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:
2,561
Reviews:
905
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
580
For Trade:
2
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Photo of shigg85
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this from the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Poured into a white wine glass. Light golden hue with a thick thick white head. Strong hops with a bit of grapefruit and other citrus members in this. The flavor was a bit sour in areas where I don't think it was trying to be sour, but overall, this was a beautiful strong Belgian pale. The gnome on the front of the bottle is cute, too, and definitely adds to the advertising when most beer is trying to be intimidating.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally beer labels never factor into a review, however La Chouffe bottles with the labels the are reminiscent of whimsy, fresh air and summer good times, who couldn't love a beer gnome? It sets up the beer perfectly as a comforting familiar drink, ready for patios and back yard good times.

A: It pours a hazy apple cider colour with 1 finger of white mini bubbles. Reasonably good retention with lacing across the cap.

S: Fruity sweet scents of apple, pear and banana. Smell of pale malts and spices of cloves and coriander. Slight hints of alcohol similar to over ripe fruit, but not at all over powering, and towards the end a scent of milled hand soaps, something similar soap candies.

T: Sweet malts and forward yeast with spicy notes of pepper, coriander and cloves. Mild hints of dry orange peel and mild fruit fermented alcohol and a minor bit of bitterness tat rounds out the smooth malts.

M: Light to medium viscosity with medium carbonation and finished crisp and dry.

O: Well rounded pleasant and drinkable brew. Excellent companion with food, like bar-b-que chicken or white fish, and well as vegetarian and soft cheese. Also enjoyable on it's own. Definitely worth the try I could see getting to be good friends with the gnome.

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Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 24/01/15. 750ml bottle.

Beer is golden amber with a large, frothy, white head. Dissipates quite quickly, leaving a film.

Nose consists of candied fruit. orange, sugar, sweet malt, yeast and some spice. A nice smell but a bit on the sweet side.

The sweet malt is upfront in the taste, rather bready. Candied fruit there as well, with orange, lemon and some green grape. White pepper and a general spicy taste. Alcohol noticeable.

Medium bodied, a bit thin. Strong carbonation.

Overall, I like this beer but it does not live up to its reputation, IMO.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jonb5
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into large tulip shaped wine glass. Pale golden colour, slight haze which increased, medium thin textured head which was well retained. Aroma was phenol, yeast and clove. Tasted sour fruits and clove, fairly bitter. Finish had a hint of booze, although it didn't dominate the flavour. Decent carbonation, medium body, coarse. Overall good, but not complex enough to be great.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

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