McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.18/5 rDev +5%
Its hazy, ruddy-brown body appears as a deep amber when held to the light; and its tall, creamy head of light-tan foam holds exceptionally well and leaves sheets of sticky lace at the outset of the glass. Delicate fruit greets you in the nose with soft prune, delicate raisin, light summer berries; and a touch of mild toffee and caramel to round it out. Some hops appear in the background but never come forward enough to be recognized. Its very fine, natural carbonation caresses the tongue with a thousand soft prickles before warming to become lightly creamy, and then simply sliding away - yet it's medium/light bodied still leaves a memory. Very nice! All of the fruit found in the nose finds its way into the flavor with the addition of a light, milk-chocolate note and some spicy hop flavor. And although it appears quite straight-forward at first, some acetaldehyde and phenolic notes awaken as it warms; the alcohol becomes more apparent, and it becomes dryer in a finish that lingers with some scortched-caramel and dark-fruit sweetness. It's very well balanced and none of it's components (fruitiness, caramel sweetness, alcohol, hop flavor) ever run out of bounds. Nicely drinkable despite it's solid 8.5% abv; and rich without becoming at all cloying - this is an impressive Belgian brew that defies categorization. Well worth trying!
08-13-2003 02:23:12 | More by NeroFiddled
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours a clear, but dark, ruby. Some tan head. Nose is slightly sweet with a fruit edge. Flavor is mild with a strong sweet tone that has hints of a slight spice and a barely noticeable alcohol tone on the end. Feel has a slightly thicker bubble on it. Easily drinkable.
12-30-2007 11:53:30 | More by RblWthACoz
3.65/5 rDev -8.3%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, sour fruits, some caramelized malt and a little hops.
T: The taste starts with a burst of sourness from tart fruit flavors (apples, apricots & berries). Then the malt character and Belgian yeast backbone take over with flavors of caramel and some spice. There's a decent hops presence. The after-taste is tart and sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this one isn't one of my favorites but it's a good beer that is worth sipping for a while.
04-16-2008 03:07:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
06-09-2012 03:26:25 | More by nickfl
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
Dense frothy head, similar to frothed milk the color is of the deepest brown with some haze. Smells if phenols and earth, bubble gum and sangria soaked fruit. Wet and a little thin on the body, the inner lining of the maltiness holds a hermit like character. Peppery snap of the phenols and some hop bitterness wake the palate up. A solid caramel and wavering alcoholic character meld middle to end. Finishes spicy sweet.
05-02-2004 21:03:38 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev +3%
Big Bottle of McChouffe: Layers on a nice full two finger sized head with cream caramel colored head with a tan brown ambered bodied ale leaving thick patches of lacing. Aroma: Nice mellow spiced fruit tones with mildy toasted malts that fullfill the beer loving soul. Taste: Mild chocolate fulfiling notes of fruit and mild farm house spices excellent beer. Sweet finish not overally sweet nice scotch smokiness going on in the background. Mouthfeel: Fluffy effervescent carbonation mild body great taste. Drinkability: So good it's hard to imagine a Belgian this smooth and tasty.
01-19-2004 03:29:46 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured into my La Chouffe tulip ( New Years 2002). Pours chestnut, orange when held into the light with 2 fingers of tan head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Apples & brown bread & a touch of cinnamon
T: Caramel, appleskins, leafy hops, a bit of apple schnapps & figs up front. Some dark candi sugar & a bit of raisin, plus orange slices as this warms. Finishes with dark fruit, leafy hops, & a touch of dryness
MF: Fairly assertive carbonation up front plus medium body & a bit of stickyness
Drinks pretty easy for the ABV, although the booze does peak through a bit. This was better on draft across from the brewery! Not bad, but there are better Belgian darks out there
10-02-2008 03:30:42 | More by russpowell
4.35/5 rDev +9.3%
Deep dark murky brown color, small, but simmering, tan head. Aroma: mollasses, nuts, butter, cream, dates, raisins, dark rum, all the rich flavors one can imagine. Thick, full, hot mouthfeel, full body, tingly hops. Super-charged with hops, the flavor keeps on coming, simmers and stews, with a long lasting, rich, satisfying finish! Takes the cake for all brown ales everywhere, past, present, future. Round, delicious, sensuous, and utterly lip smackin'!
01-15-2003 21:48:07 | More by feloniousmonk
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
Thanks to Lynda for bringing this back from Belgium.
