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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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very good

878 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 30
Gots: 56 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

JeltMaaj, Jun 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

tree777, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Cburden, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

MQ3867, Jun 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Tarso, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

GRG1313, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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....

dacrza1, Jun 12, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

scottbham, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Hellpop65, Jun 08, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

ThaneMcC, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

khargro2, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

stephy1771, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

vamil95ce, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Andy_Luft, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

outoffocus, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Pug, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jerryt0000, May 17, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FLima, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

bcsbeer, May 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

mikeburd1128, May 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

dmorgan310, May 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

JazzDrew, May 04, 2014
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.