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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Belgian. Check. Delicious. Of course. Hadn't seen this one, a relative of the outstanding Duvel as I understand it, so picked it up and enjoyed. It is everything you would expect a high quality genuine Belgian to be. Enjoy.

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Photo of Act25
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad to make this review #1001.
$14.99-10%=$13.50 4 pack at WFM = $3.40 each. Great deal.

As fine an every day Belgian as can be found, when you cannot afford Chimay, Duvel, or delirium.

A) Pours a cloudy honey body with a pillowy, rocky head; pasting a streaming lace pattern on the tulip glass.

S) Powerful lemony, yeasty, grassy, white pepper, coriander, and spice, with sweet, honey/rock candy high notes.

T) Follows smell, with upfront dry and spicy, lemon and coriander, then the intertwined sweet and herbal flavors build into a complex twist. Finally, the grassy hops and yeast wash your mouth peppery clean.

F) Medium body, creamy, with abundant carbonation.

O) Complex, excellent brew true to its craft. Drink at cask temperature.

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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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Photo of BethanyB
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The head is a giant, white pillow of merengue resting atop a slightly blurry body of lemon and honey coloring. The smell is so strong, it gets sucked into the throat. Fortunately, it's a good one: equal parts key lime pie and lemon tart, plus white pepper, cloves and coriander. The taste is softer and sweeter: apricots and nectarines floating in cream over a doughy, shortbread pie crust. Medium carbonation gives the medium-light body a soft, sea foamy feel which actually contributes to the billowing effervescence of the style. While cited as a classic example of the style, La Chouffe has a bit too much of a malty character for me: the biscuity underlayer of the taste makes the fruit and spice less sharp, less lively. Still, this is a thoughtful, refined beer with a gentleness which defies its alcohol content to a remarkable extent.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Review: 330 ml Bottle of La Chouffe: ABV: 8%

La Chouffe is an unfiltered blond beer that re-ferments both in the barrel and from the bottle.

On pour got a big frothy white head that retained, with a golden appearance that later settled down to an orange hazy cloudy hue. Some small carbonation and some thin lacing. Not bad looking.

Very fruity aroma which I found very nice, lemon, orange, banana, a variety of fruits on the nose.

Also found the fresh coriander on the nose

Smells good, sweet malts on nose too.

Smelled quite strong, with the Belgian yeast also apparent, but overall it was a nice, pleasant smell and well balanced.

Ok, it is another one of these strong tasting Belgian Ales that I find difficult to appreciate. Strong Has a lot of fruit flavours in it, lime, bananas, peaches, apples……and the coriander that seems to be prominent throughout.

Found it quite similar to the Delirium Tremens which I reviewed not too long ago. Not quite the same style of beer I know, but unlike that beer, I found this one much more palatable on the stomach and taste buds.

Bitter aftertaste, very bitter. Not bad though, grows on you with the gentle floral hops

A bit of a slow burner, and quite tasty, albeit strong in the alcohol. I definitely do feel the alcohol kicking away. Yeasty! But having said that it is not too overbearing with the alcohol, manageable.

After the second bottle, I think it isn’t too bad, not great, but ok, a nice crisp taste, but would like to try a few more to give a more definite review.

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Photo of Piercan
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Belgian tripple pale ale. Available nationwide in France in select pubs. Draught and bottles.
I only enjoyed it draught in pint glasses.
Beautiful clear gold colour. Moderate taste of alcohol. The usual belgian spices.
To be compared with the somewhat smoother Karmeliet Trippel.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flower Power!

This yeasty blonde packs a punch at 8% and once past the initial floral hit is quite easy drinking. The key is to slow down and savour this one as it definitely grows on you.

The impressive foamy head is lost pretty quickly which is a shame, and there is a quick fizz on the tongue, which does not linger.

This isn't my kind or brew to be honest, but think of a quality whit beer and double it!

You should definitely try this one, if only to get that end of your beer tasting spectrum calibrated!

