La Chouffe (Blonde)
Brasserie d'Achouffe

La Chouffe (Blonde)La Chouffe (Blonde)
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From:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #2
ABV:
8%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,726
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 9.98%
Reviews:
1,026
Ratings:
1,936
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sunday at 03:58 AM
Added:
Oct 24, 2001
Wants:
  248
Gots:
  713
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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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Reviewed by saisondetre

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Wow, what a beer. Nutty, fruity and yeasty nose. Pours well with nice head, definitely a well carbonated in the 12 oz bottle. Taste is divine. The taste is so quintessentially belgian--full bodied and yeasty. The hops are definitely nice and present. There are almost enough to make you say "this tastes a bit like a pale ale", but the intense fruity and complex yeast flavor still dominates. The hops leave a clean taste, make you wanting more. I also am amazed that this is a spiced beer. Try La Fin Du Monde or Allagash's White. You will say "wow, I taste spice". Not here--the cardamom is hidden into the flavor profile, and compliments the yeast beautifully.
Sunday at 03:58 AM
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Reviewed by Abriel

4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
One of the best blonde ales I've ever tasted. It's clean, crisp and it leaves a fantastic aftertaste. It has 8% alcohol, but you won't feel it. I would warn ppl that this is not your usual Heineken. This is a real beer, and you might not like it at first, because it's different. A must try for sure.
Feb 01, 2023
 
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Brasserie d'Achouffe 'La Chouffe(Blonde)' @ 8.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle
A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a slight hazy pale gold in the glass with a small size white head , leaving a fine spotty lace along the tulip
S-Belgian yeast & coriander dominate
T-true strong Belgian pale ale , easily consumed
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-I like a bit more than Duvel as the best in style
prost LampertLand
Jan 29, 2023
 
Rated: 4.28 by mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

Jan 27, 2023
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Reviewed by Navanation from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a cloudy amber color with a consistent head that laces nicely down the glass. Pepper, hops, banana, pop out first. Yeast on the nose. Clean finish.
Jan 23, 2023
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Rated by Maurici8leaga from Venezuela

4.86/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This is like liquid gold, there are no doubt one of the best Belgian beers.
Jan 23, 2023
 
 
Rated: 4.25 by o29 from Texas

Jan 09, 2023
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Reviewed by ChipChaight from New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from Fairway on the UWS NYC. Pours an almost clear very light amber gold with toe fingers of rocky white head that sticks around for nice lacing; smell is doughy brioche, close, banana, yeast, white wine, hints of candied ginger; taste is brioche, clove, gingerbread, cardamom, banana esters, grassy finish, hints of white wine; feel is full bodied, bright carbonation, mild carbonic bite, semi-dry finish. A delicious holiday spiced roll drink.
Jan 03, 2023
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Rated by krh from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Really nice spiced Belgian blonde.
Jan 01, 2023
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Reviewed by KenjiN from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Opaque golden beer with huge, lasting, rocky white head. Distinctive and curious aroma that I like more with each whiff. Something in the nose -- it's got to be the coriander -- reminds me of fresh sawdust. The beer is medium-full-bodied, with a slightly syrupy texture. It could use a tad more carbonation. The beer leans towards malty sweetness on the palate, but is complex. It is warming. A very interesting and enjoyable drinking experience. I look forward to trying it again.
Dec 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.47 by SteveinBelgium from Belgium

Dec 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Mavigo from Michigan

Dec 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Spike from England

4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
330ml grenade bottle.
L: Hazy, pale copper colour with two fingers of white foam and sticky lacing.
S: Belgian yeast, hay, some clove and a hint of overripe banana.
T: Coriander seed, orange zest, green bell pepper, yeast, wheat. Alcohol is well hidden.
F: Foaming carbonation, some slick mouthfeel, sharp and dry finish.
O: Another excellent Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Not as rich or clean or complex as Duval.
Dec 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by Rhetion from Florida

Dec 12, 2022
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Rated by AZgman from Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A classic Belgium spiced blonde. You either love or hate this style. I do have a La Chouffe hat (complete with bell) to wear when I drink one!
Dec 09, 2022
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Reviewed by txaudiophile from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Drank out of a Teku glass. This is a great Belgian golden ale. I prefer Duvel overall, but this one has a unique flavor profile that is very pleasant. I taste the coriander they say is in there, and it has a great mouthfeel.
Dec 03, 2022
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pour is a deep golden yellow. Big rocky, dense cap of white foam.
Nose is peppery, clove, banana, ester
Taste is a bit peppery, subtle earthy hops, banana, clove, nice balance. The coriander doesn’t overpower.
Moderate to high carbonation
Nov 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.56 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Nov 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.48 by rawbraves from Colorado

Nov 07, 2022
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Reviewed by vinicole from England

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle. Cloudy golden colour. Thick frothy and persistent head.
Sweet musty smell reminiscent of decomposing pears. Some light spice and banana present.
Tastes like a muted version of the aroma. Some doughy malt introduces itself.
Light carbonation. Quite a refreshing feel.
Good representation of the style.
Oct 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Oct 18, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
300ml bottle into a tulip. Best before end of August 2022, so a few weeks late on this one.

Looks fantastic in the glass. Hazy dull auburn body with a massive white head. This persists very well, impressive given the abv, and leaves an almost solid sheet of lacing.

Some banana, fruit, and light bubblegum on the nose.

On tasting, warming, sweet, clean, a little banana, and very smooth.

Mouth close to full, finish is where a very light bitterness shows up.

Overall, very nice drink. Seems quite complex, but a very easy beer to drink
Oct 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by Hophazzard from California

Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330 ml bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a hazy golden color. It is topped with a couple inches of creamy, off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

Spiced pear aroma. Nice spiciness from the yeast

The taste follows the smell. Spiced pear, Great Belgian yeast flavors

Thin bodied with an effervescent mouthfeel

Classic Belgian Blonde. I can't believe I have not had this before.
Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by arini10 from Oregon

Sep 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Sep 13, 2022
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip like glass; best by date July 2023. Pours golden yellow with plenty of fizzy bubbles and decent white foamy head; good looking beer. Tastes of banana and slight crackery taste. Good.
Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.66 by JakeJChoi from Maryland

Aug 30, 2022
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L - Golden with a white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind a white csp and a ton of lacing
S - Tons of coriander, cloves, banana, light fruit notes, Belgian yeast, apricot, barley
T - follows the nose with Belgian yeast intermixed well with cloves, banana, apricots, orange, a slight hoppy note, barley, light spices
F - light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Refreshing
O - a truly great example of a Belgian Blonde. Hits all the notes really well. Perfect summer beer.
Aug 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Aug 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

Aug 24, 2022
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Straw yellow with ample white foam. Tastes like coriander, bananas, yeast, and some bitter hops on the finish.
Aug 23, 2022
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Top notch!
Aug 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.16 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Aug 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by MGibbons from Maryland

Aug 05, 2022
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Rated by B501 from Arkansas

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Get gnomed
Aug 04, 2022
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