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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

867 Ratings
THE BROS
89
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
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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Photo of shagal
3/5  rDev -24.6%

shagal, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of DrNo
4/5  rDev +0.5%

DrNo, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky chestnut brown with a great cream colored head with tons of bubbly lace.

Nose is brown sugar and sweet (not spicy) brown bread. Some yeast, some tropical fruit, a little brown nuttiness.

Smooth and creamy, with malt and light sugar up front. This is less sweet on the palate as it is on the nose. Some sweet brown bread, and then the palate clears to a little fruit, light bitterness. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Good, but a little soft.

Medium body, a little tingly on the tongue.

Overall, a great belgian brown, but doesn't have the strong alcohol punch. Very easy drinking for the style, just a touch weak (alcohol) and a little sugary. Still, very glad I tried this. Easy and creamy and a beauty in the goblet.

OtherShoe2, Jan 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

brutalist, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Deep brown amber with crazy head and lacing.
nice sweet malty alcohol aroma...bit of belgian yeast.
Taste is of malty dried fruit, mixed with belgian yeasts and alcohol. Alcohol is obvious, but it should be. This is advertised as a Belgian Brown Ale, which is a way better description than Belgian Strong Dark. Its deff a brown, with belgian tendencies...like it had a condition.
Really great beer...tasty and unique. Worth drinking for sure.

DrinkSlurm, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of JosLutz
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this Biere Brun from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glas at about 10 C degrees.

appearance: orange-brown colour, a little light brown head slowly diminishing.

taste: Fresh but firm, a complex mix of aroma's.
Very great and impressive taste, but never pushy.

One of my favourite!

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

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Edwaka01, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Robje, Jan 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

HoistinBrews, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

stearns16, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Brewsed, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

djrn2, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of sbrotschul
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting year ... my wife is in northern France on a teaching exchange through the Fulbright program, allowing me to visit from the US during vacations. I picked up a small selection of beers and a couple of glasses that were suggested by the store owner of an excellent bottle shop in Tournai, Belgium. (See below for my description of the shop and how we found it.)

My wife pointed out Chouffe, as her eye was drawn to the gnome on the label. Unofficially, this is our "Year of the Gnome," so we picked up a Mc Choufee, a La Choufee, and a tulip glass (with gnome bending over) created by Brasserie d'Achouffe in Belgium. I served this along with foie gras and date jelly on toast.

Appearance: (5.0). The initial pour was perfect, with a fluffy brown head about to poke through the brim of the glass. A nice carmel/ mahogany brown color, which made the gnome bending over on my glass, look as if he was gardening in dark soil.

Smell (3.5). Light, earthy, smell with hints of brown sugar, and figs.

Taste (3.5). Hints of carmel and fruits poke through with a slight alcohol breath upon finishing.

Mouthfeel (4.0). Great carbination -- not too many bubbles, but a fun finish

Overall (4.0). A good beer. I'll buy more on my next trip.

*** Le Moine Austère ***
Just up the road from us in Beligum, is a wonderful bottle shop called the Austere Monk (I'll review it after BA adds it: Le Moine Austère, Rue Dorez 8, Tournai, Belgium) (a review: http://www.monnuage.fr/point-d-interet/le-moine-austere-a41282). My wife and kids found the shop while touring the Grand Place and visiting the Christmas village. The family was excited to bring me to the store and even sent a few photos of the wall of bottles.

As I looked at the selection, I instantly wished that I knew more about Belgium beers. I understand a little French and shopkeeper was willing to bring to me some of the local beers and the traditional favorites. (Side note: it is *very* helpful to have a wife that speaks and understands French!) She pointed out which beers were still made by monks (down to five, she said), and those breweries which tend to create craft beers. She loves to make gift baskets, filled with beers, glasses and other treats. I can't wait to return!

sbrotschul, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

kmwilson76, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Polasiuss, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

CelticAleMan, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

jtmcgraw, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

theArchitect, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

LIVEfreak2, Dec 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

jophish17, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a 1.5 finger beige head that slowly fades into a lastig ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Subtle roasted malt aroma with some zesty spice and dark fruit notes.  Slightly peppery with hints of chocolate, toast, caramel and nut.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of zesty spice, sweet malt and dark fruit.  Lots of peppery spice up front followed by sweet malt flavors, notably caramel and toffee before finishing with a prominent dark fruit presence.  Hints of plum, raisin, currant and other dark berries.  Subtle alcohol sweetness but not much heat.  Could use a stronger malt character to balance out swet fruits but still pretty good.

corby112, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

animal69, Dec 11, 2011
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.