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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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89
very good

850 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 28
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

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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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-27-2013 16:41:56 | More by InspectorBob
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Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

Small bottle, allowed to warm up, out of the fridge for about 30 mins. "best before end of 2006" printed onto the bottle. Pours dark auburn, murky with a HUGE thick, creamy and long lasting head Leaving oodles of thick and sticky lacing and sheeting. Malted milk, peat, alcohol on the nose. Bold and smooth brew. Smoky, malty notes of more peat, earthy, slight soapyness. Nice dark brew from d'Achouffe. Well worth picking up some of this widely available brew and enjoying with a hearty meal.

05-07-2006 23:13:03 | More by Billolick
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-11-2014 03:37:21 | More by Georgiabeer
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle, poured into The Chimay goblet. The ale is in the 45-50 degree range, maybe a little colder than that.

Appearance: The ale pours with a deep ruby red color. Soft red colors emerge when the ale is held to light. Strikes me as a little too pale, so I gotta dock it just a bit.

Smell: Fruits and spices emerge immediately. Maybe some nutmeg or cinnamon, raisins even. The aroma is pleasing, just a shade or two relaxed from its cousin, N'Ice Chouffe.

Taste: The hop presence is not overwhelming. Instead spices are the predominant taste. A bit of pepper, some smoky flavor (although not a lot) and nutmeg are the flavors I pick up immediately.

Mouthfeel: The ale's spices sit well on the mouth and create a warming sensation as one consumes it.

Drinkability: Even at 8%, this is very drinkable. The spices are somewhat muted, so if you are looking for a stronger spiced beer, pick N'Ice Chouffe.

01-16-2006 00:44:12 | More by akorsak
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer is a deep dense brown body with a fizzy beige head that turns creamy and last for a long time.
S- The soft red wine vinous aroma leads to dark brown sugar notes and a wet wood finish.
T- The apple flavor gives way to a dry dark brown sugar with an apple butter flavor and a slight watery finish. There is a soft pleasant cardboard flavor that comes through as it warms.
M- This beer beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz and a soft alcohol heat when it is pretty warm.
D- The apple and dark sugar malts flavors are nice and full but not sweet and not much depth.

01-14-2010 14:40:48 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a light tan, two-finger head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is slighty malty. Starts just on the sweet side, finishes mellow, better as it warms; label has the ABV at 8.5% but there is not a trace of alcohol. $8.90 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

05-27-2005 23:38:16 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%

Pours a NICE clear mahogany brown.

Smells of apples and iced tea, and a bit of malt. There is also an alcohol solvent smell to it and more complex smells riding on it like oak and spice.

Tastes mildly sweet with a very complex mix of flavors. There is a solid maltiness to this and a peanut brittle flavor. The taste is hard to pin down it keeps changing. This is one of those beers that keeps delivering new tastes. It has a DISTINCT caramel and nuts flavor.

Mouthfeel is very good.

VERY drinkable, to bad it is expensive.

01-16-2004 04:33:25 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

If a Scot and a Belgian got married, is this what their offspring would look like? 750 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Melted chocolate brown in color with hues of orange. The head on top is big and bubbly...but also a bit fizzy with little retention. The nose is soft, sweet, earthy, and spicy.

Plenty of springy carbonation, and is sure packs a wallop of Scottish influence. Very malty and sweet like a wee heavy. It's a mix of plums, chocolate, figs, tobaccoo, with a somehwat spicy hop note towards the end of the sip. Chocolatey leftvers in the aftertaste.

An enjoyable "Belgian Wee Heavy". Nothing more to say.

06-17-2009 03:55:13 | More by DoubleJ
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.6%

12-25-2012 21:58:45 | More by ejimhof
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Enjoyed on tap at the Moan & Dove, as part of their Belgian Beer Fest.

Presented in a LaChouffe tulip. A 3/4" tan head over the light brown brew, with ample lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, with spiciness and light alcohol notes apparent. Taste follows the nose, with the spiciness and sweetness balancing each other, and light alcohol warming. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both excellent, I look forward to enjoying this brew again.

02-04-2006 22:11:23 | More by ppoitras
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

McChouffe, poured from a 750 ml bottle.

Appearance: Into a chalice. A rich earthy brown in color with a tightly beaded off white head and some lace to show for it as well. Looks the part of a Belgian strong dark.

Smell: Suggestions of fig, raisen and plum round out the nose.

Taste: Raisen again dominates the flavor, with some red grape notes as well. Not overly sweet but bitterness is low. Some brown sugar and clean malty notes. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor profile. Really has a nice fruityness that I would attribute to the particular yeast strain used. Pretty delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, fairly crisp and carbonation level is good.

Drinkability: Possibly my favorite beer from the Achouffe brewery. Drinks like a beer half its strength. Awesome stuff.

