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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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89
very good

866 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 866
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 29
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 donkeyrunner
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Currently the Achouffe gnome and Long Trail bears are battling it out for my favorite beer mascots.

Auburn to sepia in color. Fluffy tan head that leaves sand dunes of retention that shift and blanket the beer. Drifts of lace.

Aroma is leafy, woodsy hickory toffee and brown sugar. Tastes of coppery caramel, clean, leafy hops nutmeg and cinnamon. Tastes a lot like GNC caramel mocha whey protein actually. Thin and monotone for a 8% Belgian.

Supposedly this pays hommage to the Scottish influence that Belgium received during WWII. More of a Belgian-y interpretation of a Northern English brown than anything resembling a Scottish ale. What a bummer. I expect more of Achouffe and their gnomish minions.

donkeyrunner, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of rickyleepotts
2/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I love hobbits! One thing that I am going to like about this project is learning more about the beers before drinking them. That won’t affect the way I write on the beers, as I am writing based on the nose and the flavor. But it’s cool to learn more about the beers, the brewery, etc. before trying them. Like this beer… the hobbit on the bottle, well that’s a Chouffe. I had no idea, but now it makes so much sense. Anyway, let’s drink.

The beer smells like any other brown ale. Not much going on really. But the smell does help with the first sip. It’s initially smooth, and best served chilled. It slides across the palate and settles on the back of your tongue. The aftertaste sticks around though.

The beer is a Belgian strong ale… and I must admit, I expected more. The bottle is HUGE, comfortable to a wine bottle. So when I spend this much money on a bottle of beer, I expected more. The head on the beer is thick, which makes me think there will be a creamy mouth feel… there’s not.

Now, I’m not saying this beer is bad… but to come all this way from the Belgium and just be this good, I am hurt! Come on beer guys, you can do better than that. I would buy a bottle of this again, but it would have to either be on sale or the liquor store would have to be out of everything else! I like the story of the hobbit… but sadly, that is more exciting than what lay in the glass. Bottoms up… if you can stomach it.

rickyleepotts, May 23, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a dark brown color with a tan colored head. The aromas were sweet and really interested me in the beer. The malts kind of gave me an earthy aroma too in the faint distance. The taste was on the sweeter side, a little more like a sweet version of an Abbey Dubbel. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and found myself enjoying this brew for the most part. I don't know if I'd ever buy a whole lot of it but I'd try it again one day.

Knapp85, May 14, 2011
Photo of iguenard
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

( 33/50, 8.5% alc/vol, Home) Unfiltered red ale that leaves a brown head of average height. Very fizzy. Metal, sugars (the belgian candi kind). Fresh, like cotton candy. Brown sugar, sugar canes. So sweet, the malt nuances are killed off almost completely, although it is quite tasty. Hops flavours are very good, kills sugars and adds a strong dry finish to the beer. Bee-wax, acidic palate. Very sugarry with some metallic tones due to alcohol (and since it's SAQ, its probably aged and badly handled). Definite sweet belgian strong ale. Would drink this warmer at next attempt. Good, but overdone in my opinion. Lets give this a try with coffee cakes and sweet deserts.

iguenard, May 07, 2011
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a La Trappe chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a medium beige head with big retention and many lacings left
S: Brown bread and Belgian yeasts are very noticed. Dark fruits, caramel malts and alcohol
T: Taste follows the nose. Intense brown bread and Belgian yeasts. Amazing. Brown sugar and caramel malts. However, the taste is quite dry and bitter. Intense (good quality) hops too. Perfect
M: Creamy and molasses medium body. Reasonable carbonation. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. Dry
O: Excellent beer as expected

eduardolinhalis, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of dbmernin83
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber brown, bordering black, nice frothy head.
Dark fruits, sweet candy nose, a touch of booze.
Sweet, slighty medicinal, light alcohol. Silky smooth.
Very light on the mouth, making it that much more drinkable and dangerous.
A great Belgium strong dark. The light body makes it easier to drink and a little more approachable for beginners than some. All in all, a solid offering.

dbmernin83, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured cold from the tap at finch's a deep dark brown to a tall nonic-pint-like 13oz chouffe glass with a full finger near white head with good retention.

aroma of spice and banana.

super sweet, fruit, grapes and banana - followed by a bit of hot spice.

medium bodied, big carbonation, sweet, no bitter.

drinkable - one, maybe two. overall - great brew.

robwestcott, Apr 24, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark reddish-brown with a frothy, dense head.
Aroma is caramel and dark fruit with a faint backdrop of yeasty bubblegum.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the flavour presents a dark, fruity sweetness followed by a gentle finishing bitterness.

, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into an Old English Oil tulip.

A: My glass arrives full to the brim with clear ruby-brown liquid that's alive with fine effervescence; the bubbles serve to sustain a finger of delicate tan head that shows great retention and leaves light lace. Attractive.

S: Deep, bready malt is front and center, with serious toastiness and some background yeast; dark fruits and spice lie underneath. Nice.

