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La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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4.21/5
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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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,099
Reviews:
940
Ratings:
2,726
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
665
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
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Photo of puboflyons
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the stubby 330 ml. bottle with an 03-2020 expiration date. Sampled on March 9, 2019.

The pour is a cloudy looking light amber with a long-lasting and foamy ivory head. Plenty of lacing. Sediment deposits in the bottle.

The aroma has an array of traditional Belgian characters like banana, pear, barley grain, and a coriander sensation of course.

The body is better than medium and almost full.

A very tasty and sweet flavor with a kind of musty cellar almost wooden background. The coriander can be be found easily here and the 8% ABV is well masked. Finishes with a mild to moderate dry character.

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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

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

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

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

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4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,726 ratings