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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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818 Ratings
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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 24
Gots: 30 | 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 ChillMike


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful deep ruby red tha doesn't let much light in with a hefty off white head, that leaves just enough lacing around the glass.

S:Very sweet smelling, some nice candy sugar scents along with a fruit smell, I'm thinking a bit of cherry, and a bit of plum. Also a bit of choclatey malt smell. A very pleasant smell, just not enough of it, if that makes sense.

T: Very interesting taste, not what I was expecting at all quite a suprise. Let's see a mix of a cherry and light white chocolate taste then finishes with a nice coffee and caramel esque flavor. I have to say this was quite the treat.

MF: One of my only complaints about this beer is that it does feel just a tad bit too watery, I'd expect a beer that was this deep in color and flavor would be more "meaty" for lack of better words, it's also got just a wee bit more carbonation than I'd expect from this. That being said these are minor flaws in an otherwise great beer.

D: Scary enough I really can't taste the alcohol all that much and it is at 8.5%, I know it's not technically a winter warmer, but this was perfect for a night that was literally freezing in southern california.

Overall I'm really liking this beer and will have to pick it up again. Brasserie d'Achouffe is quickly becoming one of my favorites, they seem to get it right, from the presentation of the bottles to the taste of their wonderful beer.


Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 09:25:02 | More by ChillMike
Photo of jettjon


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 750ml bottle with no freshness date, decants into the pint glass a reddish brown, slightly hazy color with a bit of sediment in the pour, rather evenly distributed despite the bottle having sat upright for about two weeks in the beer fridge. Copious brown-tan head fades at a moderate pace leaving medium lace and a solid cap. Good looking beer here. Nose is a bit underwhelming, evincing minor malt and some dark fruit at best. Cold, warm, I was unable to coax anything else out; which is a disappointment. Taste is redeeming, however, with dark fruit and sweet malt up front, cherry/grape and a fairly moderate mild bitter finish. This is a pretty mellow beer. I had expected this to be classed as a dubbel, but it turns out a Belgian strong dark. Tomato, Tomahto, I suppose. Mouth is watery and semi-viscous, a bit thin to me. Drinkability is very good; it’s a mellow and pleasant, nay, cheerful beer.

Overall: A good, mellow, yet overall unremarkable Belgian brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 00:25:44 | More by jettjon
Photo of jmz62565


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

Pours a clear dark brown/ruby red with a giant tan foamy head. The head is huge and lasts forever leaving fantastic lacing. The smell is pungent with bready scents along with alcohol, sweet malt, candy sugar,and chocolate. The taste has aton of carbonation along with a "bisquity' flavor along with alcohol, alot of candy sugar and some dark fruit. The m/f is medium with all flavors mixing well. A damn good beer that should not be missed. You can't go wrong with this brewery.Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 06:20:27 | More by jmz62565
Photo of jim102864


4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a special Belgian. 1pt, 9.4oz bottle at 8.5% and well worth the purchase. Using a deep tulip glass, it pours a lovely dark chestnut brown with an ample tan head. Moderate carbonation. Hints of sugary sweet chocolate in the aroma. Malty, chocolatey taste with a smooth yet hearty mouthfeel which carries through to finish. Lace hugs the glass throughout the experience. Highly drinkable. A wonderful Belgian brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 16:46:00 | More by jim102864
Photo of kimcgolf


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer got better as it went along. Poured to a hazy brown with hints of orange. Aroma was apples and a hint of malt. As the glass warmed, the alcohol crept in to nicely round out the aroma. Flavor was good, though nothing really dominated, although hints of spice, possibly cinnamon, were evident. Mouthfeel was spicy, and the finish was smooth and somewhat warming. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 04:01:18 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of JasonA


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks wifey for this wonderful xmas present. Lets see how she did :)

Pours a dark thick ale. Surprisingly dark for a Belgian. Relatively thick head, with lacing and staying power. Settles thick, sits. Very nice.

Smells delicous. Amazing boquet. Im no expert, I cant place a lot of the smells but yummy. Something sweet to start. Definately belgian, but not the dry type of quad smell. Maybe carmel?

Not so roasted malt. Sweet caramel/toffee like. Little alcohol end. Very complex taste, I cant place a lot of this.

Superd. Smooth carbonation. No bite at all. Reminds me of cream soda almost. Not is taste but feel. Explodes in the mouth into what feels like a cloud.

Give me more. Very enjoyable complex offerring. I will be adding others from the brewery after finishing this.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 02:00:02 | More by JasonA
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Red auburn color with a few streams of bubbles. Head us full and pillowing, light khaki color.

S: Caramel, raisins, prunes and pecan pies.

