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Brooklyn Cuvée D'Achouffe | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
As per Garrett Oliver: brewed with a dash of thyme, and, technically speaking, a form of Saison.

Added by Todd on 11-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by BeerFan:
Photo of BeerFan
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuvée d’Achouffe is a collaboration between Garrett Oliver and Brasserie d’Achouffe. Chris Bauweraerts and Pierre Gobron brought their house “Chouffe” yeast to Brooklyn Brewery. Pierre Gobron’s recipe is based on an old Belgian specialty from the Walloon region, and is brewed with Belgian dark candi sugar syrup and a dash of organic Spanish thyme.

Latest Brewmaster's Reserve draft-only beer on tap at my house. Pours a cloudy, dark honey color into my 160z Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Tan head with excellent lacing down the side of the glass. Tiny bubbles remain throughout. Thicker layer of foam around the rim. Smell and taste of white fruit, pepper, candi sugar and spice and yeast. Hints of the Spanish thyme. Medium-bodied, easy drinking. Leaning towards the sweet side, but balanced nicely with the Styrian Golding and Czech Saaz hops. Dry finish. Nicely done. Hopefully it may one day end up in a corked and caged 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pizza Plant on Main Thursday night,poured into a goblet a hazed orange/brown color with a thinner white head.Belgian yeasty tones in the nose somewhat phenolic with a wet blanket kinda funk,I have to say at first sip the beer really wowed me with different compexities somespicey/clovey yeast with notes of citrus and pepper with the dash of thyme only showing thru marginally but as I drank more that dash of thyme became more prevelant and the phenolic flavors became a bit much.Its interesting and complex but maybe a bit heavyhanded in its spice and herb qualities,Iam glad I tried it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at David Copperfield's in NYC, pours dark apricot, medium honey amber, moderately cloudy. Near white head, leaving long lasting, tiny bubble, scattered and stringy lacing behind on the glass. Fruity nose of berries and then some nice smoke, spice and yeast. Quite pleasant and easily approachable Belgian style creation. Fruity, spice, pepper, light smoke, crisp, resiny hops . Complex brew with Belgian goodness abounding in every sip. Quite dry in the finish with more resin, and again a whiff of smoke on the taste buds. Solid Bklyn Brewery creation, nothing amazing, but still would like to see something like this offered in a big bottle some day soon.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a13oz. pour of this creation at Christopher's in Porter Square.
Arrived a hazy golden color with just a finger full of bright, white head...most of which disappeared rapidly, but reformed with just a gentle swirl of the glass.
Earthy yeast in the nose...mild spice with a touch of honey.
Taste is real good...not pushing any flavor boundaries here...a pleasant balance of floral hop, belgian yeast and delicate malt. A hint of honey also shows up, but the cloying feeling does not accompany it. Quite carbonated in the mouthfeel, but not overly thin...not sure of the abv, but I did detect some warming alcohol in the very last couple sips.
Easy drinking here and I can imagine would be real popular with anyone looking for a delicate belgian style brew...have to say I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe on 2/6/07 before the Lost Abbey dinner. The beer poured a nice golden color, a bit hazy and with a soft white head. The aroma was definitely of some nice Belgian yeast and a touch of sweetness. The taste is more of the same with yeast and fruity sweetness running through but it ends up rather dry and refreshing.

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Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Plant. Neither McChouffe nor cuvee. Looks great with enormous head on peach colour body. Lace. Thinnish boosted by carbonation, end of the keg. Subdued spice,except for the wierd astringency of the thyme, that I think would work for a meat or thick sauce vegetable dish, sour finish. Pepper. Bugged my stomach.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Geez, I thought I'd reviewed this beer already. I sat next to Chris from La Chouffe at an event in Brooklyn with Garret and we talked about this. Anyway, I tried it first at Capone's, and then had it again somewhere else. It's a great beer and I wish it had been more available. It's the kind of beer that will hold my attention, that I can just sit and enjoy slowly... which tends to keep me from going over the edge! Anyway...

