La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,025
Reviews:
922
Ratings:
2,621
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie d'Achouffe "La Chauffe"
33 cl brown glass bottle, "Best before end 07 2018..."

Look: A slightly hazy deep gold body is capped by a finger thick head of loose creamy white that holds remarkably well. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweetish malt with the distinct La Chouffe yeast and delicate fruit and spice (mainly coriander).

Taste: As the aroma suggests. The sweetish malt is light, and "golden", without any caramel to it although there might be some wheat in play. The fruitiness is soft as well, and apple-like, and the spiciness from the yeast and coriander is delicate. The alcohol never shows, although its presence is felt. It balances nicely, and a moderate bitterness rounds it out, leaving it with some residual sweetness in the finish that the light spice and alcohol help to dry out.

Feel: Light-medium in body and remarkably soft and creamy with a very delicate, fine-bubbled, effervescent and "airy" carbonation.

Overall: A classic! Superbly balanced and way too easy to drink at 8.0% ABV.

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Photo of JSG18
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Ever so hazy straw gold with a white head of large bubbles
Smell: Bubblegum, clove, yeasty, barn-y
Taste: Straw, lemonpeel, wet hay, yeasty, bread, sweet fruits like apple
Feel: Light and airy, smooth bubbles
Overall: An excellent example of a Belgian beer

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Photo of Afeo
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 9300Beerlover
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

A very nice clear golden hue with a generous head and lacing. Aroma had fruity hints as well as some spices. The taste was a gentle following of the nose. A medium bodied well carbonated beer. A very nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of DavetotheB
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schavuytje
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the Duvel a gnome that jumps everywhere in between has already tasted before but never judged: soft foaming gold malt taste with notes of fruit, coriander and a co2 pitted bitter hopper good but not exciting

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4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jera1350
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of pkalix
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dawon
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bb-magic
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of McWooze
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattSn
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(11.2 oz bottle, best before 07 2018 - POURED INTO MY CHOUFFE TULIP!!)

[review based on 2/3 pour of bottle into glass, leaving bulk of sediment in bottle]

L: near crystal-clear gold liquid; huge rocky cottony pad of foam, 2+ fingers high... mountainous chunky lace rivulets

S: coriander, grapefruit peel w/ some scabby flesh still attached, vaguely ginger-y spice - altogether quite reminiscent of La Fin du Monde... note of gummy candy in the background

T: clean cereal malt backbone with a soft (circus peanut-y) banana thread, finishing with some of the coriander and a touch of bubblegum in the aftertaste... subtle (honeyish) sweetness of malt and alcohol does emerge a bit with successive sips, as does mild metallic, leafy bitter notes... the yeast character seems to add a subtle, unique, creamy, nougat-y note - a lovely idiosyncratic thread throughout their line

F: whisper-soft, quasi-satiny body, with a dry (but not sharp) finish and delicate warm afterglow... the alcohol presence is mellow enough that this feels like a 6.5% hefeweizen or kellerbier, more or less... I could easily slog (or slug?) a pitcher of this

O: solid, spiced Belgian strong that always stands up nicely among it's similarly nuanced contemporaries (La Fin, Karmeliet, et al)... I've got the glass, gotta drink it more I guess

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

Photo of BeerBelly69
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong in smell, colour and flavour.

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Photo of Metalsnota
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,621 ratings
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