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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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517 Reviews
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Reviews: 517
Hads: 1,033
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 45
Gots: 135 | 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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Reviews: 517 | Hads: 1,033
Photo of wvsabbath
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 25.4 oz bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown with a nice,foamy 1 inch head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts, caramel, brown sugars, farmhouse funky yeasts. Lots of spices.Cherry, apples, plum, rasin.

Taste - Very malty with plenty of spices. Has a very fruity, dr.pepper cherry rasin flavor. Plenty of caramel, toffee and brown sugars. Has a smokey, burnt flavor that ends dry and malty. Cocoa also is a flavor that sticks out. This beer really has a scotch/wee heavy taste going on.

Mouthfeel - Loads of malts and spices hit the tounge along with toffee, caramel and belgium yeasts. Palate gets more sugars, malts and the wee heavy mix of malt/toffee/caramel. Aftertaste is dry, sweet and malty.

Overall - This is really tasty. A combo of brown ale,wee heavy and belgian strong ale. Loads of flavor, smooth and really easy to drink. Had no idea what to expect. Balanced and unique, this beer is different from anything ive had before. Each time i take a sip, i discover something else. THis is a excellent beer, i hope you give this a shot.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The apperance is quite striking. A tall beige head sits on top of a qarnet brown beer. Held to the light this slighly hazy brew almosts glows. Carbonation is quiter intense as well.

Aroma ia sweet and tart and quite malty. I can detect some candied fruits.

Taste has a strong toffee sweetness. Quite malty and yeasty. Maybe its me but i think I can taste very sutlely mind you smoked peat. Or perhaps it's suggestive. Candied fruits also.

This medium weight brew is quite smooth and leaves a bitter aftertaste.

A good beer malty and sweet but perhaps a bit too sweet but none the less a good robust beer.

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Photo of Serge
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely wooden brown in color with a medium fading lightly tanned head. Develops aromas of basement and dust, yeast and hints of roasted malts. Fizzy on the tongue building up a slick bit thin texture but which develops some mouthwatering bitterness. The roast pertains on the palate but which is not unpleasant, far from it, it actually adds to the finish and makes the body. Amazing beer!

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, best before 18/7/14

A - Murky brown, with minimal bubbly head that left a bit on top

S - Leather, plum, raisin, a little bitterness, faint alcohol

T - Medium malt, some brown/burnt sugar, leather, alot of dark fruit, but a little drier than others in the style. Booze is well hidden.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

O - Not too bad at all. Would enjoy again. I wonder how the green bottle affects what's going on inside.

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Photo of mick303
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass, colour is a dark malty brown, with a nice creamy head of tan white film that lingers to the end very impressively. Smell has rich malty esters, some coffee, molasses and roasty malt, but fairly mild. Taste has a big rich malty, molasses, slight nuttiness and a slight bit of earthy bitterness. There is also a bit of boozeyness that creeps through on the finish. Mouthfeel is big and rich. Although this is a nice BSDA, its a bit unbalanced in comparison to Chouffe's other offerings and doesnt really display the same great complexity. A very pretty beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy red brown and build a bubbly tan head about two fingers high. It dissipated rather fast leaving little lacing.
The smell was of dark fruit like fig and dates, with caramel and floral hops.
Tasting the beer, the typical dubbel feel is predominant. Belgium yeast, dates ,figs and some plum, beautifully composed with the caramel and malt notes. Nice carbonation gives the beer a refreshing character.
I could finish a few bottles of that one and would not regret it

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Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark bronze/brown color with orange hues when held to the light. Fluffy head of beige foam that leaves some wisps of watery lace along the glass.

The aromas begin with a combination of floral hops and dark caramel maltiness. There isn't much yeasty spiciness initially but it increases as it warms as do the dark fruits.

The tastes begin like you would expect from a Belgian brown ale. Highlights include toasted bready brown maltiness with intermingling dark fruit (raisins, dates) sprinkled with cocoa powder. There's also an overarching floral hoppiness and some understated clove spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. The finish is both sweet and lightly dry, with a hoppy bitterness interceding on the back end.

Overall this is a wonderful dark ale by brewers who clearly know how to brew great beer. Belgian brown ales (Dubbels) are normally a seamless melding of malt, hops and yeast and this is no exception. Not exactly brewed to style, more brown toasted malt than dark fruitiness but I enjoy the change here.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange brown, nice long lasting tan head and lacing. Aroma of sweet and caramel hops, light and dark fruit, Belgian spice. Medium bodied. Dark fruit, hops, Belgian yeast, a touch of sweet malt throughout. They nailed a cross between a Belgian and Scotch ale. Flavors increase as the ale warms. Medium bodied. A nicely balanced, tasty ale. Well done.

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

Brown? This beer is darker than most so-called black ales with no hint of opacity; can barely see into it, much less through it. A thick, creamy and dense tan head grows to between 1 1/2 and 2 fingers in height. Retention is fantastic; this beer's showing a lot of character. Lacing is left in rocky patches and a thick ring at the top followed by somewhat spottier but thick lacing the rest of the way.
This is a very spicy beer, lots of peppery notes primarily. It's got a thick, malty breadiness to it as well. It's almost like a seasoned holiday bread of some kind, though sweetness isn't so prevalent in the aroma. There's also just a light note of banana and clove. Going into the flavor, just a little sweetness comes out, but otherwise quite a bit of earthy tones come out, tasting more raw and natural but not leafy, though a light herbal quality comes out that I'll presume to think is hops, along with a light nuttiness.
The feel is pretty creamy but mingling with a moderate crispness in about a medium body. It gets a little smoother as the sip lingers, though, and everything works together well.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, slight smoke, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and a nice Belgian take on a Scotch ale.

