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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe


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very good

774 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 774 | Reviews: 482 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of david18

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My previous review of this beer in a bottle:


I thought I was buying a LaChouffe, which is a Belgian Strong Pale. Once I got over the fact that I had it wrong, i really enjoyed this beer. It's very refreshing, especially for a strong dark. Good carbonation, good color, and not too hot with alcohol.

I would recommend but not over the LaChouffe.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-09-2009 20:50:56


I recently had a twelve ounce pour at the Amsterdam Ale House. There it was listed as a scottish style dark belgian (Hence the Mc). Not sure why. It basically tasted like a dark belgian. As per my review above, great for what it is but not my favorite style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 19:25:26 | More by david18
Photo of Halcyondays


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown with a firm off-white head, good lace.

S: Big dark fruit, plums and raisins, hint of smoke.

T: Delicious big fruit, with some cherries. Great dark malt flavour, with a hint of acid, I really like this beer.

M: Smooth and creamy, full-bodied.

D: A beer I've always loved, but for some reason I've never reviewed. The late legend Michael Jackson said Scotch Ale is an institution in Belgium, with Saison de Silly and this brew I can see why. The legendary Gordon Christmas beers are still out there, and I hope to try them someday. This is really good, D'Achouffe makes consistently amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2010 22:27:06 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of ThaCreep


3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose very fruity and winey enough, he reminded the grapes and prunes. It also reveals hints of sangria. The body is lighter than expected. The palate is fruity, slightly sweet, yeast and feels it is palatable for full flavor. The finish is slightly bitter and alcool warming aftertaste. A good beer that is similar to scotch ales from UK but with a touch of true Belgian.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-23-2010 18:04:42 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of atremains


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the sierra grille in northampton. Hazy golden brown with a small head that reduces to a ring and some clouds on the top. Smell is not particularly strong. Dark fruits and some bread. Taste is belgiany spices, some dark fruits plum and raisin with a metallic finish. Medium mouthfeel. Good drink nothing outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 05:02:13 | More by atremains
Photo of Travlr

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2010 02:27:20 | More by Travlr
Photo of glid02


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a somewhat hazy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of mildly spicy caramel malts with good amounts of brown sugar and hints of pears and green apples. As it warms the spices come out even more in the nose.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth but muted caramel malt flavors up front with a hint of toastiness are joined shortly by brown sugar and mild spices. Midway through the sip hints of pears and green apples come into play and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a good beer that wasn't quite a BSDA but obviously wasn't a BSPA. Interesting, nicely done, and worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 23:25:38 | More by glid02
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- a nice brown color with a medium to light white head,

Smell- slight spice, malts, raisins, brown sugar and overall candy smell

Taste- The overall flavor on this was good but a little bit one dimensional i felt with an average finish, overall mostly sweet malts, spice, bread, raisins, brown sugar

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with nice carbonated feel

Drinkability- This beer was okay but I have had many better of the style, was definitely a slow sipper and after one I wasn't even slightly tempted to go for another with many other nice beers on tap, just a little bland, not bad but just not amazing

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 07:10:58 | More by Stunner97
Photo of RobeyStreet


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smooth and comforting dark Belgian ale. I had this while in Amsterdam at Cafe Belgique. I had this right after trying the La Chouffe (pale ale) which was less than impressive. I prefer dark ales as a whole and this one did not disappoint. I was just drinking it by itself but think it might go well with a nice beefy meal.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 21:30:09 | More by RobeyStreet
Photo of mynie


4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh from the tap.

I've stopped writing redundant reviews based on different serving styles except for when there's a marked difference between them. McChouffe in a bottle is good. On tap, it's bonkers.

Dark chocolate brown. Pours an awful lot like Bernardus, actually. Nice beige head, thick and hazy.

Smells of biscuits, light alcohol, milk chocolate, Chips a'Hoy, smooth silk malts. Just a perfect strength, perfect balance blend of what a Belgian dark is supposed to be. Nails it.