Light fizzy head quickly light lacing hazy ruby auburn color.
Nose earthy root like aromas, herbal, esters galore, molasses and syrupy almost candy, even a bit nutty.
Taste light malts, darker nutty malts, very earthy and slight herbal again, esters, chewy nougat almost, molasses and candy. Tons of fruit, plum, raisin, fig, date, etc. bit bitter and semi sweet.
Med bodied, dec carb, bit syrupy.
Overall nice Belgian strong dark/dubbel style, a bit much on the esters and sticky sweet flavors, but nice fruits balance it.
10-02-2011 00:09:05 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-22-2004 13:20:12 | More by WesWes
3.9/5 rDev -2%
Poured into La Chouffe tulip glass:
Pours cloudy light brown with a thin, lasting head. Some spots of lacing stick to glass.
The smell is of carmelized grain and some fresh-cut grass.
The taste is of caramel candy with a grainy backing. Coriander spiciness with brown sugar mix in. Finishes with a sweetened spicy kick.
The body is smooth and sweet.
Another nice brew from Beligium (though doesn't quite stand up to La Chouffe and other some other Belgians that come to mind - nice, but a tad too sweet, IMO.)
06-30-2007 07:31:23 | More by jwc215
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
This beer is an almost clear, deep amber color that has ruby hightlights when held up to the light. It is topped by a thin light brown head. The aroma s slightly tart with notes of dry raisin character, bits of toffee, a touch of roasty almost coffee-like notes, and a finish that reminds me of rum.
The taste is rich with a fruity sweetness that is a mix of raisins, figs and a hint of toffee. The finish has a light, though sharp bitterness and a certain astringency or spiciness that is fermentation driven. Either way these notes in the finish provide a great balance to the sweet, fruity caracter found up front. This beer has a really nice balance to it that makes it quite enjoyable. It is rich and satisfying with out being cloying, or even without destroying the smooth drinkability of this beer.
11-23-2005 04:17:11 | More by Gueuzedude
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
Excellent head with impressive lace; very dark brown--light won't penetrate.
The aroma is primarily malt but there is a nice hop balance to it.
The bottle states that this is a combination of a Scotch Ale and a Belgian Abbey Ale. This is true. It is mostly malt with a wee heavy alcohol content. Still there is a nice hop component that balances the beer well. Full bodied yet properly carbonated.
This is a beer I was expecting far less. It seemed gimicky to me, but this beer is very flavorful and enjoyable.
07-02-2006 16:36:35 | More by smcolw
4.22/5 rDev +6%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours a dark brown with a firm off-white head, good lace.
S: Big dark fruit, plums and raisins, hint of smoke.
T: Delicious big fruit, with some cherries. Great dark malt flavour, with a hint of acid, I really like this beer.
M: Smooth and creamy, full-bodied.
D: A beer I've always loved, but for some reason I've never reviewed. The late legend Michael Jackson said Scotch Ale is an institution in Belgium, with Saison de Silly and this brew I can see why. The legendary Gordon Christmas beers are still out there, and I hope to try them someday. This is really good, D'Achouffe makes consistently amazing beer.
05-29-2010 22:27:06 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
2.85/5 rDev -28.4%
I was really looking forward to drinking this bottle, my wife and I had just finished putting up and decorating our Christmas tree, without shouting, or any stamping of feet etc.
We knew what was waiting, once we has sorted out how the tree should look (silver and blue, are the colours this year, I am told, gold and red were once in vogue, but not this year, OK!).
Best by, drink by date, on the .75 litre green bottle said 04/05/2009. I think we should have left it a year or two ( I wonder what colour coding will be the 'in thing' for christmas trees in 2008), because this beer left me and the wife sadly, unimpressed.
A dull aubergine body with an equally dull, dark, off-white head. I poured the beer into two Duvel glasses, one with no sediment, the second, got the lot. Obviously in the second glass the beer was darker and had a more earthy aroma and taste, but only just.
The aroma from both glasses was very poor, even as the beer warmed up. A slight malty, hoppy wiff arrived later, caramel maybe, but only the second glass with sediment in really had something to write about.
The taste was as the aroma, not flavourless, but I struggled to find anything that stood out, or made the beer noteworthy.
No body at all for an 8% brown beer.
I am sure I have had this beer before, when in Brussels, years ago, and enjoyed it, sadly, this review doesn't reflect that memory, only what I had tonight.
