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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)
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB: End 2005.

Pours out a glistening yet hazy deep amber-orange body. Massive bone-colored head is sticky, frothy and persistant. Centerfold material.
Nose is comprised of saaz spiciness (first and foremost), some fruity esters, light peat characteristics, toasted carmel, and alcohol. Occasional hints of chocolate.
The is just delightful. Hits right up front with the stinging saaz hoppiness. Some peppery spice tack onto this and make it almost tingling. Once this recedes, the toasted carmel malt makes its way up front. Loads of oaky/woody notes to boot. This stays pretty dry throughout...juices up a little when in warms all the way up, with some fruity (apple and raisin) hues. Earthy, organic peatsmoke textures are interjected amongst the bready yeast tones. Earthy and organic are the adjectives I want to stress with this one. Course grain, faint cocoa, and slight hints of vanilla round this one out. Finishes with a jab of (seemingly english-style) hops, and a touch of alcohol.
The spritz of a belgian, mixed with the malt heft of a scotch ale. Medium bodied, maybe on the thin side..but who cares.
The fact that this is so young will require me to go grab a few to age. This is a very nice one...likely great with a little time.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 21:43:21 | More by cokes
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark amber color and formed an off white bubbly head that left some circular lace. Some carbonation present. An aroma of malt and caramel. A flavor of malt and caramel. Some dry elements in the finish. A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2002 19:30:33 | More by Wildman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A belgian rendition of a scottish style heavy ale??? Sounds like heaven. And you know what? It's durn close!
An excellent caramel and chocolate malt hits you first off, with an ending of some good alcohol burn. You can feel the 8.5% alcohol that has me buzzing pretty good right now. The pour gives the mountainous head of most belgian brews, along with the brown colour with the copper edges that suit the heavy scots style. Mouthfeel is pretty peppery with the alcohol and the energetic carbonation. It's drinkable, although after one 750mL (26 oz) bottle, I'm pretty good. The original flavour is what really draws me, and the finish does remind you that you're drawing the strong Belgian brew.
Two thumbs way up! (in the words of the inimitable mainstream critic Roger Ebert)

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2002 19:40:49 | More by the42ndtourist
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours with a mass of foam. strong alcohol in the smell. it goes down smooth, but there is a very noticeable taste of alcohol. you just know it is gonna kick you in the pants. it is definitely one to go with if strong ales are your style

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 09:25:01 | More by ElGuapo
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The fluffy, mountainous, thick light tan head sits atop a hazy deep garnet hued brew. The aroma is dominated by an assertively spicy Saaz hop nose accompanied by an overshadowed floral Goldings note. Unripe plum - like, tart fruity esters are secondary and quite refined. Mellow roasted barley, caramel malt and trace diacetyl become perceptible as the brew warms and the hop oils dissipate. The flavor profile is not unlike the aroma-- An initial snap of hop bitterness quickly yields to spicy hop flavor that's almost sharp. Light chocolate flavors then emerge only to be offset by a combination of green apple acetaldehyde and light clove phenols. A light and pleasant molasses sweetness persists as a constant undertone. Residual sweetness is well controlled in this brew and never becomes cloying. Moderate in body, with an agreeable, but somewhat drying mouthfeel. Flavors of grain reemerge in the dry finish, which is comprised of notes of biscuit malt and a touch of roasted barley sharpness. Satisfying alcohol warmth stately creeps in after a significant deliberation. Mc Chouffe is absolutely a unique and delicious brew, being reminescent of a Wee Heavy and Dubbel hybrid. The drinkability is superb and belies the relatively high strength. . Further cellaring may tame the esters, but it's delicious in its current state. "Best before end 2005"

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2002 17:59:43 | More by marc77
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United Kingdom (England)

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

Good beer, malty, spicy, and perhaps a bit sugary (which i didn't particularly like), chocolate and candy sugar flavour, i liked it, but it could have been better, apparently its better when you put it in the cellar for a couple of years, maybe i'll give that a go.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2002 01:04:35 | More by rastaman
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great Belgian interpetation of the style. Beautiful reddish brown. Woody hop charater with rasinious/dried fruit flavor. Malty sweet having a great character that will improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2001 17:18:07 | More by mattmaples
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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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