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La Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

876 Reviews
La ChouffeLa Chouffe

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | website

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 RedLion
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy gold color, with a huge fluffy off white foam that sits gently on the top.

Smell: This beer has wonderful floral and citrus aromas with just a hint of spice.

Taste: Intoxicating. I've never had anything like this before. Grapefruit, apples, very clean.

Mouthfeel: Way too easy to drink. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer from the bottle, but is absolutely a "can't miss" on tap! My first bottle was a disappointment, but who knows how long it had been on the shelf. Later bottles were much better.

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

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden with a frothy white head that lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply malty with caramel most prominent. The aroma was estery with pineapple and slight citrus notes. The aroma contained a slight biscuit character as well as some spiciness.

The flavor was light and malty with caramel. The fruity pineapple and citrus from the aroma carried through to the flavor. The biscuit was noticeable near the end of the flavor on the palate and melded with the other flavors. The bittering was decidedly citric and well done with spicy flavors that emerge on the palate over time.

The finish was dry with lasting citrus and light bittering along with a nice spice character that continues into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was low leaving the impression of less mouthfeel. A very well crafted beer, pleasing in all aspects.

750 ml crown capped silk screened bottle. Purchased at Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA.

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

Thick foamy white head on top of a golden yellow pour. Fruity delicious notes in the nose on top of a bit of sweetness and yeast. Flavor is full of herbal and fruit flavors, most notably some apple and a bit of pear backboned by some sweet vanilla flavors. Dry on the mouth as it finishes smoothly. One of the better beers I've had in a while, and certainly one I'll go back to when I want something with a bit of a punch that still leaves a fairly light impression on the tongue.

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Photo of Vipsanius
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle that has been cellared for over a year. Best before date is "before end of 2006." Poured into a Westmalle chalice.

After pouring "carefully" into the glass as the bottle instructed, I still got a very nice one and a half inch frothy white head and no floating yeast particles that other people have noticed (be careful after your first pour that you don't tilt it to the upright position too quickly...else, this will disturb the yeast at the bottom and you'll get particles on subsequent pours). The color was a beautiful transparent golden color. The initial appearance coupled with the smell, which was pretty light, was very unintimidating...

That is until you bring it to your lips. Wow! A lot of taste. It threw me completely off guard. Very spicy at first, peppers, coriander, and a touch of cinnamon and mustard. Then some subtle herbal aftertones of marjoram and tarragon leaves (subtle herbs...nothing strong like oregano or basil). Somewhere in there you can pick up on some malt flavors but they don't last too long. By the way, this beer leaves some of the most interesting and exquisite lacing I have ever seen. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is pretty carbonated. You may feel a little gassy and bloated after this one. Don't want to be drinking this one with the Queen of England. If you can get away with burping the carbonation out, it's pretty drinkable, but beware of the 8% ABV. It's not very noticeable.

One final piece of advice, be very careful with food pairings on this beer. Pair it with something light or you'll miss out on all of the subtleties it offers.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: The first pour out of the bottle was crystal clear and golden, with hints of amber. Subsequent pours became hazier. The white head rose up huge in the tulip and settled down slowly. It became nice and rocky as it did so. A heavy bead sustained some thick patches of foam on the surface of the brew for the entire time. A ton of lace was left behind. Lovely.

Smell: Light and straightforward, but enjoyable. A mix of grapes, apples, spicy hops, yeast, and the bite of spice were all present. Underneath these was a hint of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with a strong carbonation presence. The carbonation wasn't rough, though; it gave the beer a slightly spongy feel and added a nice presence on the tongue.

Taste: This one had some bite. Spicy and herbal hops combined with black pepper to nip at the tongue. A light bitterness from the hops, along with some spicy alcohol, showed up on the finish. Sweet apple arose in the aftertaste, but it also had a bit of a bite to it as well, kind of like a Granny Smith.

A nice change of pace from the rash of rounder, sweeter Belgians that I have been drinking lately. It had a cutting sharpness that ripped right through the sweetness that did little more than provide balance. Its biggest detriment was that the alcohol came through a little too strong at times.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 750ml bottle like the one in the pictured. No best by or freshness date on the bottle. La Chouffe had a slightly hazed apricot tone, a blizzard of carbonation and a fluffy white head. Copious amounts of lace were left behind and the head lasted to the last drop.
The smell had an intensely hoppy, spicy aroma with notes of coriander and pepper ruling the roost. Also a mild bready malt aroma, some citrus notes and hints of orchard fruits.
The taste was a virtual carbon copy of the smell. Sweet malt and peaches, a light tartness like from apricots, and some powdery yeast flavors up front. Then on came the hops and spices. Coriander flavor cuts through all, backed by pepper and a hint of vanilla. Finished with a clean hoppy bite. The feel was medium-bodied, creamy, with a drying finish.
La Chouffe is a complex, well-crafted Belgian ale, a fine example of the strong pale ale. Dangerously drinkable, this is now one of my favorites and I'll be on the lookout for the rest of the Brasserie d'Achouffe line.

