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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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866 Ratings
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Ratings: 866
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 30
Gots: 54 | 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 lpayette
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, here's yet another beer that I've been cellaring for quite some time and in an effort to consolidate my collection, this beer's time is up.

Apppearance- dark brown with deep ruby hues. A bit too dark to show off the nice clarity within, but you can see through it still when held up to the light. Head is on the small side but there's still some lacing.

Smell- typical brown ale smells with malt dominating. Very little hop presence combined with earthy, and spicey yeast characteristics put the belgian twist on this one.

Taste- not nearly as flavor packed as I expected. It's surprisingly mellow, subdued, and I might even go so far as to say dull. It may have something to do with being cold aged for about a year and half in my beer fridge; I'm not sure, but this just wasn't as flavorful as I expected.

Not a bad choice, but not something I'll seek out again. The other offerings I've had from chouffe have been much stronger IMO.

lpayette, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of polloenfuego
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle to a snifter

A: a deep ruby brown with a thick three finger head that breaks down leaving a cosmic swirl of foam.

S: dark fruits and slight boozy smell...the yeast profile also comes through.

T: sweet dark fruits and a slight wine or booze flavor. Yeast also sneaks in.

M: medium body with full carbonation.

O: a nice beer, pretty basic and straightforward for a BSDA. I like the warm feeling that it leaves and while not the best I've had, it is a good beer and easy to drink.

polloenfuego, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Hirshi
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Hirshi, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Macca
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a cloudy red/brown with 1 finger of beige head which drops away quickly. Some light retention at first but this goes as well.
Some phenolics on the nose and some caramel sweetness.
This sweetness carries on to the palate and is a touch cloying towards the end. Alcohol is very evident. Medium carbonation.

Macca, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of azorie
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: dark cola, poured it from frig, not much head
s: rich earthy malt and hops notes, spice notes with dark candy rich malt notes
t: dark carmel candy is very first strongest flavor. heavy malt backbone, balanced with sharp earthy hops tones.
nice yeast notes. no smoke, so its not really scotch like. lol
m: medium body, low carb, a sipper
o: good strong dark ale, drinkable

azorie, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of JBogan
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body with a thick slightly off white head which remains for a long time and leaves moderate lacing. A nice looking brew.

An aroma of sweet malt and dark fruits. Perhaps a bit too much on the sweet side.

Taste was along the lines as the smell, however it wasn't as sweet as the scent led me to anticipate. There was also some spices in there as well, even cinnamon. Also a bit of pear in the background. The alcohol is very well disguised.

The mouthfeel was wonderful. Full bodied and as velvety smooth as it gets. Just enough carbonation tingle as well. One of the best beers I've ever had in this regard.

Upon first opening the bottle and catching a whiff of the aroma I'd feared this beer would be far too cloying and sweet to be enjoyable. However a sip put that concern to rest and it became even more enjoyable as it warmed.

JBogan, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of jmccullough108
4/5  rDev +0.5%

jmccullough108, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a good-sized head. Aroma is very malty and bready with a touch of molasses and hops.

Taste is roasty and malty sweet. Nice complexity with Belgian yeast flavors, candy and brown sugar, and a good blend of base malt and hops. Some traces of dark fruit, earthy, some caramelly cola, no trace of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, not real heavy, could pass for a dubbel. Nice and drinkable Belgian brew, the text on the label (besides the name) leads me to believe this may have some Scottish influence but it isn't obvious. Good but not exceptional.

assurbanipaul, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a tall Alllagash chalice.

A - Pours out an amber tinted root beer color with a very big bubbly off white head. The head cakes up a little over the rim of the glass. Leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Nice look.

S - A big bubble gum and fruity aroma along with a whiff of alcohol.

T - Some smoky, spicy hints over a slight malty tone. On the finish some hops and some more spice. however, every flavor in this beer seems very subdued. In fact, for the style, this beer really has very little flavor. I can't figure it out but it just seems like a dry beer with a little sweetness but no really bold flavors I expect out of quality Belgian darks. Nothing offensive, just nothing really to speak of.

M - Nice, well carbonated and very smooth.

D - Really just tastes very bland, which I find shocking due to the aroma. I wonder if I got a bad bottle.

Notes: Very odd that the taste just disappears. I don't think I'll go for this one again.

