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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

915 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 915
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Hellpop65, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Mendicant, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

djura, Sep 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

DelicateDelirium, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

mrjez, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Edwaka01, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of lpayette
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, here's yet another beer that I've been cellaring for quite some time and in an effort to consolidate my collection, this beer's time is up.

Apppearance- dark brown with deep ruby hues. A bit too dark to show off the nice clarity within, but you can see through it still when held up to the light. Head is on the small side but there's still some lacing.

Smell- typical brown ale smells with malt dominating. Very little hop presence combined with earthy, and spicey yeast characteristics put the belgian twist on this one.

Taste- not nearly as flavor packed as I expected. It's surprisingly mellow, subdued, and I might even go so far as to say dull. It may have something to do with being cold aged for about a year and half in my beer fridge; I'm not sure, but this just wasn't as flavorful as I expected.

Not a bad choice, but not something I'll seek out again. The other offerings I've had from chouffe have been much stronger IMO.

lpayette, Aug 18, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

pipinmalikonj, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

PittBeerGirl, Nov 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Brams17, Sep 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

brbrocc, Apr 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

peagasus, Nov 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

djrn2, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

ZombiesAteMyDog, May 28, 2013
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
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Mississippi, Apr 23, 2012
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3.51/5  rDev -11.8%

ScottGregg1, Oct 31, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -11.6%

searsclone, Aug 13, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml green magnum, best before date on the side of the label says 2007. The label also claims only 8% abv. That smarmy looking little gnome on the label has always kept me from picking up any Chouffe products in my travels before, but now that it is available locally I thought I'd drop my bias and give it a try. Even bought the gift pack with the official La Chouffe tulip glass, went all the way.

Attempted to pour some of this brune into the aforementioned glass, and was assaulted by a massive creamy off-white head. When it subsided I managed to get a bit more of the ale in. Very impressive head and head retention, plus the lacing is rather intense. The colour of the body is a cloudy deep mahogany, very inviting earthy/wood hue. Light effervescent nose, I'm picking up some sweet preserved fruit and some nuttiness, some yeasty phenols, and a light detergent character that dances in and out of the fruitiness. Only after it warms a great deal can some malt be discerned. The alcohol can be immediately tasted upon the first sip, and has a warming effect on the palate. There is also the presence of vodka preserved dried fruit, some earthy spiciness to the malt in the middle, and a light fruit finish that gets spicier on the aftertaste. There is a lighter mouthfeel than the alcohol content would bely, but it is also very smooth as well, no real bite to it, or burn. A drinkable brune, but pretty one-dimensional flavour-wise, I wish it had come in a smaller bottle to sample. It's not something I'd buy on a regular basis, but I'm sure I can put that tulip glass to some good use anyways.

IronDjinn, Nov 29, 2004
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3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany pour with an off-white two finger head with nice retention and great lacing. Very malty nose with hints of Belgian yeast, brown bread, banana, nuts, toffee, caramel, and dark fruits. The taste follows suit, dominated by malty caramel sweetness. Hints of tobacco, dark fruit, molasses, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, banana, brown bread, and nuts round out the taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to fizzy carbonation with a syrupy sweet finish. Overall, this is a solid Belgian Bruin, albeit a bit sweet for more than one.

beerdrifter, Aug 26, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

I think this beer can only be properly presented whilst pronouncing its name in a crappy fake Scottish accent. It pours a deep sienna topped by a finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises toffee, light nuts, light brown sugar, light dark fruit, and a touch of Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, though the toffee seems to flatten out a bit and cover everything else in a fine veneer of itself. It all comes out spicily bland, but in a good way...if that makes any sense... The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice little brew, nothing in any way exciting, but I would definitely not turn down another if it were offered to me.

TMoney2591, Feb 03, 2012
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
90 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.