McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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3.98/5 rDev 0%
Dark cranberry with off-white film. Smoke, berry and dark malt on the nose.
Dark berry, chocolate malt, and bark, a big forest fruit jam hit, candy sugar and some clovey yeast and deep spicy hay hops to finish and linger.
Light to medium, fizzy, and slightly chewy.
A self-described Scotch ale.
Belgian character underneath a lot of sweet malts. Not very Scottish, in spite of what they were aiming for. Berry too up front. A sipper.
08-23-2011 22:19:29 | More by StJamesGate
3.28/5 rDev -17.6%
750ml into a tulip. Pours a chestnut cola with garnet highlights. Mocha colored head subsides slow to the surface, nice lacing.
Traditional strong dark with nice phenolic spiciness. upbeat
Achouffe yeast dominates the front end, the dark fruits are under represented. Not much in the way of complexity. The phenols that share the aftertaste are not a strength, hint of a tiny old penny. Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel.
Strong singed peat moss would have been very welcome.
08-14-2011 05:07:40 | More by impending
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
750ml bottle, best by end of 2011. Served at around 65F.
A bit of a gusher upon opening, pours dark brown with red highlights and a fair bit of sediment. Initial two finger foamy, rocky head that diminishes to a foamy ring and light cap and leaves some nice lacing.
Aroma is very much that of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dark fruits, dark breads, some alcohol, and perhaps a hint of peat. Very good strength and probably my favorite part of the beer.
Flavor is dark fruits, cherries, raisins, figs, candi/brown sugar, Belgian yeast, toast & bread, some caramel and toffee, moderate sweetness, within range for the style, a bit of alcohol on the finish despite being only 8% and having some age under its belt...less so as I work my way through the bottle.
Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with strong scrubbing carbonation.
More Belgian than Scotch but never-the-less a very tasty brew. This has been on my to-do list for quite a while so I’m glad to finally have gotten around to trying it.
08-04-2011 03:52:08 | More by elgiacomo
3.4/5 rDev -14.6%
12 ounce stubby bottle poured into a Rochefort goblet. Deep russet brown with an ecru head. Poor retention, unbecoming of a Belgian beer, and little lacing. Aroma is primarily bready, dark fresh-baked bread to be exact, with some dusty raisins and vague red fruits. A little booze as well. Flavor is mild for the alcohol level; there's a pleasant bready grainy malt profile with an unsweet chocolate undercurrent but not much in the way of fruity esters. Sweet caramel malt finish, dry with a soft alcohol presence. Palate is overrun by carbonation. This needs some swirling and time to settle down. I was expecting a dubbel flavor profile out of this dark 8% beer but that's just not what it is. Rather pedestrian but not bad.
Edit: Turns out this is a scotch ale. Weird, wasn't expecting that. Explains the lack of yeasty/fruity notes, obviously, but it still doesn't cut it overall.
07-22-2011 06:19:56 | More by illidurit
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
07-11-2011 14:33:09 | More by OWSLEY069
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
A: A murky dark brown, with red notes when held to the light. A nice light tan head is nested on top.
S: Some bread notes, as well as dark berries. Some raisons and a touch of roasted smell.
T: Sweet, with some ripe fruit and dark berry notes. Raisons and plums with some light grape notes. Some roasted notes in the finish. Just a touch of alcohol. Very nice, and surprisingly light.
M: Light in body, with a dry finish. The carbonation is fine in size, and strong in numbers. Effervescent, almost a touch too much..
O: Overall a very nice brew. Great fruity notes, meld with grain and classic belgian yeast characteristics.
07-01-2011 21:36:34 | More by Beejay
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
06-27-2011 22:01:33 | More by GilGarp
3.9/5 rDev -2%
Was excited to find this on the shelf in Mexico.
A: Poured a ruby//brown color, somewhat hazy, with a foamy tan head on top. Pretty good head retention, slowly dissipating to a thin layer of foam on top. Left some thick lacing on the glass.
S: Heavy amount of dark fruit - plum, fig and a little raisin, some caramelized malt and some Belgian yeast.
T: Rather spicy with some pepper and nutmeg to go along with a deep, dark fruit flavor. There is a bit of caramel mixed in as well with a slightly sweet finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, has a slightly creamy feel to it and a sticky finish.
O: Pretty good brew, not one of my favorites, but easy drinking with a good flavor profile.
06-23-2011 01:55:57 | More by mdaschaf
3.9/5 rDev -2%
750ml bottle at Winstons in Saskatoon. Pours into a goblet a ruddy, muddy brown color, couple fingers of khaki head. Smells of grapes and light cherry esters, toffee and bread. Flavor follows, candi sugar, grapes, cherry, plums, rye bread, hints of coffee. Easy and not too complex, perhaps a little thin in the body. Hides the ABV well, easy to drink, nothing wrong here.
06-17-2011 21:32:20 | More by ritzkiss
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
Had on tap at the Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton, VA.
