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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

514 Reviews
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Reviews: 514
Hads: 1,014
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 44
Gots: 123 | 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

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always love the bottles and caps of Chouffe beers, they are kind of cute. Poured into a La Chouffe glass. The beer pours a hazy, dark-red-brown color, with a two finger think very light-brown head.

Smell: for me difficult to define (and given the mixed opinion in the reviews below, I'm not the only one). Sharp, spicy, yeast, some lemon and burning alcohol.

Taste: First a sharp taste, then some hints of sweet fruits, sweet malts, spicy malts and some grain. The aftertaste is spicy and too alcoholic.

Mouthfeel: thin-bodied (bit watery), medium carbonation, because of the strong alcohol, not too easy to drink

Overall: Alcohol is too much present, but in general a decent brew. However, there are so many better beers in this style. I prefer the La Chouffe by far!! (776 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 Squelch
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: dark brown. Tan Head. Nice lacing

Smell: dark candi sugar dominates the aroma.

Taste: nothing stand out. Dark fruits, Dried fruits.

Mouthfeel: Slighty harsh, Slightly astringent. Tingly.

Drinkability: not one I would get every day. The nose is amazing, but the flavor is lacking. (297 characters)

Photo of iguenard
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

( 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. (672 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of LaChouffe, so let's see what it's other sibling has to offer. Dark brown in color with some dark red streaks at the very edges. The slight tan head clears off quickly and leaves a few small dots of lace to and fro. Aroma involves big dark fruits (cherries, grapes, figs) up front and a slight malty sweetness in the back. Tastes Vinous and sugary with a big alcohol heat in the middle. A bit of graininess exists. Goes down clean, dry and a bit thin. A Belgian Strong Dark that leaves a bit to be desired, especially when compared to it's lighter, spicier brother, but worth a try. (598 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really dark brown to black with a slight opaqueness and very fine bubbles/offwhite to tan.
Smell is raisin and caramel malt with a belgian yeast that burns the nose. Not very strong but this might be too cold.
Very average tasting with lots of caramel and nice mellow malty sugar. No hops or fruit here.
Mouthfeel is a bit oily but still finishes clean.
Drinkability is only OK but still worth a try. (412 characters)

Photo of lpayette
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, here's yet another beer that I've been cellaring for quite some time and in an effort to consolidate my collection, this beer's time is up.

Apppearance- dark brown with deep ruby hues. A bit too dark to show off the nice clarity within, but you can see through it still when held up to the light. Head is on the small side but there's still some lacing.

Smell- typical brown ale smells with malt dominating. Very little hop presence combined with earthy, and spicey yeast characteristics put the belgian twist on this one.

Taste- not nearly as flavor packed as I expected. It's surprisingly mellow, subdued, and I might even go so far as to say dull. It may have something to do with being cold aged for about a year and half in my beer fridge; I'm not sure, but this just wasn't as flavorful as I expected.

Not a bad choice, but not something I'll seek out again. The other offerings I've had from chouffe have been much stronger IMO. (943 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in colour with an off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Aromas of caramalized malt, yeast, and cut grass. The flavor is an odd combination of sweet malt and spritzy saison-like flavors (citrus, yeast, etc...). It tastes good, but still somewhat muddled. I couldn't detect any of the smoke flavors that you'd get from a beer influanced by the Scotch ale style. (369 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml green magnum, best before date on the side of the label says 2007. The label also claims only 8% abv. That smarmy looking little gnome on the label has always kept me from picking up any Chouffe products in my travels before, but now that it is available locally I thought I'd drop my bias and give it a try. Even bought the gift pack with the official La Chouffe tulip glass, went all the way.

