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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

826 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 26
Gots: 36 | 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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Alek

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-20-2013 02:19:20 | More by Alek
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-04-2013 01:52:34 | More by KJ2013
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JazzDrew

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-04-2014 04:16:46 | More by JazzDrew
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-26-2013 01:02:15 | More by Lukass
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Campodog

Spain

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-19-2012 09:57:10 | More by Campodog
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ScotB260


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-28-2014 20:30:12 | More by ScotB260
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 25.4 oz bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown with a nice,foamy 1 inch head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts, caramel, brown sugars, farmhouse funky yeasts. Lots of spices.Cherry, apples, plum, rasin.

Taste - Very malty with plenty of spices. Has a very fruity, dr.pepper cherry rasin flavor. Plenty of caramel, toffee and brown sugars. Has a smokey, burnt flavor that ends dry and malty. Cocoa also is a flavor that sticks out. This beer really has a scotch/wee heavy taste going on.

Mouthfeel - Loads of malts and spices hit the tounge along with toffee, caramel and belgium yeasts. Palate gets more sugars, malts and the wee heavy mix of malt/toffee/caramel. Aftertaste is dry, sweet and malty.

Overall - This is really tasty. A combo of brown ale,wee heavy and belgian strong ale. Loads of flavor, smooth and really easy to drink. Had no idea what to expect. Balanced and unique, this beer is different from anything ive had before. Each time i take a sip, i discover something else. THis is a excellent beer, i hope you give this a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:11:31 | More by wvsabbath
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-18-2012 01:22:59 | More by Brushkanna
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-16-2013 01:06:48 | More by PatGreer
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Shemmy

Thailand

4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had 4 shots at this beer, 4 bottles over the course of three days. Really unique beer I thought, nver had anything quite like it. I would add that there was a strong smell and taste of green apples to this beer and it really seems to have something that stimulates your blood to flow making you feel pleasantly warm and relaxed all over. I will see k this beer out in the future, a real favorite for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 15:24:53 | More by Shemmy
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle served at at 55 degrees into a goblet. Pours a nice ruby mahogany with a small beige head that left considerable island lacing. Aroma was not as profound as most Belgian strong dark ales, but still interesting. Spices(cloves), dark fruits, bananas, and a hint of toffee on the nose. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, medium carbonation. Taste is the surprise here. If I was rating this one blind, I would have guessed it to be an excellent English Bitter, or ESB. Lots of walnut nuttiness, toffee, and biscuit. Approaching room temperature, a plethora of sensations delight the palate. Fruits of all kinds, spices, and even florals seem to be here. Alcohol is cleverly hidden away by all the pleasant qualities going on. Carbonation lasts all the way through, and the finish is dry, with a hint of fruity butternut. This is one of the best ales I've ever tasted, and I can't hardly wait to cellar a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 23:03:50 | More by merlin48
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jim102864

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a special Belgian. 1pt, 9.4oz bottle at 8.5% and well worth the purchase. Using a deep tulip glass, it pours a lovely dark chestnut brown with an ample tan head. Moderate carbonation. Hints of sugary sweet chocolate in the aroma. Malty, chocolatey taste with a smooth yet hearty mouthfeel which carries through to finish. Lace hugs the glass throughout the experience. Highly drinkable. A wonderful Belgian brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 16:46:00 | More by jim102864
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Sallerj

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours murky brown and smells mildly like raisins, brown sugar, tart red fruit. It it sweet, but not cloying, with plum and and light caramel flavors. It is finely carbonated and very very smooth. In spite of being mildly sweet and 8.5%, it finishes fairly dry. I could easily drink a liter of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 07:13:22 | More by Sallerj
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy brown with a thick tan head. Lots o' lace. Smell is caramel and smoky. Thick rich malty aromas and the fruitiness you would expect from a Belgian interpretation of a scotch ale.

Taste is big rich malt. Fruity yeasty flavors and smoky caramel. Luxurious caramel and molasses. Bitter as it finishes. Sticky on the tongue. Sweet malty aftertaste. Oh yeah, smooth as silk. Very drinkable for 8.5% ABV. Really, really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 02:01:32 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 17:16:30 | More by BEERchitect
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ggourde

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful deep brown with a big brown head.

Aroma: First smell out of the bottle was sweet caramel. A second whiff after the pour slight hops.

Mouthfeel: Happy bubbles to greet you followed by rich medium/full body.

Taste: sweet malt coming in, followed by very slight bitterness that lingers for short while.

Overall: Very happy with this 8%- went down real easy (actually a bit too easy I finished it before I was ready).

I bought this at a Belgian beer festival, and the promoters labeled this in their Specialty beer unfiltered brown ale category. I think that this is a better classification than BA's 'Belgian Strong Dark Ale'

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 12:59:32 | More by ggourde
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a slightly hazy copper-brown with a good inch of light tan head. Smells fruity - grape, cherry, citrus - with hints of caramel, chocolate, and smoke. Tastes fruity also, with strong roasty chocolate and caramel, with hints of peatiness. Slight alcohol warming toward the finish, though it is less noticeable with the vigorous carbonation. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Very very drinkable and extremely tasty. Nothing wrong with this one IMO. One of the best Belgian darks I've had in quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 00:37:59 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into chalice.

Pours opaque, cloudy dark brown bordering on plum, with a gigantic, pillowy tan head that eventually settles down to a creamy cap of foam.

Nose is brown sugar and ripe dark fruit, some spicy yeast, bit of alcohol.

Taste is brown sugar, fresh baked dark bread, and spicy yeast, hints of cocoa and licorice, and dark fruit coming out a bit in the finish. Finish is fairly clean, bready, some yeast, bit of alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel is decadently creamy, full but still a bit light, carbonation is superbly subtle - soft and creamy with just a bit of bite at the front of the mouth. Delicious, superbly crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 15:04:57 | More by JohnQVegas
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RootedFool

California

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 PT. 9.4 FL OZ bottle purchased at The North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

Let's raise the roof, shall we?

