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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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89
very good

834 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 27
Gots: 38 | 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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stevoj

Germany

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

11-21-2011 18:59:45 | More by stevoj
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

07-04-2013 00:38:56 | More by WOLFGANG
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veifokorp


4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

11-21-2012 00:56:45 | More by veifokorp
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Jaysmittyland

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

11-27-2013 19:23:06 | More by Jaysmittyland
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a medium head that drops fast and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is of caramel and spices from the yeast as well as some dark fruits. Nice. The flavor is nice and spicy with a fruity character that I really enjoy. Lots of malts and caramel. Very nice body and easy to drink. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 20:19:20 | More by clvand0
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mynie

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh from the tap.

I've stopped writing redundant reviews based on different serving styles except for when there's a marked difference between them. McChouffe in a bottle is good. On tap, it's bonkers.

Dark chocolate brown. Pours an awful lot like Bernardus, actually. Nice beige head, thick and hazy.

Smells of biscuits, light alcohol, milk chocolate, Chips a'Hoy, smooth silk malts. Just a perfect strength, perfect balance blend of what a Belgian dark is supposed to be. Nails it.

Tastes damn close to as a good as it smells. Sort of a very pleasant mix between a Belgian Brown and a BSD. Fruit nodes are more apparent but overwhelmed by the sweet grain and chocolate complexities of the aroma, all backed up by a little kiss of alcoholic burn.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2009 03:01:02 | More by mynie
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xylophonica

Australia

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a tulip.

A - Big head, very dark colour. Excellent lacing.

S - Sweet dark malts and hops. Lots of sugar-candy aromas and plenty of spices. Bit of earthiness and scotch as well.

T - Very smooth and refreshing. Spiciness coupled with the sugary-smoothness creates a fantastic taste. Possibly better than the standard La Chouffe..

M - Enough carbonation to keep your mouth alive but subtle enough to pass unnoticed to the uninitiated.

D - Delightful. Could drink all day. And I thought the other one was good..!

This is the first time I've tried a second beer from the Chouffe stable (after sampling La Chouffe on countless occasions). Happy to say this did not disappoint and will look forward to (hopefully) sampling on tap when I'm in Belgium later this month.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 13:08:57 | More by xylophonica
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basica

Singapore

4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am a lil tipsy whilst writing this review; I had the 75cl of 8.5 ABV Mc Chouffe with only a
small slice of cheese and no water in 20-30 mins. However, I have to confess that I kinda like
this kinda tipsy feeling. The Mc Chouffe is good... yes better than a number of the Belgian
Dark Ales in fact and may well be in my top 10 list; that I will think over when I am more sober.
When I opened this bottle of Mc Chouffe I was plain disappointed due to the slightly dirty cap
with rusted inner edges; note that it was well ahead of its freshness date which is in 2009 April.
I did not want to expect too much. I served this Strong Dark Ale in my Watou St Bernardus Glass
and the La Chouffe pours out almost all black with a nice thick head with good retention. Besides
the bubbly looking foamy head, it was quite a looker. The smell was not as promising with the head
around as it was predominantly yeast. Without too much head the smell was fruity (plums and/or
raisins) and malty with maple sweetness. The taste was pretty focus on the dark malts and maple
sweetness along with a sufficiently strong (though could have been stronger) fruitiness. I just
love the way the maltiness, maple sweetness and fruitiness as well as the strength of the beer
blended together to form a fantastic tasting experience. The entry of the taste was malty and
sweet (dark sweetness) and the finish was soothing. I have to admit that if the fruitiness was
more pronounced it would have been a 10 for sure. The aftertaste was plums and raisins and after
lingering on for some time, becomes grapes. some malt and maple sweetness present too; very nice.
I had a small piece of Philly cheese to go with it in the middle and the malts and maple sweetness
stand up really well with the cheese. The first sip was not as promising but the more I drank it
the more it tastes better and the more tipsy I get. The mouthfeel was another greatness; apt
level of carbonation topped with a nice medium to full body thickness and light creaminess and
very slight stickiness yet not detracting the extreme smoothness in the mouth and down the throat;
almost perfect. I am close to giving this a 10 and I wonder if the bad bottling and slightly rusted
cap inadvertently make things better? I will never know till I try another of this 75 bomber. It's
a Saturday night; some work up my sleeve but I think I am a lil tipsy to be doing work; yes too
good for me to sip on it over an hour with food and water. Signing off here... (still pretty tipsy)

