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Achouffe La Chouffe 
Posted: 17 March 2015  Beer Republic 7.5 
Achouffe La Chouffe La Chouffe is a strong unfiltered blond beer.   After a few sips, the alcohol taste pleasantly moves to the background, and I could revel in its fruity coriander taste with dwarfish, fairy and elfish overtones.    
Avg price/liter: USD 6.44   ABV %: 8.0%  Type: Pale Ale Belgium 
       


Belgium has a justifiably rich tradition spanning centuries of brewing high quality beers.  For a country with jut over 11m souls, it brews over 1,200 different beers.       

Now it's easy to think that most of these brews come from breweries that have been brewing for centuries, too, and there'd you'd be wrong.  Belgium's reputation for high quality brew influences the younger generations who go on to start breweries of their own.         

Like Brasserie d'Achouffe, makers of La Chouffe, a blond high fermentation beer with a very strong alcohol content.  Brothers-in-law Pierre Gobron and Chris Blauweraerts produced their first batch only in 1982.  That's only ancient if you're 20 now. In 2006, the Duvel-Moortgat Brewery invested some dough into the operation.    .         

Dwarves are the imagery for the brand, found on every bottle. With only six beer offerings at present, but with dwarves featured so prominently, Achouffe needs to come up with one more beer variety and a snow white brew to make the dwarf symbolism complete.            

La Chouffe is a strong unfiltered blond beer. I don't mind strong beers, if the alcohol taste isn't too front and center. After a few sips, the alcohol taste pleasantly moves to the background, and I could revel in its fruity coriander taste with dwarfish, fairy, and elfish overtones.

Price wise, it ain't a bargain, but it's come in cheaper than many other imported craft beers. If you're short or have sympathy for those challenged in height, toast them with a bottle and feel like you did your good deed for the day.

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