Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

517 Reviews
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 517
Hads: 1,033
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of McChouffe Alström Bros
Reviews: 517 | Hads: 1,033
Photo of dv8sean
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

 878 characters

Photo of beerdrifter
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.

 542 characters

Photo of Altrurian
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

 810 characters

Photo of Shemmy
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had 4 shots at this beer, 4 bottles over the course of three days. Really unique beer I thought, nver had anything quite like it. I would add that there was a strong smell and taste of green apples to this beer and it really seems to have something that stimulates your blood to flow making you feel pleasantly warm and relaxed all over. I will see k this beer out in the future, a real favorite for me.

 405 characters

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a beige consistent head leaving a nice lacing.
S: Belgian yeast, caramel.
T: Nuts, caramel, not that much hoppiness.
M: At the final of the sip, this beer's heavy. The alcohol should be better dissimulated to make it great and balanced. Its good carbonation saved the day.
O: It's a good example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale even though the alcohol wasn't that much dissimulated to be able to get more complexity out of the beer. Basically there was too much alcohol for this flavor. Yet, it might've been one of the best BSDA that I've had for months.

 571 characters

Photo of Vladimiriuz
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poor this majestic belgian McChouffe in the nice Chouffe glass.
a Very nice dark brown with a very great foamy head appears...

a Little smell of chocolate, roasted barley smell with some lighty coffee elememts.

The taste is fantastic. Smooth, silky and very delicate.
Milk brown chocolate, some caramel en a very good body.

One of my favourite this great McChouffe!

 368 characters

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with an off-white frizzy head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet wine-like aroma with a caramel roasted malt scent.

T: Similar to the smell there is a caramel wine-like flavor with a Belgian yeast background.

M: Pretty boozy – full body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome Belgian Brew – great flavors and aromas.

 427 characters

Photo of TheDoctor
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque mud-grey-green-brown that looks ruby red in the light (looks like elegant bilgewater); has a good three-finger head of tiny-bubbled beige head that settles down quickly and leaves a fine coating. Okay retention; good lacing.

Earthy sweet tones. Cherries and dark fruit intermingled with cinammon and rum. There is a yeasty backbone but it certainly is below the radar.

Quite sweet but not sugary. Really strong notes of fruit and tea right up front with a rising yeastiness towards the end. Not sticky at all, hops and yeast do a great job of cleansing the old palate, with a clean finish and a slightly sticky lingering finish. Kinda tastes like root beer.

Medium bodied with okay carbonation (could have been a bit more for my taste). Decent head, fine finish.

Good beer. Not what I was expecting. It was a lot sweeter than I had hoped but thankfully it is a really fresh sweetness (not sticky/suffocating at all). Definitely not the best Belgian Brown I have had DEFINITELY not as good as their sweet, sweet IPA. But good. Would have again, but probably would not buy it again. If that makes sense.

 1,136 characters

Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, bottled in June 2004, poured into a wine glass. Thanks GTH!

A- Pours a murky brown color, topped with a large off-white head, nice retention and lacing.

S- Very fruity, lots of apple and dark fruit, some spice.

T- A bit of sweetness but not too much, starts out with a lot of dark fruit and apple, finishes with more emphasis on caramel, bread, a bit of spiciness. Not getting much of any oxidation or anything, this is actually tasting pretty nice after 9 years.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel.

O- A very enjoyable beer, and has held up impressively well after this amount of time.

 601 characters

Photo of DJoe
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

June 2013
A: Dark, cola-like with a lie head

S: Very appealing. Fruity and earthy, with a touch of sweetness.

T: Caramelly and sweet, but with a nice alcohol balance.

