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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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89
very good

827 Ratings
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89
very good

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 26
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies from time to time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-22-2001)
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Dark brown colour and a medium creamy head that disspiates quickly but leaves a thin lacing

S- Phenols, caramel, toffee. Good!

T- Maybe a little thin for its ABV but the hop bitternes gives it a nice character. You can taste toffee but the beer is nonetheless pleasantly spicy, you can also taste dried fruit. Overall this beer has a vague, but pleasant, "woody" character (i don't really know if there's a proper term for that...)

M- A nice warming and soft feel, that stiil leaves room for a harmonious whole of mouthfilling savours. Great mouthfeel

D- Really easy to drink (almost no taste of alcohol) but it leaves on the palate a dull sweet taste that gets you bored after a while

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 14:52:58 | More by Cozzatoad
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Aroma of dark malt and yeasty phenolics
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to frothy layer 8 mm thick
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I have a lot of respect for Brasserie d'Achouffe's La Chouffe, which I gave a glowing review on a while back. What is it about the Belgians that get it so right when it comes to beer? They almost always seem to capture the perfection of flavour, body, aroma and alcohol content. And I'm hoping that McChouffe, the apparently Scottish cousin of La Chouffe's gnome, hits upon that magic formula.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: A deep Mahogany cloudy body presents along with a minimal tan lacing. Looks a treat.

S: Dark fruits, candi sugar and sourdough yeast intermingles along with some pear/apple esters to produce a fine perfume. Expecting some dark fruit and sugar driven flavours.

T: Yep, dark fruits, candi sugar and a light malt base come together. Pear/apple esters, Phenols and sourdough also make themselves present. It's very much a "La Chouffe Dark" then, with the flavour base so similar you might think they were separated at wort (aka the early foetal stage of the brew). The finish is a mid-range medicinal herb bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium (and a tad sharp) carbonation.

D: Really there's not much between La Chouffe and McChouffe, marketing-wise I would have liked if they had been named "La Chouffe Good" and "La Chouffe Evil" with a good Gnome and an evil Gnome on the respective labels for a bit of fun. It really comes down to preference when choosing between the two. I prefer La Chouffe vanilla, however if you like your Belgians with a dark fruit slant (raisin, fig, plum, prune or date) then go the McChouffe, you'll have more fun with the Scottish twin.

Food match: Hard cheese platter, roasted dark meats - beef, venison, lamb, and grilled vegetables are all winners here.

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.