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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

831 Ratings
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89
very good

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 26
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at cellar temperature, as close to 10 to 12 degrees as I could get it, as the bottle suggests. Popping the cap of the 750 ml bottle, I first smelt a soft vermouth/sake aroma from the bottle. Unique labelling with some sort of elf or dwarf holding a stock of grain. In the chaliced glass, this beer is extraordinary. Rich chestnut hues with dark rosewood, on the verge of ruby. The head is creamy, sometimes fizzy, tight, and went quickly to a fine layer of light brown/cream. Mix of large and fine sized bubbles in the viscous lacing. The aroma is everything a good brune Belgian should be. Dusty smoked malt, complemented with sufficient but not overpowering yeast, and musty fruits. Freshly baked bread, and extreme sweetness at first, with the head still at its fullest. Grape juice, slight salmon smells, soya sauce, and numerous other aromas make this an extremely complex-smelling beer. Some definite wood in the smell, dust, and strong malt dominance, almost like a fine scotch. Dare I say it, I sense the peatiness of some Island Scotches. There is soap, caramel, roast, vanilla, salty water, and an aroma I cannot fully describe which is new to me. Grassy, spicy hops are there in the background as well. The aroma is extremely appetising, with great complexity, but at the same time it is not off-putting in the least; it is accessible. The taste is all chewy, delicious malt on the front of the tongue. Smooth on the middle, with tart characteristics appearing; nuts, more grainy malt, and dry bread. The hops are detectable, but this is by far a malt offering, with sour lactose in the finish. Some muskiness, some treacle, and definite grist, this is a delightfully full and grainy drink. You can taste the grain as if it were fresh from the stock. Limited carbonation, making this a smooth, creamy beer. On the tongue it seems to turn to foam immediately. Belying its 8%, this beer could pass for a 5 or less. No excessively strong taste means this is an easily quaffable brew, but do not think for a moment that it lacks complexity. As long as supply lasts here, I will be buying these regularly. I imagine it would pair perfectly with a cheese-pasta dish.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 10:52:43 | More by Cwrw
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into St. Bernardus Chalice.

A - Dark, dense woody brown w/ creamy tan head a little less than 1 inch. Leaves a nice lace on top.

S - Sweet, dark malt. Molasses and dark fruits hit the nose. No sign of alcohol.

T - Sugary dark malt, again. Dark fruits are more prevalent in taste than smell.

M - Smooth, rich and creamy. Very nice.

D - A great tasting dark ale that satisfies to the last drop. Not overly complex, but maybe a nice intro into the world of Belgian beers. Alcohol doesn't hit you hard at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 22:46:55 | More by gmcfarre
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nomad

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark color. Had nice thick lace, in fact a bulbous chunky lace, stemming out of a good bright-white head in stark contrast of the beer. Well retained head, too.

Smell was winey like a deep dark red, with malty darkness, calm roasted notes, and a nicely fragrant brandy-ish ester. Then came an even deeper darkness behind it all, a full backbone that was faint but undergirded the whole beer's scent well. Moreover, it was sweetish, with notes of walnut wafting through.

Taste was a great malt mix: sweetish, dark, and roasty malts, followed rosy wine flavors, oak notes - smooth and appreciable. Had a nutty finish of somewhat length. Overall, full-flavored, easy, yet subtle, pulling of the strange but true balance like a good scottish ale should.

Good moderate mouthfeel, washes things down nicely. A very good scottish beer, went fabulously with a Belgian chocolate cake made partly out of St. Bernardus Abt 12. A great scottish ale though could be better; though it was deep and dynamic, it did not possess or culminate toward a high point that wowed me back to it. Regardless, a damn fine beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2003 18:18:55 | More by nomad
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Moan & Dove, as part of their Belgian Beer Fest.

Presented in a LaChouffe tulip. A 3/4" tan head over the light brown brew, with ample lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, with spiciness and light alcohol notes apparent. Taste follows the nose, with the spiciness and sweetness balancing each other, and light alcohol warming. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both excellent, I look forward to enjoying this brew again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2006 22:11:23 | More by ppoitras
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zoso493

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany with a bit more red in it than your average BSDA. When you hold it up to the light, it becomes a glistening, deep blood red that looks like the sweetest nectar. Has a two-finger head that's very tame by Achouffe's standards. The head doesn't stick around long, either, and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of sweet yeast with some dark fruit and even some brown sugar in the background. The predominant smell, though, would have to be the spices. This is pretty reminiscent of the N'ice Chouffe I had a couple of nights ago. (4)

Taste: Like the N'Ice Chouffe, this one also has a diabolical struggle between the sweet yeast and dark fruit and the spices. The spices sting your tongue up front and then recede, allowing the sweet Belgian yeast and prune to finish. Less bold than the N'Ice Chouffe, but the alcohol is much less pronounced, as well.

