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Brune D'Achouffe - Brasseurs R.J.

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 10-26-2002

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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 34
Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 341ml bottle to a tulip

A: Amber/brown color with a two finger head. Retention was decent so was lacing. Carbonation is constantly streaming up the sides of the glass. INTENSE sediment presence in the beer. This kind of displeases me actually and is a bit of a turnoff when there's this much.

S: Dark fruits, some breadyness and a slight touch of alcohol.

T: Figs and raisins are the dominant fruity flavors in this beer. Brown sugar is also present in diminished amounts. Maybe a touch of cloves. Belgian yeast character is present and makes the beer bready tasting. A Slight bit of caramel malts is also there. Alcohol was actually quite detectable. Bitterness was mild to low.

M: Well carbonated and filling. Fairly dry.

O: Alright but nothing I would pay for again. The sediment really grosses me out to be honest and alcohol as too noticeable for me.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle from Broue Ha Ha, been sitting in the cellar for about six months now, hoping for some mellowing action.

Poured into a goblet. A hazy chocolate brown, with about a half inch of head that quickly recedes into a thin ring.

Nose is brown sugar, spices, and a nice fruity smell - banana, orange and figs perhaps.

Tasty brew, I have to say, and a big step up from the Blonde. Chocolate, brown sugar, fruit, spices, a bit of yeast.

Carb a bit strong, even after a few months, but theres some chewiness to it.

Not bad, certainly a damned decent dark ale. Alcohol is well-masked. It doesn't go beyond many of the style, but it ain't bad.

Photo of Kremlock
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: No head formation as the style suggest. Colour is a clear rich brown.

S: Raisins, plum, sweet, flowery. There is no alcohol smell and just a hint of caramel in the background.

T: Malty with a hint of raisins and plums. Alcohol is very low in flavour and yet you get a bit of the feel in the end

M: Carbonation is high but pleasant and withing style. Medium body with a bit of warmth.

O: This is a great belgian strong dark ale style. Most aspects are on style except the head that I just could not get to pour. Will have to try an other bottle with a different glace and will modify review in case it does change. This is a must in my fridge for sure.

Photo of francisfilion
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 341 ml bottle of this beer last night in a Stella Artoise glass. The beer had a brownish cloudy colour with yeast in suspension. The head was about 1 1/2 inches and lasted for quite a while. The smell was typical of belgium brews and had a nice touch of spices. The taste goes along the same lines, and I have to say the 8.50% alcool was very well hidden. Overall I think it is a well done replicate of the original La Chouffe brune of Belgium. Definately worth a try!!

Photo of tbeckett
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Pours a sort of dark orange kinda colour. Maybe dark copper? Very cloudy. Tons of yeast sediment and lot's of carbonation. Solid one finger light brown head that looks pretty thick. Great thick retention with a nice cap remaining and chunks of lacing.

S - Sweet spice, honey, fruit and yeast.

T - Good orange, spice, yeast, and good fruitiness. Peppery spice with nice orange and some slight dark fruit.

M - Good carbonation, maybe a bit much. Full body but it's hard to tell with the extreme carbonation.

O/D - Not too shabby of a brown. Could use less spice and carbonation. Not overly complex but very smooth and a good one to sip.

Photo of korguy123
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- hazzy burnt copper pour. Half finger light tan head. White chunks floating around in total suspension. Carbonation is active.

S- belgian spices, yeast, dark fruits. Bananas and cinnamon. Slight alcoholic smell. Toasted malts adding an extra layer of sweetness.

T- brown sugar and yeast. Bready notes and belgian spices. Slight alcohol warmth. Cinnamon and a little vanilla. Faint metallic taste.

M- medium bodied, slight alcohol warmth. Carbonation is lively and adds a nice balance to tge flavor profile.

O- great representation in style. The tastes aren't as delicate as the real belgian styles but still very good beer.

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a brown colour with a small off white fizzy head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there isn't a whole lot of lacing. The head didn't last for long and there is a ton of little floaties all over the beer. It really does look like a freshly shaken snow globe.

Smell - malts, wheat, bananas, cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is actually a high amount of carbonation and the beer feels nice on the tongue. The most noticeable flavours are bananas, a brown sugar sweetness, and wheat mixed with cloves. The beer finishes with a banana and spice mix aftertaste.

Drink - This beer although not visually pleasing it actually pretty damn tasty. If you happen to see it on the shelves, give it a try.