LaChouffe Boof Boof!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy gold with thick foamy head and sticky lacing. Smells amazing, sour biscuit, fruit, and honey. I am blown away on the taste, this Belgium is perfect, soft balance of yeast, fruit, honey, and a very mild bite. The feel is very smooth, not overpowering but so full of flavor its amazing. I love this style beer and have to say this is one of my top picks now, just all around good. Will be stocking some in fridge for sure.

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Photo of scootny
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! this is such a great beer and I keep forgetting to review it. So many great beers, so little time. This one pours with a huge head and a deep lightly cloudy gold color. Scads of lacing and a light covering remain after a slow fade.

The nose is so sweet and vibrant with honey, powdery yeast, light pepper and other spices like coriander and notes of vanilla. A bit of cookie dough and light wafts of pear and golden delicious apples. Floral hops make me think noble. More Hallertau than Saaz but it could be any of the usual suspect as they ore gentle but firm in the execution of their duties.

Taste is classic. What you smell is what you get. Honeyed malt. Belgian yeast and spices. Pears, apples, cookie dough. Dry lightly powdery finish. Nice clean and short. It has some soap, bitters, a flash of alcohol. Then nothing but light clean malt and faint herbal hops. The booze is so light you have to look for it. The bottle says serve at 50-55 degrees. The bottle is right. So much flavor is hidden at typical lager temps that you are simply robbing yourself if you drink this too cold.

Feel is superb. Medium weight has just enough heft to encourage you to let it sit on your tongue. While an easy drinking beer the real joy is in savoring this one.

One of the best BSPAs I've had.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy golden body with a lot of effervescent white head. The scent is sweet with yeast-produced notes of apricot, honey, and pear coming through. The taste is quite similar, with a mute hop bitterness at the back of the palate as well. Nice beer!

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one really comes at you with the yeasty bread flavor and smell. The undertones are tart apple and maybe peach....Definitely the right mix of coriander... And the feel is pretty good. The carbonation isn't overwhelming--so it doesn't finish as dry as you might expect from a strong ale, but it still has some zip. Well worth the buy! And great bottle art!

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Photo of Samlover55
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

.750 ml bottle into Libbey Tulip
BB 3/2017
L- pours a dark gold almost brown with a huge fluffy white head, leaves lacing
S- yeasty doughiness with spices
T- is sweet and spicy with coriander playing a big role, and yeasty finish
F- thick and full-bodied and heavily carbonated, the feel is amazing
Overall this Belgian Strong Pale Ale is an quite good with the coriander clearly setting apart from its peers

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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 EmperorBevis
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Slightly hazy golden body with big foaming white head
Cloves and caramel aroma
Slight spiced flavour with booze
Good stuff

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden orange with an immense egg shell head. Lots of lacing and the head settles to a half pinky through the drink. Amazing aromas and flavors: complex spiciness with powdered pepper and coriander and cloves, juicy fruit flavors of peach and lime zest, all rounded out by a bready malt presence. Feels like champagne in the mouth, dry and lingering and effervescent. An amazing brew.

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Photo of bsp77
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of bread, banana, citrus, some funk and lots of pepper and spiciness. After sitting for a few minutes, the aroma turns more sour, musty and earthy.

Lots of flavor and definitely spicy, with pepper, clove, coriander and light floral hops. Banana, bread, peach and citrus round out the taste. Very effervescent but the finish isn't quite as clean or dry as I hoped. Very good Belgian Strong Ale overall.

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Photo of Pontzie
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Thick fluffy head over a golden beer. Relatively simple and straightforward in appearance.

S: Awesome bready smell. Perfect amount of yeasty sourness offset by bright citrus notes. Hints of a grassy field. Hops were present but not overpowering

T: Easy to have a few too many of these. The yeasty sourness present from the aroma gives way to pleasant citrus and floral hops flavor. The finish is very smooth for the alcohol content.

F: Balanced carbonation that lead to a very smooth drink.

