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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with a golden orange color and a frothy white head. The aroma is fruity and fresh with a yeast smell. The nose is also bready with the smell of rosated sunflower seeds. The flavor is crisp and malty with afruity diesters all the way through. It's clean on the palate and does not get too sticky on the palate.

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Photo of dren
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly dark orange red with a thick tall head. Smells of fruit and spice. First sip is slightly sweet ending with a background of spice and slight bitterness. Finishes dry. The flavors are ok but too much spice is in the background and not enough flavor in the middle. Not one of the best I've had, but it was ok.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt 9.4 fl oz dark green bottle.

Foamy 1" white head with great retention; finally clumps to the sides of the glass. Thin and condensed lacing with above average strength. Plenty of noticeable carbonation with clouds of thick yeast sediment throughout the glass. Golden with a glowing orange tint in color.

Moderate to slightly bold corriander spiciness. Slight metallic, wheat, and musty odor. The aromas are all pretty subdued.

Grain driven, slightly metallic, crisp tasting pilsen-like flavor. The corriander kicks in at mid-sip and truly spices the crisp pilsen taste. The aftertaste is peppery with some hints of a candied, powdered sweetness that is virtually absent from the ale's primary flavor. To me, the ale's spiciness and sweetness are a bit unbalanced.

A shade lighter than medium bodied; A modest amount of carbonation giving this ale a prickly mouthfeel.

The 8% abv is very well hidden given how light this beer feels on the palate. I'm glad that I gave this a try, but nothing really blew me away enough to have it again.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice appearance; both in and out of the botle. Nice and white foam but not clear sight under it. Fine nose but too much fruityness of koreander in it. Nice taste, lots of fruit but again a sweet koreander taste. Further a clean and litle bitter aftertaste. Easily drinkable and wouldn't mind drinking more than just one 75 cl botle at once on a nice warm evening. But in my eyes too spicy and misses bitteness to make to one of the best in this category.

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

Effervescent, lively yellow-ish beer with a big head. A little hazy but fairly clear. Aggressively aromatic! Lemon, mashed peaches, and a certain spicy crispness. The level of spiciness in this beer that I can't even begin to discern the varied flavors -- orange peel, peach, lemon, coriander, cinnamon, yeast... They form a sort of Belgian beer yogurt with this beer's creamy mouthfeel. There's a lot going on here. Maybe too much so -- but there's no hint of the 8% anywhere to be found. This beer begs to be shared so everyone can experience the job -- and so the original drinker doesn't go into some sort of spice coma. Intense.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick pillow top and flakey, lacing drifts. Yeasty, pungently sweet, sharp, bitter orange peel and cloves. Lots of yeast...

Biting hops and alcohol, bitter orange peel and cloves. I almost thought grapefruit?? Tart feeling. Sort of lame dry mouth, notes of grapefruit (definitely this time), pomegranite. Tart feeling. A little heavy.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a huge eggshell white head. Spicy, honey-like aromas; lemon zest, pepper and the fiantest hint of spearmint leaves. Fairly yeasty and hoppy as well. Drinks with the crispness a pilsener, but it's a lot stronger. Initially malty and sweet on the tongue, and then immediately gets spicy and dry. Carbonic acid notes from higher carbonation level. Wonderfully earthy, like a spring meadow after a shower. I think I've tried it enough times to say that it's a "classic".

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Photo of soper2000
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah my first Chouffe beer. It poured a cloudy golden (yes I poured the yeast in as well). With a large 3 finger white head that had massive staying power and also left a nice lacing down the side of my glass. Nose is full of spice; cinnamon and clove notes dominate the aroma. Taste is nicely balanced. A little hoppy bite balances out the clove-like spiciness of this beer. Alcohol is hardly detectable. Finishes slightly sweet as well. Mouthfeel is good, almost over-carbonated. A very solid beer and I'm looking forward to more Chouffe products as soon as I can find them.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an hazy blonde ale with a huge bubbly white head. Aroma is quite spicy with yeast also discernable. Taste is very refreshing with again strong spices (pepper?) and a yeasty finish. Good body and alcohol is not noticeable. This beer represent a quality example of a strong blonde Belgian ale, one can never go wrong with this one.

