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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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866 Ratings
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

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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Brushkanna, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of beerman999999
5/5  rDev +25.6%

beerman999999, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Sspeer1
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Sspeer1, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of AmitC
4/5  rDev +0.5%

AmitC, Apr 20, 2013
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 zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

BrazilianAussie, Aug 12, 2012
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 brbrocc
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

brbrocc, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of atigerlife
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass.

Poured a dark brown with a big, fluffy light brown head that had good staying power. Very attractive.

Aroma was of sweet malts and some figs.

Taste we of dark fruits, roasted malts, candy sugar and some alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel was very nice...medium body, cleansing and very smooth. Quite impressive for the style.

Overall, very drinkable. Quite smooth and wonderful tasting. The ABV is hidden quite well.

atigerlife, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of czfreeman
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this brew for a birthday present to myself. I was very suprised to find a small Beligan selection in my local beer store. Germany doesn't really seem to import very very much, and is ususally overpriced, however, 1 liter wine-stlye bottle $3.50.
Opens with a nice loud hiss. I had refrigeradted the beer since this morning, but have let it come to room temperature.Poured into my Delirium Noel goblet-beautiful light mahagony tone of brown, nice ruby port-wine tones of cherry red. fluffy thick,yet active tan head. Very nice to look at.
Smells beautiful. Earthy, port wine notes, musty moss-dampness, figs, raisins, wine, cherry, oakiness, malt, brown sugar, light sweet hoppiness. Orange, mulled wine and a slight alcoholic spiciness factor into the mixture. A clean, fruity lavender note I find as well. Very strong nose, spicy yet sweet and rich.
Flavors of cocoa, fig raisin, clove, spicy dark bread, nutmeg, cherry is also prominent. The spicy yeasty finish mixed with a dusting of pepper, clove, and nutmeg blended with a slight heat from alcohol only felt on the tongue, not in the throat. the rum like finish is great.This is for fall and now, hot mulled wine season.
As I continue to sip, the spiciness only seems to increase, and open, making this more and more enjoyable as I drink. On this night, I could not ask for better. Stellar

czfreeman, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of ski271
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Zeno’s in State College
A: Murky chestnut-brown with 1 cm foamy, light tan head that diminishes to a thin film rather quickly.
S: Very mild. Light yeast & roasted malt with hints of cherry and tobacco.
T: Sweet malts with light fruit. Prune & roasted chestnuts. Light caramel, citrus and yeast.
M: Medium body, moderate-low carbonation, lightly astringent.
D: Served way too cold, I think. Muted the aroma too much. But that’s no fault of the beer. Liked it once I let it sit for a while.

ski271, Jul 20, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light beige head, moderate retention with sticky, clear lacing on a light brown almost tudor brown body. Aroma dominated by raisins and dates with a touch of fig and a touch of some brown sugar. Taste is very raisin like with nice caramel malts and some candi sugar, brown candi sugar if there is such a thing. Either way, classic Belgium and classic Chouffe. Way to drinkable and totally delicious.

KickbacksSteve, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

harsley, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Hypersomnia, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a "Great Chouffe Party" gift box at Riley's inlcuding 750s each of this and the LaChouffe as well as a sweet Chouffe tulip. Shared with expatsteve over a mini Belgian brown/dark ale session.

Pour: murky strawberry-amber under an inch of khaki cream.

Nose: spicy yeast, lactose/vanilla cream and dark fruits dominate.

Taste: spicy lactose yeast, yogurt, lemon-grass funk, minty hops and sugar sweet booze in the finish.

Feel: light, thin body, smooth, ephemeral carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: smooths out as it warms, still not as balanced as some of the previous browns/darks in the session. Still a well-made, complex brown that nicely complements its brother, LaCouffe's, fruity lightness.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 07, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Sturmthis, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

seavercm, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of sfprint
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Exp. 11/2013
A: Dark rootbeer and opaque, rootbeer/cola like head and carbonation. bubbles cling to edge of glass.
S: There's a glue/plastic scent. Rubber boot. Also a dark fruity sweetness. Paint. Pretty strange
T: Alcohol is well hidden. Like a not so sweet soda with a strange flavor. In the cola/rootbeer family. odd
M: Explosion of carbonation upon sipping.
O: certainly an odd beer. I wouldn't jump at this one, but not that I can't appreciate it's quality and uniqueness.

sfprint, May 24, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 75cL bottle into a tulip. It's very dark brown (nearly black) that has red hues when held to a light. A medium off-white head that disappears rather quickly, but leaves a reasonable amount of lacing.

Smells of sweet, caramelized sugar and malt.

Tastes very much as it smells. More muted caramel sugars with a slightly bready taste that becomes more apparent the longer one waits.

Mouthfeel is good; standard Belgian bruin thickness.

A bit too sweet for my palate, but definitely not offensive. A decent brew.

philipquarles, Jul 14, 2008
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

falconxman, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

McChouffe pours a deep, cloudy, brown color with a pink grapefruit tint to it. A big, aggressive, fuzzingly creamy, light tan lid comes with.

The smell is a delight. A touch of sweet caramel with plums, berries, and sweet grapefruit. Yeasty as well, with a touch of spice.

Creamy medium-full with loads of tickling and massaging carbonation. The taste has a light sweetness of caramel and plums with bittersweet toffee. More fruits show up pleasantly sour in the form of red apples. Lots of Belgian yeast with a bit of tingly-sharp spiciness.

McChouffe is a very nice beer. BSDA or Belgian Brown as the bottle claims, I don't really know? I do know that it has a great nose, a nice tasty balance, and a classic mouthfeel. Well done.

Slynger, May 23, 2008
Photo of matty
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brownish amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aoma is fruity and spicy.Taste is dark fruits,spices and scotch.Very bland and unimpressive.There is an alcoholic warmth at the end of each drink.Overall something that was nice to try once but something I ever doubt I would buy again.

matty, Sep 22, 2009
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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