Tastes damn close to as a good as it smells. Sort of a very pleasant mix between a Belgian Brown and a BSD. Fruit nodes are more apparent but overwhelmed by the sweet grain and chocolate complexities of the aroma, all backed up by a little kiss of alcoholic burn.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2009 03:01:02 | More by mynie
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce goblet - $9.75 at Taco Mac in Buford, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark brown body with a thin wisp of white froth on top.

Smell: Aroma replete with plenty of fruitiness and lightly wafting alcohol and notes of spice, dark bread, dark candi sugar, and maybe even some syrup as well.

Taste: Dark brown breadiness sweetened with dark candi sugar and a firm caramel flavor. Fruity additions of black cherry cola, figs, and red currants. Earthy, herbal hops with a medium-low bitterness. Dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Light warming touches of alcohol. Renewed tastes of sweet breadiness, now with a touch of maple prior to the warming, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A reasonably pleasant, enjoyable ale, and, though the alcohol isn't entirely hidden, it isn't ever glaring, making for a relatively easy-drinking brew. Paired well with the rockin' mid-90's tunes playing at Taco Mac.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 16:49:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at High Street Grill. It was presented in a La Chouffe goblet, dark brown in appearance with a slight white head. The aroma was a bit sweet due to the malt, supposedly a Scotch ale hybrid I did not detect any peat aroma. It is some what sweet on the palate, coriander is also noticed. The beer is medium bodied and a bit of a sipper. Of the 4 beers I have had of this brewery this is my least favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2009 22:30:55 | More by bonkers
Photo of willjschmidt


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Monk's Kettle in SF in a La Chouffe glass.

A: Pours a very dark murky brown with a thin head.

S: Dark caramel malt with a touch of dark fruits.

T: Starts out with dark fruits in the form of figs, raisins and prunes. It's an intriguing mix of sweet and sour. The caramel malt is also on play as are some floral hops in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation.

D: A good dark belgian, maybe not as complex as some of the better ones, but still worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 17:55:06 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of clayrock81


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark auburn brown with some clarity and a two-finger head that dies quickly and leaves some lacing. Some malts in the smell and they contain a little sweetness; cocoa, caramel; only hints of dark fruit. First thing that hit me was a dryer, nuttier taste. Still, it is somewhat sweet and smooth over the tongue despite a little syrupy stickiness and it is almost full bodied (thanks to decent carbonation). There are figs and some roasted malts as well, plus a dark fruit sensation although it finishes dry. ABV hidden well - a good beer to relax with.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 17:10:14 | More by clayrock81
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd been eyeing this one at the store and then it appeared on tap at American Flatbread so... off the tap the beer came to me a deep garnet color leaning towards brown. The tan head was about a finger thick and retained very well. Gorgeous curtains of lacing. The aroma was truly a bouquet like a florists shop with lots of sweet malt, citrus and aromatic hops. The flavors were also good, citrus candy, tropical fruit, berries and some hops though the malt profile is a little subdued. Alcohol heat appeared as it warmed up but otherwise it was well concealed. The carbonation was just a little prickly but generally it was clean and easy to drink. Yum!

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2008 13:37:12 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a rich, almost opaque chocolaty brown. Aroma is strong and malty and just a touch sweet. Flavor is rich, remarkably sweet but not cloying, strongly malty with hints of fruit and butterscotch and a nutty trace. There is just a tiny hit of hop bitterness. Very smooth and pleasant to sip.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2008 01:34:21 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of MrRetardedMonkey

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Great Lost Bear, Portland ME.

Pours dark brown with brighter amber highlights. A one-finger light tan head fades rather quickly to a sticky ring, but leaves no lacing.

Smell is very faint, but I got some lightly roasted malts, Belgian yeast, and mild fruitiness: raisins, plums and dried cherries, perhaps. There's a very faint earthy smokiness in the background.

Taste is much like the smell: roasted malts and yeast up front, before a smoky spiciness, a bit of dried dark fruits, and a bitter finish.

Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

Pretty good drinkability. Another enjoyable beer from the guys at d'Achouffe.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2008 17:03:36 | More by MrRetardedMonkey
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2008 23:24:37 | More by Foxman
Photo of kirkmichel


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in a pint sized glass pitcher with a glass McChouffe chalice for me to pour my own into. It was on draught.

