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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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very good

898 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 31
Gots: 61 | 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 ScottGregg1
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%

ScottGregg1, Today at 04:18 AM
Photo of breakingbland
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

breakingbland, Yesterday at 10:51 PM
Photo of Sphinks
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%

Sphinks, Yesterday at 09:58 AM
Photo of e_dawg
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

e_dawg, Wednesday at 02:17 AM
Photo of constantine_272
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

constantine_272, Tuesday at 02:57 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ElijahRivera, Sunday at 06:16 PM
Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev +0.5%

JackNip, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev +0.5%

BAsbill, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +0.5%

grahuba, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Karo
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Karo, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Lesmiserobert
3.04/5  rDev -23.6%

Lesmiserobert, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of WoostaBia
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

WoostaBia, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of JaimeLondon
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

JaimeLondon, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of chogm54
3.74/5  rDev -6%
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!

chogm54, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Beer-A-Lot, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of JKV96
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

JKV96, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

chinchill, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

eggman2b, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Griffith, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Stinger80OH, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

bowzer4birdie, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Samp01
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Samp01, Sep 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

hurshybear, Sep 29, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Beastcpa, Sep 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

GreenMind, Sep 28, 2014
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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
88 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.