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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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very good

867 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 30
Gots: 54 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

InspectorBob, May 27, 2013
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Rlombardi75, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always strange to see these beers with the litle ones on it. Normaly the beers from D'Achouffe are not counting to my favorites; just to much koreander but this one is actually good. Nice appearance, fine smell from yeast, hops&malts delicate in combination. Taste is easy and accesible; bit of malts, litle sweet and nice and dry aftertaste. Good beer!

paterlodie, Oct 20, 2004
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice complex malty scent that boasts of Belgian pale and crystal malts. It also has a zingy Belgian yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a dry, yet malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes on the fruity side. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate cabonation. This is a good drinking Belgian. It has malt complexity and a wonderful yeasty aftertaste.

WesWes, Sep 22, 2004
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

stomioka, Jul 29, 2014
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khargro2, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

okspry, Jul 07, 2014
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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
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

RedneckBeerz, Mar 25, 2013
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ChanceK, Feb 18, 2012
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davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
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wembly13, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Washington Street Purveyor, Lexington, VA.

A - Looks like root beer with a very nice, rocky head that settles to a ring; only a tiny bit of lacing; yeast floaties abound.

S - Spicy yeast with some cinnamon, pepper, smoked malt.

T = Sweet (not overly) and delicious. Has a nice cola, peat, syrup and modest hops.

M - Lightly creamy w/perfect carbonation that helps hold the beautiful "chorus of taste" together.

D - In spades, perhaps too drinkable! I can see this being swirled down year 'round with no problem. Cheers!

pinotboy007, Jun 29, 2008
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Farren, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

supermeniscus, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jhlosito75, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

wizo, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

HopStoopid120, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped 750 ml bottle (before new packaging and supposed alcohol content change)

McChouffe is a go to as far as Belgian brown ales for me.

A- Amber brown, hazy with a nice off white head that lingers in patches.

S- Rather sweet, nutty, chocolatey, toasted. nice.

T- Smooth, warming, hearty. More notes of coffee and chocolate and some spice, its got some meat to it. The hops are present but the focus is blatantly on the malts. The 8.5 ABV warms the worst of moods.

M- Silky, weighty and very pleasant. A 750 ml bottle is a good serving choice alone or with a buddy.

ATPete, Mar 28, 2008
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

vamil95ce, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a typically hazy and muddled hot chocolate brown. Two fingers of puffy uniform light tan head sustain valiantly. Lacing is varied and ubiquitous.

The aroma is a relatively light but notable mélange of bready toasted malt, brown sugar, dark cherry, cocoa, along with clove and coriander. Alcohol is warm and plentiful.

Upon sipping, the malt is sweet and earthy, with brown sugar again, milk chocolate, dark dried fruit, and caramel. The sweetness is crisped by dry citrus, and a strident spice pairing of clove and coriander. Alcohol spikes through the middle, very warm to the palate. The malt and yeast twist about near the close with a bit of biscuit and a bready undercurrent. The finish is spicy crisp and dry, with a lulling tone of bitterness. It's not especially subtle or clever, but it's an enjoyable enough concoction.

It's actually full bodied, but the carbonation pumps a lightening effect through that moves things along nicely.

I'm not sure exactly what the "Mc" denotes, and I'll admit, I'm not inspired to do the homework to find out. I don't like it as much as La Chouffe, though I wouldn't kick this one off the bar either. The ABV is not as big as its announced presence might lead one to believe, but it's certainly worth of note. So this may not be the first Brasserie d'Achouffe offering I'll reach for, but failing other options, I'd not be too disappointed.

Foxman, Feb 12, 2008
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewery.
A: Dark murky brown with a large light beige head and medium lacing.
S: Caramel, very subtle.
T: Malts dominate, but there is some light spice in the background.
M: Lighter body than expected.
D: A good beer overall, but resembles a thin version of the N'Ice.

Travlr, Jan 04, 2010
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monitorpop, Apr 30, 2013
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MQ3867, Jun 17, 2014
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.