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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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Photo of Living
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells fresh, like summer but not very strong.

Look is great, like the small etiquette :-)

Taste is delicious, really like the sweetness and fruitful taste


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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a bright medium orange gold color with a MASSIVE rocky white head, very steady and active carbonation.

S - Fruity esthers, dry and yeasty, light lemon, some minor touches of spice.

T - Pears, lemons, spicy pepper, some orange, and coriander over top of a sweet honey malt base. The spices and hops beat the malt down (in a good way) at the tail end of the sip, nice lingering bitterness comprised of coriander, pepper, some spiciness, and mild grassy/floral.

M - Very gentle carbonation, medium body, coats the mouth with peppery and spicy lemon orange.

O - A wonderful and enjoyable beer, really nice!

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11-13-15 - Late night at Monk's after Philly insurance event. Can't really believe I've never commented on this one. RR PTE also on tap, so it was a tough yet easy decision to go with La Chouffe. Served (twice) from the back bar in a signature BD'A tulip glass. Oh so smooth. My wife would probably drink this one. Flavorful, smooth, nice head and aroma, slight ring around the glass. Three?

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Love the artwork with the gnome and the yellow label....very Belgian....also love the bottle cap! The beer itself pours a lovely yeast hazed golden color with a thin, yet well retained layer of foam over the beer itself. The carbonation appears to be wee tight overall and the lacing is moderate, with small patches of bubbles sticking to the glass.

S- Dominant heavy yeast aromas, that subdue over time with a honeyed sweetness. Lightly floral and perhaps some marmalade zesty citrus. Somewhat spicy as well, with hints of cloves, peppercorn, cinnamon and perhaps some coriander. The finish is well balanced between mild hop bitterness and malt sweetness!

T- The spices follow on the palate much the same way I am smelling this.....creamy cloves and floral spice are prominent, and this is balanced nicely by caramel sweet malts. The finish is super refreshing and the citrus rind character shows itself and becomes slightly tart. Very unique and nicely flavored brew!

M/O- Agree with the Bros. review in the fact that the carbonation is very Champagne like....there must be thousands of tiny bubbles bursting on the palate with each swallow! Light bodied and refreshing, this keeps the high alcohol content very well hidden, much like a gnome would be in the garden! The floral nature of this beer keeps everything natural and well balanced. Highly drinkable and easy to enjoy for sure....highly recommended!

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.97/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Re-reviewing as the last review I wrote was after at about 5 bottles of various triples and quadruples, and I was pretty much only seeing pink elephants and elfs.

Bought from my Casino supermarket, in Paris.

There is an elf thing on the bottle. Maybe Chouffe is an elf..? Not sure...

Nice look.

In glass, loving it. Deep, red, amber colour. Nice level of head.

Aroma has elements of Duvel, though much more carbon dioxidy, and less apricot fruitness.

Taste certainly draws some parallels with Duvel and Delirium Tremens. For me this is nowhere near as well mastered to the same level. Flavours are less intense, and there is a distinct carbon dioxide/fizzy water flavour.

Coriander is listed in the ingredients, I also faintly taste peach, though overall it's balance of flavours is not up there with the best Belgian triples. As the carbon dioxide bubbles disappear, the taste improves.

I have to disagree with the Bros giving it 99. Going to have a Duvel now to compare. Yes, Duvel is far superior.

Try them together, there is much difference...

Probably the most over-rated beer on this site in my opinion

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased in a refrigerated state from Whole Foods, and consumed unhurriedly from a Spiegelau tulip. My only experience with Belgian Strong Pale Ales prior to this had been with Duvel. Having had this now 2 or 3 times, I can say I prefer this beer quite a bit more than Duvel, whose flavor I find somewhat heavy-handed. An enjoyable beer that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best before 02 2017. Bottle date/stamp of L20150 11:05. Careful pour to leave the sediment behind.

