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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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,012
Reviews:
916
Ratings:
2,611
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
222
Gots:
608
Trade:
2
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Photo of jwhancher
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at a Philly bottle shop for ~$7.00. Knew this was a little much, but because I was brewing a blonde ale this weekend with the La Chouffe strain I decided the price was worthy for research. Allowed the bottle to warm up for 20 minutes out of the fridge prior to sampling.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with nice fluffy white head that dissipates to a thin coating with nice Belgian lacing on the wide-mouth glass sides.

S: Aromas of wheat, fresh bread, lemon peel, coriander, green apple, subtle spices and the typical Belgian Ardennes yeast characteristic.

T: Lemon with a nice bitter bite. Sharpness due to seemingly high carbonation. Wheat is evident with a fresh, doughy white bread-like taste.

M: Feels light to medium. Bitterness & sweetness give balance to one another. Refreshing.

O: A very well brewed artisan beer. Has typical Belgian qualities. Would seem great in the summer months. Glad to have tried, but was expecting a little more complexity.

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Photo of Patrickpress
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Treb0R
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Arborescence
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, golden/light brown. Pours a perfect white two finger head, which recedes fairly quickly.

Aroma: Malt and herb-like hops, medicinal qualities, yeasty aromas typical for this type of Belgian Ale.

Taste: Balanced mix of fruity/floral sweetness and malt, with slight bitterness and intriguing herb-like characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but robust, medium or almost heavy body.

Overall: It's a classic, of course, a near-perfect representative of its style. Always a pleasure, although it could be more adventurous.

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Photo of ltdantheman
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of mikem0487
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ChelseaD
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of KalanM
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of claspada
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a lightly hazy, golden-hued color with a rather large wispy, white head that recedes to leave some light spotty lacing.

Smell: Aromas bgein with golden blossom honey and some generic rock candy sweetness. As it warms you get some herbal and spice notes of coriander, herbaceous grass and some lavendar perfuminess. There are also green apple skin notes.

The tastes begin with the same sweet, honeyish maltiness with some emerging sweet fruitiness highlighted by lemon, green apple and almost a pineapple twang. As it warms you get the grassy hops and spicy, drying yeasty flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-plus carbonation. Finish is on the drier end but appropriate for any classic Belgian ale.

Overall while this is not my favorite of the "Chouffes" it is still a quality example of the style and probably one of my favorite of the Belgian Pale Ale category. The Ardennes yeast is less phenolic and estery than many other Belgian yeast strains which makes this much more drinkable and enjoyable overall.

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Photo of producerchris82
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tastymug
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of spoony
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-An orange-tinted brew. Mostly clear with a fair amount of visible carbonation. The head was two fingers of shiny, dirty-white foam, and pretty thin to start, but it receded into a dense cap that never really left.

S-I picked up a little bit of green apple to go along with the spicy orange, sweet alcohol, and light malts. There was just a hint of hoppiness, too. Nice complexity to the smell, but pretty subtle.

T-The apple is mostly gone and the taste is nicely integrated alcohol (the alcohol heat and spice are definitely noticeable, but these characteristics enhance the beer), along with some citrus and light malt. I noticed a trace of bitter, peppery hops as the beer finishes.

M-Lighter to medium bodied with pretty substantial carbonation. The carbonation carries the beer through your taste buds and into your throat, but the beer never feels overly gassy.

O-I knew I loved the Chouffe and this beer confirmed that for me. Subtle aroma, perfectly integrated flavors, and excellent balance on the mouth. This a beer you could drink a lot of and never get tired of it. A great example of how things don't need to be overdone to be good.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,611 ratings
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