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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark raisin brownish red in color. Poured with a short rich foam. Smooth, rich delicate feel. Lighter on the front end but the body grows as the light, lazy rich carbonation rolls through. Earthy dark fruit aromas with a hint of sweet dark malt. Dark fruit flavors up front and into the middle. Pleasant spicy hop bitterness at the middle that leads to sweet dark malt and chocolaty flavors to the end. Finishes with a tangy spicyness and lingering ripe dark fruity sweetness.

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Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured with one finger of light tan foam on a hazy, amber brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - dark brown sugar, toffee malt and a hint of spicy hops.

T - brown, malty flavors up front. Some fruity notes of cherry and plum in the middle and a finish of spicy hops and fruity, dark malt.

M - a medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - petty good if a bit odd. The malt is a bit heavy for the yeast character but the spicy hops.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a hazy deep brown and maroon body. Thick lacing.

S: breads and yeast with caramel and syrup. Dark fruit notes include grape, raspberry and raisin. Light overall.

T: Fairly sweet overall. Caramel and chocolate malts with yeast up front with a rapid change to dark fruits which are more on the sweet than tart side. Plum, cherry make up the fruitiness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one is almost too sweet ad lacks a little balance on that way. It's still good and overall drinkable.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from champagne bottle into a duvel glass.

Pours dark brown, reddish tints, some foam sits atop. Good lacing, light malty and nutty smell. Some caramel but faint. Taste is very smooth and even lightly sweet brown ale. Some nuttiness, some cola and root beer buried. Creamy mouthfeel almost reminds me of a soda beverage. Very good.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 2013. Pours cloudy reddish brown color with a dense 1-2 finger khaki head with good retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, plum, molasses, raisin, pepper, nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast spices. Fairly nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of toffee, molasses, plum, raisin, biscuit, pepper, chocolate, dark candi sugar, nuttiness, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of molasses, caramel, dark fruit, pepper, chocolate, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink for 8%. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian dark ale. Nice complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mc Chouffe is a cloudy raspberry brown ale with clumps of yeast swirling around in it. It has a huge head that leaves great lacy foam on the glass. Foam started blasting from the bottle after I opened it. There are herbs and bread in the aroma, along with something tropical like melon and a note of phenol. It's pretty full bodied and super soft with a dry, chewy finish. It's almost a hint sweet with a spicy herbal bitterness. The malt is thick, like caramel. It tastes earthy and perhaps slightly resiny. The slight sweetness stays steady as the juniper-like bitterness grows. Both flavors linger for a while after the swallow. There's almost a hint of anise and some sort of herbal tea. This is a real treat to drink: Well balanced, flavorful and interesting.

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Photo of Douberd
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of confer
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown but has an orange look when held to a light. Lots of sediment floating, love the unfiltered style. Big tan head that fades very slowly.
Plum, dark fruit smell. Small hint of alcohol also in the smell.
Nutty taste with a boozy finish.
A good beer and one I will go for again.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have enjoyed this brew many times but somehow never reviewed
A - a dark murky brownish purple, tall tan head dissipated slowly leaving loads of lacing all over
S - plumb and cherry phenolics, mild grainy and leafy with a bubblegum hint
T - dominated by yeasty phenols of plumb, grape, and some cherry, light touch of nutty malt with a mild leafy hop presence and a mineral like touch
M - medium and very creamy with a nice carbonation kick, finishes with a drying mineral feel, ABV extremely well hidden
O - very tasty, phenol dominated is always a treat relative to most big belgians I have access to, while not a 'regular' per say this is definitely a go to dark Belgian for me

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep brown with a one finger creamy tan head that retained really well and left good sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet and malty with a nice slight medicinal phenol from the yeast and alcohol content. Smells maltier than a typical Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Welcoming.

Taste: Sweet and malty, with a little smoky/peaty Scotch Ale flavor that is balanced well with the Belgian yeast flavors. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavorful mix.

Mouth feel: Creamy medium carbonation that fits the medium body of the beer. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall: A Scotch Ale style mixed with a good Belgian Dark Ale...great idea! The extra malts and slight smoky/peaty flavors go really well with the sweeter Belgian yeast and higher ABV sweetness. I really like this one!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky chestnut brown with a great cream colored head with tons of bubbly lace.

Nose is brown sugar and sweet (not spicy) brown bread. Some yeast, some tropical fruit, a little brown nuttiness.

Smooth and creamy, with malt and light sugar up front. This is less sweet on the palate as it is on the nose. Some sweet brown bread, and then the palate clears to a little fruit, light bitterness. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Good, but a little soft.

Medium body, a little tingly on the tongue.

Overall, a great belgian brown, but doesn't have the strong alcohol punch. Very easy drinking for the style, just a touch weak (alcohol) and a little sugary. Still, very glad I tried this. Easy and creamy and a beauty in the goblet.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip. Deep brown amber with crazy head and lacing.
nice sweet malty alcohol aroma...bit of belgian yeast.
Taste is of malty dried fruit, mixed with belgian yeasts and alcohol. Alcohol is obvious, but it should be. This is advertised as a Belgian Brown Ale, which is a way better description than Belgian Strong Dark. Its deff a brown, with belgian tendencies...like it had a condition.
Really great beer...tasty and unique. Worth drinking for sure.

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Photo of JosLutz
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this Biere Brun from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glas at about 10 C degrees.

appearance: orange-brown colour, a little light brown head slowly diminishing.

taste: Fresh but firm, a complex mix of aroma's.
Very great and impressive taste, but never pushy.

One of my favourite!

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.