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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

892 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 31
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 phisig137
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby hued dark brown, slightly hazy, and a one finger creamy head. Slowly falls, leaving behind nice lacing.

The nose here is dominated by by the yeast; dark fruits, molasses, and caramel. On the palate, much the same, with malty flavors of caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar. Nice lingering touch of roasted grains on the finish. Well balanced, and easy to drink, with a flavor that lingers for a while. Has everything I look for and more in a strong dark ale. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, and drinkability is good. Only a slight alcohol presence is noticed after the first glass.

Another good beer from an outstanding brewery. Gotta love those gnomes!

phisig137, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is ruby and brown with an intense head that looks like silk foam. It has to be about 3 fingers worth. Artisanal lacing coats the glass with every sip. Nose is a bit floral and very sugary. It smells good but I do wish there was more going on. Taste is the sugar of pear juice, a bit of smokey caramel, and maybe some dark fruit. Pretty nice. Mouth is punctuated by delicate carbonation that hits here and there and feels creamy. In all, I've never met a Chouffe that I didn't like and this one begs to be bought again.

TheBungyo, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass.

Poured a dark brown with a big, fluffy light brown head that had good staying power. Very attractive.

Aroma was of sweet malts and some figs.

Taste we of dark fruits, roasted malts, candy sugar and some alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel was very nice...medium body, cleansing and very smooth. Quite impressive for the style.

Overall, very drinkable. Quite smooth and wonderful tasting. The ABV is hidden quite well.

atigerlife, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of nicefix
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thick head with nice lacing. Deep brown in color. Smells fruity with apple spice. Tastes of fruity spice with an almost nutty middle and spicy finish.
This was my third tasting of the night. So I was starting to loose some sensativity on the palate.

Very interesting and complex. In my opinion, better on tap than in the bottle.

nicefix, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of roblowther
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with dense tan lacing that (mostly) fades quickly. Looks great, in short. Smells a bit acidic, with only a hint of caramel in the background. Taste is much better, with notes of caramel and rasins. The aftertaste is a bit metallic, echoing the acidic smell. Mouthfeel is very good, with good carbonation & lots of small bubbles adding interest to the silky overall texture. Drinkability is good, although the aftertaste may wear on me before too long. Overall, a very good, though not great, beer.

roblowther, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a "Great Chouffe Party" gift box at Riley's inlcuding 750s each of this and the LaChouffe as well as a sweet Chouffe tulip. Shared with expatsteve over a mini Belgian brown/dark ale session.

Pour: murky strawberry-amber under an inch of khaki cream.

Nose: spicy yeast, lactose/vanilla cream and dark fruits dominate.

Taste: spicy lactose yeast, yogurt, lemon-grass funk, minty hops and sugar sweet booze in the finish.

Feel: light, thin body, smooth, ephemeral carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: smooths out as it warms, still not as balanced as some of the previous browns/darks in the session. Still a well-made, complex brown that nicely complements its brother, LaCouffe's, fruity lightness.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, which turns blood plum under light. 1 inch head - thick bubble bath suds. No real visibility and low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Lemongrass, biscuity caramel and chocolate malts. Orange rind, coriander and plums - unique and interesting.

Taste: Pine with a little initial graininess. Caramel back palate. Nuttiness on the front palate, with a few hints of grass. Good hops presence, and some nice spices present. Port notes as it warms. There does seem to be a slightly distracting vegetal quality.

Mouthfeel: Light, nice - bitterness up front gives way to a nice clean malt finish.

Drinkability: A nice dark ale with some signature d'Achouffe notes and spices. From the bottle, the malts were a little subdued giving this some "flat" moments. But certainly worth checking out.

expatsteve, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of mjc410
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice, this beer is a translucent orange-brown, raising a rocky light tan head. The color is a marvel, very rich and inviting. So is the smell, being entirely sweet malty caramel. The taste begins the same way, albeit more intensely, and accompanied by roastiness and hints of cocoa. It then moves to a slight, short biscuit phase. ending on a juicy-sweet note, which is slightly citric. In the mouth, it's medium-thick, and carbonated enough to be nice and tingly. Overall, I rate this so highly because it's complex, sweet without being cloying, and very warming. A most enjoyable Belgian melding of the Scottish tradition.

mjc410, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a good-sized head. Aroma is very malty and bready with a touch of molasses and hops.

Taste is roasty and malty sweet. Nice complexity with Belgian yeast flavors, candy and brown sugar, and a good blend of base malt and hops. Some traces of dark fruit, earthy, some caramelly cola, no trace of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, not real heavy, could pass for a dubbel. Nice and drinkable Belgian brew, the text on the label (besides the name) leads me to believe this may have some Scottish influence but it isn't obvious. Good but not exceptional.

assurbanipaul, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a New Belgium chalice glass. Pours a very dark garnet-tinted brown with a rocky, lasting head. Excellent lacing. Nose is full of dark, sugary fruits and modest malt, somewhat roasted. Malts come through much more clearly in the taste, with roasted, toasty notes and some light caramel. Flavor is yeasty, with fruity esters that aren't really identifiable, and somewhat acidic in the finish, though it remains sweet throughout. Big bodied.

