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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

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

Bottle with best before date of 6/17/14 poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Golden pale straw yellow, translucent with one finger of thick, bubbly white head and good lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, banana, clove, bready malts.

T - A dry bitterness up front with some floral notes from the hops present. Belgian yeast, banana, clove, spice and a touch of orchard fruit are present as well. The finish is dry and bitter and lingers slightly on the tongue.

M -Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL quart bottle picked up from the LCBO; best before July 2014. This is a style I don't get around to trying very often, although I've never had one that I didn't like. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden colour with a tinge of orange; extremely effervescent with bubbles constantly storming to the surface of the liquid. Lofty, uneven head of silky froth; nearly three fingers thick at first and coloured a sparkling pearl white. Sticky lacing remains on the sides of the glass as the head gradually seeps away. The aroma is nice I guess, but nothing special. Plenty of Belgian yeast, light spices and fruity pear esters and lemon zest. Nice, but kind of subdued in terms of intensity.

Enjoyable taste; fairly well balanced but leaning toward the sweet side. Bready malts combine with honey, pears, red apples and apricot, which leads into an herbal, grassy finish that dries the palate off nicely. Yeasty, grassy aftertaste that lingers briefly. Some coriander spiciness is evident as well, and the ethanol is nowhere to be seen. Medium-bodied, with rather heavy carbonation to give it a solid, crisp bite. Highly drinkable, though I'd recommend sharing this portion size with another person or two.

[Updated Aug 14 2016]

330 mL bottle from the LCBO, picked up in 2015 and cellared for less than a year. Best before Jan 2017. A high-quality example of the style that I wish I could return to more frequently - this is the first time I've had it in nearly 5 years. It boasts more overripe fruit flavours than some examples of this style, with a nice bite of coriander spice, as well as excellent balance and dangerous drinkability. La Chouffe is arguably amongst the best that this style has to offer, and absolutely worth trying at least once.

Final Grade: 4.24, an excellent A-.

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