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:
2,556
Reviews:
901
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
575
For Trade:
2
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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle acquired at the MLCC. BB 02/2015. Poured fridge cold into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a clear straw with a nice fluffy white head that drops to a cap and leaves light lacing. Very nice nose of pepper, straw and hints of barnyard. Body has a fairly strong sweetness at first that later gets overpowered by earthy hop. Nice amount of pepper with notes of apple juice. Overall a fine beer, worth drinking more of.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Leffe goblet. ABV 8%.

A - Poured a deep gold with a slight haze and a 1 cm head. Head reduced to a long lasting thin cap. Good lacing.

S - Mandarins, spices, hint of mushrooms.

T - Sweet malts, light sour fruitiness, light spiciness, bitter finish with a slight alcohol burn.

M - Good carbonation, medium-heavy body, tangy, some sweet stickiness, burning & dry finish.

O - Pretty good. Drinkability is pretty good. The ABV sure sneaked up on me after 2 bottles.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent head that settles in a lumpy session. Some chunky lace on the glass. Cloudy, orange-gold color.

Pale malt start to the nose. There's a bit of chalkiness to the smell. There's light all spice and clove in the aroma as well.

Lightly sweet with a pepper kicker in the swallow. Rich body with an above average carbonation. In a word, smooth. Creamy finish with a touch alcohol showing up in the swallow. Very complex.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle to a Duvel tulip.

Golden yellow in the light with a thin but dense layer of white head. The foam settles to irregular blotches where the bubbles found the glass. There is significant lacing, but more when the drink goes back to the glass, not so much in layers like an IPA laces a glass. Lots of hay and barn aromas with lemon and pungent barley. Typical Belgian yeast produces clove and other spices, but it's delicate on the nose. This has a good amount of malt aroma in it compared to other Belgian Strong Pales, indicating a decent body. The taste starts and ends with the malt. A strong grainy, earthy flavor. Hops come in at the end to bitter it out. The bitterness warms over your tongue in as inviting a way as it can be. Grassy and nectary. Light and playful in feel, and a balanced finish which is different in a Belgian, considering how the yeast tends to work. Towards the end it does get a bit watery.

I can imagine a Belgian farmer making this his nightly drink. It's suggests to me so strongly of being made on a farm. It's earthy, spicy, and approachable. It's something I could have nightly, but not more than a glass. Where Duvel is delicate and complex, La Chouffe comes across as strong and proud, rigid in its strengths. I'd want this after a hard day's work in the yard. Great stuff.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden ale with lots of tiny bubbles. Large irregular foamy white head, as can be expected from Belgian pale ales.

S: Coriander with a load of spicy yeast.

T: Coriander. Hints at spice. No banana. Typically sour body with lots of fizz. A bit watery.

O: I hate coriander but it seems like a pretty sound beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml poured in proper La Chouffe tulip.

Sitting in the fridge for days and right through the bottle it is still ultra chunky looking (lots of floaties). Of course that won't stop me from drinking this beer, but its worth mentioning.

Kind of a apricot color. Beer is very murky. Cant see it but the carbonation level is quite high. The most mountainous frothy head! Sticks around forever as well. Laces the glass. Love it.

Smell is a marriage of yeast and spice. Really can't differentiate, but it smells delicious. Aroma is delicate. Slight fruit going on. Being delicate, it does fade.

Refreshing, tasty, complex and surprisingly alcoholic. Alcohol is mostly perceived in warmth. Hops lend a pine flavor. Bitterness is spot on. Malts really come through- solid grain and possibly wheat flavors. Ends with a variety of yeast flavors that seem to change and the beer temperature changes.

I wasn't sure about this one because of the term "brewed with spice". That term can mean an infinite amount of stupendous and horrendous things. Too loose a term for me to confidently purchase. But this beer kick ass! Cheers.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,556 ratings.
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