La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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La ChouffeLa Chouffe

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

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Photo of boudreaux
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours, as you will see, with a generous head. This is quite slow to subside and leaves considerable lacing on the glass.
The mouth feel is, as you would expect from an 8% beer, substantial, almost 'chewy'. You know you're drinking something rather special.
The flavour is a good balance of malt and hops, the background flavour of candy sugar that should warn you you're drinking something potent, and there's a definite spice flavour, almost fruit cake. It's a very warming brew.

Quite possibly my favorite beer. Period.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Chouffe was dying to get out of the bottle. The head is full and strong and maintains its presence throughout. It has a fine lace that clings to the glass, and an amber/golden color. La Chouffe has a great combination of effervescence and creaminess that adds an interesting character to the mouth feel and the taste. The smell is earthy and fruity with a hint of apples and pears. Taste is a complex and somewhat subtle mix of sweet and bitter that makes it very drinkable and not overwhelming. I have had in on tap and from the bottle and have never been disappointed.

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Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How does one describe La Chouffe? SPICY! The incredibly complex flavor of La Choufee is terriffic, but not overwhelming in any way.

I've had La Choufee a number of times, and it never disappoints. The complex flavor and golden color are hard not to love. This is truly one of the best Belgian ales available today.

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Photo of ordybill
4.98/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a large champagne sized corked bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a spicy yeast aroma, incredible smell.
Appearance- Pours an orange color with a medium sized white head.
Taste-Great yeasty malt flavor with noticeable spice added.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Goes down very smooth.
Overall- World class beer, this should be on everyone's must try list.

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Photo of jenbys2001
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was pleased that my first experience with this beer was on tap. This is an excellent beer, although it's funny - my first impression was that it tasted and smelled a bit like a creamy Hefeweizen. It tasted a bit smoky, with hints of peaches and bananas. It had a delicious appearance in the glass, with a hazy gold color and a frothy head. It also had hints of spiciness - clove and pepper with a light hoppiness to the finish. Overall a really excellent, drinkable beer. It also makes an impression on tap, my friends and I are still discussing this brew several days later.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

La Chouffe is spicy and slightly sweet upfront with a classic cilantro and white pepper Belgian yeast characteristic.

It's creamy, rich and slightly bitter in the middle with notes of custard, whipped cream, pears, bananas and apples. Finishes with a sweet and savory floral hop note. The mouthfeel is dry but overall, quite clean. It has a light body for an 8%er.

The only thing I can find fault with about this beer is that it does not lace the glass very well and the aroma isn't particularly extraordinary.

Overall, I'm jealous people in Belgium get to drink this all the time.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This could well be my favorite beer of all time, I have drank it draught in both Belgium and England, but I prefer it in the bottle, which is very unusual for me to say.

The overall package is fantastic, the flavours battle each other to make it difficult to pin any perticular one down. Spiced and an old golden, dark amber colour, it just explodes in your mouth. The head stays and tastes more bitter than the body of the beer it's self, is that possible?

This is just a fine beer, it fits my idea of being perfect in almost every way, I hope anyone reading this takes my advice and gives this beer a chance. Sit down and relax, if your tastebuds haven't been tested for a while, now is the time to let them be re-vitalised.

The beer is a joy to drink.

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Photo of thelawnet
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful golden brew poured from a 330ml bottle.

Hints of coriander with a pleasant alcohol kick to it. Limited head and carbonation, outstanding flavour, a much better choice than a run-of-the-mill beer like Leffe Blonde (which I won't buy) - this one's a keeper.

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Photo of Bubblegumsnaps1
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful foam head that dissolves into a lovely thin lacing.
Pale golden color

Aroma is earthy and balanced

T: Belgian yeast, caramel, brown sugar with some florals
M: Warm, slight alcohol burn that fades into banana and fruity notes
B: hoppy, but not too much, smooth with faded yeast notes
Bubbles are consistent from beginning to end.

This is my favorite beer, I've not found anything as delicious! Viva La Chouffe! It's really good.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice orange hue with lively carbonation and 2 finger white head.

Aroma is nice and yeasty. Closer to a saison with nice spiciness.

Taste is great, but I think duvel is better. This has more malt than duvel and less carbonation than duvel. Not nearly as crisp. Don't get me wrong, this is world class, but it isn't my favorite Belgian strong ( more like 2nd or 3rd). Flavor is nice and yeasty with some nice spice and a touch of alcohol at the end. Well balanced with the malt at the finish. The malt isn't noticeable or detracting but it is there as a balancer.

Overall world class beer! Those belgians know how to do it! Literally pair this with anything ... Fancy from lobster to caviar .... Or cheap nice slice of pepperoni pizza. I give it a 97.5/100.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Petit bottle filled right to the collar of the neck. Never seen a bottle this full before...

