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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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828 Ratings
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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 26
Gots: 36 | 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 Fish113d


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served chilled into a tulip glass.

Pours the color of chestnuts with a dense, tan, 1 1/2" head that dissipates to about 1cm of surface layer along with some clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is pungeunt from 1 1/2 ft away! Aroma is quite fruity up front on my nose with a butterscotch coming in behind it (this describes a buttery aroma and caramel) to me. A bit of alcohol backs this up. Decent nose, but could be more interesting.

Sharp carbonation up front with a plum flavor combined with caramel. Rather creamy actually in body, and body is medium but still crisp enough to feel refreshing. I also get a bit of alcohol on the tip of my tongue, and toward the swallow the flavor changes over to just a bit of sugar and some slight floral taste. Interesting.

Very drinkable, and sharable with a 750ml bottle. Another well done brew. I'm sure anyone who enjoys belgians in the least bit would enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 02:13:13 | More by Fish113d
Photo of Hopfenpeter


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy red brown and build a bubbly tan head about two fingers high. It dissipated rather fast leaving little lacing.
The smell was of dark fruit like fig and dates, with caramel and floral hops.
Tasting the beer, the typical dubbel feel is predominant. Belgium yeast, dates ,figs and some plum, beautifully composed with the caramel and malt notes. Nice carbonation gives the beer a refreshing character.
I could finish a few bottles of that one and would not regret it

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 03:01:53 | More by Hopfenpeter
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-06-2012 01:44:30 | More by Peyton5410
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-16-2014 01:47:22 | More by alex_hart
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-16-2013 16:34:43 | More by wizo
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose very fruity and winey enough, he reminded the grapes and prunes. It also reveals hints of sangria. The body is lighter than expected. The palate is fruity, slightly sweet, yeast and feels it is palatable for full flavor. The finish is slightly bitter and alcool warming aftertaste. A good beer that is similar to scotch ales from UK but with a touch of true Belgian.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-23-2010 18:04:42 | More by ThaCreep
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

08-22-2013 19:11:53 | More by seavercm
Photo of taigor

New York

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle

A - Dark brown color when poured with medium head and almost no lacing.

S - Smells of dark fruit and bread with spices.

T - Malt sweetness with caramel and toffee taste. Has some apple aftertaste.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation. Very soothing and pleasant.

D - Very drinkable. Would definitely drink again. This beer is very enjoyable in cold weather.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 17:14:14 | More by taigor
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, here's yet another beer that I've been cellaring for quite some time and in an effort to consolidate my collection, this beer's time is up.

Apppearance- dark brown with deep ruby hues. A bit too dark to show off the nice clarity within, but you can see through it still when held up to the light. Head is on the small side but there's still some lacing.

Smell- typical brown ale smells with malt dominating. Very little hop presence combined with earthy, and spicey yeast characteristics put the belgian twist on this one.

Taste- not nearly as flavor packed as I expected. It's surprisingly mellow, subdued, and I might even go so far as to say dull. It may have something to do with being cold aged for about a year and half in my beer fridge; I'm not sure, but this just wasn't as flavorful as I expected.

Not a bad choice, but not something I'll seek out again. The other offerings I've had from chouffe have been much stronger IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 03:27:00 | More by lpayette
Photo of Macca


3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a cloudy red/brown with 1 finger of beige head which drops away quickly. Some light retention at first but this goes as well.
Some phenolics on the nose and some caramel sweetness.
This sweetness carries on to the palate and is a touch cloying towards the end. Alcohol is very evident. Medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 07:28:48 | More by Macca
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body with a thick slightly off white head which remains for a long time and leaves moderate lacing. A nice looking brew.

An aroma of sweet malt and dark fruits. Perhaps a bit too much on the sweet side.

Taste was along the lines as the smell, however it wasn't as sweet as the scent led me to anticipate. There was also some spices in there as well, even cinnamon. Also a bit of pear in the background. The alcohol is very well disguised.

The mouthfeel was wonderful. Full bodied and as velvety smooth as it gets. Just enough carbonation tingle as well. One of the best beers I've ever had in this regard.

Upon first opening the bottle and catching a whiff of the aroma I'd feared this beer would be far too cloying and sweet to be enjoyable. However a sip put that concern to rest and it became even more enjoyable as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 01:16:30 | More by JBogan
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-25-2013 23:31:45 | More by jmccullough108
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Monk's Kettle in SF in a La Chouffe glass.

