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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

836 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 27
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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Walkerjgt

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

07-03-2014 18:12:53 | More by Walkerjgt
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mrjez

Japan

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-02-2014 02:20:59 | More by mrjez
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 01 2016 at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of dark malt and yeasty phenolics
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to frothy layer 8 mm thick
Lacing spotty; few small islands
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of yeast phenolics and dates (figs?), slightly sweet; no alcohol, no diacetyl, no hops
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

A decent strong dark ale. Good appearance, aroma, and palate. The flavor is fruity and slightly strong for my taste. Overall, pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 16:45:34 | More by Ozzylizard
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ScotB260

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

06-28-2014 20:30:12 | More by ScotB260
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hoppecatania

Italy

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-27-2014 19:28:06 | More by hoppecatania
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doktorhops

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have a lot of respect for Brasserie d'Achouffe's La Chouffe, which I gave a glowing review on a while back. What is it about the Belgians that get it so right when it comes to beer? They almost always seem to capture the perfection of flavour, body, aroma and alcohol content. And I'm hoping that McChouffe, the apparently Scottish cousin of La Chouffe's gnome, hits upon that magic formula.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: A deep Mahogany cloudy body presents along with a minimal tan lacing. Looks a treat.

S: Dark fruits, candi sugar and sourdough yeast intermingles along with some pear/apple esters to produce a fine perfume. Expecting some dark fruit and sugar driven flavours.

T: Yep, dark fruits, candi sugar and a light malt base come together. Pear/apple esters, Phenols and sourdough also make themselves present. It's very much a "La Chouffe Dark" then, with the flavour base so similar you might think they were separated at wort (aka the early foetal stage of the brew). The finish is a mid-range medicinal herb bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium (and a tad sharp) carbonation.

D: Really there's not much between La Chouffe and McChouffe, marketing-wise I would have liked if they had been named "La Chouffe Good" and "La Chouffe Evil" with a good Gnome and an evil Gnome on the respective labels for a bit of fun. It really comes down to preference when choosing between the two. I prefer La Chouffe vanilla, however if you like your Belgians with a dark fruit slant (raisin, fig, plum, prune or date) then go the McChouffe, you'll have more fun with the Scottish twin.

Food match: Hard cheese platter, roasted dark meats - beef, venison, lamb, and grilled vegetables are all winners here.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 13:03:53 | More by doktorhops
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Swift989

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

06-24-2014 04:29:27 | More by Swift989
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patre_tim

China

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-23-2014 02:42:11 | More by patre_tim
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JeltMaaj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-22-2014 23:17:08 | More by JeltMaaj
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tree777

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-22-2014 03:26:24 | More by tree777
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Cburden

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-18-2014 20:05:06 | More by Cburden
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MQ3867

Portugal

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-17-2014 16:42:25 | More by MQ3867
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Tarso

Brazil

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

06-14-2014 13:55:09 | More by Tarso
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-12-2014 04:37:42 | More by GRG1313
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: June 6, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay chalice... OCCASION: a week of returning to workouts--protein is welcome!... APPEARANCE: dark purple body; soft, wispy off-white head that thins out to an uneven, varied density; nice, intricate lacing... AROMA: immediate prune and apple; hops are aromatic and yeast adds some funk to an otherwise sweet malt... PALATE: thick, creamy, a bit chewy, and warming; easy-drinking and dry at the finish; a fleet, discrete presence--good, solid brown ale base... TASTE: grape and prune are the dominant flavors; smoky malt surprises, as does the lack of alcohol; rather flat at the finish... OVERALLL: a classy, slightly subdued version of tits usual and Christmas varieties; situation is key--introduced this at Thanksgiving a decade ago, but it didn't pair with the main courses well; as a nightcap, it can open with its complexity or close with its strength....

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2014 02:26:12 | More by dacrza1
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scottbham

Washington

4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't have time for tasting notes on this one. Just want to update: Opened a bottle from April '12 and it's still excellent. Not preferred cellar temp (~60F). Very enjoyable right now, sweetness has subsided into a very relaxed melange of brown Belgian goodness. Nary a breath of alcohol and pure delicate quench on the back of the tongue. Hope my ambiguity inspires you to try and/or pop it now.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 06:22:09 | More by scottbham
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-08-2014 20:05:30 | More by Hellpop65
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ThaneMcC

Kansas

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a dark reddish, brown with soapy off white head that rapidly dissipates

S: malty aromas, burnt caramel, hint of banana and other fruity esters

T: malty sweet up front, with finish of more significant hops and a slight metallic twang - clean finish

M: a surprisingly thin mouth feel, doesn't have the fullness of other beers in this genre

O: not a bad brown ale, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find a store that sell it

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2014 18:13:08 | More by ThaneMcC
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khargro2

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-04-2014 00:04:15 | More by khargro2
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stephy1771

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-03-2014 01:57:00 | More by stephy1771
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vamil95ce

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-01-2014 02:16:52 | More by vamil95ce
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Andy_Luft

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

05-28-2014 13:22:41 | More by Andy_Luft
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

05-26-2014 21:59:05 | More by outoffocus
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Pug

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-21-2014 02:48:12 | More by Pug
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Jerryt0000

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-17-2014 03:56:44 | More by Jerryt0000
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.