La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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4.21/5
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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:
#1,089
Reviews:
928
Ratings:
2,648
pDev:
10.21%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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227
Gots:
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Photo of watthree
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was a little hard to see the color because it was very dark in the bar, but it seemed fairly golden with a thin head.

Smell was somewhat spicy with only a hint of fruit. Maybe a hint of sweet.

Taste was crisp, with hints of spice and sweet along with peach notes.

Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is apparent.

Alcohol was very subtle for an 8% beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of sfprint
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exp 11/2012
A: Puffing column of carbonation up the center, sediment city, oranger than a moderately steeped black tea. head resembles boiled noodle scum.
S: Alcohol apparent though dressed up as a thickness, peachish syrup, moderately yeasty, floral.
T: A hair tart/bitter although I tried to keep out the yeast. Preserved peachy fruitiness, with a floral punch at the end which i find quite special and nice.
S: on the soft side with soft carbonation. a hair creamy.
O: Pretty darn good for the style.

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2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of no8
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a green 25.4oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Mellow golden haze with a head of fine bubbles, devolving into some wispy traces on the beer's surface. Light lacing.

S: Light pale malt and yeast, with some mild peach and nectarine and classic Belgian yeast, white wine-like.

T: Dry apricot, unripe white peach, vanilla cake, slight hop bite flashes by, golden raisin, assertive yeast, mellow honey. Alcohol is almost unnoticably melted into the yeast-malt flavors.

M: Very fine but pervasive carbonation. No alcohol bite.

O: Alcohol, like most good Belgians, is very well-hidden. Classic Belgian pale profile; very smooth and tasty but nothing jumps out as extremely special.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark gold and cloudy with hints of brown. A medium almost white head forms and is quick to go. Fine lacing is left behind as the tulip is emptied.

Smell is of that Belgian yeast, clove, coriander. A light citrus hops and candy.

Taste is complex, caramel and lightly toasty malts up front with the spices throughout, yet not overpowering. A nice tangy yeast on the finish.

The medium bodied brew feels light and smooth. The fine bubbles make this easy to drink, and I want to drink more.

What a nice beer. Great complexity yet relatively easy to drink. The gnomes are coming to my house again.

DOA

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,648 ratings