La Chouffe (Blonde)
Brasserie d'Achouffe

La Chouffe (Blonde)La Chouffe (Blonde)
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Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,713
4.21 | pDev: 9.98%
Sunday at 02:26 AM
Oct 24, 2001
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.
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Reviewed by Hephaistos from Netherlands

4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Belgian strong blonde.
330 ml can, 8 abv. Poured at around 6 degrees celcius.
Poured in a proper Lachouffe Tulip glass.
Little bit hazy yellow-amber colour. 2 finger white head, dissolving at medium pace.
Average carbonation, small bulbs.
Smell, biscuit, yeast,
Mouth feel wonderful,
Full bodied well balanced beer.
Not too sweet, lovely hoppy bitterness, little bit of coriandre herbs.
Lovely beer.
Nov 19, 2023
Rated: 3.93 by QuintusHorace from California

Nov 13, 2023
Rated: 4.43 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Nov 07, 2023
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Reviewed by mooseisloose from Florida

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked this up a while ago. Maybe a year ago. Let’s give it a whirl. Popping the cap I get nice sweet candies. Pours to a bright piss yellow with a yuuuge very lacy head. Taste is syrupy mouthfeel off the bat, followed by immediate hop bite but backed with a yuuuge complexity of sweetness backbone. The aftertaste continues sweet and tart as the bite fades. A very nice Belgian. More bitter than most which is refreshing. Also ones in arca great price point.
Oct 30, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by TheYeasticandoo from Massachusetts

Oct 18, 2023
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From draft at Cafe Belgique in Amsterdam. Not a bad spot to first try this beer. Sweet and strong, the yeast adds some funk to the feel and finish. Classic strong blonde. Drinks too easy.
Oct 07, 2023
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Rated by spectru from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
10/6/2023 - Blonde, slightly hazy, nice white head, recedes to a persistent cap; Flavor is nice, mild but not too mild; Really nice mouthfeel;
Oct 06, 2023
Rated: 5 by BrisLoganite from Australia

Oct 02, 2023
Rated: 4.94 by tamasdanieltk from Scotland

Sep 21, 2023
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Reviewed by beerwithmeIRL from Ireland

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours amber with a 2 finger foamy white head. The aroma is spicy with a touch of fruit. The taste is peppery & herbal with notes of citrus fruits and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Nice balance to the flavour profile and there is a good level of carbonation too. Nice little beer.
Aug 24, 2023
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Rated by Neelbeer from New York

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Classic belgian yeast, caramel taffy, banana, coriander, nutmeg, earthy spices... Nice and surprisingly easy drinking, leaves pretty lacing.
Aug 18, 2023
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Reviewed by Grax

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Aroma gives off bubblegum and bananas. The body is an immediate wave of refreshing, cool carbonation, and the flavor is just like the aroma, delectable, sumptuous sweet banana, bubblegum, and some of that coriander spice, too. This is a great blonde.
Aug 17, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by MrJones07 from Spain

Aug 16, 2023
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Reviewed by jeffdr123 from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
From a bottle, head to head with Duvel. Pours browner than Duvel and tastes darker, too, like brown honey. Nice herbal flavor and light bitterness. I need to figure out what coriander tastes like because everyone says that it's here.
Jul 23, 2023
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Reviewed by Ant777uk from England

3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Re-reviewing as the last review I wrote was after at about 5 bottles of various triples and quadruples, and I was pretty much only seeing pink elephants and elfs. And devils. And satans. And lucifers. Is the devil and satan the same? And also Lucifer? No, Lucifer is different from the devil.

Bought from my Casino supermarket, in Paris.

There is an elf thing on the bottle. Maybe Chouffe is an elf..? Not sure...

Nice look.

In glass, loving it. Deep, red, amber colour. Nice level of head.

Aroma has elements of Duvel, though much more carbon dioxidy, and less apricot fruitness. It seems very heavy, without enough hops to balance the heavyness.

Taste certainly draws some parallels with Duvel and Delirium Tremens. For me this is nowhere near as well mastered to the same level. Flavours are less intense, and there is a distinct carbon dioxide/fizzy water flavour. Citrus is quite prominent. Mainly lemon peel and tangerine.

Coriander is listed in the ingredients, I also faintly taste peach, though overall it's balance of flavours is not up there with the best Belgian triples. As the carbon dioxide bubbles disappear, the taste improves.

I have to disagree with the Bros giving it 99. Going to have a Duvel now to compare. Yes, Duvel is far superior.

Try them together, there is much difference...

Probably the most over-rated beer on this site in my opinion. Please try the Chouffe IPA. That is so much better, and one of my favourite commercially available beers ever. This has too much really needs the extra hops. Duvel and Delirium Tremens are naturally better balanced. Without the coriander, this would not taste of much at all. And adding coriander is cheating in my opinion. Only hops and cannabis should be allowed, in addition to malt and sugar. And water, obviously.
Jul 12, 2023
Rated: 4 by Dethark from England

Jul 11, 2023
Rated: 5 by trptcolin from Illinois

Jul 09, 2023
Rated: 4 by db9000

Jun 30, 2023
La Chouffe (Blonde) from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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