McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
04-26-2014 18:40:12 | More by JTuomi
3.61/5 rDev -9.3%
("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
04-01-2014 01:26:09 | More by Bouleboubier
3.65/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
03-21-2014 01:53:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.