McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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89
very good
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3.97
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies from time to time.

Added by Mitchster on 09-22-2001

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Reviews: 524 | Ratings: 1,057
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have enjoyed this brew many times but somehow never reviewed
A - a dark murky brownish purple, tall tan head dissipated slowly leaving loads of lacing all over
S - plumb and cherry phenolics, mild grainy and leafy with a bubblegum hint
T - dominated by yeasty phenols of plumb, grape, and some cherry, light touch of nutty malt with a mild leafy hop presence and a mineral like touch
M - medium and very creamy with a nice carbonation kick, finishes with a drying mineral feel, ABV extremely well hidden
O - very tasty, phenol dominated is always a treat relative to most big belgians I have access to, while not a 'regular' per say this is definitely a go to dark Belgian for me

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep brown with a one finger creamy tan head that retained really well and left good sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet and malty with a nice slight medicinal phenol from the yeast and alcohol content. Smells maltier than a typical Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Welcoming.

Taste: Sweet and malty, with a little smoky/peaty Scotch Ale flavor that is balanced well with the Belgian yeast flavors. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavorful mix.

Mouth feel: Creamy medium carbonation that fits the medium body of the beer. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall: A Scotch Ale style mixed with a good Belgian Dark Ale...great idea! The extra malts and slight smoky/peaty flavors go really well with the sweeter Belgian yeast and higher ABV sweetness. I really like this one!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 bottle best before 2012 so I assume it's been sitting for quite some time. Poured into a tulip.
A bubbly off white two finger head shows itself along with a dark brown body that looks more like copper against the light.
It has the dark Belgian smell of dark fruits and alcohol with some sweetness to round it off.
Dark fruits and a malty sweeness dominate the flavor profile. The alcohol was a lot more prevalent in the nose. Some breadiness.
Medium body and carbonation.
I've never had a Scotch Ale before, but this seemed more like a straight up Belgian to me than anything.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of JosLutz
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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Photo of sbrotschul
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

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Photo of corby112
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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

Nice deep amber color capped by a small sized off white heads. Scent trends sweet with caramel, plum, balanced by light grass. Taste is also sweet, caramel, light plum and cherry. Wish the flavors were more pronounced but tasty no the less. Light bodied, yum.

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Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nummy...nummy.nummmy. One of my belgian favorites. Nice fruity, smoky flavor, with no hint at the alcohol content. Beautiful to to look at and even better to drink....

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Photo of Vylo
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer, simply put.

I uncorked this expecting a decent, yet overall mediocre beer with my meal. I was taken back by the robust flavor of the beer. It was not only outstanding on its own, but enhanced the flavor of my meal (burger). I found myself savoring every sip of this fine drink. A complex and greatly enjoyable drink. If you are a fan of belgian ales, this will not fail to impress. I will be buying this regularly.

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Photo of obrendano
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

random choice from my local shop

A - heavy green bottle, cutesy elf character lets you know it's a Euro beer through and through. beer pours a burnt orange with traces of sediment. the head on this thing is absurd....foamy, sticky, highly active carbonation. very nice

S - smells slightly of Belgian yeast, fruity character present

T - having grown a little sick (often literally) of the Belgian taste, this is welcoming to me. slight classic funk, but the taste is a harmonizer, not lead. warm peppery malt gives way to a huge caramel and buttery taste, with a buttered bread finish.

M - very lively and sharp carbonation, body is medium but sticky, leaving the caramel and butter flavors all around your mouth for a while

O - can't complain at all about this one. very solid for the style and a very good beer all around

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

Review taken from notes. Thanks to jlindros for sharing.

A - Pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a very light thin head that leaves nice light side lacing.

S - Very light belgian yeast aromas, with some dark fruits light chocolate.

T - Very nice belgian yeast notes, some sweet carmel malts, good rich dark fruits, and some very nice chocolate (cocoa powder).

M - Nice carbonation here. It is not too heavy or syrupy.

O - I liked this beer. Not a bad offering from d'Achouffe.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a rich, dark, and slightly hazy mahogany colour. The head is sparse and foamy .

The aroma is rich and fruity. Pear come through alongside some light cocoa in the background. The some rum notes come through as well alongside a slight boozy aspect.

The flavour is very aromatic and rich. A slight toffee flavour is present throughout. alongside a slight alcoholic warming component.

Overall, the flavour leaves a bit to be desired, but this is still worth checking out. An interesting take on a Scotch Ale from a belgian brewer.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 3/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing in my Duvel tulip over cloudy brown liquid.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, yeast, figs, quite a sweet smell.