O: Very pleasing to drink. I will keep it on my short list of beers worth a revisit. Very good example of Belgian Ale and everything that these beers should be

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredible marshmallow snow-white head that keeps building. Brew is straw-gold and exceptionally lively.

Quite a bit of spicy Belgian yeast on the nose. Grainy; not overly sweet.

Flavor follows, albeit with a very noticeable sweet bubblegum flavor. It's a fairly strong BPA, pleasant enough but without any real strong points that would make it stand out against Duvel.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 33 cL bottle (best before "09 2017") poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Hazy orange gold with a tall head of frothy white foam; spotty lace and a cap of white froth persist.

Smell: Fresh, yeasty white bread with orange zest, fruity esters and coriander.

Taste: Pale malt body with stone fruit and honey sweetness, black pepper, spicy yeast and gently floral hops. Finishes clean despite its sweet notes.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, but remains crisp and refreshing with excellent effervescence. Alcoholic burn sneaks in towards the end.

Overall: Full, complex but very drinkable - great balance of fruit, spice and crisp finish.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery orange color, cloudy. Foam White tall, quite good persistence, very ugly cracks.
The aroma of fruit and floral, fruit dominate among oranges and apples, it is quite delicate and rather dry, malty, light notes of yeast and honey.
Taste: the fruit, apples, oranges, soft banana and a bit earthy accents. Finish slightly acidic, dry.
Bitterness clear and intense, fruity. High saturation, quickly gives a feeling of satiety. Alcohol perfectly hidden.

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Photo of jimmyeng
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.33cl bottle poured into snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color with thick white head. Lacing/retention was pretty average, at least for my pour.

S: This is where the beer really shines. Very bready with strong notes of yeast, grass, pepper, and flowery hops, and more subtle notes of honey and orange. Totally unique smell, and it comes through loud and clear from initial pour to the last drop.

T: Different from the smell. Spicy, floral taste up front followed by tastes of honey and clove. I didn't notice the "fruity" character that others have mentioned, and didn't find the beer very sweet at all. Nonetheless an absolutely delicious beer, and alcohol is masked well.

F: Surprisingly light and drinkable, given the ABV. Carbonation was moderate. Could drink a dangerous number of these.

O: This is an incredible beer. Perfect example of the style and yet a totally unique experience. Get one.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass. Pale orangey yellow with a big, loose white head. Hung around for quite a bit and left some lacing.

Lots of spicy yeast aroma on the nose with banana and clove. More floral n otes coming through as it warms.

Palate is great with spice, banana, clove some pepper and some celery according to my wife who always tastes the beers I review and I trust her judgment implicitly.

Mouth is nice. Perhaps a little too much carbonation. Not sure if its artificial or not. If not it's forgiven.

Overall a really great beer. Big flavour, complex, boozy without being hot.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle

Appearance: hazey orange with medium carbonation, 2 finger head, no lacing. Looked more like a tripel than a BSPA.

Smell: this is one of the letdowns I found on this much praised beer. I got honey notes and some bitter orange peel. The fruitiness seemed to be muted. Not bad, but not great as expected.

Taste: I found it sweet at the beggining, honey, and grainy malts . All this with a prominent spiciness and a slight metallic twang I did not enjoy that much. I don't think this is a great crafted beer, it's flavours not so well rounded as other beers of this style. The alcohol was totally well hidden.

Mouthfeel: the carbonation was medium, but felt very light in the mouth. The initial sweetness takes a back seat and a very bitter orange peel aftertaste gets its place.

Overall: I'll have to revisit this one some day, because I didn't get what so many people praise about this beer. Maybe my taste buds are burnt. In this initial review, I got to say this one is 2 or 3 steps under Duvel.

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Photo of cwbern
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this really great beer on tap in Belgium at a cafe recommended by the bar tender. The beer is a full beer with a good balance of malt flavor but appropriate nice hop smell and taste. Will have another

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Photo of Yoann
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Clear gold and hazy
S - Perfumed and Citrusy hops, artificial
T - Pretty sweet
M - Very carbonated
O - Feels too artificial

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