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Photo of GreatLeo
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in a 75cl non corked bottle with best before date of 2005 served in its traditional chouffe tulip glass.
This was my first experience with a unfiltered/unpasterized ale and I certainly was very impressed! It was so very cloudy that I held it up to the light I saw the sediment floating around in it but dont let its different appearance fool this is one high class ale one of the best I've had and continue to drink.

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

From the small bottle.

The color is a hazy gold with a rose tinge to it. A full active head, fine carbonation and a nice bit of lace.
The nose is green apples, pepper, orange peel and lemon; grassy and vegetal; then something faintly yeasty and meaty. Reminiscent of some saisons.
The flavors are of tart fruit at first, with a round and sweetish malt center and a gentle hop finish. All suffused with the prescence of clove and earthy yeast.
Nice and fizzy and smooth on the tongue. Tasty and delicious.

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

Poured from a 75 cL bottle into the proper La Chouffe glass.

Pours a pale cloudy orange with a thick foamy head with diminishes to a layer of bubbles and leaves foam down the glass. Subtle nose of spices and hint of malts. The taste is of spices, some cloves, malt and hints of peach and apricot. A lovely effervescent mouthfeel. A very nice Belgian pale ale. Very complex yet subtle flavours. I'm certainly going to be coming back to this one.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle with an immense creamy head. Once again I can't seem to properly decant this into a glass. There are bits of yeast floating here and there, but I did manage to keep most of it in the bottle. "Getting better all the time." Anyway, the head receded leaving a sticky lace along the sides of the glass.
The nose is seems to be an interesting mix of clove and honey, not unlike other strong pale ales, but with a subtlety all its own. The alcohol that is usually present in the scent some of these brews is missing altogether. It's replaced by a vague barnyard aroma.
This one generally tastes like it smells. The creamy mouthfeel gives way to a mild tartness and pale malt notes. I think the yeast comes through in the end.
Strikingly smooth, perhaps too smooth. Aside from the initial tartness there's no bite to this beer at all. As a result drinkability suffers for me.
Good strong pale ale, I'll have to try this again somewhere down the road.

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

Poured from a 750 ml capped green magnum, best before date on the label says 2007. Bought with the Chouffe gift pack, so of course I poured it into the accompanying La Chouffe stemware. A deep hazy gold in colour, quite brilliant in its lustre for a hazed beer, with a massive sponge-like head that maintains impressive retention, I almost need a shovel to make a path through it to the actual beer. There is a very mild aroma, but it seems to draw me in with every inhale, a lot of complexity to something so subtle. Lemon and tangerine zest, bubblegum esters, fresh grass, and then the spices: coriander, black pepper, some nutmeg, and even cinnamon to my surprise. The flavour is light and refreshing, the mouthfeel is effervescent. This is quite an uplifting beer, I'm sampling this after an unsavory day at work, and it has completely managed to perk me up. Light grains and yeast at first, with a quick appearance of orange sweetness in the middle, then gaining some bulk on the finish with the spices, first coriander and cloves, with black pepper lingering on the aftertaste. I really didn't know what to expect with this, as the McChouffe didn't impress me much. I've certainly been missing out this past while in this case. As inexplicably annoying as I find gnomes, I can easily overlook that personal bias when it comes to La Chouffe, I'll definitely be picking more up, I can't remember the last time a new beer cheered me up so much.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden amber color from the 750ml bottle. Cloudy, with a big, fluffy white head and good lace.
Smell is slightly sour, malt, fruit (lemon & ... orange?), spice (coriander per the label) and light hops. A good complexity and balance for the nose.
Taste is malty, spicy, fruity with some oakiness and hops late. Could use a bit more complexity but the balance is spot on.
Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, with light effervescence. Warms the throat slightly, alcohol not overpowering at all.
Drinkability is high. The ABV is not really noticeable so I suggest sharing with friends to keep yourself off the floor.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. The mild spiciness reminds me of Unibroue (Don de Dieu in particular). Bright and fizzy, nice aroma starts it off. Smooth and refreshing, matched up well with the steak and shrimp we had for dinner. Doesn't have quite the tartness of a saison, but pretty similar in taste. I've seen this many times, and I'm glad I finally tried it.