Photo of notdan
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This wasn't my first bottle of the six pack, so at this point, I knew not to pour out the last inch or so, cause damn there are some big yeast chunks in there. Very nice medium brown colour, but the head died quickly and it was hard to re-instate even with some intense swirling.

Smell is pretty promising; lots of spice with maybe a touch of alcohol. Sipping confirms this; this one's got lots of clove, some cinnamon, brown-sugar/caramel malt flavours, some tart fruitiness, and a slight but noticeable touch of alcohol at the end. Not amazing, but definitely enjoyable.

Plenty of carbonation provides a nice mouthfeel (and leaves me perplexed as to how I couldn't get much of a head to happen). Pretty easy to drink too, I got through this glass pretty quick and wouldn't mind another.

Photo of nokes
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fortunately, I was warned to pour carefully. Light mahogany colour, just slightly cloudy (my portion was from the bottom half of the bottle) with a frothy head that laced nicely. Minor carbonation visible.

Spicy nose, fresh citrusy (almost floral) notes and yeasty (lees).

Sweet and fruity with coriander and other spices. Nicely balanced, and since I like that taste of lees in the beer, I'm happy with this. It's yummy.

Medium-to-full mouthfeel with a light touch of carbonation. Like it. The 8.5% alcohol isn't terribly noticeable.

This is really drinkable. With food in front of me, this would just keep going down and down...

Photo of mrmanning
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle sample courtesy of MDS, tasted at HYDE's tasting last month. Mahogony pour, with a thin beige ring of head present. Prunes, sugar plums, raisins, and wood in the nose. Brown sugar flavours mixed with alcohol, with lingering prune/malt flavours. Smooth, ABV not detected. Good. Thanks Mikey!

Photo of jbonapar
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy hazey amber/yellow.

Smell is spciey with cloves and Cinnamon. Nice smell.

Taste: complex and intersting. Its actually difficult to place at first. Cloves, pepper, cardamon, butter toffee. Nice flavor.

Easy drinking, particularly given the 8.5%. Just a touch of warming touch.

I like.

Photo of bobsy
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in Quebec under license from the d'achouffe brewery. Shawn's bottle - cheers!

The pour is initially horrific. A turgid, cloudy brown flecked with yeast like softly falling snow. Once it all settles its not so bad, and the off-white head has decent retention and lace. Still not an award winner...

The aroma is full on spice (cloves dominate, but mix in with cinamon), with a backing chorus of sweet malt and alcohol. The flavour replicates this - sweet malt forms the backbone, with heavily laden spice, and a slight alcohol bite in the finish. Warming and rich, but not overly complex. The body is moderate with high carbonation.

Not a classic of the style, but very approachable and I enjoyed it!

Photo of eat
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-dark brown, almost like the colour of maple syrup. Great creamy head that's not going anywhere; good lacing. This looks like a real Belgian ale. Still the giant chunks of sediment like I found in the Blonde d'Achouffe. Without the sediment I'd give it a 4.5.

Really great smell. Strong orange and coriander, lemon-lime. Mostly a super refreshing citrus smell.

Medicinal, yeasty. Caramel up front; bitter hops come out in the finish. The alcohol is making me feel nice and warm. This is a pretty complex beer. I'm sure someone with a better palate and descriptive skills would be able to pick out a bunch more flavours.

Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Nice enough feel.

This is pretty drinkable. I wouldn't want more than one of these at a time, but wouldn't mind drinking one at a time fairly often. I can't believe I'm just trying this for the first time, a month before I move away from Montreal. I'll have to take a few of these with me.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

660ml brown bottle, brewed under licence of La Chouffe in Belgium.

A: nice brown-copper colour, thin white head.
S: strong smell of spices, caramel. inviting
T: tasty caramel, spices and yeast mix.
M: this beer has a good body.
D: perfect sipping beer. nice all around belgian dark ale.

Photo of sstackho
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

660mL bottle purchased for $4 from Jovi in Gatineau. Pours a cloudy golden brown with enough chunky floaties to build a small house. Aroma is disappointingly weak with just a hint of spice. First taste is nice and yeasty. Solid, rich mouthfeel with Belgian yeast and lightly spiced. Definitely less lemony than a recent batch of the regular Quebec D'Achouffe - although I'm wondering if I had an off-batch of that one.

Photo of pootz
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 3 months old

pours a clouded brown into the glass, smallish off white cap settles to a surface lace

Aromas of toffee, spice, musty.

Tastes pretty much like it smells..toffee sweet malt, dried fruit, nutty-sour yeast tastes light hopping some spice..wet sweet finish with substantial warming....alcohol hides 'til the finish.

