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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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856 Ratings
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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 29
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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 Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -23.9%

Cloudy reddish-brown with a so-so head that settled into a tan cap that did not go away. No real lacing to speak of.

Some sweet malt that smells faintly like candied fruit. Slight hint of spiciness from the yeast...nothing to shout to the heavens about.

No great shakes in the taste dept. either. Alchohol noticeable in the front end, follwed by a slight sweet maltiness that I guess could be described as fruity. Finish is dry with just a hint of spiciness.

Kinda watery/astringent mouthfeel.

Ok, but @ $5.00/cdn per 500ml bottle there are several beers you can buy that are better for the same do-ray-me.

01-23-2010 01:58:43 | More by Shadman
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -23.9%

750 ml bottle poured into a tall Alllagash chalice.

A - Pours out an amber tinted root beer color with a very big bubbly off white head. The head cakes up a little over the rim of the glass. Leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Nice look.

S - A big bubble gum and fruity aroma along with a whiff of alcohol.

T - Some smoky, spicy hints over a slight malty tone. On the finish some hops and some more spice. however, every flavor in this beer seems very subdued. In fact, for the style, this beer really has very little flavor. I can't figure it out but it just seems like a dry beer with a little sweetness but no really bold flavors I expect out of quality Belgian darks. Nothing offensive, just nothing really to speak of.

M - Nice, well carbonated and very smooth.

D - Really just tastes very bland, which I find shocking due to the aroma. I wonder if I got a bad bottle.

Notes: Very odd that the taste just disappears. I don't think I'll go for this one again.

12-16-2005 02:16:10 | More by EStreet20
Photo of Raven3464


3.05/5  rDev -23.4%

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown body with a fluffy tow finger head. Retention is good.

Smell: Dark fruits (mainly plums), a sweet malt aroma and a pinch of booze are noted.

Taste: Pleasant plume and brown sugar flavors are noticed early. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is dominated by a sweet malt and alcohol mix which is not as appealing.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

Overall: I decided to try this brew after having La Chouffe, which I enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately, McChouffe is not nearly the same quality. This is not a bad beer but there is nothing special about it.

11-09-2012 13:51:31 | More by Raven3464
Photo of donkeyrunner


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
Photo of Macca


3.05/5  rDev -23.4%

It pours a cloudy red/brown with 1 finger of beige head which drops away quickly. Some light retention at first but this goes as well.
Some phenolics on the nose and some caramel sweetness.
This sweetness carries on to the palate and is a touch cloying towards the end. Alcohol is very evident. Medium carbonation.

11-13-2008 07:28:48 | More by Macca
Photo of claytri


3.05/5  rDev -23.4%

The beer poured a dark amber with a respectable tan head. The aroma was simply of good malt. The taste was very light malt a tad sweet. The feel was medium and dry. The label declares this a scotch belgian cross for me it just doesn't work. You basically took two things I love and combined them to give me something that weakly resembled both at times, but did nothing to make me go this is good.

05-02-2006 04:34:28 | More by claytri
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -23.4%

Poured a brownish ruby color. Quite dark. Very thin, white head diminishing very quickly.

Sweet, malty nose. Yeast is present but hardly overpowering. Some dark fruit in nose.

Pretty high carbonation. Nice fizzy quality to this beer. Very sweet toasted malts on the front palate followed by some chocolate and fig flavors. Warmed a bit to reveal a slight sour quality.

Very light mouthfeel. Not viscous at all. Rather thin, but nice.

10-23-2007 02:22:49 | More by brantadid
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -21.4%

Poured from a 750ml bottlecapped bottle. Pours a chestnut brown with a 1 1/2 finger head with OK longevity and good lace. Smells of deep caramel malt and candy sugar with hints of vanilla and fruit. Tatse of Heavy malt again with candy sugar, vanilla and fruit. Slight phenols and hop bitterness. Alcohol is not as well hidden as it could and should be. High carbonation reduces drinkiability as it increases bloating. Not a bad Belgian, but there are far better ones out there.

01-26-2006 01:24:13 | More by sabrills70
Photo of sfprint


3.15/5  rDev -20.9%

Exp. 11/2013
A: Dark rootbeer and opaque, rootbeer/cola like head and carbonation. bubbles cling to edge of glass.
S: There's a glue/plastic scent. Rubber boot. Also a dark fruity sweetness. Paint. Pretty strange
T: Alcohol is well hidden. Like a not so sweet soda with a strange flavor. In the cola/rootbeer family. odd
M: Explosion of carbonation upon sipping.
O: certainly an odd beer. I wouldn't jump at this one, but not that I can't appreciate it's quality and uniqueness.

05-24-2013 00:33:15 | More by sfprint
Photo of philipquarles


3.15/5  rDev -20.9%

Poured from a 75cL bottle into a tulip. It's very dark brown (nearly black) that has red hues when held to a light. A medium off-white head that disappears rather quickly, but leaves a reasonable amount of lacing.

Smells of sweet, caramelized sugar and malt.

Tastes very much as it smells. More muted caramel sugars with a slightly bready taste that becomes more apparent the longer one waits.

Mouthfeel is good; standard Belgian bruin thickness.

