Chouffe-Bok | Brasserie d'Achouffe

BA SCORE
85
very good
63 Ratings
Chouffe-BokChouffe-Bok
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium
achouffe.be

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
15.4%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Stevenwings
1/5  rDev -73.9%

Photo of Arno
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: Brown / Amber with an off-white head. Not much retention.

smell: Burnt malts, slightly caramel, but mostly sour yeast.

taste: Actually pretty much how it smells. It's sadly not a rich full flavor beer, but quite watery tending on the sour (yeast) side. Lacks depth.

mouthfeel: Refreshing with quite a carbonation kick - which is the best part of this beer: just refreshing.

overall: Nothing special. Won't drink it again probably.

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Photo of Mar02x
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on the birthday of my brother in law yesterday evening (11-11-2011). I am expecting a lot of it.

A - Like a bock beer, brown and not a lot of foam.

S - A combined smell of yeast, alcohol and malts.

T - A good taste of La Chouffe yeast, some sweetness, malts and that is about it. There is not taste evolution whatsoever.

M - A low to medium carbonation and a light bitter finish.

O - Not a special brew not to bad either.

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Photo of John
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy brown color. Persistent head. Initial skunky aroma fades to a rather non-descript scent. A tart and rather unpleasant sour yeast flavor dominates. Hmmm…curiously there are no satisfying standout qualities here. Some faint malt manages to get through to force a semi-sweet tart finish. This brew does not emerge a favorite after this sampling session and misses whatever mark it’s targeting.

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Photo of safaricook
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of SVD
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Oidmoe
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rastaman
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great appearnce, with a nice fluffy white head which sticks and leaves nice lace. Sugary malt aroma, bit of caramel, bit of brown sugar. Sweet and slightly fizzy palate, quite thin aswell, not as good as i hoped for.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Redteketed
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of stevoj
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Catch up rating . A dark copper, brown beer with a lively head that settles into a small skin of white foam. Smell is malt , nuts and molasses. Taste is malty, but subdued. There is some fruit taste. Bitterness is low and body is a bit watery, but this makes it lighter.

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Photo of Zet
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark amber (almost black) colour with a nice cappucino head of foam. Smell of caramel, cream, vanilla, malt and yeast. The taste is also quite mellow, with caramel and vanilla being dominant here. There is also some light fruit (pear) present. Mouth feel is amazing: very smooth and sticky, which has a beneficial effect on the taste. Not an unpleasant drink, but I'll lower the score in the overall box. It is way too friendly to be called bok. A bok needs more bitterness and shouldn't be afraid to offensive. This is an autumn latte, not a bok.

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Photo of Damburger
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of danflux
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Maakun
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with light hints of red. It's a bit darker than most bok beers, but has that very nice reddish hue. Beige head that shrinks quickly.

Smell: grapes, white bread, slightly sweet, like sugared apple juice. Granola with honey.

Taste: sour fruits, some apples, the first sip is quite sour overall, with a hint of bitter burnt sugar/malts. Later some nicer fruit, cherries and riper apples, a nice slightly toasted malts/granola taste with a bitter touch that is more burnt than hoppy. Aftertase is slightly sour again.

Mouth: a bit thin, almost watery. Medium carbonation, and the alcohol is definately present. Not great, but drinkable.

Overall: surprisingly thin for its ABV. There's just this big mouth-coating maltyness that I'd expected. Way too watery as well. Also a bit too sour. I don't like boks that are too sweet, but this is goes so far in the other direction that it also doesn't work very well. It's drinkable, but not great.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick light tan head, good retention. The beer is deep burgundy in color. The aroma is extremely faint, there's a some alcohol in there, a some bitterness, maybe lemon. The beer is incredibly light on the tongue. It has a bit of malt, balanced by some caramel,fruit, and spices. Its very smooth and easy to drink, although I was expecting a bit thicker beer with more intense flavors.

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange, almost brown color with golden orange hues and a one finger frothy head.  Decent retention slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spots and streaks of lace left behind.  

Sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and peppery spice.  Slight dark fruit presence but the dark malt and zesty spice notes dominate the nose.

Medium bodied but on the lighter end with subtle spice, dark fruit and a promient malt character.  Hints ofnpepper, clove and coriander along with some caramel, toffee and biscuit.  Sweet notes of raisin, chocolate and plum.  

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in the Vlaamsche Reus in Wageningen.

Poured into an original Chouffe glass. The beer pours a dark brown amber color, with a nice thick white-colored head.

Smell: Strong yeast (bread, grass), spicy and fruity hops, grains and caramel malts

Taste: sweet malts (caramel), some fruity hops, nutty, and some dark fruits. Finish is a bit peppery and bitter malty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and medium carbonation

Overall: I have to say I already had quite some beers before tasting this one. Maybe I could not correctly identify all the flavors anymore. But anyhow, a nice sweet-bitter beer, but not my favorite bok beer by far. Still nice to drink.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

21st Oct 2012: Cafe De Grendelpoort in Valkenburg, on-tap, along with a host of others in a 'Bok Fest'.

Pours a dark brown colour which isn't mirky but it isn't clear either. On top a thin layer of white foam.

The aroma was of over roasted malty molasses and yeastiness.

The yeast and sweetness from the molasses carried on into the taste nicely. There was also a distinct liquorice finish to this brew, so much so I had to have another to make sure!

Very pleasant and tasty, body strength good and well carbonated.

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Photo of lhwjanssen
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Absumaster
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark copper, brown beer with a fizzy head that settles into a small layer of white foam.

Smell is malty with a nutty and some molasses notes. The malty part is really munich malt-like. The yeast adds a light fruity and with a bit of imagionation a Belgian bok character.

Taste is malty, but not as bold as the smell would expect. The malt is nutty and a bit candisugar-like. Still an above-average maltiness. There is a fruity taste, that does not appear to be the standard Chouffe yeast. I am used to either Dutch or German bocks, which do not have this fruity taste and I can't say I am a big fan of it in a bock. Bitterness is low and body is a bit thin, but this makes drinkability better.

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Photo of vollie
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Elbrownbag
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.83 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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