Price: $14.95 (bottleshop)
Manufactured: Achouffe, Belgium
It’s a Belgian beer and it has a little dwarf on the front; of course I was going to pick it up. The first time I came across this beer was when I stopped by the local Belgian beer café and noticed the dwarf on the menu. I didn’t try it at the time but made a mental note that we would meet again.
The story of the Brasserie d’Achouffe is not unlike a lot of micro breweries these days. Two blokes like beer and think,’ we should make our own beer and sell it… we’d make a fortune’. The two blokes were in fact brothers in law and started brewing in 1982. Think it as a Belgian version of Mountain Goat. As happens they were bought out by Duvel in 2006 and probably now sitting on a pile of money drinking their profits. Good luck to them.
The beer pours a golden amber colour and is clear without sediment. I have heard a few people say that it is a cloudy beer. I can only assume that the clarity is due to the 750mL bottle keeping the sediment well away from the bulk of the beer. The bubbles are larger than expected but still provide a classic Belgian head for the life of the beer.
The nose is unmistakable Belgian yeast from about 3 feet. Someone could open one of these in the room and you would have a good idea of what was going on. On closer inspection you get toasty grains and a general smell. The best I can do is something like candy floss. Overall appealing.
Once again this is a caramel bananas beer. It hits you right at the back of the throat and is very moreish. The other fruit further forward in the palate is yeasty apples; sounds funky but is quite pleasant.
The finish is all yeasty, honey goodness. Not particularly complex but it hangs around for some time.
I really wanted to like this beer and all things considered it’s an enjoyable drop. La Chouffe is not however, a sensational beer. I would definitely buy it again but it just doesn’t have some of the complexities of some of its local competitors.