A bit too sweet for my palate, but definitely not offensive. A decent brew.

07-14-2008 19:30:59 | More by philipquarles
Photo of ortsacul


3.15/5  rDev -20.9%

Three fingered head that failed after 2 minutes.

A - rich glowing brown S - burnt malt, yeast, and a bit of coffee at the end T - much the same as the smell; the malt hits hard to start, followed by an alcohol filled burst of carbonation into the sinuses...I don't much enjoy heavy carbonation but the flavor is mild enough to make it tolerable M - over-carbonated for my taste and I did not skimp on the pour D - not my favorite Belgian brown but I will certainly finish the 25.4 oz bottle.

It was very earthy and mild, overall. The alcohol is well hidden considering the strength and for that it's impressive. Something that I may grab on a cold winter night by the fire.

12-25-2006 03:20:51 | More by ortsacul
Photo of TMB0424

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -20.9%

750 ML corked bottle. Poured into chalice

Pours a deep amber, nutty brown with a large loose off-white head. Head quickly recedes and leaves somewhat light lacing throughout.

Smell of alcohol, dark fruits - grapes, caramel-like malts. A little disappointed in the aroma, actually.

Tastes of smooth, tangy, fruity malts. Grapes come to the forefront. Light flavor of cherries, sugars. Has a slight peppery finish with a tiny toss of hoppy flavors. Very good carbonation as expected from a Belgian. Nice, warming alcohol warmth on the finish as well as a slight nutty flavor.

The nutty yeast is a nice touch and the sugary start/spicy finish is very pleasing. Somewhat refreshing. However, it has a fairly thin body and while it is an enjoying sipper, it is not something I would actively seek out. Solid brew, just I feel that something is lacking in the taste/aroma department for a Belgian dark.

12-10-2008 03:23:24 | More by TMB0424
Photo of champ103


3.18/5  rDev -20.1%

A: Pours a dark brown color. At first a beige head forms and rises to about two fingers. The head recedes in an instant. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Dry wood with lots of yeast and sweet malt. Some spicy aromas as well. Very dank and musky. Like wet cloths. Not a lot of depth here.
T: Follows the nose. Some dry wood, malt, and yeast.
M/D: A medium body with a little to much carbonation. Not hard to sip on for the style.

Kind of nondescript malt, and not much more. Not bad, but nothing that really gets me excited.

09-18-2009 23:41:34 | More by champ103
Photo of Jredner


3.23/5  rDev -18.8%

Spicy aroma with brown sugar notes. Brown with a fat white head that faded fast. Grassy, yeasty and ample spice. No real smokiness for a scoth ale..even if it is a Belgian attempt at one. Comes across as a less gassy version of a belgian strong ale (as it is listed here) with less spice and sweetness. Different and fun to drink, but not a world beater.

03-06-2006 19:50:24 | More by Jredner
Photo of rec


3.23/5  rDev -18.8%

The brew appears a deep amber with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly but laces relatively well.

The aroma isn't pleasing to my nose, smeling of alcohol and bland nuts, mostly.

You can't really taste the alcohol, it's concealed by a complex mixture with fruits such as plum and cherry, with hints of caramel. However, nothing really stands out as delightful nor awful, but is a well balanced mixture despite the lack of highlights.

It generally tastes quite generic although very diferent than many of its dark ale brothers and is perhaps a tad over-carbonated, as well as watery.

02-02-2007 14:56:41 | More by rec
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.23/5  rDev -18.8%

Reviewed 11/27/2007 (bottle):

Pours a very dark colored body, with a big tan colored head, very quickly diminishing. Has a dusty, musky aroma, with some dark fruit. Alcoholy taste. Has a dark fruit taste, with some musk, and some alcohol. Strongish alcoholy taste. Kinda flat.

02-26-2009 23:34:31 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.23/5  rDev -18.8%

I must say, this began much "brighter" than it concluded. Poured a cloudy brown orange colour with plenty of debris, as expected. Foamy khaki head with loosely knit bubbles, subsided to a blanket of frost in about 60 seconds. The smell was exceptionally fruity and malty. Smelled delicious. Plenty of stewed fruits and raisins. Then came the taste. It was decent, I suppose. Not very complex, and no one flavour profile really captivated me. I thought it was rather boring and simply an average Belgian at best. I also thought it had a bit too much carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't smooth and seamless, as I had expected. Instead, it was abrasive and almost offensively carbonated. Good thing this was given to me and I didn't have to pay for it.

06-27-2006 00:38:51 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of ant1


3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

03-21-2014 20:36:34 | More by ant1
Photo of Tomblerone


3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

05-27-2012 17:06:07 | More by Tomblerone
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

05-11-2014 20:03:48 | More by mikeburd1128
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

06-02-2013 23:34:22 | More by BogBoyJD
Photo of safaricook


3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

02-16-2013 19:34:02 | More by safaricook
Photo of thebigredone


3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

07-12-2012 14:35:36 | More by thebigredone
Photo of PeterVesti


3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

11-30-2013 07:45:30 | More by PeterVesti
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

01-19-2014 19:02:11 | More by LoveStout
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