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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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89
very good

514 Reviews
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Reviews: 514
Hads: 1,014
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 44
Gots: 123 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-22-2001

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Photo of Nipitato
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors located in Westborough, MA.

A: Extremely dark amber hue that is opaque. Dark tan head with quarter inch retention. An excellent looking beer.

S: A wonderful aroma. Prominently bready malt with a touch of caramel and crust. Dried cherries and raisin esters. No real hop aroma.

T: Sweet malt. Bready. Alcohol flavors are prominent. Some bread crust. Just a touch of pepper. Taste is sweet throughout with no hop flavor. Alcohol flavor replaces hops as a balancing agent. Just a touch of bitterness at the end. Dark fruit ester add additional complexity.

MF: Highly carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel. Quite mouthfilling. Clear alcohol warmth noticeable.

D, notes: This is a top shelf beer. It's heavy so its sessionability is limited but this is a great sipping beer. (809 characters)

Photo of JasonA
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks wifey for this wonderful xmas present. Lets see how she did :)

Pours a dark thick ale. Surprisingly dark for a Belgian. Relatively thick head, with lacing and staying power. Settles thick, sits. Very nice.

Smells delicous. Amazing boquet. Im no expert, I cant place a lot of the smells but yummy. Something sweet to start. Definately belgian, but not the dry type of quad smell. Maybe carmel?

Not so roasted malt. Sweet caramel/toffee like. Little alcohol end. Very complex taste, I cant place a lot of this.

Superd. Smooth carbonation. No bite at all. Reminds me of cream soda almost. Not is taste but feel. Explodes in the mouth into what feels like a cloud.

Give me more. Very enjoyable complex offerring. I will be adding others from the brewery after finishing this. (793 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a large wine glass. On tap at Choice City in Fort Collins.

Mc Chouffe is a dark hazy brown color with thin head.

Aroma is mild and malty with a distinct and enjoyable yeast character.

Flavor is exceptional with great dried fruit and yeast esters. Raisins and figs with clove and a little pepper.

Mouthfeel is smooth but strong. Full bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a great beer, especially on tap. (418 characters)

Photo of Paddez
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a creamy, brown brew with a decent head that produces some nice lacing.
The smell is sweet and fruity with some port/wine-like notes and something I can only describe as a 'forest aroma' (something grassy, woody, ...)
The taste starts of fruity (dark fruitss) but is overtaken by a spicy, slightly bitter hop bite. Ends with a bready, slighly malty sweetness that acoompanies the hops in a short lingering aftertaste. Nice!
Mouthfeel: well carbonated, creamy and very, very smooth.

This brew is extremely smooth and drinkable. 'Tafelbier' on steroids, great stuff! (589 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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! (534 characters)

Photo of meechum
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brown to black with red highlights when held to the light. Served in a McChouffe chalice at the Brick Store (perfect pour). Nice head that fell quickly and left a nict tan lace around the glass the entire way down

S - Malty up front with coffee and fruity smells..there were raisins or plums in there

T/M - The taste was awesome. Very creamy and full with little carbonation, Had a upfront taste of coffee with a hint of toffee and plums or raisins

D - A very drinkable brew I could have several in a night. I enjoyed the last sip as much as the first (566 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, earthy and candy sugar. In the taste, earth, peet, malty, and a small candy sugar. A yeasty and sugar bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earthy aftertaste. Almost saison like, small dry amlt and great. (296 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

McChouffe, poured from a 750 ml bottle.

Appearance: Into a chalice. A rich earthy brown in color with a tightly beaded off white head and some lace to show for it as well. Looks the part of a Belgian strong dark.

Smell: Suggestions of fig, raisen and plum round out the nose.

Taste: Raisen again dominates the flavor, with some red grape notes as well. Not overly sweet but bitterness is low. Some brown sugar and clean malty notes. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor profile. Really has a nice fruityness that I would attribute to the particular yeast strain used. Pretty delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, fairly crisp and carbonation level is good.

Drinkability: Possibly my favorite beer from the Achouffe brewery. Drinks like a beer half its strength. Awesome stuff. (797 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, capped

Pours with a dark burgandy body, up to the light some hints of ruby red. Quite hazy, pretty nice off tan head, good retention

Smell, some dried fruit, quite estery. Fresh fruit, melon and pineapple. Little hint of spice, clove and cinnamon

Taste, crisp and biscuity. Not overly powerful, some hint of spice and dried fruit. Bourbon biscuits, mabye raisins too.

Whoa, an eclectic and gratifying experience. A much more subtle dark ale, but filled with flavour and complexity. Dont expect serious, abrasive flavours, this is no rochefort 10, but it is a great belgian brown ale (608 characters)

Photo of Brian700
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark brown with an offwhite head. Most of the head disappears after a while but it keeps some right around the edge. It has an estery smell, very fruity and also some caramel. I can pick up on the Belgian candy sugar as well. Tastes like caramel, a little chocolate, & alcohol. It is sweet but not overly. The taste is very complex. It starts out more chocolately and becomes more fruity towards the middle and into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is just right. Moderate carbonation, though the head on mine didn't stay to long. I might of had a soapy glass. Overall a damn fine Belgian Ale. (601 characters)

Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber brown with a light thin head, sweet fruity and yeasty smell. Back when he used to make wine, my dad once threw a bunch of stuff at random into the bin just for the hell of it - grapes, plums, pears, etc. It ended up being a fantastic dessert wine, but of course he could never duplicate the recipe. Mix some of that with caramel malt and caky yeast, mellow it down a few notches and you have the McChouffe. Well-balanced hoppiness makes for a nice finish, a bit of a sugary\alcohol mouthfeel but still very drinkable beer. (542 characters)

Photo of kjc51478
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a light but foamy head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, and spices. Taste is also dried fruits with caramel and a gentle earthiness. The beer is light on the palate and easy to drink. Even with 8% abv, you don't get much of the alcohol in the flavor. (284 characters)

Photo of rarevos
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet.

