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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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515 Reviews
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Reviews: 515
Hads: 1,022
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 45
Gots: 126 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-22-2001

ABV varies from time to time.
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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

McChouffe - La Chouffe's darker cousin - is indeed as brown as the standard gnome is blonde (though both share a white top that bubbles like a pot boiling over on the stove). The colour looks light enough to allow for clarity or at very least highlights but, surprisingly, neither is observed.

Most Belgian ales smell either like the yeast is throwing a tantrum or someone doused the malts in brown sugar - neither is really the case here. This is a rare case of a Belgian aroma leaving the nose turning up blanks. Well, not quite blanks, but the chewy toffee and nutmeg notes take some work to find.

McChouffe, like many Belgian ales, could be accused of being too sweet and too carbonated. Both qualities mellow with age (and contribute to the aging ability) but, when fresh like this bottle, perhaps give the impression of a thin and hollow brew. I know better than that, but it was my first impression.

Mind you, that bright carbonation is intended to counter all the dark sweetness; notes of raisins, treacle, and dates aren't able to stick around for long as bubbles give them the bum's rush. As result, despite initial figgy and syrupy undertones, the beer finishes nearly tasteless, bone-dry and sans-alcohol.

I love brunes - more than blondes in fact - but truth be told I much prefer the classic La Chouffe to its darker counterpart. Not that this isn't a perfectly quaffable, digestible, flavorful offering in its own right (because it is) but just not enough so to warrant the same iconic, style-defining, must-have status.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a tulip. It pours hazy dark amber to reddish under a 1” light tan foam collar that provides sheets of lace. Caramel malt with traces of chocolate on the nose and palate with a bitter hop accent on the finish. The Belgian body and carbonation really accentuates the flavors.

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Photo of beer488
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color, like a cola. Scent of roasted malt, and sweet malt. Medium bodied and fizzy on the palate. Some chocolaty bitterness balanced by a sweetness. Sweet malt on the finish. Strong ale at 8%.

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Photo of JasW
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spiegelau tulip with a huge, fluffy three finger head that dissipated fairly rapidly, leaving moderate lacing. A yeasty musty nose. Taste is yeast, very light fruit for the style, with an unusual and unusually pleasing prominent undertone of nuts. Mouthfeel is top notch for the style. BSDA fan? This is a must.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a Gordon's Highland Scotch Ale thistle glass. Poured slow leaving the sediment behind.

Appearance: Dark clear amber. Persistent 1/4" rocky tan head. Persistent thick strands of lacing.

Smell: Fruit (grape, plum), caramel, and a hint of metal.

Taste: Toasted/caramelized malt, Belgian candi sugar, fruity esters, bready-yeasty pastry-like sweetness, raisins, and a finish which is part noble hop, part English-style bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but not fizzy. Scrubs the tongue clean. Some stickiness on the teeth noted.

Overall / Drinkability: This is indeed a blend of a Scottish Ale and Belgian Dark Ale in style. A fine sipping beer all by itself, I think it would go well with some food also....and not just dessert, but the sweetness of this beer might limit what it can pair with. Not sure. Regardless, I'll have to pick this one up again - very nice.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brownish red with small off white head. Aromas of sweet malts and fruits. Flavor had caramel, brown sugar, toffee, plum. Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, pretty easy finish.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 33 cl bottle into a pint glass, muddy brown colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: raisins, dark fruits, cherries, brown sugar, baked bread

T: dark malty grains, pumpernickel bread, raisins, fig

M: medium to heavy with prickly carbonation

O: a nice yeasty brown ale with well hidden alcohol

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Photo of drmeto
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

-pours a hazy dark copper with a medium,foamy,off-white head
-high carbonation visible
-cherries,caramel,toffee,bready,brown sugar
-caramel,toffee,bready,black pepper,plums,raisins
-medium body,medium-high carbonation
Certainly better than my first "Scotch Ale".Still not doig all that much for me.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The color is dark red, burgundy, cloudy.
The foam off-white, built of small and medium-sized bubbles. Unfortunately quite quickly subsides.
Mc Chouffe aroma is clearly malty, caramel, are also plums and hop grass.
The taste is unfortunately very weak. A little plums, caramel and a little bit of everything.
Gentian imperceptible. As for me, saturation far too high. When it comes to alcohol it is bad, completely not laid rejects. I must say that unfortunately I did not drink this beer with pleasure.

