of spice that makes it different.

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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 3Vandoo
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Palish blonde, the head dissapear really really fast., no life form of any sort in my glass. A tiny fruity smell, nothing much, quite a shy smell in fact.
a hoppy taste, a medium bitterness , and an apricot taste I perceived, it also gave me stomachaches.

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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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Blonde D'Achouffe from Brasseurs R.J.
3.7 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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