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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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828 Ratings
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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 26
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website

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:
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 01:08:22 | More by erz316
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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.

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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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