T: Very light and subtle brown sugar sweetness. Some vanilla flavored prunes as well. Once it warms, some bubble gum starts to come through with some honey and oak. Finishes with gentle bitterness, moments of maple and alcohol on the tip of the tongue

M: Medium body, a bit fuzzy.

D: This is like a Belgian take on Newcastle, but much better. Its very simplistic but tasty none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 00:43:55 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of JayQue


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark brown, dense with no light getting through. A fairly large tan head hat dissipates quickly. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Nice aroma, kind of like a mild Mad Elf/Delerium Tremens type of fruitiness but much more suble. Taste has spices, fruitiness, probably raisins and plum. Much milder than Mad Elf but still more a beer to sip rather than belt down. I could drink several of these over the course of a few hours because it is nicely balanced without being overpowering.

I would have this beer in another category than DT and Mad Elf. Its kind of like a brown ale "belgian style"...Maybe "Imperial Brown Ale" or something.

Mouthfeel is rich without being heavy and drinkability is very good. Not quite a session beer because of the 8.5, but a few of these with good friends and without having to drive afterwards would be a good evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 18:35:27 | More by JayQue
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a rich chestnut brown with a fluffy tan head that thins, but maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Rather light malty aroma with a mild nuttiness with some fruity and bready tones.

Mild nutty malt flavor upfront leading into light bready and fruity flavors. Rather subdued flavor for a strong ale.

Full body, plenty of carbonation.

A pleasant and drinkable Belgian, but with a rather ordinary flavor compared to others in this style. Still, I had no problems consuming the entire bottle...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 01:49:32 | More by MaltyGoodness
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3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Three fingered head that failed after 2 minutes.

A - rich glowing brown S - burnt malt, yeast, and a bit of coffee at the end T - much the same as the smell; the malt hits hard to start, followed by an alcohol filled burst of carbonation into the sinuses...I don't much enjoy heavy carbonation but the flavor is mild enough to make it tolerable M - over-carbonated for my taste and I did not skimp on the pour D - not my favorite Belgian brown but I will certainly finish the 25.4 oz bottle.

It was very earthy and mild, overall. The alcohol is well hidden considering the strength and for that it's impressive. Something that I may grab on a cold winter night by the fire.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 03:20:51 | More by ortsacul
Photo of jimdkc


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark brown with a bubbly tan head. Leaves delicate lace on glass as you drink.

Subtle, but pleasant aroma. Sweetly malty with hints of belgian yeast.

Sweet taste. Dark fruit (plum, raisin) and carmel notes. A bit of spice from the hops. Yeasty notes. Surprisingly clean finish.

Medium body with relatively high carbonation. It works well here!

No problem putting away a 750 ml bottle of this! Very drinkable... but watch out for that 8.5% alcohol!

I'm becoming a big fan of Brasserie D'Achouffe! This was a very nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 03:38:11 | More by jimdkc
Photo of Bouncingsoul1682


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this on a whim looking to broaden my belgian horizons and I was thoroughly impressed....

Appearance: Poured nice and dark, some light emitting through.

Smell: Fruity notes, nothing too distinguishing.

Taste: Reminded me alot of Chimay Grand Reserve, which is good thing.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated but not to the extent that say Duvel is, it's a good carbonation that enhances the flavor.

Drinkability: I would definetly get it again very drinkable, very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 05:45:02 | More by Bouncingsoul1682
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was really looking forward to drinking this bottle, my wife and I had just finished putting up and decorating our Christmas tree, without shouting, or any stamping of feet etc.

We knew what was waiting, once we has sorted out how the tree should look (silver and blue, are the colours this year, I am told, gold and red were once in vogue, but not this year, OK!).

Best by, drink by date, on the .75 litre green bottle said 04/05/2009. I think we should have left it a year or two ( I wonder what colour coding will be the 'in thing' for christmas trees in 2008), because this beer left me and the wife sadly, unimpressed.

A dull aubergine body with an equally dull, dark, off-white head. I poured the beer into two Duvel glasses, one with no sediment, the second, got the lot. Obviously in the second glass the beer was darker and had a more earthy aroma and taste, but only just.

The aroma from both glasses was very poor, even as the beer warmed up. A slight malty, hoppy wiff arrived later, caramel maybe, but only the second glass with sediment in really had something to write about.

The taste was as the aroma, not flavourless, but I struggled to find anything that stood out, or made the beer noteworthy.

No body at all for an 8% brown beer.

I am sure I have had this beer before, when in Brussels, years ago, and enjoyed it, sadly, this review doesn't reflect that memory, only what I had tonight.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 00:12:12 | More by BlackHaddock
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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Speaks of “Scottish Ale/Abbey Ale”, top fermenting yeast, spring water, English Golding & Saaz hops, bottle fermentation “lees”, serving temp suggestion 50-55 F, glassware suggestion (tall McChouffe glass) and a best before end of 2008. Great info!

