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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

914 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 31
Gots: 65 | 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 bhb
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a snifter. An enticing dark ruby brew, lightly sparkling and a massive light brown frothy head, which lasted most of the drink.

Lovely aromas of prunes and a little wine too, topped off with cinnamon notes and a lovely nuttiness, some grass coming through too.

Ful bodied flavour, sweet maltiness and some acidity, tingling the tongue with good carbonation and gentle bitterness on the way down. Very drinkable - hey that's why it's sold in 750ml bottles only.

Another fine offering from d'Achouffe.

bhb, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this eer in the store. Am looking forward to their upcoming Tripel, thought this would be fun to try. It was a medium brown color with a thick white head. It had a malty caramel odor and a sweet taste with some spice in the background. Felt OK in the mouth. I thought it was a good, but not great beer

lordofthewiens, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Hhawk06
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering poured with a frizzy, tan, and quickly dissipating head but that doesn't rob from the fact that it was mountainous to start. A true deep brown color preserves. The nose is inviting, as its fresh, bready, with a spicy pepperness. The body is medium with a spicy and tad prickly mouthfeel. There is a very fresh feel to the beer. Among the mingling flavors are cloves, nuttiness, and saaz(?) hops. Overall, a very earthen and handcrafted feel, which is always appreciated. I'm floored at how the complexity keeps the mouth refreshed. The finish is very peppery, with sweet clove, and is not entirely bitter. Very drinkable overall and is a good experience.

Hhawk06, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of davidchollar
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into my chimay chalice, this belgian strong dark looks really good. perhaps a shade lighter than other darks, closer to a dubbel in appearance. deep mahogany with a thick tan head that never settles.

big nice aroma is obvious before i am even done pouring. typical, nice belgian smells. toasty bread, raisins, prunes, smells rather sweet, no real trace of alcohol in the nose. so far so good, but this one loses points for taste. not sure what it is exactly, but there is an unexpected bitterness right up front that sort of throws off the whole taste. not what i expect after quaffing, and although it is still quite nice and complex, i just don't like the taste compared to others of this style.

this is smooth and easy to drink. listed here at 8%, the bottle says 8,5%. overall not bad, but not a lot of character by itself. great with a sharp cheese.

davidchollar, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of gmcfarre
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into St. Bernardus Chalice.

A - Dark, dense woody brown w/ creamy tan head a little less than 1 inch. Leaves a nice lace on top.

S - Sweet, dark malt. Molasses and dark fruits hit the nose. No sign of alcohol.

T - Sugary dark malt, again. Dark fruits are more prevalent in taste than smell.

M - Smooth, rich and creamy. Very nice.

D - A great tasting dark ale that satisfies to the last drop. Not overly complex, but maybe a nice intro into the world of Belgian beers. Alcohol doesn't hit you hard at all.

gmcfarre, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Moan & Dove, as part of their Belgian Beer Fest.

Presented in a LaChouffe tulip. A 3/4" tan head over the light brown brew, with ample lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, with spiciness and light alcohol notes apparent. Taste follows the nose, with the spiciness and sweetness balancing each other, and light alcohol warming. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both excellent, I look forward to enjoying this brew again.

ppoitras, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the East Point Corner Tavern (on tap)! It pours a murky brown color with a very bubbly massive head that laces nicely in the McChouffe snifter. It has a nice floral and fruity aroma. The taste is sweet but not overpowering and has a slight warming quality. It has a slightly fizzy and full mouthfeel. It has a very drinkable quality; I could get trashed easily on this drinking it like ginger ale. Very smooth and very drinkable.

TheEclecticGent, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Brent
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Belgian beer for people who think they don't like Belgian beers. Lots of everything, and nothing to excess. Funky, fruity yeast flavors well melded with moderately tart Flanders sourness, and then some nice malt to hold everything in check. Had this with a "ploughman's supper" of sorts - cured meat, sharp cheese and chewy bread - an it went with it better than about anything I can think of. This may find its way into the dedicated beer fridge with some regularity.

Brent, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottlecapped bottle. Pours a chestnut brown with a 1 1/2 finger head with OK longevity and good lace. Smells of deep caramel malt and candy sugar with hints of vanilla and fruit. Tatse of Heavy malt again with candy sugar, vanilla and fruit. Slight phenols and hop bitterness. Alcohol is not as well hidden as it could and should be. High carbonation reduces drinkiability as it increases bloating. Not a bad Belgian, but there are far better ones out there.

sabrills70, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a dark brown colour with a strong reddish tinge... Creamy tan head poured big and foamy but fades to a thin layer...

Aroma - Sweet and roasted malts, toffee, figs, banana hints, brown sugar, slight vanilla notes...