T: Cloves and peppery hops up front, which transitions to a malty finish with molasses, figs, brown sugar and some alcohol.

M: Thick viscosity with a medium to high level of fine carbonation.

O: A better than average Dubbel that would be better if the alcohol taste did not come through as much.

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

Thanks to Lynda for bringing this back from Belgium.

Light fizzy head quickly light lacing hazy ruby auburn color.

Nose earthy root like aromas, herbal, esters galore, molasses and syrupy almost candy, even a bit nutty.

Taste light malts, darker nutty malts, very earthy and slight herbal again, esters, chewy nougat almost, molasses and candy. Tons of fruit, plum, raisin, fig, date, etc. bit bitter and semi sweet.

Med bodied, dec carb, bit syrupy.

Overall nice Belgian strong dark/dubbel style, a bit much on the esters and sticky sweet flavors, but nice fruits balance it.

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Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark redisch to brown hazy fluid with a fluffy off white head that stings to the glass.

S - Citrus and yeasty smell, smells like a double. There is not much sweetness in the smell.

T - Some sweet caramel and brown sugar, nicly in balance with the hops, vigs, dark fruit and other spices.

M - Good carbonation, perfect thickness for it's kind.

O - A good double, no doubt about it, nicely balanced.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle at De Kelk in Brugge during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Serve in a McChouffe chalice.

Pours dark brown with a nice, foamy light tan head. Good retention and plenty of lacing.

Nose brings loads of dark fruits and a bit of sweetness. Flavor falls along the same lines, though the two don't mix quite as well as in the nose. Medium body and good carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Well made and quite tasty.

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Photo of ggourde
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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'

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: 750 mL bottle

S: Peppery brown bread crust. Fairy dry. Notes of espresso, and mocha with heavy, moderately complex spiciness as well as blackened bits of toast. Yeast spiciness actually stands up and perhaps slightly outperform the brown character which itself is quite rich and dry.

T: Similar to the nose with heaps of peppery brown bread crust which were ever so slightly burned. While not overwhelming dry, but all flavors tends to be dry. Dry pepper and complex spiciness, dry brown toasted quite melanoidin-y malts. Very little malty sweetness though. However, an overall lack of bitterness saves the palette from an unpleasant onslaught. Light mint, herbal hops round out the middle. Finish has a touch of minty herbal hop to it with lingering dark cocoa and spiced brown bread.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Extreme dark brown, thin bubbly head, fleeting strands of lace.

S - Sweet malts, caramel, plum, figs. Nice.

T - Dark fruit and spice. Brown sugar over figs and plums. Some licorice. No bitterness to it at all. Very pleasant.

M - Moderate in body. Right carbonation.

O - A sweet, spicy nectar. No heat to it even as it warms. Delicious, just falls below the top BSDAs in terms of complexity.

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Photo of mikedotnet
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium-to-dark brown body; fluffy light brown head that dissipates quickly

S - Wonderful aroma- figs, plums, and dark candies make this extremely pleasant to smell

T - This has an absolutely stellar taste- not too sweet, but with plenty of typical Belgian strong dark ale fruitiness and candied sugar presence. There is absolutely no bitterness at all. It's rather one-dimensional, but not in a bad way; the highly-enjoyable taste is rather consistent throughout.

M - Not as much carbonation as I would like; this is somewhat tame compared to other Belgians. It's a little thinner than what I would expect as well, but it's nevertheless very enjoyable.

O - Aside from the low carbonation (which is still enjoyable), I have no complaints whatsoever. It seems like more of a slightly-strong dubbel than a strong dark ale, so for the price I'd probably grab a case of Westmalle Dubbel instead (just because that's one of my favorites). Nevertheless, I'm very glad I picked this up. If you like strong, dark, fruity, Belgian ales, you will not be disappointed by this.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy brown cola in color. with a foamy head.

Smell: Bready and sweet.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium in body. Clean. Slightly sweet and bready with notes of plum/raisins. Slight syrupy in the end. Good malts throughout it all.

Overall: Anything with a gnome on the label has my attention and this certainly did. It was a good beer with some good flavor, but nothing I would actively search out. Good overall.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cranberry with off-white film. Smoke, berry and dark malt on the nose.
Dark berry, chocolate malt, and bark, a big forest fruit jam hit, candy sugar and some clovey yeast and deep spicy hay hops to finish and linger.
Light to medium, fizzy, and slightly chewy.

A self-described Scotch ale.

Belgian character underneath a lot of sweet malts. Not very Scottish, in spite of what they were aiming for. Berry too up front. A sipper.

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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