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 17:43:57 | More by basica
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful big head that falls into a small persestant head and leaves a strong lacing in it's path. The color is dark and burgandy-purple, very hard to see through. Smell is sour with dark fruit tones. You can smell the Belgian very nicely. The taste is not overpowering, it's delightful. It feels like silk in my mouth and leaves a wonderful aftertaste. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 10:40:35 | More by Erdinger2003
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drummstikk

California

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immediate taste of dark crystal malts, toasted malts, and Belgian yeast phenols. What a great combination -- the spices and cloves of a good Belgian yeast like the Chouffe strain go so well with the lightly-kilned aromatics of a Scottish ale. This beer is light on the hops, which are floral and mild, and heavy on the light and sweet caramel flavor that comes from dark caramelized sucrose. Like a good wee heavy, you are simultaneously overwhelmed by malty sweetness and looking forward to your next sip. The dark caramel malts and caramelized sugar are nearly indistinguishable, with flavors of toffee, rum, and raisins. The aromatic malts and yeast give cloves, dark spices, and a nice earthiness coming from either yeast or dry-kilned malts. The body is on the lighter side of medium due to always-appreciated sugar additions, and the color is dark and rich without being black or opaque. The head is fluffy and dense like frosting on a desert. It's the contradiction between intense flavors, sweetness, and the surprisingly light (but not dry) finish that makes the beer so damn drinkable. The phenolics will send your mind into fantasy land, and the balance will send the beer to your belly.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 22:56:29 | More by drummstikk
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funny looking Belgian 750ml dark green champagne bottle

A- Huge head with a stunning pattern of bubbles and lacing in my tulip glass. Hazy, translucent, dark-brown-chocolate/purple-grape-colored body. I can't see through this beer

S- This beer is exactly what was promised. Funky Belgian yeast smells and extra-pale pilsner malt smells with a slight scent of oxidation.

T- Sweet, chocolate/raisin/caramel body tastes like a Chunky candy bar but more alcoholic. Good flavors from the smell cover the nasty oxidation flavor. Becomes more nutty as it warms making it taste even more like a Chunky candy bar. The more time I spend with this beer, the more I love it. The fresh, Noble hops deceive the tongue when cold, but once the beer warms up a bit, it's true, sweet, nutty, complex character becomes apparent. This beer deserves a 5. When drinking with the yeast sediment I noticed a tangy, almost sour, fruity flavor.

M- Great medium, chewy body with a bit too much harsh carbonation

D- Quite drinkable but would be much better with improved carbonation

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 04:10:35 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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friendofthedevil

California

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmmm, mmmm, good. Nice brown color with hints of a deep red when held to the light. Smells a little malty but the taste! Ah! The taste! The taste! Excellent, to be exact. Slightly sweet at the start and then finishes with a nice hoppy note. And really, is it possible to go wrong with a beer championing gnomes on the bottle? Certainly not!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 16:10:42 | More by friendofthedevil
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generallee

New York

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 15:54:13 | More by generallee
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the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A belgian rendition of a scottish style heavy ale??? Sounds like heaven. And you know what? It's durn close!
An excellent caramel and chocolate malt hits you first off, with an ending of some good alcohol burn. You can feel the 8.5% alcohol that has me buzzing pretty good right now. The pour gives the mountainous head of most belgian brews, along with the brown colour with the copper edges that suit the heavy scots style. Mouthfeel is pretty peppery with the alcohol and the energetic carbonation. It's drinkable, although after one 750mL (26 oz) bottle, I'm pretty good. The original flavour is what really draws me, and the finish does remind you that you're drawing the strong Belgian brew.
Two thumbs way up! (in the words of the inimitable mainstream critic Roger Ebert)

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2002 19:40:49 | More by the42ndtourist
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Zorro

California

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a NICE clear mahogany brown.

Smells of apples and iced tea, and a bit of malt. There is also an alcohol solvent smell to it and more complex smells riding on it like oak and spice.

