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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

773 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%


Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

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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kajerm

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 14:03:07 | More by kajerm
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Brad007

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my hopfenstark glass, a darkish-red color with a thick head of foam that seems to stick around longer than usual.

Aroma is smooth and malty with hints of apple and raisin that stand out in the nose.

Taste is a bit strong upfront with some alcohol heat. Subtle taste of raisin and apple at the back of the throat. Kind of subdued though. Feels like it's missing something.

Mouthfeel: Raisin and apple with alcohol warmness, dominate the mouthfeel. I can't pick out much more.

Drinkability is there but I'm just not enjoying this as much as I want to. With some aging, I bet the flavors will come out more.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 01:19:54 | More by Brad007
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BruceWineworks

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 23:33:19 | More by BruceWineworks
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 bottle best before 2012 so I assume it's been sitting for quite some time. Poured into a tulip.
A bubbly off white two finger head shows itself along with a dark brown body that looks more like copper against the light.
It has the dark Belgian smell of dark fruits and alcohol with some sweetness to round it off.
Dark fruits and a malty sweeness dominate the flavor profile. The alcohol was a lot more prevalent in the nose. Some breadiness.
Medium body and carbonation.
I've never had a Scotch Ale before, but this seemed more like a straight up Belgian to me than anything.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 06:27:56 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a brown color ale with a huge bubbly off-white head with average retention. Aroma is comprised of strong Belgian malt with a side of floral hops and a top of yeast. Taste is somewhat spicy, creamy and ends with a dry bitter aftertaste. Another quite complex beer from this fine brewery. I’m not sure I really detect the scotch ale influence in this one but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 18:54:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, sour fruits, some caramelized malt and a little hops.

T: The taste starts with a burst of sourness from tart fruit flavors (apples, apricots & berries). Then the malt character and Belgian yeast backbone take over with flavors of caramel and some spice. There's a decent hops presence. The after-taste is tart and sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this one isn't one of my favorites but it's a good beer that is worth sipping for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 03:07:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
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meatmallet

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown with a head that quickly fades.

Smell: Yeast, dark fruits, some caramelized malt and a little hops. Not overly powerful.

Taste: A little sour at first with the dark fruit flavor. A little sweet.

Mouthfeel: There is light carbonation present with each sip. Very smooth in the mouth.

Drinkability: Not bad but not my favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 03:46:00 | More by meatmallet
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The dark offering from this fairly well-known brewery in the Ardennes. I have read that these guys only use malt syrups rather than whole grains ... True? In any event, this is certainly a well-attenuated and thin-bodied dark ale that does indeed capture some Scottish flavor elements, albeit with a decidedly Belgian profile nonetheless. A dark reddish brown brew, maybe leaning towards the red, with a moderate amount of light tan head and an aroma that is equal parts fruity esters, spicy medicinal phenols, and sweet caramel or toffee along with a vinous wine or cider-like note. Nice balance between the caramel elements and Belgian spice although I am less wild about the cidery component. Palate largely reflects this, such that I initially get some apple and pear fruit followed by clove spice, golden raisin, musty white peppercorns, faint molasses and bandage-like phenols, and perhaps a whiff of citrus rind. Rather dry, powdery mouthfeel and this brew just screams thinned down with a healthy sugar addition to the kettle. Some alcohol is apparent but not over the top in this regard. Really my main issue is the ultra-thin body and correspondingly airy mouthfeel but the flavor is solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 01:53:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
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aracauna

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is kind of a run of the mill Scotch ale. Dark, cloudy reddish brown with a nice glow. The slightly tan head is thick after the pour but fades completely although slowly. A mild bit of peat, wood. Thin but not bad. Not rich enough or enough complex malt to be a good scotch, but it's a easy drinking scotch ale that should go well with mild beef dishes.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2003 16:07:25 | More by aracauna
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maxpower

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle, cloudy hazy reddish-copper color, nice big foamy off white-tan head that leaves good lacing in the glass, yeasty, fruity and spicy aroma. Bready malty fruity flavors, full and crisp palate, yeasty banana sweet sugary finish, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 00:29:24 | More by maxpower
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this eer in the store. Am looking forward to their upcoming Tripel, thought this would be fun to try. It was a medium brown color with a thick white head. It had a malty caramel odor and a sweet taste with some spice in the background. Felt OK in the mouth. I thought it was a good, but not great beer

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 13:11:24 | More by lordofthewiens
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml capped bottle into my La Chouffe tulip glass. Brownish-ruby body is topped by a huge, foamy tan head that disippates into a good one-finger or so after a couple of minutes. Good carbonation. Aroma of some lightly sweet, medium-bodied malt, tasty Chouffe Belgian yeast, and an underlying clove spiciness. Palate features the dueling influences of some rich, lightly roasted caramel malt, a bit of Euro hops, and the somewhat overpowering yeast. Notes of clove, white pepper, biscuit, and a touch of caramel. Massive alcohol presence on the finish leads to a nice warming sensation all the way down the throat. Nice, medium body is not too fizzy and conveys the flavor quite well. I was, um, forced to finish the 750 bottle by myself. Not like it was punishment.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 08:00:37 | More by ElGordo
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a rich chestnut brown with a fluffy tan head that thins, but maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Rather light malty aroma with a mild nuttiness with some fruity and bready tones.