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Photo of putnam
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A reactive pour provides a pearlescent, butter-colored top that stands inches tall for several minutes. It retreats to a sticky, splattered mess of foamy shrapnel wherever it touched.
The aromas are sublime: reminiscent of mashed, raw almonds, humid dough, orange essences and dry, wholemeal biscuits. Anyone who appreciates yeasty Champagnes (such as Bollinger's RD series for example) should be delighted with this drink. It is certainly no sweeter than a good Brut.
Beery, arid grain flavors provide weight and chew while lyrical elements of pepper, mace and pollen scurry across the mid-palate. The finish is quenching and floral, with a distinct citrus blossom quality. Sun-ripened gold.

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

Sampled from a keg at Lucky Baldwin's during the 2004 Belgian Beer Festival

Very brisk carbonation with fine champagne bubbles floating through a golden body with a bright white head.

Pineapple aroma with grainy malt and large cinnamon presence tickling the nose.

Flavor is initially sharp and acidic with a growing tropical fruit dance with a very crisp co2 bite to battle the alcohol, coconut, pineapple flavors off the palate.

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Photo of tjd25
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head was disappointing and the color more intense than just "blonde", showing some orange notes. The beer is very nicely hoppy and peppery, very round and pleasant on the palate. Slightly sweet, very drinkable, although the alcohol gets noticeable and warming. I don't have much to say about this beer. Just a very good strong Belgian ale. Very interesting as a whole, but I don't have that much to say in time maybe.

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Photo of Truh
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stormed some barns with this one on 5/28/2004. 10-oz. pour in a La Chouffe tulip glass at Anam Cara.

This sheet of head with some lacing, but tangential. Mellow yellow hue with haze and a gentle trickle of carbonation. Zesty bouquet, yet understated. Flavor is complex, containing green apple notes, but orange rind seems to predominate; on the whole though, quite level-headed. Easy to put these back with a zing through the middle of the tongue which compels me to keep lifting my glass.

Excellent brew to quaff as the feel is slightly silky and not at all sticky, and would be high on my list of summer indulgences.

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Photo of Zraly
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich honey color with a thick, off-white head. Has plentiful bubbles somewhat akin to sparkling wine. Smells of sweet alcohol and hay fields.

This ale is not only well bodied, but scrumptuous. Heavy notes of fruit, sugar, banana, black pepper, and coriander color the predominant flavor. Backdropped notes of fresh herbs and tiny floral notes finish things up. The herbal part really reminds me of cilantro, which seems logical with the addition of its seeded parts into the brew itself; coriander. The finish on the tongue has a dry tingle that ends with a sugary sweetness.

A contemplative selection. Perhaps a raisin dressing stuffed bird would find its perfect match with this seductive gnome. Who would have thought?

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

The beer poured a nice bubbly gold that developed a fine white head. The aroma was of alcohol and fruit with hints of malt. The taste was a pleasantly sweet strong ale with a nice maltiness to it, and a definate alcohol bite. The feel was thick and carbonated, with a bit of a dry bitter finish that went well with the fruitiness of the beer. I found this to be extremely enjoyable, and look forward to the next one.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 33cl bottle.

Pours a hazy, deep gold. Rich looking. Has a big frothy bonewhite head. Smells of sweet apples, backed by spicy pear. Hints of baked apple and clove.

Rounded alcohol taste up front. Sweet malt with hints of apple and pear on the back of your tongue. Lightly dry and somewhat sour. A nice hoppy flaovr in there as well. A bit sticky but really light and smooth for 8% ABV. Very drinkable and tasty. Haven't had this in awhile and it's great to have it back.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a re-review from my first review below. This time I had a big wine bottle of the stuff, must have been newer. Smells great - spicy & aromatic. Beautiful color too. Taste is sweet, wheaty/malty and subtly spicy and flowery. Wonderful. If it always will taste like this bottle I just had, this is one of the finest beers in the world.


