La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

2,530 Ratings
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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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 Yoann
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Clear gold and hazy
S - Perfumed and Citrusy hops, artificial
T - Pretty sweet
M - Very carbonated
O - Feels too artificial

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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 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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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a bright medium orange gold color with a MASSIVE rocky white head, very steady and active carbonation.

S - Fruity esthers, dry and yeasty, light lemon, some minor touches of spice.

T - Pears, lemons, spicy pepper, some orange, and coriander over top of a sweet honey malt base. The spices and hops beat the malt down (in a good way) at the tail end of the sip, nice lingering bitterness comprised of coriander, pepper, some spiciness, and mild grassy/floral.

M - Very gentle carbonation, medium body, coats the mouth with peppery and spicy lemon orange.

O - A wonderful and enjoyable beer, really nice!

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11-13-15 - Late night at Monk's after Philly insurance event. Can't really believe I've never commented on this one. RR PTE also on tap, so it was a tough yet easy decision to go with La Chouffe. Served (twice) from the back bar in a signature BD'A tulip glass. Oh so smooth. My wife would probably drink this one. Flavorful, smooth, nice head and aroma, slight ring around the glass. Three?

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Love the artwork with the gnome and the yellow label....very Belgian....also love the bottle cap! The beer itself pours a lovely yeast hazed golden color with a thin, yet well retained layer of foam over the beer itself. The carbonation appears to be wee tight overall and the lacing is moderate, with small patches of bubbles sticking to the glass.

S- Dominant heavy yeast aromas, that subdue over time with a honeyed sweetness. Lightly floral and perhaps some marmalade zesty citrus. Somewhat spicy as well, with hints of cloves, peppercorn, cinnamon and perhaps some coriander. The finish is well balanced between mild hop bitterness and malt sweetness!

T- The spices follow on the palate much the same way I am smelling this.....creamy cloves and floral spice are prominent, and this is balanced nicely by caramel sweet malts. The finish is super refreshing and the citrus rind character shows itself and becomes slightly tart. Very unique and nicely flavored brew!

M/O- Agree with the Bros. review in the fact that the carbonation is very Champagne like....there must be thousands of tiny bubbles bursting on the palate with each swallow! Light bodied and refreshing, this keeps the high alcohol content very well hidden, much like a gnome would be in the garden! The floral nature of this beer keeps everything natural and well balanced. Highly drinkable and easy to enjoy for sure....highly recommended!

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.97/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Re-reviewing as the last review I wrote was after at about 5 bottles of various triples and quadruples, and I was pretty much only seeing pink elephants and elfs.

Bought from my Casino supermarket, in Paris.

There is an elf thing on the bottle. Maybe Chouffe is an elf..? Not sure...

Nice look.

In glass, loving it. Deep, red, amber colour. Nice level of head.

Aroma has elements of Duvel, though much more carbon dioxidy, and less apricot fruitness.

Taste certainly draws some parallels with Duvel and Delirium Tremens. For me this is nowhere near as well mastered to the same level. Flavours are less intense, and there is a distinct carbon dioxide/fizzy water flavour.

Coriander is listed in the ingredients, I also faintly taste peach, though overall it's balance of flavours is not up there with the best Belgian triples. As the carbon dioxide bubbles disappear, the taste improves.

I have to disagree with the Bros giving it 99. Going to have a Duvel now to compare. Yes, Duvel is far superior.

Try them together, there is much difference...

Probably the most over-rated beer on this site in my opinion

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased in a refrigerated state from Whole Foods, and consumed unhurriedly from a Spiegelau tulip. My only experience with Belgian Strong Pale Ales prior to this had been with Duvel. Having had this now 2 or 3 times, I can say I prefer this beer quite a bit more than Duvel, whose flavor I find somewhat heavy-handed. An enjoyable beer that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best before 02 2017. Bottle date/stamp of L20150 11:05. Careful pour to leave the sediment behind.

Appearance: Hazy golden amber with a bit of a glow to it when held up to the light. Dense white ring of foam at the edge, barest thin skin across the top, thick strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, bready, hing of clove, floral, hint of coriander.

Taste: Spicy, lots of flavors going on here which are well blended and hard to pull apart. Definite coriander, clove/banana, lemon rind, noble hops, some malt backbone with a bit of a grainy/wheaty tang to it. As the beer warms closer to room temp up the malt gets a bit sweeter and the noble hop bitterness backs off a bit.

Mouthfeel: Airy spicy carbonation that scrubs the palate. A bit of stickiness to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very pleasant Belgian strong pale ale. A definite beer to sip and savor with a lot going on. Definitely something I would pick up again. Not something I could drink all night though. If presented with a 750mL bottle I'd have to share it. Otherwise a 33cL bottle is just right for serving size on this one. One per evening is enough.

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

330ml short belgian bottle thing into snifter. best before feb 2017. consumed oct 1 2015

a: a really nice light orange, close to a yellow, with white head. opaque when you pour the yeast in, as always

s: dominant clove notes. fruity notes of pear and banana come and go. maybe a touch of lemon in there. i also pick up floral notes and apricot as well. nice and malty on the back-end -- lots of bread and a bit of wheat. this is an incredible aroma, everything feels so balanced

t: the strong spice follows in the taste, but is quickly cut out by a malty sweetness. honey, bread, and a bit of wheat. after that are the banana, apricot, pear, and lemon notes, but they are all very mild and are meshed together well. the honey sweetness continues. finishes moderately bitter

m: medium mouthfeel, prickly but not overpowering carbonation. feels quite sticky

o: easily my favourite belgian strong pale ale. i really enjoy the sweetness, and also how well all the flavours and aromas are blended together

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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,530 ratings.
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