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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Reviews: 891 | Ratings: 2,511
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Slightly hazy golden body with big foaming white head
Cloves and caramel aroma
Slight spiced flavour with booze
Good stuff

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden orange with an immense egg shell head. Lots of lacing and the head settles to a half pinky through the drink. Amazing aromas and flavors: complex spiciness with powdered pepper and coriander and cloves, juicy fruit flavors of peach and lime zest, all rounded out by a bready malt presence. Feels like champagne in the mouth, dry and lingering and effervescent. An amazing brew.

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Photo of bsp77
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of bread, banana, citrus, some funk and lots of pepper and spiciness. After sitting for a few minutes, the aroma turns more sour, musty and earthy.

Lots of flavor and definitely spicy, with pepper, clove, coriander and light floral hops. Banana, bread, peach and citrus round out the taste. Very effervescent but the finish isn't quite as clean or dry as I hoped. Very good Belgian Strong Ale overall.

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Photo of Pontzie
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Thick fluffy head over a golden beer. Relatively simple and straightforward in appearance.

S: Awesome bready smell. Perfect amount of yeasty sourness offset by bright citrus notes. Hints of a grassy field. Hops were present but not overpowering

T: Easy to have a few too many of these. The yeasty sourness present from the aroma gives way to pleasant citrus and floral hops flavor. The finish is very smooth for the alcohol content.

F: Balanced carbonation that lead to a very smooth drink.

O: Very pleasing to drink. I will keep it on my short list of beers worth a revisit. Very good example of Belgian Ale and everything that these beers should be

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredible marshmallow snow-white head that keeps building. Brew is straw-gold and exceptionally lively.

Quite a bit of spicy Belgian yeast on the nose. Grainy; not overly sweet.

Flavor follows, albeit with a very noticeable sweet bubblegum flavor. It's a fairly strong BPA, pleasant enough but without any real strong points that would make it stand out against Duvel.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 33 cL bottle (best before "09 2017") poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Hazy orange gold with a tall head of frothy white foam; spotty lace and a cap of white froth persist.

Smell: Fresh, yeasty white bread with orange zest, fruity esters and coriander.

Taste: Pale malt body with stone fruit and honey sweetness, black pepper, spicy yeast and gently floral hops. Finishes clean despite its sweet notes.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, but remains crisp and refreshing with excellent effervescence. Alcoholic burn sneaks in towards the end.

Overall: Full, complex but very drinkable - great balance of fruit, spice and crisp finish.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery orange color, cloudy. Foam White tall, quite good persistence, very ugly cracks.
The aroma of fruit and floral, fruit dominate among oranges and apples, it is quite delicate and rather dry, malty, light notes of yeast and honey.
Taste: the fruit, apples, oranges, soft banana and a bit earthy accents. Finish slightly acidic, dry.
Bitterness clear and intense, fruity. High saturation, quickly gives a feeling of satiety. Alcohol perfectly hidden.

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Photo of jimmyeng
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.33cl bottle poured into snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color with thick white head. Lacing/retention was pretty average, at least for my pour.

S: This is where the beer really shines. Very bready with strong notes of yeast, grass, pepper, and flowery hops, and more subtle notes of honey and orange. Totally unique smell, and it comes through loud and clear from initial pour to the last drop.

T: Different from the smell. Spicy, floral taste up front followed by tastes of honey and clove. I didn't notice the "fruity" character that others have mentioned, and didn't find the beer very sweet at all. Nonetheless an absolutely delicious beer, and alcohol is masked well.

F: Surprisingly light and drinkable, given the ABV. Carbonation was moderate. Could drink a dangerous number of these.

O: This is an incredible beer. Perfect example of the style and yet a totally unique experience. Get one.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass. Pale orangey yellow with a big, loose white head. Hung around for quite a bit and left some lacing.

Lots of spicy yeast aroma on the nose with banana and clove. More floral n otes coming through as it warms.

Palate is great with spice, banana, clove some pepper and some celery according to my wife who always tastes the beers I review and I trust her judgment implicitly.

Mouth is nice. Perhaps a little too much carbonation. Not sure if its artificial or not. If not it's forgiven.

Overall a really great beer. Big flavour, complex, boozy without being hot.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle

Appearance: hazey orange with medium carbonation, 2 finger head, no lacing. Looked more like a tripel than a BSPA.

Smell: this is one of the letdowns I found on this much praised beer. I got honey notes and some bitter orange peel. The fruitiness seemed to be muted. Not bad, but not great as expected.

Taste: I found it sweet at the beggining, honey, and grainy malts . All this with a prominent spiciness and a slight metallic twang I did not enjoy that much. I don't think this is a great crafted beer, it's flavours not so well rounded as other beers of this style. The alcohol was totally well hidden.

Mouthfeel: the carbonation was medium, but felt very light in the mouth. The initial sweetness takes a back seat and a very bitter orange peel aftertaste gets its place.

Overall: I'll have to revisit this one some day, because I didn't get what so many people praise about this beer. Maybe my taste buds are burnt. In this initial review, I got to say this one is 2 or 3 steps under Duvel.

