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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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515 Reviews
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Reviews: 515
Hads: 1,024
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 45
Gots: 126 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-22-2001

ABV varies from time to time.
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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a dark reddish, brown with soapy off white head that rapidly dissipates

S: malty aromas, burnt caramel, hint of banana and other fruity esters

T: malty sweet up front, with finish of more significant hops and a slight metallic twang - clean finish

M: a surprisingly thin mouth feel, doesn't have the fullness of other beers in this genre

O: not a bad brown ale, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find a store that sell it

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pilsner glass ( it was all i had) beautiful head, great rention.
smelled malty, like figs covered in bread, with and eathiness in the background
tasted like a belgian dark ale, mixed with a little bit of scotish ale( which is pretty much what it is) the esters of the belgian yeast dominate, but you still get the malty goodness of the scotch ale. Great beer, loved it.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into my McChouffe glass.

Appearance - Pours a muddy brown color with a touch of amber in it. The head is massive (due partly to the very tall and thin glass) at about four fingers. It slowly evaporates and leaves excellent lacing behind. The head itself is extremely silky and is an off-white/eggshell color. There is an average amout of carbonation activity within the beer. And the color of the beer is a dark, very clear, brownish amber.

Smell - Lots of sourness and a decent amount of alcohol on the nose. What little hop aroma there is seems to be somewhat floral. The malt smell is alos very elusive, but has a slightly toasted smell to it.

Taste - Again sourness up front. This slowly gives way to a powerful nutty flavor (mostly peanut and almond). The hops have a mostly bitter character, with only slight floral notes. They are fairly subdued, however. The malt is again and as well fairly subdued. Toasted and slightly rich in flavor, and definitely a back burner attribute of this beer. The most impressive taste about this ale is the strong nutty flavors. The finish and aftertaste are dominated by sourness and earthiness from the yeast. Moderate alcohol burn accompanies the entire taste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is very well done with this particular ale, and it has a very smooth mouthfeel even with a fairly light body.

Drinkability - The sourness and nuttiness may get a little overpowering after drinking a decent amount of this stuff, so I think that this takes away from its overall drinkability, but certainly not from its flavor alone.

Overall, this is a decent brown ale in all categories except for its superb nuttiness and curious sourness. It has decent drinkability and a very good mouthfeel. Recommended.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a deep mahogany with lots of nice tan head. The head retains well.

Smell – Very fruity upon the first whiff. There is some yeast, lots of spice, plums, and sugar. Nicely balanced and pleasant.

Taste – I liked my first sip because this beer had all those nice dark Belgian flavors without the bite that most have. It is sweet with lots of dark fruit flavor, some coriander, and a touch of alcohol. A nice effect.

Mouthfeel – Relatively creamy. Carbonation is a little tickly. Right for the style.

Drinkability – Great.

This is a solid beer. Nothing outstanding but very reliable.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The color is dark red, burgundy, cloudy.
The foam off-white, built of small and medium-sized bubbles. Unfortunately quite quickly subsides.
Mc Chouffe aroma is clearly malty, caramel, are also plums and hop grass.
The taste is unfortunately very weak. A little plums, caramel and a little bit of everything.
Gentian imperceptible. As for me, saturation far too high. When it comes to alcohol it is bad, completely not laid rejects. I must say that unfortunately I did not drink this beer with pleasure.

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Photo of jlervine
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown body with a thick, light tan head that sticks around for hours. Perfect. The smell is sweet, with a hint of peppery spicy flavors. The taste is smooth and mellow with an almost herbal finish. Incredibly smooth. The mouthfeel is nice and warm, very inviting, coating, yet light on the palate. Very nice, extremely drinkable.

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Photo of rec
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brew appears a deep amber with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly but laces relatively well.

The aroma isn't pleasing to my nose, smeling of alcohol and bland nuts, mostly.

You can't really taste the alcohol, it's concealed by a complex mixture with fruits such as plum and cherry, with hints of caramel. However, nothing really stands out as delightful nor awful, but is a well balanced mixture despite the lack of highlights.

It generally tastes quite generic although very diferent than many of its dark ale brothers and is perhaps a tad over-carbonated, as well as watery.

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Photo of FleeVT
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tall green 750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with cream head that starts out at 2 fingers and quickly retreats to 1/2 finger. Lacing clings to glass side. Very tiny bubbles of streaming carbonation.

