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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe


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very good

774 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%

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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Photo of Stinkypuss


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

McChouffe, poured from a 750 ml bottle.

Appearance: Into a chalice. A rich earthy brown in color with a tightly beaded off white head and some lace to show for it as well. Looks the part of a Belgian strong dark.

Smell: Suggestions of fig, raisen and plum round out the nose.

Taste: Raisen again dominates the flavor, with some red grape notes as well. Not overly sweet but bitterness is low. Some brown sugar and clean malty notes. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor profile. Really has a nice fruityness that I would attribute to the particular yeast strain used. Pretty delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, fairly crisp and carbonation level is good.

Drinkability: Possibly my favorite beer from the Achouffe brewery. Drinks like a beer half its strength. Awesome stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 17:48:01 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of GilGarp


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a large wine glass. On tap at Choice City in Fort Collins.

Mc Chouffe is a dark hazy brown color with thin head.

Aroma is mild and malty with a distinct and enjoyable yeast character.

Flavor is exceptional with great dried fruit and yeast esters. Raisins and figs with clove and a little pepper.

Mouthfeel is smooth but strong. Full bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a great beer, especially on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 22:01:33 | More by GilGarp
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, earthy and candy sugar. In the taste, earth, peet, malty, and a small candy sugar. A yeasty and sugar bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earthy aftertaste. Almost saison like, small dry amlt and great.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 14:33:09 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of DJoe


4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

June 2013
A: Dark, cola-like with a lie head

S: Very appealing. Fruity and earthy, with a touch of sweetness.

T: Caramelly and sweet, but with a nice alcohol balance.

M: Some carbonation upon sipping.
O: Very enjoyable. Has both sweetness and crisp alcohol

Served in a 33cl blottle

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 01:20:04 | More by DJoe
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a thick bubbly tan colored head. The aroma was of caramel, yeast and some minor roastiness. The flavor was all caramel with a very limited bitterness. Raison seems to be the hidden taste that was barely evident. Some yeast flavors were also evident.

The mouthfeel was buttery smooth, and dryness developed on the tongue after swallowing. The malts last a while into into the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Drinkable and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 01:29:13 | More by Gavage
Photo of Paddez


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a creamy, brown brew with a decent head that produces some nice lacing.
The smell is sweet and fruity with some port/wine-like notes and something I can only describe as a 'forest aroma' (something grassy, woody, ...)
The taste starts of fruity (dark fruitss) but is overtaken by a spicy, slightly bitter hop bite. Ends with a bready, slighly malty sweetness that acoompanies the hops in a short lingering aftertaste. Nice!
Mouthfeel: well carbonated, creamy and very, very smooth.

This brew is extremely smooth and drinkable. 'Tafelbier' on steroids, great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 20:16:14 | More by Paddez
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, capped

Pours with a dark burgandy body, up to the light some hints of ruby red. Quite hazy, pretty nice off tan head, good retention

Smell, some dried fruit, quite estery. Fresh fruit, melon and pineapple. Little hint of spice, clove and cinnamon

Taste, crisp and biscuity. Not overly powerful, some hint of spice and dried fruit. Bourbon biscuits, mabye raisins too.

Whoa, an eclectic and gratifying experience. A much more subtle dark ale, but filled with flavour and complexity. Dont expect serious, abrasive flavours, this is no rochefort 10, but it is a great belgian brown ale

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 02:50:10 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby. Fluffy off-white head continues generating, leaving some nice lace.

S: Prunes & caramel, with a wine-like grape odour.

T: Initially well balanced, fading to a slight bitter aftertaste, with a small touch of tartness. Lots of prune flavour, very Belgian. Dark caramel, with a burnt/sweet taste.

M: Moderate body, a little syrupy, yet sort of creamy. Plenty of carbonation.

D: Awesome. And quite dangerous at this strength.

