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Brune D'Achouffe - Brasseurs R.J.

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.35%
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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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!

mrmanning, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of jbonapar
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

jbonapar, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of bobsy
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!

bobsy, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of eat
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.

eat, May 29, 2009
Photo of rodenbach99
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

rodenbach99, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of sstackho
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

sstackho, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of pootz
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.

pootz, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of JOaikido
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

JOaikido, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of biegaman
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!

biegaman, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Conrad
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Conrad, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of Derek
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!

Derek, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of DrJay
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.

DrJay, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of Viggo
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.

Viggo, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of vwahaszee
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

vwahaszee, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of Barraclou
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Barraclou, Jan 29, 2005
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.

Goldorak, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
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.

mzwolinski, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
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.

RoyalT, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

3Vandoo, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jul 19, 2004
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.

Rastacouere, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of scottum
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.

scottum, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
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.

UnionMade, Aug 25, 2003
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Brune D'Achouffe from Brasseurs R.J.
83 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.