S: Predominately malty with a mix of both sweet and yeast. A little bit of biscuit. With some swirling you can pick up some dark fruits.

T/M: Initial taste, a dry brew with a nice quick kick in the ass-end. Medium body with a creamy smoothness that disguises the alcohol bite in the back. Semi-sweet malts present as a mix of raisin and some other esters. There is almost a candy like medicinal quality in the back of your throat, but not an aftertaste.

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Photo of brantadid
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a brownish ruby color. Quite dark. Very thin, white head diminishing very quickly.

Sweet, malty nose. Yeast is present but hardly overpowering. Some dark fruit in nose.

Pretty high carbonation. Nice fizzy quality to this beer. Very sweet toasted malts on the front palate followed by some chocolate and fig flavors. Warmed a bit to reveal a slight sour quality.

Very light mouthfeel. Not viscous at all. Rather thin, but nice.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice dark reddish amber color with a thick foamy tan head. Lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top. It has a strong Belgian aroma, very spicy and yeasty with a slight musty or earthy tone. The flavor is great, very fruity but not too sweet. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste in an 8% beer, but for this style it's probably about normal. Drinkability is ok, but I think I'd have a hell of a headache if I spent the night drinking these.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Looks as though carbonation is fairly low and the head that is created from pouring shifts down to a surface ayer with nearly no lacing.

As one would expect the color is a dark coffee brown and reasonably opaque.

Nose detects ripe dark fruits with malts and yeast plus an indescribable note that is perhaps best described as brown sugar.

In the mouth and across the tongue produces very tasty malt characteristics. Dark fruits are also delivered and so to is the brown sugar.

The lower degree of carbonation is a treat as it caramelises in the mouth and sustains that malt flavor. Finishes try with a comfortable amount of alcohol twang.

Good stuff

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Photo of joeskirkie
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown of course, I think the best way to describe it is flat, diluted cola. Not that that’s a bad thing for this style.

It smells malty and sweet, there’s a nutty hint in there too. It’s very nice.

The taste is quite delicious, there's a delightful caramel sweetness to it. It has a smooth and medium body. I'm thrilled that it comes in a 750 mL bottle because I know I want more.

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Photo of Gritsak
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep, dark ruby/brown with a light tan head that quickly dissapates to a light film.

S- strongy yeasty smell with some slight fruit hints

T- rich, earthy flavor. Yeast is definitely noticable but not dominant. Finish is light, yet flavorful.

M- Medium body, smooth and with good carbonation.

D- extremely easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden.

overall- Very solid belgian. Lacks the complexity of others (st.bernardus 12) but makes up for it with a nice clear flavor.

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Photo of pheurton
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

carmel colored mahogany with a lucsiously thick and creamy looking off white head. grainy sweetness on the nose, with hints of melon, clove, and yeast. more than ample carbonation. a little bit thin in the body. quick dose of slick carmel sweetness, cut by a peppery clove sensation and a kiss of saaz like hopiness. gets a little fuller as it warms. alcohol is cloaked well, and this beer went down with no problem. not hugely complex or overbearing, but a nice dark ale that cloaks is strength well and consistently invites another sip. enjoyable.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dak earhty/reddish brown with a creamy off white head on top. Looks nice. Smells of earth and spices with sweet tones in as well. Tasted sweet mild caramel malt at first but phenols and peppery flavors were very present. Also had a fruity flavor of darker fruits but not a dark fruit cake flavor. Mouthfeel was creamy but still ahd good carbonation and I know I could drink a few of these. I'm really starting to enjoy Belgian Dark Ales and this one is tasty.

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Photo of Nick3
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Mahogany brown in color with a reddish tint and a nice head that vanishes quickly. Beautiful lacing on the glass as I drink it. Dark fruit and spices in the nose. Beer is very smooth and drinkable. Carbonation and flavors dance all over your tongue. Flavors of malt and spices dominate the beer with some flowery hops in the finish. Very well balanced beer that got better with every sip. Bravo!

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Photo of meadhead
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a sort of blondish - brown ale
slight sweet molasses and spice
noteable hop flavor
with earthen pepper bite

some slight fig favor
but nothing too sweet

a well balanced moderate
very easy too drink

sweet on the palatte
with a good carbonation

a nice drink with dinner
or aperitif situation

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Photo of ChillMike
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful deep ruby red tha doesn't let much light in with a hefty off white head, that leaves just enough lacing around the glass.

