La Chouffe (Blonde)
Brasserie d'Achouffe

La Chouffe (Blonde)La Chouffe (Blonde)
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #2
ABV:
8%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,407
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 9.93%
Reviews:
984
Ratings:
2,851
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Brasserie d'Achouffe
 
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
94
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La Chouffe (Blonde)La Chouffe (Blonde)
Notes: 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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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle

clear medium yellow golden color, thin white head. herbal and spicy aroma, pale malt. similar flavor, starts a little sweet but finishes drier. higher carbonation, lively

Apr 23, 2021
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale golden with a huge billowing white head with great retention and some nice lacing. Aroma is a bouquet of spicy phenolics with white pepper and coriander. Quite floral with notable lemongrass and other grassy green vegetation. Fruity esters with moderate bubblegum and some banana. Taste follows with lots of the same spice notes as the nose, subtle citrus rind and mild bitterness. The fruity esters from the nose don’t really come out much in the taste, although there are faint notes of doughy yeast. Mouthfeel is heavier bodied but with big carbonation that helps with the drinkability. All in all a tasty classic but there are other Belgium Strong Pales that I prefer.

4/4.25/4/4/4.25

Apr 13, 2021
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy light yellow with a thick white cap. Aroma is faint, biscuits, banana, and coriander. Flavor follows the nose. Feel is light bodied and well carbonated. Overall a fantastic Belgian pale ale.

Mar 26, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

RBESG 2006 Grand Tasting. 1.5 liter bottle labeled "Big Chouffe - Achouffe Christmas Ale 2005". ABV was 8%. I presume this is the same beer? Hazy golden colour, low head. Moderately spicy / peppery aroma. Moderately spicy flavour, too sweet.

Mar 20, 2021
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donzilake from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold yellow color, above average carbonation as well as a slightly heavy thick feel. Aroma is yeast,malt, sugared fruit and juice. Taste is identical,a little dry and not overly sweet. An excellent all around beer

Mar 17, 2021
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TheRatCage from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: An opaque, hazy, golden yellow. Thick head that recedes to a 2-3 mm coating that remains. Heavy lacing.
Smell: Sweet fruits, banana especially. Some bread. Not too spicy.
Taste: Banana and bread. Very faint spice. Coriander and orange is present.
Feel: Medium bodied and foamy. Soft carbonation in my opinion.
Overall: A strong competitor in the Belgian strong ale lineup. Good notes that don't smack you around. Similar to Duvel in that feels sessionable if you disregard the abv!

Mar 06, 2021
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark golden almost amber with a thick white head

Aroma: biscuit, yeast, coriander

Flavor: biscuit, yeast, fruit, pear maybe banana, clove and coriander. It has coriander in it.

Body/Overall: medium body

Feb 27, 2021
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky blonde color. 2 finger slightly off white head, slightly yellow. Retention is good. Some lacing on the glass.
Wild and funky aroma. Some lemon. wild aromas. I love this aroma. It's like you're enjoying spring in a field of flowers.
Taste - Wild and funky tasting. Rich, smooth. Some lemon in the flavor
Nice body. Thick, smooth. Full bodied.
I am not to extreme into the blonde ales, but this amazed me. They produce amazing beers.

Feb 08, 2021
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hermosbird from Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great option for the style.
My ratting might be affected by the truth that I had Duvel last week...
Personally this is a good beer but cannot compares to Duvel.

Try it if it's available and comes with a good deal...

Feb 03, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a golden color with a slight hue, two-finger pillowy head quickly reduces to a film on top, with some lacing left behind

S- plenty of fruity esters up front with aromas of ripe pear, apple, melon and papaya. Peppery yeast, clove, honey and some phenolic notes close it out

T- bright fruity notes up front of green apple, pear, banana, cantaloupe, mango and a hint of lemon. Sweet and malty mid-palate with bubblegum and honey. The finish gives clove and coriander, as well as some peppery yeast

M- medium body with medium lively carbonation leads to a foamy and bubble mouthfeel that continues into a bubble finish

O- bright, fruity and extremely drinkable, hides the abv well

Jan 31, 2021
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Anders91 from California

4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: golden with a thick fluffy white head kinda like La Fin Du Mond

Smell: really nice floral smells, yeast, a little bit of saisonish funk

Taste: follows the nose, also adds some nice malt, and a hint of banana

Feel: super smooth

Overall reminds me of La Fin Du Mond which is one of my favorite beers back in the States.