Appearance: Served in a chalice, it is a dark amber brown color, with 1 finger tan head, leaves considerable lacing
Smell: Very fruity, reminds me most of sweet grapes and cherries, with some good darker malts
Taste: Very sweet, I would almost consider it a desert beer. It is mostly sweet grapes and cherries, with a good helping of Belgian yeast funk. Very complex and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, very smooth texture
Overall: This was awesome. Had no idea this was even available on tap. Not cheap, but worth it. Will definitely look for in bottles.
06-09-2011 02:26:46 | More by MadCat
3.05/5 rDev -23.4%
Currently the Achouffe gnome and Long Trail bears are battling it out for my favorite beer mascots.
Auburn to sepia in color. Fluffy tan head that leaves sand dunes of retention that shift and blanket the beer. Drifts of lace.
Aroma is leafy, woodsy hickory toffee and brown sugar. Tastes of coppery caramel, clean, leafy hops nutmeg and cinnamon. Tastes a lot like GNC caramel mocha whey protein actually. Thin and monotone for a 8% Belgian.
Supposedly this pays hommage to the Scottish influence that Belgium received during WWII. More of a Belgian-y interpretation of a Northern English brown than anything resembling a Scottish ale. What a bummer. I expect more of Achouffe and their gnomish minions.
06-07-2011 23:55:32 | More by donkeyrunner
2/5 rDev -49.7%
I love hobbits! One thing that I am going to like about this project is learning more about the beers before drinking them. That won’t affect the way I write on the beers, as I am writing based on the nose and the flavor. But it’s cool to learn more about the beers, the brewery, etc. before trying them. Like this beer… the hobbit on the bottle, well that’s a Chouffe. I had no idea, but now it makes so much sense. Anyway, let’s drink.
The beer smells like any other brown ale. Not much going on really. But the smell does help with the first sip. It’s initially smooth, and best served chilled. It slides across the palate and settles on the back of your tongue. The aftertaste sticks around though.
The beer is a Belgian strong ale… and I must admit, I expected more. The bottle is HUGE, comfortable to a wine bottle. So when I spend this much money on a bottle of beer, I expected more. The head on the beer is thick, which makes me think there will be a creamy mouth feel… there’s not.
Now, I’m not saying this beer is bad… but to come all this way from the Belgium and just be this good, I am hurt! Come on beer guys, you can do better than that. I would buy a bottle of this again, but it would have to either be on sale or the liquor store would have to be out of everything else! I like the story of the hobbit… but sadly, that is more exciting than what lay in the glass. Bottoms up… if you can stomach it.
05-22-2011 23:04:58 | More by rickyleepotts
3.53/5 rDev -11.3%
This poured out as a dark brown color with a tan colored head. The aromas were sweet and really interested me in the beer. The malts kind of gave me an earthy aroma too in the faint distance. The taste was on the sweeter side, a little more like a sweet version of an Abbey Dubbel. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and found myself enjoying this brew for the most part. I don't know if I'd ever buy a whole lot of it but I'd try it again one day.
05-14-2011 20:34:21 | More by Knapp85
3.48/5 rDev -12.6%
( 33/50, 8.5% alc/vol, Home) Unfiltered red ale that leaves a brown head of average height. Very fizzy. Metal, sugars (the belgian candi kind). Fresh, like cotton candy. Brown sugar, sugar canes. So sweet, the malt nuances are killed off almost completely, although it is quite tasty. Hops flavours are very good, kills sugars and adds a strong dry finish to the beer. Bee-wax, acidic palate. Very sugarry with some metallic tones due to alcohol (and since it's SAQ, its probably aged and badly handled). Definite sweet belgian strong ale. Would drink this warmer at next attempt. Good, but overdone in my opinion. Lets give this a try with coffee cakes and sweet deserts.
05-07-2011 18:36:17 | More by iguenard
3.98/5 rDev 0%
330ml bottle poured in a La Trappe chalice.
A: Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a medium beige head with big retention and many lacings left
S: Brown bread and Belgian yeasts are very noticed. Dark fruits, caramel malts and alcohol
T: Taste follows the nose. Intense brown bread and Belgian yeasts. Amazing. Brown sugar and caramel malts. However, the taste is quite dry and bitter. Intense (good quality) hops too. Perfect
M: Creamy and molasses medium body. Reasonable carbonation. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. Dry
O: Excellent beer as expected
04-29-2011 18:30:39 | More by eduardolinhalis
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
Dark amber brown, bordering black, nice frothy head.
Dark fruits, sweet candy nose, a touch of booze.
Sweet, slighty medicinal, light alcohol. Silky smooth.
Very light on the mouth, making it that much more drinkable and dangerous.
A great Belgium strong dark. The light body makes it easier to drink and a little more approachable for beginners than some. All in all, a solid offering.
04-24-2011 23:42:52 | More by dbmernin83
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
poured cold from the tap at finch's a deep dark brown to a tall nonic-pint-like 13oz chouffe glass with a full finger near white head with good retention.
aroma of spice and banana.
super sweet, fruit, grapes and banana - followed by a bit of hot spice.
medium bodied, big carbonation, sweet, no bitter.
drinkable - one, maybe two. overall - great brew.
