Chouffe Biere Du Soleil | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium
achouffe.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BuckeyeNation on 03-03-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
1
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4
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Neorebel
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just had this on tap at Shorty's in NYC. I was surprised to see that La Chouffe had a Saison style beer that I did not know existed. The hazy chestnut color does not look like the Saisons I am used to, and it did not have very much of a head. The aroma was pleasing, with sour apple and pepper standing out. For the flavor itself, the tart apple remained and brought with it a grassiness and a certain funkiness. I did not pick up on much citrus as some of the other reviewers did. The mouthfeel was watery, and overall it was a bit one-dimensional. This was not really a great saison, and I am disappointed that it be4ars the great name of La Chouffe. I would like to find out more details of the brewing for this.

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Photo of tln13
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a tulip glass

Appearance – Served a hazy yellow-orange color with a billowy off-white head. The head had nice retention, eventually fading to leave a fair amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell was largely of wheat, spice, yeast and a lighter citrus aroma. Mixed with this were some aromas of green apple and a very light caramel smell.

Taste – The taste began with a sugary sweet and bready flavor with good hints of the citrus that was in the nose. With these flavors is a strong presence of a yeast flavor. As the flavor advanced, some spice came to the tongue with hints of a sour lemon/apple entering the scene. The sour got stronger more toward the end of the taste with the sweetness lightening some giving overall a a nice mildly sweet and sour spice flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The thickness of the beer was a little on the lighter side with the carbonation level being average to just above average. Both made for a very refreshing wheat style brew.

Overall – A very easy drinking and flavorful beer that is great for a warm day. While a little pricey for the quality it was well worth a try.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass all the way down to the last drop. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice but seems pretty mild aroma wise. Taste is much the same with a very mild spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's pretty thin and mild in my opinion.

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Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy honey color with an inch of head. Excellent retention. Looks great in its own D'Achouffe tulip. 4.5

Nectarine and apricot fruity with some light funk and apple sweetness. Nectary. Not what one would expect from a farmhouse ale. 4.0

Light apple and peach fruitiness with a smack of tart lemon and hay. Finishes with some clean bitterness and powdery yeast. 4.0

Very lightly carbonated and thin-bodied. Feels a little too thin, although a medium body might trick the palate into interpreting the beer as sugary. 3.5

Delicious beer, but makes for a strange saison. Sweetest saison I've had yet. 3.5

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of schomber
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Crescent Moon/Max and Joe's for d'Achouffe Week
Poured into a Brasserie d'Achouffe tulip glass
Review from notes

The bartender was referring to this as a saison, but the brewery's material called it a Belgian Pale Ale. Whichever it is, Soleil is a satisfyingly drinkable beer, though it is simple, straightforward, and surprisingly mild in aroma and flavor: you really have to search for things in it. I don't mind trying to find things in beer, it's just that after a while it becomes tedious, and you wonder if the mind is inventing more characters than are really there. I'd not seek this out again, instead opt for a solid Belgian wit, which is a bit like what this reminded me of.

Pours a 3cm head of white, dense bubbles, small in size. Retention is about average, settling to a few wisps of foam atop the body, and a ring around the glass. Lacing is noticeable and above average, being slightly refreshed with each swirl and sip. Body is a semi-hazy, gold-meets-copper color, with light bringing out some orange and yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible along sides of the glass.

Aroma fairly simple, of light grain, lemon citrus, and a bit of green, leafy herbaceous vegetation (not hops).

Taste is similar to smell, thankfully a bit stronger. Most expressiveness from pale, sweet malts and lemon citrus, with mild fruit esters and modest hop bitterness appearing mid-palate and traipsing through to the back. Aftertaste of lingering lemon, grain, and mild bitterness. Again, fairly lacking in any intensity and expressiveness. Seems kind of like an old beer, even though this was just tapped at the beginning of the day.

Beer is medium bodied with gentle, though noticeable carbonation. The result is a smooth and adequately flowing beer across the palate. Closes with a fair bit of dryness.

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Photo of zonker17
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of hayesjw
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a two finger white head on a copper colored, hazy body. Average head retention but excellent lace.

S - Bready malt, pear, pepper, and lemon.

T - Sweet malt, toffee and lemon up front. A finish full of bread, pear, honey and lightly herbal hops.

