McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

930 Ratings
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89
very good

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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 31
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of mizzoueng
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Brown / Caramel in color with a light tan head. Head retention was poor. I got a good 1/2" of head during the pour, but it didn't stay for long.

Smell - Malty, spicey, some earth tones. Not overwhelming, very good balance and hid the alcohol.

Taste - Good. Roasted malts and some spice were blended well with some phenols that were hard to place. I got some yeast flavors once in a while, I think it was just a hint that was hard to place with all the other flavors that were present.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, heavy, thick. Served in a wineglass, this is a sippers beer.

Drinkability - Good. I really enjoyed this beer. At 11 bucks a bottle its a little pricey to drink often, but I wouldn't turn it down. I just wish it came in a regular sized bottle.

Photo of kajerm
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting, pours dark caramel brown. Ratebeer says this is a Scotch Ale, which makes sense with the name, but doesn't really fit the beer.

Aroma was dark malt sweetness and some belgian yeast esters. Alcohol is perceptible. If this is a Scotch Ale (and I'm going to go with BA and say it's not), then it's the most belgian scotch ale in existence.

Tastes like it smells, heavy malts and esters. My friend said it's a lot like La Chouffe (which I didn't get to try), only darker.

The mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, pretty standard for the style (either one.)

As is typical for a BSDA (or a Wee Heavy for that matter), not super-drinkable owing to the ABV and the sweetness.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.15/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A medium head a top a very cloudy garnet brew. No lacing.

S - Cranberries, cigarettes, currants and cherries. Ugh.

T - Slightly malty wiht a bit of fruit: cherries, currants and cigarettes. Well the last one isn't really a fruit. It is a subtle flavor, but it is a crappy one. Aftertaste is slightly malty with a bit of cigarettes.

M - A little hars, medium bodied, a tad frothy and not very refreshing.

D - It tastes like fricking cigarettes! Come on!! This is just absurd. I guess I see why they have the Scottish element. If you coat anything with cigarettes it suddenly earns the qualifier of "Scottish." Ridiculous. Did I mention that I hate cigarettes?

Photo of Gritsak
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep, dark ruby/brown with a light tan head that quickly dissapates to a light film.

S- strongy yeasty smell with some slight fruit hints

T- rich, earthy flavor. Yeast is definitely noticable but not dominant. Finish is light, yet flavorful.

M- Medium body, smooth and with good carbonation.

D- extremely easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden.

overall- Very solid belgian. Lacks the complexity of others (st.bernardus 12) but makes up for it with a nice clear flavor.

Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a milk chocolate brown with a light beige head and moderate lacing in my snifter glass.

Smell: Caramel, fig, dates, prune, some fig Newton bars, and a hint of chocolate invigorate the senses and induces tremendous anticipation through the aroma. This is a sniffing beer for sure. I could just burry my nose it.

Taste: Problem is it tastes so good go back and forth from sniffing to sipping sniffing sipping and the damn beer is gone =). It is smooth and malty with dark fruits, caramel, plum and spices cinnamon, citrus orange clove (particularly on the back end). It is thick and rich like drinking a pie. Magnificent. And the long lasting aftertaste keeps me wanting more!

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth rich and lively in the mouth with lots of spices and little alcohol.

Drinkability: It is exceptionally quaffable! What a great drinking beer. I found the specific niche that is my wife's favorite beers. BSDAs work every time. This is a great one!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of Stimack
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to give this brew a try last evening as I absolutely enjoyed the N’Ice Chouffe during the holidays. Once again I was very impressed with the offering. Brew poured to a nice vibrant brown color with a perfect sized head that filled the tulip glass to its rim. The head had a cream color to it, maybe even hedging on tan with good retention and a nice amount of sheeting lace. The aroma’s where very enticing, molasses, brown sugar, nut’s and dark fruit to name as many as I can remember. The taste was similar to the aromas that where mentioned along with a nice hop taste that adds to the pallet. This is a very nice sipping brew, not due to the alcohol (8%), which is actually hard to notice, but due to the complexity of the flavors that where noticed. This was a great brew and one of the highlights of the evening.

