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:
The gnomes of Fairyland are particularly fond of this golden beer. LA CHOUFFE, with its slight hoppy taste, combining notes of fresh coriander and fruity tones, is the drink which gives them their zest for life. At least, that's what these imps say when they are thirsty. Their secret used to be jealously guarded from one generation to the next until the day they shared the recipe with humans to seal their friendship. Of all the legends from the wonderful region of the Belgian Ardennes, the tale of LA CHOUFFE is the one which most merits re-telling.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,074
Reviews:
927
Ratings:
2,644
pDev:
10.21%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours with the slightest of haze. Thick, doughy head flares off to a fine bubbly skin with clusters and patches in certain areas. Head is bleached and leaves light lacing islands.

S-Candied cracker malt with plenty of Belgian yeast and noble hoppiness. Cloves and other spices along with pale-fleshed fruits. A well balanced trio of yeast, hops and malt. Sweetens after every sniff.

T-The spices set up the cracker malt which leads into the hops. Pears set atop crackers. Yeast creeps in during the middle. A slight bit of barny funk and hay. Definitely getting the clove and coriander combo. Lemon zest too.

M-Light and incredibly drinkable with plentiful, yet soft carbonation. Medium bitterness. Booze hidden quite excellently.

O/D-I enjoyed their Dobbelen more but this one is no slouch. The large bottle will disappear quite quickly. Balanced and well-crafted.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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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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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,644 ratings