McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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Reviews by JimsArcade:
3.28/5 rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Poured into a 10 oz. tulip glass.
Medium to dark brown, it generated a light brown head that slowly dissipated leaving classic Belgian lacing along the inside of the glass.
Matly and yeasty in the nose, with a good amount of spice thrown into the mix. Estery aromas show up as well.
What an... intriguing beer. During the initial sips at its coldest temperature, there is multitude of flavors fighting for dominance. The malts, the spices, the yeast, and those esters detected in the aroma are there in big quantities, yet none seem to blend. The alcohol also seems a lot higher than 8%. As the beer warms, everything starts to mellow out into a great harmony of flavors. I thought it was the alcohol muting the tongue (as I would expect a warmer beer to have even more pronounced flavors), but a second glass shortly thereafter revealed the same pattern. To score this beer, I'd have to average a moderately low score for the initial sips and a high score later sips. What a weird beer!
The same things pointed out above for taste apply to its mouthfeel. It's like drinking two different beers in the same glass at the same time.
The changes from harsh to mild in each sampling does not help it drinkability, however. I had two glasses for this sampling, but could not bring myself to have a third. Definitely a one-and-done beer for any particular evening.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2009 16:59:10 | More by JimsArcade
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle dated 01 2016 at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of dark malt and yeasty phenolics
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to frothy layer 8 mm thick
Lacing spotty; few small islands
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of yeast phenolics and dates (figs?), slightly sweet; no alcohol, no diacetyl, no hops
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation
A decent strong dark ale. Good appearance, aroma, and palate. The flavor is fruity and slightly strong for my taste. Overall, pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 16:45:34 | More by Ozzylizard
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.