EStreet20, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

hockeypuck, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -24.6%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of Vylo
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer, simply put.

I uncorked this expecting a decent, yet overall mediocre beer with my meal. I was taken back by the robust flavor of the beer. It was not only outstanding on its own, but enhanced the flavor of my meal (burger). I found myself savoring every sip of this fine drink. A complex and greatly enjoyable drink. If you are a fan of belgian ales, this will not fail to impress. I will be buying this regularly.

Vylo, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of dgallina
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass a slightly clouded dark brown. Creates a really large off-white head that subsides rapidly, but leaves moderate lacing. Smells sweetly grainy with vinous tones. Simple and uncomplicated in aroma and initial taste. Sugary and effervescent in the mouth, the beer develops a slightly smoky graininess as it warms. A touch of fruitiness comes forward before the dry and sparkling finish.

An unremarkable brown Belgian ale. Vague hints of complexity in an average and over-carbonated beer.

dgallina, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of Goldndomer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Goldndomer, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of doktorhops
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.

doktorhops, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of brutalist
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

brutalist, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Mack
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Mack, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Stunner97
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- a nice brown color with a medium to light white head,

Smell- slight spice, malts, raisins, brown sugar and overall candy smell

Taste- The overall flavor on this was good but a little bit one dimensional i felt with an average finish, overall mostly sweet malts, spice, bread, raisins, brown sugar

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with nice carbonated feel

Drinkability- This beer was okay but I have had many better of the style, was definitely a slow sipper and after one I wasn't even slightly tempted to go for another with many other nice beers on tap, just a little bland, not bad but just not amazing

Stunner97, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Dcunicelli
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Dcunicelli, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Luiz0930
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Luiz0930, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of blakesell
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Belgian chalice.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark brown with reddish highlights when held to the light. Has a finger high head of foam that quickly dissapates to a swampy sludge patch with carbonation rising from the bottom. Lacing is glued to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Plum, grape and brown sugar come to the nose first thing, Chouffe yeasty esters that I am beginning to recognise at this point. Brown malts, rasin, a little bit of fig, and rose water.

Taste- Yeasty and alcoholic phenols become present a bit but it doesn't really detract from the taste. Much like the smell it has a nice brown malt/brown sugar flavor with the plum, rasin and fig. A bit of a burnt character that seems a bit different and that rose petal/rose water is pretty well present in the beer as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium thin bodied with a yeasty creamy mouthfeel. Highly carbonated with an acid bite.

Drinkability- While drinking this I found it hard on the 'drink a lot of this beer' scale. Many Belgians are like this but this one was a little high on the yeast content making it that much more difficult. 8.0% ABV also makes this one pretty hard to session.

blakesell, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of larbush
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

larbush, May 03, 2013
Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev +0.5%

bmoney, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Quaffer
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This was a deep, red beer that showed amber highlights around the edges when backlit. The off-white head rose up easily to two fingers and settled down quickly. A layer of bubbles remained for the entire time due to the heavy bead. There was a very light amount of lace left behind.

Smell: Yeast, some spicy alcohol, and spicy hops contributed to the aroma. The strongest smell, especially right after the pour, was that of sweet, candy-like cherry. It became more balanced as the beer sat for awhile, though.

Mouthfeel: Very lively mouthfeel. The carbonation really jumped out, but didn't make the beer rough. It gave it more of that fluffy, fuzzy feel. Light-bodied, but a little chewy at times.

Taste: Light sweet caramel and toffee upfront. Tart cherries rose up strong in the middle. The beer quickly dried out on the finish, where a nice does of spicy hops and alcohol kicked in. The alcohol contributed nicely without being overbearing.

An enjoyable, straightforward beer.

Quaffer, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard quite a bit about this one.
A- Opaque brown. Very nice thick head. Lacing is a thin film that covers the whole glass.

S- I smell sweet peaches. Stuffy metallic malt.

T- Same as smell but even more metallic. Pretty standard bruin with dark fruit and a bit of belgian yeast.

M- Very good. Pretty belgian. Active carbonation. Dry and smooth.

D- Very good. One 750ml bottle drinks easily.

Did not blow me away. Would buy it again if I had money to spare..

Yoonisaykul, May 07, 2010
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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