McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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89
very good

509 Reviews
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Reviews: 509
Hads: 1,004
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 119 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-22-2001

ABV varies from time to time.
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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber brown with a light thin head, sweet fruity and yeasty smell. Back when he used to make wine, my dad once threw a bunch of stuff at random into the bin just for the hell of it - grapes, plums, pears, etc. It ended up being a fantastic dessert wine, but of course he could never duplicate the recipe. Mix some of that with caramel malt and caky yeast, mellow it down a few notches and you have the McChouffe. Well-balanced hoppiness makes for a nice finish, a bit of a sugary\alcohol mouthfeel but still very drinkable beer. (542 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always strange to see these beers with the litle ones on it. Normaly the beers from D'Achouffe are not counting to my favorites; just to much koreander but this one is actually good. Nice appearance, fine smell from yeast, hops&malts delicate in combination. Taste is easy and accesible; bit of malts, litle sweet and nice and dry aftertaste. Good beer! (353 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine Belgian Strong Dark Ale, to be sure, this brew oozed out of the entertaining bottle a deep and rich almost reddish-black. The head was thick and sturdy to boot. Aromas of sweetness, almost whiskey-like esthers and whole grains filled my nose. A highly paatable brew, the only downside is the ABV, which WILL sneak up on you, truth be told.

Prosit! (358 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown ale with marvelous mahogony highlights. Has a big foamy beige head. The aroma is light with hints of malt mixed with apple.The mouthfeel starts out like a cider thin and slightly acidy on the tip of your tongue. That gives way quickly to a more beer like thickness and a little chocolate flavor. Which is followed by a hint of tabacco just before the dry clean finish. As it warms the pleasure in drinking this beer increases. (439 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany clear with scant coating and a foamy ring aroud the tulip glass.

Gentle nose of cake molasses malts.

First swigs: Foamy feel with bark like wood and tobacco hints. ( Have you ever had a backwoods cigar?) Dry molasses aftertaste and easy nutty notes.

Last swigs: One of the flavors of the month at TDR in springhouse, PA.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (371 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice complex malty scent that boasts of Belgian pale and crystal malts. It also has a zingy Belgian yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a dry, yet malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes on the fruity side. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate cabonation. This is a good drinking Belgian. It has malt complexity and a wonderful yeasty aftertaste. (502 characters)

Photo of BarrelBrother
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time I tasted this beer I was stunned because it was everything I liked in a Belgian ale. Wonderful deep rosy color, noticable spicy aroma, most impressive taste and a drinkability to last a lifetime. The alcohol left we warm & mellow after a difficult week at work. To me Friday's are McChouffe days. A wonderful brew, indeed. Give this one a try if you like complex brews with multiple tastes for the palate. One of my favorites. (441 characters)

Photo of Hefe
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 8/14/04 from 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper/brown with an off white head that gradually fades to quite a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell: Restrained aromas of toffeish malt, plum, spice and yeast.

Taste: Big malt up front, with flavors of orange peel, plum, and caramel. The finish is dry and slightly peppery.

Mouthfeel: Big full body, with creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: Great dinnertime beer, very much a damn solid brew. (464 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby red colour and different spice than the regular La Chouffe from this Brasserie. Appearance and taste of a top Belgium, from aging. Taste more from malt and carmel sweetness, corriander and pepper, but then a Good hop kick aftertaste. Acidity just demands food. (265 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer after disassociating itself from the 750ml dark green bottle sets in the glass a brilliantly clear brown color with a semi-creamy tan head piled high on the body, lace a thick and sticky sheet to obscure the glass. The aroma of yeast, hops, sweet malt, a bit of peat smokiness, all rolled up into one, crisp and fresh, the start is inconspicuous in its sweetness, the malts plentiful and the top fair to middling in its feel to the palate. The finish is unrelenting in its acidity, the hops pleasing it their spicy presence, quite dry aftertaste and a fine drinking beer. (580 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark cherry color with a nice head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing. Smell is a bit brandy-like with malt elements. Taste is lighjtly sweet, with an extremely dry mouthfeel and finish. Alcohol presence is there but not slam bang. Definitely not a guzzler..the extremely dry finish is somewhat distracting. Paid $7.99,,,,probably prefer a Unibroue offering instead. (380 characters)

Photo of cbl2
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Crystal amber brown with a huge tan head.