Lots of good flavors here, but overall, they don't work together real well. I find it vaguely...disappointing.

allengarvin, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"McChouffe"...hummm. I wonder if they have been sued by McDonald's yet? Call it what they want--this is great beer! A style-typical dark malt color with browns, rubies, mohogany colors that swirl around a mild haze. Firm and fluffy carbonation that deserves a '5'. Smells candy sweet and fruity fresh with an underlying berry tartness, hoppy spiciness, and vineous alcohol. Flavors unlock the same character but with more power that the aroma suggests. Fruity with dates, figs, grapes, blackberries, and a hint of raisons. Sweet with a light molassas, cotton-candy, candied sugar flavor. Hopped / spiced with a peppery, earthy, musky, nutty character. Throw in a bit of red-wine just for good measure. The beer feels full, but light (carbonated) in the mouth. Mildly prickling and numbing. Leaves the mouth a bit sticky sweet, but not off-putting. This is indeed a super beer!

BEERchitect, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 11.2 ounce bottle with a cool screenprinted hunchback guy on it. It poured a gorgeous orange amber with a huge cratery tan head. The body was hazy and had a moderate amount of junk floating around in it. Very carbonated. The aroma was mostly of apple and pear to me mixed with some darker fuits and a kinda of medicinal smell. This smelled like it was going to be a yeasty delight. The taste came through with lots of dark fruity flavors. Incredibly rich but not bitey. The mouthfeel is quite full; Thick and slick. This is incredibly drinkable. The alcohol is barely noticeable but there is enough to warm you up nicely. Overall this was a little too carbonated but still quite intriguing.

kbnooshay, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Fish113d
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served chilled into a tulip glass.

Pours the color of chestnuts with a dense, tan, 1 1/2" head that dissipates to about 1cm of surface layer along with some clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is pungeunt from 1 1/2 ft away! Aroma is quite fruity up front on my nose with a butterscotch coming in behind it (this describes a buttery aroma and caramel) to me. A bit of alcohol backs this up. Decent nose, but could be more interesting.

Sharp carbonation up front with a plum flavor combined with caramel. Rather creamy actually in body, and body is medium but still crisp enough to feel refreshing. I also get a bit of alcohol on the tip of my tongue, and toward the swallow the flavor changes over to just a bit of sugar and some slight floral taste. Interesting.

Very drinkable, and sharable with a 750ml bottle. Another well done brew. I'm sure anyone who enjoys belgians in the least bit would enjoy this one.

Fish113d, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent head with impressive lace; very dark brown--light won't penetrate.

The aroma is primarily malt but there is a nice hop balance to it.

The bottle states that this is a combination of a Scotch Ale and a Belgian Abbey Ale. This is true. It is mostly malt with a wee heavy alcohol content. Still there is a nice hop component that balances the beer well. Full bodied yet properly carbonated.

This is a beer I was expecting far less. It seemed gimicky to me, but this beer is very flavorful and enjoyable.

smcolw, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I must say, this began much "brighter" than it concluded. Poured a cloudy brown orange colour with plenty of debris, as expected. Foamy khaki head with loosely knit bubbles, subsided to a blanket of frost in about 60 seconds. The smell was exceptionally fruity and malty. Smelled delicious. Plenty of stewed fruits and raisins. Then came the taste. It was decent, I suppose. Not very complex, and no one flavour profile really captivated me. I thought it was rather boring and simply an average Belgian at best. I also thought it had a bit too much carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't smooth and seamless, as I had expected. Instead, it was abrasive and almost offensively carbonated. Good thing this was given to me and I didn't have to pay for it.

SilentSabre, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA for $4.59. Kinda pricey, but I wanted to try this.

Pours a nice medium brown with a solid tan head into my Sam Adams Black Lager footed glass. Big, no, huge chunks of yeast fall from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, slightly roasty, raisiny, and dark fruits like a Quadrupel (like Rochefort 10). The flavor follows through, with charcoal and an odd chemical ending that I can't place.

The mouthfeel is ince and filling, but not too big. But I wouldn't want to drinak a lot of this at once.

I'm told that this is Chouffe's take on Scotch Ale, which admittedly I don't know much about. This is good, I wish I knew how faithful to style it was.

Dukeofearl, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of haz77
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark red red. 2 inches of tan head drops to a well retained fingers worth. Looks to have moderate carbonation.

S - Plum, raisin, musk, spicy alcohol, vanilla, phenols

T - Earthyness and caramel sit upfront. Peppery hops then a slightly sweet finish with alcohol present, but very well masked.

M - Quite thin and surprisingly high in carbonation.

