McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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very good

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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 31
Gots: 72 | 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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Reviews by erz316:
Photo of erz316
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle in la chouffe snifter

A - 1.5 finger head, fluffy and filled with big bubbles, cream coloured, and fades pretty quickly. big chunks of yeast flow into the bottle, really big chunks. the body is a translucent dark red-brown, the only thing keeping the brew from being completely see through are the huge chunks of yeast floating around; there is actually so much that it makes it a bit difficult to see. a quick swirl of the glass restores some of the thin foam adorning the top. carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass, making a sort of yeast ferris wheel.

S - dark caramel malts, floral hops, apple juice, and an odd smell from the mass of yeast that fell into the glass, maybe like a plastic bubblegum. the top notes are the apple juice and yeast; the apples are quite juicy and smell like red delicious. the midground is composed of the malts and caramel. the bottom is the flowery, light hops. light alcohol astringency at the back with the hops; this becomes more noticeable as the brew warms up.

T - not the conventional bsda taste. the initial is a strong apple taste, with light touches of the yeast, adding that odd flavour it has. the initial taste pretty much like a cider, but it has a bit too much bitterness from the hops to make that flavour absolute; there is also a bit of alcohol in the mix, which shatters this apple-y illusion. the finish is peculiar, the yeast and hops come out in an odd mixture, that is more sweet and floral than malty and spicy. there is only a tiny bit of spicy dry alcohol (but it is mostly relegated to the aftertaste). the aftertaste is malty, yeasty, and a bit bitter. the sweetness easily dominates this part, it is a very good caramel taste. the yeast is quite an odd creation from brasserie d'achouffe, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.

MF&D - the feel is a bit too carbonated for the style, but the body is right. the drinkability is hampered by the amount of yest which imparts that weird bubblegum flavour.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some reddish tint with a nice fluffy head,big fruity aromas along with some yeasty-like spiciness.I picked up some sour cherry up front along with some caramel and some spiciness coming in in pretty ubrupt finish.A real solid brew not overly spectacular but had nice strong dark ale characteristics a pleasure to drink.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Beautiful dark, ruby brown with a good head that rose unpredictably.

Smell – The full array of BSDA aromas are here. The deep, dark fruits such as dates, figs, tobacco, etc, are laced with raw brown sugar and lay atop a wonderful, toasted malt base.

Taste – This is extra special. The taste goes as the nose goes, but there’s a little something extra going on at the tongue. There’s some big, alcohol-laced bread that comes out in a surprisingly big way, making this extremely complex, full, and satisfying.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied and chewy with an alcohol reminder makes this one feel amazing in the mouth.

Drinkability – I just went through a couple bad bottles today (two that I reviewed, the third one was so flat I figured it was defective and poured most of it out without rating it), so this was quite a treat. The bread especially that came out in the taste was a very unique flavor and well-appreciated.

Update – I first reviewed this in 2003 a month after joining the site so thought it would be interesting to re-review it with a 2004 vintage. It didn’t hold up nearly as well after tasting over 200+ Belgian ales over the course of the last year, but it was still a good beer and a joy to consume. I dropped most of my ratings by half points but still would recommend.

Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown with red hues and a 3/8 inch white to off-white froth. Aroma of rum, rasions, butter, toffee, wild yeast, sweet dark fruits. All present but all weak. This is not an in your face aroma beer. Flavor is equally restrained and mild but well balanced and not lacking in complexity. Sweet dark fruits and toffee dominate. Some candy and leather. Yeast is a very important factor. A little weak for my tastes but very drinkable and pleasurable. Light bodied. Not warming at all. No hint of an 8% abv.

$3 at Maduro in a McChouffe glass.

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dak earhty/reddish brown with a creamy off white head on top. Looks nice. Smells of earth and spices with sweet tones in as well. Tasted sweet mild caramel malt at first but phenols and peppery flavors were very present. Also had a fruity flavor of darker fruits but not a dark fruit cake flavor. Mouthfeel was creamy but still ahd good carbonation and I know I could drink a few of these. I'm really starting to enjoy Belgian Dark Ales and this one is tasty.

Photo of steelerguy
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark bown, cloudy, some "sediment", nice carbonation, tall tan head and sticks around and leaves some lace.

S - Muted but nice malty aroma with some estery fruits. A touch of phenols but not as much as most dark strongs.

T - Lots of caramel malt and spice flavors with some alcohol coming through at the end.

M - Starts sliky and smooth but finishes with an alcohol warmth and some palate cleansing carbonation.

D - Nice balance of flavors and feel make it quite drinkable.

