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:
2,542
Reviews:
899
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
212
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565
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Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bonns42
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle poured into a Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass.

Presents as a hazy straw with a light, foamy, off-white persistent head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Lively carbonation keeps little bubbles moving throughout the beer.

Aromas of fresh-cut grass, hay, pear, and bubblegum. Aromas are surprisingly light, much lighter than previous bottles I've had.

Full flavor profile of biscuity malt, with apple, pear, and perhaps some grape sneaking in on the finish. Low hop bitterness, maybe some light noble hop bitterness on the end to keep the maltiness from lingering too long. Fresh-cut grass again on the finish.

The sweet attack feels heavy on the tongue, but the active carbonation helps keep the beer from feeling oppressive. Feeling lasts a few seconds after swallowing, then it evaporates up through the nose, providing a second chance at catching the farmhouse aromas.

Overall, this is such an awesome beer. Full of aroma, full of flavor, with an interesting feel, this is truly a winner and one of my favorite beers ever. Costco sells 750 mL magnums, so I can grab this whenever I need a good beer fix.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timtac
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wroywel
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BethanyB
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The head is a giant, white pillow of merengue resting atop a slightly blurry body of lemon and honey coloring. The smell is so strong, it gets sucked into the throat. Fortunately, it's a good one: equal parts key lime pie and lemon tart, plus white pepper, cloves and coriander. The taste is softer and sweeter: apricots and nectarines floating in cream over a doughy, shortbread pie crust. Medium carbonation gives the medium-light body a soft, sea foamy feel which actually contributes to the billowing effervescence of the style. While cited as a classic example of the style, La Chouffe has a bit too much of a malty character for me: the biscuity underlayer of the taste makes the fruit and spice less sharp, less lively. Still, this is a thoughtful, refined beer with a gentleness which defies its alcohol content to a remarkable extent.

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Photo of Robertas
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Review: 330 ml Bottle of La Chouffe: ABV: 8%

La Chouffe is an unfiltered blond beer that re-ferments both in the barrel and from the bottle.

On pour got a big frothy white head that retained, with a golden appearance that later settled down to an orange hazy cloudy hue. Some small carbonation and some thin lacing. Not bad looking.

Very fruity aroma which I found very nice, lemon, orange, banana, a variety of fruits on the nose.

Also found the fresh coriander on the nose

Smells good, sweet malts on nose too.

Smelled quite strong, with the Belgian yeast also apparent, but overall it was a nice, pleasant smell and well balanced.

Ok, it is another one of these strong tasting Belgian Ales that I find difficult to appreciate. Strong Has a lot of fruit flavours in it, lime, bananas, peaches, apples……and the coriander that seems to be prominent throughout.

Found it quite similar to the Delirium Tremens which I reviewed not too long ago. Not quite the same style of beer I know, but unlike that beer, I found this one much more palatable on the stomach and taste buds.

Bitter aftertaste, very bitter. Not bad though, grows on you with the gentle floral hops

A bit of a slow burner, and quite tasty, albeit strong in the alcohol. I definitely do feel the alcohol kicking away. Yeasty! But having said that it is not too overbearing with the alcohol, manageable.

After the second bottle, I think it isn’t too bad, not great, but ok, a nice crisp taste, but would like to try a few more to give a more definite review.

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Photo of Piercan
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Belgian tripple pale ale. Available nationwide in France in select pubs. Draught and bottles.
I only enjoyed it draught in pint glasses.
Beautiful clear gold colour. Moderate taste of alcohol. The usual belgian spices.
To be compared with the somewhat smoother Karmeliet Trippel.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of crissxhou_96
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Satorn
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Bujon
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flower Power!

This yeasty blonde packs a punch at 8% and once past the initial floral hit is quite easy drinking. The key is to slow down and savour this one as it definitely grows on you.

The impressive foamy head is lost pretty quickly which is a shame, and there is a quick fizz on the tongue, which does not linger.

This isn't my kind or brew to be honest, but think of a quality whit beer and double it!

You should definitely try this one, if only to get that end of your beer tasting spectrum calibrated!

LaChouffe Boof Boof!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy gold with thick foamy head and sticky lacing. Smells amazing, sour biscuit, fruit, and honey. I am blown away on the taste, this Belgium is perfect, soft balance of yeast, fruit, honey, and a very mild bite. The feel is very smooth, not overpowering but so full of flavor its amazing. I love this style beer and have to say this is one of my top picks now, just all around good. Will be stocking some in fridge for sure.

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Photo of cknoch
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scootny
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! this is such a great beer and I keep forgetting to review it. So many great beers, so little time. This one pours with a huge head and a deep lightly cloudy gold color. Scads of lacing and a light covering remain after a slow fade.

The nose is so sweet and vibrant with honey, powdery yeast, light pepper and other spices like coriander and notes of vanilla. A bit of cookie dough and light wafts of pear and golden delicious apples. Floral hops make me think noble. More Hallertau than Saaz but it could be any of the usual suspect as they ore gentle but firm in the execution of their duties.

Taste is classic. What you smell is what you get. Honeyed malt. Belgian yeast and spices. Pears, apples, cookie dough. Dry lightly powdery finish. Nice clean and short. It has some soap, bitters, a flash of alcohol. Then nothing but light clean malt and faint herbal hops. The booze is so light you have to look for it. The bottle says serve at 50-55 degrees. The bottle is right. So much flavor is hidden at typical lager temps that you are simply robbing yourself if you drink this too cold.

Feel is superb. Medium weight has just enough heft to encourage you to let it sit on your tongue. While an easy drinking beer the real joy is in savoring this one.

One of the best BSPAs I've had.

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Photo of JavierGC
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drews240
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy golden body with a lot of effervescent white head. The scent is sweet with yeast-produced notes of apricot, honey, and pear coming through. The taste is quite similar, with a mute hop bitterness at the back of the palate as well. Nice beer!

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one really comes at you with the yeasty bread flavor and smell. The undertones are tart apple and maybe peach....Definitely the right mix of coriander... And the feel is pretty good. The carbonation isn't overwhelming--so it doesn't finish as dry as you might expect from a strong ale, but it still has some zip. Well worth the buy! And great bottle art!

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,542 ratings.
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