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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

522 Reviews
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Reviews: 522
Hads: 1,046
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 52
Gots: 141 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | 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 kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was left after a tasting at my house. Best before end 07. Tihs pours a slightly ambered brown color with a billowing 4.5 finger head that falls to gererously coat the beer. The nose is malty, with some roasted and some slight sweet raisin tones along with some peppery tones. I like the flavor. There are raisin tones, but they are creamy. Slight pepperyness comes through as well. the feel is thick, with very nice creamy texture. The carb is nice and light. I enjoy this one a lot. The flavors are very mellow and meld together well. I like this beer.

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Photo of carln26
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd had this on-tap before, and was mildly dissapointed. This bottle conditioned version was a nice surprise. Deep brown color with copper high lights, it pours from the bottle slightly hazy with a thick rich cream colored head, and leaves lodes of lace down the side of the glass as the beer settles form the pour. The nose has a nice yeasty bread character along with ribbon candy from the malt and a mild hop flower aroma. The taste has the bread character present in the aroma along with malt sweetness. The hops do not carry over like I had expected. There is more fruit in the flavor profile on the finish. The mouth feel is fuller, smoother than I caught from the draft version. It’s also less “boozier” than I remembered the draft version to be, there for, more drinkable. This has definitely frown on me.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice dark reddish amber color with a thick foamy tan head. Lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top. It has a strong Belgian aroma, very spicy and yeasty with a slight musty or earthy tone. The flavor is great, very fruity but not too sweet. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste in an 8% beer, but for this style it's probably about normal. Drinkability is ok, but I think I'd have a hell of a headache if I spent the night drinking these.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a capped 750ml bottle on 12-28-04. Pours out a reddish brown color with a tall bubbly tan head. Decent lacing was left decorating the glass. Aroma is fruity, with notes of apples and other fruits. There was a bit of sweetness and also a good bit of spicy hops. Taste starts off a bit fruity sweet with various fruit flavors melding together. There is a decent bit of spiciness to it and some hop bitterness. Finishes on a spicy sweet note that lingers a bit. Body was about medium with a creamy smooth feel to it. Fairly easy drinking and tasty this is a solid beer. Not my favorite for the style by any means but a good beer no doubt.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 PT. 9.4 FL OZ bottle purchased at The North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

Let's raise the roof, shall we?

An enormous head on the pour, bubbly and dense, dark tan. The body is a flat, opaque mahogany. Looks lovely in my Maudite pimp goblet. A few thin sheets of lace hold to the glass.

Smell:

Sinus-evacuating waft of alcohol warmth, qualified by an effusion of freshly sliced green apples, plums, grapefruit rinds, with a peppery finish.

Taste:

Opens with a round roll of butter around the base of my palate, warm and embracing, followed by an elevated twist of puckering spiciness -- black pepper corns, citrus rinds. Toward the finish the hop twang becomes very pronounced. The most hoppiness I've ever tasted in a dark Belgian ale. Aftertaste is a palate-tip tinglin' hoe down, and a background of fading fruit cake sweetness and spice.

Perfect amount of carbonation, most evident toward the middle as it helps the hops sizzle into the forefront.

The mouthfeel could be richer, feels a tad thin.

Overall, this brew raised the roof.
My hands are in the air, like I just don't care.
This beer is so tasty I feel like a bear
screaming ZAP, BANG, POW.
McChouffe in the hizz-owwzz!

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Photo of revdrjbob
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! A great beer, really an excellent beer. From Thirroul Cellars. Came in a 750ml champagne bottle.
Poured a dark brown with a dense white head, that lasted for ages. Thick and moussy.
Aromas of dark fruits, malts, sweetness, alcohol, chocolate, spices.
Tasted great, 10 times better that I remember, started full and malty, with a sweetness, followed by a slight smokeyness (peated malt?), spicey yeasty characteristics, and a lingering malt sweetness. The dark malts weren't roasty, more treacly and caramelly.
A great beer. I did see La Chouffe there too.

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Photo of Paddez
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a creamy, brown brew with a decent head that produces some nice lacing.
The smell is sweet and fruity with some port/wine-like notes and something I can only describe as a 'forest aroma' (something grassy, woody, ...)
The taste starts of fruity (dark fruitss) but is overtaken by a spicy, slightly bitter hop bite. Ends with a bready, slighly malty sweetness that acoompanies the hops in a short lingering aftertaste. Nice!
Mouthfeel: well carbonated, creamy and very, very smooth.

This brew is extremely smooth and drinkable. 'Tafelbier' on steroids, great stuff!

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Photo of taez555
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a ruby brown, root beer, colored body with a large choppy off-white head.

