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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

948 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 37
Gots: 87 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-22-2001

ABV varies from time to time.
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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!

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.

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.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of shagal
3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

Photo of brutalist
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

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!

Photo of Stoutsman
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Brewsed
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.