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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2001

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Reviews: 882 | Ratings: 2,480
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 details...next 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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Photo of mzwolinski
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, the happy little gnomes of Belgium. I reckon I'd have a nose that red too, if I lived there and only weighed 50 lbs or so.

This beer looks like a Belgian beer oughta look. Clear gold in color (a bit hazy with the yeast), well-carbonated with a lovely, sticky, thick white head.

Aroma is mildly spicy with a faint sweetness underneath -- very standard.

The flavor's nothing to write home about, but is nice enough. Starts sweet, with a nice spicy bitterness toward the end. Very crisp feeling and refreshing -- a bit lighter in mouthfeel than some triples, but the high ABV gives it some substance in terms of both body and flavor.

Nothing extraordinary here, but a nice, drinkable Belgian nonetheless.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another brew from Firewaters in Atlantic City. Bummed about the pint glass serving, but the brew still tastes very nice. I get a slightly hazy golden color with a soft fluffy white head. Aroma is good and spicy with some cloves and coriander dominating. No real hop presence. First sip reveals a very light bodied brew with almost no carbonation. Flavor is crisp and refreshing, with citrus notes and very easy to drink. No hop bitterness present in the flavor either. No hints of alcohol anywhere to be found. This is quite a tasty brew that would be very enjoyable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was suprised to find this on tap nearby. I stopped in for a glass this afternoon. A slight bit pricey, but it's to be expected. It came in a Leffe glass ? I guess that's better than a pint glass, but I'd still like a true tulip for appearance's / smell's sake. This beer is a nice golden, with a frothy inch head of white lace. The smell is very fruity, lemon, with a prickle of hops and spice. The taste was quite good also. The malts are there, in a small way as this beer feels very light on the palate. I could tell there was some alcohol in it, but without remembering I would not have said 8% abv. Clean and very nicely balanced. There is a good interplay of clove and corriander with the hops which really show themselves on tap. I think that from the bottle, the beer has more of a esteric sweetness whereas fresh on tap the beer asserts itself with more pronouced spices and hopfeel. I thought this was quite refreshing and very drinkable. Price sort of hurts, but that shouldn't stop you if you find it on tap. Well worth it, at least for one. Great !

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

I am drinking this right now out of my La Chouffe tulip. It does make the appearence look great. The Magic Chouffe magically appears larger and the sides of the glass appear to have vines going into the Magic Chouffe. The color is a very light ripe pear skin. The lace sticks well.

Spicy Saaz hops in the nose. Fresh oranges and lemons in the nose as well. The smell resembles a hoppy pilsner. I don't really like the way this smells.

Very light-bodied. High carbonation. It's definately growing on me as I sit here sipping this. Many fruit flavors, mainly oranges and peaches. Numerous spices and lots of coriander. Clove on the finish. Zesty but not pungent.

The flavor was pleasant. I would have this again.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is a hazy golden, with a bubbly white head and some foamy lacing. The smell is dominated by corriander. The taste is fairly dry, with corriander mixing well with a very noticable hoppiness, with the slightest bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. As for drinkability, not bad at all and one I could really enjoy a few of.

Definitely a unique beer...one of the rare Belgians with a noticable hop taste to it, and uses the coriander just right and doesn't kill the beer. This is one I'd definitely have again.

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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