An enormous head on the pour, bubbly and dense, dark tan. The body is a flat, opaque mahogany. Looks lovely in my Maudite pimp goblet. A few thin sheets of lace hold to the glass.

Smell:

Sinus-evacuating waft of alcohol warmth, qualified by an effusion of freshly sliced green apples, plums, grapefruit rinds, with a peppery finish.

Taste:

Opens with a round roll of butter around the base of my palate, warm and embracing, followed by an elevated twist of puckering spiciness -- black pepper corns, citrus rinds. Toward the finish the hop twang becomes very pronounced. The most hoppiness I've ever tasted in a dark Belgian ale. Aftertaste is a palate-tip tinglin' hoe down, and a background of fading fruit cake sweetness and spice.

Perfect amount of carbonation, most evident toward the middle as it helps the hops sizzle into the forefront.

The mouthfeel could be richer, feels a tad thin.

Overall, this brew raised the roof.
My hands are in the air, like I just don't care.
This beer is so tasty I feel like a bear
screaming ZAP, BANG, POW.
McChouffe in the hizz-owwzz!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 04:11:18 | More by RootedFool
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taigor

New York

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle

A - Dark brown color when poured with medium head and almost no lacing.

S - Smells of dark fruit and bread with spices.

T - Malt sweetness with caramel and toffee taste. Has some apple aftertaste.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation. Very soothing and pleasant.

D - Very drinkable. Would definitely drink again. This beer is very enjoyable in cold weather.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 17:14:14 | More by taigor
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage. Served from bottle into a tulip. Pours a dark brown amber with a one finger off white head. It maintains decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of bananas, alcohol, malt, and brown sugar. The flavor was of fruit, massive malt, and slight alcohol. It was medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall, this beer was excellent. Couldn't find a single thing wrong with it. It definitely aged very well if you can get ahold of an aged version you owe it to your taste buds to try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 14:28:18 | More by thagr81us
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light beige head, moderate retention with sticky, clear lacing on a light brown almost tudor brown body. Aroma dominated by raisins and dates with a touch of fig and a touch of some brown sugar. Taste is very raisin like with nice caramel malts and some candi sugar, brown candi sugar if there is such a thing. Either way, classic Belgium and classic Chouffe. Way to drinkable and totally delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 05:53:50 | More by KickbacksSteve
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sjccmd

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml best before end of 2009...I'm not sure but I'm thinking this might be at least couple of years old.

Pours a slightly murky dark caramel brown with an active, large light tan head. Decent lacing sticking to the glass. Little yeasty bits floating around as I get to the bottom of the bottle.

Very lovely smell. Dates, figs, brown sugar, maple syrups with some spiciness. Very sweet.

The taste balances out the sweetness with a dry malt backbone and a nice amount of spiciness. The dryness is a little surprising. I'm glad it's not overly sweet. Maybe a hint of alcohol warmth as I get to the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel may be a little thin, but it doesn't feel watery. Carbonation is medium-high, but it lends itself to making the beer more drinkable.

Very drinkable beer. Split between a friend, and I could easily finish the 750ml by myself. Very flavorful, but not too heavy on the palate.

I kind of feel like this is an underrated beer, but maybe age (potentially) has really evened this beer out and turned it into a really exceptional beer. I've had this before, and I don't remember being nearly this impressed. But, I wonder if it's possible that since it's pretty widely available and not too pricey, it might not be getting the hype it deserves. Of course, a B+ is a perfectly respectable score here.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 04:21:04 | More by sjccmd
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at cellar temperature, as close to 10 to 12 degrees as I could get it, as the bottle suggests. Popping the cap of the 750 ml bottle, I first smelt a soft vermouth/sake aroma from the bottle. Unique labelling with some sort of elf or dwarf holding a stock of grain. In the chaliced glass, this beer is extraordinary. Rich chestnut hues with dark rosewood, on the verge of ruby. The head is creamy, sometimes fizzy, tight, and went quickly to a fine layer of light brown/cream. Mix of large and fine sized bubbles in the viscous lacing. The aroma is everything a good brune Belgian should be. Dusty smoked malt, complemented with sufficient but not overpowering yeast, and musty fruits. Freshly baked bread, and extreme sweetness at first, with the head still at its fullest. Grape juice, slight salmon smells, soya sauce, and numerous other aromas make this an extremely complex-smelling beer. Some definite wood in the smell, dust, and strong malt dominance, almost like a fine scotch. Dare I say it, I sense the peatiness of some Island Scotches. There is soap, caramel, roast, vanilla, salty water, and an aroma I cannot fully describe which is new to me. Grassy, spicy hops are there in the background as well. The aroma is extremely appetising, with great complexity, but at the same time it is not off-putting in the least; it is accessible. The taste is all chewy, delicious malt on the front of the tongue. Smooth on the middle, with tart characteristics appearing; nuts, more grainy malt, and dry bread. The hops are detectable, but this is by far a malt offering, with sour lactose in the finish. Some muskiness, some treacle, and definite grist, this is a delightfully full and grainy drink. You can taste the grain as if it were fresh from the stock. Limited carbonation, making this a smooth, creamy beer. On the tongue it seems to turn to foam immediately. Belying its 8%, this beer could pass for a 5 or less. No excessively strong taste means this is an easily quaffable brew, but do not think for a moment that it lacks complexity. As long as supply lasts here, I will be buying these regularly. I imagine it would pair perfectly with a cheese-pasta dish.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 10:52:43 | More by Cwrw
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 22:46:55 | More by gmcfarre
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.