Mild nutty malt flavor upfront leading into light bready and fruity flavors. Rather subdued flavor for a strong ale.

Full body, plenty of carbonation.

A pleasant and drinkable Belgian, but with a rather ordinary flavor compared to others in this style. Still, I had no problems consuming the entire bottle...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 01:49:32 | More by MaltyGoodness
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spointon

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 750ml green bottle into a stemmed New Belgium globe glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy garnet/brown color with a 1.5" frothy off-white head. The head slowly dropped and after a long time disappeared completely. No lacing to speak of.

S= Aromas were of caramel maltiness smothered in Belgian yeast funk and alcohol. The yeast produced a lot of bubble gum and tropical fruitiness.

T= This is a beer that moved through many stages in each sip. The sweet/caramel malts led off, followed soon by a short and slightly unpleasant sour dryness. Then midway the phenols kicked in and swung it back to the sweet and fruity side. The finish was mildly sour, spicy, and quite dry. Up and down and back and forth, these flavors were all over the place!

MF= Medium body (though just heavy enough to call it so) with a super crisp effervescent carbonation level.

D= I have to admit I was disappointed by this ale. I am a huge fan of the other Chouffe beers and I also love Scottish and Scottish-inspired ales so I probably had some difficult expectations to meet. Anyway, I would drink this again if I saw it on tap just to compare but otherwise this is one I will likely skip in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 04:06:42 | More by spointon
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SleepyMonk

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Looks as though carbonation is fairly low and the head that is created from pouring shifts down to a surface ayer with nearly no lacing.

As one would expect the color is a dark coffee brown and reasonably opaque.

Nose detects ripe dark fruits with malts and yeast plus an indescribable note that is perhaps best described as brown sugar.

In the mouth and across the tongue produces very tasty malt characteristics. Dark fruits are also delivered and so to is the brown sugar.

The lower degree of carbonation is a treat as it caramelises in the mouth and sustains that malt flavor. Finishes try with a comfortable amount of alcohol twang.

Good stuff

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 13:37:08 | More by SleepyMonk
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dgilks

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful deep, chestnut pour with a billowing pale tan head is what you get here. Some amazing lacing.

Banana, raisin, nutmeg and clove hit first in the aroma. Very fruity and sweet.

Raisins and other dark fruit mark their presence ion the flavour but it is unfortunately backed up by a slight but noticeable alcohol bite. Light hop bitterness which helps to offset the sweetness. Nice spice notes support the main act but it falls a little bit short of amazing.

A nice medium body is cut by above average carbonation. Carbonation is almost a little bit high but this isn't a problem.

A nice beer but I'm not pining for another bottle. There is some good flavour going on here but it doesn't stand up to some other brews and at 8% it does seem worth my while.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 08:21:11 | More by dgilks
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jnn4v

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice mahogany / medium brown color with a hint of read. Moderate head filling 1/4 of the glass. Some sediment and haze.

S: Smells more Belgian than Scottish, but definitely has elements of each. Belgian yeast, some spice, dark dried fruits, a hint of spice, and Belgian candy sugar.

T: Slightly coppery on the first taste. Candy sugar, some Belgian yeast, and general malty sweetness. Mild hop bitterness. Slightly numbing from the alcohol. Hints of caramel as well.

M: Moderate carbonation and decent body.

D: Seems reasonably drinkable, although the alcohol flavor and numbingness.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 01:34:26 | More by jnn4v
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - opaque in my snifter, bubbly light tan head, leaves a bit of lacing behind.

S - fruity, figgy, some fresh spice, almost-saaz like, not a ton of "dark" fruit aromas, but still pretty nice

T - very "grapey" to start, vinous, not super dark or rich, but this isn't a huge beer, so ok, low bitterness, aftertaste is fairly short

M - very light, mouthfilling carbonation, gentle prickles, smooth alcohol, dry finish

D - about as good as any dubbel, not really big or bold enough to be a dark strong

I'm not a big fan of dubbels in general, I'd sooner have the bigger, bolder taste of a dark strong, or else the lighter/brighter/hoppier flavours of a tripel/blonde. Regardless, this is a nice dubbel - if they are your thang, you definitely need to give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 22:41:28 | More by markaberrant
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ole 750 shared by Colin - cheers! I also have a bottle from zorprine cellaring away, so thanks to him for that one too!

