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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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850 Ratings
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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 28
Gots: 46 | 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 Gusler


4/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer after disassociating itself from the 750ml dark green bottle sets in the glass a brilliantly clear brown color with a semi-creamy tan head piled high on the body, lace a thick and sticky sheet to obscure the glass. The aroma of yeast, hops, sweet malt, a bit of peat smokiness, all rolled up into one, crisp and fresh, the start is inconspicuous in its sweetness, the malts plentiful and the top fair to middling in its feel to the palate. The finish is unrelenting in its acidity, the hops pleasing it their spicy presence, quite dry aftertaste and a fine drinking beer.

06-29-2004 23:23:32 | More by Gusler
Photo of edchicma


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Nice dark cherry color with a nice head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing. Smell is a bit brandy-like with malt elements. Taste is lighjtly sweet, with an extremely dry mouthfeel and finish. Alcohol presence is there but not slam bang. Definitely not a guzzler..the extremely dry finish is somewhat distracting. Paid $7.99,,,,probably prefer a Unibroue offering instead.

06-28-2004 23:40:39 | More by edchicma
Photo of cbl2

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%


Crystal amber brown with a huge tan head.


Spicy nose to this one. Malts are promised as is something else I can't put my finger on…


Super smooth at first followed by semi-sweet malts with some fruit characteristics. Finish is hoppy but not bitter. An outstanding brew!

06-24-2004 00:04:17 | More by cbl2
Photo of irishmoss


4.55/5  rDev +14.3%

This pours a rich mahogany brown color with an immense two-finger light tan head that form crevices and peaks. The head stays for the entirety and clings in a thick dense wall all over the glass.
The aromas are spices, fruits, and even a little sweetness. The flavor is has a distinct spiciness that cuts across the pallet in crisp, slightly bitter fashion. Slight caramel hints present themselves throughout, and a peppery, alcohol feeling is left in the back of the throat. As far as mouthfeel is concerned, I couldn't be happier. Perfect carbonation and medium body that has a coating effect on the tongue that I found surprising in Belgian brewed ale. Great ale, with great drinkability and I hope to get some more ASAP....

06-04-2004 05:56:55 | More by irishmoss
Photo of Suds


3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

This beer introduces itself with a serious peppery phenolic smell. There’s also a heavy, sugary-malty aroma, mixed with yeast and a touch of alcohol. It’s a dark brown beer with a moderate, creamy head. There’s a lot of fruit in the taste…ripe cherries and plums, also yeast and generous brown sugar flavors. Pleasant malt backbone. It’s sweet, with a medium body. Alcohol warming sets in after the first few sips. Finish is peppery and lingering, with a little hop bitterness. It’s a solid and drinkable beer.

05-23-2004 00:28:04 | More by Suds
Photo of Jason


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Dense frothy head, similar to frothed milk the color is of the deepest brown with some haze. Smells if phenols and earth, bubble gum and sangria soaked fruit. Wet and a little thin on the body, the inner lining of the maltiness holds a hermit like character. Peppery snap of the phenols and some hop bitterness wake the palate up. A solid caramel and wavering alcoholic character meld middle to end. Finishes spicy sweet.

05-02-2004 21:03:38 | More by Jason
Photo of jonnylieberman


4.1/5  rDev +3%

Poured brown with red highlights into my snifter from a 750ml bottle. Thick head with large bubbles--off white. Faded quick.

Smell--Apples! Sour apple, candi sugar, caramel. Apples!

Taste--Light tasting, surprisingly so. Caramel is present. Very malty. Berries. Strawberry and even cranberry are both present. Quite nice.

Medium/light mouthfeel.

Highly quaffable.

Nothing to indicate this beer is 8.5%. Should have bought two...

04-30-2004 04:32:31 | More by jonnylieberman
Photo of granger10


3.4/5  rDev -14.6%

What no cork? Interesting. Anyways, this beer poured a murky brown color with a tan head that was fizzy (weird). The nose on this beer was amazing! Very vinous with spicy notes. Herbal and sweet. Fussel alcohols as well. Unfortunately the taste was not near as good. The vinous flavors are very weak. Caramel is the main flavor I get but it does not have staying power either. Also slight woodyness to it along with a bittersweet chocolate flavor. But all of those flavors are quite weak and don't mesh together. Just one at a time. Strong alcohol flavor comes in the middle and lingers until the finish and beyond. Yeast is not really noticeable (weird). The bottle says for this to be consumed before end of 2006. I'm betting that this beer could age well beyond even that, and maybe be a much better beer.

04-11-2004 20:35:11 | More by granger10
Photo of beergeek279


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

Served in the 750 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is dark amber, with a wispy head. The smell is dark malty sweet. The taste is malty with a strong hop backing and a noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Not a bad dubbel-style at all. More hopped than most of the ones I've had, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This is one I'd have again.

