La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

895 Reviews
La ChouffeLa Chouffe

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

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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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Photo of dmitrosan
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not being a fan of Blonde beers, this one gave me big pleasure.

Full and rich spicy aroma with a dominant of cloves and orange peel.
A soft malty taste with kind hops bitterness and liquorice aftertaste.
The 8% of alcohol is carried very softly.

Great beer that gave me a Christmas mood in the middle of spring.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great belgian beer, not sweet but well balanced. Pours golden hazy and smell is very complex. Fruit esters and spices. Taste is strong, alcohol is perceptible, not very sessionable but a great beer overall.

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Photo of drmeto
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

-grass,lemon,lime and a faint hop taste
--champagne-esque grapes and bubble gum
-slight notes of green tea
-well carbonated
-alcohol well hid
-bready with very spicy coriander on the finish

good,though it slightly disappointed me,because nothing really stands out in this flavour-wise,aside from maybe the coriander.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl(330ml) brown short bottle with a lovely Belgian shape to it. This little chouffe is dressed for the background behind him. A lovely bottling with excellent artwork. Poured into an authentic la chouffe stemmed tulip glass.

A - glowing golden yellow with a lush orange hue once out of the light. White head pours very nice in size and settles into a splotchy and clumped ring of lacing leaving good stick.

S - belgian yeasts and big fruitiness. Orange and banana to be exact. Maybe a touch of sweet lemon bread. Coriander and clove round out the Belgian theme of spices.

T - d'achouffe yeast is spot on with a dash of coriander and clove spices. Banana and hints of orange with plenty of Belgian fruit esters flowing around the mouth. Soft malt backbone balances nicely leaving a tasty linger in the back end. Classic.

M - medium bodied with a lovely texture. Thickness is precise with the style and some hints of alcohol as it warms. Finish is smooth and leaves you wanting another sip.

O - I had forgotten how grand la chouffe was. Boy, am I glad it's showing up in my area these days. An excellent Belgian ale and a pure traditional Belgian classic ranking up there with the great brewers of that part of the world. A must try and it remains one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of CAC329
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I feel i should give this a 5 but maybe i have not drank enough. My first true belgium beer and i must say WOW!
I really can say i know a full bodied beer. The smell, taste, eand feel, wonderful.
I would definitely recommend and go back for more!

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Photo of Luisvida
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gran ejemplo del estilo, es una cerveza visualmente muy atractiva y con un aroma complejo y lleno de frescura, con la marca de la levadura belga. Fácil de beber y placentera, no se nota el grado y tiene un paladar limpio y seco, con gran repertorio de especias y frutas verdes y maduras.

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Photo of Duvel_Boston
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chouffe tulip glass at The Abbey in Brookline, Mass.
To start, La Chouffe is simply one of the tastiest looking Belgian ales. The initial pour yields a big, inviting pure white head, and a hazy near-opaque caramel/orange body. The smell is very nice - dry caramel, fruity Belgian esthers - although perhaps the aroma isn't as forthright on draught as it is out of the bottle. The taste is magic though. Full bodied with crisp carbonation and just enough hop bite. It's really delicious and easy to drink. One of my favorite beers of all time. I sometime think of La Chouffe as a perfect foil to Duvel - a much softer, rounder, less-intense Belgian ale that nonetheless brings a perfect balance of flavor. It's more playful and sweetly bodied than some Belgian ales, but definitely a serious contender. I don't think I'll ever get tired of drinking it.

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

Corked champagne style bottle poured into pilsener

Slight hazy golden yellow with plenty of carbonation leads to a dense billowy two finger white foam cap

Aroma of grass, lemons, spices, tart apples

Tartness on the tip of the tongue, grassy notes on the middle, hint of alcohol. Reminds me of the tartness found in some white wines

No sudsing, Alcohol present , slight tart aftertaste

Great beer. Repeating this one

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Photo of Tilly
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear golden straw with a clean white, frothy, two finger head.
Aromas of malts, ple and lemon at the back.
Tastes of sweetness, herbs and spices and finishes with some mild vanilla.
Clean, crisp mouth feel.
Not one of the best Belgium Golden's , but right up there!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice orange hue with lively carbonation and 2 finger white head.

Aroma is nice and yeasty. Closer to a saison with nice spiciness.

Taste is great, but I think duvel is better. This has more malt than duvel and less carbonation than duvel. Not nearly as crisp. Don't get me wrong, this is world class, but it isn't my favorite Belgian strong ( more like 2nd or 3rd). Flavor is nice and yeasty with some nice spice and a touch of alcohol at the end. Well balanced with the malt at the finish. The malt isn't noticeable or detracting but it is there as a balancer.

Overall world class beer! Those belgians know how to do it! Literally pair this with anything ... Fancy from lobster to caviar .... Or cheap nice slice of pepperoni pizza. I give it a 97.5/100.

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Photo of ordybill
4.98/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a large champagne sized corked bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a spicy yeast aroma, incredible smell.
Appearance- Pours an orange color with a medium sized white head.
Taste-Great yeasty malt flavor with noticeable spice added.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Goes down very smooth.
Overall- World class beer, this should be on everyone's must try list.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a huge chunky head that lasts. Unfiltered good. Medium gold

S- Lots of hops here. Good malt. Nice

T- Those hops are fantastic! Super enjoyable brew that is expertly blended. Lots of fruit overtones. Hints of caramel.

M- Dry and crisp. Lots of alcohol.

O- Very enjoyable brew. Will buy again when I next see it at the LC.

Food Pairing

This wonderfully ripe fresh hoppy brew went well with...... Cream of leek soup with chicken supreme.


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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of the classics. i think this basically defines the genre of belgian strong pale ale. it has all the elements, and is one of the more balanced beers in this style thats out there. a little darker than golden, bright russet colored, with a tall white head that is vintage belgian. the nose is a showcase of this very dynamic yeast, as spice laden as it is fruity, and then bittering hops with a european grassiness. the flavor is quite similar, with a little grain sweetness on the front end before the yeast driven dry finish. carbonation is akin to champagne, and the beer is awfully drinkable and creamy for something thats 8% abv. very uncommon. i kind of always keep this beer in the back of my mind and internally compare all other belgian pales to it. very few stack up to la chouffe.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,528 ratings.
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