poured an 11.2oz bottle into the official Brasserie D’Achouffe tulip
glass. It has a best before date of 3/2016 and cost $5.50 ($0.49 per
Appearance: Beautiful glowing gold hue. Clear with plenty of visible
effervescence. Pours to a large, white, soapy head which retains laces
Smell: Strong, fruity aroma of banana and citrus, plus complementary spices and classic Belgian yeast esters.
Taste: There are certain beers the epitomize what a strong Belgian beer
should be. La Chouffe is one of them. It’s delightful all around with a
tasty, complex palette that’s not only delicious, but actually rather
refreshing. The Belgian yeast character plays a major role in the taste
of the beer, as do most brews of the variety, but it’s done pretty much
It begins with a clean, fruity sensation of banana, lemons and flowers.
Sweet with light malty notes of honey and caramel, but in no way is it
cloying. It’s balanced out by an equally robust sensation of coriander,
clove and orangepeel. The yeast imparts a hint of dryness and some
starch-like character, but that is quickly overshadowed by the beer’s
genuine palette. It’s an interesting, and delectable, sensation of
fruit, spice and citrus. I wish all the Belgian blondes were this good.
Drinkability: Like any good Belgian, the mouthfeel to La Chouffe is
quite fizzy. It’s also rather light and crisp for a strong, 8% ABV brew.
There is no alcohol presence whatsoever, and it’s rather smooth going
down. The carbonation makes it a self-cleaning beer so that there’s no
cloying aftertaste, if any at all (maybe just a hint of spice).
Surprisingly refreshing for a beer of this caliber. Dangerously
drinkable in hot weather.