04-02-2004 04:25:24 | More by beergeek279
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

Deep brown body with a thick, light tan head that sticks around for hours. Perfect. The smell is sweet, with a hint of peppery spicy flavors. The taste is smooth and mellow with an almost herbal finish. Incredibly smooth. The mouthfeel is nice and warm, very inviting, coating, yet light on the palate. Very nice, extremely drinkable.

04-02-2004 01:14:32 | More by jlervine
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours a very hazy brown with a thick tan head. Lots o' lace. Smell is caramel and smoky. Thick rich malty aromas and the fruitiness you would expect from a Belgian interpretation of a scotch ale.

Taste is big rich malt. Fruity yeasty flavors and smoky caramel. Luxurious caramel and molasses. Bitter as it finishes. Sticky on the tongue. Sweet malty aftertaste. Oh yeah, smooth as silk. Very drinkable for 8.5% ABV. Really, really good beer.

04-01-2004 02:01:32 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of benmiliron


4/5  rDev +0.5%

Big bottle of this cost 9.99.

A good beer again from the Chouffes! Very very fruity, phenolic smell. Spicy, but not as much as N'ice Chouffe. Not as fluffy as La Chouffe. McChouffe is brown, sugary and a heavy hitter on the alcohol content. A bottle did me in!

All in all a good beer, but I prefer it's cousins La and N'ice.

03-13-2004 15:40:13 | More by benmiliron
Photo of pheurton


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

carmel colored mahogany with a lucsiously thick and creamy looking off white head. grainy sweetness on the nose, with hints of melon, clove, and yeast. more than ample carbonation. a little bit thin in the body. quick dose of slick carmel sweetness, cut by a peppery clove sensation and a kiss of saaz like hopiness. gets a little fuller as it warms. alcohol is cloaked well, and this beer went down with no problem. not hugely complex or overbearing, but a nice dark ale that cloaks is strength well and consistently invites another sip. enjoyable.

02-24-2004 00:36:17 | More by pheurton
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Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

750ml, aged 1 year, from a douglas scotch ale glass. Burgundy-brown beer with a big foamy and frothy off-white head that holds the glass reasonably. Flavor profile is yeasty, deeply malty, caramelic and notes of licorice and cloves(which I usually dont particularly like, but fits well here). Bitterness, Astringence. Rather complex, with everything well balanced and pleasant. A beer I love, typical belgian spiciness with a charming round body and dangerously drinkable given its ABV. Belgian take on scotch ale? Sounds about right!

02-04-2004 05:15:14 | More by Rastacouere
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West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +3%

Big Bottle of McChouffe: Layers on a nice full two finger sized head with cream caramel colored head with a tan brown ambered bodied ale leaving thick patches of lacing. Aroma: Nice mellow spiced fruit tones with mildy toasted malts that fullfill the beer loving soul. Taste: Mild chocolate fulfiling notes of fruit and mild farm house spices excellent beer. Sweet finish not overally sweet nice scotch smokiness going on in the background. Mouthfeel: Fluffy effervescent carbonation mild body great taste. Drinkability: So good it's hard to imagine a Belgian this smooth and tasty.

01-19-2004 03:29:46 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Zorro


4.58/5  rDev +15.1%

Pours a NICE clear mahogany brown.

Smells of apples and iced tea, and a bit of malt. There is also an alcohol solvent smell to it and more complex smells riding on it like oak and spice.

Tastes mildly sweet with a very complex mix of flavors. There is a solid maltiness to this and a peanut brittle flavor. The taste is hard to pin down it keeps changing. This is one of those beers that keeps delivering new tastes. It has a DISTINCT caramel and nuts flavor.

Mouthfeel is very good.

VERY drinkable, to bad it is expensive.

01-16-2004 04:33:25 | More by Zorro
Photo of merlin48


4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

11.2 oz bottle served at at 55 degrees into a goblet. Pours a nice ruby mahogany with a small beige head that left considerable island lacing. Aroma was not as profound as most Belgian strong dark ales, but still interesting. Spices(cloves), dark fruits, bananas, and a hint of toffee on the nose. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, medium carbonation. Taste is the surprise here. If I was rating this one blind, I would have guessed it to be an excellent English Bitter, or ESB. Lots of walnut nuttiness, toffee, and biscuit. Approaching room temperature, a plethora of sensations delight the palate. Fruits of all kinds, spices, and even florals seem to be here. Alcohol is cleverly hidden away by all the pleasant qualities going on. Carbonation lasts all the way through, and the finish is dry, with a hint of fruity butternut. This is one of the best ales I've ever tasted, and I can't hardly wait to cellar a few of these.

01-12-2004 23:03:50 | More by merlin48
Photo of Indybeer


3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

11.2 oz bottle. Poured a hazy dark copper color with a decent head that didn't stick around but did leave some lacing on the glass. Aroma is mildly caramel and malt. Taste starts slightly sweet. Thin mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a bitter twang, and a slight astringency. Not bad, but there just seems to be something missing.

01-10-2004 03:56:50 | More by Indybeer
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3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

750ml capped bottle, cloudy hazy reddish-copper color, nice big foamy off white-tan head that leaves good lacing in the glass, yeasty, fruity and spicy aroma. Bready malty fruity flavors, full and crisp palate, yeasty banana sweet sugary finish, good stuff.