Jan 21, 2021
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HochFliegen from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoying this Blonde in Leuven tonight. Poured into a gnome tulip and noticed right away the robust white head on top the very clear medium golden biere. The head lasted for sometime leaving substantial lacing around the glass.

The aroma was light but very lively. Spicy coriander with hints of orange, sweet pils malt and yeasty bread make up the majority of the aroma. It's quite complex with other fruity sweet scents blended in. Very subtle yet very complex

The taste was smooth with a malt sweetness mixed with orange and a gentle spicy flavor. Light hop bitterness right after the wave of sweet subsides followed then by dry, semi-sweet almost honey like finish.

The mouthfeel was of medium carbonation and very smooth.

Great beer!

Dec 30, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy, light amber. Fluffy white head, with excellent retention. Fast rising bubbles visible.

Aroma: Initial almost skunked aroma that quickly dissipated. Floral & fruity.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Heavy hit of spicy coriander at the start, followed by floral/fruitiness and slight warming from alcohol. Very dry. Mild, short bitterness.

Mouth-Feel: Light to medium body. High carbonation. Alcohol & spices combine for warmth.

Overall: Nice winter Belgian style Blonde ale. I was afraid this bottle was skunked at first. Had a hint of it on initial whiff, but it seems to be strong esters from the yeast. This beer features spicy coriander start to finish. Fruity esters and high carbonation. Alcohol is present, but well hidden behind the coriander. Carbonation makes it quite bright & lively. Solid winter warmer.

Nov 30, 2020
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Junior from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased on the recommendation from my local bottle shop.

L – Relatively clear golden color with a big foamy white head.
S – Bready malt smell with eatery clove, lemon and spice.
T – Estery bready and cracker malt with clove and spice.
F – Light and crisp with heavy carbonation and dry finish.
O – Very well crafted beer. Great balance and flavor.

Nov 18, 2020
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely a world class beer...

An almost perfect blend of hops and sweet malts with a bolstering of the Belgian yeast..

Somehow I have always passed this over when I have come across it but on a whim pulled the trigger and it was a smart decision...

Just a terrific offering... i can see this being a standard in the fridge

Nov 18, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper colored with an inch and a quarter of densely packed, creamy off white on top. It faded to a quarter inch after a few minutes. Heavy lacing. There’s heavy sediment within the body. The aroma is of coriander and light malt. I’m tasting light malt, coriander, and sweet light Belgian malt.

Oct 25, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a billowy white head of foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a yeasty bready malt smell mixed with a nice showing of a doughy aroma as well as lots of apricot and peach. Along with these aromas comes a rather decent showing of some clove and a light citrus of lemon and orange. With a decently strong hay aroma and a touch of herb, an overall very pleasant Belgium pale ale smell invites you to partake.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly bready and cracker malt flavor mixed with taste of yeast cake and some spice of clove. The yeast and spice grow slightly stronger as the taste advances and are joined by some flavors of hay. Upfront there is also a decent showing of apricot and peach, with both getting weaker as the taste moves forward. While initially weakening, the fruit tastes get stronger at the very end, and are joined by some light lemon and grass, to leave one with a nice crisp and clean, spiced, and yeasty breaded taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Fort eh style and the mix of flavors the feel is spot on and makes for a fantastic sipper with all the flavors being well accentuated, while not letting one particular flavor to overpower the rest.

Overall – This is a super tasty brew and a fine example of a strong Belgium pale ale. Very delicious and dangerously drinkable at 8 % abv.

