The elves at Brasserie Achouffe–www.achouffe.be-make many a fine beer.
La Chouffe: 8%abv Suggested serving temperature 4-10C 39-50F.
A beer with much character and a cult following, due to its gnome-like mascot, La Chouffe, is the trademark beer from this not so ancient brewery-founded 1982. Located in The Ardennes, the wooded south-east region of Belgium, it is a beer characteristic of its inhabitants. Complex flavors of sweet fruit, spiciness of coriander and a rather thick, densely carbonated body make this beer quite unique in the family of Belgian blondes. A particular maltiness is apparent in the aroma. A small, dense, white head sticks on top of the beer throughout, leaving light lacing on the glass. Appearance is the color of an unfiltered apple juice, a slightly opaque dark golden color. It is a raw beer, one that can be found on tap as well, I have been told. This one is a beer exported happily by the Belgian brewers, representing themselves throughout the globe as a world-class brewery. I have to agree on this as well, it is a delectable beer, one to be savored-although they do sell it in a 75cl bottle. Despite the somewhat cartoonish label this beer exceeds all expectations. Tomorrow I review its dark sister Mc Chouffe-“Scotch of the Ardennes”-they say….