|Brasserie D'Achouffe's Achouffe|
The brewery describes it as "pleasantly fruity, spiced with coriander and tinged with hops."
La Chouffe pours a gold/amber color. It's slightly cloudy with a thin white head that lasts a while and leaves behind a thick ring of fine lacing.
The aroma is a mix of citrus, spice (mostly clove, implying a wheat base), and hops.
The flavor is kind of bland at the outset. Then it turns clovey and bitter, and finishes with a kind of dull bitterness. It's a subdued bitterness without a "bite" to it. The finish is a balance of sweet and bitter elements.
It's pretty typical for me to love a true Belgian beer, but I can't say that I love this one. It's pleasant enough to drink, is nicely carbonated, and although it's nowhere near as bitter as a pale ale or IPA, it's more bitter than I really like in a Belgian beer.
I'm rating it a 7 out of 10. This puts me strongly at odds with the Beer Advocate crowd, which rates it a 94 to 99 (outstanding to world class) and Rate Beer, which gives it a 98.
This beer is periodically on tap at The Winking Lizard Tavern locations around town. I've also seen it for sale at Weiland's Gourmet Market.