Oct 24, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle that was in the gift pack with glass, it pours into the glass a slightly hazy orange-amber with a nice white head that ever so slowly reduces. Slight funk in the nose. In the mouth, it is slightly bitter starting out, with a nice well balanced malt flavor continuing. Nice!

Oct 04, 2020
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RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland

4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

9/19/2020

Info: BB 09/2021, 330ml glass bottle, 40*F at sea level
Glassware: Tulip

L: Hazy (magical) gold. A "big, billowy, rocky white head" per the style description. A glass embroidered with Belgian lace by the dainty hands of gnomes. Would only improve the persistence.
S: A light inhale of horse stable, nice notes of straw, leather, toast, and cheese. Banana-clove-coriander.
T: Delicious toast buttered with coriander-banana butter spread. Umami all around for this one!
F: This is probably where the beer excels most. Chewy, delectable, and filling for a beer on the lighter end. Super-satisfying for a Belgian blond!

Overall: A little gnome told me this beer would be good... and he didn't disappoint! Duvel, but more subtle, with creamier feel and a less-dry overall taste! Seems incredibly sessionable... I did not realize the alcohol content was 8% until my second bottle. The devil is in the details, however.

Sep 20, 2020
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Wxb1111 from Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent Belgian blonde ale. Fruity aromas and sweet bready notes, accented with sweet spices and coriander... Very soft and smooth, amply carbonated... A solid brew. If you like this one try goose island Matilda.

Sep 16, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

a: slight chill haze dark copper color with some lighter orange notes. large, 3 finger rocky off white head that hangs around. a touch darker than expected

s: wew, the aroma on this! a big hit of barnyard and bandaid funk upfront. huge wheaty note along with banana and clove. lemongrass, pear, and coriander. some sweet malts and sweet grass. a touch of pear and green apple skins. pepper spice and some more funk at the end. amazingly complex aroma

t: pears and sweet green apples. huge funky note, same as the aroma kinda of barnyardy, kind of bandaidy. big wheaty and grassy presence. tons of coriander, pepper, and clove. hugeee bready/dough malty backbone in here with a touch of earthy sweetness. a hint of not-yet-ripe banana at the end

m: full mouthfeel with massive carbonation

o: simply put this is an awesome beer. from a Belgian Strong Ale, this is just what you want. nice earthy notes with a big punch of funk. mouthfeel is spot on, and the nose and taste are complex, yet easy to enjoy

Sep 03, 2020
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a variety pack I purchased at Jungle Jims. Bottle into the beautiful tulip glass that came with it.
Nice white bubbly head with really nice retention, supported by fine carbonation vividly rising up the glass.
Deep gold color. Sweet and fruity. Massive carbonation gives an enormous bubbly mouthfeel. I would say the carbonation is a bit too much. But very enjoyable!

Aug 29, 2020
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Herbabee from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

picked up a full case in a pinch (pickin's are slim at the nearby these days...). Poured a chilled single into a St B sampler snifter...

Color a lovely orange-ish copper, a nice pinky-finger head that dissipated into rim bubbles and lingering lacing. Nose is kind of fruity and even bubble-gum. Taste follows, with a bit of a spicey but hop-bitter swallow - the coriander is noticeable if signals are honed to detect it. Feel is nicely carbonated, maybe semi-viscious.

I might favor a Duvel over this one (in terms of dryness), but it's just a minor quibble/preference. Wonder if they cellar well...?

Aug 22, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head. head retention is good.

Smell: It has a very flowery aroma with some earth and very light spice.

Taste: It has spices up front with flowery elements. There are some earthly elements.

Feel: It has a medium body with a mildly funky finish that is dry.

Overall, subtle flavors makes this seem easy drinking for the amount of ABV in the beer.

Aug 14, 2020
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whynot44 from Missouri

4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden color with very respectable white head that persists forever producing nice lacing.
The aroma is bread, coriander, lemon and bananas.
The taste is banana bread and coriander with hints of lemon and apples. The finish is dry with mild hops lingering.
It is full bodied, smooth and very inviting.
Overall, this is an excellent and very enjoyable brew.

Aug 08, 2020
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