The nose was classic dark Belgian. Slightly fruity, with some caramel, toffee, alcohol, and phenolic touches.

The taste was surprisingly mild. A very large bubbled carbonation. Caramel, some light licorice, apples, pears, apple peel, yeast with a slight graininess. A very present saaz type hop flavor and bitterness really fight their way through to the forefront. It ends mild with a short lingering aftertaste

Not the craziest Belgian out there, but at the same time yummy. A classic but simple Belgian dark ale. I dig the gnome, but I’ve had better dark ales.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at cellar temperature, as close to 10 to 12 degrees as I could get it, as the bottle suggests. Popping the cap of the 750 ml bottle, I first smelt a soft vermouth/sake aroma from the bottle. Unique labelling with some sort of elf or dwarf holding a stock of grain. In the chaliced glass, this beer is extraordinary. Rich chestnut hues with dark rosewood, on the verge of ruby. The head is creamy, sometimes fizzy, tight, and went quickly to a fine layer of light brown/cream. Mix of large and fine sized bubbles in the viscous lacing. The aroma is everything a good brune Belgian should be. Dusty smoked malt, complemented with sufficient but not overpowering yeast, and musty fruits. Freshly baked bread, and extreme sweetness at first, with the head still at its fullest. Grape juice, slight salmon smells, soya sauce, and numerous other aromas make this an extremely complex-smelling beer. Some definite wood in the smell, dust, and strong malt dominance, almost like a fine scotch. Dare I say it, I sense the peatiness of some Island Scotches. There is soap, caramel, roast, vanilla, salty water, and an aroma I cannot fully describe which is new to me. Grassy, spicy hops are there in the background as well. The aroma is extremely appetising, with great complexity, but at the same time it is not off-putting in the least; it is accessible. The taste is all chewy, delicious malt on the front of the tongue. Smooth on the middle, with tart characteristics appearing; nuts, more grainy malt, and dry bread. The hops are detectable, but this is by far a malt offering, with sour lactose in the finish. Some muskiness, some treacle, and definite grist, this is a delightfully full and grainy drink. You can taste the grain as if it were fresh from the stock. Limited carbonation, making this a smooth, creamy beer. On the tongue it seems to turn to foam immediately. Belying its 8%, this beer could pass for a 5 or less. No excessively strong taste means this is an easily quaffable brew, but do not think for a moment that it lacks complexity. As long as supply lasts here, I will be buying these regularly. I imagine it would pair perfectly with a cheese-pasta dish.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml green magnum, best before date on the side of the label says 2007. The label also claims only 8% abv. That smarmy looking little gnome on the label has always kept me from picking up any Chouffe products in my travels before, but now that it is available locally I thought I'd drop my bias and give it a try. Even bought the gift pack with the official La Chouffe tulip glass, went all the way.

Attempted to pour some of this brune into the aforementioned glass, and was assaulted by a massive creamy off-white head. When it subsided I managed to get a bit more of the ale in. Very impressive head and head retention, plus the lacing is rather intense. The colour of the body is a cloudy deep mahogany, very inviting earthy/wood hue. Light effervescent nose, I'm picking up some sweet preserved fruit and some nuttiness, some yeasty phenols, and a light detergent character that dances in and out of the fruitiness. Only after it warms a great deal can some malt be discerned. The alcohol can be immediately tasted upon the first sip, and has a warming effect on the palate. There is also the presence of vodka preserved dried fruit, some earthy spiciness to the malt in the middle, and a light fruit finish that gets spicier on the aftertaste. There is a lighter mouthfeel than the alcohol content would bely, but it is also very smooth as well, no real bite to it, or burn. A drinkable brune, but pretty one-dimensional flavour-wise, I wish it had come in a smaller bottle to sample. It's not something I'd buy on a regular basis, but I'm sure I can put that tulip glass to some good use anyways.

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

This is a good looking beer, its colour is a ruddy brown and the head on it is big and bubbly. The head never did go away, and left all kinds of lacing.

Giving it a smell, the classic belgian aroma stands out. Kinda spicy, pepper smell. Maybe a hint of cola smell to this one, can't pin it down exactly.

This beer, in my opinion, tastes close to more of the belgian strong pale's then the strong dark ales. It doesn't get in your face with the sweet flavours as some of the darks do. It does have some of the dark fruit flavours to it. I can't say that the alcohol makes much of an appearance, and that only adds to the drinkability.

Carbonation is fairly light, more carbonation might actually benefit this beer.

The reaction I had to my first drink of this beers was "smooth", and coming down to the end of this 750mL bottle, I still feel the same. It's a pretty easy drink.

A bit of a downside is a film left in the mouth. I noticed this a lot when I was just starting with this beer, but not so much as I progressed.

