La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Brasserie d'Achouffe

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

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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.


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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%

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3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle.

The colour is hazy golden yellow, with bubbles rising to the top. Thick head when poured, remains about 1/4 intact after a while, leaving lacing on the glass.

Smells of caramel and alcohol.

Taste is bitter, the high alcohol is no traceable.

Medium thickness on the palate.

Overall a very good beer.

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3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I freaking love yeast in beer. This one really shows off the thick cloudy chunky yeast. The blend of golden straw color and orange chunks of yeast is nice but not amazing.

Rich caramel sweetness that enhances the spiced apples, plums, and raisens.

Smoother bready caramel with layer upon layer of rich dark fruits, apples, and a nice hint of spice.

The 8% here doesn't really get noticed, but the smooth and creamy body really does work.

This isn't my style, but damn it's good. A great example of an ok style.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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2.92/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 32oz growler into a wide-mouthed glass.

A: Dirty amber with a cluster of soapy off-white bubbles.

S: Weak, sugary water with some bubblegum and clove phenols that just plain don't smell that good.

T: Follows the smell. Tastes like the watered-down remains of what may have been a good beer. Rough phenols and harsh beerish water taste. Carbonation is abrasive.

D: Dumped the last few oz of my growler. This is off and I'm pretty dissappointed.

Overall: Not sure what was up witht this keg, but this was not a good beer. Tasted old, undercarbonated, underattenuated and maybe even infected. Lots of off-flavours and roughness. Not good.

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3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle, best before March 2014.

Appearance: With a careful pour down the side of the glass, got just under a finger of off-white foam, dissipated in under a minute. Expected a bit more after reading other reviews. Brown-shade amber in color, with just a few visible bubbles. Just a bit of lacing over a quarter of the glass as I drank.

Smell: Caramel, candy sugar, citrus and a slight spice note; nutmeg?

Taste: Refreshing bitterness, but without a lot of the maltiness I expected. Is this La Chouffe? Maybe it's being faked here in China. There is a zing in the flavor, but not much of the aroma is reflected in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. The bitterness is up front and personal. Slight alcohol presence detectable. Very dry, with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall: I was expecting more. It has been a while since I had La Chouffe, but I thought it would have more body and a more complex flavor profile. Are they tuning this to the Chinese palate? I'll try it again once I return to the States, but this experience was mediocre.

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4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Two finger frothy head on a dark golden hazy body with nice lacing. Aroma is excellent with a distinct musty floral note with a fruity background. Taste is also on the floral side. The coriander is robust in the one with a semi sweet fruit flavor as well. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. I enjoyed this one and will get it again.

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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours a golden body with lots of carbonation. The retention is good.

Smell: Sweet malts, floral notes from the hops, Belgian yeast and a hint of clove can all be detected immediately.

Taste: The "Belgian Twang" from the yeast hits immediately followed by a prominent coriander flavor. Banana, clove, and alcohol are more noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouth feel: Dryness and carbonation are wonderfully balanced. I was expecting a little more dryness from the hops but the overall feel does a good job of enhancing the flavors on the tongue.

Overall: This is a delicious Pale Ale I hope to revisit in the future, well balanced in every aspect.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,637 ratings