Looked very nice with very little head - just a bit of lace in the center. Beer itself was mostly clear but cloudy with a dark brownish-caramel color.

Smell was somewhat metallic with a bit of sweetness behind it like malted sugar (pretty smoky in the drinking establishment, so I am surprised I could smell anything over the cigar).

Taste was sharp - alcohol taste is somewhat high (true to a strong ale.) The flavor itself was slightly fragrant (floral) with carmelized sugar and malt on the finish.

This seems like a nice sipping beer for a cool fall day. I am not generally a fan, but I found this quite drinkable, if somewhat high in alcohol taste. Not heavy - all flavor. 4.20 overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2007 19:44:35 | More by kirkmichel
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a brownish ruby color. Quite dark. Very thin, white head diminishing very quickly.

Sweet, malty nose. Yeast is present but hardly overpowering. Some dark fruit in nose.

Pretty high carbonation. Nice fizzy quality to this beer. Very sweet toasted malts on the front palate followed by some chocolate and fig flavors. Warmed a bit to reveal a slight sour quality.

Very light mouthfeel. Not viscous at all. Rather thin, but nice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2007 02:22:49 | More by brantadid
Photo of meechum


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 14:12:16 | More by meechum
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown with red hues and a 3/8 inch white to off-white froth. Aroma of rum, rasions, butter, toffee, wild yeast, sweet dark fruits. All present but all weak. This is not an in your face aroma beer. Flavor is equally restrained and mild but well balanced and not lacking in complexity. Sweet dark fruits and toffee dominate. Some candy and leather. Yeast is a very important factor. A little weak for my tastes but very drinkable and pleasurable. Light bodied. Not warming at all. No hint of an 8% abv.

$3 at Maduro in a McChouffe glass.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2007 15:13:26 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of ski271


3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Zeno’s in State College
A: Murky chestnut-brown with 1 cm foamy, light tan head that diminishes to a thin film rather quickly.
S: Very mild. Light yeast & roasted malt with hints of cherry and tobacco.
T: Sweet malts with light fruit. Prune & roasted chestnuts. Light caramel, citrus and yeast.
M: Medium body, moderate-low carbonation, lightly astringent.
D: Served way too cold, I think. Muted the aroma too much. But that’s no fault of the beer. Liked it once I let it sit for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2007 20:05:10 | More by ski271
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours an orange brown color with very good head retention and good lacing. The nose is a bit backward initially, but one gets a hint of sweetness and Belgium spices. Smells quite enticing actually. On the palate this is a very nice beer indeed. I get some milk chocolate, citrus and a hint of cherry. There is also a bit of tartness, which keeps the sweetness at bay and keeps the beer from becoming tiring to drink The beer has a nice plush mouthfeel to it, and the abv. is well disguised. It comes across as quite drinkable, and frankly was too soon gone before I noticed it. A very nice offering Brasserie d'Achouffe.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2007 16:51:38 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A medium head a top a very cloudy garnet brew. No lacing.

S - Cranberries, cigarettes, currants and cherries. Ugh.

T - Slightly malty wiht a bit of fruit: cherries, currants and cigarettes. Well the last one isn't really a fruit. It is a subtle flavor, but it is a crappy one. Aftertaste is slightly malty with a bit of cigarettes.

M - A little hars, medium bodied, a tad frothy and not very refreshing.

D - It tastes like fricking cigarettes! Come on!! This is just absurd. I guess I see why they have the Scottish element. If you coat anything with cigarettes it suddenly earns the qualifier of "Scottish." Ridiculous. Did I mention that I hate cigarettes?

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2007 03:37:30 | More by mrasskicktastic
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @ CAH. Served in a goblet.

A: Dark brown. Thick, tan head fades to thin layer. Some lacing.

S: Sweet, nutty. A little light.

T: Sweet (maple, molasses), creamy, toasty, good mix. Little hop presence.

M: Light. Easy drinker. A little watery.

D: Excellent. Could have a few. Very smooth. Alcohol was non-present, which could sneak up on you if you have a few. A good beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 16:06:37 | More by roughsax
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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