Appearance: Hazy golden amber with a bit of a glow to it when held up to the light. Dense white ring of foam at the edge, barest thin skin across the top, thick strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, bready, hing of clove, floral, hint of coriander.

Taste: Spicy, lots of flavors going on here which are well blended and hard to pull apart. Definite coriander, clove/banana, lemon rind, noble hops, some malt backbone with a bit of a grainy/wheaty tang to it. As the beer warms closer to room temp up the malt gets a bit sweeter and the noble hop bitterness backs off a bit.

Mouthfeel: Airy spicy carbonation that scrubs the palate. A bit of stickiness to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very pleasant Belgian strong pale ale. A definite beer to sip and savor with a lot going on. Definitely something I would pick up again. Not something I could drink all night though. If presented with a 750mL bottle I'd have to share it. Otherwise a 33cL bottle is just right for serving size on this one. One per evening is enough.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml short belgian bottle thing into snifter. best before feb 2017. consumed oct 1 2015

a: a really nice light orange, close to a yellow, with white head. opaque when you pour the yeast in, as always

s: dominant clove notes. fruity notes of pear and banana come and go. maybe a touch of lemon in there. i also pick up floral notes and apricot as well. nice and malty on the back-end -- lots of bread and a bit of wheat. this is an incredible aroma, everything feels so balanced

t: the strong spice follows in the taste, but is quickly cut out by a malty sweetness. honey, bread, and a bit of wheat. after that are the banana, apricot, pear, and lemon notes, but they are all very mild and are meshed together well. the honey sweetness continues. finishes moderately bitter

m: medium mouthfeel, prickly but not overpowering carbonation. feels quite sticky

o: easily my favourite belgian strong pale ale. i really enjoy the sweetness, and also how well all the flavours and aromas are blended together

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow never reviewed this one. Tap at kaiba pub in Shanghai.

Pours nice foamy creamy huge head, fades slowly nice lacing, hazy candy orange color.

Nose fresh citrus, orange zest marmalade, lemonade, carried malts and lift candi sugar, sweet blond malt, mild Belgian fruity esters, light phenolic booze.

Taste sweet candy, candi sugar, blond sweet malts, like a blond toffee candy, candy sugar, caramelized white sugar, mild citrus orange zest marmalade, hint lemony note, grassy hop bitterness with it, light pepper phenolic booze, mild fruity Belgian esters, etc. Finish hint of warming booze, mostly dry slight sticky, lingering blond candied malt and candi sugar, fruity esters.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, hint warming booze.

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Photo of mkh012
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I had on tap this past weekend at Monk's Cafe in Philly and the one I was most looking forward to. Golden color with a nice, fluffy head. Smell is mild, but I get citrus, pepper, and that signature Belgian yeastiness. The flavors follow the nose and are extremely well-balanced. The 8% ABV is almost nonexistent save for the warning sensation. Slight suggestions of pear and apple. Pepper mid-palate. Paired fantastically with a goat cheese burger and pomme frites. Reminded me a bit of La Fin Du Monde (one of my favorite beers). The slightest metallic twang took this beer from a 10 to a 9 for me. Still world class.

A good deal better on tap, it seems, having had it in a bottle since. The aftertaste is a bit more bitter from the bottle. Still very good.

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Photo of Zet
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour with a very steady head of foam that retains the entire drink. Fresh smell of yeast and coriander with some hints of fruit. The fruit is more dominant in the taste, with pear, apricot and pineapple present. The finish is medium dry with some notes of citric and the aftertaste does not linger very long. The medium carbonation makes it quite refreshing, despite its relatively high abv. The alcohol is well hidden due to the amount of flavour. This is a good belgian blond. Recommended.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Monks Cafe in Philly. The beer came out with a golden appearance that was a little bit murky but clear enough to see carbonation. The beer also had a thin head with decent lacing on the sides. Aromas included a predominant burnt orange smell mixed with yeast and wheat. The overall taste of the beer included a wide range of citrus and grapefruit flavors mixed with light hops. Could taste that orange aroma balanced into a solid bittersweet taste. Great body with decent carbonation allowing for a crisp and refreshing drink. Overall, I really enjoyed how this beer looked, smelled, and tasted.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle from Copper Vine ($4.39 Fathers' Day present) best by 12 2016. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A liberal pour creates 1-1/2 fingers of pillowy, off-white head atop the clean, golden body that shows just the slightest haze. There's plenty of carbonation rushing from the nucleation site to the surface. The head settles to a fully covering foam that leaves nice rings on the glass. My wife liked the logo as it reminded her of a recent family trip to Disney World.