Paid 2.49 for a single. This is my first experience with the happy gnome, who provides me first with a sparkling golden liquid that froths so much the 1/2" head quickly becomes 2" of head. Smells strangely like homebrew gone bad (it's not pasteurized), sort of metallic and resinous. Tastes real good though, mellow, not spiced like the label claims. All in all a good brew, with hidden alcohol so you can quaff this one pretty good, but be careful.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold color. It is well carbonated and holds up a fluffy off white head. The aroma is dry, spicy, herbal, and lemony, with some subtle notes of coriander. The taste is dry up front with a slight bit of clean acidity. There is a nice clean spiciness and an accompanying bitterness in the finish which really sets this beer off. The herbal character is in the taste as well, which perhaps contributes a bit of astringency, and there is a certain lemon like character here as well. As this beer warms up it develops a certain sweetness and a hint of vanilla up front. It has a very simple, clean malt character, from the Pilsner malt, that contributes just a hint of maltiness that reminds me of lightly toasted biscuits. This is a really nice beer, it is quite clean, and could perhaps use a bit of complexity, but the hopping levels, malt, and yeast character create a beautiful balance that works very well. Actually the more this warms up and the more I contemplate it the more I am enjoying this beer.

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Photo of Sammy
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression-the model for a Unibroue. The licensed Quebec version is a harsh echo of it. The real thing is citrus, yes corriander and pepper, some yeast. Great floral smell. Terrific hops. A great over-the-top head that never quits. The beer that I can get people to switch from champagne.

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Photo of Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after releasing its grip on the dark green 750ml bottle sets in the glass a slightly hazy gold color with a massive bright white head that creamy in texture, with the resultant lace a thin slip to cover the glass. The nose is fruity, sweet and a slight yeast tone also noticed, lemon-lime crispness seals it off with the start is delightfully sweet, delectable are the malts, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is biting in its acidity, the hops perfect in their spiciness, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, and I must say this is my favorite Brasserie d'Achouffe beer to date.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is clear golden in color with a creamy white head. The aroma is full of spices; coriander being the predominant spice. It is also a bit herbal and peppery. The flavor is a bit sweet with the coriander and other spices. It is relatively light for a higher strength beer. Very easy drinking and tasty; a nice brew.

Sampled 3/25/04

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a gigantic white head that settles while I drink. Very nice lacing.

The smell is very nice, spicy, fruity and very balanced. The perfume like sweetness is countered by the spciy hops. Very nice.

This beer is too easy to drink. The sweetness is balanced by very strong spice component. I know Belgians like to use coriander in their beer and I wonder if that's what I'm getting or amybe it's the Saaz hops--who knows, I don't want it to end.

What a smooth and mellow beer. The abundant carbonation is very understated in the mouth. There is a bit of a malty aftertaste that lingers after the final sip.

This is a nice beer that I will be seeking out again. The flavors and aromas have created a truly wonderful driniking experience.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hugely hazy pale lemon with plenty of jazzed up bubbles. I'm continually amazed at the amount of carbonation in Belgian beer. The head is gargantuan, is a half shade darker than pure white and is stiff and meringue-like. Chunklets of foam are starting to appear and ultimately there's a near-solid wall of lace on the opposite side of the glass. The head is some kind of impressive. It's more than rocky, it's craggy; but it isn't quite mountainous.

There's nothing all that exciting in the nose. It's a little fruity, a little spicy and a little musty, but I don't get the usual pedal-to-the-metal Belgian yeastiness. The flavor is a definite step up. There's a sweetish blonde malt backbone along with spicy, earthy, exotic fruity, strongly herbal elements. It reminds me of a tripel in some ways. The body/mouthfeel is medium-full and is nicely creamy. Despite all the bubbles, it isn't fizzy in the least. Well-hidden ABV.

I'm not a big fan of Belgian beer, but perhaps I just haven't had the right ones yet. La Chouffe won't make me forswear my beloved IPAs, but it is pretty tasty. I'm glad that I picked up two bottles.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a cloudy golden color, white foam head on the top. Good lacing left on the glasss. Some fruit and alcohol on the nose. As for the taste, it has a nice, light feel to it. Some tropical fruit tastes, light, sweet malts, touch of hops. Quite a nice, refreshing drink.

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, Gnome thing going on the label. Pours light cloudy orange, chunky yeast floating around., yeasty,slight medicinal nose, creamy white head, leave nice lacing. Complex, fruity,spicy, multiple flavors floating around. light body, very smooth and pleasant mouthfeel. (I like the feel of this stuff in my mouth)warming and strong, classy stuff. I love this style, goes great with food and a nice warm sunny afternoon. Seek out and enjoy.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,502 ratings.
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