I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 22:04:31 | More by Derek
Photo of Hhawk06


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering poured with a frizzy, tan, and quickly dissipating head but that doesn't rob from the fact that it was mountainous to start. A true deep brown color preserves. The nose is inviting, as its fresh, bready, with a spicy pepperness. The body is medium with a spicy and tad prickly mouthfeel. There is a very fresh feel to the beer. Among the mingling flavors are cloves, nuttiness, and saaz(?) hops. Overall, a very earthen and handcrafted feel, which is always appreciated. I'm floored at how the complexity keeps the mouth refreshed. The finish is very peppery, with sweet clove, and is not entirely bitter. Very drinkable overall and is a good experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 13:47:13 | More by Hhawk06
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark clouded brown/copper color under a big cream-tan head. Good retention layer and patchy lacing form about the glass. Aroma is fruity with prunes, raisons, and green grapes. Soft sweet malts, spice, peat, and very mild resinous and floral hops hit the nose. Taste starts dry, continues dry, and finishes dry. Interesting grape-like/spiced hop dryness, sweet caramel, bready grain, big hop spice, tobacco smoke, and bubble gum. Mouthfeel is implosive in its dryness, with perfect complimentary carbonation and goes down quite easy. Woah suprise alcohol. I read the percent off the bottle but other than the body and density, I completely forgot this was a good 8% Pretty drinkable at that.

Definitely good, and great if you love dry spicey hops. Aroma is mild but you can certainly pick out yummy things in it. Taste is different from any other versions of this style I've had and I like it. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 04:23:45 | More by tastybeer
Photo of bashiba


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cloudy brown with a thick long lasting creamy head.

Has a light musty and earthy smell with a noticeable yeast scent.

Flavor is sweet and creamy with dark fruit notes, a nice maltyness, some yeasty flavors, a noticeable spicyness, and a touch of woodyness.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a smooth warming quality.

Very drinkable, a tasty belgian treat I will look forward totrying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 00:29:49 | More by bashiba
Photo of windigo32


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I'm guessing they changed something... My bottle was brown and listed the ABV as 8.5%

A: The beer pours a deep copper color with a thick, bubbly head to it. Poured to the 25cc line in a Magic Chouffe glass, the head rose to the top and nearly crested the rim. Also, the bottle has a gnome on it. What could be better than that?

S: The beer has a fruity smell to it. If I didnt know any better, I would say apricots.

T: There is a nice sweet taste with a definate palate of roasted malts. You can also taste a slgiht roasted nut flavor. Despite the 8.5 ABV, you dont pick up any alcohol taste, something that can't be said for all higher proof brown ales.

M: There is light carbonation present with each sip of this one. Despite that, it is very smooth, almost silky as it goes down. It has a noticible body to it, even though it doesnt cling to the glass.

D: The beer drinks extremely easily. I was almost ashamed to look at the glass when I was finished tasting if for the review as it was empty and it had only been five minutes.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 02:16:23 | More by windigo32
Photo of inebrius


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flows burnt and murky under a fine gluey head. Trippy nose of mushrooms, bagged grass and woodpiles with some light gingerbread notes. A draught is earthy, a mouthful of tasty dead leaves, bittersweet turns hop and lingers under a muted shadow of savory spices and alcohol. All this funky flavor hitches a ride on an effervescent rocketship destined for galaxy gut. Unique and tasty, but truly odd, I'm still trying to figure out whether I like it as much as I think.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 21:18:09 | More by inebrius
Photo of jlervine


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown body with a thick, light tan head that sticks around for hours. Perfect. The smell is sweet, with a hint of peppery spicy flavors. The taste is smooth and mellow with an almost herbal finish. Incredibly smooth. The mouthfeel is nice and warm, very inviting, coating, yet light on the palate. Very nice, extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 01:14:32 | More by jlervine
Photo of JasonA


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 02:00:02 | More by JasonA
Photo of kundabuffer


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily drinkable and mellow with an interesting malty taste. The nose is rather grainy and even "stinky." There's a subtle element of the taste that seems a bit out of place but this is somehow subsumed within the other flavors. It could use a bit more carbonation, I think. In any event it tastes unique and I'm enjoying it.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 05:44:52 | More by kundabuffer
Photo of dbmcrorie


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl dark green champagne bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass and schooner. (This was done since it is a Scottish/Abbey Ale mix. Scottish ales are better in tulip glasses, and abbey ales are better in goblets/schooners. Result: The only differences were that the aromas/flavors were more concentrated and the head retained better in the tulip glass.)

Pours a dense rich off-white head with a deep brown body; purple/ruby hues are present in the slight cloudiness. The head sticks around pretty much until the end of the glass. A ridiculous amount of lace coats the edge of the glass.

Earthy, rich spices and sweet malts take over the nose. Phenols and esters are present with sweet, yet sour, notes of fruit, dates, and candy. Faint hints of yeasty bread and citrus follow up.

