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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

514 Reviews
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Reviews: 514
Hads: 1,014
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 44
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

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 obrendano
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

random choice from my local shop

A - heavy green bottle, cutesy elf character lets you know it's a Euro beer through and through. beer pours a burnt orange with traces of sediment. the head on this thing is absurd....foamy, sticky, highly active carbonation. very nice

S - smells slightly of Belgian yeast, fruity character present

T - having grown a little sick (often literally) of the Belgian taste, this is welcoming to me. slight classic funk, but the taste is a harmonizer, not lead. warm peppery malt gives way to a huge caramel and buttery taste, with a buttered bread finish.

M - very lively and sharp carbonation, body is medium but sticky, leaving the caramel and butter flavors all around your mouth for a while

O - can't complain at all about this one. very solid for the style and a very good beer all around (827 characters)

Photo of revdrjbob
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! A great beer, really an excellent beer. From Thirroul Cellars. Came in a 750ml champagne bottle.
Poured a dark brown with a dense white head, that lasted for ages. Thick and moussy.
Aromas of dark fruits, malts, sweetness, alcohol, chocolate, spices.
Tasted great, 10 times better that I remember, started full and malty, with a sweetness, followed by a slight smokeyness (peated malt?), spicey yeasty characteristics, and a lingering malt sweetness. The dark malts weren't roasty, more treacly and caramelly.
A great beer. I did see La Chouffe there too. (564 characters)

Photo of weazal
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

S: Indulgent, rich strong sweet, bready dark fruit with brandy. Mild alcohol at the end. It's potent! Just all sweet caramel and brandy upfront.

T: Again, potent. Full-mouth unique tingly, rich, sweet, dark roasted caramel and brown sugar. That's all contrasted by bitter hops at the end. Sweet, bitter, bold, and fun! (319 characters)

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a beige consistent head leaving a nice lacing.
S: Belgian yeast, caramel.
T: Nuts, caramel, not that much hoppiness.
M: At the final of the sip, this beer's heavy. The alcohol should be better dissimulated to make it great and balanced. Its good carbonation saved the day.
O: It's a good example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale even though the alcohol wasn't that much dissimulated to be able to get more complexity out of the beer. Basically there was too much alcohol for this flavor. Yet, it might've been one of the best BSDA that I've had for months. (571 characters)

Photo of Paddez
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a creamy, brown brew with a decent head that produces some nice lacing.
The smell is sweet and fruity with some port/wine-like notes and something I can only describe as a 'forest aroma' (something grassy, woody, ...)
The taste starts of fruity (dark fruitss) but is overtaken by a spicy, slightly bitter hop bite. Ends with a bready, slighly malty sweetness that acoompanies the hops in a short lingering aftertaste. Nice!
Mouthfeel: well carbonated, creamy and very, very smooth.

This brew is extremely smooth and drinkable. 'Tafelbier' on steroids, great stuff! (589 characters)

Photo of Raven3464
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown body with a fluffy tow finger head. Retention is good.

Smell: Dark fruits (mainly plums), a sweet malt aroma and a pinch of booze are noted.

Taste: Pleasant plume and brown sugar flavors are noticed early. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is dominated by a sweet malt and alcohol mix which is not as appealing.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

Overall: I decided to try this brew after having La Chouffe, which I enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately, McChouffe is not nearly the same quality. This is not a bad beer but there is nothing special about it. (630 characters)

Photo of atremains
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the sierra grille in northampton. Hazy golden brown with a small head that reduces to a ring and some clouds on the top. Smell is not particularly strong. Dark fruits and some bread. Taste is belgiany spices, some dark fruits plum and raisin with a metallic finish. Medium mouthfeel. Good drink nothing outstanding. (325 characters)

Photo of raszputini
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Thirsty Monk on tap. Pours a brownish amber with whitish head. Yeasty nose with notes of caramel, malt and alcohol. Taste is very complex and requires some sorting - belgian sugar, caramel, belgian yeast, toffee, candy, pilsner malts, saaz malts and light alcohol. Finishes clean. Nice scottish ale. (306 characters)

Photo of OatherS
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big 75 cL bottle with a gnome on the front.

A: Pours a massive head that laces nicely. Clear brown color, very bubbly. Sounded like pouring champagne.

S: Floral and friuty aroma. Slight alcohol smell but not strong, just there.

T: Sweet but not overpowering almost pop like in the flavor and mouthfeel. Good taste.

M: Very smooth.

D: Something that should come in a six pack!!!! (396 characters)

Photo of BigHead
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark honey-toned amber with a huge head and beautiful carbonation, a good looking brew. Apples is what is smelled at first, but that was quickly taken over by the malts and hints of spice. The dark amber translates into the taste, the sweet malt and then the warmth of the alcohol, finishing with a metallic like bite. Spices dance around in the mouth, perhaps cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg. The alcohol does let you know it is there in the taste. It is a smooth beer and finishing with a crisp finish. (510 characters)

Photo of Altrurian
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fast (but brief) pour into a small Brasserie d'Achouffe tulip produces a quick, coarse, short-lived head. The dominant olfactory characteristic faintly promises tropical sweetness, like the approach to a mango hawker's cart in Chittagong. The beer is a pleasant ruby-brown.