It pours hazy yellowish-amber. Under closer examination I realize that this beer is full of tiny particles suspended with an almost neutral buoyancy. Tiny bubbles of mild carbonation rise up through the sediment forming a small, but retentive head. Nice lacing as it drinks down. This beer smells wonderful. There is a wild, musty yeast aroma that rises from a smooth, light malt undertone. Very fruity/spicy. I smell an almost pineapple sweetness and I can notice alcohol after a long smell, but it definitely isn't a hot smell. The flavor is very complex. Incredibly smooth and creamy with mellow and sweet general flavors. Citrus, candi sugar, apples, pineapple, and spicy and bitter hops at the end. The alcohol tingles your tongue after a while and the sweetness subsides and the bitterness becomes more prevalent. This is an ever-changing beer. The body is pretty dry giving it a very light and lively mouthfeel.

Overall, this is what I would consider a more refined and finer tuned version of La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue. More delicate and complex, but a similar fruit flavor and yeast aroma/flavor. Better hopped and more interesting flavor profile IMO.

I enjoyed this one with some chunks parmesan peppercorn baguette. The peppercorn works well with the dryness and hops.

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Photo of AlexanderCsamaj
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Once upon a time I was searching for a beverage better than the rest, something creative and satisfying. As I walked the aisles of the Foodery a voice called out to me. What it was saying I can't actually remember. Regardless, it was a gnome calling out to my soul; his words rang true. We have been friends ever since. Even my wife likes to hang out with him.

This is a great beer. It is an easy drinking super tasty mildly potent happy juice that goes as good with breakfast as it does with pork chops or a long drawn out chess game.

I think it has been know to cure the common cold.

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Photo of bcdees47
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from a wine glass on a spring night in Edinburgh. Pours nicely and has a medium golden color. A rather strong fruity scent on the nose. This beer has a very light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. It has sort of a wheaty taste and almost reminded me of a wit. Lots of fruit and very smooth. Delicious and eminently drinkable.

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Photo of jjkatter
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a Trappistes Fochefort goblet...

A- Golden blond with very thick and creamy snow white head. Plenty of carbonation with great head retention.

S- Wonderful belgian yeast, bananas and various subtle spices at the finish. Warming alcohol glow. This is a good example of why people love Belgium beer so much; lots going on and all held together with well controlled balance.

MF- It’s like a party going on in your mouth. Extremely pleasant mouth-feel and pleasing alcohol affects. There seems to be a growing desire to brew Belgian style beers in the U.S. I hope more examples of this style are on the slate.

O- One of my favorite Belgian ales. I would love to find this on tap sometime. If you haven’t tried this one yet and have a chance, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful cloudy golden color. The nose was yeasty, earthy, and floral, and the taste was the same but with more complexities and intensity than I expected or was ready for. This instantly became one of my favorite belgians. Had it since out of a bottle and it was great, but not nearly as good as on-tap.

Edit: Had a 3-4 year old vintage recently, it was still great but beginning to decline. I would recommend this one fresh.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. brown glass bottle, best before the end of 2006 on the bottle. Pours a hazt gold color with some sediment and carbonation visible towards the bottom of the chalice. Head is large and creamy, very good retention and lacing. Very nice belgian yeast woody funk in the nose, alcohol and spices also present. Taste is absolutely crisp and clean, lots of malt backbone, good yeast and subtely fruity flavors. Alcohol also adds some more body to this excellent beer. Mouthfeel is spot on. I could've drank a 750 mL of this, but unfortunately I only had a 330 mL. I will definitely get more next time.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

as soon as i opened it up, i smelled a skunkiness, i was really worried it was a really old one, or it somehow got crapped up, but i think its ok. regardless it looks fantastic, a beautiful golden color with a pure white sparkly head. smell is fantastic as well, belgians are just the best thing ever, i can't think of a better beer than a great belgian strong ale, or a trip/dubble taste just makes me want to move there and become a monk and swim in the beer. i really dont know what else to say, just amazing.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml poured in proper La Chouffe tulip.

Sitting in the fridge for days and right through the bottle it is still ultra chunky looking (lots of floaties). Of course that won't stop me from drinking this beer, but its worth mentioning.

Kind of a apricot color. Beer is very murky. Cant see it but the carbonation level is quite high. The most mountainous frothy head! Sticks around forever as well. Laces the glass. Love it.

Smell is a marriage of yeast and spice. Really can't differentiate, but it smells delicious. Aroma is delicate. Slight fruit going on. Being delicate, it does fade.

Refreshing, tasty, complex and surprisingly alcoholic. Alcohol is mostly perceived in warmth. Hops lend a pine flavor. Bitterness is spot on. Malts really come through- solid grain and possibly wheat flavors. Ends with a variety of yeast flavors that seem to change and the beer temperature changes.

I wasn't sure about this one because of the term "brewed with spice". That term can mean an infinite amount of stupendous and horrendous things. Too loose a term for me to confidently purchase. But this beer kick ass! Cheers.

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Photo of Evoeater
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally coming back to my first Belgium. From a 750mL bottle into a La Chouffe glass.

A- Nice head, but it dropped quickly. Cloudy appearance.

S - Sweet smell with some wheat.

T - Sweet with a beautiful wheat/yeast flavor. Just enough hops to keep it interesting. I don't know how to properly describe it, but it is nothing short of amazing.

M - Smooth with a nice medium mouth feel. Easy to drink.