It delivers the typical hazy orange-gold appearance of La Chouffe (perhaps a bit brighter) with the massive dollop of creamy white froth atop. The head holds exceptionally well and leaves sticky, craggy maps of both thick and thin lace about the goblet. Very nice!

The nose is typically spicy, and although Chris feels that the La Chouffe yeast is not immediately recognizable, I have to disagree. It might be semi-masked in his own Houblon, but for the most part, in my opinion, it sticks out like a bloodied sore thumb. It's chalky, earthy, and subtly fruity with notes of dried fruits, some banana, and delicate non-commital spice. Beyond that, the D'Achouffe is honeyish and floral with some underlying notes of spice and herb. It's not superbly complex or overly full, but it's not intended to be. It's supposed to be rounded, and approachable, and it is. But you can come back to it time and time again to look for just a little bit more, which is nice.

The flavor, not surprisingly, follows the aroma almost to the T. There may be a bit more apple character to it, and even some more bubblegum/clove, but it's not a bold change. It's nicely balanced with solid-but-underlying bitterness, superbly rounded in character, and supple in the mouth with a delicately bristling, seemingly natural carbonation.

Quite nice. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of tempest
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse.

Got a pint with a roasted chicken sandwich. The ale is pale and hazy without much head or lacing. Smells of spice, maybe coriander. This beer seems kinda of like a big wit beer with its mellow flavor and focus on spice. I tasted some white pepper and occaisonal earthy flavors. Overall a nice beer, but not a great belgian. There were too many alcohol flavors as it warmed for my liking and the flavor didn't seem very deep.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass at Capone's.

A: The ale is a vibrant orange color, almost like a mimosa but not quite. There appears to be a bit of haziness in the glass. Head is around 1 finger, decent for a snifter.

S: The nose is very unique, strong on spices without betraying anything on the underlying malts. There is some anise and coriander and a sweeter candi sugar-like note.

T: The ale is very floral, relying on a number of spices to create its flavor. I find a bit of ginger sweetness, peppery coriander, anise and honey in the ale. The flavors don't always get along though, and the flavor remains muddled because of it.

M: The mouthfeel is big on spices, as though the entire spice rack was used to flavor the ale.

D: I enjoy both Brooklyn and d'Achouffe, but this combination never quite takes off.

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Belgian Room...

Served in a fluted tulip glass, it arrived with a billowing head of tan foam that was cascading inside the glass. Smelled of fruit, candi sugar, and a vague pepper, similar to La Chouffe. Color was a deep murky mahoghany tone.

Taste was slightly sweet at first, moving to a bitter herbal/hop middle, with a dry finish. Seemed more like a Belgian Dark mixed with elements of Saison. It was aggressively carbonated and never really "settled". The mouthfeel lost points because of this, and we didn't have another round.

At $8 a glass, I was hoping for more.

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Photo of bignick
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chouffe glass @ The Publick House in Brookline, MA 1/5/06.

This beer had a minimal head, but it had a nice amber color. The carbonation was quite overbearing. The taste was simple and good, but part of me thinks it was overshadowed by the dominant carbonation. I tasted a clean fruitness, but it lacked the compexity I was hoping for.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in the home kegerator...
Per the tag around the sixtel neck, this is 7.5% abv.
Appears a hazy, glow of orange with a 3 finger, creamy white cap that slowly fades away into a generous film that never leaves. Tons of lacing is ringed like sticky sea foam around the glass.
A few small spice particles rest in the bottom of the glass.
Smell is of the signature earth-noted Chouffe yeast, along with some notes of honey, underripened bananas, bubblegum, candi sugar, apples, spice, and flowers with a dash of cinnamon. I'm not getting any of the thyme aromas that was added during the brewing of this treat. In fact, it reminds me very much of La Chouffe, itself.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas perhaps toned down a little bit with a yeasty dryness coming through nicely.
Mouthfeel is carbonated lightly, yeasty, medium bodied, and fruity with bitterness catching the swallow via the yeast, spices, and hops.
A well done brew.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap as a special at Monty's Korner, Rochester, NY.

