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Beer Ratings: 4,125
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
Rue du Village 32
phone: +32 (0)61 28 81 47
Reviews by lawrence76:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
After much debate among my travel companions, we decided it would be worth the 2.5 hour drive from brussels to visit this brewery. It is a favourite of one our group, and looking back on it I am glad we decided to go for it.
We arrived in the small town of Achouffe with no trouble...a good road map and the ability to read signs on the road will take you right to the brewery. On one side of the street is the main brewery, and a sign pointing to the back restaurant. There was also some sort of cafe/restaurant on the opposite side of the road as well, complete with gnomes & whatnot. It appeared to be closed, and we were perplexed...that is until we found the actual restaurant back behind the brewery.
The restaurant was charming, warm and comfortable. Lots of big wooden timbers, seemingly hewed right from some huge tree into this, barn-like structure. There are gnomes all over the place; the walls, hanging from rafters, peeking out of little doors, everywhere...we got a total kick out of it.
The staff was very attentive, although in typically wallonian fashion they spoke almost no english....luckily we had a bit of french at our disposal. We were told that a tour of the brewery would not be possible that day, as they advised making a reservation first. They offered to schedule us something for the next day, but unfortunately we had to decline as we were on our way to Tournai for a 2 night stay. (looking back on this I wish we had decided to find a place to stay out in Achouffe, it was absolutely beautiful out there and we didnt want to leave!).
We tried nearly all the beers that they had available...including a few unfamilliar ones (a port-like brown and a fruity, almost berry-like amber ale) -they were both amazing.
The food was adequate, and we were totally satisfied with the experience....I would definitely recommend a visit, just call ahead to make sure you can get a tour!
03-23-2006 13:42:33 |
More by lawrence76
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
A rustic pub/restaurant nestled in the lushly beautiful Ardennes in Wallonie. Around the back of the brewery is the entrance and the inside of the place is full of gnomes, chouffes and gnomes along with exposed timbers and wooden tables and chairs. One of the walls is glass so you can see some of the brewery equipment from the bar.
The service was fairly prompt for Belgium. All the Achouffe beers were available and I had some McChouffe and Chouffe Bok (I had not seen this one before...) that were very fresh and tasty.
The food here is excellent. The warm goat cheese was outstanding. So was the pate, the frites and the desserts. You have to have some food if you stop by.
The brewery store was open and had lots of Chouffe products for sale including the ubiquitous chouffe statue and bottles of the beer.
Well worth the special trip into Wallonie. For me, it's indispensible.
The brewery store is near
12-17-2008 21:49:16 |
More by ViveLaChouffe
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Somewhere I've always wanted to visit since my first sip of La Chouffe (some years ago). I met the original brewer at a Zythos fest in 2007 and told him I'm visit one day. That day was Saturday 30th August 2008.
A classic car club were visiting as well as a bus load on a tour. The overflow carpark was where we had to go, the place was very busy.
Sadly I was driving, so only one beer was consummed by me (I did buy some bottles at the shop though).
The bar everyone is reviewing is behind the brewery, which can be seen through the interior windows of the bar. To reach it you must walk past the shop and brewery and turn right, it doesn't look very interesting as you approach, but it soon turns into a dream.
I can't add much to the previous reviewers, the place is a delight and exudes class and an ambience rarely seen in the modern world. Really pleased I went, I'll not be driving next time.
By the overflow carpark there is another larger brewery owned bar, it is only across the road with a lovely garden area to it. I didn't go in, but it also looked classy.
09-09-2008 20:31:16 |
More by BlackHaddock
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
Visited Brasserie d'Achouffe after the brewery tour. Worth the visit just for the gift shop, but getting Achouffe beers normally only available in bottle au fut (on draft) is worth the drive out. The food is GREAT! You wouldn't expect it at a small brasserie like this, but one of my friends said his lupin (rabbit) was one of the best meals he had ever had! Also try the Porto 'Chouffe and the 'Chouffe Royale (w/ port and sherry, respectively). They only have Achouffe and Duvel products available, but you are there for the Achouffe products, anyway...