M - A thick, chewy body, low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Subtle but interesting with good balance and drinkability.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two finger thick head with nice retention and lots of lacing. Body is murky crimson with golden hues. Aroma is very sweet and fruity with mostly green apple and kiwi with typical Belgian yeast. Flavor is Bready plus more of the same with a mild sour green apple note mixed with a sweet kiwi and banana flavor. Semi dry in the finish, medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. It's a little dryer than I like but still good.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always exciting to see a new d'Achouffe beer on tap.

A: The ale is amber color, lighter towards the autumnal orange end of the spectrum and hazed over. No head on this one.

S: Sweetness, pale breads and fruits and yeast, gives the beer the air of a Belgian amber ale on steroids. Beyond the candi sugar-inspired sweetness, there isn't much depth.

T: The candi sugars and yeast are immediately evident, sweetness from the first sip. Light breads follow, biscuity. A fuller body, supporting the sweetness, doesn't add much depth, making this a one trick pony. Too much amber for me, the sweetness a minor moment of redemption.

M: An amped up amber ale. Glad for the chance to try it though. If there are d'Achouffe offerings, check them out first.

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Photo of BrownNut
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well what a letdown. I'd just had the beautiful De Glazen Toren Saison D'Erpe Mere and then tried this one. It fell totally flat by comparison. Faint, not much flavor happening, none of that delightful saison sweet freshness. I'm a saison lover and this was a real disappointment, a shadow of what you'd expect. I just wound up using it as a palate cleanser between some heavier things I was trying. It was handy in that role! Utterly forgettable and I'd never waste another beerportunity on it in the future.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11 ounce goblet - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: This one is hazy, opaque, and dark orange-amber in appearance with a thin layering of snow white foam. Copious lacing.

Smell: Honey-toned, pale malted, bready malts with little, light touches dried herb, green grapes, lemon rind, and vague florals.

Taste: A sweetish taste of raw, organic honey over cracked pale malts with a light toastiness, and a light caramel quality. Herbal, lowly citrusy hops, very low bitterness. Hint of grapeskin, a bit of pulverized apricot. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: It's alright, I am appreciative of the relatively low alcohol. However, I'll politely, though entirely disagree with the saison categorization.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brasserie d'Achouffe Biere du Soleil, saison.

Huge, pillowy head, lacey and lovely, above a deepy amber-colored brew.

Malt-driven aromatics, earthy, nutty, lightly spiced. Rustic, with faint fruit. Special Belgian yeast must is a plus.

This is a darker saison than we're accustomed to, but it's not in the Belgian way to cling to fast to styles. How's it taste, though? Slides in smoothly, easily, and yummily. (It's a word, look it up. Or, don't.)

A very different version of a saison, and not one I'd expect from d'Achouffe. The beer are consistently good, and this is, as well, but it certainly defies expectations for the style. Light-bodied, lower alcohol, tasty, but unobtrusive malt character. Lacks a certain citric spark or spicy zing, but makes up for it with particular characteristics of it's own.

The distributor made me a tap handle, which calls "Beer of the Sun" a "pale ale". I guess it is more of a malty pale ale, than what we typically think of as a saison.

I find it hard to be very critical of this one. It really does more resemble a Belgian pale ale than a by-the-numbers saison, but any way you shake it, it's a nice beer. A sessionable Belgian ale, for sure, at a mere 4.5%, but, again, not quite what you expect when you think "saison". There's still plenty of citric snap, and slight hoppy/spicy twang that gives the palate something to do, and think about, but there's not so much challenge in it to worry anyone too much. The sort of beer I'd want one more of, and then, another.

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Photo of pchep
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a goblet in low altitude Seal Beach, California. Reviewed from notes taken at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream lacing, great thickness, and great retention. Dark nontransparent caramel-amber.

Sm: Caramel, cream, and a light hint of dark fruit esters. A mild strength aroma.

T: Dark fruit, cream, and light caramel. A bit simple, but very tasty. It's certainly got depth. Nice toasted malt. Balanced and well built.

Mf: Smooth and wet; a bit buttery with light cream. Suits the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable. It comes at a high price, but the quality is great. I'd have it again, but preferably not at this price.

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Photo of impending
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

La Trappe. Served in a stange, slightly hazy light yellow straw, pure white head, ok lacing.

Aroma is subdued but nice. Yeasty light skinned fruits, tiny flowers and citrus.

Taste too is subdued, no sharp edges. Low in sweets, nearly zero bitters. Again yeasty with a little fruit and citrus. Aftertaste evaporates quickly, nothing remains. Pairs well with all foods. Light bodied mouthfeel.

This is not a saison, a nice table pale ale.
cheers
jd

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Chouffe Biere Du Soleil from Brasserie d'Achouffe
3.69 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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