A: Pours a very dark murky brown with a thin head.

S: Dark caramel malt with a touch of dark fruits.

T: Starts out with dark fruits in the form of figs, raisins and prunes. It's an intriguing mix of sweet and sour. The caramel malt is also on play as are some floral hops in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation.

D: A good dark belgian, maybe not as complex as some of the better ones, but still worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 17:55:06 | More by willjschmidt
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-17-2014 22:49:44 | More by n00blar
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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a good-sized head. Aroma is very malty and bready with a touch of molasses and hops.

Taste is roasty and malty sweet. Nice complexity with Belgian yeast flavors, candy and brown sugar, and a good blend of base malt and hops. Some traces of dark fruit, earthy, some caramelly cola, no trace of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, not real heavy, could pass for a dubbel. Nice and drinkable Belgian brew, the text on the label (besides the name) leads me to believe this may have some Scottish influence but it isn't obvious. Good but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 03:22:47 | More by assurbanipaul
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a tall Alllagash chalice.

A - Pours out an amber tinted root beer color with a very big bubbly off white head. The head cakes up a little over the rim of the glass. Leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Nice look.

S - A big bubble gum and fruity aroma along with a whiff of alcohol.

T - Some smoky, spicy hints over a slight malty tone. On the finish some hops and some more spice. however, every flavor in this beer seems very subdued. In fact, for the style, this beer really has very little flavor. I can't figure it out but it just seems like a dry beer with a little sweetness but no really bold flavors I expect out of quality Belgian darks. Nothing offensive, just nothing really to speak of.

M - Nice, well carbonated and very smooth.

D - Really just tastes very bland, which I find shocking due to the aroma. I wonder if I got a bad bottle.

Notes: Very odd that the taste just disappears. I don't think I'll go for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 02:16:10 | More by EStreet20
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United Kingdom (England)

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe chalice. A: Very dark mahogany, 90% opaque,
two finger tanned head which faded quickly leaving a bit of lacing. S: Brown sugar
and mollases, some yeast. T: Fudge, prune, fig quite sweet but not boozy. M:
Smooth, decent carbonation, thick but not cloying. O: Good, a beer without obvious
faults, only minus point was the fact it can be interchanged with quite a few other

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 19:25:45 | More by jonb5
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-01-2014 16:30:34 | More by ShepardCommander
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3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass a slightly clouded dark brown. Creates a really large off-white head that subsides rapidly, but leaves moderate lacing. Smells sweetly grainy with vinous tones. Simple and uncomplicated in aroma and initial taste. Sugary and effervescent in the mouth, the beer develops a slightly smoky graininess as it warms. A touch of fruitiness comes forward before the dry and sparkling finish.

An unremarkable brown Belgian ale. Vague hints of complexity in an average and over-carbonated beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 03:18:08 | More by dgallina
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-29-2011 22:47:28 | More by kayrex
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

08-18-2013 16:44:10 | More by FadetoBock
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New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer, simply put.

I uncorked this expecting a decent, yet overall mediocre beer with my meal. I was taken back by the robust flavor of the beer. It was not only outstanding on its own, but enhanced the flavor of my meal (burger). I found myself savoring every sip of this fine drink. A complex and greatly enjoyable drink. If you are a fan of belgian ales, this will not fail to impress. I will be buying this regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 14:06:02 | More by Vylo
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-09-2014 22:16:29 | More by Goldndomer
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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: dark cola, poured it from frig, not much head
s: rich earthy malt and hops notes, spice notes with dark candy rich malt notes
t: dark carmel candy is very first strongest flavor. heavy malt backbone, balanced with sharp earthy hops tones.
nice yeast notes. no smoke, so its not really scotch like. lol
m: medium body, low carb, a sipper
o: good strong dark ale, drinkable

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 18:21:55 | More by azorie
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- a nice brown color with a medium to light white head,

Smell- slight spice, malts, raisins, brown sugar and overall candy smell

Taste- The overall flavor on this was good but a little bit one dimensional i felt with an average finish, overall mostly sweet malts, spice, bread, raisins, brown sugar

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with nice carbonated feel

Drinkability- This beer was okay but I have had many better of the style, was definitely a slow sipper and after one I wasn't even slightly tempted to go for another with many other nice beers on tap, just a little bland, not bad but just not amazing

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 07:10:58 | More by Stunner97
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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