M: Some carbonation upon sipping.
O: Very enjoyable. Has both sweetness and crisp alcohol

Served in a 33cl blottle

 286 characters

Photo of sfprint
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Exp. 11/2013
A: Dark rootbeer and opaque, rootbeer/cola like head and carbonation. bubbles cling to edge of glass.
S: There's a glue/plastic scent. Rubber boot. Also a dark fruity sweetness. Paint. Pretty strange
T: Alcohol is well hidden. Like a not so sweet soda with a strange flavor. In the cola/rootbeer family. odd
M: Explosion of carbonation upon sipping.
O: certainly an odd beer. I wouldn't jump at this one, but not that I can't appreciate it's quality and uniqueness.

 480 characters

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong white head that turns into lacing on the glass. Dark brown to red in color.

The aroma is dominated by spicy phenols, some alcohol in the aroma, some pineapple.

The first things that hits you is spice, with a spice finish. I also pick up some notes of rum, but mostly the taste is dominated by black pepper.

Body is full.

Overall this beer is okay. It is kind of one dimensional when it comes to the malt and the hops. What makes it impressive is the yeast strain. The phenols and pepper are rather enjoyable.

 519 characters

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark oak in colour with about 1 finger of white sandy coloured head. Very nice lacing and retention.

S: Dark fruit, including cherries and raisons, together with some wet wood and yeasty notes. Hints of alcohol esters at the back end.

T: Dark fruits, cherries and raisons, with smooth maltiness. Wet wood and noticeable bourbon notes on the finish.

M: Medium bodied and light carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O: This is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. It is not overly complex, but the typical Belgian flavours you expect are present. Alcohol is there, but not overt as to highlight that it is 8%.

 609 characters

Photo of IPA35
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice murky brown beer with an off whie head, not too big as my glass is a little too small (haha). Quite a creamy head.

Smells malty; slightly earthy (I described such a scent as sligtly metallic in earlier reviews).
Caramel and a slighty dark fruitiness.

Hmmm, yeah. A Belgian dark ale? Sure it is dark and Belgian but this is also said to be a scotch ale. Given the taste, it probably is.

Quite malty. It has some Belgian yeasty fruitiness and this is a sweet beer but it is different. More earthy. Easy drinking and less sweet than most Belgian (dubbel styled) dark ales. Rather dark malts actually.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with good carbonation.

Overall a solid beer, I usually prefer my dark ales a little sweeter and more fruity but this is an interesting 'different' offering.

 795 characters

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.

 730 characters

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

Poured from 33 cl bottle into snifter.

A-Dark, to the point of being opaque, brown. Big foamy brown head with decent retention. Good strong lines of lacing left behind as head drops.

S-Prominent dark malts with hints of alcohol of spice.

T-Rich and sweet malts at the front of the tongue. Spicy nutmeg and cloves with some hints of hop bitterness finish things off.

M-Moderately full mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. A bit of astringency from the hops and good warmth from the alcohol finishes things off.

O-The first belgian dark I've tried. A nice complex and clean drinking beer. I really dig the look of this beer. Spot on for the style from what I read at least :p

 685 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is chestnut brown with a thick, khaki hued head. Lasting retention with ample lacing. The aroma offers a prominent dose of Belgian yeast right up front. Distinctly Belgian all the way. Brown bread, brown sugar, light spice, a bit of toffee and caramels. Relatively light bodied and fairly sweet. Moderate carbonation with only a touch of alcohol. A really solid beer. A nice beer to revisit now and then.

 413 characters

Photo of Radome
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle bought in Germany.

A - The beer is medium brown with a serious reddish tint. It is crystal clear. The off-white head is thick, fluffy and sticky at first, but collapses quickly, leaving thick Belgian lace and a thin cloud of bubbles.

S - The aroma is about the malt. Graham crackers, raisins and prunes. There is a hint of sharp hops and a bit of black pepper yeast note. Not overly complex.

T - Flavors are also very malt-focused. Slightly aged-tasting sweet malt. Molasses and raisins/prunes. There is not much hops flavor or bitterness to balance. There is a bit of yeast spice, but not much.

M - Medium body. Tingly carbonation. No alcohol burn. Finishes dry.

