La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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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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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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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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,630 ratings