Rich and sweet with strong notes of bubblegum, raisin/dates, and dark fruits. Slight earthy and tartness of orange peel and licorice contrast spicy yeast/bread-like flavors. Fruity esters remain in the nose which allow the palate to fully appreciate the deep range of fruits and faint hops. Soft carbonation rolls along the tongue that brings the candy-like fruits to life that balance with the alcohol.

Very impressive. The thick mouthfeel and rich body go down greatly with the smooth carbonation. The flavor is rich and sweet, but not overpowering. Though these styles are better sipped alone, this scottish/abbey hybrid pairs well with a wide range of foods including spicy/flavorful pizza, barbecue, rich meats, and various cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 03:11:50 | More by dbmcrorie
Photo of kjc51478


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a light but foamy head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, and spices. Taste is also dried fruits with caramel and a gentle earthiness. The beer is light on the palate and easy to drink. Even with 8% abv, you don't get much of the alcohol in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 13:36:01 | More by kjc51478
Photo of kenito799

New York

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Fin du Monde glass.

Medium brown cloudy brew. Lovely malty aroma withsubtle fruity Belgian yeast. This is smoother, dryer and more subtle than many Balgians, thi smust be the Scottish influence. Still more Belgian than Scottish. Very nice and good with food.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:33:38 | More by kenito799
Photo of Hopfenpeter


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy red brown and build a bubbly tan head about two fingers high. It dissipated rather fast leaving little lacing.
The smell was of dark fruit like fig and dates, with caramel and floral hops.
Tasting the beer, the typical dubbel feel is predominant. Belgium yeast, dates ,figs and some plum, beautifully composed with the caramel and malt notes. Nice carbonation gives the beer a refreshing character.
I could finish a few bottles of that one and would not regret it

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 03:01:53 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of Boto


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle: This one opened with little evidence of carbonation, but poured with a fairly large head anyway. It died off rather quickly, however. It is a fairly opaqur brown color. The nose was nice, with notes of caramel, yestiness and fruits, although there was a slight hint of a peatiness. The taste has a bit of a roasty taste and dryness that wans’t expected. A bit of the peatiness in the taste also, as well a a bit of caramel and smokiness. Interesting...

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 21:02:06 | More by Boto
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beautiful Belgian brown poured an extremely dark brown color with a thick frothy white head whith shades of coffee, about a inch head with nice lacing.

S: I smell sweetness, the first things that comes to mind are carmalized brown sugar, sweet molases and a little bit of chocolate. I also get slight notes of espresso and a fruity smell towards the end.

T: There is a very deep rich flavor in this brew. I taste sweet roasted malts. There is a sweet fruit flavor from cherries and also a bit of chocolate in the smooth finish.

M: This beer has a light to medium level of carbination that makes this brew easy to drink from start to finish.

D: This brew is made with elfin goodness, are these the same elves that work for keebler? A great beer and very smooth you don,t even notice the 8.5abv until you finish the 25oz. bottle. I liked this brew a lot. I would recommend this Belgian to try for yourself if you can pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 01:57:06 | More by hellsing3
Photo of Stimack

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to give this brew a try last evening as I absolutely enjoyed the N’Ice Chouffe during the holidays. Once again I was very impressed with the offering. Brew poured to a nice vibrant brown color with a perfect sized head that filled the tulip glass to its rim. The head had a cream color to it, maybe even hedging on tan with good retention and a nice amount of sheeting lace. The aroma’s where very enticing, molasses, brown sugar, nut’s and dark fruit to name as many as I can remember. The taste was similar to the aromas that where mentioned along with a nice hop taste that adds to the pallet. This is a very nice sipping brew, not due to the alcohol (8%), which is actually hard to notice, but due to the complexity of the flavors that where noticed. This was a great brew and one of the highlights of the evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 23:45:08 | More by Stimack
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 04:06:34 | More by hopsleeroy
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an iced tea brown, with some good murky opacity. Carbonation seems weak, fleeting at first, as if it'll go away fast. But once it drops down to a lacing, it actually hangs in there for the whole glass. Drank from my westy goblet.

Aroma begins with a wisp of fusal alchohol, then a lingering sweetness.

Fruity sweetness at the first sip, but after a good exhale the complexity shines through. Some nutty smoke, hazelnut perhaps, then some woody earthy molassas. Nice spice at the finish, and the alcohol makes another showing. It's a great drinker, smooth and just the right amount of belgian yeast flavors. It's a tad on the sweet cloying side, but i think that just makes it a slower drinker, i dont mind it at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 22:48:39 | More by SurlyDuff
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