La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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:
#2,015
Reviews:
939
Ratings:
2,712
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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Photo of DOCRW
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dransburg
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of KevinHildahl
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of S_McAteer_95
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fisherbray
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sparky44
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeenTired
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MaximalC
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a transparent amber color with a finger's worth of coarse, sudsy froth. Aroma smells of noble hops, coriander, and lemongrass, with a whiff of light, biscuity malt. Sheets of finely speckled lacing cling to the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste features a vibrant burst of coriander, lemongrass, and chalky yeast, complemented by notes of pepper and vegetal hops. Alcoholic heat is modest but noticeable, as is mild honey courtesy of the malt. Medium body and exuberant carbonation make for rich, vivacious mouthfeel and dry finish.

Overall, this is a direct and very well-executed Belgian blonde. A wonderful mouthfeel and all the crisp, vibrant flavors you'd expect leave little in the way of obvious flaws. It would be hard not to enjoy this.

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3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ateolambada
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Pale Ales and this one is one of my favorite ones. Great taste, goes quite well with red meats, and well, it gets you drunk thanks to its 8.00% alcohol content!

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

Photo of NedFredHead
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crisp, bubbly, refreshing af.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Decanted from an 11/2 oz (330 ml) brown bottle into a custom Same Adams glass; best by January 2020.
A: Pours a very slightly hazy, golden color with remarkable head formation, leading to a much greater than one inch, fluffy, foamy off white to wheat head, incredibly good retention, and rings and rings of lacing. Did I say outrageously good retention? I should have.
S: Interesting grassy and grainy at first, with banana and cloves quickly establishing themselves as the dominant aromas.
T: Semidry. Very, very refreshing while chilled. Flavors of banana and cloves out front without overwhelming. Maybe some tutti-fruity and somewhat saline. Bitterness sufficient to lead to crisp, clean finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with intense and persistent, champagne bubble carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.
O: I could drink this all day. Any questions?

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4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eltrandos
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crouching050
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zielonka92
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Martin194
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Cloudy gold with a fluffy white head.

Smell: Mostly hops as well as citrus fruits (and a bit of white grape), some yeasty, bready undertones, and I think some spices.

Taste: Hints of banana and bubblegum give way to "fuller" flavors, more robust grains. It tastes a bit more like raisins and sugar as you swallow, finally leaving a grainy, slightly grassy, pleasantly bittersweet aftertaste.

Feel: Medium body, normal carbonation. Leaves a warm mouthfeel, kind of sticky/syrupy going down.

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4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of elnachooo
3.17/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cerveza dorada y espumosa. Al olfato distingue la malta, la banana y el cilantro. Al paladar resulta ligeramente amarga con un final picante bastante largo.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,712 ratings