McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 31
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of Jredner
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spicy aroma with brown sugar notes. Brown with a fat white head that faded fast. Grassy, yeasty and ample spice. No real smokiness for a scoth ale..even if it is a Belgian attempt at one. Comes across as a less gassy version of a belgian strong ale (as it is listed here) with less spice and sweetness. Different and fun to drink, but not a world beater.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful big head that falls into a small persestant head and leaves a strong lacing in it's path. The color is dark and burgandy-purple, very hard to see through. Smell is sour with dark fruit tones. You can smell the Belgian very nicely. The taste is not overpowering, it's delightful. It feels like silk in my mouth and leaves a wonderful aftertaste. I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a La Chouffe tulip style. This bottle was purchased as part of a "gift pack" that included this beer, La Chouffe, and a cute little tulip glass (which now holds the contents of the beer). A nice way to increase both my beer and glass collections. Large, dense, foamy head forms. Head drops its form like the warm Diet Pepsi poured onto ice I had earlier in the morn. Brilliant ruby the color of Dorothy's slippers (well Dorothy's dirty slippers maybe).

Very enticing aroma. Yeast and raisins and sweet candy. Plums and dried apricots. Alcohol is alco noticeable in the aroma. Nice malt aroma. Smokiness???

Nice taste as well. Yeasty tones. Alcohol. Overripe grapes. Caramel malts. Very fruity. Sweet tasting. Very nice indeed.

Great mouthfeel. Alcohol is warming. I can actually feel the heat of the alcohol. Perfect carbonation. Meduim to full bodied. A very nice example of the style. I cant wait to try McChouffe's cousin LaChouffe; she now resides in the back of my refrigerator tempting me every time I open the door.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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