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La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
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
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#2,124
Reviews:
943
Ratings:
2,733
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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Reviews by DeFaz:
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4/5  rDev -5%

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color, with about two and a half fingers of white-colored head. The stronger retention near the center of the glass suggests a well-hopped brew, but a part of that could be do to the current of effervescence rising to the top. Small splotches of lacing sticks to the glass.

I really pick up the coriander on the nose, but it's subtle. Compared to something like Duvel, there seems to be a greater focus on stone fruits (like peach and apricot) over citrus. There are additional touches of candied sugar, white bread, black pepper, and white grape. This certainly isn't some two-bit Duvel clone, it's a nuanced and slightly different from the pack that's just as finely integrated as the best.

The opening flavors are very fruity, bringing tons of peach, apricot, white grape, and even a little cherry. This is practically a fruit salad in terms of flavor. Meanwhile, the second half displays the noble hops, coriander, and estery spiciness very well. A pleasant wave of candied sugar also shows up on the back end, but it doesn't encumber the taste buds excessively. This is an incredibly bold-tasting and deceptively complex brew, though it is a hair on the sweet side for me. Nonetheless, it remains nicely balanced and cohesive.

It initially feels full and sweet, until the vibrant carbonation fills out and moderately dries the finish like a champ. Still, it remains merely semi-dry due to the residual sugar. Drinkability is very good, not quite great - I really enjoy sipping on this, though, and I could easily crave another bottle.

This is excellent. It's slightly bigger and more complex than Duvel, while still retaining an easygoing nature. It's like one of those ninja gnomes from Ratchet and Clank - sneaky as fuck. I'll definitely get this again.

4.07/5: Gnome joke about it, this rocks

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Photo of CantDrinkEveryBeer
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Came highly recommended by the shopkeeper at the new Craft Beer Cellar that opened up in town. Came home and saw the great reviews her on BA and got quite excited. I have to say, I think it lives up to the hype.

Look: Poured into a tulip glass. Three finger of foamy head, and a beautiful, rich amber color.

Smell: Gentle notes of lemon zest and wheat, a quite delicate smell.

Taste: Sweet bready maltiness, lemon, with a hops spice and little bit of pleasant bitterness in the finish. The flavor is complex, moreso than I'm capable of describing. There's a subtle evolution in the taste as rolls over and sits on the tongue. It's delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, pillowy, soft. Very pleasant.

Overall: This is a quite acclaimed beer, and it's not hard to see why. It tastes fantastic. Not much more to say, really. Try it if you get the chance.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before 08/2017, so here we go!

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a large head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Some moderate spice notes along with a good yeast and malt influence. Light fruitiness in there from the yeast as well

T: Follows the nose, but with a little more kick. Starts off with the spicy and fruity yeast and goes into some moderate alcoholic esters and some additional coriander. Malt kicks in a little to tame the yeast a bit. Finishes with lingering spices and moderate malt sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A well-deserved classic. Nice to sip on and enjoy any time. Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of Belgians

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice, lacing head atop a light orange body.

Smell – Nice malt backbone to this spicy BSPA. This is heavily spiced. I can pick out some big Italian spices, like oregno and basil, but the major players are the powdery versions of pepper and coriander. There’s some light fruit in there as well, mostly melon and maybe some lime, that compliment the mix.

Taste – Ditto on the tongue. The deep, sharp spices guide the taste. The malt takes a back seat. This is mostly the spice show from the nose.

Mouthfeel – Surprisingly light in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is classic BSPA. It’s a little too spicy for my taste, but on-style nevertheless.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle from Copper Vine ($4.39 Fathers' Day present) best by 12 2016. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A liberal pour creates 1-1/2 fingers of pillowy, off-white head atop the clean, golden body that shows just the slightest haze. There's plenty of carbonation rushing from the nucleation site to the surface. The head settles to a fully covering foam that leaves nice rings on the glass. My wife liked the logo as it reminded her of a recent family trip to Disney World.

S- Bold and complex. Right off the bat I get a combination of Belgian funk in the form of bubblegum mixing with lemon and husky grains. Somewhat reminiscent of a Hefeweizen. Hints of black pepper later on.

T- Oh that's nice. More of the lemon and funk mentioned in the aroma. The malts are sweet and grainy, like a sweetened cereal or cream of wheat. Maybe even hints of creamed corn? The alcohol is well hidden and comes off as sweet more than anything else. The finish is relatively clean, especially given some of the sweeter qualities, with spicy hops finishing it all off.

