465. La Chouffe

465. La Chouffe

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits last week along with several other beers. I let this warm to around 45º F and served it in one of my Duvel tulip glasses.

According to the bottle:
La Chouffe is brewed by the Artisans of the 21st Century at La Brasserie D'Achouffe deep in the heart of Belgium's Ardennes mountains. The legend of gnomes (chouffes) who once brewed in this mysterious region provides the inspiration for this eccentric bottle conditioned, double fermented ale.

This Belgian micro brewery crafts La Chouffe with local Ardennes' spring water, top fermenting yeast, Pilsner malts and English Golding and Saaz hop and coriander for spice. Double fermentation produces natural carbonation and a small yeast deposit (lees) on the bottom of the bottle.

Enjoy the golden color, dense white head and sweet-spicy flavor of La Chouffe. Serve cool between 50-55ºF and pour carefully into a wide-mouthed La Chouffe glass to enjoy the full flavors and aromas of this ale from Belgium's most eccentric brewery.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brasserie d'Achouffe
Alcohol: 8.0%
Serving: Bottle, 750 mL
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.5): Pours a hazy golden with a dense, fluffy, white head that's fed by vigorous carbonation. The head slowly fades to a thin layer leaving massive lace.

Smell (4.0): The nose is predominantly peppery with some alcoholic spice. There are notes of grain, lemon, banana and yeast.

Taste (4.5): Tingly carbonation domiantes upfront. The center is fruity with notes of banana, apple and citrus. The finish is a blend of peppery and alcoholic spice, powdery yeast, and a light bitterness, all over a lingering fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Highly carbonated, light to medium-bodied with a smooth texture.

Drinkability (4.0): Refreshing, but spicy with high alcohol.

Overall (4.3): A very good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It has the nice mix of fruitiness and spiciness that I like in the style.

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