Photo of blackie
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

gotta love gifts of beer

appearance: Pours a 1" fluffy off-white head that gradually falls back. Great retention, with heavy ring and nice layer with a bottom fed "volcano" smack in the middle. Great retention, no lacing. The beer is a rich mahogany brown in color.

smell: At the front I find aged Euro hops, papery and spicy, alongside Pale malts and a subtle toffeelike aroma. I get aromas of a well-browned, crusty pie made with dark fruits and nuts...date and raisin maybe. Some subtle yeast esters and a touch of citrus. Light ethanol spice. Quite nice...simple and well balanced.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is high and lively, and the body has an airy medium feel to it.

taste: Pale Euro malts dominate, but with a lightly toasty, toffee sweetness that makes itself well known. Kinda reminds me of a dark Euro lager...but, you know, as a Belgian ale. Aged, papery Belgian hop flavor and a medium-light bitterness that lingers with a nutty note and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Medium-dry. Dark, crusty bread. Not a whole lot of complexity but definately well built. The "Mc" makes total sense now (never read the back of the bottle before, or inferred what was probably obvious), as there is a definate Scottish malt nuance to both the aroma and taste.

drinkability: Very easy...a nice, flavorful Belgian session beer, despite the 8% ABV. I probably would not go after this one again, but I'm glad to have tried it.

Not sure how well the classification fits, but it's a good beer regardless

Photo of joeskirkie
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown of course, I think the best way to describe it is flat, diluted cola. Not that that’s a bad thing for this style.

It smells malty and sweet, there’s a nutty hint in there too. It’s very nice.

The taste is quite delicious, there's a delightful caramel sweetness to it. It has a smooth and medium body. I'm thrilled that it comes in a 750 mL bottle because I know I want more.

Photo of roughsax
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @ CAH. Served in a goblet.

A: Dark brown. Thick, tan head fades to thin layer. Some lacing.

S: Sweet, nutty. A little light.

T: Sweet (maple, molasses), creamy, toasty, good mix. Little hop presence.

M: Light. Easy drinker. A little watery.

D: Excellent. Could have a few. Very smooth. Alcohol was non-present, which could sneak up on you if you have a few. A good beer from a great brewery.

Photo of hellsing3
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beautiful Belgian brown poured an extremely dark brown color with a thick frothy white head whith shades of coffee, about a inch head with nice lacing.

S: I smell sweetness, the first things that comes to mind are carmalized brown sugar, sweet molases and a little bit of chocolate. I also get slight notes of espresso and a fruity smell towards the end.

T: There is a very deep rich flavor in this brew. I taste sweet roasted malts. There is a sweet fruit flavor from cherries and also a bit of chocolate in the smooth finish.

M: This beer has a light to medium level of carbination that makes this brew easy to drink from start to finish.

D: This brew is made with elfin goodness, are these the same elves that work for keebler? A great beer and very smooth you don,t even notice the 8.5abv until you finish the 25oz. bottle. I liked this brew a lot. I would recommend this Belgian to try for yourself if you can pick it up.

Photo of rec
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brew appears a deep amber with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly but laces relatively well.

The aroma isn't pleasing to my nose, smeling of alcohol and bland nuts, mostly.

You can't really taste the alcohol, it's concealed by a complex mixture with fruits such as plum and cherry, with hints of caramel. However, nothing really stands out as delightful nor awful, but is a well balanced mixture despite the lack of highlights.

It generally tastes quite generic although very diferent than many of its dark ale brothers and is perhaps a tad over-carbonated, as well as watery.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a thick, light tan head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing down the tulip glass. The first whiff is almost metallic, but later, fruity notes of apple and fig dominate. Molasses and sweet pipe tobacco present as well.

The taste is both complex and well balanced, with subtle creamy malt and a raisiny plum and sour mash blend that lets you know the hops are in effect. Exceptional mouthfeel, semi-thick and bubbly up front and across the palate, leaves a slight hoppy aftertaste. Great carbonation. There's a lot going on in this beer to keep your tastebuds happy...definately recommended by this reviewer.

Photo of ChillMike
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

McChouffe:
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.

Cheers!

Photo of jettjon
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of jim102864
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of JasonA
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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...

Photo of ortsacul
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of jimdkc
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 930 ratings.