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Photo of kitch
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle dated best before September 2016 poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: It poured a medium to dark brown with a slight reddish tint. One finger creamy tanned head with nice looking bubbles that dissipated slowly leaving nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Main aromas of dark fruits of fig and raisins along with some pear and grapes. As it warms, the grape smell became really prominent.

Taste: Strong tastes of dark candied fruits, plum, fig, grapes and raisins with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Overall, this was very good. Both the smell and flavours actually improve as it gets warmer. It is not too sweet and I especially enjoyed the dark fruit flavours. This is so close to being a must buy beer for me.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great belgian strong dark ale, very affordable and easy to find. Someone told me it was a blend with a scottish style because the character in the label has those pants, but I don´t know.

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Photo of ehilderbrand
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Delicious brew, as with most A'Chouffe brews. McChouffe is the one I am most partial to, as I prefer a darker beer on average. Great mouthfeel, nice head on it when poured into a tulip. The nose is very rich.

Need to track more down, hard to find in Western Pennsylvania.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml brown Belgian style curved bottle with fantastic Gnome artwork this one being the Scottish chouffe looking to blend his style with a Belgian classic. Poured into a d'achouffe stemmed tulip.

A - murky brown with hints of ruby mahogany in the light. Some nice sized funk and yeast particles floating around let's me know I'm in for a treat. Soft white head poured lovely, quickly settling into a thin pillow of lacing leaving small splotches of stick.

S - dark fruits with fig and raisin. Belgian spices, sweet scottish style malt and a fantastic Belgian yeast note.

T - more going on than the nose would suggest with fig, raisin, grape, and flashes of candied dark fruit. The malt backbone really gives a Scottish ale character and sweetness paired nicely with Belgian spices and a wonderful yeast strain. Hints of soft vanilla, sweet caramel, and sugar only add to the Scottish - Belgian display.

M - medium bodied and smooth. Perfectly balanced with malt and Belgian spices. There is a Scottish style here not only with color but with flavor. It's not your traditional belgian strong dark ale but really the best of both worlds. Absolutely fantastic flavors pop as this warms.

O - this is truly one of a kind. Sure, it's a Belgian ale, but it's a Belgian ale brewed in tribute to the Scottish ale that's sometimes over looked yet still remains a very nice Belgian dark ale that's big enough to pack some great flavor. This has since found its way into my glass on a regular basis and I'd recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Depending on how cold you keep your fridge, this needs a few to warm up a little to let all the goodness open up. Pours a dark, murky brown with a fizzy tan head that burns off quickly. There is no lacing. The aroma starts out a little tight, with some pleasant dark fruit notes but really comes out a little warmer with some nice caramel notes and more robust fruits. The body has a nice weight, not heavy or thin and a smooth finish.

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Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with orange tint, big but fizzy light brown colored head, spray of lace trailed down the glass. Smell: pear, red grape, brown sugar and bread notes, slightly peppery. Taste: brown sugar, peach and orange notes, brown bread, spicy, into a peach skin finish. Light upfront for the style into fluffy feel, quick on the tongue but easy drinking. Tasty.

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Photo of seedyone
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This large bottle (25+ floz) deserve a series of appraisles. Quite cold, so I expect it to open up, it has a goodly amount of headwith a deep brown opaque look. The aroma is negligable due to the chill. The flavor is deep & rich. Raisiny.

AS time goes by the back half o f the bottle yields a much richer flavor & texture. This is a fine beer. Not the usual Belgian nor the usual spiced winter warme, just a good solid cold weather brew that needs to be barely chilled.

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Photo of MrDell
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Brasserie D’Achouffe - Mc Chouffe – bottling date unknown - Best Before 11.2016

Aroma: Classic belgian yeast, Warm haribo sweets, strawberry jam. very slight smell (that I mentioned in my last review of the Rochefort 8 and couldn’t place) which i now think is could be from the yeast.