Photo of JasonA
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks wifey for this wonderful xmas present. Lets see how she did :)

Pours a dark thick ale. Surprisingly dark for a Belgian. Relatively thick head, with lacing and staying power. Settles thick, sits. Very nice.

Smells delicous. Amazing boquet. Im no expert, I cant place a lot of the smells but yummy. Something sweet to start. Definately belgian, but not the dry type of quad smell. Maybe carmel?

Not so roasted malt. Sweet caramel/toffee like. Little alcohol end. Very complex taste, I cant place a lot of this.

Superd. Smooth carbonation. No bite at all. Reminds me of cream soda almost. Not is taste but feel. Explodes in the mouth into what feels like a cloud.

Give me more. Very enjoyable complex offerring. I will be adding others from the brewery after finishing this.

Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Satyr179
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this eer in the store. Am looking forward to their upcoming Tripel, thought this would be fun to try. It was a medium brown color with a thick white head. It had a malty caramel odor and a sweet taste with some spice in the background. Felt OK in the mouth. I thought it was a good, but not great beer

Photo of generallee
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 1pt 9.4oz bottle into a tulip glass. The abv is listed at 8.0% on the label and the freshness date reads "BEST BEFORE END 2011". The label also has a description of the beer its ingredients and the brewery.

Appearance: It is cloudy and dark brown in color. Through the murky body lots of visible carbonation can be seen rising up to the thick tan head above. This thick tan head has a dusting of darker brown yeast that looks like it was sprinkled with cinnamon. The retention is excellent and it leaves lots of cool lace rings and patterns.

Smell: The aroma is very big and pleasant. It has wonderful sweet bready a fruity maltiness with sour, funky and earthy yeast.

Taste/Palate: It has a deep rich malty character with notes of rich sweet breads, some dark sweet fruits, and sour cherries. It also has a defiant Belgian yeast influence as well, with some funky, dusty, earthy notes. (All in good balance) Also in good balance are the hop notes which are kind earthy and floral. They bring a good balance of hop bitterness to the finish which is a prefect mix of all complexity. The palate has a smooth firmness with a very lively and active yet gentle carbonation.

Notes: Outstanding!!! (IMO) I love the balance, the complexity and the feel.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dense frothy head, similar to frothed milk the color is of the deepest brown with some haze. Smells if phenols and earth, bubble gum and sangria soaked fruit. Wet and a little thin on the body, the inner lining of the maltiness holds a hermit like character. Peppery snap of the phenols and some hop bitterness wake the palate up. A solid caramel and wavering alcoholic character meld middle to end. Finishes spicy sweet.

Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle served at at 55 degrees into a goblet. Pours a nice ruby mahogany with a small beige head that left considerable island lacing. Aroma was not as profound as most Belgian strong dark ales, but still interesting. Spices(cloves), dark fruits, bananas, and a hint of toffee on the nose. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, medium carbonation. Taste is the surprise here. If I was rating this one blind, I would have guessed it to be an excellent English Bitter, or ESB. Lots of walnut nuttiness, toffee, and biscuit. Approaching room temperature, a plethora of sensations delight the palate. Fruits of all kinds, spices, and even florals seem to be here. Alcohol is cleverly hidden away by all the pleasant qualities going on. Carbonation lasts all the way through, and the finish is dry, with a hint of fruity butternut. This is one of the best ales I've ever tasted, and I can't hardly wait to cellar a few of these.

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, allowed to warm up, out of the fridge for about 30 mins. "best before end of 2006" printed onto the bottle. Pours dark auburn, murky with a HUGE thick, creamy and long lasting head Leaving oodles of thick and sticky lacing and sheeting. Malted milk, peat, alcohol on the nose. Bold and smooth brew. Smoky, malty notes of more peat, earthy, slight soapyness. Nice dark brew from d'Achouffe. Well worth picking up some of this widely available brew and enjoying with a hearty meal.

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ant1
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky brown with a medium-sized tan head. Lots of molasses, yeast, dark fruits, candi sugar, and grapes in the nose. Great taste. Funny how the Scotch ale qualities compliment the Belgian strong ale qualities. Sweet caramel and banana flavors. Fair amount of licorice, toffee, and raisin. The funk comes through in the end with a earthy/wood quality. Good stuff.

Photo of Slothrop
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of deebo
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle sitting in the fridge for the past year with a BB date of aug 8 2014 into a chalice
A-ruddy brown but transparent. A tan colored large bubbled head that quickly breaks down
S-Belgian yeast-phenols quite noticeable. Sweet malt also on the heavy side
T-similar to aroma. Estery non-descript notes.
M-soft mouthfeel with the alcohol being quite drying. Medium body and carbonation
O-a nice beer. Not overly anything. Soft mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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