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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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517 Reviews
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Reviews: 517
Hads: 1,034
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 45
Gots: 134 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-22-2001

ABV varies from time to time.
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Reviews: 517 | Hads: 1,034
Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of corby112
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with small off-white head. Yeasty aroma with some dark fruit. Taste follows the nose pretty well. Carbonation is on the higher side with a medium body. Quite good beer overall.

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Photo of Derek
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby. Fluffy off-white head continues generating, leaving some nice lace.

S: Prunes & caramel, with a wine-like grape odour.

T: Initially well balanced, fading to a slight bitter aftertaste, with a small touch of tartness. Lots of prune flavour, very Belgian. Dark caramel, with a burnt/sweet taste.

M: Moderate body, a little syrupy, yet sort of creamy. Plenty of carbonation.

D: Awesome. And quite dangerous at this strength.

I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green capped 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark and murky brown color with a light tan head. The aroma is malty with some dark fruit and a touch of spices. The taste is pretty complex with some dark fruits and a nice dry and spicy finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied and heavily carbonated. Overall, this is a tasty brew that is recommended.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice aug24 2009

A dark brown, deep ruby red when held too light. lots of sediment, two finger head falls fast and leaves no lace.

S sweet malt, raisins, dark fruit, booze, yeast and caramel this is quite complex

T as it smells but more booze and yeast and the dark fruits are more pronounced

M/D good carbonation, but a little thin not bad overall but not great

this beer is a good value(10$canadian) and you should try it , its not amazing but well worth a try

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes. Thanks to jlindros for sharing.

A - Pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a very light thin head that leaves nice light side lacing.

S - Very light belgian yeast aromas, with some dark fruits light chocolate.

T - Very nice belgian yeast notes, some sweet carmel malts, good rich dark fruits, and some very nice chocolate (cocoa powder).

M - Nice carbonation here. It is not too heavy or syrupy.

O - I liked this beer. Not a bad offering from d'Achouffe.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a tulip. It pours hazy dark amber to reddish under a 1” light tan foam collar that provides sheets of lace. Caramel malt with traces of chocolate on the nose and palate with a bitter hop accent on the finish. The Belgian body and carbonation really accentuates the flavors.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, best before end 2013. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a murky reddish/brown color with a tan cola-like fizzy head. Head retention is good, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel and a bit of spicyness. The brew tastes like caramel, dark fruit, nuts, bready malt, and a bit of nutmeg along with an earthy taste. There's also a slight bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable. I think it's a good solid brew.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the SAQ Gatineau QC for 6.50$

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel/butterscotch and dark fruits. There is also a touch of banana and something along the lines of coconut. It ends with a slightly sweet and dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall – Quite enjoyable and a nice mix of flavours. It was a touch cloying as it warmed up, but still tasty. I'd drink this one again but there are other belgian darks I'd drink before it.

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Photo of dgilks
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful deep, chestnut pour with a billowing pale tan head is what you get here. Some amazing lacing.

Banana, raisin, nutmeg and clove hit first in the aroma. Very fruity and sweet.

Raisins and other dark fruit mark their presence ion the flavour but it is unfortunately backed up by a slight but noticeable alcohol bite. Light hop bitterness which helps to offset the sweetness. Nice spice notes support the main act but it falls a little bit short of amazing.

A nice medium body is cut by above average carbonation. Carbonation is almost a little bit high but this isn't a problem.

A nice beer but I'm not pining for another bottle. There is some good flavour going on here but it doesn't stand up to some other brews and at 8% it does seem worth my while.

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my hopfenstark glass, a darkish-red color with a thick head of foam that seems to stick around longer than usual.

Aroma is smooth and malty with hints of apple and raisin that stand out in the nose.

Taste is a bit strong upfront with some alcohol heat. Subtle taste of raisin and apple at the back of the throat. Kind of subdued though. Feels like it's missing something.

Mouthfeel: Raisin and apple with alcohol warmness, dominate the mouthfeel. I can't pick out much more.

Drinkability is there but I'm just not enjoying this as much as I want to. With some aging, I bet the flavors will come out more.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Watou chalice from 11.2 oz brown bottle. Liquid had a brown orange color, with sticky white head.

Smelled of funky yeast and bread. Not really the La Chouffe aroma though... Taste was really good anyway. Had a dubbel-type flavor, not too strong, nice.

La chouffe is one of my favorites, so I was happy to find this on sale in small bottles. They need to make more of these small bottles available (the big bottles are green and I don't trust them).