S- Bold and complex. Right off the bat I get a combination of Belgian funk in the form of bubblegum mixing with lemon and husky grains. Somewhat reminiscent of a Hefeweizen. Hints of black pepper later on.

T- Oh that's nice. More of the lemon and funk mentioned in the aroma. The malts are sweet and grainy, like a sweetened cereal or cream of wheat. Maybe even hints of creamed corn? The alcohol is well hidden and comes off as sweet more than anything else. The finish is relatively clean, especially given some of the sweeter qualities, with spicy hops finishing it all off.

M- Creamy and full bodied. A light, alcohol warmth is quite smooth on the way down. Hops in the finish provide a nice bite.

O- A really tasty Belgian ale. The sweetness and citrus is a bit of a departure from the flavor profile I'd expect from the style, but really good. I could definitely enjoy a second bottle in a sitting. Not the cheapest beer, but something I'd buy again.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big white head in a golden color pretty clear beer. Lots of Belgium yeast with some hops in the background. Smooth and very tasty with lighter Belgium and slightly more hops but not to much. Has a hint of a strong ale taste but more of a Belgium pale. Really good.

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Photo of BeerChancelor
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a 25cl chalice, from a 33cl bottle.

A: Cloudy golden color with a small foamy head that leaves a nice lacing behind and has decently carbonation going on

S: A moderate flowery scent, yeasty and with some coriander and citrus notes

T: It starts with coriander/citrus/hops transitioning to a super nice flowery flavor

M: Light-medium body, medium carbonation

O: Good Belgian strong ale, really good at camouflaging the 8% ABV and very surprising - there's so much going on!

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl btl purchased at Brussels grocery store.
Served chilled in tulip glass.

This is a very good beer. No debate.
My problem with it is that I'm not as big a fan of "yeast-forward" taste profiles as Belgians obviously are. But there is other stuff going on here to be appreciated. There's a crisp dryness without much astringency, some fruity twang at the front-end, a nice lingering head, and a sly booziness that'll sneak up on you if not careful.
Not my fave of the style, but I wouldn't argue with a beer fan that loves it.

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Photo of 57md
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with over a finger of head. The nose is yeasty with mild funk.

The flavor profile is malt forward funkiness.

I was seriously under-whelmed by this beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Sunny golden color with excellent clarity. Bubbly white three-finger head retains very well. Chunky and sticky lacing.

S: Herbal and grassy hop bouquet and a boatload of citrusy/peppery coriander jump out immediately. Floral elements too. Some musty yeast. Dough and lightly toasted grain. Hints of mint and alcohol. Medicinal.

T: Taste more or less follows. Coriander has a citrusy and peppery bite up front. Musty yeast works its way out from behind the coriander. Grassy and herbal hops follow suit. Touch of ginger and other vague spice-like flavors. Juicy peach bursts out in the middle. Pear and apple skin too. Under-ripe banana, quickly. Bitter alcohol and phenols. Hint of mint. Lightly toasted grain and a mild confectioners sugar sort of taste. Minty/herbal finish is bone dry.

M: Medium-light body. Soft creamy texture with a bit of chewiness is instantly whisked away by the ample, sharp and scrubbing carbonation.

