McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.4/5 rDev +10.6%
I have a lot of respect for Brasserie d'Achouffe's La Chouffe, which I gave a glowing review on a while back. What is it about the Belgians that get it so right when it comes to beer? They almost always seem to capture the perfection of flavour, body, aroma and alcohol content. And I'm hoping that McChouffe, the apparently Scottish cousin of La Chouffe's gnome, hits upon that magic formula.
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: A deep Mahogany cloudy body presents along with a minimal tan lacing. Looks a treat.
S: Dark fruits, candi sugar and sourdough yeast intermingles along with some pear/apple esters to produce a fine perfume. Expecting some dark fruit and sugar driven flavours.
T: Yep, dark fruits, candi sugar and a light malt base come together. Pear/apple esters, Phenols and sourdough also make themselves present. It's very much a "La Chouffe Dark" then, with the flavour base so similar you might think they were separated at wort (aka the early foetal stage of the brew). The finish is a mid-range medicinal herb bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with a medium (and a tad sharp) carbonation.
D: Really there's not much between La Chouffe and McChouffe, marketing-wise I would have liked if they had been named "La Chouffe Good" and "La Chouffe Evil" with a good Gnome and an evil Gnome on the respective labels for a bit of fun. It really comes down to preference when choosing between the two. I prefer La Chouffe vanilla, however if you like your Belgians with a dark fruit slant (raisin, fig, plum, prune or date) then go the McChouffe, you'll have more fun with the Scottish twin.
Food match: Hard cheese platter, roasted dark meats - beef, venison, lamb, and grilled vegetables are all winners here.
06-27-2014 13:03:53 | More by doktorhops
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
DATE REVIEWED: June 6, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay chalice... OCCASION: a week of returning to workouts--protein is welcome!... APPEARANCE: dark purple body; soft, wispy off-white head that thins out to an uneven, varied density; nice, intricate lacing... AROMA: immediate prune and apple; hops are aromatic and yeast adds some funk to an otherwise sweet malt... PALATE: thick, creamy, a bit chewy, and warming; easy-drinking and dry at the finish; a fleet, discrete presence--good, solid brown ale base... TASTE: grape and prune are the dominant flavors; smoky malt surprises, as does the lack of alcohol; rather flat at the finish... OVERALLL: a classy, slightly subdued version of tits usual and Christmas varieties; situation is key--introduced this at Thanksgiving a decade ago, but it didn't pair with the main courses well; as a nightcap, it can open with its complexity or close with its strength....
06-12-2014 02:26:12 | More by dacrza1
4.54/5 rDev +14.1%
Don't have time for tasting notes on this one. Just want to update: Opened a bottle from April '12 and it's still excellent. Not preferred cellar temp (~60F). Very enjoyable right now, sweetness has subsided into a very relaxed melange of brown Belgian goodness. Nary a breath of alcohol and pure delicate quench on the back of the tongue. Hope my ambiguity inspires you to try and/or pop it now.
06-09-2014 06:22:09 | More by scottbham
3.86/5 rDev -3%
A: pours a dark reddish, brown with soapy off white head that rapidly dissipates
S: malty aromas, burnt caramel, hint of banana and other fruity esters
T: malty sweet up front, with finish of more significant hops and a slight metallic twang - clean finish
M: a surprisingly thin mouth feel, doesn't have the fullness of other beers in this genre
O: not a bad brown ale, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find a store that sell it
06-08-2014 18:13:08 | More by ThaneMcC
4.1/5 rDev +3%
Dark brown reddish color with a thick two finger beige head with medium retention and leaving some good laces.
Good aroma of prunes, caramels and crystalized and dark fruits.
Nice flavor with notes of roasted and caramel malts, raisins, prunes, figs, spices (cloves, white pepper), cocoa powder , mild licorice, tangerine citrusy, Belgian yeast, muscatel grapes and herbal and earthy hops. A bit of smokiness and candied sugar as well. Quite dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness and a residual elegant spiciness.
Medium body with slightly effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is very well hidden.
This is a great Belgian Strong Dark Ale, well balanced, tasty and pleasant to drink. Not overly complex at first, but reveals its notes throughout the degustation. Not really a sipper once it can be very drinkable, but you still want to take it slowly to harvest all it has to offer.
05-17-2014 02:06:38 | More by FLima
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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