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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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892 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 31
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark, cloudy brown with a tan head. The smell was malty and slightly sour. It has a definite malt taste, but was more delicate than expected This was a full bodied beer but not heavy. I've taken delight in every drop of this brew.

barefootbrewer, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +0.5%

magine, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of kbnooshay
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 11.2 ounce bottle with a cool screenprinted hunchback guy on it. It poured a gorgeous orange amber with a huge cratery tan head. The body was hazy and had a moderate amount of junk floating around in it. Very carbonated. The aroma was mostly of apple and pear to me mixed with some darker fuits and a kinda of medicinal smell. This smelled like it was going to be a yeasty delight. The taste came through with lots of dark fruity flavors. Incredibly rich but not bitey. The mouthfeel is quite full; Thick and slick. This is incredibly drinkable. The alcohol is barely noticeable but there is enough to warm you up nicely. Overall this was a little too carbonated but still quite intriguing.

kbnooshay, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of deebo
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle sitting in the fridge for the past year with a BB date of aug 8 2014 into a chalice
A-ruddy brown but transparent. A tan colored large bubbled head that quickly breaks down
S-Belgian yeast-phenols quite noticeable. Sweet malt also on the heavy side
T-similar to aroma. Estery non-descript notes.
M-soft mouthfeel with the alcohol being quite drying. Medium body and carbonation
O-a nice beer. Not overly anything. Soft mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink

deebo, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Radome
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle bought in Germany.

A - The beer is medium brown with a serious reddish tint. It is crystal clear. The off-white head is thick, fluffy and sticky at first, but collapses quickly, leaving thick Belgian lace and a thin cloud of bubbles.

S - The aroma is about the malt. Graham crackers, raisins and prunes. There is a hint of sharp hops and a bit of black pepper yeast note. Not overly complex.

T - Flavors are also very malt-focused. Slightly aged-tasting sweet malt. Molasses and raisins/prunes. There is not much hops flavor or bitterness to balance. There is a bit of yeast spice, but not much.

M - Medium body. Tingly carbonation. No alcohol burn. Finishes dry.

O - This is a clean, dry, well-made beer. It is only lacking in some complexity to make it truly great.

Radome, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of rvdoorn
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always love the bottles and caps of Chouffe beers, they are kind of cute. Poured into a La Chouffe glass. The beer pours a hazy, dark-red-brown color, with a two finger think very light-brown head.

Smell: for me difficult to define (and given the mixed opinion in the reviews below, I'm not the only one). Sharp, spicy, yeast, some lemon and burning alcohol.

Taste: First a sharp taste, then some hints of sweet fruits, sweet malts, spicy malts and some grain. The aftertaste is spicy and too alcoholic.

Mouthfeel: thin-bodied (bit watery), medium carbonation, because of the strong alcohol, not too easy to drink

Overall: Alcohol is too much present, but in general a decent brew. However, there are so many better beers in this style. I prefer the La Chouffe by far!!

rvdoorn, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of ElGuapo
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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

ElGuapo, Sep 29, 2002
Photo of Brushkanna
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Brushkanna, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of hotstuff
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

When this beer was poured into my glass, it had a large tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that was fully diminishing. The body was mostly clear with lively carbonation observed. The nose was that of alcohol and some mild clove. The flavor was spicy and malty and the mouthfeel was tingly along with a burning sensation as it is swallowed.

hotstuff, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +0.5%

dgeebs07, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of hunteraw
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at The Elm Tree pub in Cambridge. I really like this brewery, so I was eager to give this one a try...

Appearance: Very deep garnet in color, with an enormous head. Surprisingly little lacing.

Smell: Rich and malty, with a hint of smoke and dark fruit. Belgian yeast filters through.

Taste: Scotch ale, with a Belgian twist? Caramel, raisin and fig. No smoke on the palate. Bitterness is well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: A little heavy after a while, but nice.

hunteraw, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of brbrocc
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

brbrocc, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of dnichols
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 330 ml into a lightly chilled mug.

A: Pours a beautiful deep ruby red that doesn't let much light. Head is fluffy at first, light tan.

S: Sweet with a nice aroma of candy sugar along with a berry fruit smell. Very malty aroma with just a hint of clove.

T: Quite a surprise. Rich malty flavor upfront, complements by complex fruity flavors. A refreshing blend of cherry and light chocolate taste finishing with a with a nice toffee flavor. This was a real treat.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth from start to finish. It rested nicely in my mouth and every sip was a joy waiting to happen. Limited bite on the backside with not lingering sour aftertaste.

D: I expected a beer more like the strong pale ale from the same brewery that I have grown to enjoy. I was surprised by a beer that blew by my expectation and became an instant favorite

Overall: I need to sample this beer again…and again…and again.

dnichols, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

zenithberwyn, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev +0.5%

4ster, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Sspeer1
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Sspeer1, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cola brown with a beige head that leaves plenty of lacing. It looks like a big-ass Coke.

The smell is sweet and malty with hints of the usual clove-like spice of a Belgian.

The flavor is of dark fruits, cloves and a nice rounded caramel maltiness.

Mouthfeel is medium and with good carbonation. It's not champagne-like fizz, but it's just about right where you want a dark ale to be.

As with other d'Achouffe beers, this stuff is of high quality. I think it's probably my least favorite of their main beers, but being that this stuff is really tasty, that mostly speaks to the strengths of La and Houblon.

BigJim5021, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +0.5%

BrazilianAussie, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of harsley
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

harsley, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of beerman999999
5/5  rDev +25.6%

beerman999999, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of seavercm
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

seavercm, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: June 6, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay chalice... OCCASION: a week of returning to workouts--protein is welcome!... APPEARANCE: dark purple body; soft, wispy off-white head that thins out to an uneven, varied density; nice, intricate lacing... AROMA: immediate prune and apple; hops are aromatic and yeast adds some funk to an otherwise sweet malt... PALATE: thick, creamy, a bit chewy, and warming; easy-drinking and dry at the finish; a fleet, discrete presence--good, solid brown ale base... TASTE: grape and prune are the dominant flavors; smoky malt surprises, as does the lack of alcohol; rather flat at the finish... OVERALLL: a classy, slightly subdued version of tits usual and Christmas varieties; situation is key--introduced this at Thanksgiving a decade ago, but it didn't pair with the main courses well; as a nightcap, it can open with its complexity or close with its strength....

dacrza1, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of AmitC
4/5  rDev +0.5%

AmitC, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 01 2016 at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of dark malt and yeasty phenolics
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to frothy layer 8 mm thick
Lacing spotty; few small islands
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of yeast phenolics and dates (figs?), slightly sweet; no alcohol, no diacetyl, no hops
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

A decent strong dark ale. Good appearance, aroma, and palate. The flavor is fruity and slightly strong for my taste. Overall, pretty good.

Ozzylizard, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +0.5%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 10, 2013
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.