O: Full of character. The complexity builds with each sip. The coriander comes on a bit strong at first, but it jells quickly. Its spicy and herbal nature make it a natural digestif. This is a special brew and a must-drink.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Clear golden pour, nice tall fluffy white head, lots of lacing. Yeast aroma, citrus, some bubblegum. Taste is sweet, fair bit of light fruit, spice, coriander.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with weak activity. Foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with some good legs.

Aromas of fresh sweet grains, vinous citrus, and slightly floral. Flavors of lemony citrus, fruity ester, sweet malts, floral and herbal spices. Strong citrus sharpness balanced with nice malt sugar. Tasty, balanced, and super fresh.

Smooth medium body with champagne like carbonation. Well intensified medium strength crispy clean finish, ending with a perfect touch of spices and some floral notes.

Overall an exquisite craft having great freshness and delicious flavors. Quite accessible having almost no perception of alcohol and low on the spices. One of the best Belgian ale out there.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a signature La Chouffe tulip glass from a 33cl bottle.

Appearance: A pale gold color with heavy bubbles on the body. Head was thick upon initial pour settling quick rifhgt after the first sip.

Smell: Light lemon and orange aroma...I wish it was a little stronger but seriously worth taking a sniff before the sip.

Taste: Complex and sweet. The right amount of bitterness. Has slight sour feel to it and almost like a honey...this beer is all over the place. Nom.

Mouth: Very bubble brew and pretty sticky. the sweet orange after taste gets to you.

Overall: Paired this brew with a ribeye steak very late at night but perfect for a late night beer tasting. Passing this up is downright illegal, grab the four pack and be amazed. Salud!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml stubby bottle served cool into a glass. Purchased for about $3.40 CDN. Considering their Belgian IPA is phenomenal, I'm really excited to try this.

Appearance - bright and deep golden color. Massive three fingers of head even with a slow put. Some wisps of what appears to be sediment cascading through the glass. Not clear but not really hazy. Incredible retention time and a nice swath of sticky lacing left behind.

Smell - hmmmm... Belgian all the way. Some funky yeast aromas, candy sugar and a subtle pear and peach compilation. Floral bouquet and very inviting. Can't wait to taste this. Hint of spices too.

Taste - lots of sugar up front very sweet, before some peach and pear take over and then slowly get pulled back with a very mild dosage of bitterness. Booze is imperceptible and this would be so easy to drink all night (until you fell of your stool).

Mouthfeel - smooth well carbonated but not gassy. Remarkably light body. This is fantastic Belgian ale.

Overall - wow this is so good. Easy to drink, delicious, aromatic and just plain great. World class all the way. Right now in a dogfight with Duvel for my favourite Belgian strong pale ale. Definitely worthy shot for any self respecting beer lover and for those with fantasies of delicious Belgians look no further,

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Photo of thehoppylady
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Belgian's I've tasted. The coriander is just perfectly laced throughout the beer. Unfiltered blond beer which is re-fermented both in the bottle and in barrels. It is pleasantly fruity, spiced with coriander and tinged with hops.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm glad I finally got around to trying this great ale. It definitely works for me.

It opens a little thick and dingy looking with fantastic little bubbles and fizz. There is a load of stuff suspended. Yum. The aroma is clean, cleaner that most or this style and almost too clean.

The taste is full bodied. It has a bit of bite too. There is a bunch of that yeasty goodness making it fruity. Nice, strong balance. It is no where near as easy drinking as Duvel, which makes this safer! Highly recommended.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin puffy layer. It is a hazy pale orange yellow color with some clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, powdery yeast, pilsner malts, apple, pear, Belgian candy, spicy yeast, and grassy hops.

Taste: Nice blend of above aromas. Balanced and deceiving delicious with a slight trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, medium to high carbonatio, dry, a bit chewy, a little alcohol, and medium bodied.

Overall: Such a classic BSPA that I have enjoyed over the years. Look forward to more of this in the future. Delicious stuff.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,481 ratings.
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