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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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89
very good

949 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 949
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 37
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-22-2001

ABV varies from time to time.
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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.

Wavz

Photo of Orrshow
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.

Photo of asabreed
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of Blakaeris
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.

Photo of bashiba
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of dblinkhorn
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.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark, cloudy brown with a tan head. The smell was malty and slightly sour. It has a definite malt taste, but was more delicate than expected This was a full bodied beer but not heavy. I've taken delight in every drop of this brew.

Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of TheBungyo
3.94/5  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.

Photo of atigerlife
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of nicefix
4.32/5  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.

Photo of roblowther
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of expatsteve
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of mjc410
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Photo of kbnooshay
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Fish113d
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of haz77
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.