S:Very sweet smelling, some nice candy sugar scents along with a fruit smell, I'm thinking a bit of cherry, and a bit of plum. Also a bit of choclatey malt smell. A very pleasant smell, just not enough of it, if that makes sense.

T: Very interesting taste, not what I was expecting at all quite a suprise. Let's see a mix of a cherry and light white chocolate taste then finishes with a nice coffee and caramel esque flavor. I have to say this was quite the treat.

MF: One of my only complaints about this beer is that it does feel just a tad bit too watery, I'd expect a beer that was this deep in color and flavor would be more "meaty" for lack of better words, it's also got just a wee bit more carbonation than I'd expect from this. That being said these are minor flaws in an otherwise great beer.

D: Scary enough I really can't taste the alcohol all that much and it is at 8.5%, I know it's not technically a winter warmer, but this was perfect for a night that was literally freezing in southern california.

Overall I'm really liking this beer and will have to pick it up again. Brasserie d'Achouffe is quickly becoming one of my favorites, they seem to get it right, from the presentation of the bottles to the taste of their wonderful beer.


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Photo of texashammer
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruby brown with a tan head that leaves a nice lace that sparkles in the light. Definitely pretty. Smells somewhat of bready light malt and yeast, but overwhelmingly of metal. Smells like I'm biting into a cheap restaurant fork. In the taste teh metal continues to dominate and makes this beer not terribly drinkable. I did finish my first, small glass but declined a second pour.

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Photo of atpben
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a nice brown color with hints of red in it. Foam subsides to a minimal in a few minutes. Aroma of raisins, light brown sugar, and some caramel. Taste has more of brown sugar raisins, and light orange(?) Smooth malty finish with the belgian yeast flavor. I liked it. A Belgian version of a scotch ale. I loved it - the best of both worlds. I liked it better than most scotch ales(which is not one of my favorite styles). Will definately try again. I do want to try this on tap.

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Photo of jcbogantes
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark, with a thick creamy head in to the glass, the 2 finger head stays for a while

S: Fruty, yeasty

T: sweet malts, dark fruits, that end with some alcohol warmth but with a good balance, earthy hops

M: medium bodied

O: excellent beer, very artisanal

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown with an appealing ivory head. Not much of an aroma. Perhaps some brown bread. Taste is excellent. Caramel, malt, brown sugar, toast. It's rich and smooth and kinda sweet. Very well balanced. Great mouthfeel and quite drinkable. All in all, not spectacular, but very very tasty.

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Photo of TMB0424
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML corked bottle. Poured into chalice

Pours a deep amber, nutty brown with a large loose off-white head. Head quickly recedes and leaves somewhat light lacing throughout.

Smell of alcohol, dark fruits - grapes, caramel-like malts. A little disappointed in the aroma, actually.

Tastes of smooth, tangy, fruity malts. Grapes come to the forefront. Light flavor of cherries, sugars. Has a slight peppery finish with a tiny toss of hoppy flavors. Very good carbonation as expected from a Belgian. Nice, warming alcohol warmth on the finish as well as a slight nutty flavor.

The nutty yeast is a nice touch and the sugary start/spicy finish is very pleasing. Somewhat refreshing. However, it has a fairly thin body and while it is an enjoying sipper, it is not something I would actively seek out. Solid brew, just I feel that something is lacking in the taste/aroma department for a Belgian dark.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this after a similar (750 ml) bottle of the blonde. Very nice pour, with a good head, but nothing I couldn't keep in the glass.

I drank it at the end of dinner (chicken kabobs) and onto the patio with the kids. Although the head disappears after a short while, the beer tasted great.

Again, I don't know how they hide the higher ABV in such a good tasting beer. The chocolate/cocoa taste you expect from a beer with half the alcohol content.

Not too heavy, with just the right amount of taste left behind.

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Photo of hops4me
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with the Turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. Perfect compliment to dark meat and gravy. It had a nice fluffy head. It was spicy and fruity. Pepper and phenols you would expect from a Belgian. It was suprisingly a little thin with the mouthfeel. I didn't find this a fault though because it hid the alcohol and added to the drinkability. The thinness made it slightly refreshing and the caramel and slight choc coupled with the spice made it a great drink. Great balance of complex flavors and drinkability.

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.