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

Pours out bright, light gold and sits a foggish golden amber in the glass with a large, soapy white head, thoroughly attaching itself to the sides of the glass, coating it with streams of snowy white froth.

Smells highly aromatic and lifting. Sweet, fruty aromas are pushed out, lending hints of pears, apples, grapes and just a touch of orange zest. Full, herbal characteristics balance out the sweetness, giving a mild spiciness. Crackery and yeasty aromas buried deep within, but provide a good platform for everything to balance on.

Tastes immediately refreshing and extremely lively. Mouthfulls of green grapes, strawberries, nectarines, pears and apples are crammed in with every sip. Fruity sweetness is quickly balances with a grass-like spiciness and mild bitterness. Flavors continue to dance around long after swallowing, then are replaced with a dry, yeasty flavor on the pallate.

This may be light and and zesty, but it is far from weak. Wildly fulfilling and absolutely refreshing. Crisp feel and abundant carbonation filling in every gap. Lively light body, nothing wrong here. A 750 is a good stopping point, but shall be replaced for future events. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and hope I can do so more often in the future.

A nice way to mark my 300th attempt at a review. Here's to many more!

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

Pours a pale golden color with fluffy white head and excellent lacing. Aromas of lemon grass, lemon zest, grapefruit and. Citrus tang, coriander and grassy flavors with balancing bitterness. Light in body with an almost spritzy mouthfeel.

I can't believe I drank the whole bottle. I opened it with the intention of sharing, but had to go it alone. This is a very refreshing beer. A well balanced thirst quencher. I recommend sharing this with friends, if you have to :-)

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a towering white that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a refreshing pale malt scent with a wonderfully fruity and tart Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is outstanding. It has a very smooth pale malt flavor with a dry, yet fruity finish. It goes down easy and finishes a bit warm, but nothing too harsh. This is an easy drinker. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate to good carbonation. This is an excellent Belgian. It has great aroma and taste, an excellent sessions brew.

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

After trying Duvel ,I knew that Belgians had won a permanent place in my fridge, La Chouffe has made even more room. The thick ,pillowy head was a wonderful sight and the lacing did not quit.A little citrus, orange it seemed to me,combined with that peppery undertone...yeah.. that's the stuff.And the carbonation was fantastic.It's right up there with Duvel, though I find Duvel just a bit smoother.Definitely another fun brew.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge off-white head that leaves behind a thick lacing on the sides of the chalice. The ale is a beautiful honey hue and a bit hazy. there were lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom during the entire consuption of the 750ml bottle.

The aroma contained a light hop bouquet, earthy yeast and a little bit of spiciness, especially pepper.

The taste was composed of sweet malts, spices, pepper, nice balance of sweet malts with a dry finish and a bit of bittering hops lingering in the end.

Good carbonation and nice medium body. For 8% the alcohol really doesn't come through at all.

nice ale!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Eulogy. Large, creamy head. This beer has a nice, estery character, but it could be so much more. Bottle-conditioned would be the preferred way to go with this one. Very good on-tap. I would assume it would have much more complexity in the bottle. In my mind's eye, I picture that tasting wonderfully. A lot of Belgian beers are that way. Remember, on-tap is not always better.

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Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright mildly hazy gold with a thin white head and champagne bubbles. No lace on the glass (the only negative I can write at this time). Aroma of bright citrus, a little hop flower maybe grass. Not much lace. Bright citrus tang on the flavor a little hop bitterness. I was a little surprised to see this listed as a Belgian Pale rather than a gold ale. Nice light mouth feel very drinkable. Excellent beer. The d'Achouffe brewery does it again.

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Photo of taez555
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick choppy white head with a golden orange body.

The nose was a mix of big spice, fruit, yeast, pears, golden apples, banana and wheat. Really a lovely classic golden/triple nose.

A very choppy mouthfeel with a large bubbled carbonation sit against the light to medium body. Somewhat tart with an earthy hop taste. A slightly grainy spice, coriander, apple or apple peel, and yeast with a hidden alcohol. There’s a nice, almost numbing bitterness from start to finish.

Really a nice Belgian blonde/triple/golden or whatever you choose to call it. Definitely one of the finest beers from the brewery.

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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 problematic…).

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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La Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
93 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.
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