Appearance: V. dark brown, one finger tightly packed off white head. Some lacing left on the sides of the Brasserie D’Achouffe tulip glass. Good head retention.

Taste: That sweet liquorice taste that i love goes on for a very long time before giving way to a slight hop finish and warming alcohol.

Mouth Feel: Dry

Overall: Another Belgian classic - wish this was more widely available as I only seem to find it in the Autumn or Winter, here in Switzerland. 8.5/10.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid, chestnut, almost mahogany, color with a tan head that drops to a chunky raft and leaves some good lacing behind.
Smell is sweet, malt, faint dark fruit, white grapes, light yeast. Great balance.
Taste is exactly what you'd expect from the nose, grape juice, malt, sweetness, a faint yeastiness, some wood. Again, very well balanced.
A lot lighter bodied than anticipated, light effervescence, slightly warming and a faint dryness.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of e_dawg
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a dark brown copper color. Held up to the light a fiery red with some pink and boarders of yellow and gold is revealed. Small head which dissipates within a few minutes. Some light lacing.

Smells of freshly cut fruit: pears and apples along with some light pepper notes. Also some champagne.

Taste is more pears and apples with light carbonation and some prickliness. Medium bodied.

Finishes smooth without lingering too long. Easy to drink for an 8% avb.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Looks good. Dark brown, somewhat muddy. Low head. Okay.

S: Chocolate and malt. Sweet and syrupy.

T: Surprisingly very mellow up front. Really weird. Then the chocolate cocoa rushes forward with some sweet vanilla underneath it. A yeastiness lingers with the chocolate. The bit of the cocoa then melts away to a longer sweetness with a mild bread yeastiness.

F: Mouthfeel is good but the sweetness runs a little long.

O: This is a really nice brew. It's rich and chocolatey yet relaxing and mellow. The Belgian yeast adds a lovely tanginess to the chocolate flavors. Feels like I'm back in Belgium. Just a tiny bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of chogm54
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into sniffler glass. BB date April 2016.

L - Hazy, dark brown/ruby. Pours a patchy offwhite head.

S - some bready malts and white wine, but there is a huge whiff of cooking yeasts, pepper and eggs. Repugnant.

T - Luckily the taste is better than the smell - brown sugars, earthy yeast, dried fruit (figs), caramel with a sweet malt base that rises up towards the finish. Very well balanced.

F - lively carbonation for style, alcohol is muted, medium bodied, slick texture.

O - tidy beer, well balanced taste, and im impressed with both the mouthfeel and muted alcohol. The only let down is the smell - the fresh yeast smell isn't pleasant, so block your nose when you drink!

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

I could drink this stuff by the bucketful. Smooth, packed with flavors of figs, grape, pepper. So easy to drink. Medium body. Some spiciness and bitterness. Dangerously delicious.

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml squat bottle with a BB date of 4/2016 ... plenty of time remaining but the little gnome on the label called out to me from the refrigerator and I couldn't resist.

Pours hazy dark brown with a durable tan head. Excellent lacing left on the sides of my St. Bernardus snifter.

Aroma: complex and variable, or so it seems. Spicy and yeasty with some alcohol esters an a hint of vanilla.

Flavor: better and more stable if less complex than the aroma. Typical bitter-sweet balance for style (lightly sweet) but perhaps a bit more bitter and sweet than average. Plenty of dark ripe and dried fruit notes, including raisins, dates and dried plums. Faintly yeasty, bready and spicy with a touch of vanilla.

Feel: medium+ carbonation is soft but seems a little bit too high; medium body.

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Photo of Samp01
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a medium lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, plums, Belgian yeast and bread notes. Taste same as aroma with mild bitterness and tart notes. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. Finishes with dark fruit, plums some raisins, Belgian yeast, bread and tart notes followed by mild bitterness on the end. Aroma and taste get stronger as it warms up. Overall a very good, full flavored brew.

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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