O - Amazing beer. After returning to it much later, I finally appreciate the complex flavor and composition. One of the best in this category and a great beer all around. Highly recommended.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Big green bottle. Best before 2008. Hazy orange with specs of floaties. Huge rocky head leaving patchy lace.

S - Yeasty and spicy with citrusy undertones. Slightly medicinal and alcoholic, but by no means "boozy". Slightly musty as well, as it warms.

T - First up, bread and butter. Grapefruit and tangerine comes in next. A touch of bitterness shows up as well, with the grapefruit. Finish is a mild bitterness than lingers along with spiciness.

M - Slick and syrupy. Finishes very dry.

D - Very good.

Edit: After putting the rest of the bottle in w/ yeast, it's (not surprisingly) much more opaque. Mouthfeel is much fuller and taste sweeter and mellower, and the problem with floaties has gone away. Seems to be more warming as well (that could be because I've had half the bottle though...) I would recommend having this one with the yeast in, after carefully pouring most of the bottle and doing the "swirling the lees around" trick to dissolve the floaties.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great belgian beer, not sweet but well balanced. Pours golden hazy and smell is very complex. Fruit esters and spices. Taste is strong, alcohol is perceptible, not very sessionable but a great beer overall.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a re-review from my first review below. This time I had a big wine bottle of the stuff, must have been newer. Smells great - spicy & aromatic. Beautiful color too. Taste is sweet, wheaty/malty and subtly spicy and flowery. Wonderful. If it always will taste like this bottle I just had, this is one of the finest beers in the world.


Paid 2.49 for a single. This is my first experience with the happy gnome, who provides me first with a sparkling golden liquid that froths so much the 1/2" head quickly becomes 2" of head. Smells strangely like homebrew gone bad (it's not pasteurized), sort of metallic and resinous. Tastes real good though, mellow, not spiced like the label claims. All in all a good brew, with hidden alcohol so you can quaff this one pretty good, but be careful.

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Photo of joecast
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. best before 2007.
for this review im going to assume this beer is fairly young, belgians use candi sugar to increase abv%, and i know a little about BSPAs.

odd label on the back (guessing its from the importer though there is no "imported by" on it). reads "important shake well before opening". seeing as i dont have any glass to hold the entire contents, im sure it will get shaken enough after several pours.

fairly loud hiss as i pop the cap hints at the lively carbonation. initial pour ends up with about 75% foam in the glass. oops.
this settles fairly quickly to almost no head at all. below average head retention leaves quite a bit of lacing. slightly cloudy golden color with streams of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.
subsequent pours continue forming a rather large head, but the retentionability improves.

mouth watering aroma. some apple cider, and a little winey. for the style, this would be about perfect. slightly floral and some yeastiness that is apparent in some belgians i have tried.
no contribution from any malt, probably due to the use of sugars.

fantastically smooth tatse. any taste from the alcohol (which there is some) lacks harshness. goes down almost like sugar water. im finding it difficult to describe the taste. lack of hop bitterness is expected, but it doesnt leave it sweet or unbalanced.
usually beers are described as malty or hoppy. la chouffe seems to fall into a different category all together, as it really doesnt fit into either of those.

mouthfeel is full but not overwhelming. it fits in just right for a beer of this magnitude.

that little gnome on the bottle has earned a bit of respect from me tonight. hides the alcohol incredibly well. the sediment in the bottle settles out very quickly making it easy to get the most beer for the buck. of course, if you want the dregs, that can be made to happen as well.
ive gone with a 5 for drinkability, but a 750 would be best enjoyed in moderation, or shared. this is so easy to drink it could get dangerous.

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Photo of RedLion
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy gold color, with a huge fluffy off white foam that sits gently on the top.

Smell: This beer has wonderful floral and citrus aromas with just a hint of spice.

Taste: Intoxicating. I've never had anything like this before. Grapefruit, apples, very clean.

Mouthfeel: Way too easy to drink. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer from the bottle, but is absolutely a "can't miss" on tap! My first bottle was a disappointment, but who knows how long it had been on the shelf. Later bottles were much better.

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Photo of bonns42
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle poured into a Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass.

Presents as a hazy straw with a light, foamy, off-white persistent head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Lively carbonation keeps little bubbles moving throughout the beer.

Aromas of fresh-cut grass, hay, pear, and bubblegum. Aromas are surprisingly light, much lighter than previous bottles I've had.

Full flavor profile of biscuity malt, with apple, pear, and perhaps some grape sneaking in on the finish. Low hop bitterness, maybe some light noble hop bitterness on the end to keep the maltiness from lingering too long. Fresh-cut grass again on the finish.

The sweet attack feels heavy on the tongue, but the active carbonation helps keep the beer from feeling oppressive. Feeling lasts a few seconds after swallowing, then it evaporates up through the nose, providing a second chance at catching the farmhouse aromas.

Overall, this is such an awesome beer. Full of aroma, full of flavor, with an interesting feel, this is truly a winner and one of my favorite beers ever. Costco sells 750 mL magnums, so I can grab this whenever I need a good beer fix.

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