O - This is a clean, dry, well-made beer. It is only lacking in some complexity to make it truly great.

 801 characters

Photo of flyingpig
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (330ml, £2.90 from bottle shop in Glasgow's West End):
Ruby brown with a one centimetre tall, foamy, tan brown head on top that hold quite well considering the high abv. of the beer. Holds well and leaves some nice lacing.

Sweet malts and very dark fruits to begin, notiably some plums and raisin with a little cherry too. There is some brown sugar, some yeast and light alcohol along with a tiny amount of caramel but it could do with one smell taking charge and being more pronounced.

Sweet malts and sugar with some dark fruits, mainly raisin and plumbs with some figs. There is a bit of caramel and some yeast with a few hops in there as well. There is some yeast throughout and a bit of a boozy, alcohol taste towards the end

Medium bodied with lively, strong carbonation and a sweet and fruity palate with a fair bit of spice too.

A nice but, I would say I enjoyed it more than La Chouffe that I tried early last year but it's not a classic Belgian ale really.

 978 characters

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a coffee mug... yep.

Pours a... I can't see it because it's in a mug. Well it looks good from the bottle at least.

Smells sweet and malty.

Taste reflects the smell. Dark, sweet malts and fruity hops: rich fruits, slight pepper kick, bready fullness.

Overall a pretty good beer.

 314 characters

Photo of Etan
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a snifter.

A: Woody ruby with a nice off-white head. Good lacing and retention.

S: Dark fruits, nutty, apricot, pleasant alcohol warmth, bready.

T: Raisins, nutty brown bread, yeasty, dark candi sugar, cooked caramel, booze.

M: Somewhat dry, medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Alcohol shows a bit too much, but otherwise I like this yeasty BSDA.

 366 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a .3L McChouffe goblet at a cafe in France. Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2010.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of great cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark nontransparent brown.

Sm: Nuts, floral hops, caramel, and maybe even chocolate. It's hard to tell with my broken nose.

T: Layered subtle nutty notes, floral hops, chocolate notes, toffee, and caramelized malt lurking beneath the surface. Some underlying cream. Sadly, an unwelcome touch of alcohol hits just before the climax, exposing the poorly hidden booze (at 8%? come on...) Built well but imbalanced. Not all that complex.

Mf: Smooth enough to refresh, but coarse enough to coax out the flavour. Wet but not quite refreshing. Suits the flavours alright, but needs work.

Dr: High ABV is poorly concealed. Decently drinkable and of pretty good quality, but very pricey in France. The alcohol presence is a major issue here.


 944 characters

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light beige head, moderate retention with sticky, clear lacing on a light brown almost tudor brown body. Aroma dominated by raisins and dates with a touch of fig and a touch of some brown sugar. Taste is very raisin like with nice caramel malts and some candi sugar, brown candi sugar if there is such a thing. Either way, classic Belgium and classic Chouffe. Way to drinkable and totally delicious.

 450 characters

Photo of deebo
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle sitting in the fridge for the past year with a BB date of aug 8 2014 into a chalice
A-ruddy brown but transparent. A tan colored large bubbled head that quickly breaks down
S-Belgian yeast-phenols quite noticeable. Sweet malt also on the heavy side
T-similar to aroma. Estery non-descript notes.
M-soft mouthfeel with the alcohol being quite drying. Medium body and carbonation
O-a nice beer. Not overly anything. Soft mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink

 482 characters

Photo of Raven3464
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown body with a fluffy tow finger head. Retention is good.

Smell: Dark fruits (mainly plums), a sweet malt aroma and a pinch of booze are noted.

Taste: Pleasant plume and brown sugar flavors are noticed early. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is dominated by a sweet malt and alcohol mix which is not as appealing.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

Overall: I decided to try this brew after having La Chouffe, which I enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately, McChouffe is not nearly the same quality. This is not a bad beer but there is nothing special about it.

 630 characters

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