02-28-2008 21:45:49 |
More by damjadi
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited for lunch on 11 September 2006. The first stop on our 6+ day beer odyssey across Belgium.
After a (very) brief tour of the on-site brewing facilities and a considerably lengthier stop in the small gift shop, our hungry group of 27 dined at the Taverne located adjacent to Brasserie d'Achouffe. We ascended the short gravel driveway to the backside entrance, then bypassed a small outdoor seating area (despite the gorgeous sunshine) and headed inside. Charming and rustic, the interior is an airy yet comfortable barn-like space with rough-hewn timber framing and walls of stone. We sat at tables to the right of the entry, though there was plenty of seating on the lower level and more up an open wooden staircase. The decor is somewhat eclectic but with a pervasive "gnome" theme; there's no escaping those little guys when you're at Achouffe!
We were seated at one of several tables reserved for our group and, almost immediately, were served a choice of either La Chouffe or McChouffe from a platter full of glasses. As we sipped our delicious ales, bountiful lunch platters arrived. Nothing complicated here - just loads of excellent cuts of cold meats, pates, and cheeses, with an assortment of diced, minced and shredded vegetables to add some balance. It took some time to consume these ample portions, so when the server came around offering a second round of beer few resisted. A small disappointment was the lack of selection; neither the N'Ice Chouffe nor Houblon Chouffe were available (though Houblon was available for purchase by the 75cl bottle in the gift shop).
As the meal wound down, someone in the group discovered a tasty coffee drink made in the bar using the ChouffeCoffee. Word spread and this drink gained popularity quickly. Made quite simply, using only the 25% alcohol liqueur and a hefty dollop of double whipped cream, it was warm and sweet and had a nice level of potency - an excellent dessert for sure. Purchasing a bottle of the coffee liqueur is a very good idea.
The brewery and tavern are several miles/km off the beaten path in the tiny town of Achouffe. It's a beautiful, scenic drive through the Ardennes to get there...highly recommended for a visit.
09-26-2006 00:58:32 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $
A visit to the La Chouffe brewery was a highlight of my trip to Europe in 2004. My wife and I were traveling in the low season (early December) and somehow I had mistakenly come to the belief that there was a hotel attached to the brewery. We arrived there in our rental car at dusk to find the place nearly empty and no hotel to be found in the very small village of Achouffe.
I managed to find a brewery employee but there was a language barrier, so she left me and came back with a very nice gentleman named Chris who spoke fluent English. He explained that the brewery was closed but we could visit tomorrow, and when we advised we had no place to stay he whipped out his cell phone, made some calls, and found us a very nice bed & breakfast right there in the village. Not content to simply provide directions to the place, he hopped in his car and had us follow him the short distance to the B&B (which incidentally was the cheapest and nicest room we found anywhere in our 2 week stay in Belgium and Germany!).
It wasnt until the next morning during breakfast that the B&B owner mentioned that Chris was actually the co-owner of La Chouffe. After breakfast we made our way back to the brewery and arrived to find several police cars and a small commotion outside the main building. We were shocked to learn there had been a burglary overnight and thieves had stolen a safe from the office. The employee who told us about this suggested that there likely would be no tour available because of this event, but just then Chris overheard the conversation and came down to tell us he would take care of us shortly.
Despite the problems with the burglary, Chris then proceeded to take the better part of his morning to give us a personal tour of his facility. We spent time seeing the brewery and then he put us in his car and drove us to a separate facility just outside the village where they bottle and keg their beers. Then he took us to a small pub outside town where we had a few, and then wrapped it up by giving us several bottles of La Chouffe. On top of that, when I got a few items from the gift shop he had me take them for free since he had no change from the theft of the safe!
I heartily recommend visiting La Chouffe. Its a brewery making great beer in a spectacularly beautiful village nestled in the Ardennes hillsides. Furthermore, the owner is as genuine a person as youll ever meet, a man who loves beer and truly enjoys sharing his passion with other people. If anyone reading this has occasion to visit the brewery and meet Chris, please tell him you read this and give him our regards!
01-04-2006 21:42:37 |
More by marksto
Brasserie d'Achouffe in Achouffe, Belgium