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Brune D'Achouffe - Brasseurs R.J.

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J. visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 10-26-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 03:21:10 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 18:30:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 22:21:27 | More by biegaman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 03:47:37 | More by Viggo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 00:51:48 | More by DrJay
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 23:55:57 | More by Derek
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 23:56:53 | More by RoyalT
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 00:33:41 | More by spinrsx
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 23:45:04 | More by tbeckett
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-26-2013 20:37:01 | More by tom10101
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 19:51:57 | More by bobsy
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-15-2012 13:45:39 | More by oldp0rt
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-06-2012 19:10:03 | More by cfalovo97
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 02:07:21 | More by pootz
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 05:07:13 | More by UnionMade
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 03:37:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 750ml bottle I picked up in Montreal back in April.

OK, I knew this was trouble when I popped the cap and it foamed all over the place. It hadn't been shaken or anything, just foamed up like there was no tomorrow. Poured a deep hazy brown with a big tan head. Smells of strong alcohol and dark malt. Caramel aromas evident.

Big maltiness on the first sip, then going sour and easing into unpleasant buttery flavors. Tasted a bit off, almost skunky. And then the lingering alcohol burn in the back of your throat. Medium bodied with a bad aftertaste.

This would not be an everyday brew under any circumstances but this bottle was just bad. I refuse to believe that this is the normal taste when the Blonde D'Achouffe I bought at the same time was so good. I want to get another bottle to see but right now this is just a very average Strong Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 02:39:45 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 22:01:19 | More by korguy123
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +9%

04-07-2013 01:57:00 | More by NightINgale
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 18:55:40 | More by Rastacouere
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 13:51:22 | More by mrmanning
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scottum

Vermont

3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 04:11:19 | More by scottum
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-29-2012 00:45:35 | More by KalanM
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mzwolinski

California

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 03:10:01 | More by mzwolinski
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:51:09 | More by eat
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Brune D'Achouffe from Brasseurs R.J.
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