Aroma: Candi sugar and Belgian yeast with hints of cotton candy and dark malt

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black but with thick clear edges. A good finger of tight creamed coffee head looks like it might outlive me. It gave up some lacing but dropped to a clump and a collar.

Flavor: First hit is a bit metallic, but a nice grainy malt base shows up and saves the day. Grape flavor is pretty strong. A fair hop bitter, a touch high for most Belgian examples. There are some aspects that remind me of Rochefort 8, but while this is a nice beer, it’s not in the same league. Still, some of the same honey dew melon flavor as the Rochefort.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit overdone leaving it fizzy. Body is medium and leaves a mild coat in my mouth.

Overall Impression: A nice beer. It has a strong grape soda element to it that is enjoyable, but gets to be a bit much in the bomber. The more I drank and to warmer it (and I) got, the more Rochefort qualities came out. I’m impressed with this one and would suggest it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 04:17:41 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Estarrio


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

Pours a dark, burgundy/brown with a fine, tan head. The thin head, quickly gives way to silky lacings.

Sweet malt, raisin, clove and phenols make for a pleasant aroma.

Sweet malt and candied sugar up front. Raisin, red grape, dates, and a slight, earthy phenol flavor create a complex taste. There are also some hints of clove and peppery alcohol. Overall, the alcohol is very well masked.

Lightly syrupy, medium bodied and well carbonated, this has a pleasing mouthfeel. A highly drinkable Belgian dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 01:10:39 | More by Estarrio
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle that I picked up in Belgium, with a best before 2008.

Pours a cloudy, red tinged, dark brown with a two finger head that fades quickly to a thick cap, leaving behind a thick sheeting of lace behind.

Smell; very nice dark fruit aromas with plums, dates and maybe a little raisins. There's also some nice caramel, and toffee notes, and I'm also piking up a little coffee in here as well.

Taste; the toffee and caramel are very evident in the flavor with the dark fruits with plums, dates and raisins filling out the middle. The finish has a very rich chocolate presence with a little bit of some coffee notes in there, and touches of yeast. This has a very unique flavor profile, that I'm really liking tonight.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very smooth but active carbonation, and the drinkability is just great. I'm having a hard time putting down my glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 02:45:16 | More by RedHaze
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Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Belgian beer unlike any I have tasted.

The beer produces a big, pillowy head when poured. This will eventually recede, but not die out…leaving nice lacing. The beer itself is a reddish-brown. It is slightly cloudy, and when held up to a light, significant carbonation can be seen.
The beer tastes very sweet…very much like a wee-heavy but with some interesting spice in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side but this doesn’t seem to detract from the beer. I would highly recommend this beer and I am interested in sampling some of the brewery’s other styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 04:44:09 | More by manchester81
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle
A: Ruddy brown in the glass, fluffy tan head that fades into a nice lace, begs to be drank, drunk, drinked
S: Loads of fruity esters, caramel, wood and leaves
T: Sweet and malty with very little hop prescence, really nice smokey flavor up front, with lots of sweet fruit on the finish, alcohol is not easily detected
M: Super creamy, with very little carbonation, warms the belly
D: For a relatively big beer, this is supremely drinkable, would make for a lively and short session. Good Stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 07:43:04 | More by seedee17
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet.

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is fluffy at first, light tan. A few sticky trails left behind after it recedes, and some big bubbles in the foam blanket.

S: Sweet aroma with clovey, peppery Belgian yeast. There's a very slight sour quality to the aroma.

T: Malty up front, with a good sweetness of caramel and some dried figs. Prunes, red wine grapes, cherries, and baked apple with cinnamon. Delicious. Finishes with a very light bitterness, and a continuation of the complex fruitiness. This is a damned fine beer.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth.

D: I have no idea what an "Artisanal Belgian Brown Ale" is, and I've read quite a bit on Belgian beer. But categories be damned, this is a really nice beer. I haven't had too much from this brewery, but what I've had has been very, very good. I'll be going back to this beer, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 05:14:40 | More by rarevos
Photo of wavz


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice deep oak color with a nice retention of head, but not as much as a regular Bulgium style beer. But remember this is a Artisanal Belgium Brown Ale.

S- Yeasty with a big fruit and caramel finish. Get a big nose full of this one, it has some great aromas.

T- Dry, Sweet, Fruity, Yeasty, Caramel, with a hint of apple.

M- A balanced carbonated beer with a dry finish.