T: Decadent maltiness dominates throughout, but is nicely restrained by some drying yeast spice on the finish. Flavors of nuts, prunes, cake, bread, and toffee provide plenty of sweet intensity, only to be balanced by a clean bite of minerality and light alcohol. Excellent.

M: Fairly hefty medium body that explodes with prickly carbonation. A little over the top.

O: This was my first encounter with a Belgian Scotch Ale, but I had no fears - in my experience Brasserie D'Achouffe can do no wrong. While not quite as transcendent as Houblon Chouffe, this brew is quite tasty indeed. The Scottishness of the malt character was apparent, although the overall effect was decidedly skewed to the Belgian side of the continuum. I kind of hoped that they would have thrown some peat-smoked malt into the grain bill, but I suppose it turned out just fine as is. Well done, gnome.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of kenito799
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Fin du Monde glass.

Medium brown cloudy brew. Lovely malty aroma withsubtle fruity Belgian yeast. This is smoother, dryer and more subtle than many Balgians, thi smust be the Scottish influence. Still more Belgian than Scottish. Very nice and good with food.

kenito799, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Dark rosewood liquid, somewhat cloudy with cardinal highlights and many tiny dregs of lees floating around. A wheat half finger of delicate creamy foam rests up top, crawling up around the collar where it leaves soapy layers of lacing in its wake. Excellent retention.

Bananas, gentle yeast phenols, English digestive biscuits or maybe graham crackers, and a hint of plum in the nose.

Tart palate entry, quickly broken up by complex delicate yeast notes and a wave of rich malt. Fruit pits (cherry, apricot), toasted oat cakes, faint caramel, and more develop into a moderately dry, faintly bready finish. An unusual and vaguely mischievous flavor profile.

Soft, medium-bodied, effervescent, and gently warming.

An interesting beer, though beyond the increased maltiness I don't get much Scottish Ale character per se. Would pair well with a variety of dishes - I picked up another bottle to try in place of my usual Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue) in "Konijntje met Trappistenbier en Oesterzwammen," my favored Flemish rabbit recipe.

augustgarage, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer today in Achel, Belgium. So nearby the abbey of Achel and the restaurant had no Achel available. This was a good alternative.

Poured in the original Chouffe glass the beer looks ok. Darkbrown to dark/darkred beer and small broken white head. Not much to smell. This beer is with dark stonefruits and malts. Some degree of sweetness in it but not much.

Good beer!

Brabander, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of drtth
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich brown color tinged with a slight reddish tone. The ¼" head is light tan in color and recedes slowly but visibly. Sipping initially leaves scattered spots and speckles of lacing but eventually the head and lacing have gone well before the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fruity (dark fruits) with some traces of caramel and hints of chocolate and what may be something like coffee.

Taste: The rich complex flavors include some fruity sweetness (e.g., raisins, dates, figs) with some light spicyness blended with powdered cocoa or chocolate. This is very complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with gentle carbonation. The finish is medium in length as the fruity sweetness eventually tapers off and the flavors end on a lightly bitter and dry note.

Overall and Drinkability: I thought the drinkability on this one quite good and I'd not hesitate to have a second, either right away or in the future. This is definitely a beer to drink with only a light chill. Over all I quite enjoyed this beer.

drtth, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of raszputini
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Thirsty Monk on tap. Pours a brownish amber with whitish head. Yeasty nose with notes of caramel, malt and alcohol. Taste is very complex and requires some sorting - belgian sugar, caramel, belgian yeast, toffee, candy, pilsner malts, saaz malts and light alcohol. Finishes clean. Nice scottish ale.

raszputini, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of AlexLMS
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: opaque due to the very dark brown, almost black colour. The head is deep tan, moderate in size and kind of foamy. It may not last very long and shows a good amount of lacing.
Aroma: yeast, spices and light notes of molasses.
Taste: spices, dark malts and earth hops.
Mouthfeel: kind of dry, moderate to high carbonation and a medium body. Wonderfully disguised high alcoholic strength.
Finish: spices and light bitter lingering aftertaste.

Overall: very good beer. Amazingly refreshing for a strong Belgium beer. In my opinion better than the blonde version. A must try.

AlexLMS, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

McChouffe, poured from a 750 ml bottle.

Appearance: Into a chalice. A rich earthy brown in color with a tightly beaded off white head and some lace to show for it as well. Looks the part of a Belgian strong dark.

Smell: Suggestions of fig, raisen and plum round out the nose.

Taste: Raisen again dominates the flavor, with some red grape notes as well. Not overly sweet but bitterness is low. Some brown sugar and clean malty notes. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor profile. Really has a nice fruityness that I would attribute to the particular yeast strain used. Pretty delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, fairly crisp and carbonation level is good.

Drinkability: Possibly my favorite beer from the Achouffe brewery. Drinks like a beer half its strength. Awesome stuff.

Stinkypuss, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of cpmichael
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a light brown, with a medium head retention, light in color.

S: A sweet/spicy aroma that includes hints of malts, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

T: A sweet toffee characteristic comes through, followed by a nice presence of hops, very mild. Raisins are also noticeable towards the end.