In the end, I'm pretty happy with McChouffe, and I wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of clvand0
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a medium head that drops fast and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is of caramel and spices from the yeast as well as some dark fruits. Nice. The flavor is nice and spicy with a fruity character that I really enjoy. Lots of malts and caramel. Very nice body and easy to drink. Solid.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber brown with a light thin head, sweet fruity and yeasty smell. Back when he used to make wine, my dad once threw a bunch of stuff at random into the bin just for the hell of it - grapes, plums, pears, etc. It ended up being a fantastic dessert wine, but of course he could never duplicate the recipe. Mix some of that with caramel malt and caky yeast, mellow it down a few notches and you have the McChouffe. Well-balanced hoppiness makes for a nice finish, a bit of a sugary\alcohol mouthfeel but still very drinkable beer.

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

Always strange to see these beers with the litle ones on it. Normaly the beers from D'Achouffe are not counting to my favorites; just to much koreander but this one is actually good. Nice appearance, fine smell from yeast, hops&malts delicate in combination. Taste is easy and accesible; bit of malts, litle sweet and nice and dry aftertaste. Good beer!

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

A fine Belgian Strong Dark Ale, to be sure, this brew oozed out of the entertaining bottle a deep and rich almost reddish-black. The head was thick and sturdy to boot. Aromas of sweetness, almost whiskey-like esthers and whole grains filled my nose. A highly paatable brew, the only downside is the ABV, which WILL sneak up on you, truth be told.

Prosit!

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Photo of ybnorml
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown ale with marvelous mahogony highlights. Has a big foamy beige head. The aroma is light with hints of malt mixed with apple.The mouthfeel starts out like a cider thin and slightly acidy on the tip of your tongue. That gives way quickly to a more beer like thickness and a little chocolate flavor. Which is followed by a hint of tabacco just before the dry clean finish. As it warms the pleasure in drinking this beer increases.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany clear with scant coating and a foamy ring aroud the tulip glass.

Gentle nose of cake molasses malts.

First swigs: Foamy feel with bark like wood and tobacco hints. ( Have you ever had a backwoods cigar?) Dry molasses aftertaste and easy nutty notes.

Last swigs: One of the flavors of the month at TDR in springhouse, PA.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice complex malty scent that boasts of Belgian pale and crystal malts. It also has a zingy Belgian yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a dry, yet malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes on the fruity side. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate cabonation. This is a good drinking Belgian. It has malt complexity and a wonderful yeasty aftertaste.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time I tasted this beer I was stunned because it was everything I liked in a Belgian ale. Wonderful deep rosy color, noticable spicy aroma, most impressive taste and a drinkability to last a lifetime. The alcohol left we warm & mellow after a difficult week at work. To me Friday's are McChouffe days. A wonderful brew, indeed. Give this one a try if you like complex brews with multiple tastes for the palate. One of my favorites.

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

Tasted on 8/14/04 from 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper/brown with an off white head that gradually fades to quite a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell: Restrained aromas of toffeish malt, plum, spice and yeast.

Taste: Big malt up front, with flavors of orange peel, plum, and caramel. The finish is dry and slightly peppery.

Mouthfeel: Big full body, with creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: Great dinnertime beer, very much a damn solid brew.

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

Ruby red colour and different spice than the regular La Chouffe from this Brasserie. Appearance and taste of a top Belgium, from aging. Taste more from malt and carmel sweetness, corriander and pepper, but then a Good hop kick aftertaste. Acidity just demands food.

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

The beer after disassociating itself from the 750ml dark green bottle sets in the glass a brilliantly clear brown color with a semi-creamy tan head piled high on the body, lace a thick and sticky sheet to obscure the glass. The aroma of yeast, hops, sweet malt, a bit of peat smokiness, all rolled up into one, crisp and fresh, the start is inconspicuous in its sweetness, the malts plentiful and the top fair to middling in its feel to the palate. The finish is unrelenting in its acidity, the hops pleasing it their spicy presence, quite dry aftertaste and a fine drinking beer.

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Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark cherry color with a nice head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing. Smell is a bit brandy-like with malt elements. Taste is lighjtly sweet, with an extremely dry mouthfeel and finish. Alcohol presence is there but not slam bang. Definitely not a guzzler..the extremely dry finish is somewhat distracting. Paid $7.99,,,,probably prefer a Unibroue offering instead.

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Photo of cbl2
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Crystal amber brown with a huge tan head.

Smell:

Spicy nose to this one. Malts are promised as is something else I can't put my finger on…

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Super smooth at first followed by semi-sweet malts with some fruit characteristics. Finish is hoppy but not bitter. An outstanding brew!

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.