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Photo of cwbern
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this really great beer on tap in Belgium at a cafe recommended by the bar tender. The beer is a full beer with a good balance of malt flavor but appropriate nice hop smell and taste. Will have another

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Photo of Jsteez
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice creamy and sticky 2 inch foam head; nice sticky lace all over the sides of the glass. A nice murky orange color. Smelled like pineapple, yeast, spice, and clove. Tasted like mangoes, peaches, pineapple, yeast funk and a bit of grassy herbs; some slight clove, spice, and coriander too. A nice spicy and dry aftertaste. Refreshing! It was on the lighter side of medium. Mid-carbonation; perfect for summer quaffing. A crisp feeling too. A good ale to drink any time, especially in the hot summer. Cheers!

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

La Chouffe is spicy and slightly sweet upfront with a classic cilantro and white pepper Belgian yeast characteristic.

It's creamy, rich and slightly bitter in the middle with notes of custard, whipped cream, pears, bananas and apples. Finishes with a sweet and savory floral hop note. The mouthfeel is dry but overall, quite clean. It has a light body for an 8%er.

The only thing I can find fault with about this beer is that it does not lace the glass very well and the aroma isn't particularly extraordinary.

Overall, I'm jealous people in Belgium get to drink this all the time.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can one say for a world class beer like La Chouffe, that hasn't already been said almost 1000 times. This beer needs no review bc as you can see, people pretty much have said the exact same thing over 800 plus times and that is a very good sign of consistency.
I can say this is as close as one can get to Delirium Tremens which could be one of my all time faves in regards to Belgians.The flavors follow the nose and are extremely well-balanced. Pretty much as close to perfect as one can get.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy brass/orange colour. Sweet malts and fruity banana yeast dominate the smell. Taste is sweet, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, banana/yeast, hint of earthy hops at the end, but very subtle. Classic Belgian blonde.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
And reviewed in the 1001."

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Photo of JakeScully
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dig Belgian Strong Pale Ale so I might be biased as for adoring the style. It's one of my pale ale of choice, along with Duvel and Rince Cochon. A world classe beer without a doubt!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a medium head that leaves foam floating on the top and a long lasting ring with lacing. Nose is nice strong esters with a bit of spice, alcohol. Flavor is a bit herbal and peppery, which makes it a bit sharp for my tastes. Good, but not rounded. Overall, a very good beer, and my favorite of this brewery's I neup, but I'm not loving it as much as some others.

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Photo of OlaB
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Beautiful orange color , gives of a small head that disolves quite quick and gives lacing on the glas

S: Yeast, floral notes, banana ripes, spices like corriander,cloves and pepper , hints of honey

T&F: Much like the aroma, first feeling is the flavours of the yeast and the hops,fruity taste in the middle,deliciuos and sweet , the spices gives of a special aftertaste that gives of a comfortable bitter feeling in my mouth. all in this beer are very good balanced, the high alcohol content not very visible in the taste . close up to perfect

O: This beer was a really pleasant suprise , a amazing beer and from my heart one of the best brews that are
out there. Highly recommended. One of the reasons i love belgian beers

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Photo of Jow
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great BEER WITH A FINE FLAVOR! In would put it right under Duvel but they are head to head for me. In this beer you find some more character and sharpness.

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Photo of Bubblegumsnaps1
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful foam head that dissolves into a lovely thin lacing.
Pale golden color

Aroma is earthy and balanced

T: Belgian yeast, caramel, brown sugar with some florals
M: Warm, slight alcohol burn that fades into banana and fruity notes
B: hoppy, but not too much, smooth with faded yeast notes
Bubbles are consistent from beginning to end.

This is my favorite beer, I've not found anything as delicious! Viva La Chouffe! It's really good.

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Photo of matuto
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle (exp. 01/2017), in a Leffe tulip. Golden to amber liquid, very hazy. No particles there. White foam, that slowly recedes to a layer with some extensive areas on the center and a thick ring. Didn't got much lacing. Aroma and taste has much of bubblegum. I missed something to give some better balance to this note on mouth. Alcohol doesn't show much, even when it gets warmer. Medium body, high drinkability.

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Photo of jw4free
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.3oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: slightly cloudy light Amber. Good frothy head with good retention and decent lace. S: yeast esters of almond and rose. Then malt caramel, nutty and toffee. T: peppery, herbal esters. grassy hops. F: nice fizziness, with a warming alcohol feel. O: a good beer.

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

Not quite as good as one of my favourites, the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, which is often mixed up with this one, despite of the style differences, but this is still a lovely beer. Can't buy it in Ontario, so a friend bought me one in Quebec.
Strong hints of fruity and floral goodness and the usual Belgian gentle smoothness hides the alcohol well. Pleasant aftertaste, but the nose borders on conventional weasel piss.
Someone compared this to Polish beer which is absolutely ludicrous, as there are no common elements whatsoever, save for the beverage reference, "beer".
Purchase with confidence.

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Photo of Living
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells fresh, like summer but not very strong.

Look is great, like the small etiquette :-)

Taste is delicious, really like the sweetness and fruitful taste


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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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