La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
The gnomes of Fairyland are particularly fond of this golden beer. LA CHOUFFE, with its slight hoppy taste, combining notes of fresh coriander and fruity tones, is the drink which gives them their zest for life. At least, that's what these imps say when they are thirsty. Their secret used to be jealously guarded from one generation to the next until the day they shared the recipe with humans to seal their friendship. Of all the legends from the wonderful region of the Belgian Ardennes, the tale of LA CHOUFFE is the one which most merits re-telling.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,862
Reviews:
934
Ratings:
2,675
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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231
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644
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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Declanisadog
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie d'Achouffe "La Chouffe"
33 cl brown glass bottle, "Best before end 07 2018..."
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: A slightly hazy deep gold body is capped by a finger thick head of loose creamy white that holds remarkably well. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweetish malt with the distinct La Chouffe yeast and delicate fruit and spice (mainly coriander).

Taste: As the aroma suggests. The sweetish malt is light, and "golden", without any caramel to it although there might be some wheat in play. The fruitiness is soft as well, and apple-like, and the spiciness from the yeast and coriander is delicate. The alcohol never shows, although its presence is felt. It balances nicely, and a moderate bitterness rounds it out, leaving it with some residual sweetness in the finish that the light spice and alcohol help to dry out.

Feel: Light-medium in body and remarkably soft and creamy with a very delicate, fine-bubbled, effervescent and "airy" carbonation.

Overall: A classic! Superbly balanced and way too easy to drink at 8.0% ABV.

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Photo of JSG18
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Ever so hazy straw gold with a white head of large bubbles
Smell: Bubblegum, clove, yeasty, barn-y
Taste: Straw, lemonpeel, wet hay, yeasty, bread, sweet fruits like apple
Feel: Light and airy, smooth bubbles
Overall: An excellent example of a Belgian beer

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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice clear golden hue with a generous head and lacing. Aroma had fruity hints as well as some spices. The taste was a gentle following of the nose. A medium bodied well carbonated beer. A very nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of DavetotheB
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schavuytje
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the Duvel a gnome that jumps everywhere in between has already tasted before but never judged: soft foaming gold malt taste with notes of fruit, coriander and a co2 pitted bitter hopper good but not exciting

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4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
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3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
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3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,675 ratings