Served in a pint glass, amber-reddish color, moderate carbonation, very little head. The smell was a little old, might have been from dirty lines or an un-fresh keg. The taste was very odd. There was a strong wheat base with moderate mellow hops, but overall it had a dirty taste to it. Not unfiltered or stale, just a bland, mediocre off taste. Ommegang does a much more crisp, clean, saison IMO.

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Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at McGrath's Pub in Harrisburg PA. This beer really seems more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than a Saison. I am quite certain that is an error. Moving on...

Appearance: Served a beautiful luminescent yet hazy golden orange color. Partly translucent with a big creamy white head that fades to a frothy cap and leave loads of lacing.

Smell: Fruity sweet. Yeasty. Very Belgian and floral in the nose with hints of honey and lemon and a dash of spice like cinnamon apple.

Taste: Smooth sweet almost chewy yeast attribute than ends abruptly with a dry lingering finish. It brought to mind the edible flower flavor with the honey and thyme as well. Just a hint of alcohol showing through proves this is a big beer.

Mouthfeel: It has a soft medium body feel that is smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking beer but it is the type of thing you would finish quickly and stand up only to realize, wow that was bigger than I anticipated. It must be near 8% ABV. Even though it is a sipping beer I could go for a few.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ordered while lunching at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, NC. I don't really know why this one called out to me from such an extensive menu as Tyler's, but it sounded good and was one of a handful of "seasonals & specialties" I hadn't tried. It arrived in a Brooklyn Brewery snifter, and it accompanied a blackened tuna sandwich and side salad.

The cloudy but beautifully golden color appealed to me from the delivery. There was quite a bit of nearly-snow white foam residing on the top, and it lingered until the beer was fully consumed. The aroma wasn't all that impressive: it was fairly weak and exhibited only hints of sweet fruit, honey, and spice.

I tasted the beer with a great bit of anticipation, as I hadn't had a beer in several days. I took a few quick sips, and followed up with a long, lingering mouthfull in order to fully gauge the beer's qualitities. What immediately struck me were these impressions: the flavor begins with a nice fruit and honey character, followed by a spicy, licorice/clove center (this is also where the thyme makes itself known). The finish seems to combine these two, and the warming alcohol aftertaste took a solid 30 seconds to develop. Unusual for me, was the beer's overall dry mouthfeel. The flavors were mostly detected through the nose, not the tongue, and the dryness doesn't allow the beer to become sticky or sugary.

This is my first experience with Saison-style beers, and I must say I enjoyed it. My wife, on the other hand, detests anything with the hint of clove, and found it not so pleasant. I would definitely drink this again, but, with so many beers I haven't tried on tap at Tyler's, this probably wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to weeare138 for bringing this over!

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aroams of yeast, candi sugar, fruity, and some spices. Tastes of some yeastiness, the same fruitiness, spices, and candi sugar sweetness.

Notes from: 1/5/07

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear soft orange in color sporting a nice 2" head that lasted a while. The glass gets painted with a nice lace during hte session.

Smell: yeast spiciness and some sweet tones are easily picked up by the nose.

Taste: well balanced beer here. Malt sweetness, yeast, orange citrus, and a hint of barnyard funk and spice round it out. Alcohol is not noticable at all.

Mouthfeel: smooth with a bit of a tongue prickle at the start, smooth with a touch of dryness at the finish. Aftertaste is brief.

Drinkability: great tasting and easy to quaff beer. This was my wife's favorite beer during Max's 72 Hours of Belgium Fest in Baltimore, and easily made one of my top 3 choices there too.

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Photo of Damian
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA

Poured a hazy, glowing, copper amber with a small, fizzy head. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell was beautifully sweet and aromatic. Yeasty (in a distict Belgian kind of way) along with summer fruits (strawberries and raspberries), candied sugar, spices, and a touch of saaz hops.

The taste was similar to, yet somewhat drier and less pronounced than, the aroma. Creamy and malty sweet up front before a dry, buttery, white wine-like quality became evident. The alcohol became more pronounced at this point, along with some leafy hops. The finish was clean and refreshing with a touch of residual sweetness.

