1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

Not Rated.
McChouffeMcChouffe

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

833 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 833
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 26
Gots: 38 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of McChouffe Alström Bros
Ratings: 833 | Reviews: 489 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jim_carignan
jim_carignan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-06-2013 02:11:21 | More by jim_carignan
Photo of pensinck
pensinck

Netherlands

2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

10-05-2013 06:41:20 | More by pensinck
Photo of alphagnome
alphagnome

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours what at first glance is seemingly pitch black. However, upon holding it to the light, a deep, rustic ruby color is on display. Crowned by a thick, beige head. Plenty of sediment hangs in suspension and carbonation is visible. Decent lacing.

Aroma:
Sweet. Plenty of dark fruit is present here; raisin, fig, dates, and topped with cherry and a hint of apricot. Plenty of malt character and brown sugar.

Taste:
Again sweet - follows the nose closely. Fruit delivery is a bit more tart than expected, but still chalked full of flavor. Raisin and prune up front with a nice dose of chocolate covered cherries and a bit of yeast esters. The finish is quite boozy, but clean. Reminds me of a port wine. Aftertaste is delightful and brings those chocolate covered cherries back into the spotlight. You will definitely want to take your time with this one.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy - definitely a slow drinker. Decent carbonation. As mentioned above, the alcohol is noticable and provides a mild warming sensation. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall:
Impressive offering here. Well worth exploration. It's not exactly cheap, so that could scare some people away. However, if you can get past that, you're in for fantastic big beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 02:32:05 | More by alphagnome
Photo of KJ2013
KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-04-2013 01:52:34 | More by KJ2013
Photo of Lanstrum
Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.4%

09-28-2013 01:54:08 | More by Lanstrum
Photo of brycevolk
brycevolk

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-27-2013 14:12:08 | More by brycevolk
Photo of brurevu
brurevu

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: The McChouffe was touted as a Belgian Scotch Ale and was the obvious darker beer of the night. It came with a fluffy tan head and more Belgian yeast notes in the aroma with some sweet malts as well. It was much maltier than the La Chouffe with hints of toffee and dark fruits with the signature Belgian yeast notes as well. Another well balanced and drinkable beer that I will need to try again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 19:04:32 | More by brurevu
Photo of rolltide8425
rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-24-2013 23:49:04 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of jhlosito75
jhlosito75

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-22-2013 22:08:11 | More by jhlosito75
Photo of polloenfuego
polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle to a snifter

A: a deep ruby brown with a thick three finger head that breaks down leaving a cosmic swirl of foam.

S: dark fruits and slight boozy smell...the yeast profile also comes through.

T: sweet dark fruits and a slight wine or booze flavor. Yeast also sneaks in.

M: medium body with full carbonation.

O: a nice beer, pretty basic and straightforward for a BSDA. I like the warm feeling that it leaves and while not the best I've had, it is a good beer and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 22:35:59 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of cbutova
cbutova

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finally getting around to another Chouffe offering. Belgian Brown Ale, eh?

A- Poured from the 750ml into a goblet and a snifter-tulip with a dark brown body, hard to see through at all, just a bit of red on the very edges. Light tan cap forms to a finger or so with a foamy texture and decent retention. The head falls to a small bubbly ring that leaves a medium amount of lace in webbed shapes.

S- Dark Belgian Candi sugar, Belgian yeast spices and bananas come to mind off the top. A complex set of aromas between the malts and yeast that bring figs, raisin, toasted nuts, cloves, bread and caramel to mind.

T- Candi sugar, Belgian yeast and toasted malts come to mind first with a broad set of flavors like figs, dates, raisin, caramel sweets, brown sugar, toasted nuts, cocoa powder and cereal grains. Other things that occur to me are bananas, clove, nutmeg and wheat bread. Candi sugar, once again, is big here, I made it once at home and the semi-burnt sugar flavors are huge here. Slight earthy, spicy hops.

MF- Moderately thick body with a semi-sweet overall feel. Texture is creamy and satisfying considering the sweet, rich flavors present. Slight spicy bitter finish and no ABV in sight.

Feels pretty sweet upon finishing, maybe just a bit much for my taste. The balance is nice and the flavors are plentiful making it a satisfying experience. All in all the flavor is just nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 01:28:52 | More by cbutova
Photo of psmith161
psmith161

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-15-2013 22:04:27 | More by psmith161
Photo of REDAMI
REDAMI

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-14-2013 22:14:09 | More by REDAMI
Photo of grumpygerman
grumpygerman

Alabama

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-14-2013 15:02:40 | More by grumpygerman
Photo of jsf14
jsf14

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-09-2013 22:45:46 | More by jsf14
Photo of tedho21
tedho21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-08-2013 18:41:21 | More by tedho21
Photo of twax
twax

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-08-2013 04:33:04 | More by twax
Photo of DelicateDelirium
DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

09-06-2013 14:19:12 | More by DelicateDelirium
Photo of dv8sean
dv8sean

California

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see both the bros and the community at large relegate this to "only" a "very good" beer. This beverage is good enough to mock or outright dismiss its critics.

Appearance is not its forte, tho. It's a bit nondescript, and while it pours with a good head, the foam dissipates, and leaves virtually no lace.

From there, however, it just keeps getting better. Banana bread and spice on the nose. Layered and complex. Taste follows suit. Beautiful balance between the sweetness of the malt backbone and the very mild sour funk of the Belgian yeast. Note: this is NOT a "sour beer".

Mouthfeel is stellar. Beer has a long, long finish--somehow being both sweet and dry at the same time. How'd they do that? I'd rate it 5.0 Perfect, but I cannot profess to know what is perfection.

Overall, this is the best beer of its style that I've found...at least to my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 02:07:47 | More by dv8sean
Photo of beerdrifter
beerdrifter

Germany

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

Mahogany pour with an off-white two finger head with nice retention and great lacing. Very malty nose with hints of Belgian yeast, brown bread, banana, nuts, toffee, caramel, and dark fruits. The taste follows suit, dominated by malty caramel sweetness. Hints of tobacco, dark fruit, molasses, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, banana, brown bread, and nuts round out the taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to fizzy carbonation with a syrupy sweet finish. Overall, this is a solid Belgian Bruin, albeit a bit sweet for more than one.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 19:03:54 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of teleforce
teleforce

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-23-2013 16:50:36 | More by teleforce
Photo of csfcmitchell
csfcmitchell

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-23-2013 03:13:42 | More by csfcmitchell
Photo of Altrurian
Altrurian

New York

3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fast (but brief) pour into a small Brasserie d'Achouffe tulip produces a quick, coarse, short-lived head. The dominant olfactory characteristic faintly promises tropical sweetness, like the approach to a mango hawker's cart in Chittagong. The beer is a pleasant ruby-brown.

McChouffe has a malty enough anchor, but its mossy, woody sweetness is overlaid by a light Belgian yeastiness and, I suppose, a touch of hops. And so, the beer is not as cloying as a Scotch ale can be. Whether that's a good thing is a matter for debate. One can also argue the merits of the beer's texture, which is noticeably more prickly than creamy. We can agree, however, that McChouffe is wee light, and that such a brew has its place. A tip o' the tam-o-shanter to Achouffe's agents in Cooperstown for making this one available.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:24:57 | More by Altrurian
Photo of seavercm
seavercm

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

08-22-2013 19:11:53 | More by seavercm
Photo of Kahlerbock
Kahlerbock

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-22-2013 00:11:59 | More by Kahlerbock
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.