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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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927 Ratings
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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 31
Gots: 69 | 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 philipquarles
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 75cL bottle into a tulip. It's very dark brown (nearly black) that has red hues when held to a light. A medium off-white head that disappears rather quickly, but leaves a reasonable amount of lacing.

Smells of sweet, caramelized sugar and malt.

Tastes very much as it smells. More muted caramel sugars with a slightly bready taste that becomes more apparent the longer one waits.

Mouthfeel is good; standard Belgian bruin thickness.

A bit too sweet for my palate, but definitely not offensive. A decent brew.

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Act25
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe", sounds like a sneeze, in a squat brown bottle, legend has it as a Scottish Strong Ale collaboration.
A: Winning mahogany, hazy pour with stiff lacey head, that lasts and sticks all the way to the end of my tulip glass. Nicely carbonated and lively.
S: Meditation beer. Candy store, candied apples, cider, berries, yeast, fire, must, hops.
T: Follows the smell with a candied start, then it's a powerful, complex blend that keeps your tongue teasing out the flavors like kisses of grapes, figs, raisens, grassy hops, spice, powdered chocolate, pepper, nuts, zinfandel, minerals.
F: The beer is medium and feels tingly light, thus has the right body given the ABV and the complexity. Finishes clean and cidery.
Ardennes water at the core, this is a must try.

Photo of Pete27lax
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of matty
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brownish amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aoma is fruity and spicy.Taste is dark fruits,spices and scotch.Very bland and unimpressive.There is an alcoholic warmth at the end of each drink.Overall something that was nice to try once but something I ever doubt I would buy again.

Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

McChouffe pours a deep, cloudy, brown color with a pink grapefruit tint to it. A big, aggressive, fuzzingly creamy, light tan lid comes with.

The smell is a delight. A touch of sweet caramel with plums, berries, and sweet grapefruit. Yeasty as well, with a touch of spice.

Creamy medium-full with loads of tickling and massaging carbonation. The taste has a light sweetness of caramel and plums with bittersweet toffee. More fruits show up pleasantly sour in the form of red apples. Lots of Belgian yeast with a bit of tingly-sharp spiciness.

McChouffe is a very nice beer. BSDA or Belgian Brown as the bottle claims, I don't really know? I do know that it has a great nose, a nice tasty balance, and a classic mouthfeel. Well done.

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.

Photo of Dank26
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of bluerabbit
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an iced tea brown, with some good murky opacity. Carbonation seems weak, fleeting at first, as if it'll go away fast. But once it drops down to a lacing, it actually hangs in there for the whole glass. Drank from my westy goblet.

Aroma begins with a wisp of fusal alchohol, then a lingering sweetness.

Fruity sweetness at the first sip, but after a good exhale the complexity shines through. Some nutty smoke, hazelnut perhaps, then some woody earthy molassas. Nice spice at the finish, and the alcohol makes another showing. It's a great drinker, smooth and just the right amount of belgian yeast flavors. It's a tad on the sweet cloying side, but i think that just makes it a slower drinker, i dont mind it at all.

Photo of twelvsies
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a huge fan of the La Chouffe, but I'm not entirely crazy about this one. It's good enough, but it doesn't really dazzle me. Pours an excellent looking brownish amber color with a decent head though, and smells great. Nice and musty and spicy, with a bit of herbal grassy hops and some sweetness. However the taste is a little less expressive. It's nice to see some subtelty now and then in beer, but I found this beer to be a little uninteresting. Yeah, it had some nice candy sugar qualities and some nice grassy hop tastes, and even some spices, but it didn't all come together as well as it could have. A tad light and thin in the mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but not a great one.

Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.


Photo of jonb5
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe chalice.

A: Very dark mahogany, 90% opaque,
two finger tanned head which faded quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

S: Brown sugar and mollases, some yeast.

T: Fudge, prune, fig quite sweet but not boozy.

M: Smooth, decent carbonation, thick but not cloying.

O: Good, a beer without obvious faults, only minus point was the fact it can be interchanged with quite a few other BSDAs.

Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Monk's Kettle in SF in a La Chouffe glass.

A: Pours a very dark murky brown with a thin head.

S: Dark caramel malt with a touch of dark fruits.

T: Starts out with dark fruits in the form of figs, raisins and prunes. It's an intriguing mix of sweet and sour. The caramel malt is also on play as are some floral hops in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation.

D: A good dark belgian, maybe not as complex as some of the better ones, but still worth trying.

Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby hued dark brown, slightly hazy, and a one finger creamy head. Slowly falls, leaving behind nice lacing.

The nose here is dominated by by the yeast; dark fruits, molasses, and caramel. On the palate, much the same, with malty flavors of caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar. Nice lingering touch of roasted grains on the finish. Well balanced, and easy to drink, with a flavor that lingers for a while. Has everything I look for and more in a strong dark ale. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, and drinkability is good. Only a slight alcohol presence is noticed after the first glass.

Another good beer from an outstanding brewery. Gotta love those gnomes!

Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of RuudJH
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong dark ale within the Belgian tradition. It's the season of dark ales, and McChouffe is a very decent example of it. Both bitterness of hops and sweetness of fruits go well with the slightly roasted character of the malt.
If you try this, you won't complain. There are more superior brews coming from Belgium, but nevermind that.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Photo of Fish113d
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served chilled into a tulip glass.

Pours the color of chestnuts with a dense, tan, 1 1/2" head that dissipates to about 1cm of surface layer along with some clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is pungeunt from 1 1/2 ft away! Aroma is quite fruity up front on my nose with a butterscotch coming in behind it (this describes a buttery aroma and caramel) to me. A bit of alcohol backs this up. Decent nose, but could be more interesting.

Sharp carbonation up front with a plum flavor combined with caramel. Rather creamy actually in body, and body is medium but still crisp enough to feel refreshing. I also get a bit of alcohol on the tip of my tongue, and toward the swallow the flavor changes over to just a bit of sugar and some slight floral taste. Interesting.

Very drinkable, and sharable with a 750ml bottle. Another well done brew. I'm sure anyone who enjoys belgians in the least bit would enjoy this one.

Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Peyton5410
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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