McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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89
very good

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very good

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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 31
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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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 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!!

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

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.

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.

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....

Photo of GreenMind
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of AmitC
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle to a snifter

A: a deep ruby brown with a thick three finger head that breaks down leaving a cosmic swirl of foam.

S: dark fruits and slight boozy smell...the yeast profile also comes through.

T: sweet dark fruits and a slight wine or booze flavor. Yeast also sneaks in.

M: medium body with full carbonation.

O: a nice beer, pretty basic and straightforward for a BSDA. I like the warm feeling that it leaves and while not the best I've had, it is a good beer and easy to drink.

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.

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Zekenyce
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of beerman999999
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of ShepardCommander
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of confer
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown but has an orange look when held to a light. Lots of sediment floating, love the unfiltered style. Big tan head that fades very slowly.
Plum, dark fruit smell. Small hint of alcohol also in the smell.
Nutty taste with a boozy finish.
A good beer and one I will go for again.

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.

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

Photo of alex_hart
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

Photo of falconxman
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
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.

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.

Photo of Hirshi
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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