Pours a rich brown with an aggressive light tan head that eventually drops to a film, leaving some nice lace spots. Sweet, spicy aroma, with raisins, brown sugar and bread. Sweet dark fruit flavour has touches of raisin, sweetbread and spice. In fact its positively like a dubbel, and not too bad for it either. What hopping is there is certainly very light, as there's only the mildest of bites in the finish, and it can't hold up to the sweetness. There's also a slightly grassy quality to it, which may be hops, or may be faint skunking (either way I thought it added to the beer).The body seems to suit the flavours well with its medium weight and pleasing carbonation.

Another 'not quite what I expected' beer on a night that seemed full of them, but I really enjoyed this BSDA / dubbel hybrid, and found it ridiculously drinkable considering its ABV. A touch more heft to the flavour and this one would be competing with some of the better dubbels out there, but as it stands it seems more dubbel-Belgian strong dark lite.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 13:20:51 | More by bobsy
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Douberd

Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured, from a 330 ml bottle. Very dark brown colour which turns to a deep amber against the light, with minimal bubbles. Head is brownish, leaving a light lacing on the glass as it fades out (fast). Nice sweet aroma of vanilla and fruit. Taste is bitter and follows the aroma, the 8% alcohol is not so obvious. Medium thin bodied on palate,lightly carbonation. Overall a great brown beer that I would happily suggest.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 16:57:09 | More by Douberd
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

McChouffe has a rich, deep mahogany McColor, and a prodigious, rocky tan head. Head seemed to last a seriously long time, and lacing was top shelf! The nose was quite pronounced, with a good maltiness assaulting the nostrils. Pretty good body, imo...just about medium. There's a tiny bit of McCarbonation attacking the tongue, yet it is still fairly McCreamy. I seem to pick up a bit of malty sweetness, and ever-so-subtle peatiness, and some dark-fruit type of flavors. Finish is somewhat dry, and the flavors, in general, don't seem to be too pronounced. I like my Belgians to have some whack, but this one doesn't seem to have it.

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

439

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2002 17:48:06 | More by Bierman9
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davidchollar

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into my chimay chalice, this belgian strong dark looks really good. perhaps a shade lighter than other darks, closer to a dubbel in appearance. deep mahogany with a thick tan head that never settles.

big nice aroma is obvious before i am even done pouring. typical, nice belgian smells. toasty bread, raisins, prunes, smells rather sweet, no real trace of alcohol in the nose. so far so good, but this one loses points for taste. not sure what it is exactly, but there is an unexpected bitterness right up front that sort of throws off the whole taste. not what i expect after quaffing, and although it is still quite nice and complex, i just don't like the taste compared to others of this style.

this is smooth and easy to drink. listed here at 8%, the bottle says 8,5%. overall not bad, but not a lot of character by itself. great with a sharp cheese.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 16:06:55 | More by davidchollar
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mizzoueng

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Brown / Caramel in color with a light tan head. Head retention was poor. I got a good 1/2" of head during the pour, but it didn't stay for long.

Smell - Malty, spicey, some earth tones. Not overwhelming, very good balance and hid the alcohol.

Taste - Good. Roasted malts and some spice were blended well with some phenols that were hard to place. I got some yeast flavors once in a while, I think it was just a hint that was hard to place with all the other flavors that were present.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, heavy, thick. Served in a wineglass, this is a sippers beer.

Drinkability - Good. I really enjoyed this beer. At 11 bucks a bottle its a little pricey to drink often, but I wouldn't turn it down. I just wish it came in a regular sized bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 18:07:56 | More by mizzoueng
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SmokinSmyth

Belgium

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this after a similar (750 ml) bottle of the blonde. Very nice pour, with a good head, but nothing I couldn't keep in the glass.

I drank it at the end of dinner (chicken kabobs) and onto the patio with the kids. Although the head disappears after a short while, the beer tasted great.

Again, I don't know how they hide the higher ABV in such a good tasting beer. The chocolate/cocoa taste you expect from a beer with half the alcohol content.

Not too heavy, with just the right amount of taste left behind.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 18:20:34 | More by SmokinSmyth
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 8.0% ABV, Best Before 2012.

Thanks to bnieman and his Dad for sharing this one!

A - McChouffe pours a hazy brown-amber color with a quickly fading off-white head. Great lace is left behind on the glass.

S - The aroma starts with a rich Belgian yeast and a spicy brown ale nose with moderate hops behind. This has a lot of mineral going on, much like a German pils.

T - Slight mineral pulls through into the flavor with a standard brown ale base. Belgian yeast spices it up adding, well, spice notes, and earthiness. Hops balance it out.

M - This medium-bodied and smooth-feeling brew is lightly dry but still maintains a smooth finish.

D - While this is a good beer, it's not something I'd be interested in having a whole lot of. One better split.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 13:10:26 | More by BeerFMAndy
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