La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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La ChouffeLa Chouffe

Brewed by:
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 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml green bottle (2 bottles actually), shared amongst friends, at a great summer barbeque.
Shimmering golden yellow body, slightly cloudy appearance. Tight white foam and loads of lace. Lots of aromas, yeast, orange citrus, slight clove spice. Refreshing, clean taste with lots of flavor. Bready malt to start, sweetish fruit notes, like green apple. Slight bitterness at the end. Finishes with a wheat beer-like yeastiness, maybe even banana, and peppery spice. The body is moderate towards heavy, dense and creamy, but the high level of carbonation keeps it easy to drink.
Clean and crisp, very drinkable on a hot summer day, no burn from the well hidden 8% ABV.
A great example of a Belgian Blonde.

Note to Self: Ranked #6 Belgian Strong Pale Ale, and down the list at #73 Top Belgian, when I reviewed it.

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

Belgian blondes... I like them. And of course the beers are great too. La Chouffe is an interesting sort with a picture of a garden gnome on the bottle. It conjures up images of garden gnomes sitting round a toadstool drinking the brew from steins made out of twigs perhaps plotting to overthrow the rose bed or conquer the birdbath for themselves... it looks like we have a brewer with a sense of humour, who also happens to be Belgian.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice.

A: Has a fine goldenrod body with a touch of cloudiness. The head is 1cm densely packed beige affair and as a whole the appearance invites one to quaff.

S: There's a lot of the classic Belgian blond characters here; dry yeast, orange peel, crisp acidic apples, stone-fruit and a hint of cloves... even more inviting.

T: Polyphenolic! This is quite a taste experience in a glass. Starts out with sourdough bread-like characters and moves to a sweet apple ferment with stone-fruit followed by a light bitterness and astringency in the finish. World class balance of flavours up there with the Trappist ales for its uniqueness.

M: The body is mid to heavy with a light but dense and creamy carbonation which works well with the style.

D: You can quite easily forget this is 8% ABV while drinking this as the alcohol is well hidden and the mouthfeel is not sticky like other beers at this percentage. A very fine brew and further proof that the Belgians are the greatest brewers on the planet. The only thing holding me back from drinking more often? The price. Does it topple the mighty Duvel? It's a close one.

Food match: Brasserie fare; light roast game bird with a garden salad, goats cheese and desserts such as tiramisu or strawberry shortcake.

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

Hazy golden color with a rocky white head with very good retention and lacing. There is a good deal of sediment floating in the glass. The aroma has grapes, pears, lemon, pale malts, and coriander.

The taste is much like the aroma. Lemons, pears, grapes, pale malts, yeast, coriander, and pepper. Sweet,dry, nice light amount of hop bitterness.

Light to medium bodied, above average carbonation, finishes somewhat sweet and dry. Well made.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,561 ratings.
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