04-24-2011 02:00:49 | More by robwestcott
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
Appearance - Dark reddish-brown with a frothy, dense head.
Aroma is caramel and dark fruit with a faint backdrop of yeasty bubblegum.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the flavour presents a dark, fruity sweetness followed by a gentle finishing bitterness.
04-22-2011 14:37:26 | More by
4.18/5 rDev +5%
On-tap at Prime 16 into an Old English Oil tulip.
A: My glass arrives full to the brim with clear ruby-brown liquid that's alive with fine effervescence; the bubbles serve to sustain a finger of delicate tan head that shows great retention and leaves light lace. Attractive.
S: Deep, bready malt is front and center, with serious toastiness and some background yeast; dark fruits and spice lie underneath. Nice.
T: Decadent maltiness dominates throughout, but is nicely restrained by some drying yeast spice on the finish. Flavors of nuts, prunes, cake, bread, and toffee provide plenty of sweet intensity, only to be balanced by a clean bite of minerality and light alcohol. Excellent.
M: Fairly hefty medium body that explodes with prickly carbonation. A little over the top.
O: This was my first encounter with a Belgian Scotch Ale, but I had no fears - in my experience Brasserie D'Achouffe can do no wrong. While not quite as transcendent as Houblon Chouffe, this brew is quite tasty indeed. The Scottishness of the malt character was apparent, although the overall effect was decidedly skewed to the Belgian side of the continuum. I kind of hoped that they would have thrown some peat-smoked malt into the grain bill, but I suppose it turned out just fine as is. Well done, gnome.
04-14-2011 23:56:23 | More by woosterbill
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
04-13-2011 01:33:38 | More by kenito799
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.
Dark rosewood liquid, somewhat cloudy with cardinal highlights and many tiny dregs of lees floating around. A wheat half finger of delicate creamy foam rests up top, crawling up around the collar where it leaves soapy layers of lacing in its wake. Excellent retention.
Bananas, gentle yeast phenols, English digestive biscuits or maybe graham crackers, and a hint of plum in the nose.
Tart palate entry, quickly broken up by complex delicate yeast notes and a wave of rich malt. Fruit pits (cherry, apricot), toasted oat cakes, faint caramel, and more develop into a moderately dry, faintly bready finish. An unusual and vaguely mischievous flavor profile.
Soft, medium-bodied, effervescent, and gently warming.
An interesting beer, though beyond the increased maltiness I don't get much Scottish Ale character per se. Would pair well with a variety of dishes - I picked up another bottle to try in place of my usual Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue) in "Konijntje met Trappistenbier en Oesterzwammen," my favored Flemish rabbit recipe.
04-06-2011 01:38:52 | More by augustgarage
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
I had this beer today in Achel, Belgium. So nearby the abbey of Achel and the restaurant had no Achel available. This was a good alternative.
Poured in the original Chouffe glass the beer looks ok. Darkbrown to dark/darkred beer and small broken white head. Not much to smell. This beer is with dark stonefruits and malts. Some degree of sweetness in it but not much.
03-27-2011 19:43:11 | More by Brabander
4.22/5 rDev +6%
Served in a tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As served the beer is a rich brown color tinged with a slight reddish tone. The ¼" head is light tan in color and recedes slowly but visibly. Sipping initially leaves scattered spots and speckles of lacing but eventually the head and lacing have gone well before the beer.
Smell: The aroma is fruity (dark fruits) with some traces of caramel and hints of chocolate and what may be something like coffee.
Taste: The rich complex flavors include some fruity sweetness (e.g., raisins, dates, figs) with some light spicyness blended with powdered cocoa or chocolate. This is very complex.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with gentle carbonation. The finish is medium in length as the fruity sweetness eventually tapers off and the flavors end on a lightly bitter and dry note.
Overall and Drinkability: I thought the drinkability on this one quite good and I'd not hesitate to have a second, either right away or in the future. This is definitely a beer to drink with only a light chill. Over all I quite enjoyed this beer.
03-17-2011 00:43:52 | More by drtth
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
At the Thirsty Monk on tap. Pours a brownish amber with whitish head. Yeasty nose with notes of caramel, malt and alcohol. Taste is very complex and requires some sorting - belgian sugar, caramel, belgian yeast, toffee, candy, pilsner malts, saaz malts and light alcohol. Finishes clean. Nice scottish ale.
03-17-2011 00:15:04 | More by raszputini
3.98/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: opaque due to the very dark brown, almost black colour. The head is deep tan, moderate in size and kind of foamy. It may not last very long and shows a good amount of lacing.
Aroma: yeast, spices and light notes of molasses.
Taste: spices, dark malts and earth hops.
Mouthfeel: kind of dry, moderate to high carbonation and a medium body. Wonderfully disguised high alcoholic strength.
Finish: spices and light bitter lingering aftertaste.
Overall: very good beer. Amazingly refreshing for a strong Belgium beer. In my opinion better than the blonde version. A must try.
02-23-2011 22:17:14 | More by AlexLMS
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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