Attempted to pour some of this brune into the aforementioned glass, and was assaulted by a massive creamy off-white head. When it subsided I managed to get a bit more of the ale in. Very impressive head and head retention, plus the lacing is rather intense. The colour of the body is a cloudy deep mahogany, very inviting earthy/wood hue. Light effervescent nose, I'm picking up some sweet preserved fruit and some nuttiness, some yeasty phenols, and a light detergent character that dances in and out of the fruitiness. Only after it warms a great deal can some malt be discerned. The alcohol can be immediately tasted upon the first sip, and has a warming effect on the palate. There is also the presence of vodka preserved dried fruit, some earthy spiciness to the malt in the middle, and a light fruit finish that gets spicier on the aftertaste. There is a lighter mouthfeel than the alcohol content would bely, but it is also very smooth as well, no real bite to it, or burn. A drinkable brune, but pretty one-dimensional flavour-wise, I wish it had come in a smaller bottle to sample. It's not something I'd buy on a regular basis, but I'm sure I can put that tulip glass to some good use anyways. (1,622 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany pour with an off-white two finger head with nice retention and great lacing. Very malty nose with hints of Belgian yeast, brown bread, banana, nuts, toffee, caramel, and dark fruits. The taste follows suit, dominated by malty caramel sweetness. Hints of tobacco, dark fruit, molasses, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, banana, brown bread, and nuts round out the taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to fizzy carbonation with a syrupy sweet finish. Overall, this is a solid Belgian Bruin, albeit a bit sweet for more than one. (542 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

I think this beer can only be properly presented whilst pronouncing its name in a crappy fake Scottish accent. It pours a deep sienna topped by a finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises toffee, light nuts, light brown sugar, light dark fruit, and a touch of Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, though the toffee seems to flatten out a bit and cover everything else in a fine veneer of itself. It all comes out spicily bland, but in a good way...if that makes any sense... The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice little brew, nothing in any way exciting, but I would definitely not turn down another if it were offered to me. (746 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my DT snifter. Best before end of 2007 indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of cola with a 1.5 inch loose, fluffy, off-white head that sizzled and popped as it receded. Some strands of sticky, random lacing present during the tasting. Nose is somewhat vinous and yeasty with a hint of oak - nose might be a little off. Flavor profile is difficult to describe - muted candi sugar, a little herbal, a little vinous, earthy/woody/must. Mouthfeel falls somewhere between light- and medium-bodied with a consistent background carbonation present from sip to swallow with a light, lingering burn at the back of the throat. Finish is on the dry side. Fair drinkability. Not sure if it's past it's prime, but it was interesting to say the least. Might need to re-compare with a more contemparary vintage. (826 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy brown cola in color. with a foamy head.

Smell: Bready and sweet.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium in body. Clean. Slightly sweet and bready with notes of plum/raisins. Slight syrupy in the end. Good malts throughout it all.

Overall: Anything with a gnome on the label has my attention and this certainly did. It was a good beer with some good flavor, but nothing I would actively search out. Good overall. (433 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (445 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle sitting in the fridge for the past year with a BB date of aug 8 2014 into a chalice
A-ruddy brown but transparent. A tan colored large bubbled head that quickly breaks down
S-Belgian yeast-phenols quite noticeable. Sweet malt also on the heavy side
T-similar to aroma. Estery non-descript notes.
M-soft mouthfeel with the alcohol being quite drying. Medium body and carbonation
O-a nice beer. Not overly anything. Soft mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink (482 characters)

Photo of breakingbland
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

The 1-1/2 finger off-white head was composed of rather coarse bubbles. The beer itself was an opaque brown.

The aroma was not strong -- mostly malt with slight hops and tobacco.

The taste follows the aroma. It was sweet up-front. Slight hops and funk. Not an overly complex flavor profile.

The beer had a nice level of carbonation with a firm body.

Overall, this beer didn't quite live up to expectations, although I'd get it again. It offers a different take on a brown ale. (502 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dried blood brownish red with a medium soft-looking foamy cap that sits briefly leaving behind a big collar and thin skim. Lacing is minimal in big blobby things.

Aroma is dry and delicately soft with a semi-yielding date, prune, dark purple grapey fruitish backlay.

Taste is short, rounded in a softly darkened fruityness of red apple, purple grape, and lesser tarting fruity sugars. A bit sharp on the buds with a big carbonation hump in the middle. Finish is light and airy with a yeasty woodish dryness with a bit of fruit pits and skins trying to grab a bit of interest.

Feel is OK, the short-lived flavors don't help anything as it has a seemingly light/medium body with that hump of carbonation in the middle totally taking away what could be a fairly smooth ride.

Drinkability is a little less then the norm for a Belgian Dark ale. Quite plain, but seems like the effort is there and comes across well made, just not much going on with this one. (965 characters)

Photo of BruceWineworks
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Brown and faint with a light laving.