Taste – Malty, toffee, slight sweetness, treacle, spicy, slight aniseed hints, bitter aftertaste, some nutmeg...

Feel - Quite sharp. Medium body. Very drinkable....

Overall - An excellent beer.... Recommended....

mdagnew, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew is tasty indeed, but I'm not sure why it's garned so much attention. It's good, though. The color of McChouffe is very appealing -- it's a deep amber color, like a thick, spiced homemade apple cider. The head is signficant but not terribly aromatic. I get some hints of date out of the head, but that's about it. The taste is by far the best aspect of this beer: slightly sweet and highly malty, it asserts itself immediately on the palate and then fades to a nutty finish. Just as quickly as it asserts itself, however, it fades to nothing more than a tingling on the back of the palate. This beer feels very nice on the tongue and is smooth and rinkable.

...However, the flavor profile of this beer, along with its fast dissipation on the palate, bring to mind, to me, a session beer rather than a Belgian ale. This beer would be highly drinkable in a low-alcohol version that could be consumed in many pints over the course of an evening. As a high-alcohol beer, it has to lose some points in my mind... there's no reason to choose McChouffe over some other sumptuous Belgian beers.

geexploitation, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle, poured into The Chimay goblet. The ale is in the 45-50 degree range, maybe a little colder than that.

Appearance: The ale pours with a deep ruby red color. Soft red colors emerge when the ale is held to light. Strikes me as a little too pale, so I gotta dock it just a bit.

Smell: Fruits and spices emerge immediately. Maybe some nutmeg or cinnamon, raisins even. The aroma is pleasing, just a shade or two relaxed from its cousin, N'Ice Chouffe.

Taste: The hop presence is not overwhelming. Instead spices are the predominant taste. A bit of pepper, some smoky flavor (although not a lot) and nutmeg are the flavors I pick up immediately.

Mouthfeel: The ale's spices sit well on the mouth and create a warming sensation as one consumes it.

Drinkability: Even at 8%, this is very drinkable. The spices are somewhat muted, so if you are looking for a stronger spiced beer, pick N'Ice Chouffe.

akorsak, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dried blood brownish red with a medium soft-looking foamy cap that sits briefly leaving behind a big collar and thin skim. Lacing is minimal in big blobby things.

Aroma is dry and delicately soft with a semi-yielding date, prune, dark purple grapey fruitish backlay.

Taste is short, rounded in a softly darkened fruityness of red apple, purple grape, and lesser tarting fruity sugars. A bit sharp on the buds with a big carbonation hump in the middle. Finish is light and airy with a yeasty woodish dryness with a bit of fruit pits and skins trying to grab a bit of interest.

Feel is OK, the short-lived flavors don't help anything as it has a seemingly light/medium body with that hump of carbonation in the middle totally taking away what could be a fairly smooth ride.

Drinkability is a little less then the norm for a Belgian Dark ale. Quite plain, but seems like the effort is there and comes across well made, just not much going on with this one.

tavernjef, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of twelvsies
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a huge fan of the La Chouffe, but I'm not entirely crazy about this one. It's good enough, but it doesn't really dazzle me. Pours an excellent looking brownish amber color with a decent head though, and smells great. Nice and musty and spicy, with a bit of herbal grassy hops and some sweetness. However the taste is a little less expressive. It's nice to see some subtelty now and then in beer, but I found this beer to be a little uninteresting. Yeah, it had some nice candy sugar qualities and some nice grassy hop tastes, and even some spices, but it didn't all come together as well as it could have. A tad light and thin in the mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but not a great one.

twelvsies, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of EStreet20
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a tall Alllagash chalice.

A - Pours out an amber tinted root beer color with a very big bubbly off white head. The head cakes up a little over the rim of the glass. Leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Nice look.

S - A big bubble gum and fruity aroma along with a whiff of alcohol.

T - Some smoky, spicy hints over a slight malty tone. On the finish some hops and some more spice. however, every flavor in this beer seems very subdued. In fact, for the style, this beer really has very little flavor. I can't figure it out but it just seems like a dry beer with a little sweetness but no really bold flavors I expect out of quality Belgian darks. Nothing offensive, just nothing really to speak of.

M - Nice, well carbonated and very smooth.

D - Really just tastes very bland, which I find shocking due to the aroma. I wonder if I got a bad bottle.

Notes: Very odd that the taste just disappears. I don't think I'll go for this one again.

EStreet20, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of Boto
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle: This one opened with little evidence of carbonation, but poured with a fairly large head anyway. It died off rather quickly, however. It is a fairly opaqur brown color. The nose was nice, with notes of caramel, yestiness and fruits, although there was a slight hint of a peatiness. The taste has a bit of a roasty taste and dryness that wans’t expected. A bit of the peatiness in the taste also, as well a a bit of caramel and smokiness. Interesting...