Medium bodied with an incredibly creamy and silky smooth mouthfeel. This beer turned to a rich froth once it hit my tongue and then proceeded to glide across my palate.

Drinkability was terrific as well. Flavorful, crisp and refreshing, this beer went down remarkably easy.

Overall, this saison seemed to be sweeter and smoother than a typical example of the style, yet it was quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Publick House.

A: Almost a finger of head, dwindling down to a centimeter or so. Cloudy amber/honey color.

S: Somewhat spicy and aromatic, slightly yeasty undertones, with a hint of sweet candy sugar and fruit. An inviting and scintillating smell.

T: Peppery flavor up front with a hoppy and yeasty bite to it. Mellows to a dry finish. Quite an interesting blend of different spices kicking in, blending well into sweet malt and apple tones.

M: Generous level of carbonation and slightly sharp on the palate, made for a crisp and creamy feel.

D: The overall taste and carbonation make this a beer that's very drinkable. The spices are key to the complexity, which would explain why it's so tasty.

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Photo of Stimack
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew on tap last evening. Poured to a cloudy dull yellow/orange color with a nice sized head that had pretty good retention leaving sheets of lacing. The aromas of this brew where nice, a lot of spices with some pepper come out mixed with fruit scents. The taste is pretty good, nice upfront flavor of the spices and pepper but at the tail end I am picking up a metallic taste that is not real bad but does seem to take away from this brew. Overall this is a pretty good brew and I am glad I gave it a try, would I have it again, yeah probably.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently, this is the last keg; tapped at Bar Great Harry for the Brooklyn Brewmaster's Reserve Night

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy amber color and a significant head that leaves a nice pattern of lace behind

Smell: Yeasty farmhouse character

Taste: Biscuity up front, with the thyme flavor making an appearance rather quickly, along with some earthy hops; after the swallow, the thyme is much more easily discernable and is joined by yeasty farmhouse flavors and a hint of sweet licorice

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A rare treat and I am glad that I had a chance to taste this - I wasn't planning to order it but the head of operations for the brewery was sitting nearby and recommended it

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blind Tiger for a Brooklyn event. Pours orange brown with a great crème head. Nose is not very prevalent. Flavor is bringing the yeasty funk. Stays smooth while it’s around, but the flavor is not overly lasting. Feel is thick with carbonation, but the liquid seems a tad thin. Definitely drinkable. A nice American interpretation of what can be a difficult style.

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Photo of DrJay
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a fine, white cap of foam that produced solid sheets of lacing that clung to the glass. The aroma was comprised of caramel, bready malt, along with a bit of spiciness and yeast. Mild bitterness with candy and caramel sweetness up front, followed by a spicy middle and sweet finish. Just a little grainy. Medium/light bodied with lowish carbonation that made it feel heavier than it was. Some astringency from husky tannins. The sweetness ended up being a little cloying by the end of the glass. I probably won't revisit this one - there are much better offerings from this brewery.

4/26/08: Tried it again recently and I liked it more than before. There was a pleasant peppery character in the finish and the astringency that I picked up before wasn't there. Scores have been modified to reflect my latest encounter with this brew.

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Photo of shirfan
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark peach in color with a touch of haze, and little head.

Aroma is something like old-fashioned hard candy, with apple and cantaloupe notes.

Taste is ester-centric without being heavy. Light apple, honeydew, notes of black pepper. Really crisp and refreshing for the style, balanced sweetness, light mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Too bad this is a limited release, it would make a phenomenal summer beer.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Ginger Man 2/2/07.

Pour - nice bright golden color with a small off-white head.

Smell - yeast, spices (I didn't smell thyme, but its in this), a touch of a spicy/peppery note and sugar.

Taste - This really wasn't what I was expectnig from this beer. Strong estery notes, belgian sugar, lot of spices, figs?, then at the same time a creamy balance with an alcohol backdrop.

Overall - this was definitely saison-like, mixed with a tripel and a belgian pale ale. It was interesting to drink, and would likely pair well with a nice assortment of cheeses. Definitely worth trying, just not the best beer with Brooklyn involved.


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