S: Fresh malty scent. Notes of toffee and caramel.

T: Nutty and spicy, think almonds, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

M: Fizzy creamy. Delectable.

D: Very well balanced. Flavorful and not too heavy, the large bottle was a perfect serving. Enjoy it. (318 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours with a mass of foam. strong alcohol in the smell. it goes down smooth, but there is a very noticeable taste of alcohol. you just know it is gonna kick you in the pants. it is definitely one to go with if strong ales are your style (236 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle tried 27 Dec 2007.

Very fizzy medium tan head. Slightly cloudy ruby brown color. Smells like cola and apples, sweet. Starts somewhat wheaty and bready. Not as sweet as expected from the aroma. Some cinnamon and nutmeg in the middle. Touch of vanilla. Alcohol shows up in the finish. Medium to light body.

Not bad but not something I'd rush out to get again. (375 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's uh, interesting. That's certain. There's strange spice combination in the taste that seems like someone weeded their garden and threw whatever they pulled into the brew kettle.

Ok, that sounds a little bad, but it tastes like dandelion or some similar plant was thrown in the pot. Spice aside, the malt follows that of a scotch ale with with sweet roasted caramel and chocolate. I can't tell if there's any smoked malt, but I wouldn't put it past this beer to have a little. Worth a try if you want an odd twist on the classic brown abbey ale. (555 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

("Scotch of the Ardennes"... poured into a balloon glass)

A: medium-dark reddish brown, fair clarity... initially large, but fizzy head - keeps a swirl of a thin cover... minimal lace

S: brown sugar, medium-intensity of burnt caramel, light prune or other dried dark fruit... if you think "Scotch Ale", knowing it's of Belgian origin, you can somewhat sense the endemic characteristics of each (for lack of a better word) "style"

T: clove-like spice with a semi-sweet, cherry-like finish... rich in ripe-red berry/stone-fruit in the middle.... aftertaste moderately bitter with a mild, ghostly, spicy alcohol warmth - bitterness almost citrus-pithy... malty, but predominantly in the mid-dark spectrum and dry... brown sugar and burnt flavors fairly prominent, but outmatched by the assertive, softly-phenolic spice

M: perhaps a bit too thinned-out by the prickly carbonation and spicy alcohol.... does a have a hint of viscosity that is unfortunately attenuated by the recipe and yeast dynamics

O: having had this a few times, really enjoying it some of those times, it's frustrating when it seems not quite on... I would venture a loose comparison to a Belgian homage to Traquair House Ale, mostly in its expression of dark-sugar flavors - not nearly a parallel in overall composition... the proprietary Achouffe yeast factors relatively moderately into its taste, for better or worse (1,391 characters)

Photo of kajerm
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting, pours dark caramel brown. Ratebeer says this is a Scotch Ale, which makes sense with the name, but doesn't really fit the beer.

Aroma was dark malt sweetness and some belgian yeast esters. Alcohol is perceptible. If this is a Scotch Ale (and I'm going to go with BA and say it's not), then it's the most belgian scotch ale in existence.

Tastes like it smells, heavy malts and esters. My friend said it's a lot like La Chouffe (which I didn't get to try), only darker.

The mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, pretty standard for the style (either one.)

As is typical for a BSDA (or a Wee Heavy for that matter), not super-drinkable owing to the ABV and the sweetness. (710 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a good-sized head. Aroma is very malty and bready with a touch of molasses and hops.

Taste is roasty and malty sweet. Nice complexity with Belgian yeast flavors, candy and brown sugar, and a good blend of base malt and hops. Some traces of dark fruit, earthy, some caramelly cola, no trace of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, not real heavy, could pass for a dubbel. Nice and drinkable Belgian brew, the text on the label (besides the name) leads me to believe this may have some Scottish influence but it isn't obvious. Good but not exceptional. (580 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a Stella glass.

A - Light tan head that stays tight and sticks around through the duration of the tasting. Nice ruby colour with some yeast goodies.

S - Lot's of dark fruit and candy sugar aromas.

T - Malty. Lot's of big malt flavours. Really sweet. Dark fruit as well.

M - Thick feeling. Medium body.

D - Too sweet to session. Good for a few sips from a big bottle but I couldn't have much more. (413 characters)

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.