01-01-2004 00:29:24 | More by maxpower
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4.22/5  rDev +6%

750ml bottle

Mmmm. I got a bunch of beers to serve at our Christmas eve dinner and this was my favorite. It smells like you might expect, nothing outstanding, but the taste is excellent. There's a slight sourness at first and then malt through the rest of the taste. A bit of the sourness comes back in the aftertaste, and I'm left wanting more. No one else was drinking it so I finished the bottle by myself. Get this if you like trying different Belgian darks or if you just want a quality beer with an interesting and substantial flavor.

12-25-2003 07:37:45 | More by BeefyMee
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +8%

Pours a brown color with a thick bubbly tan colored head. The aroma was of caramel, yeast and some minor roastiness. The flavor was all caramel with a very limited bitterness. Raison seems to be the hidden taste that was barely evident. Some yeast flavors were also evident.

The mouthfeel was buttery smooth, and dryness developed on the tongue after swallowing. The malts last a while into into the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Drinkable and very enjoyable.

12-23-2003 01:29:13 | More by Gavage
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New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: 750ml bottle with a painted label featuring an elf wearing a kilt. The beer pours with vigorous carbonation which gives a large head that quickly fades to a thin lacing.

Smell: Slightly sour, malty, bready, even some hops. Very intriguing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Just like what the bottle says - a Belgian Scottish Ale. Malty, even some smoky flavors with a slightly sour undertone. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a big beer - I want something I can chew on and mull over in a Belgian.

Drinkability: A little too thin to keep me interested, but it definitely goes down easy with a little warming feel from the alcohol.

Overall, a very tasty beer that I will be having again. Not quite world-class, though.

12-18-2003 01:44:29 | More by ColForbin
Photo of daledeee


3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

The initial pour was a small bubbling head that goes away quickly. Very dark brown. The first aroma was earthy and grassy(?)

Taste is dark fruity. Some caramel and malt. Not as flavorful as I expected. Rather astringent leaving a puckery mouthfeel.

This beer has very tough competition and falls a little short. Not bad beer but not up to the top shelf Belgians.

11-30-2003 23:58:06 | More by daledeee
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3.45/5  rDev -13.3%

Presentation: 75cl green glass wine style bottle that has a screen printed label. “Mc” appears above the word “CHOUFFE” in purple lettering. A wizened gnome sporting a Kilt completes the presentation. Labeled as 8,5% ABV. Screen printed it has no freshness date.

Appearance: A dark brown chestnut body that is lucid. A light brown head massively robust in nature and stature proudly sits atop the beer and never really goes away during the drink but laces well. Good carbonation lends a, dare I say, classic English Brown Ale appearance.

Nose: Wet yeasty breads and a spicy dough lend a real fresh bakery feel to this beer. Dark malts want to break free but can’t. Restrained.

Taste: Smooth, caramel malt start, which is very enticing but after this the flavors tend to die away rather quickly – somewhat disappointingly. I remember this beer offering more in the past. If this is supposed to be Scotch Ale, as I remember it was at one point, then it needs more of the 8,5% to come through in the middle of the beer. As it is it tastes weak and is a let down. Have the Gnomes messed with this beer I wonder to myself????

Mouthfeel: Average at best, way short of the warming feel a Scotch Ale should present. I’m not going to down mark it for falling short of a so-called beer style – but this is pretty thin and unrewarding as well as forgetful.

Drinkability: Easily taken down at the end of a long Saturday, but the fact that it is a relatively easy drinking beer without many complexities helps the case.

Overall: Described as the “Skotch from the Ardennes”, I first drank beers from Brasserie D’Achouffe in Ostende during a trip to Belgium in Easter 1994, later we visited the Brewery at Easter 1997 – and somehow I remember this beer being much more complex than this bottle offered to me today.

Maybe it’s just the fact that I view this beer through my rose-tinted beer goggles perhaps! Still this is an OK beer, but it falls way short of the “classic” I thought it was from my ailing memory. Time goes by and we all move on I suppose - Damn, I must be getting old! Or this beer has been messed with, or perhaps I’m drinking better beers - Or all of the above perhaps? NOT worth $8 IMVHO!!!

11-23-2003 08:24:00 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.22/5  rDev +6%

Damn nice little elf! Pours a dark murky brown/amber and has an almost Oktoberfest look. Very decent lace and a solid cap of head throughout. Aromas favor the sweet, malted/dark candy sugar side, and in the mouth more of the same. Flavors are deep and caramely, with dark candy sugar chiming in hardcore. A touch of that blue cheesy, botrytis flavor I find in the Rochefort Trappist brews? What in the hell is this flavor anyway. Some fruitiness as well here in the way of chocolate covered raisin. Somewhat winey, then turning malty on the finish to boast its beer side. This is cool stuff, and I recommend it highly!

11-20-2003 02:35:44 | More by moulefrite
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.