Boto, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this big bottle partially into a tulip as a nightcapper. Really nice appearance. Head is easily controlled although starting out slow would be best and increase from there. Head maintains itself perfectly and is slightly chunky. Laces thoroughly.

Significant earthy smell combined with some alcohol and bitter.

Lots of phenol and floral taste comes through up front. A wild boquet of flowers clashes with wood and deeper earthy flavor. The caramel or dark fruit type flavor is somewhat missing in this offering, not to worry it makes up for it with a different approach of toasted malts countered by a zingy carbonation.

Notes: Although this strong dark doesn't fit the mold it is a nice offering worthy of a try.

DogFood11, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an almost clear, deep amber color that has ruby hightlights when held up to the light. It is topped by a thin light brown head. The aroma s slightly tart with notes of dry raisin character, bits of toffee, a touch of roasty almost coffee-like notes, and a finish that reminds me of rum.

The taste is rich with a fruity sweetness that is a mix of raisins, figs and a hint of toffee. The finish has a light, though sharp bitterness and a certain astringency or spiciness that is fermentation driven. Either way these notes in the finish provide a great balance to the sweet, fruity caracter found up front. This beer has a really nice balance to it that makes it quite enjoyable. It is rich and satisfying with out being cloying, or even without destroying the smooth drinkability of this beer.

Gueuzedude, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby. Fluffy off-white head continues generating, leaving some nice lace.

S: Prunes & caramel, with a wine-like grape odour.

T: Initially well balanced, fading to a slight bitter aftertaste, with a small touch of tartness. Lots of prune flavour, very Belgian. Dark caramel, with a burnt/sweet taste.

M: Moderate body, a little syrupy, yet sort of creamy. Plenty of carbonation.

D: Awesome. And quite dangerous at this strength.

I highly recommend this one.

Derek, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/18/05- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, best before 2008 imprinted on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded brown pour with a larger than 1 inch head. Leaves a solid 1/2 inch head the remainder of the glass. Lacing is a bit better than average.

Smell- Wonderful scented beer. Caramel and lots of spices roaming around. Smells sugary sweet.

Taste- At first a fairly heavy metallic taste sets in. Although I think that taste is actually the strong spices. It mellows out the more you drink. Tons of spices. Almost like a spiced brown ale. Lots of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel- A bit highly carbonated.

Drinkability- A great smelling beer and a better than average tasting beer. Probably will try one in the future. Getting one to age might be a really good idea.

GClarkage, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of IceAce
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle 'Best Before End 2006'

Pours ruby / brown with a ½ finger of large-bubbled light tan foam which disintigrates rather quickly. Nose is almost sherry like, with earthy malt dominating along with wisps of dark cherries.

Entry is silky with a palate pleasing mouthfeel supported by perfect carbonation. Midtaste is robust with earthy malt, woody fruits, and a beautiful Belgian yeast. The finish is a long malt fade complimented by spiced apples and would compliment roasted beef.

IceAce, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of texashammer
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruby brown with a tan head that leaves a nice lace that sparkles in the light. Definitely pretty. Smells somewhat of bready light malt and yeast, but overwhelmingly of metal. Smells like I'm biting into a cheap restaurant fork. In the taste teh metal continues to dominate and makes this beer not terribly drinkable. I did finish my first, small glass but declined a second pour.

texashammer, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in colour with an off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Aromas of caramalized malt, yeast, and cut grass. The flavor is an odd combination of sweet malt and spritzy saison-like flavors (citrus, yeast, etc...). It tastes good, but still somewhat muddled. I couldn't detect any of the smoke flavors that you'd get from a beer influanced by the Scotch ale style.

fisherman34, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut with a four finger tan head that lasts. Nothing but huge sticky lacing clings all over the glass.
Smell is of lightly roasted malt with a hint of chocolate powder and lots of apple juice esters coming through with perhaps some other fruits hidden in the background of this earthy brew.
Taste is good. Belgian La Chouffe yeast is very evident in the taste with some semi sweetness coming through in an earthy taste with some caramel notes, figs, and apple juice being the biggest flavor picked up for some reason.
Mouthfeel is decent. A hint of spice in this slightly malty brew with a dry finish.

weeare138, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Watou chalice from 11.2 oz brown bottle. Liquid had a brown orange color, with sticky white head.

Smelled of funky yeast and bread. Not really the La Chouffe aroma though... Taste was really good anyway. Had a dubbel-type flavor, not too strong, nice.

La chouffe is one of my favorites, so I was happy to find this on sale in small bottles. They need to make more of these small bottles available (the big bottles are green and I don't trust them).

TurdFurgison, Aug 27, 2005
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
90 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.