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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
Brewed by:
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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
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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful brown in color with an orangish tint and a nice, tan head that left a big foamy dollop on top of the liquid.

Smell – The dough and yeast came out nicely here. The malts are dark and lightly burnt like toast. The big spicing was needed to offset the bitter, rindy orange notes.

Taste – The crisp, wonderful doughy yeast came out big and rank. It almost had a hint of sourness to it like you get with yeast that’s really hot and expanding. The spicing was a little lighter at the tongue but powdery. The orange notes from the nose turned into a wonderful orange juice sweetness at the finish.

Mouthfeel – This BSDA was crisp and well-carbonated. It was almost medium-bodied with a very active mouthfeel from all of the varying flavors. This was a blast to hold in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed drinking this yeasty sample from Bras. RJ while baking bread in the oven. It’s light enough to drink as a summer time refresher yet big enough to have as a snack while dinner’s cooking.

Comments – Alas, I do believe this marks the last of the bottles I received in an incredible trade with Rastacouere. Don’t pass up the opportunity to exchange brews with this awesome BA. Be sure to ask for a box of “local gems” – you won’t be sorry.

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 Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Similiar spice to the blonde however prettier colour. Or perhaps a tad spicier. Some herbs and floral aroma. A tad sour yeast and peppery aftertaste. Still a "pale" reflection of the real Belgian La Chouffe or its variations.

Nothing special here, move on.

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 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 Goldorak
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, with red highlights and a coffee colored head that was thick at first, died down substantially, but sprang back to life after a few swirls.

Smell: Alcohol, some nuttyness.

Taste: Very caramel malt, with warm alcohol finish. Mouthfeel could have been better. I've had this Beer cellared for quite some time, and I'm not sure it ages well, because the carbonation was lower than I expected.

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 3Vandoo
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brownish color with a foamy head that slowly dissapeared into my glass.
The smell, I couldnt smell much from that beer maybe my allergies hitting me sooner this year. Taste was not surprising, some nutty flavor, a bit of a malty touch nothing to make my mouth cry for more. I could feel a tiny bit of spices, but everything was shy, but it went down pretty easy.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very carbonated brown body with a big long-lasting almond head. Aroma of cloves, malt and yeast. Spicy, creamy medium body, well-hidden alcohol, caramel malt notes, little tart peaks, dark berries. Not amazing, but certainly worth a try or 10 if it's not too hard to get. I still prefer the Mcchouffe, but that's pretty good and definitely has some nice belgian character.

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 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 mzwolinski
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown in color, with a thin head that quickly settles to a thin, wispy top. The aroma is slightly spicy, with a yeasty Belgian character undergirded by lightly sweet malt.

The flavor begins with a slightly toasted malt. Hints of nuttiness emerge mid-palate. Spiciness emerges toward the finish, but on the light side. This develops a bit more strongly as the beer warms, and the beer as a whole benefits from some additional depth of character. Alcohol is hidden pretty well, and contributes some interesting flavors without much burn.

Medium bodied. Pretty tasty, and easy drinking.

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 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 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 scottum
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red-brown with a big off-white head which quickly fades away. Malty flavors mix with fruity flavors and are offset by some spice, alcohol nip, and subtile hopping. Carbonation is strong and huts the mouthfeel. Not even close to being the best dark belgian style ale from quebec.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 UnionMade
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Contract brewed Chouffe beer?
The beer pours a dark cinnamon orange, hazy, with a thick clingy beige head. Great lacework.
Aroma is very fruity and malty, with some toasted malt. Pronounced apple, pear and plum, with a mild phenolic paint thinner burn. Slightly oxodized and wine-like. Alcohol is apparent, although obscured by the phenols and fruitiness.
Flavor is rich and sweet. The first thing i noticed was a slight blood-like metallic taste, which faded as I drank. I couldn't notice it about halfway through the glass. Thick, rich maltiness, with huge fruity esteriness. Candi sugar sweetness. Malty alcoholic flavor coming through in the middle, and finishing with a dry green apple flavor. Slight almond dry nuttiness as the beer warms up. Full bodied and mildly carbonated, for a belgian style beer.
Definitely the official beer of tiny woodland sprites.

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!

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