M/D: Fairly carbonated, which works well for this beer. Easily drinkable, even with a higher percentage of alcohol.

cpmichael, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 8.0% ABV, Best Before 2012.

Thanks to bnieman and his Dad for sharing this one!

A - McChouffe pours a hazy brown-amber color with a quickly fading off-white head. Great lace is left behind on the glass.

S - The aroma starts with a rich Belgian yeast and a spicy brown ale nose with moderate hops behind. This has a lot of mineral going on, much like a German pils.

T - Slight mineral pulls through into the flavor with a standard brown ale base. Belgian yeast spices it up adding, well, spice notes, and earthiness. Hops balance it out.

M - This medium-bodied and smooth-feeling brew is lightly dry but still maintains a smooth finish.

D - While this is a good beer, it's not something I'd be interested in having a whole lot of. One better split.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with orange-russet highlighting. Tanned head is quite clingy, somewhat foamy, and decidedly attractive. Nose is malty-spicy with some floral notes from the hops. Sweet dark fruits ensure an above average score, but nothing amazing.

Flavor is a nice mix of mild and funky, with toasted brown barley and cocoa up front, finishing with overripe banana and spices. Hops are also somewhat floral and add a prick of pepper. Alcohol is quite muted. Well brewed, and quite nice all the way through.

BretSikkink, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Squelch
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: dark brown. Tan Head. Nice lacing

Smell: dark candi sugar dominates the aroma.

Taste: nothing stand out. Dark fruits, Dried fruits.

Mouthfeel: Slighty harsh, Slightly astringent. Tingly.

Drinkability: not one I would get every day. The nose is amazing, but the flavor is lacking.

Squelch, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Dark brown colour and a medium creamy head that disspiates quickly but leaves a thin lacing

S- Phenols, caramel, toffee. Good!

T- Maybe a little thin for its ABV but the hop bitternes gives it a nice character. You can taste toffee but the beer is nonetheless pleasantly spicy, you can also taste dried fruit. Overall this beer has a vague, but pleasant, "woody" character (i don't really know if there's a proper term for that...)

M- A nice warming and soft feel, that stiil leaves room for a harmonious whole of mouthfilling savours. Great mouthfeel

D- Really easy to drink (almost no taste of alcohol) but it leaves on the palate a dull sweet taste that gets you bored after a while

Cozzatoad, Feb 03, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a light but foamy head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, and spices. Taste is also dried fruits with caramel and a gentle earthiness. The beer is light on the palate and easy to drink. Even with 8% abv, you don't get much of the alcohol in the flavor.

kjc51478, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown with a decent creamy head. When I popped the top on the bottle, the head started to stream out the top. There is plenty of carbonation with this beer. There is a touch of lace too. The nose is fairly modest. It has all the characteristics of a Belgian, some candied, slightly boozy, sugary malts in the nose. There is a definite yeastiness in the aroma, some caramel, sweet malts, phenols. It isn't overly pronounced, but it is fairly typical.

The taste is quite good. For a Belgian this is quite smooth and creamy, and it doesn't have the prickly mouth feel and overcarbonation on the tonge that is typical. The booziness is subdued, there are plenty of sweet candied sugars, darkish malts, but no real spiciness to the beer. There may be a touch of coriander or star anise, but it is mild. The beer is quite pleasant. It isn't overly complex, but quite nice. The Belgiany candied sugars are very evident. The caramels and some darkish malts are quite evident as well. The aftertaste is mild. This one is worth seeking out for its overall pleasantness. The ABV is also well hidden which is appreciated.

albern, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color. Big foamy off-white head, but it dissipates quickly into a bubbly film.

Smell: Deep malt aroma with strong hints of dark fruit (particularly fig).

Taste: Nice (though not particularly up-front) dark malt flavor with some great spicy hints, notably clove and nutmeg (especially towards the finish). Dark fruits come in more strongly a bit after the initial taste: particularly raisins and figs. The aftertaste is definitely bready and has elements of raisin and spice in it.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to heavy-bodied with minimal carbonation. Though not "sticky", there's definitely an enjoyable degree of viscosity here.

Drinkability: No taste of alcohol and it doesn't feel particularly strong either. Good flavor, and easy to drink.

Though not as complex or as good as some beers of this style, I'm glad to have found this one as it is quite enjoyable nonetheless. Rich and malty, with plenty of flavors, both subtle and not, this tends to showcase more of the dried [dark] fruit flavors generally found in this style - and it does it really well. I must confess, though, that I don't entirely get the whole supposed Scottish inspiration/connection with this beer, but who really cares: it is a great beer!

mithrascruor, Dec 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, best before end 2013. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a murky reddish/brown color with a tan cola-like fizzy head. Head retention is good, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel and a bit of spicyness. The brew tastes like caramel, dark fruit, nuts, bready malt, and a bit of nutmeg along with an earthy taste. There's also a slight bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable. I think it's a good solid brew.

bluejacket74, Dec 22, 2010
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.