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Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Swedish Chef, the Count, and the Travelocity Gnome

Beer #61 La Chouffe / Brasserie d' Achouffe, Achouffe, Belgium
Another day, another Belgian. This one comes from Brasserie d' Achouffe, and goes by the name La Chouffe. Very French sounding, so I've been using my awesome French accent whenever I think about this beer or say its name out loud.  In this household, accents don't usually work too well.  I can pull off a French accent, but strictly the "dirty Frenchman" variety. Most every other accent I try comes off sounding like the Swedish Chef or Cheech from Cheech & Chong.  However, I'm waaay ahead of Marci here, as every accent she tries to use comes off sounding like a vampire.  Trust me on zis one, blah, she sounds like zee Count Dracula, blah.

Enough of that nonsense, on to the beer.  In the glass, it's a hazy orange with malt and citrus on the nose. There's a spice flavor (maybe not clove, but something) with apricot and just a bit of bitterness underneath to balance out the sweet.  Really enjoyable beer which will definitely get into the permanent beer rotation post-beer adventure.
In case you were wondering, and I know you are, the Chouffe is a gnome who once brewed beer in the Ardennes mountains and provides the inspiration for this beer.  For the record, this is a second beer named after magical gnomes, as a Tommy knocker is a gnome who alerted gold & silver miners of danger and pointed out bountiful veins of ore.

See?  This blog isn't all fun and games.  Occasionally you learn interesting things.  About gnomes.  But if we're talking interesting, then you need to hit the best part of the d'Achouffe website so you too can get this AWESOME Chouffe song stuck in your head all day:

Thing to Think About Today:
While Marci and I can't seem to do accents very well, allow me to introduce you to someone who can blend into any situation by simply adopting a new personality.  That's right.... Fletch.

"Hey! It's all ball bearings nowadays. Now you prepare that Fetzer valve with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads. And I'm gonna need 'bout ten quarts of anti-freeze, preferably Prestone. No, no make that Quaker State."

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