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Chouffe-Bok | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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3.77/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium
achouffe.be

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,987
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
64
pDev:
15.38%
Bros Score:
3.98
 
 
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Gots:
9
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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.76/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of misternebbie
4.64/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cokes
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

BB: End of 2004.

Damn do I love these Chouffe brews.
Pours gleaming garnet prior to the yeast pour. Huge, persistant ivory head. Tons of lace. Beautiful.
Nose is lightly caramelly and hay like. Sugar hues towards the back. Likeable, but not a lot to speak of.
Taste begins with some heavy brown sugar and caramel notes. Spices kick in next with hints of vanilla and thyme. The lable lists orange peel but there is more of a juicy citric orange flavor here. Loads of other fruits awaite in shadows. Ranging from grapes to the much more exotic. Doughy yeast imparts some grainy and grassy notes midway. Snapped up at the finish with some leafy raw hops.
Mouthfeel is about medium. Much more Belgian than bock-like. Who cares? This is a absolute treat.
Difficult not to drink fast. I love it.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a tulip.

A - Dark, ruby-tinged colour. Big, pillowy head. Carbonation bubbles a-plenty. Lacing is excellent.

S - Malt & caramel. Some phenols, herbs & a touch of cheese.

T - First reaction is that it tastes just like a bock. A bit darker in flavour than I'd expected from the smell. Burnt chocolate initially with a slightly bitter undertone. Tart berries with a bit of pepper and sweet cheese. Some other herbs and a soothing honey flavour coming through as it warms.

M - Smooth and creamy but with enough of a flavour to coat the mouth and leave a pleasant malty aftertaste.

D - A nice darker beer but one that's also surprisingly refreshing. Very easy to drink...

I know I'm guilty of loving this brewery...
But when they keep making beers like this how could you blame me?!
Probably not a true bock in the German tradition but even as a dark ale it's a damn fine drink. The slightly herbal feel I get from this beer seems to be a characteristic common to all beers from this brewery. You can almost tell it's from La Chouffe just from that first sip. Without getting too metaphorical you could say this is like the blonde ale taking a walk through a dark forest while wearing a trenchcoat! Cheers.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautiful, thick, and cloudy brownish-orange body with a wonderful head that went down slowly and laced the glass.

Smell – Classic yeasty Belgian malts with some terribly ripe fruits and a good helping of spices. The biscuit yeast aroma fills the nostrils as the peaches, apricots, cherries, melons, raspberries, and bananas complete the experience. This is a wonderful nose.

Taste – The lightly-toasted malt and yeast suggestions make this one a standout. The ripe pears, apricots, and apples mix well with the coriander, cinnamon, and allspice to give this one a classic BSDA flavor. The dark chocolate dipped in caramel finish provides a fitting end to this excellent ale.

Mouthfeel – Good, solid carbonation gives this medium to full-bodied ale an exciting personality.

Drinkability – I’ll be standing on my feet for the next few hours making pizza in my kitchen, and this will be the perfect accompaniment.

Comments – This one betters as it warms, so don’t drink it right out of the fridge. Pop the cap at “cellar temperature” for best results. This really is kick-ass bock meets BSDA.

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Photo of stoutman
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yummy. Belgian bock? Unlike German bock beers, this bock is a bottle-conditioned ale naturally spiced with Slovanian and Czech hops (so says the label). Deep dark color with a malty taste and spicy finish.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i've been consuming this beer on the down-low for a while now, finally got around to reviewing with the 'ban' lifted.. this is the american silkscreened bottle import version (best by 2002), not the labeled belgian version (best by 2005).

clear reddish orange pour. deep color haziness with the age-bred floaties omnipresent. creamy ring with a slight surface wisp and an island of bubbles isolated in the center. amoebic lace monsters coat the glass. aroma is sweet caramel peppered with accenting clove bombs.. a fruitcake quality is present which dwells on candied, overripe purple fruit and hints of canned pineapple. crispness characterized by a peppy yeast-shitten carbonation. flavor with warmth quickly becomes overtaken by a spicy wood quality that bring the clove and lavender to the foreground. extreme depth of taste excites a coffee subtlety which nicely counterbalances some of the sweetness. finishes with a burnt sugar smoothness and the light, effervescent body begs another sip real quick. this has held up (and blossomed) with age and would probably last thru '07. great beer and a sad loss from the chouffe line (here, anyway).

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great from the get go. Poured into my big Family Guy mug and was greeted with one of the best looking heads I've ever seen in that mug. Best retenion I've ever seen, a whole fingers worth of head held fast throughout all 750 ml's !!! Perfect ruddy brown with a hint of mbver red, just like a bock should. Nice and opaque too, hard to see any bubbles in there. The aroma was mild for anything Belgian, but still had some classic, bock maltiness with a deeper hint of some special spices. The taste is an awesome mix between Belgian spice and German malts. Veyr clean malts with lots roasty sweetness and hints of prunes and fruity chocolate. Just an awesome Belgian interpretation on a German tradition.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Brasserie Achouffe gift shop in Achouffe, Belgium. This beer was poured from a 750 ml capped bottle. The 6666 refers to the postal code in Achouffe and is advertised as being 6.66% ABV to match.