D- This is a greatly balanced beer that a beginner in Belgium beers would be happy with. Also try out the very intresting Tripple IPA.


Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 03:40:14 | More by wavz
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a deep mahogany with lots of nice tan head. The head retains well.

Smell – Very fruity upon the first whiff. There is some yeast, lots of spice, plums, and sugar. Nicely balanced and pleasant.

Taste – I liked my first sip because this beer had all those nice dark Belgian flavors without the bite that most have. It is sweet with lots of dark fruit flavor, some coriander, and a touch of alcohol. A nice effect.

Mouthfeel – Relatively creamy. Carbonation is a little tickly. Right for the style.

Drinkability – Great.

This is a solid beer. Nothing outstanding but very reliable.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 01:20:32 | More by Orrshow
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New York

4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33 cl. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: A very dark and slightly hazy amber body with an off-white head that fades rather fast (I need to stop serving these so cold, but this review's over a long period of time as I'm drinking it), though the lacing, by the first pour and with subsequent small swirls, leaves some nice wet clumps around the glass.

Smell: Lots of yeast, fruit, blackberry, definite blueberry, mild earthy phenols, some sourness almost like a lambic or a Flanders red with the sour cherries aroma, a healthy dose of pepper spice, and some vinous qualities. Balanced and extremely complex. Sweeter and more delicate flavors also start to surface as it warms.

Taste: Vinous characters are apparent initially, some dark fruit malt notes, apple and blueberry are coming through, sugar cookies, mild medicinal phenols, mild chocolate, caramel, and the faintest amount of curbing hops at the finish, which is balanced and sweet with the apple, blueberry, and sweet peppery spice dominating, until the tingue of hops at the end, all of it providing a very long and lingering finish. There's so much more in this too that I'm sure I'm not picking up on. Exeptional.

Mouthfeel: Ultimately creamy, smooth, and silky, with a fairly full body that doesn't seem cloying to me at all.

Drinkability: Absolutely wonderful stuff, and it makes me love the style even more, as I can't get enough. It never ceases to amaze me how nuanced some of these brews in the style are, and this is surely one of them without a doubt. Looks like I'll be getting as much from the brewery as I can to see if any can match this. I've seen them, but I was always hesitant for some reason to pick up more. Things are gonna change now.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 03:03:15 | More by asabreed
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights. The head is a huge rocky mass that hangs around awhile and leaves sheets of lacing.

Smell is strong caramel malt base with dark fruit, chocolate, and alcohol.

Taste is exceptionally smooth and balanced. Cherries and chocolate are the dominating flavors. Bready yeasty spices and a slight mustiness add nice complexity. I am surpised at the dryness in the finish, but only mild bitterness. Alcohol is well concealed.

Mouthfeel is medium to full. Nice and creamy.

This is a very tasty treat. Certainly worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 00:36:35 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cloudy brown with a thick long lasting creamy head.

Has a light musty and earthy smell with a noticeable yeast scent.

Flavor is sweet and creamy with dark fruit notes, a nice maltyness, some yeasty flavors, a noticeable spicyness, and a touch of woodyness.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a smooth warming quality.

Very drinkable, a tasty belgian treat I will look forward totrying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 00:29:49 | More by bashiba
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3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into my McChouffe glass.

Appearance - Pours a muddy brown color with a touch of amber in it. The head is massive (due partly to the very tall and thin glass) at about four fingers. It slowly evaporates and leaves excellent lacing behind. The head itself is extremely silky and is an off-white/eggshell color. There is an average amout of carbonation activity within the beer. And the color of the beer is a dark, very clear, brownish amber.

Smell - Lots of sourness and a decent amount of alcohol on the nose. What little hop aroma there is seems to be somewhat floral. The malt smell is alos very elusive, but has a slightly toasted smell to it.

Taste - Again sourness up front. This slowly gives way to a powerful nutty flavor (mostly peanut and almond). The hops have a mostly bitter character, with only slight floral notes. They are fairly subdued, however. The malt is again and as well fairly subdued. Toasted and slightly rich in flavor, and definitely a back burner attribute of this beer. The most impressive taste about this ale is the strong nutty flavors. The finish and aftertaste are dominated by sourness and earthiness from the yeast. Moderate alcohol burn accompanies the entire taste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is very well done with this particular ale, and it has a very smooth mouthfeel even with a fairly light body.

Drinkability - The sourness and nuttiness may get a little overpowering after drinking a decent amount of this stuff, so I think that this takes away from its overall drinkability, but certainly not from its flavor alone.

Overall, this is a decent brown ale in all categories except for its superb nuttiness and curious sourness. It has decent drinkability and a very good mouthfeel. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 00:51:08 | More by dblinkhorn
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.