12-16-2006 00:12:12 | More by BlackHaddock
4.3/5 rDev +8%
Pours a brown color with a thick bubbly tan colored head. The aroma was of caramel, yeast and some minor roastiness. The flavor was all caramel with a very limited bitterness. Raison seems to be the hidden taste that was barely evident. Some yeast flavors were also evident.
The mouthfeel was buttery smooth, and dryness developed on the tongue after swallowing. The malts last a while into into the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Drinkable and very enjoyable.
12-23-2003 01:29:13 | More by Gavage
3.33/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
11-30-2012 01:24:07 | More by kojevergas
4.22/5 rDev +6%
10/18/05- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.
Presentation- 750ml bottle, best before 2008 imprinted on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Clouded brown pour with a larger than 1 inch head. Leaves a solid 1/2 inch head the remainder of the glass. Lacing is a bit better than average.
Smell- Wonderful scented beer. Caramel and lots of spices roaming around. Smells sugary sweet.
Taste- At first a fairly heavy metallic taste sets in. Although I think that taste is actually the strong spices. It mellows out the more you drink. Tons of spices. Almost like a spiced brown ale. Lots of caramel as well.
Mouthfeel- A bit highly carbonated.
Drinkability- A great smelling beer and a better than average tasting beer. Probably will try one in the future. Getting one to age might be a really good idea.
10-19-2005 18:01:23 | More by GClarkage
3.38/5 rDev -15.1%
Draft at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ.
Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a 1.5 finger beige head that slowly fades into a lastig ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Subtle roasted malt aroma with some zesty spice and dark fruit notes. Slightly peppery with hints of chocolate, toast, caramel and nut.
Medium bodied with a nice balance of zesty spice, sweet malt and dark fruit. Lots of peppery spice up front followed by sweet malt flavors, notably caramel and toffee before finishing with a prominent dark fruit presence. Hints of plum, raisin, currant and other dark berries. Subtle alcohol sweetness but not much heat. Could use a stronger malt character to balance out swet fruits but still pretty good.
12-12-2011 03:54:39 | More by corby112
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a deep chestnut with a four finger tan head that lasts. Nothing but huge sticky lacing clings all over the glass.
Smell is of lightly roasted malt with a hint of chocolate powder and lots of apple juice esters coming through with perhaps some other fruits hidden in the background of this earthy brew.
Taste is good. Belgian La Chouffe yeast is very evident in the taste with some semi sweetness coming through in an earthy taste with some caramel notes, figs, and apple juice being the biggest flavor picked up for some reason.
Mouthfeel is decent. A hint of spice in this slightly malty brew with a dry finish.
09-18-2005 14:59:41 | More by weeare138
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
Cloudy dark reddish brown with a huge rocky head of beige foam, that leaves some grilled sugar lacing on the sides. Very dense and thick and opaque. Looks incredibly good, but maybe not so suitable for 11am. Lovely colour.
Lots of carbonation and a light oxidation on the nose. Fair whack of sweet organic Belgian yeast as well. Hint of peppery spice, but to be honest not a lot. Some dark bread or grain character. Not bad. It's not a hugely complex nose, but it's quite pleasant.
Smooth with some spicy phenols on the palate. Start is light and a little spiky, this mellows so a smooth, dry grain character and a lingering waft of alcohol heat. Some alcohol soaked raisins perhaps mid palate. Nice. Plenty of things going on there. They don't merge into a blissful state, but there's lots of interest.
It does have a little too much of the alcohol character to be more than a sipping beer, and I think having this served to me at 11 was a really bad idea, but it's reasonably smooth, and the body is pleasantly light. Overall, a nice Belgian. I don't think it's quite as good as the better examples, but it's still very pleasant.
08-03-2009 01:53:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.6/5 rDev -9.5%
Well, it's uh, interesting. That's certain. There's strange spice combination in the taste that seems like someone weeded their garden and threw whatever they pulled into the brew kettle.
Ok, that sounds a little bad, but it tastes like dandelion or some similar plant was thrown in the pot. Spice aside, the malt follows that of a scotch ale with with sweet roasted caramel and chocolate. I can't tell if there's any smoked malt, but I wouldn't put it past this beer to have a little. Worth a try if you want an odd twist on the classic brown abbey ale.
11-23-2007 02:07:02 | More by tempest
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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