Mouthfeel: This has a higher amount of carbonation but still retains a really good body. The carbonation and spices leave your tongue stinging for a second, but also leave it very crisp and dry.

Drinkability: This is pretty high in this brew. You'd never know it was 8% ABV. This really separates it from its wintery cousin, as the alcohol is much more subdued.

Overall, this is a really good example of the style and one of the better offerings I've had from Achouffe. The more beers I have from them, the more highly I think of their brewery, and this one is no exception. It has a wonderful interplay of spice and sweetness that makes for a very complex brew. What it lacks in boldness it makes up for in smoothness and drinkability. This is an excellent beer and a terrific example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 10:24:14 | More by zoso493
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doktorhops

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 13:03:53 | More by doktorhops
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Serge

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely wooden brown in color with a medium fading lightly tanned head. Develops aromas of basement and dust, yeast and hints of roasted malts. Fizzy on the tongue building up a slick bit thin texture but which develops some mouthwatering bitterness. The roast pertains on the palate but which is not unpleasant, far from it, it actually adds to the finish and makes the body. Amazing beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 21:10:36 | More by Serge
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yesyouam

New York

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mc Chouffe is a cloudy raspberry brown ale with clumps of yeast swirling around in it. It has a huge head that leaves great lacy foam on the glass. Foam started blasting from the bottle after I opened it. There are herbs and bread in the aroma, along with something tropical like melon and a note of phenol. It's pretty full bodied and super soft with a dry, chewy finish. It's almost a hint sweet with a spicy herbal bitterness. The malt is thick, like caramel. It tastes earthy and perhaps slightly resiny. The slight sweetness stays steady as the juniper-like bitterness grows. Both flavors linger for a while after the swallow. There's almost a hint of anise and some sort of herbal tea. This is a real treat to drink: Well balanced, flavorful and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 14:55:46 | More by yesyouam
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB: End 2005.

Pours out a glistening yet hazy deep amber-orange body. Massive bone-colored head is sticky, frothy and persistant. Centerfold material.
Nose is comprised of saaz spiciness (first and foremost), some fruity esters, light peat characteristics, toasted carmel, and alcohol. Occasional hints of chocolate.
The is just delightful. Hits right up front with the stinging saaz hoppiness. Some peppery spice tack onto this and make it almost tingling. Once this recedes, the toasted carmel malt makes its way up front. Loads of oaky/woody notes to boot. This stays pretty dry throughout...juices up a little when in warms all the way up, with some fruity (apple and raisin) hues. Earthy, organic peatsmoke textures are interjected amongst the bready yeast tones. Earthy and organic are the adjectives I want to stress with this one. Course grain, faint cocoa, and slight hints of vanilla round this one out. Finishes with a jab of (seemingly english-style) hops, and a touch of alcohol.
The spritz of a belgian, mixed with the malt heft of a scotch ale. Medium bodied, maybe on the thin side..but who cares.
The fact that this is so young will require me to go grab a few to age. This is a very nice one...likely great with a little time.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 21:43:21 | More by cokes
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mjc410

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice, this beer is a translucent orange-brown, raising a rocky light tan head. The color is a marvel, very rich and inviting. So is the smell, being entirely sweet malty caramel. The taste begins the same way, albeit more intensely, and accompanied by roastiness and hints of cocoa. It then moves to a slight, short biscuit phase. ending on a juicy-sweet note, which is slightly citric. In the mouth, it's medium-thick, and carbonated enough to be nice and tingly. Overall, I rate this so highly because it's complex, sweet without being cloying, and very warming. A most enjoyable Belgian melding of the Scottish tradition.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 14:41:03 | More by mjc410
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mulder1010

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML poured into a Great Divide Glass

A-- Poured a dark brown, with ruby highlights through the beer. Big Kakhi colored head that settled into a half a finger head. Good head retention once swirled. Some lacing but not a lot. Well carbonated looking.

S-- Got a grape soda smell mixed with hops! Nice and different. Also got a bubblegum smell as well. Very fruity and very lively.

T-- Prune, grape, and a lot of dark stone fruits in this. More I drank the more it reminded me of sparkling grape juice. Just a bit of hops for flavoring.

M-- Medium to well carbonated. Very lively and active in the mouth. No real biscuit like taste or smell that is so common in Belgian styles. So much more light and fruity. Sugars become more obvious as the beer gets warmer.

D-- ABV is extremly well hidden. Feels and acts so much lighter than the listed 8%. Very different smell and taste as opposed to others in this category and it does make this stand out. Nice beer and in some ways this brewery is very overlooked as a top notch brewery. Very strong line up of beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 12:15:53 | More by mulder1010
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle that I picked up in Belgium, with a best before 2008.

