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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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very good

890 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 31
Gots: 57 | 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 Bouleboubier
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

("Scotch of the Ardennes"... poured into a balloon glass)

A: medium-dark reddish brown, fair clarity... initially large, but fizzy head - keeps a swirl of a thin cover... minimal lace

S: brown sugar, medium-intensity of burnt caramel, light prune or other dried dark fruit... if you think "Scotch Ale", knowing it's of Belgian origin, you can somewhat sense the endemic characteristics of each (for lack of a better word) "style"

T: clove-like spice with a semi-sweet, cherry-like finish... rich in ripe-red berry/stone-fruit in the middle.... aftertaste moderately bitter with a mild, ghostly, spicy alcohol warmth - bitterness almost citrus-pithy... malty, but predominantly in the mid-dark spectrum and dry... brown sugar and burnt flavors fairly prominent, but outmatched by the assertive, softly-phenolic spice

M: perhaps a bit too thinned-out by the prickly carbonation and spicy alcohol.... does a have a hint of viscosity that is unfortunately attenuated by the recipe and yeast dynamics

O: having had this a few times, really enjoying it some of those times, it's frustrating when it seems not quite on... I would venture a loose comparison to a Belgian homage to Traquair House Ale, mostly in its expression of dark-sugar flavors - not nearly a parallel in overall composition... the proprietary Achouffe yeast factors relatively moderately into its taste, for better or worse

Bouleboubier, Apr 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Hillbilly, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of ant1
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

ant1, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The dark offering from this fairly well-known brewery in the Ardennes. I have read that these guys only use malt syrups rather than whole grains ... True? In any event, this is certainly a well-attenuated and thin-bodied dark ale that does indeed capture some Scottish flavor elements, albeit with a decidedly Belgian profile nonetheless. A dark reddish brown brew, maybe leaning towards the red, with a moderate amount of light tan head and an aroma that is equal parts fruity esters, spicy medicinal phenols, and sweet caramel or toffee along with a vinous wine or cider-like note. Nice balance between the caramel elements and Belgian spice although I am less wild about the cidery component. Palate largely reflects this, such that I initially get some apple and pear fruit followed by clove spice, golden raisin, musty white peppercorns, faint molasses and bandage-like phenols, and perhaps a whiff of citrus rind. Rather dry, powdery mouthfeel and this brew just screams thinned down with a healthy sugar addition to the kettle. Some alcohol is apparent but not over the top in this regard. Really my main issue is the ultra-thin body and correspondingly airy mouthfeel but the flavor is solid.

CalgaryFMC, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

n00blar, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

rEBELlION, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Zekenyce
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Zekenyce, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of dank_hank
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

dank_hank, Mar 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

gferg10, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

MacStinson, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apple brown with a husky coat of sepia foam. Laces thickly. Awesome.

Apple-like aromas, nuttiness, pear, golden raisin, light candi sugar, and steeped grain. A very lovely, delicate nose with great fruity esters and yeast prominence.

Rich dried fruit flavors with notes of apple, date, raisin, and quince. Toffee malts with medicinal phenols. Estery fruit, nutty yeast, light roastiness, and a sweet alcohol; all in good context. Finishes rather dry, and slightly soapy, like a floral finish.

Could use some more body. Drinks great, however. A little powdery dry; the carbonation puckers a bit.

A solid BSDA. Perhaps, a sweeter example.

thecheapies, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: ruby-ish brown with a minor amount if head, not unexpected
S: smacks of dark fruit with a bit of tartness, fig and sour apple, perhaps
T: similar to the nose, but heavier on the dark fruit. Also a bit if woodiness. I think the yeast used adds a very mild funkiness, as well.
M: a surprising amount of carbonation tingle despite the lack of impressive head; otherwise standard for the style I believe
O: I didn't feel there was anything special here, just a solid offering. I can't tell if part of the profile is similar to the Houblon Chouffe, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but it was mildly familiar.

cjgiant, Mar 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

dbarny76, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

vermilcj, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

BigOldOaf, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

snakeayes11, Mar 04, 2014
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

jonb5, Feb 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

TheSleepyMonkey, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

shelby415, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Sirre, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

pathman, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Goldndomer, Feb 09, 2014
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.

Act25, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Sspeer1, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ShepardCommander, Feb 01, 2014
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.