La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
4.21/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium
achouffe.be

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,047
Reviews:
923
Ratings:
2,628
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is such a great beer indeed. It pours orange-hued golden and clear with a decent head. The aroma is fresh, sweet (much like powder sugar) and spicy. The taste reflects the nose and it's a very enjoyable mixture of spices with sugary goodness.

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4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Makeitadouble
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a Chouffe is a Belgian Style Tripel Beer. Its mild hoppyness is complimented by a strong and rich flavor of fruit . Its very floral and very smooth on the palette. It has very foamy thick soapy head and a very crispy bubbling wash that stings on the way down. This is one of the best beers I have had and at 8% its just perfect.

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4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before 08/2017, so here we go!

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a large head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Some moderate spice notes along with a good yeast and malt influence. Light fruitiness in there from the yeast as well

T: Follows the nose, but with a little more kick. Starts off with the spicy and fruity yeast and goes into some moderate alcoholic esters and some additional coriander. Malt kicks in a little to tame the yeast a bit. Finishes with lingering spices and moderate malt sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A well-deserved classic. Nice to sip on and enjoy any time. Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of Belgians

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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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4.84/5  rDev +15%
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L: amber gold with a slight haze under a lacy 2" white foam cap

S: banana, peach, and biscuit

T: lightly caramel sweetened and spiced banana and peach supported by traces of biscuit

F: very creamy with a medium to medium light body and medium high to high very soft carbonation

O: an outstanding Belgian Golden Strong Ale that is a pleasure to drink

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4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Came highly recommended by the shopkeeper at the new Craft Beer Cellar that opened up in town. Came home and saw the great reviews her on BA and got quite excited. I have to say, I think it lives up to the hype.

Look: Poured into a tulip glass. Three finger of foamy head, and a beautiful, rich amber color.

Smell: Gentle notes of lemon zest and wheat, a quite delicate smell.

Taste: Sweet bready maltiness, lemon, with a hops spice and little bit of pleasant bitterness in the finish. The flavor is complex, moreso than I'm capable of describing. There's a subtle evolution in the taste as rolls over and sits on the tongue. It's delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, pillowy, soft. Very pleasant.

Overall: This is a quite acclaimed beer, and it's not hard to see why. It tastes fantastic. Not much more to say, really. Try it if you get the chance.

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
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4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It is a real head-scratcher for me as to why I have not reviewed this beer until now. I first met owner/brewer Chris Browaerts in Montreal at the Mondial de la Biere in 2002. He was impressed by my jacket & gave me a patch which I proudly wear. I have corresponded with him on many occasions since, even getting some additional patches and several gnome caps. I last saw hi in DC a few years back during the Savor festival. Cheers! I am glad to finally be reviewing this beer.

From the bottle: "La Chouffe is brewed by the Artisans of la Brasserie d'Achouffe deep in the heart of Belgium's Ardennes mountains. The legend of gnomes (chouffes) who once brewed in this mysterious region provides the inspiration for this eccentric bottle conditioned, double fermented ale. Serve cool between 50 & 55F and pour carefully into a wide-mouthed La Chouffe glass to enjoy the full flavors and aromas of this ale. Brewed within the lush green Belgian Ardennes using 100% natural ingredients."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into an awaiting chalice. I was startled by the way the head foamed up, unbidden, to create a meringue-like cap of dense, foamy, eggshell-white head with excellent retention. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, each eager for a taste. Nose had a bready maltiness and a yeasty mustiness & I thought immediately of Belgium. It is just so hard to recreate what the Belgians do with beer, although we Americans try mightily. Mouthfeel was light, a little thin, but that may be the only negative thing that I am going to say about this beer. It began with a malty sweetness, bready certainly, but also kind of sugary sweet, also, but then I got a blast of peppery spiciness, more than likely from the yeast. Wow! Aha, the bottle reads: "Ale brewed with coriander"! The thought crossed my mind, but I had not looked closely at the label until just then. As you might imagine, any beer involving spices is going to have a dry finish & this was no exception. Each sip left me ready for the next one until my glass was sadly drained. Boo hoo.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,628 ratings