Pours a cloudy, red tinged, dark brown with a two finger head that fades quickly to a thick cap, leaving behind a thick sheeting of lace behind.

Smell; very nice dark fruit aromas with plums, dates and maybe a little raisins. There's also some nice caramel, and toffee notes, and I'm also piking up a little coffee in here as well.

Taste; the toffee and caramel are very evident in the flavor with the dark fruits with plums, dates and raisins filling out the middle. The finish has a very rich chocolate presence with a little bit of some coffee notes in there, and touches of yeast. This has a very unique flavor profile, that I'm really liking tonight.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very smooth but active carbonation, and the drinkability is just great. I'm having a hard time putting down my glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 02:45:16 | More by RedHaze
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mithrascruor

California

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color. Big foamy off-white head, but it dissipates quickly into a bubbly film.

Smell: Deep malt aroma with strong hints of dark fruit (particularly fig).

Taste: Nice (though not particularly up-front) dark malt flavor with some great spicy hints, notably clove and nutmeg (especially towards the finish). Dark fruits come in more strongly a bit after the initial taste: particularly raisins and figs. The aftertaste is definitely bready and has elements of raisin and spice in it.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to heavy-bodied with minimal carbonation. Though not "sticky", there's definitely an enjoyable degree of viscosity here.

Drinkability: No taste of alcohol and it doesn't feel particularly strong either. Good flavor, and easy to drink.

Though not as complex or as good as some beers of this style, I'm glad to have found this one as it is quite enjoyable nonetheless. Rich and malty, with plenty of flavors, both subtle and not, this tends to showcase more of the dried [dark] fruit flavors generally found in this style - and it does it really well. I must confess, though, that I don't entirely get the whole supposed Scottish inspiration/connection with this beer, but who really cares: it is a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 01:50:15 | More by mithrascruor
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL (also incorrectly marked 1 PT 0.4 FL OZ) green glass bottle, capped. Best Before End 2002 (so this was aged longer than recommended). $7.99.

This dark ale poured a hazy iced-tea brown with rich, tall, tan foam that settled and did not leave much lace, if any. The smell was nice: apples, malt, biscuity aroma, citrus, and a flowery smell (perhaps the bog myrtle that is listed as an ingredient?). The taste was very good: smooth, caramel malt, apples, a bit of candy sugarl, a biscuity taste, a hint of alcohol, a slight hint of hops, and a trace of bananas. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, and slightly sweet but clean. This ale had aged well and was very mellow and very pleasant to drink leisurely.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 22:06:41 | More by UncleJimbo
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1fastz28

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

has an exceptional color, a beatiful ruby color without hardly any head, the smell is really good, citrus and yeasty wonderfullness. has a strong alcohol note to it, but the taste is awesome, i really enjoy it mouthfeel is full and good. the drinkability is very high, a good beer like this without a crazy price.. belgians might be the best thing ever.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 04:30:35 | More by 1fastz28
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a thick, light tan head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing down the tulip glass. The first whiff is almost metallic, but later, fruity notes of apple and fig dominate. Molasses and sweet pipe tobacco present as well.

The taste is both complex and well balanced, with subtle creamy malt and a raisiny plum and sour mash blend that lets you know the hops are in effect. Exceptional mouthfeel, semi-thick and bubbly up front and across the palate, leaves a slight hoppy aftertaste. Great carbonation. There's a lot going on in this beer to keep your tastebuds happy...definately recommended by this reviewer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 05:27:06 | More by wagenvolks
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dv8sean

California

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see both the bros and the community at large relegate this to "only" a "very good" beer. This beverage is good enough to mock or outright dismiss its critics.

Appearance is not its forte, tho. It's a bit nondescript, and while it pours with a good head, the foam dissipates, and leaves virtually no lace.

From there, however, it just keeps getting better. Banana bread and spice on the nose. Layered and complex. Taste follows suit. Beautiful balance between the sweetness of the malt backbone and the very mild sour funk of the Belgian yeast. Note: this is NOT a "sour beer".

Mouthfeel is stellar. Beer has a long, long finish--somehow being both sweet and dry at the same time. How'd they do that? I'd rate it 5.0 Perfect, but I cannot profess to know what is perfection.

Overall, this is the best beer of its style that I've found...at least to my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 02:07:47 | More by dv8sean
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anakar

Israel

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

App - Foggy, Caramel Color, short head
Smell - First thing I noticed; rich smell, kinda fruity... very ripe

Taste - Special. very much like the smell: fruity, ripe, rich and also reminding of toffee & caramel. 5 minutes after I was done I still had a nice after-taste

Mouthfeel - Clear down, very little bubble.

Drink - High alcohol, so eat with it but it goes down so smooth...

