McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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very good

507 Reviews
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Reviews: 507
Hads: 1,002
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-22-2001

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong white head that turns into lacing on the glass. Dark brown to red in color.

The aroma is dominated by spicy phenols, some alcohol in the aroma, some pineapple.

The first things that hits you is spice, with a spice finish. I also pick up some notes of rum, but mostly the taste is dominated by black pepper.

Body is full.

Overall this beer is okay. It is kind of one dimensional when it comes to the malt and the hops. What makes it impressive is the yeast strain. The phenols and pepper are rather enjoyable. (519 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark oak in colour with about 1 finger of white sandy coloured head. Very nice lacing and retention.

S: Dark fruit, including cherries and raisons, together with some wet wood and yeasty notes. Hints of alcohol esters at the back end.

T: Dark fruits, cherries and raisons, with smooth maltiness. Wet wood and noticeable bourbon notes on the finish.

M: Medium bodied and light carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O: This is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. It is not overly complex, but the typical Belgian flavours you expect are present. Alcohol is there, but not overt as to highlight that it is 8%. (609 characters)

Photo of IPA35
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice murky brown beer with an off whie head, not too big as my glass is a little too small (haha). Quite a creamy head.

Smells malty; slightly earthy (I described such a scent as sligtly metallic in earlier reviews).
Caramel and a slighty dark fruitiness.

Hmmm, yeah. A Belgian dark ale? Sure it is dark and Belgian but this is also said to be a scotch ale. Given the taste, it probably is.

Quite malty. It has some Belgian yeasty fruitiness and this is a sweet beer but it is different. More earthy. Easy drinking and less sweet than most Belgian (dubbel styled) dark ales. Rather dark malts actually.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with good carbonation.

Overall a solid beer, I usually prefer my dark ales a little sweeter and more fruity but this is an interesting 'different' offering. (795 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the SAQ Gatineau QC for 6.50$

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel/butterscotch and dark fruits. There is also a touch of banana and something along the lines of coconut. It ends with a slightly sweet and dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall – Quite enjoyable and a nice mix of flavours. It was a touch cloying as it warmed up, but still tasty. I'd drink this one again but there are other belgian darks I'd drink before it. (730 characters)

Photo of Muhly
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle into snifter.

A-Dark, to the point of being opaque, brown. Big foamy brown head with decent retention. Good strong lines of lacing left behind as head drops.

S-Prominent dark malts with hints of alcohol of spice.

T-Rich and sweet malts at the front of the tongue. Spicy nutmeg and cloves with some hints of hop bitterness finish things off.

M-Moderately full mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. A bit of astringency from the hops and good warmth from the alcohol finishes things off.

O-The first belgian dark I've tried. A nice complex and clean drinking beer. I really dig the look of this beer. Spot on for the style from what I read at least :p (685 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is chestnut brown with a thick, khaki hued head. Lasting retention with ample lacing. The aroma offers a prominent dose of Belgian yeast right up front. Distinctly Belgian all the way. Brown bread, brown sugar, light spice, a bit of toffee and caramels. Relatively light bodied and fairly sweet. Moderate carbonation with only a touch of alcohol. A really solid beer. A nice beer to revisit now and then. (413 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle bought in Germany.

A - The beer is medium brown with a serious reddish tint. It is crystal clear. The off-white head is thick, fluffy and sticky at first, but collapses quickly, leaving thick Belgian lace and a thin cloud of bubbles.

S - The aroma is about the malt. Graham crackers, raisins and prunes. There is a hint of sharp hops and a bit of black pepper yeast note. Not overly complex.

T - Flavors are also very malt-focused. Slightly aged-tasting sweet malt. Molasses and raisins/prunes. There is not much hops flavor or bitterness to balance. There is a bit of yeast spice, but not much.

M - Medium body. Tingly carbonation. No alcohol burn. Finishes dry.

O - This is a clean, dry, well-made beer. It is only lacking in some complexity to make it truly great. (801 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (330ml, £2.90 from bottle shop in Glasgow's West End):
Ruby brown with a one centimetre tall, foamy, tan brown head on top that hold quite well considering the high abv. of the beer. Holds well and leaves some nice lacing.

Sweet malts and very dark fruits to begin, notiably some plums and raisin with a little cherry too. There is some brown sugar, some yeast and light alcohol along with a tiny amount of caramel but it could do with one smell taking charge and being more pronounced.

Sweet malts and sugar with some dark fruits, mainly raisin and plumbs with some figs. There is a bit of caramel and some yeast with a few hops in there as well. There is some yeast throughout and a bit of a boozy, alcohol taste towards the end

Medium bodied with lively, strong carbonation and a sweet and fruity palate with a fair bit of spice too.

A nice but, I would say I enjoyed it more than La Chouffe that I tried early last year but it's not a classic Belgian ale really. (978 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a coffee mug... yep.

Pours a... I can't see it because it's in a mug. Well it looks good from the bottle at least.

Smells sweet and malty.

Taste reflects the smell. Dark, sweet malts and fruity hops: rich fruits, slight pepper kick, bready fullness.

Overall a pretty good beer. (314 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a snifter.

A: Woody ruby with a nice off-white head. Good lacing and retention.

S: Dark fruits, nutty, apricot, pleasant alcohol warmth, bready.

T: Raisins, nutty brown bread, yeasty, dark candi sugar, cooked caramel, booze.

M: Somewhat dry, medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Alcohol shows a bit too much, but otherwise I like this yeasty BSDA. (366 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a .3L McChouffe goblet at a cafe in France. Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2010.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of great cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark nontransparent brown.

Sm: Nuts, floral hops, caramel, and maybe even chocolate. It's hard to tell with my broken nose.

T: Layered subtle nutty notes, floral hops, chocolate notes, toffee, and caramelized malt lurking beneath the surface. Some underlying cream. Sadly, an unwelcome touch of alcohol hits just before the climax, exposing the poorly hidden booze (at 8%? come on...) Built well but imbalanced. Not all that complex.

Mf: Smooth enough to refresh, but coarse enough to coax out the flavour. Wet but not quite refreshing. Suits the flavours alright, but needs work.

Dr: High ABV is poorly concealed. Decently drinkable and of pretty good quality, but very pricey in France. The alcohol presence is a major issue here.

B- (944 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light beige head, moderate retention with sticky, clear lacing on a light brown almost tudor brown body. Aroma dominated by raisins and dates with a touch of fig and a touch of some brown sugar. Taste is very raisin like with nice caramel malts and some candi sugar, brown candi sugar if there is such a thing. Either way, classic Belgium and classic Chouffe. Way to drinkable and totally delicious. (450 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle sitting in the fridge for the past year with a BB date of aug 8 2014 into a chalice
A-ruddy brown but transparent. A tan colored large bubbled head that quickly breaks down
S-Belgian yeast-phenols quite noticeable. Sweet malt also on the heavy side
T-similar to aroma. Estery non-descript notes.
M-soft mouthfeel with the alcohol being quite drying. Medium body and carbonation
O-a nice beer. Not overly anything. Soft mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink (482 characters)

Photo of Raven3464
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown body with a fluffy tow finger head. Retention is good.

Smell: Dark fruits (mainly plums), a sweet malt aroma and a pinch of booze are noted.

Taste: Pleasant plume and brown sugar flavors are noticed early. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is dominated by a sweet malt and alcohol mix which is not as appealing.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

Overall: I decided to try this brew after having La Chouffe, which I enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately, McChouffe is not nearly the same quality. This is not a bad beer but there is nothing special about it. (630 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (1,064 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Serge
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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! (389 characters)

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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 (510 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,077 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,110 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (476 characters)

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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