La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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4.21/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium
achouffe.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The gnomes of Fairyland are particularly fond of this golden beer. LA CHOUFFE, with its slight hoppy taste, combining notes of fresh coriander and fruity tones, is the drink which gives them their zest for life. At least, that's what these imps say when they are thirsty. Their secret used to be jealously guarded from one generation to the next until the day they shared the recipe with humans to seal their friendship. Of all the legends from the wonderful region of the Belgian Ardennes, the tale of LA CHOUFFE is the one which most merits re-telling.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,103
Reviews:
930
Ratings:
2,655
pDev:
10.21%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cagedartist
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sraufstok
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of opieo
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marcgrams
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdurey
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2.5 finger head that recedes a minute or so later. Look is golden and a bit translucent. This beer smells amazing. Coriander, fruit, citrus. A bit bready. Some spice on the front end. Slightly floral with strong alcohol on the back end, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is full...sudsy (?) yet goes down thin. A good choice at this price point and I would have this again.

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Photo of JOBEERFB
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoshJ
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle into a signature tulip glass. Best by end of 7/2019, had 5/13/18.

Pours a mostly clear bright yellow, with a one and a half inch foamy head with good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, coriander, cloves, wheat, candi sugar, other spices, light malt, some funk. A little bready. The taste is similar- Belgian yeast, malt, coriander, other spices, wheat, candi sugar, light funk, a hint of vanilla. There’s a light hop presence. Mostly smooth, dry, refreshing, a good medium body, well carbonated.

This is a classic BSPA, and the emphasis on coriander is a terrific addition. Great aroma and flavor. One you should try, it’s well worth a purchase.

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3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaker07
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2018. Purchased a while back from Booths. The ingredients include coriander.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy orange-amber hue with fine suspended sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before slowly reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of rich fruity yeast esters with hints of subtle dried fruit, light spice, a touch of coriander, earthiness, mild grainy malt and faint stewed hops. Balanced and well-rounded; superb.

T: Tastes of fruity Belgian yeast with notes of yeast esters, mild phenolics, coriander, spice, mild dried fruit, earthiness, light grainy malt and faint stewed hops. Bone-dry, with little bitterness to speak of.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of fruity yeast, mild spice, earthiness, malt and faint stewed hops.

O: Nice - a classic Belgian brew. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour have a superbly yeasty profile with subtle spice and malt notes. Lovely body. Goes down a treat; a class act that is well worth sampling.

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3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a big deal. My gold standard of blonde beer is Leffe. In my opinion this one is not better than Leffe blonde

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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of llamajuice
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of herrklemann
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time in a small pub in Brussels in 2012. Got a bottle at home three years later and it’s still magnificent. Aroma of caramel, herbs, wheat and typical Belgian yeast. Pours a small white head on top of a deep orange-golden body and the looks aren’t promising too much. It’s delicious, with subtle hints of coriander in the finish. Starts out with creamy wheat, finishes with just the right amount of hoppy sweetness, the alcohol almost unnoticeable. Smooth palate, creamy texture and long pleasant finish. It’s subtle, pleasant and will keep you warm even on cold, foggy days in Brussels.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,655 ratings