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 07:59:05 | More by anakar
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ChillMike

Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

McChouffe:
A: Pours a beautiful deep ruby red tha doesn't let much light in with a hefty off white head, that leaves just enough lacing around the glass.

S:Very sweet smelling, some nice candy sugar scents along with a fruit smell, I'm thinking a bit of cherry, and a bit of plum. Also a bit of choclatey malt smell. A very pleasant smell, just not enough of it, if that makes sense.

T: Very interesting taste, not what I was expecting at all quite a suprise. Let's see a mix of a cherry and light white chocolate taste then finishes with a nice coffee and caramel esque flavor. I have to say this was quite the treat.

MF: One of my only complaints about this beer is that it does feel just a tad bit too watery, I'd expect a beer that was this deep in color and flavor would be more "meaty" for lack of better words, it's also got just a wee bit more carbonation than I'd expect from this. That being said these are minor flaws in an otherwise great beer.

D: Scary enough I really can't taste the alcohol all that much and it is at 8.5%, I know it's not technically a winter warmer, but this was perfect for a night that was literally freezing in southern california.

Overall I'm really liking this beer and will have to pick it up again. Brasserie d'Achouffe is quickly becoming one of my favorites, they seem to get it right, from the presentation of the bottles to the taste of their wonderful beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 09:25:02 | More by ChillMike
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brurevu

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: The McChouffe was touted as a Belgian Scotch Ale and was the obvious darker beer of the night. It came with a fluffy tan head and more Belgian yeast notes in the aroma with some sweet malts as well. It was much maltier than the La Chouffe with hints of toffee and dark fruits with the signature Belgian yeast notes as well. Another well balanced and drinkable beer that I will need to try again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 19:04:32 | More by brurevu
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lachouffe tulip glass, around 10 c.

Pours a dark brown with orange highlights huge head and a bit of lacing. Good carbonation. Aroma of peppery spice and bit of a hop presence. Flavor of rich malt a fairly large hop bite and a dry, almost saison like finish.

Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 00:23:46 | More by bloberglawp
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml, aged 1 year, from a douglas scotch ale glass. Burgundy-brown beer with a big foamy and frothy off-white head that holds the glass reasonably. Flavor profile is yeasty, deeply malty, caramelic and notes of licorice and cloves(which I usually dont particularly like, but fits well here). Bitterness, Astringence. Rather complex, with everything well balanced and pleasant. A beer I love, typical belgian spiciness with a charming round body and dangerously drinkable given its ABV. Belgian take on scotch ale? Sounds about right!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 05:15:14 | More by Rastacouere
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manchester81

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Belgian beer unlike any I have tasted.

The beer produces a big, pillowy head when poured. This will eventually recede, but not die out…leaving nice lacing. The beer itself is a reddish-brown. It is slightly cloudy, and when held up to a light, significant carbonation can be seen.
The beer tastes very sweet…very much like a wee-heavy but with some interesting spice in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side but this doesn’t seem to detract from the beer. I would highly recommend this beer and I am interested in sampling some of the brewery’s other styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 04:44:09 | More by manchester81
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this relatively new stock on recommendation from a fellow co-worker at John's Grocery. This fine Belgian pours out to a very dark plum color with a perfect foamy head that sticks around through the duration of the glass. Leaves a spotty and sticky lacing behind.

Smells absolutely stunning. Has that Belgian candi sugar trademark resting upon a massive malty base. Smells very phenolic, easily enticing one to take another drink.

The taste is a bit grainy, but it's backed up by a nice blend of candi sugar and a mild spicy hop. Reminds me a lot of St. B's Abt 12 or Westmalle dubbel. Very nice mix of flavors. The finish occasionally leaves a coppery taste in the mouth.

The mouthfeel seems to be a tiny bit weak to me, but this is obviously a forgivable trait for such a fine beer. It's a little bit creamy and grainy, but the body lacks oomph. The high alcohol content is very well hidden, however. Drinkability is good, all points considered.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 05:36:39 | More by neonbrown82
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obrendano

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

random choice from my local shop

A - heavy green bottle, cutesy elf character lets you know it's a Euro beer through and through. beer pours a burnt orange with traces of sediment. the head on this thing is absurd....foamy, sticky, highly active carbonation. very nice

S - smells slightly of Belgian yeast, fruity character present

T - having grown a little sick (often literally) of the Belgian taste, this is welcoming to me. slight classic funk, but the taste is a harmonizer, not lead. warm peppery malt gives way to a huge caramel and buttery taste, with a buttered bread finish.

M - very lively and sharp carbonation, body is medium but sticky, leaving the caramel and butter flavors all around your mouth for a while

O - can't complain at all about this one. very solid for the style and a very good beer all around

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 23:04:52 | More by obrendano
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.