D - Nice enough and not as much going on as others in the style. Certainly drinkable.

haz77, May 22, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at New Beer Distributors.
It's possible that this bottle was a bit past its prime but I found no freshness date to say one way or the other. Something about this brew struck me as a bit stale. There's some kind of candy in the flavor but I can't pin it down. Medicinal flavors also live in here. Cooked sugar and raisins... perhaps in a slurry.
The 8% alcohol is well hidden behind the sweetness. Pretty easy drinking and pretty smooth but over all I found this to be pretty average, if not lacking, for a Belgian strong dark ale.

ommegangpbr, May 11, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky, opaque reddish-copper color with a large, thick, frothy tan head. Dry, musty / earthy aroma - lightly fruity, yeasty, a little spicy...kind of cautious. An intriguing, entanglement of organic flavors casually coats the mouth. Dry fruits and spices, sweet malts, and yeast. More mustiness in the taste but its a bit more restrained. Some lingering phenols and even a little smoke. Medium mouthfeel with solid carbonation and no hint of alcohol.

This is a very interesting belgian ale. A little confusing overall but maybe its supposed to be. Crazy gnomes...

wedge, May 10, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark clouded brown/copper color under a big cream-tan head. Good retention layer and patchy lacing form about the glass. Aroma is fruity with prunes, raisons, and green grapes. Soft sweet malts, spice, peat, and very mild resinous and floral hops hit the nose. Taste starts dry, continues dry, and finishes dry. Interesting grape-like/spiced hop dryness, sweet caramel, bready grain, big hop spice, tobacco smoke, and bubble gum. Mouthfeel is implosive in its dryness, with perfect complimentary carbonation and goes down quite easy. Woah suprise alcohol. I read the percent off the bottle but other than the body and density, I completely forgot this was a good 8% Pretty drinkable at that.

Definitely good, and great if you love dry spicey hops. Aroma is mild but you can certainly pick out yummy things in it. Taste is different from any other versions of this style I've had and I like it. Nice.

tastybeer, May 10, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, allowed to warm up, out of the fridge for about 30 mins. "best before end of 2006" printed onto the bottle. Pours dark auburn, murky with a HUGE thick, creamy and long lasting head Leaving oodles of thick and sticky lacing and sheeting. Malted milk, peat, alcohol on the nose. Bold and smooth brew. Smoky, malty notes of more peat, earthy, slight soapyness. Nice dark brew from d'Achouffe. Well worth picking up some of this widely available brew and enjoying with a hearty meal.

Billolick, May 08, 2006
Photo of claytri
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a dark amber with a respectable tan head. The aroma was simply of good malt. The taste was very light malt a tad sweet. The feel was medium and dry. The label declares this a scotch belgian cross for me it just doesn't work. You basically took two things I love and combined them to give me something that weakly resembled both at times, but did nothing to make me go this is good.

claytri, May 02, 2006
Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty tiny bubble lacing. Dark mahogany brown. Aroma offers soft complexity. A number of different features are tasted in the mouth. Soft backbone of Belgian yeast, on first thought this is a bruin. Some notes of toffee. No alcohol, some warming. Medium lingering. Not positive I taste Scotch notes, this is far too light. There is however some gentle liquere like notes as it warms. A very sweet brew. Perhaps some Belgian sugar in there? A gentle balance overall and very enjoyable. Against others similar to it, this beer sadly doesn't offer as much to celebrate - not the same level of strength, depth, or complexity. On its own however, this is a lovely beer - very easy going, light and most defintely enjoyable

biegaman, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml capped bottle into my La Chouffe tulip glass. Brownish-ruby body is topped by a huge, foamy tan head that disippates into a good one-finger or so after a couple of minutes. Good carbonation. Aroma of some lightly sweet, medium-bodied malt, tasty Chouffe Belgian yeast, and an underlying clove spiciness. Palate features the dueling influences of some rich, lightly roasted caramel malt, a bit of Euro hops, and the somewhat overpowering yeast. Notes of clove, white pepper, biscuit, and a touch of caramel. Massive alcohol presence on the finish leads to a nice warming sensation all the way down the throat. Nice, medium body is not too fizzy and conveys the flavor quite well. I was, um, forced to finish the 750 bottle by myself. Not like it was punishment.

ElGordo, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium to dark reddish color- changes significantly in the light- some off white head, not too much though. Looks... greasy. Really greasy. Nose is all over the place- it wants to be citrus zest but doesn't quite get there, wants to be candy-ish but isn't really, wants to be piney but it doesn't... just chaos.

Taste is bland. Teetering on boring. Some alcoholness, some dark ripe fruits- but you have to dig for it. Just... bland. Mouthfeel is full and sudsy- the best part of this brew, in my opinion. A good feel. Fairly drinkable, especially considering the alcohol content. But this did not live up to the hype. Meh.

scooter231, Mar 30, 2006
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.