Smell:

Spicy nose to this one. Malts are promised as is something else I can't put my finger on…

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Super smooth at first followed by semi-sweet malts with some fruit characteristics. Finish is hoppy but not bitter. An outstanding brew! (320 characters)

Photo of irishmoss
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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.... (728 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer introduces itself with a serious peppery phenolic smell. There’s also a heavy, sugary-malty aroma, mixed with yeast and a touch of alcohol. It’s a dark brown beer with a moderate, creamy head. There’s a lot of fruit in the taste…ripe cherries and plums, also yeast and generous brown sugar flavors. Pleasant malt backbone. It’s sweet, with a medium body. Alcohol warming sets in after the first few sips. Finish is peppery and lingering, with a little hop bitterness. It’s a solid and drinkable beer. (516 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.93/5  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. (421 characters)

Photo of jonnylieberman
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured brown with red highlights into my snifter from a 750ml bottle. Thick head with large bubbles--off white. Faded quick.

Smell--Apples! Sour apple, candi sugar, caramel. Apples!

Taste--Light tasting, surprisingly so. Caramel is present. Very malty. Berries. Strawberry and even cranberry are both present. Quite nice.

Medium/light mouthfeel.

Highly quaffable.

Nothing to indicate this beer is 8.5%. Should have bought two... (444 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What no cork? Interesting. Anyways, this beer poured a murky brown color with a tan head that was fizzy (weird). The nose on this beer was amazing! Very vinous with spicy notes. Herbal and sweet. Fussel alcohols as well. Unfortunately the taste was not near as good. The vinous flavors are very weak. Caramel is the main flavor I get but it does not have staying power either. Also slight woodyness to it along with a bittersweet chocolate flavor. But all of those flavors are quite weak and don't mesh together. Just one at a time. Strong alcohol flavor comes in the middle and lingers until the finish and beyond. Yeast is not really noticeable (weird). The bottle says for this to be consumed before end of 2006. I'm betting that this beer could age well beyond even that, and maybe be a much better beer. (808 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is dark amber, with a wispy head. The smell is dark malty sweet. The taste is malty with a strong hop backing and a noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Not a bad dubbel-style at all. More hopped than most of the ones I've had, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This is one I'd have again. (408 characters)

Photo of jlervine
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy brown with a thick tan head. Lots o' lace. Smell is caramel and smoky. Thick rich malty aromas and the fruitiness you would expect from a Belgian interpretation of a scotch ale.

Taste is big rich malt. Fruity yeasty flavors and smoky caramel. Luxurious caramel and molasses. Bitter as it finishes. Sticky on the tongue. Sweet malty aftertaste. Oh yeah, smooth as silk. Very drinkable for 8.5% ABV. Really, really good beer. (444 characters)

Photo of benmiliron
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle of this cost 9.99.

A good beer again from the Chouffes! Very very fruity, phenolic smell. Spicy, but not as much as N'ice Chouffe. Not as fluffy as La Chouffe. McChouffe is brown, sugary and a heavy hitter on the alcohol content. A bottle did me in!

All in all a good beer, but I prefer it's cousins La and N'ice. (330 characters)

Photo of pheurton
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

carmel colored mahogany with a lucsiously thick and creamy looking off white head. grainy sweetness on the nose, with hints of melon, clove, and yeast. more than ample carbonation. a little bit thin in the body. quick dose of slick carmel sweetness, cut by a peppery clove sensation and a kiss of saaz like hopiness. gets a little fuller as it warms. alcohol is cloaked well, and this beer went down with no problem. not hugely complex or overbearing, but a nice dark ale that cloaks is strength well and consistently invites another sip. enjoyable. (549 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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! (534 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Bottle of McChouffe: Layers on a nice full two finger sized head with cream caramel colored head with a tan brown ambered bodied ale leaving thick patches of lacing. Aroma: Nice mellow spiced fruit tones with mildy toasted malts that fullfill the beer loving soul. Taste: Mild chocolate fulfiling notes of fruit and mild farm house spices excellent beer. Sweet finish not overally sweet nice scotch smokiness going on in the background. Mouthfeel: Fluffy effervescent carbonation mild body great taste. Drinkability: So good it's hard to imagine a Belgian this smooth and tasty. (582 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (535 characters)

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.