M- Creamy and full bodied. A light, alcohol warmth is quite smooth on the way down. Hops in the finish provide a nice bite.

O- A really tasty Belgian ale. The sweetness and citrus is a bit of a departure from the flavor profile I'd expect from the style, but really good. I could definitely enjoy a second bottle in a sitting. Not the cheapest beer, but something I'd buy again.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep gold color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of lemon and lime going on. It's slightly sweet as well. The taste is also sweet, with more citrus fruit coming through. A very pleasant flavor. The mouthfeel is decently thick and strong. The drinkability is great for an 8% brew. A damn fine beer. Thanks to Christina for this one, she made a wonderful selection.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presents itself as a nice light golden color with just a bit of haze. Big, fluffy white head that lasts. Nose is of spices and fruit, primarily. Quite lively. Palate is interesting, indeed. Hoppier than expected, this one is quite fruity (some citrus), light malts, and candy sugar sweetness in there. Mouthfeel is light, and easily inbibed. Clean finish. I'm a pretty big Duvel fan ( I can prove it ... I pronounce it correctly) and this is somewhat Duvel-like. Definitely not a copy though. Give this one a try or two ...

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium apricot/peach in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, significant amounts of fine to medium particles in suspension throughout the beer, and a faint amount of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruits (pear), spices, citrus (orange stands out), grainy malts, and just a hint of banana.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale and grainy malts with a light amount of light fruit sweetness (mostly pear with a hint of apple). That is followed by moderate flavors of orange citrus and just a hint of banana. There is a light flavor of spices in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable - lots of complexity to the flavor but still quite approachable. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Figured I'd give the store's last bottle of this a good home: mine. It pours a mostly clear gold topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises heavy Belgian yeast, light white bread, clove, a pinch of black pepper, light lemon peel, a hint of banana peel, and a touch of flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with that heavy yeast character really coming to the fore. This isn't to say that the spices take a full backseat, but they are definitely subservient to the yeast. Lesser beers would suffer from this situation, but this yeast works well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice BSPA, not quite up there with Duvel and the other standard-bearers, but it comes pretty dern close.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Gouden Carolus goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Beer obtained at McCambridges shoppe.

A: Pours a two finger head with slight cream, of fair thickness. Clear gold colour. Alive and appealing.

Sm: Cream lacing. Barley. Maybe some yeast. Extraordinarily fresh. A light but inviting aroma.

T: Lovely cream open to a body of very light barley and nicely balanced hops. I want to say there's almost a lemon ester in there. Well built for the style. The high ABV doesn't come through; you'd probably have to look at the bottle to know it was 8%.

Mf: Fizzy in a light, good way (as opposed to the overcarbonation fizz that ruins a beer). Teasingly coarse but as wet as it needs to be.

Dr: It's got a pretty steep price, but it's a good beer for fans of the style to try. It's too light for a stout lover like me, but it's a good example of the style and certainly worth a go for any beer fanatic.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Favorite of the style. Comparable to Duvel, but slightly better in taste-not as carbonated, coriander is subtle but evident.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of simoen
2.66/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

mooie kleur en geur maar smaak valt tegen

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Photo of BrunEngr
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Effervescent, lively yellow-ish beer with a big head. A little hazy but fairly clear. Aggressively aromatic! Lemon, mashed peaches, and a certain spicy crispness. The level of spiciness in this beer that I can't even begin to discern the varied flavors -- orange peel, peach, lemon, coriander, cinnamon, yeast... They form a sort of Belgian beer yogurt with this beer's creamy mouthfeel. There's a lot going on here. Maybe too much so -- but there's no hint of the 8% anywhere to be found. This beer begs to be shared so everyone can experience the job -- and so the original drinker doesn't go into some sort of spice coma. Intense.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a cloudy gold with a one and a half finger high white head, that left delicate lacing behind.

nose of pepper, coriander, citrus and a little bit of honey

peach, grape skin, coriander, pepper

fairly active mouthfeel, medium bodied, foams up a little bit in the mouth.

A very enjoyable beer

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Photo of FrankK
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of REDAMI
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle into Westvleteren chalice.

L - Honey gold pour, thin white head.

S - Mushroom funk, fresh orange, grassy notes.

T - Juicy orange, honey malts, candy sugar, vague pithy bitterness.

F - Semi-dry, powdery, moderate carbonation.

Despite it's 'strong' status, very drinkable. Not overly sweet or hoppy.

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Photo of Brewt
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of dresdena1
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Quite possibly my favorite of all beers.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,733 ratings