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Chouffe-Bok | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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86
very good
31 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
60
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
21.61%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 60
Photo of John
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
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 cokes
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
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 rastaman
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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 ADR
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 stoutman
4.57/5  rDev +19%
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 Todd
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Chouffe-Bok from Brasserie d'Achouffe
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.
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