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Review: Achouffe La Chouffe
Achouffe La Chouffe
Posted: 17 March 2015
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 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
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
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.