Chouffe-Bok | Brasserie d'Achouffe

BA SCORE
85
very good
62 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:
62
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
15.4%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly murky tawny with an infusion of apple red and multiple fine bubble streams that are only visible with backlighting. The toasted ecru cap has a pale orange tint that matches the oranginess of beer beneath and is a looker, especially after the second pour. Its gentle rockiness is an attractive feature, as are the small sheets of thick, rustic looking lace that end up on the glass.

The primary features of the nose are earthiness, fruitiness and mild spiciness. It smells like some sort of autumn beer potpourri, but in a good way. More power would be nice, as would more than the hint of complexity that's present. More of the first usually leads to more of the second, at least when the beer is brewed by a quality brewery, as this one is.

Chouffe-Bok is more impressive on the palate than it is in the nose. I could have picked out the correct style with one sip (Belgian Dark Ale, not Bock). I'm not sure why Brasserie D'Achouffe chose to use Bok in the name, but it kinda, sorta fits... in an oddball Belgian brewery sort of way. I don't care what they call their beer as long as continue to brew it.

The flavor profile is dominated by a brown maltiness that is reminiscent of mushy, fallen apples that have just begun to ferment in the warm October sun. A moderate amount of cinnamon and clove spice helps to give it a 'harvest' edge that further puts me in mind of my favorite season of the year. Forget that it's actually a spring seasonal. I know that I have.

Bitter is far and away more prominent than either sweet or sour. In fact, the bitterness is akin to a tannin-like woodiness that makes me think that the beer was aged in white oak barrels (although I don't believe that it was). There's a hint of alcohol on the finish, but it's so minimal as to be easily ignored. A bit more residual sugar and a slightly bigger body would result in a better beer as far as I'm concerned, but it's hard to argue with the snappy, crisply brisk, finely carbonated feel that has been provided. Quenching with a capital 'Q'.

I had no idea that this beer was retired when I plucked it off the shelf. I also didn't notice the miniature 'best before end 2002' along the bottom edge of the silk-screened label. It just goes to show that 'best by' dates are a crap shoot at best (in some styles) because Chouffe-Bok is still good beer. It may not be quite the beer that it was when fresh, but I'm enjoying the hell out of it and consider my $6.99 well spent.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 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 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 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 scruffwhor
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Bighuge
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a brown/ruby colored beer. It pours with a fizzing sound as the nice looking thick and dense light beige head forms on top. Aromas of lemon grass, leaves, herbs, spices and orange grace my nose. The flavor profile really stikes an earthy chord. Dry grass. Lemon pepper. Bark. Herbal weed like notes. And a subdued yeasty accent. Malts are biscuit like. And hops add a little bitterness to blend with the spicy, earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is carbonated and just a little spritzy. All in all, an interesting concoction.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 RoyalT
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Bierman9
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%

I had a 0.33l glass of this, on draft, at Café De Knijnspiep on 01OCT14. Cost was €3.75 for the serving.

The small tulip contained a bier which was clear, and a deep chestnut/mahogany hue, with some ruby thrown in. Head was mocha colored, fluffy and creamy, like a soft-serve ice cream. It lasted well and left great lace. Nose was mild, with some caramel and a hint of sweetness. Medium-bodied and fairly smooth; a decent mouthfeel.

Light sweetness also hit the palate, with some caramel and a smidge of raisin. Hop bitterness follows, and it is more bitter overall than sweet. Warming didn't improve things any. An OK bier... Prosit!


3.84/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.65 | smell: 3.90 | feel: 3.95 | taste: 3.75 | drinkability: 3.70

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Photo of cokes
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
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 Todd
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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 misternebbie
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of safaricook
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 ADR
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 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 uturn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BenBreeg
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Sixpoint
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.83 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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