La Chouffe Blonde D’Ardenne

lachouffe_largeBrewer: Brasserie d’Achouffe, Achouffe, Belgium
Style: Blonde Ale
Alc/Vol: 8%

Description: The flagship beer of the Achouffe brewery, this blonde ale is unfiltered and re-fermented in the bottle after the initial fermentation takes place in the keg. Consistent with a Belgian-style blonde, it is malt-forward and spiced with coriander.

Tasting Notes: This beer was quite the surprise for me. Ordinarily, I expect Belgian-style blondes of this strength to be rather coarse or saccharine. However, this one was quite balanced, with relatively smooth malts, gentle traces of coriander spice and hops, and some serious notes of honey. It was more like drinking mead than ale, and definitely a good way to round out my sampling Achouffe’s regular lineup – at least those that are available here in Canada.

Appearance: Amber/orange, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malts, notes of apricots, honey, citrus and spice
Taste: Smooth malts, slight coarseness, mild tang, honey and coriander spice
Aftertaste: Lingering coarse malts, honey and spice
Overall: 8.5/10