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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

856 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 29
Gots: 47 | 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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augustgarage

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Dark rosewood liquid, somewhat cloudy with cardinal highlights and many tiny dregs of lees floating around. A wheat half finger of delicate creamy foam rests up top, crawling up around the collar where it leaves soapy layers of lacing in its wake. Excellent retention.

Bananas, gentle yeast phenols, English digestive biscuits or maybe graham crackers, and a hint of plum in the nose.

Tart palate entry, quickly broken up by complex delicate yeast notes and a wave of rich malt. Fruit pits (cherry, apricot), toasted oat cakes, faint caramel, and more develop into a moderately dry, faintly bready finish. An unusual and vaguely mischievous flavor profile.

Soft, medium-bodied, effervescent, and gently warming.

An interesting beer, though beyond the increased maltiness I don't get much Scottish Ale character per se. Would pair well with a variety of dishes - I picked up another bottle to try in place of my usual Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue) in "Konijntje met Trappistenbier en Oesterzwammen," my favored Flemish rabbit recipe.

04-06-2011 01:38:52 | More by augustgarage
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

I had this beer today in Achel, Belgium. So nearby the abbey of Achel and the restaurant had no Achel available. This was a good alternative.

Poured in the original Chouffe glass the beer looks ok. Darkbrown to dark/darkred beer and small broken white head. Not much to smell. This beer is with dark stonefruits and malts. Some degree of sweetness in it but not much.

Good beer!

03-27-2011 19:43:11 | More by Brabander
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6%

Served in a tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich brown color tinged with a slight reddish tone. The ¼" head is light tan in color and recedes slowly but visibly. Sipping initially leaves scattered spots and speckles of lacing but eventually the head and lacing have gone well before the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fruity (dark fruits) with some traces of caramel and hints of chocolate and what may be something like coffee.

Taste: The rich complex flavors include some fruity sweetness (e.g., raisins, dates, figs) with some light spicyness blended with powdered cocoa or chocolate. This is very complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with gentle carbonation. The finish is medium in length as the fruity sweetness eventually tapers off and the flavors end on a lightly bitter and dry note.

Overall and Drinkability: I thought the drinkability on this one quite good and I'd not hesitate to have a second, either right away or in the future. This is definitely a beer to drink with only a light chill. Over all I quite enjoyed this beer.

03-17-2011 00:43:52 | More by drtth
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raszputini

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

At the Thirsty Monk on tap. Pours a brownish amber with whitish head. Yeasty nose with notes of caramel, malt and alcohol. Taste is very complex and requires some sorting - belgian sugar, caramel, belgian yeast, toffee, candy, pilsner malts, saaz malts and light alcohol. Finishes clean. Nice scottish ale.

03-17-2011 00:15:04 | More by raszputini
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AlexLMS

Portugal

3.98/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: opaque due to the very dark brown, almost black colour. The head is deep tan, moderate in size and kind of foamy. It may not last very long and shows a good amount of lacing.
Aroma: yeast, spices and light notes of molasses.
Taste: spices, dark malts and earth hops.
Mouthfeel: kind of dry, moderate to high carbonation and a medium body. Wonderfully disguised high alcoholic strength.
Finish: spices and light bitter lingering aftertaste.

Overall: very good beer. Amazingly refreshing for a strong Belgium beer. In my opinion better than the blonde version. A must try.

02-23-2011 22:17:14 | More by AlexLMS
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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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cpmichael

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -2%

poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a light brown, with a medium head retention, light in color.

S: A sweet/spicy aroma that includes hints of malts, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

T: A sweet toffee characteristic comes through, followed by a nice presence of hops, very mild. Raisins are also noticeable towards the end.

M/D: Fairly carbonated, which works well for this beer. Easily drinkable, even with a higher percentage of alcohol.

02-17-2011 15:49:17 | More by cpmichael
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -7%

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.

02-16-2011 13:10:26 | More by BeerFMAndy
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Dark brown color with orange-russet highlighting. Tanned head is quite clingy, somewhat foamy, and decidedly attractive. Nose is malty-spicy with some floral notes from the hops. Sweet dark fruits ensure an above average score, but nothing amazing.

Flavor is a nice mix of mild and funky, with toasted brown barley and cocoa up front, finishing with overripe banana and spices. Hops are also somewhat floral and add a prick of pepper. Alcohol is quite muted. Well brewed, and quite nice all the way through.

02-15-2011 04:21:43 | More by BretSikkink
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -13.3%

appearance: dark brown. Tan Head. Nice lacing

Smell: dark candi sugar dominates the aroma.

Taste: nothing stand out. Dark fruits, Dried fruits.

Mouthfeel: Slighty harsh, Slightly astringent. Tingly.

Drinkability: not one I would get every day. The nose is amazing, but the flavor is lacking.

02-11-2011 20:28:53 | More by Squelch
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

750ml bottle

A- Dark brown colour and a medium creamy head that disspiates quickly but leaves a thin lacing

S- Phenols, caramel, toffee. Good!

