La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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La ChouffeLa Chouffe
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,571
Reviews:
907
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
588
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression-the model for a Unibroue. The licensed Quebec version is a harsh echo of it. The real thing is citrus, yes corriander and pepper, some yeast. Great floral smell. Terrific hops. A great over-the-top head that never quits. The beer that I can get people to switch from champagne.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Two finger frothy head on a dark golden hazy body with nice lacing. Aroma is excellent with a distinct musty floral note with a fruity background. Taste is also on the floral side. The coriander is robust in the one with a semi sweet fruit flavor as well. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. I enjoyed this one and will get it again.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Lab Brewing Company in Agoura Hills, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, fruits, spices, yeast, and some slight banana aromas. Taste is the same with a nice spice finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of the classics. i think this basically defines the genre of belgian strong pale ale. it has all the elements, and is one of the more balanced beers in this style thats out there. a little darker than golden, bright russet colored, with a tall white head that is vintage belgian. the nose is a showcase of this very dynamic yeast, as spice laden as it is fruity, and then bittering hops with a european grassiness. the flavor is quite similar, with a little grain sweetness on the front end before the yeast driven dry finish. carbonation is akin to champagne, and the beer is awfully drinkable and creamy for something thats 8% abv. very uncommon. i kind of always keep this beer in the back of my mind and internally compare all other belgian pales to it. very few stack up to la chouffe.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out with a nice golden color, the head was thick and white. The lacing was minimal but had a decent retention to it. The smell of the beer was slightly sweet, some grains on the nose and plenty of earthy hops and yeast. The taste of this beer is nicely balanced, grains and malts upfront that fade into a more dry and earthy aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and drinkable. Overall this beer is quite good, and would drink this along with any of the other Chouffe brews out there again.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was from a 750 ml bottle from bevmo, so who knows how old it was. The beer was a nice semi-dark golden color with a tall fluffy white head that had some moderate retention for a belgian beer. The only reason I didn't give the appearance a higher rating is that I could see yeast floating around in the bottle, and this is after it sat in the fridge for a week.

The aroma was very sweet and of belgian yeast (the high abv yeast that is used in a lot of tripels). The flavor was very nice. The extreme sweetness balanced out the 8% abv. I am assuming that the color and sweetness are from candi sugar. There is a moderate hop bitterness and a fairly high carbonation that give it some bite. Very nice.

This beer had a relatively heavy body which is somewhat rare with these belgian golden ales. I am hop head so I really like the thickness of the strong american ales. This was an extremely drinkable beer and will most certianly try it again.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear light yellow into a snifter glass with a large, white foamy head. A moderate level of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose has some funky citrusy, floral and sour aromas. It's not quite what you would expect from a typical saison.
T: Orangey flavors really stand out in the taste, along with some notes of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth from the level of carbonation.
D: This beer is a good sipper yet is also refreshing at the same time.

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4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see the draught version around these parts. The beer, as remembered, is a run for the top spot of beerdom. The pour is a hazy straw with hints of yeast and spiced in suspension. Good head retention and solid on carbonation promises creaminess and richness. Aromas release a juicy, mouthwatering plethera of ripe fruits, sweet malts, bold esters, tartness, and a splash of honey. The flavors are most bold with fruit flavors of peaches, pears, banannas, apples, lemons, appricots, mangos... Bold sweet malts swirl around the fruits and lend a full, rich cotton candy and bubblegum softness. Back-up notes of clove, corriander, curraco, ginger, and nutmeg gives a ton of variety to the brew. The feel is an anticipated rich, smooth, velvety blanket across the palate; soon washed by fruity tartness and alcoholic strength. Finishes with a mildly dry, clean fruit flavors. Simply a great beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml squat elfin bottle, in more ways than one.

This beer pours a frosted medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some random rickety lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly settles.

It smells of strong bready pale Belgian malt, sour orange and lemon citrus, earthy yeast, and a touch of grassy, leafy hops. The taste is astringent, tangy, and spicy citrus flesh, soft pale grainy malt, a sublime, understated barnyard yeastiness, and weak leafy, earthy hops. No sign of the 8 points of alcohol.

Still present after more than a few minutes worth of settling is a prevalent carbonation, one soft and frothy enough to render a smooth, medium-weight body. It finishes clean as it can be with the sugary malt and lingering yeast and orchard fruit, it all seeming somehow a tad ethereal.

A prototypical Belgian pale ale - grainy, moderately sweet, and the rest of the standard spice and booze elements very well integrated into the whole. Careful you don't trip over that oblivious little elf while polishing off this sneaky offering.

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3.62/5  rDev -13%
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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3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a big, rocky head; clumps of lace leave a nice pattern on the chalice

Smell: An interesting blend of smells - lemony, yeasty, grassy and spicy, with distinct sweet, candi sugar undertones reminiscent of bit o'honey

Taste: Starts out dry and spicy, with lemon and coriander as the main thread; while the herbal flavors build to mid-palate, they are joined by a sweet anise flavor to balance them out; after the swallow, the grassy hops and yeasty flavors rise to the fore but the finish combines all of the elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with copious carbonation

Overall: Lots of complexity for this one and well deserving of its reputation

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, golden orange hue with a thick, foamy, bubbly, two-finger head. It left lace on the tulip glass.

S - It smelled of Belgian yeast, spices, clove and hints of caramel.

T - Tasted very good. Spicy hoppiness with tons of yeasty flavors. Nice clove and banana-like flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great Belgian ale. It was nice to have it on tap.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an hazy blonde ale with a huge bubbly white head. Aroma is quite spicy with yeast also discernable. Taste is very refreshing with again strong spices (pepper?) and a yeasty finish. Good body and alcohol is not noticeable. This beer represent a quality example of a strong blonde Belgian ale, one can never go wrong with this one.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.16 out of 5 based on 2,571 ratings.
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