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 uturn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 vollie
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Very dark brown, almost black, but with some reddish hints if seen through light. Light brown head, not big but nicely persistent. Good lacing

S- Sweet malts: notes of caramel, molasses plus some background dark fruit hints. Also a slight spiciness. On the back of things, a slight herbal note to bring a bit of a refreshing touch. Warming and inviting

T- Sweet as the smell suggested. A bit of yeasty 'earthyness' if that may be the right word and sweet dominant notes of caramel, toffee, maybe liquorice. Maybe some light dark fruit notes, though even weaker than in the aroma. Very sweet but not cloyingly so, thanks to a slightly herbal, dry finish

M- Medium body, carbonation is a bit above average and brings some life. Overall, creamy and soft but still lively, expecially on the palate. Dry finish and aftertaste as mentioned

O- Not a super flavourful beer, but sure nicely balanced and highly drinkable despite it's preminent sweet character. Plus, warming as a winter beer should be, showing that warming does not mean 8% or more ABV

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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 supermeniscus
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Damburger
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Robje
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 rekel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 Filosoof
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This chessnut brown beer is a good drinkable one. No real faults, but also not much to become wild from.

L: chessnut, quite light for a Bok; vanilla looking, lasting top;
S: the weakest part of the beer; a strong smell of burnt rubber plus some malt;
T: not much to mention, but I am so fed up with liquorice that I was glad not to find it in this beer;
M: nice;
O: I will probably drink this one more often, though it is not very special; it is nice and very drinkable.

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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 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 eric5bellies
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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 xylophonica
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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 RuudJH
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 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 ViveLaChouffe
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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 ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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 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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Chouffe-Bok from Brasserie d'Achouffe
3.83 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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