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is fluffy at first, light tan. A few sticky trails left behind after it recedes, and some big bubbles in the foam blanket.

S: Sweet aroma with clovey, peppery Belgian yeast. There's a very slight sour quality to the aroma.

T: Malty up front, with a good sweetness of caramel and some dried figs. Prunes, red wine grapes, cherries, and baked apple with cinnamon. Delicious. Finishes with a very light bitterness, and a continuation of the complex fruitiness. This is a damned fine beer.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth.

D: I have no idea what an "Artisanal Belgian Brown Ale" is, and I've read quite a bit on Belgian beer. But categories be damned, this is a really nice beer. I haven't had too much from this brewery, but what I've had has been very, very good. I'll be going back to this beer, for sure. (888 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronzy brown with a generous infusion of orange when backlit. Clear initially, the beer becomes seriously murky when the final few ounces are added to the glass. Fast and furious carbonation results in a poofy head of semi-stiff foam that is toasted beige in color. Wandering wisps of watery lace decorate the glass; temporarily at least.

The aroma is a wonderful combination of sweetly floral hops and dark caramel-like malt, resulting in a whole greater than the sum of its parts. There isn't much yeasty spiciness; perhaps it's saving itself for the palate and letting the more mundane elements shoulder the load in the nose (yeast can be like that; little buggers).

McChouffe tastes like a Belgian brown ale (I think it's high time that style was recognized on this site). Of course that impression didn't hit me out of the blue. The beer itself, via the label, claims that it's a 'Belgian Brown Ale'. What that means to me is the flavor profile of an American or an English brown with the added depth and complexity of Belgian yeast.

The flavor consists of dark fruit (raisins, dates) sprinkled with cocoa powder. There's also an overarching floral hoppiness that ties it all up in a neat package. Finally is understated clove spice. All elements work together in a beautiful symphony of flavors. The beer is both sweet and sour through most of the mouthful, with a hoppy bitterness interceding on the back end. The light-medium mouthfeel is especially buoyant thanks to all the bubbles. No hint of alcohol, even at 8%.

McChouffe, no matter what style one chooses to call it, is a wonderful dark ale by brewers who clearly know how to brew great beer. It's a seamless melding of malt, hops and yeast that gives pleasure whether one attempts to tease out every flavor nuance or whether one wishes to simply drink and enjoy. A fine achievement. (1,866 characters)

Photo of windigo32
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I'm guessing they changed something... My bottle was brown and listed the ABV as 8.5%

A: The beer pours a deep copper color with a thick, bubbly head to it. Poured to the 25cc line in a Magic Chouffe glass, the head rose to the top and nearly crested the rim. Also, the bottle has a gnome on it. What could be better than that?

S: The beer has a fruity smell to it. If I didnt know any better, I would say apricots.

T: There is a nice sweet taste with a definate palate of roasted malts. You can also taste a slgiht roasted nut flavor. Despite the 8.5 ABV, you dont pick up any alcohol taste, something that can't be said for all higher proof brown ales.

M: There is light carbonation present with each sip of this one. Despite that, it is very smooth, almost silky as it goes down. It has a noticible body to it, even though it doesnt cling to the glass.

D: The beer drinks extremely easily. I was almost ashamed to look at the glass when I was finished tasting if for the review as it was empty and it had only been five minutes. (1,042 characters)

Photo of DJoe
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

June 2013
A: Dark, cola-like with a lie head

S: Very appealing. Fruity and earthy, with a touch of sweetness.

T: Caramelly and sweet, but with a nice alcohol balance.

M: Some carbonation upon sipping.
O: Very enjoyable. Has both sweetness and crisp alcohol

Served in a 33cl blottle (286 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

I could drink this stuff by the bucketful. Smooth, packed with flavors of figs, grape, pepper. So easy to drink. Medium body. Some spiciness and bitterness. Dangerously delicious. (179 characters)

Photo of manchester81
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Belgian beer unlike any I have tasted.

The beer produces a big, pillowy head when poured. This will eventually recede, but not die out…leaving nice lacing. The beer itself is a reddish-brown. It is slightly cloudy, and when held up to a light, significant carbonation can be seen.
The beer tastes very sweet…very much like a wee-heavy but with some interesting spice in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side but this doesn’t seem to detract from the beer. I would highly recommend this beer and I am interested in sampling some of the brewery’s other styles. (597 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (460 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of Hhawk06
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Fin du Monde glass.

Medium brown cloudy brew. Lovely malty aroma withsubtle fruity Belgian yeast. This is smoother, dryer and more subtle than many Balgians, thi smust be the Scottish influence. Still more Belgian than Scottish. Very nice and good with food. (287 characters)

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.