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 Redrover
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz green bottle with the great label and product description/history.

The beer pours a hazy, opaque goldish brown. Massive chiffon like head and fantastic lacing.

The beer has a very pleasant aroma. I get some nice citrus/pine, spices (coriander and perhaps white pepper) and some grainy aroma that reminds me of fresh oats.

The taste is refreshing and bracing. The beer has nice citrus, apple and spice flavor. I also get almost a straw taste. This beer has a subtle nuance. The layers of flavors keep coming. Very enjoyable. I can‘t believe this an 8% beer, there is absolutely no trace of alcohol. .

Great mouthfeel. The beer is tart, sweet & sour all at the same time. Perfect levels of carbonation. What an easy drinker! This has the taste and complexity to be a great session beer (however, that 8% may become problematicÂ…).

Folks, this is a keeper! It truly is an artisanal beer and one that everyone should be able to enjoy!

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Photo of Ellbert
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: The appearance of this brew was awesome. It didn't hurt that I used the appropriate tulip for the beer. It had a large pillowy head with mass amounts of lace. The beer was light in color with pleasant bubblies making an appearance.

Smell: Somewhat spicy but mostly fruity. Very sweet aroma coming up from this brew. Very, very appeaing.

Taste: Spices really come through. They lend a citric sweet flavor to the beer. Very malty, spicy, and sweet.

Mouthfeel is just a tad thin and bubbly.

A great brew. I could drink this all night. The first belgian I really loved.

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Photo of elricorico
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden colour with a big bubbly white head. The head faded down to just a ring, but a substantial amount of lacing is gracing the glass.

Smells ok, I smell soapiness in it though, which is a turn off. Has a pepper floating in citrus smell. Smells a lot like you'd expect from the style.

Taste is quite nice. Starts sweet and ends a bit less sweet. Has some of the citrus flavours in the beginning, then ends with a hit of the spicyness.

The feel is very good, the right weight and carbonation. Even if this beer wasn't deceptively strong, it would receive a good drinkability score, as it is smooth and pleasant.

Good beer, the next time I see it I'll be sure to bring some home.

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

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep gold color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of lemon and lime going on. It's slightly sweet as well. The taste is also sweet, with more citrus fruit coming through. A very pleasant flavor. The mouthfeel is decently thick and strong. The drinkability is great for an 8% brew. A damn fine beer. Thanks to Christina for this one, she made a wonderful selection.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My lovely wife brought this beer to the beer tasting. She's trying really hard to get into beer so that she understands what I'm talking about with flavors and aromas. I really respect her for taking interest in my hobby, and respect her choice of beer, as this was a champ. The beer poured a yellow color with golden hues and a strong one finger head that wouldn't go away for anything. The nose was full of lemony and peppery notes wtih a really sweet background. I think this would be nice to marinade some chicken. The flavor was nice sweet lemon that finished peppery and spicey and refreshing. The feel was moderate with a nice creamy texture. Damn what a fine beer. I will be visiting this one again in the summer, but I don't think I'll share my bottle.

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

Pouring from the 750 ml bottle into a chalice glass, the beer is indeed cloudy, as the bottle states. Cloudy despite being vertically stored in my cellar for 2 weeks, and poured without disturbing the lees. Interesting. Honeyed, wheat, orange browns, with a whipped cream white head, tight and small bubbled. Screen lacing that ever so slowly dissipates. Tiny bits of sediment are visible in the beer. Wow, another incredible aroma from Chouffe. Mild but extremely appetising fruits up front, clean fresh bread, baked sweet cinnamon rolls, definite cinnamon itself, spicy herbs, some metallic notes once it has warmed a little, sweet icing sugar, a cranberry or pomegranate seed tartness. Some detergent soapiness, and clove. Taste is not strong at all, but extremely flavourful. Lightly roasted malt in the front, faint smoked hints. In the middle are some wheat notes, and also some coriander, similar to a good wit. Some orange marmalade in the finish, and grapefruit; this is by far one of the most complex beers for fruit flavours. Definite orange flavours, and even a hint of lemon peel. Only faintly could I detect the alcohol in the taste, but in the feel it is most definitely there--warming and smooth. The aftertaste is mainly sweet and phenolic, hops only peeking their heads through on the sides of the tongue, and balancing this beer so it is not overly sweet. Their role here is balance, not flavour. The mouthfeel is exceptional, cream-filled, foamy and medium-bodied. This is one 8% brew I could drink quite happily through an entire night, without it becoming too overpowering. Undeniable drinkability marks. This would pair splendidly with a dry cheese, or aged cheddar. Nuts of all sorts would accompany this nicely as well.

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Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a flourescent golden color with a medium airy white head. A small layer of foam lies above the liquid. Smell is spicy and earthy. Taste begins fairly basic but the further I go the deeper and more complex. Lots of noticeable pale malts and a light crisp body upfront. Coriander and orange peel seem to come in and mix well with the malts. The yeast is interesting and seems to be more flavorful the more I drink it. Finish is light, dry, and semi-fruity. Not a real sweet beer but not real dry either, this one has a good balance. Flavors are delicate but work nicely. I've drank this beer twice and both times I get a flavor that I can't put my finger on and I think its from the yeast strain. I guess I'll just have to keep drinking it until I figure it out!

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Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How does one describe La Chouffe? SPICY! The incredibly complex flavor of La Choufee is terriffic, but not overwhelming in any way.

I've had La Choufee a number of times, and it never disappoints. The complex flavor and golden color are hard not to love. This is truly one of the best Belgian ales available today.

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