Sheeting lace from the billowing white head surrounds a nutty clear coppery brown body. Lovely aroma, rich caramel malt with a hint of noble hops and some faint apple in there too.

Malty, nutty, caramel...all the flavors you would expect from a traditional bock beer. But there is a touch of fruitiness (apple or pear, I assume from the yeast) and a persistent twinge of noble hops throughout. Just a bit smoky too. A bit sticky in the finish but ultimately very drinkable, very well-balanced and very tasty. I finished the whole thing with little effort over the course of an hour. Brilliant stuff. According to the website, it's brewed for the Dutch market but get some if you can.

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Photo of ADR
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy cinnamon-brown, upcharging head. Smells a little of alcohol and apricot despite not being that strong a brew. Very sweet malts, a little astringency and something that approaches diacetyl and caramel flavor from a completely different direction. Hint of yellow raisins and pear flavor. Nice stuff, a little sweet and sticky without being that full-bodied. Nice swallow. Interesting...I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of RuudJH
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Chouffe Bok, bottle 75 cl, 6.66 % abv.
It has a very clean taste overall.
Dark chestnut brown colour, with a good creamcolour head. Clear with good carbonation.

Smell is of dark fruits, malts, caramel and spice.
Taste is slightly bitter, with a spicy bite afterwards.
Refreshing with the carbonation.

Traditional fall beer in the Lowlands region, and a very nice one it is. Chouffe from the Ardenne I guess uses very clean water, and the results are allways more than ok.
Cheers.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy brown color with a thin tan head that lasted for a while. The aroma was a complex mixture of malt, spice, grass, and yeast. The flavor was even more exciting, as malt, cinammon, fruits, and yeast all danced well together on the tongue. The malt rode the aftertaste the most, with a tiny bit of sourness at the finish.

Smooth on the tongue, but some crispness detected while swallowing. After finishing the bomber bottle, I do not think I would have wanted anymore in this sitting, so drinkablilty was graded a little lower, even though this is an extremely tasty beer. Also the alcohol was barely noticeable.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass

A - Pours a clear amber colour with a very nice ruby tinge to it. Nice tight Ivory coloured head that reduces to a film that retains well.

S - Not much in the way of aromas except some small Malt.

T - Nice honey like flavours that have some vanilla and chocolate present, maybe a littel herbal notes as well.Very well balanced indeed.

M - Nice creamy brew that is medium bodied with minimal carbonation

D - Well what a great drop again from this brewery. This is a little different than your average Belgian beer and well worth a try

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Photo of DylanBrkhff
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of supermeniscus
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in BIF16, shout out to counselor. I've never even seen this one before! Best by 2002! We'll see about that! Pop the top, and a dark amberish/orange ambrosia comes out. Sticky off-white head and lace ensues. Aromas of sweet candy, caramel, and sugar, as well as honey, several kinds of malt, and a slightly spicy hoppiness. Finish is juicy, and than dry with warming butterscotch, apple, and funk notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkability is good. An interesting chouffe indeed! Bah!

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Photo of Robje
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jsf14
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber colour with a small tan head. Fair lacing.

Bready melanoidins combine with spicy, clove notes to provide an enticing aroma. Mild tropical fruits add interest.

Delicious, sweet, malty flavour with lots of punch. Good spiciness and nice fruit. Well balanced.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A solid Belgian ale and a delicious beer. I'd have another.

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Photo of Todd
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pt/9.4oz green magnum bottle with painted label. Best before end of 2002.

Appearance: A semi-hazed to cloudy amber beer with a healthy off-white foam head that retains very nicely and sticks here and there on the glass.

Smell: Musty yeast aromas, spices, grass, with metallic, grain and fruity esters in the background.

Taste: A very smooth and complex brew. Odd -- yet extremely unique and palatable -- combinations of fruity malts and esters, varying spices, tea-like bitterness and underlying malt sweetness (light toffee). Definitely of Belgian origin due to the distinct yeast flavours of grass, and medicinal characteristics. The palate dries up slightly at this point and gives way to an almost aggressive alcohol presence and a buttery slickness on the tongue. Finishes dry with a soft medly of what it once was in the aftertaste.

Notes: This is a pretty crazy bottle-conditioned brew and truly one of the most unique bocks that I've ever tasted. It's much lighter on the malt and alcohol vs. traditional bocks, at 6.5%abv, however this is made up by its character, its Belgian influence on the style and its being absolutely delicious. It's also rather refreshing.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the brewery store from a Sep 2008 visit with my brother.

The beer poured a brilliantly clear, off white head, massive and fluffy. The aroma was slightly citrus and a nice malt tone as well. The taste is very pleasing. Nice toasted character and some caramel notes and also a good bitterness on the tongue. Definitely worth picking up if you can find.

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Photo of Rivoire
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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