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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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826 Ratings
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

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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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl bottle (08 2016) into a tulip. Brown color, two finger tan head that settles down pretty quickly, some lacing. Sweet malty aroma. The taste starts spicy, followed by a sweet but not sugary taste of roasted malts that grows in the mouth, finishing with a dry malty aftertaste. Slight alcohol in the taste. Medium-light body with a medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Overall an enjoyable beer but not that special.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 18:40:12 | More by JTuomi
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-25-2014 16:49:16 | More by atrocity
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-18-2014 18:32:59 | More by FrankHashimoto
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

04-15-2014 10:02:56 | More by jasperfriedrich
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-15-2014 01:38:12 | More by marmstrong1212
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-13-2014 07:45:38 | More by zenithberwyn
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-12-2014 21:00:22 | More by WillAndSarah
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-12-2014 14:40:22 | More by Docrock
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-10-2014 19:03:23 | More by poskok
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-10-2014 01:00:03 | More by afsdan
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-04-2014 22:02:48 | More by Wobbly
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3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

("Scotch of the Ardennes"... poured into a balloon glass)

A: medium-dark reddish brown, fair clarity... initially large, but fizzy head - keeps a swirl of a thin cover... minimal lace

S: brown sugar, medium-intensity of burnt caramel, light prune or other dried dark fruit... if you think "Scotch Ale", knowing it's of Belgian origin, you can somewhat sense the endemic characteristics of each (for lack of a better word) "style"

T: clove-like spice with a semi-sweet, cherry-like finish... rich in ripe-red berry/stone-fruit in the middle.... aftertaste moderately bitter with a mild, ghostly, spicy alcohol warmth - bitterness almost citrus-pithy... malty, but predominantly in the mid-dark spectrum and dry... brown sugar and burnt flavors fairly prominent, but outmatched by the assertive, softly-phenolic spice

M: perhaps a bit too thinned-out by the prickly carbonation and spicy alcohol.... does a have a hint of viscosity that is unfortunately attenuated by the recipe and yeast dynamics

O: having had this a few times, really enjoying it some of those times, it's frustrating when it seems not quite on... I would venture a loose comparison to a Belgian homage to Traquair House Ale, mostly in its expression of dark-sugar flavors - not nearly a parallel in overall composition... the proprietary Achouffe yeast factors relatively moderately into its taste, for better or worse

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 01:26:09 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-25-2014 01:33:34 | More by Hillbilly
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

03-21-2014 20:36:34 | More by ant1
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Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The dark offering from this fairly well-known brewery in the Ardennes. I have read that these guys only use malt syrups rather than whole grains ... True? In any event, this is certainly a well-attenuated and thin-bodied dark ale that does indeed capture some Scottish flavor elements, albeit with a decidedly Belgian profile nonetheless. A dark reddish brown brew, maybe leaning towards the red, with a moderate amount of light tan head and an aroma that is equal parts fruity esters, spicy medicinal phenols, and sweet caramel or toffee along with a vinous wine or cider-like note. Nice balance between the caramel elements and Belgian spice although I am less wild about the cidery component. Palate largely reflects this, such that I initially get some apple and pear fruit followed by clove spice, golden raisin, musty white peppercorns, faint molasses and bandage-like phenols, and perhaps a whiff of citrus rind. Rather dry, powdery mouthfeel and this brew just screams thinned down with a healthy sugar addition to the kettle. Some alcohol is apparent but not over the top in this regard. Really my main issue is the ultra-thin body and correspondingly airy mouthfeel but the flavor is solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 01:53:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-17-2014 22:49:44 | More by n00blar
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-16-2014 21:00:11 | More by rEBELlION
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-16-2014 03:14:56 | More by Zekenyce
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-15-2014 15:59:32 | More by dank_hank
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-13-2014 22:06:52 | More by gferg10
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-12-2014 16:43:35 | More by MacStinson
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apple brown with a husky coat of sepia foam. Laces thickly. Awesome.

Apple-like aromas, nuttiness, pear, golden raisin, light candi sugar, and steeped grain. A very lovely, delicate nose with great fruity esters and yeast prominence.

Rich dried fruit flavors with notes of apple, date, raisin, and quince. Toffee malts with medicinal phenols. Estery fruit, nutty yeast, light roastiness, and a sweet alcohol; all in good context. Finishes rather dry, and slightly soapy, like a floral finish.

Could use some more body. Drinks great, however. A little powdery dry; the carbonation puckers a bit.

A solid BSDA. Perhaps, a sweeter example.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2014 14:03:34 | More by thecheapies
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District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: ruby-ish brown with a minor amount if head, not unexpected
S: smacks of dark fruit with a bit of tartness, fig and sour apple, perhaps
T: similar to the nose, but heavier on the dark fruit. Also a bit if woodiness. I think the yeast used adds a very mild funkiness, as well.
M: a surprising amount of carbonation tingle despite the lack of impressive head; otherwise standard for the style I believe
O: I didn't feel there was anything special here, just a solid offering. I can't tell if part of the profile is similar to the Houblon Chouffe, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but it was mildly familiar.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 03:00:16 | More by cjgiant
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-11-2014 22:04:27 | More by dbarny76
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-08-2014 07:10:08 | More by vermilcj
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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