02-20-2011 17:48:01 | More by Stinkypuss
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -2%

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 2013. Pours cloudy reddish brown color with a dense 1-2 finger khaki head with good retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, plum, molasses, raisin, pepper, nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast spices. Fairly nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of toffee, molasses, plum, raisin, biscuit, pepper, chocolate, dark candi sugar, nuttiness, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of molasses, caramel, dark fruit, pepper, chocolate, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink for 8%. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian dark ale. Nice complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

03-29-2012 01:30:46 | More by superspak
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

02-01-2013 04:28:31 | More by Huhzubendah
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-11-2013 00:59:52 | More by BillRoth
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-22-2011 20:58:54 | More by brandoman63
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%

Pretty tiny bubble lacing. Dark mahogany brown. Aroma offers soft complexity. A number of different features are tasted in the mouth. Soft backbone of Belgian yeast, on first thought this is a bruin. Some notes of toffee. No alcohol, some warming. Medium lingering. Not positive I taste Scotch notes, this is far too light. There is however some gentle liquere like notes as it warms. A very sweet brew. Perhaps some Belgian sugar in there? A gentle balance overall and very enjoyable. Against others similar to it, this beer sadly doesn't offer as much to celebrate - not the same level of strength, depth, or complexity. On its own however, this is a lovely beer - very easy going, light and most defintely enjoyable

04-29-2006 13:38:24 | More by biegaman
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John_M

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +6%

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours an orange brown color with very good head retention and good lacing. The nose is a bit backward initially, but one gets a hint of sweetness and Belgium spices. Smells quite enticing actually. On the palate this is a very nice beer indeed. I get some milk chocolate, citrus and a hint of cherry. There is also a bit of tartness, which keeps the sweetness at bay and keeps the beer from becoming tiring to drink The beer has a nice plush mouthfeel to it, and the abv. is well disguised. It comes across as quite drinkable, and frankly was too soon gone before I noticed it. A very nice offering Brasserie d'Achouffe.

06-11-2007 16:51:38 | More by John_M
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-10-2014 01:00:03 | More by afsdan
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-06-2014 02:36:20 | More by Latarnik
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3%

A: Pours a dark mahogany color, with a thin tan creamy head.

S: bready with some malt sweetness and a chocolate nuttiness with some dried cherries.

T: soft roasted malt nuttiness, with some fresh cherries, and chocolate. There was a nice malt sweetness, soft alcohol notes and ripe fruit coming through in the finish. The overall flavor was very refined and smooth.

M: light and creamy smooth in texture with a good carbonation.

D: An incredibly smooth and silky Belgian brown that went down effortlessly. Very good drinkability.

07-05-2008 13:22:27 | More by beerthulhu
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -2%

Was excited to find this on the shelf in Mexico.

A: Poured a ruby//brown color, somewhat hazy, with a foamy tan head on top. Pretty good head retention, slowly dissipating to a thin layer of foam on top. Left some thick lacing on the glass.

S: Heavy amount of dark fruit - plum, fig and a little raisin, some caramelized malt and some Belgian yeast.

T: Rather spicy with some pepper and nutmeg to go along with a deep, dark fruit flavor. There is a bit of caramel mixed in as well with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, has a slightly creamy feel to it and a sticky finish.

O: Pretty good brew, not one of my favorites, but easy drinking with a good flavor profile.

06-23-2011 01:55:57 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

This beer is more brown than black, but it seems as if very few rays of light get through it. The creamy beige head that sits on top is substantial and long lasting. Aroma is sweet, fruity, musty and herbal. My first impression upon drinking is the solid earthy foundation of this brew. A leathery and musty presence. Then I am bombarded by an herbalness that is wrapped in spicy hop tones. And I discover the sweet malt that is blanketed with candy coated goodness. I love the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel has a nicely carbonated effervescence about it. Body is about medium. And the drinkability is substantial given that this brew is 8.5 a/v and I can't uncover any signs of ethanol.

03-04-2003 21:30:25 | More by Bighuge
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-04-2014 06:27:35 | More by dmorgan310
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.3/5  rDev -17.1%

330 ml from the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda.. mine poured into my Kasteel tulip while listening to the Cowboy Junkies.

Short lasting eggshell head atop a brown brew.. quite a bit of yeast slipped into the glass despite a careful pour... no real lacing and an adequate collar.

Aroma is very understated for the style... lite dried dark fruits and lite Belgian phenols... actually very clean, and I am not considering it a good trait... some caramel malts as it warms.

Flavor is again muted. Should not be classified as a BSDA .. just not enough going on. I am not completely bagging it... although, it reminds me of a big-boned American brown (sans hops) with a distinct Belgian touch. Some green apple and raisin fruitiness.. maybe a touch of coriander and nutmeg.. but over all the best thing I can think of, is this is a supremely drinkable brew. Lite for the ABV mouthfeel and perfect carbonation makes me want to have another drink.

I will only buy this brew again simply to see if this review was overly negative, or to share a "training-wheels Belgian" with micro noob.

01-04-2008 08:46:50 | More by JohnGalt1
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-14-2014 18:14:46 | More by wrightst
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.