Drinkable enough, a mellowed belgian strong.

Photo of JOaikido
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660 ml brown bottle.

A- A light orangy brown with some red to it. Very cloudy from the yeast. Small light beige head.

S- Plummy malt with some spice. Touch of alcohol.

T- Malty but a bit lacking in the middle. I would prefer a more pronounced caramel malt flavour. Good level of yeast and spice to it. Nice bitter finish with a decent lingering bitter aftertaste. Slight alcohol flavour, but not overdone.

MF- Drying. Medium-light body. Not bad, but could be better.

D- Pleasant strong beer, but lacking the mellowness and complexity that this style can offer.

Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with fair head, nothing overly substancial. Some glow to the light, a faint shade of my finger on the other side of the murky, brown colour. Spices and yeast are most prevalent in the nose. A Belgian character in the aroma. Faint, very faint, alcohol as well. Mouthfeel entirely too watered down. A light sourness as well that I found pleasent - though I'm not sure its intentional. I get water first, then a pocket of flavour kicks in. It's like they stirred in a flavour packet with water and the two didn't quite dissolve fully together. A lot of peppery spice but lacking any finess. No flavours linger either. Didn't think they did as fair a job on the brune as they did on the blonde. Not nearly the complexity or quality as its superior.
Thanks HogtownHarry!

Photo of Conrad
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle was stored in the fridge lying down, and the sediment mixed in. I couldn't see the stuff because the beer and the glass are dark, so when I poured, a lot of chunky bits came out. They floated in the beer throughout the drink. My fault, but it did not make for an appealing sight. So I got a muddy cola brown brew.
The head is tawny off white, and not very thick.

Smell: Big mixed aromas - yeast, bread, spices, some malt, fruit.

Taste: Earthy. A variety of tastes, notably bread, spice, some sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. It coats the tongue like a light milk chocolate. Gentle fizz.

Drinkability: Good, but not great. A nice winter beer. As this is a big bottle of high test (8.5%) one per sitting is enough.

Photo of Derek
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange-brown, with a little off-white head.

S: Dark fruit (prunes), very Belgian!

T: Like a dark fruit-bread, with a little spice. The alcohol is nicely subtle. The taste is quite good, but it just isn't great.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Good.

Thanks Mike!

Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark amber with a short, rocky, off-white head. No lace was observed. Aromas of sweet malt melded nicely with the spicy yeast character. The flavour starts out spicy, followed by sweet caramel. Subdued fruitiness is also present. Bitterness is more pronounced near the finish and there's a lingering caramel and spice combination (nutmeg/clove) that's quite pleasing. Medium bodied with a hint of astringency and a bit of slickness. I enjoyed this a lot as something like a winter warmer, more than most "Xmas beers" I've had lately.

Photo of Viggo
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange/rad, decent white head forms with some nice lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, theres some orange peel and coriander up front and a sweet and spicy character. Taste is sweet and malty with some orange and coriander and some other spices detectable. Rich and slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation, warming sensation, smooth and satisfying ale.

Photo of vwahaszee
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've seen this beer in two different bottles for two different prices, I believe because a brewery in Quebec produces the recipe from a Belgian brewery. The bottle I had said Brasseur RJ so I'll review it here. Overall I was extremely pleased with this beer. It had a nice brown color, but what got me was the taste. I loved the deep spicy flavor that stimulated various regions on my tongue. Truly a beer built to withstand a Quebec winter, which may explain why it flies off the shelves of the stores I frequent. I'd love to drink it slowly throughout the night, but could also drink it quickly as well if the situation demanded it. What stands out in the smell and the taste of the beer is the spice. I'm not sure exactly what the blend is, but its kind of rich, like maybe a clove-cinnamon-ginger type of thing. I'll be looking to pair this with whatever I can.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown ale with a huge foamy head that disappeared within thirty second. Aroma is quite spicy and probably the only things that can make me recall its Belgian cousin. The spice dominates taste but fall a little flat because of thin body and lack of carbonation. I also notice an alcohol burn at the end that I didn’t particularly enjoy.

Photo of Barraclou
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 660ml bottle

Appearance: Dark golden / brownish orange. Two fingers of foam. Interesting.

Smell: Spices and invites well the drinker, but it might more present.

Taste: Spicy, malty and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. I love it! It's fun to drink and I like the foam feeling. Also, it got an interesting spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability: This dark ale is a very nice discovery. I enjoyed it very much.

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Brune D'Achouffe from Brasseurs R.J.
83 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.