Tastes mildly sweet with a very complex mix of flavors. There is a solid maltiness to this and a peanut brittle flavor. The taste is hard to pin down it keeps changing. This is one of those beers that keeps delivering new tastes. It has a DISTINCT caramel and nuts flavor.

Mouthfeel is very good.

VERY drinkable, to bad it is expensive.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 04:33:25 | More by Zorro
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark red/amber color, a nice full rocky, tan head--lively and effervescent. Good head retention and a resilient lace. Aroma: spicy, cloves, and alcohol. The taste is complex: creamy and somewhat sweet, but not overpowering. The taste seems to change and develop more character in the middle and toward the finish. Very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 03:09:14 | More by SeanChouffe
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irishmoss

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a rich mahogany brown color with an immense two-finger light tan head that form crevices and peaks. The head stays for the entirety and clings in a thick dense wall all over the glass.
The aromas are spices, fruits, and even a little sweetness. The flavor is has a distinct spiciness that cuts across the pallet in crisp, slightly bitter fashion. Slight caramel hints present themselves throughout, and a peppery, alcohol feeling is left in the back of the throat. As far as mouthfeel is concerned, I couldn't be happier. Perfect carbonation and medium body that has a coating effect on the tongue that I found surprising in Belgian brewed ale. Great ale, with great drinkability and I hope to get some more ASAP....

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 05:56:55 | More by irishmoss
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brown (mahogany to a light source) with a nice tan head and nice active carbonation up the middle. Spicy phenols, dark fruit (raisin, prune) malt aromas and flavors. Nice robust maltiness with a touch of alcohol. All around nice balance; not overly sweet. Medium-full bodied with a touch of airiness due to high carbonation levels.

Per Label: "Pilsner malts" & "English Golding and Saaz hops" & "Scottish Ale/Abbey Ale"

Per BD'A website: 16P
Hops: Styrie and Saaz

Best Before: End '08
Tasted: 06/10/07

($7.99 / 25.4 oz. / 75 cl tall green lithographed champagne style bottle - capped)

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 19:28:52 | More by RBorsato
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scottbham

Washington

4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't have time for tasting notes on this one. Just want to update: Opened a bottle from April '12 and it's still excellent. Not preferred cellar temp (~60F). Very enjoyable right now, sweetness has subsided into a very relaxed melange of brown Belgian goodness. Nary a breath of alcohol and pure delicate quench on the back of the tongue. Hope my ambiguity inspires you to try and/or pop it now.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 06:22:09 | More by scottbham
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Patrick999

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The last of the commonly available Chouffe offerings I've yet to try.

A - Poured into a goblet. Trademark Chouffe head, dark brown body. Head settles to a small cap, some concentric rings.

S - Roasted malts, some raisin. Maple also seems to want to come to mind. Notes of chocolate, prune, date. Doesn't smell like much cold but really opens up with a few degrees' warming.

T - Hah! Right away, there's that spicy Chouffe yeast. They use such a lively, distinct yeast - lots of clove, nutmeg, menthol. Reminds me of the N'ice Chouffe, though perhaps a bit tighter, which is saying somethihg. A little sweet maple syrup, but the spicy yeast character helps dry that out in the finish. Use of Goldings hops also noted - quite a different earthy hop character for a Belgian Dark.

F - Sits well on the palate with a deft touch for a full-bodied beer. Chouffe always nails the feel aspect.

D - Not your standard Belgian Dark, nevertheless, this drinks beautifully. Kick back, relax and enjoy the contents of the 750ml bottle. This cross between BSDA and Scottish Ale is not as daring an idea as the Houblon Chouffe, but the deft touch of a master artisan brewer is still quite evident here. You can't go wrong with Brasserie d'Achouffe.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 20:08:42 | More by Patrick999
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Satyr179

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-16-2012 21:35:25 | More by Satyr179
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-18-2012 04:12:51 | More by let8it8grow
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kmwilson76

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-27-2011 15:18:52 | More by kmwilson76
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Mudawg

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-20-2012 20:49:12 | More by Mudawg
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vhmf1978

Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-20-2014 22:17:03 | More by vhmf1978
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.