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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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828 Ratings
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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 26
Gots: 36 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-19-2012 19:46:28 | More by brutalist
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

06-02-2013 21:32:35 | More by Dcunicelli
Photo of Luiz0930


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-14-2013 06:22:04 | More by Luiz0930
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3.85/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 02:00:24 | More by blakesell
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-14-2012 23:13:57 | More by bmoney
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 00:29:42 | More by Act25
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3.85/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 23:47:55 | More by Quaffer
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Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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..

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 23:58:14 | More by Yoonisaykul
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-22-2013 15:09:05 | More by hockeypuck
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4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful big head that falls into a small persestant head and leaves a strong lacing in it's path. The color is dark and burgandy-purple, very hard to see through. Smell is sour with dark fruit tones. You can smell the Belgian very nicely. The taste is not overpowering, it's delightful. It feels like silk in my mouth and leaves a wonderful aftertaste. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 10:40:35 | More by Erdinger2003
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

05-24-2013 12:16:29 | More by desint
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

has an exceptional color, a beatiful ruby color without hardly any head, the smell is really good, citrus and yeasty wonderfullness. has a strong alcohol note to it, but the taste is awesome, i really enjoy it mouthfeel is full and good. the drinkability is very high, a good beer like this without a crazy price.. belgians might be the best thing ever.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 04:30:35 | More by 1fastz28
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark burgandy red, which in the first pour is very clear, and has a big rocky beige head with good retention. Smell is hay, sour cherries, apples, pineapple, clove, pepper. Taste like biscuity malts upfront mixed with some sour cherries, with a spicy and flowery finish. Taste very crisp and dry and the palate is refreshed quickly after each sip. Not as complex as most of the Belgian ales I've been trying, but goes down very easily and would be great with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 00:25:06 | More by cubedbee
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a lively, bubbly, loose head that erupted with smells of yeast, dark bread, mushrooms and citrus. The beer color is similar to weak coffee. Has an instantly-identifiable Belgian body: dense with a reasonable amount of fizz, and a certain quality of thickness that reflects the yeast level, I suppose. Not strong in taste, but there's still plenty to like: the aforementioned bread and mushrooms, with oranges and even some peas. A nice treat and well worth the cost.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 18:43:55 | More by gfreed
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottlecapped bottle. Pours a chestnut brown with a 1 1/2 finger head with OK longevity and good lace. Smells of deep caramel malt and candy sugar with hints of vanilla and fruit. Tatse of Heavy malt again with candy sugar, vanilla and fruit. Slight phenols and hop bitterness. Alcohol is not as well hidden as it could and should be. High carbonation reduces drinkiability as it increases bloating. Not a bad Belgian, but there are far better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 01:24:13 | More by sabrills70
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber color capped by a small sized off white heads. Scent trends sweet with caramel, plum, balanced by light grass. Taste is also sweet, caramel, light plum and cherry. Wish the flavors were more pronounced but tasty no the less. Light bodied, yum.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 00:49:33 | More by UDbeernut
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flows burnt and murky under a fine gluey head. Trippy nose of mushrooms, bagged grass and woodpiles with some light gingerbread notes. A draught is earthy, a mouthful of tasty dead leaves, bittersweet turns hop and lingers under a muted shadow of savory spices and alcohol. All this funky flavor hitches a ride on an effervescent rocketship destined for galaxy gut. Unique and tasty, but truly odd, I'm still trying to figure out whether I like it as much as I think.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 21:18:09 | More by inebrius
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured, from a 330 ml bottle. Very dark brown colour which turns to a deep amber against the light, with minimal bubbles. Head is brownish, leaving a light lacing on the glass as it fades out (fast). Nice sweet aroma of vanilla and fruit. Taste is bitter and follows the aroma, the 8% alcohol is not so obvious. Medium thin bodied on palate,lightly carbonation. Overall a great brown beer that I would happily suggest.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 16:57:09 | More by Douberd
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in colour with an off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Aromas of caramalized malt, yeast, and cut grass. The flavor is an odd combination of sweet malt and spritzy saison-like flavors (citrus, yeast, etc...). It tastes good, but still somewhat muddled. I couldn't detect any of the smoke flavors that you'd get from a beer influanced by the Scotch ale style.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 21:52:04 | More by fisherman34
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-29-2013 06:27:30 | More by KillaB
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-13-2013 02:50:43 | More by Krakpoff
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very good Belgian strong dark ale that actually tastes like a scotch ale.

Pours dark mahogany with a good head with lacing. Dark fruits, malts, caramel, and alcohol are in the nose, which follows into well balanced flavors of sweetness (fruits and malts), spice (nutmeg and something?), and bitterness (hops and alcohol). Easy drinker for the style and ABV, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 02:58:37 | More by aquatonex
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Fin du Monde glass.

Medium brown cloudy brew. Lovely malty aroma withsubtle fruity Belgian yeast. This is smoother, dryer and more subtle than many Balgians, thi smust be the Scottish influence. Still more Belgian than Scottish. Very nice and good with food.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:33:38 | More by kenito799
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with dense tan lacing that (mostly) fades quickly. Looks great, in short. Smells a bit acidic, with only a hint of caramel in the background. Taste is much better, with notes of caramel and rasins. The aftertaste is a bit metallic, echoing the acidic smell. Mouthfeel is very good, with good carbonation & lots of small bubbles adding interest to the silky overall texture. Drinkability is good, although the aftertaste may wear on me before too long. Overall, a very good, though not great, beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 21:41:33 | More by roblowther
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

10-31-2013 03:40:19 | More by Cyclone8
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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