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Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark auburn brown with some clarity and a two-finger head that dies quickly and leaves some lacing. Some malts in the smell and they contain a little sweetness; cocoa, caramel; only hints of dark fruit. First thing that hit me was a dryer, nuttier taste. Still, it is somewhat sweet and smooth over the tongue despite a little syrupy stickiness and it is almost full bodied (thanks to decent carbonation). There are figs and some roasted malts as well, plus a dark fruit sensation although it finishes dry. ABV hidden well - a good beer to relax with.

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Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark bronze/brown color with orange hues when held to the light. Fluffy head of beige foam that leaves some wisps of watery lace along the glass.

The aromas begin with a combination of floral hops and dark caramel maltiness. There isn't much yeasty spiciness initially but it increases as it warms as do the dark fruits.

The tastes begin like you would expect from a Belgian brown ale. Highlights include toasted bready brown maltiness with intermingling dark fruit (raisins, dates) sprinkled with cocoa powder. There's also an overarching floral hoppiness and some understated clove spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. The finish is both sweet and lightly dry, with a hoppy bitterness interceding on the back end.

Overall this is a wonderful dark ale by brewers who clearly know how to brew great beer. Belgian brown ales (Dubbels) are normally a seamless melding of malt, hops and yeast and this is no exception. Not exactly brewed to style, more brown toasted malt than dark fruitiness but I enjoy the change here.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a somewhat hazy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of mildly spicy caramel malts with good amounts of brown sugar and hints of pears and green apples. As it warms the spices come out even more in the nose.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth but muted caramel malt flavors up front with a hint of toastiness are joined shortly by brown sugar and mild spices. Midway through the sip hints of pears and green apples come into play and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a good beer that wasn't quite a BSDA but obviously wasn't a BSPA. Interesting, nicely done, and worth a shot.

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

The beer after disassociating itself from the 750ml dark green bottle sets in the glass a brilliantly clear brown color with a semi-creamy tan head piled high on the body, lace a thick and sticky sheet to obscure the glass. The aroma of yeast, hops, sweet malt, a bit of peat smokiness, all rolled up into one, crisp and fresh, the start is inconspicuous in its sweetness, the malts plentiful and the top fair to middling in its feel to the palate. The finish is unrelenting in its acidity, the hops pleasing it their spicy presence, quite dry aftertaste and a fine drinking beer.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a Stella glass.

A - Light tan head that stays tight and sticks around through the duration of the tasting. Nice ruby colour with some yeast goodies.

S - Lot's of dark fruit and candy sugar aromas.

T - Malty. Lot's of big malt flavours. Really sweet. Dark fruit as well.

M - Thick feeling. Medium body.

D - Too sweet to session. Good for a few sips from a big bottle but I couldn't have much more.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 8.0% ABV, Best Before 2012.

Thanks to bnieman and his Dad for sharing this one!

A - McChouffe pours a hazy brown-amber color with a quickly fading off-white head. Great lace is left behind on the glass.

S - The aroma starts with a rich Belgian yeast and a spicy brown ale nose with moderate hops behind. This has a lot of mineral going on, much like a German pils.

T - Slight mineral pulls through into the flavor with a standard brown ale base. Belgian yeast spices it up adding, well, spice notes, and earthiness. Hops balance it out.

M - This medium-bodied and smooth-feeling brew is lightly dry but still maintains a smooth finish.

D - While this is a good beer, it's not something I'd be interested in having a whole lot of. One better split.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my DT snifter. Best before end of 2007 indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of cola with a 1.5 inch loose, fluffy, off-white head that sizzled and popped as it receded. Some strands of sticky, random lacing present during the tasting. Nose is somewhat vinous and yeasty with a hint of oak - nose might be a little off. Flavor profile is difficult to describe - muted candi sugar, a little herbal, a little vinous, earthy/woody/must. Mouthfeel falls somewhere between light- and medium-bodied with a consistent background carbonation present from sip to swallow with a light, lingering burn at the back of the throat. Finish is on the dry side. Fair drinkability. Not sure if it's past it's prime, but it was interesting to say the least. Might need to re-compare with a more contemparary vintage.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a rich, almost opaque chocolaty brown. Aroma is strong and malty and just a touch sweet. Flavor is rich, remarkably sweet but not cloying, strongly malty with hints of fruit and butterscotch and a nutty trace. There is just a tiny hit of hop bitterness. Very smooth and pleasant to sip.

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Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color. At first a beige head forms and rises to about two fingers. The head recedes in an instant. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Dry wood with lots of yeast and sweet malt. Some spicy aromas as well. Very dank and musky. Like wet cloths. Not a lot of depth here.
T: Follows the nose. Some dry wood, malt, and yeast.
M/D: A medium body with a little to much carbonation. Not hard to sip on for the style.

Kind of nondescript malt, and not much more. Not bad, but nothing that really gets me excited.

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.