T- Maybe a little thin for its ABV but the hop bitternes gives it a nice character. You can taste toffee but the beer is nonetheless pleasantly spicy, you can also taste dried fruit. Overall this beer has a vague, but pleasant, "woody" character (i don't really know if there's a proper term for that...)

M- A nice warming and soft feel, that stiil leaves room for a harmonious whole of mouthfilling savours. Great mouthfeel

D- Really easy to drink (almost no taste of alcohol) but it leaves on the palate a dull sweet taste that gets you bored after a while

02-03-2011 14:52:58 | More by Cozzatoad
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kjc51478

Germany

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a light but foamy head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, and spices. Taste is also dried fruits with caramel and a gentle earthiness. The beer is light on the palate and easy to drink. Even with 8% abv, you don't get much of the alcohol in the flavor.

01-15-2011 13:36:01 | More by kjc51478
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albern

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -2%

The beer pours a cloudy brown with a decent creamy head. When I popped the top on the bottle, the head started to stream out the top. There is plenty of carbonation with this beer. There is a touch of lace too. The nose is fairly modest. It has all the characteristics of a Belgian, some candied, slightly boozy, sugary malts in the nose. There is a definite yeastiness in the aroma, some caramel, sweet malts, phenols. It isn't overly pronounced, but it is fairly typical.

The taste is quite good. For a Belgian this is quite smooth and creamy, and it doesn't have the prickly mouth feel and overcarbonation on the tonge that is typical. The booziness is subdued, there are plenty of sweet candied sugars, darkish malts, but no real spiciness to the beer. There may be a touch of coriander or star anise, but it is mild. The beer is quite pleasant. It isn't overly complex, but quite nice. The Belgiany candied sugars are very evident. The caramels and some darkish malts are quite evident as well. The aftertaste is mild. This one is worth seeking out for its overall pleasantness. The ABV is also well hidden which is appreciated.

01-08-2011 22:21:17 | More by albern
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mithrascruor

California

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color. Big foamy off-white head, but it dissipates quickly into a bubbly film.

Smell: Deep malt aroma with strong hints of dark fruit (particularly fig).

Taste: Nice (though not particularly up-front) dark malt flavor with some great spicy hints, notably clove and nutmeg (especially towards the finish). Dark fruits come in more strongly a bit after the initial taste: particularly raisins and figs. The aftertaste is definitely bready and has elements of raisin and spice in it.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to heavy-bodied with minimal carbonation. Though not "sticky", there's definitely an enjoyable degree of viscosity here.

Drinkability: No taste of alcohol and it doesn't feel particularly strong either. Good flavor, and easy to drink.

Though not as complex or as good as some beers of this style, I'm glad to have found this one as it is quite enjoyable nonetheless. Rich and malty, with plenty of flavors, both subtle and not, this tends to showcase more of the dried [dark] fruit flavors generally found in this style - and it does it really well. I must confess, though, that I don't entirely get the whole supposed Scottish inspiration/connection with this beer, but who really cares: it is a great beer!

12-24-2010 01:50:15 | More by mithrascruor
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

12-22-2010 23:48:07 | More by bluejacket74
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czfreeman

California

4.22/5  rDev +6%

Purchased this brew for a birthday present to myself. I was very suprised to find a small Beligan selection in my local beer store. Germany doesn't really seem to import very very much, and is ususally overpriced, however, 1 liter wine-stlye bottle $3.50.
Opens with a nice loud hiss. I had refrigeradted the beer since this morning, but have let it come to room temperature.Poured into my Delirium Noel goblet-beautiful light mahagony tone of brown, nice ruby port-wine tones of cherry red. fluffy thick,yet active tan head. Very nice to look at.
Smells beautiful. Earthy, port wine notes, musty moss-dampness, figs, raisins, wine, cherry, oakiness, malt, brown sugar, light sweet hoppiness. Orange, mulled wine and a slight alcoholic spiciness factor into the mixture. A clean, fruity lavender note I find as well. Very strong nose, spicy yet sweet and rich.
Flavors of cocoa, fig raisin, clove, spicy dark bread, nutmeg, cherry is also prominent. The spicy yeasty finish mixed with a dusting of pepper, clove, and nutmeg blended with a slight heat from alcohol only felt on the tongue, not in the throat. the rum like finish is great.This is for fall and now, hot mulled wine season.
As I continue to sip, the spiciness only seems to increase, and open, making this more and more enjoyable as I drink. On this night, I could not ask for better. Stellar

12-12-2010 20:53:28 | More by czfreeman
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anakar

Israel

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

App - Foggy, Caramel Color, short head
Smell - First thing I noticed; rich smell, kinda fruity... very ripe

Taste - Special. very much like the smell: fruity, ripe, rich and also reminding of toffee & caramel. 5 minutes after I was done I still had a nice after-taste

Mouthfeel - Clear down, very little bubble.

Drink - High alcohol, so eat with it but it goes down so smooth...

12-08-2010 07:59:05 | More by anakar
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BruceWineworks

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Brown and faint with a light laving.

S: Fresh malty scent. Notes of toffee and caramel.

T: Nutty and spicy, think almonds, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

M: Fizzy creamy. Delectable.

D: Very well balanced. Flavorful and not too heavy, the large bottle was a perfect serving. Enjoy it.

