La Chouffe (Blonde)
Brasserie d'Achouffe

La Chouffe (Blonde)La Chouffe (Blonde)
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Brasserie d'Achouffe
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,754
4.21 | pDev: 9.98%
Yesterday at 03:28 AM
Oct 24, 2001
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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4.27 by MeIquiades from Illinois on Yesterday at 03:28 AM
4.9 by beerrat from Virginia on Sunday at 05:54 PM
3.5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Jan 10, 2022
4.12 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Jan 07, 2022
4.34 by Darthmaul from Florida on Dec 31, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by DanfromVan from Canada (BC)

Looks thick,. nice colour,. goes down easy., it has a bit of an ABV bite and finishes with an aftertaste of hops. I enjoyed it,. Balanced and a bit of a bite,. would like to try it freshly poured from a keg.,

Dec 21, 2021
3.25 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Dec 19, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Definitely more of an imperial wit than blonde but has great flavors of citrus, wheat, mild hop profile and some grains in the finish. ABV is well concealed and it was quite bubbly even though the ABV was quite high.

One tasty brew!

Dec 11, 2021
4.29 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Dec 09, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Looks gold with nice head size. Smells like yeast and citrus. Taste like a nice citrus and fruit note blended nice. Overall its very nice.

Dec 07, 2021
4.3 by lic217 from Connecticut on Nov 28, 2021
3.73 by KT3418 from Colorado on Nov 27, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

Poured into a tulip.

Pours medium gold and slightly hazed with a solid lingering white head. Gives way to good lacing.

Aromas of citrus, grass, and yeast.

Modest sweetness on the tip of the tongue, with some esters (banana) and phenols (clove) evocative of a souped-up wit. Tartness, white pepper and more sweetness in midstream, initially, but pear and white grape manifest as the brew warms. The finish is coriander and faint hopping.

The brew is medium to medium full bodied, smooth but deceptively carbonated, and drying despite a fairly lengthy finish.

A completely different animal than the brew it is often compared with (Duvel), mostly because of a much lighter touch on the hops and carbonation. It's sort of a tripel/BSPA line-straddler (like many American brews straddle the line between APA and IPA). As a result, it's difficult to really measure these heavyweights against each other. Sweeter and perhaps less-balanced than Duvel for sure. But spicier and more complex in its flavors, despite some deceptively strong attenuation.

Nov 21, 2021
4.03 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Nov 07, 2021
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3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RenieT3

The beer had a pale golden look. It smelled like fresh forest and had after taste of pine and grass. I liked it. Slightly bitter hoppiness. Overall good fresh taste with crisp carbonation.

Nov 04, 2021
4.42 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2021
4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Oct 29, 2021
4.23 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Oct 06, 2021
4.26 by Meddwol from Michigan on Oct 03, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by JuanS from South Africa

L: Nice golden color with a descent head.
S: Very comforting smell of freshly cut grass.
T: Definitely a peppery taste noticed and really enjoyable
F: Carbonated, but not too much. Refreshing.
O: Loved it, but very expensive is South Africa.

Sep 10, 2021
4.32 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Sep 09, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by 1009 from Massachusetts

This beer was retrieved from the girlfriend’s fridge months after I first saw it stashed in there. Saw it lingering there in the fridge door and finally had to give it a rip. It’s a full throttle Blue Moon. A gasoline powered Allagash. 8% abv and it hides the horsepower well. Very bready, but incredibly smooth. Great wit beer flavor that helped wash a pizza down. A very well crafted Belgian White from the land that pioneered the style.

Sep 06, 2021
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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

330 mL bottle. Pours deep golden with a big white head. Smells of honey and coriander with Belgian yeast fruitiness. Tastes of sweet honey, light herbals, coriander, Belgian yeast in the back end provides bitterness. Medium heavy. Pretty sweet, but bitter enought to be drinkable. Sweet, but good.

Aug 21, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by nastone01

Lots of head. Light, blonde color. Flavor is pleasant but not remarkable. Fairly refreshing beer, similar to Leffe Blonde with a bit more of a refined, but muted flavor.

Aug 05, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RaulMondesi from California

So, like, in America they say, “Blondes have more fun” (which can be debated). Either way, as I take this Belgian Blonde for a ride, I can tell you that it’s smooth as hell (even in 5th gear). Yeah, this one is pure and beautiful, and hits all the right buttons like a successful third date with Céline Van Ouytsel.

Oh baby.

Aug 04, 2021
4.24 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut on Jul 10, 2021
4.16 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Jul 03, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by hbeimers from Illinois

Super strong spice from this one. Heavy on the coriander and a touch of black pepper. Feels very full in the mouth as well. Beautiful color, head, and bubbles.

Jul 03, 2021
4.28 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania on Jul 02, 2021
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4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Iamaskier from Idaho

Nice fluffy head, brownish gold body. Belgian yeast on the nose, fruit esters with a banana highlight, spices, coriander, and oh so faint hops. Taste is oh so good- Belgian yeast banana up front, though less banana than expected, followed by sweet coriander and molasses malt, finishing with a sharp, floral hoppy bitterness and citrus bite. Feel is very dry, almost chalky, and the carbonation is nearly perfect.
This is now my favorite Belgian golden. The yeast is there, but not the focus; the coriander is there, but not overwhelming; the hops are there, but as a compliment to the dry finish. The ABV isn’t really noticeable to me, which I like for this beer.

Jun 28, 2021
3.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jun 23, 2021
4.36 by cauchysequence from Maryland on Jun 21, 2021
3.65 by stephenlee93 from England on Jun 12, 2021
4.27 by Hopweiser from Korea (South) on Jun 10, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

La Chouffe is hazy and medium amber in color. The head is rocky, white, and in no hurry to go anywhere.

La Chouffe smells very Belgian in its funkiness. Its base is full of the yeasty smell of fresh baked bread combined with the peppery, earthy, spicy funk of so many good Belgian beers. Blended into that bready base I can also smell dried orange peel coupled with just a hint of orange juice as well. Hints of earthy, leathery barnyard aromas provide a gentle through note before leading to a background of leafy, European hops.

On the tongue, La Chouffe is smooth, crisp, and enjoys an up front dryness. Up front clove and carbonation accentuate the dryness assertively enough to cut into the beer's bready qualities. Flavors of fresh baked bread are there but have been thinned out somewhat, tasting as much like soda cracker as fresh bread. Peppery, spicy funk move with ease through the center along with the same barnyard notes I found in the nose. The finish is earthy, peppery, and dry in nature.

May 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a single 11.2oz bottle $3.99 Village Bottle Shop
1 year before best by month/year 05/2022
Smell of coriander, spices
Golden-amber color
Medium mouthfeel, kind of creamy
Medium carbonation
Taste of bananas, coriander, oranges, hides alcohol well
Overall a great beer. Very well made. Would buy again.

May 24, 2021
4.25 by Hoagie1973 from New York on May 24, 2021
La Chouffe (Blonde) from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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