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Review of Achouffe La Chouffe

06 Jul
Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be sipping on a La Chouffe produced by the Brasserie d’Achouffe located in Achouffe, Belgium.

I’ve been craving a Belgian beer for a few days and this seemed like a good one to satisfy my thirst.

From the website, achouffe.be, we find this bit of information regarding La Chouffe.

LA CHOUFFE is an unfiltered blonde beer, which is re-fermented in the bottle as well as in the keg.  It is pleasantly fruity, spiced with coriander, and with a light hop taste. 

Oh yeah.  Let’s drink.

This brew comes in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 8.0%.

It poured a cloudy orange color with a white, soapy, fizzy head.  It was sized ok on the initial pour, although it subsided rather quickly.  The lacing left a little to be desired, but it did leave a thin film on top of the liquid for the duration.

The nose seemed very light, but very well balanced I thought.  Hints of fruity pear and grassy hops along with a floral component.  Cracker type malts with some Belgian yeast and spices in there too.  Also, I received a slight notion of something that smelled very similar to freshly baked oatmeal cookies.  I don’t know.  Very pleasing whatever it was.

The taste was quite yeasty and bready with significant tones of spicy coriander.  Like the aroma, savors of fruity pear and clean grassy hops.  The bitterness was relatively low, but not overlooked.  Just a slight tickle at the back end.  I found it to be, overall, very well harmonized and tasty.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Crisp, dry, lively, snappy, refreshing and thirst quenching.   A light spicy bite on the finish with fairly high carbonation.  It left a sturdy amount of flavor covering the palate after each sip as well.

Another excellent brew in my opinion.  Solid all around.  A great beer for the Spring and Summer season.  Very easy to drink, however containing enough flavor and personality for contemplation.  It’s not quite as powerful as some Belgians can be and, in all likelihood, would be a great beer to give someone interested in exploring the Belgian “blonde” style.  It’s wouldn’t overwhelm an inexperienced drinkers senses I don’t think.  Have you guys ever tried the Achouffe La Chouffe?  What was your opinion?  Did you like it?  Feel free to leave a comment and tell me all about it if you would like.

Thanks for checking back in on another review folks.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.0 out of 5
Grade:  B+           

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4 Comments

Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Achouffe, Country: Belgium

 

4 responses to “Review of Achouffe La Chouffe

  1. Sud Savant

    July 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    La Chouffe is awesome! While I enjoyed this beer and found it to be “a virtual checklist” for the Belgian Strong ale, I was thrown off by the “golden” in the label. I really expected more of the golden characteristics that enjoy so much. Go fig. Not to self-promote, but here's the longer version…

    http://sudsavant.blogspot.com/2012/03/brasserie-dachouffe-la-chouffe.html

    Btw, feel free to reply with links in my comments. 🙂 Keep up the good work, buddy! I love reading these. You've inspired me to do a review today. Now, what to drink…?

     
  2. Sud Savant

    July 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    La Chouffe is awesome! While I enjoyed this beer and found it to be “a virtual checklist” for the Belgian Strong ale, I was thrown off by the “golden” in the label. I really expected more of the golden characteristics that enjoy so much. Go fig. Not to self-promote, but here's the longer version…

    http://sudsavant.blogspot.com/2012/03/brasserie-dachouffe-la-chouffe.html

    Btw, feel free to reply with links in my comments. 🙂 Keep up the good work, buddy! I love reading these. You've inspired me to do a review today. Now, what to drink…?

     
  3. Scott Shrewsberry

    July 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Sud,

    Thanks man. I always appreciate and respect your reviews and comments, so feel free to add links at any point.

    Also, thanks for the compliments and I can't wait to read your next review. I try to check your blog most everyday.

    Cheers,
    Scott

     
  4. Scott Shrewsberry

    July 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Sud,

    Thanks man. I always appreciate and respect your reviews and comments, so feel free to add links at any point.

    Also, thanks for the compliments and I can't wait to read your next review. I try to check your blog most everyday.

    Cheers,
    Scott

     

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