12-06-2010 23:33:19 | More by BruceWineworks
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drummstikk

California

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%

Immediate taste of dark crystal malts, toasted malts, and Belgian yeast phenols. What a great combination -- the spices and cloves of a good Belgian yeast like the Chouffe strain go so well with the lightly-kilned aromatics of a Scottish ale. This beer is light on the hops, which are floral and mild, and heavy on the light and sweet caramel flavor that comes from dark caramelized sucrose. Like a good wee heavy, you are simultaneously overwhelmed by malty sweetness and looking forward to your next sip. The dark caramel malts and caramelized sugar are nearly indistinguishable, with flavors of toffee, rum, and raisins. The aromatic malts and yeast give cloves, dark spices, and a nice earthiness coming from either yeast or dry-kilned malts. The body is on the lighter side of medium due to always-appreciated sugar additions, and the color is dark and rich without being black or opaque. The head is fluffy and dense like frosting on a desert. It's the contradiction between intense flavors, sweetness, and the surprisingly light (but not dry) finish that makes the beer so damn drinkable. The phenolics will send your mind into fantasy land, and the balance will send the beer to your belly.

12-05-2010 22:56:29 | More by drummstikk
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

What should have been a 60 minute drive from Dundee took me over seven hours. I think somebody should invest in a few more snow ploughs and some training as to how and when to use them. Fortunately I had a generous supply of Toblerone on board and a 750ml bottle of McCouffe waiting for me when I got home thereby combining some of my favourite styles of Winter brews-Belgian strong and 90 ('wee heavy').

Poured into my Duvel tulip (similar in shape to the d'Achouffe glass) this just looked superb. Big thick rocky head which gave complex light lacing around the glass as the beer disappeared. Beautiful rich ever so slightly cloudy brown. Fullish bodied with just an undercurrant of carbonation which gave the odd burp. Delicious restrained candy sugar element here but none of the rich morishness you might associate with a 'wee heavy' inspired brew but structually quite similar. Alcohol is so well hidden but also quite potent.

In the past I've often found d'Achouffe beers to be somewhat muddled in flavour for my liking but this one is full of definition. Truly greater than the sum of its parts. Yum.

11-29-2010 10:28:04 | More by Zimbo
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punkrkr27

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

Deep brown pour with a gigantic, rocky, tan head. Complex aroma of figs, cocoa, nuts, leather, tobacco, alcohol, fall leaves, and soft peat. A lot of that aroma gets hidden in the flavor but it still has some nice warming layers of peat, caramel, cocoa, nuts and alcohol. Dry, medium body with plentiful carbonation.

11-22-2010 17:47:30 | More by punkrkr27
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david18

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

My previous review of this beer in a bottle:

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I thought I was buying a LaChouffe, which is a Belgian Strong Pale. Once I got over the fact that I had it wrong, i really enjoyed this beer. It's very refreshing, especially for a strong dark. Good carbonation, good color, and not too hot with alcohol.

I would recommend but not over the LaChouffe.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-09-2009 20:50:56

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I recently had a twelve ounce pour at the Amsterdam Ale House. There it was listed as a scottish style dark belgian (Hence the Mc). Not sure why. It basically tasted like a dark belgian. As per my review above, great for what it is but not my favorite style.

10-27-2010 19:25:26 | More by david18
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%

I'm a big fan of LaChouffe, so let's see what it's other sibling has to offer. Dark brown in color with some dark red streaks at the very edges. The slight tan head clears off quickly and leaves a few small dots of lace to and fro. Aroma involves big dark fruits (cherries, grapes, figs) up front and a slight malty sweetness in the back. Tastes Vinous and sugary with a big alcohol heat in the middle. A bit of graininess exists. Goes down clean, dry and a bit thin. A Belgian Strong Dark that leaves a bit to be desired, especially when compared to it's lighter, spicier brother, but worth a try.

09-18-2010 00:21:28 | More by stephens101
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev -13.8%

Bruin

A - A brown eggshell head. the consistency of packing foam. Slightly cloudy varnished wood color.

S - hoppy smells like a light bock.  Also some caramel and or chocolate malts.

T - Diluted cheap chocolate flavors like a mousse. With some mild hops and some fusil oil flavors. Aftertaste is subdued but a mix of sweetness and alcohol burn.

M - a bit thin for this style. Wateriness and alcohol burn dominate mouthfeel.

D - like it a bit more than the blonde but it's a bit too simple to drink very often.

09-11-2010 05:18:44 | More by jeranbrews
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SmokinSmyth

Belgium

3.7/5  rDev -7%

I had this after a similar (750 ml) bottle of the blonde. Very nice pour, with a good head, but nothing I couldn't keep in the glass.

I drank it at the end of dinner (chicken kabobs) and onto the patio with the kids. Although the head disappears after a short while, the beer tasted great.

Again, I don't know how they hide the higher ABV in such a good tasting beer. The chocolate/cocoa taste you expect from a beer with half the alcohol content.

Not too heavy, with just the right amount of taste left behind.

09-05-2010 18:20:34 | More by SmokinSmyth
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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