McChouffe has a malty enough anchor, but its mossy, woody sweetness is overlaid by a light Belgian yeastiness and, I suppose, a touch of hops. And so, the beer is not as cloying as a Scotch ale can be. Whether that's a good thing is a matter for debate. One can also argue the merits of the beer's texture, which is noticeably more prickly than creamy. We can agree, however, that McChouffe is wee light, and that such a brew has its place. A tip o' the tam-o-shanter to Achouffe's agents in Cooperstown for making this one available. (810 characters)

Photo of kitch
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle dated best before September 2016 poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: It poured a medium to dark brown with a slight reddish tint. One finger creamy tanned head with nice looking bubbles that dissipated slowly leaving nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Main aromas of dark fruits of fig and raisins along with some pear and grapes. As it warms, the grape smell became really prominent.

Taste: Strong tastes of dark candied fruits, plum, fig, grapes and raisins with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Overall, this was very good. Both the smell and flavours actually improve as it gets warmer. It is not too sweet and I especially enjoyed the dark fruit flavours. This is so close to being a must buy beer for me. (796 characters)

Photo of irishmoss
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a rich mahogany brown color with an immense two-finger light tan head that form crevices and peaks. The head stays for the entirety and clings in a thick dense wall all over the glass.
The aromas are spices, fruits, and even a little sweetness. The flavor is has a distinct spiciness that cuts across the pallet in crisp, slightly bitter fashion. Slight caramel hints present themselves throughout, and a peppery, alcohol feeling is left in the back of the throat. As far as mouthfeel is concerned, I couldn't be happier. Perfect carbonation and medium body that has a coating effect on the tongue that I found surprising in Belgian brewed ale. Great ale, with great drinkability and I hope to get some more ASAP.... (728 characters)

Photo of JimsArcade
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 10 oz. tulip glass.

Medium to dark brown, it generated a light brown head that slowly dissipated leaving classic Belgian lacing along the inside of the glass.

Matly and yeasty in the nose, with a good amount of spice thrown into the mix. Estery aromas show up as well.

What an... intriguing beer. During the initial sips at its coldest temperature, there is multitude of flavors fighting for dominance. The malts, the spices, the yeast, and those esters detected in the aroma are there in big quantities, yet none seem to blend. The alcohol also seems a lot higher than 8%. As the beer warms, everything starts to mellow out into a great harmony of flavors. I thought it was the alcohol muting the tongue (as I would expect a warmer beer to have even more pronounced flavors), but a second glass shortly thereafter revealed the same pattern. To score this beer, I'd have to average a moderately low score for the initial sips and a high score later sips. What a weird beer!

The same things pointed out above for taste apply to its mouthfeel. It's like drinking two different beers in the same glass at the same time.

The changes from harsh to mild in each sampling does not help it drinkability, however. I had two glasses for this sampling, but could not bring myself to have a third. Definitely a one-and-done beer for any particular evening. (1,363 characters)

Photo of Serge
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely wooden brown in color with a medium fading lightly tanned head. Develops aromas of basement and dust, yeast and hints of roasted malts. Fizzy on the tongue building up a slick bit thin texture but which develops some mouthwatering bitterness. The roast pertains on the palate but which is not unpleasant, far from it, it actually adds to the finish and makes the body. Amazing beer! (389 characters)

Photo of dbmcrorie
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation:
75 cl dark green champagne bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass and schooner. (This was done since it is a Scottish/Abbey Ale mix. Scottish ales are better in tulip glasses, and abbey ales are better in goblets/schooners. Result: The only differences were that the aromas/flavors were more concentrated and the head retained better in the tulip glass.)

Visual:
Pours a dense rich off-white head with a deep brown body; purple/ruby hues are present in the slight cloudiness. The head sticks around pretty much until the end of the glass. A ridiculous amount of lace coats the edge of the glass.

Aroma:
Earthy, rich spices and sweet malts take over the nose. Phenols and esters are present with sweet, yet sour, notes of fruit, dates, and candy. Faint hints of yeasty bread and citrus follow up.

Taste:
Rich and sweet with strong notes of bubblegum, raisin/dates, and dark fruits. Slight earthy and tartness of orange peel and licorice contrast spicy yeast/bread-like flavors. Fruity esters remain in the nose which allow the palate to fully appreciate the deep range of fruits and faint hops. Soft carbonation rolls along the tongue that brings the candy-like fruits to life that balance with the alcohol.

Overall:
Very impressive. The thick mouthfeel and rich body go down greatly with the smooth carbonation. The flavor is rich and sweet, but not overpowering. Though these styles are better sipped alone, this scottish/abbey hybrid pairs well with a wide range of foods including spicy/flavorful pizza, barbecue, rich meats, and various cheeses. (1,569 characters)

Photo of steelcutoats
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought my taster of Mc Chouffe at my favorite neighborhood speakeasy, The Headkeeper, in downtown Greensburg. I had already sampled the wonderful La Chouffe, and was eagerly awaiting my second sampling from the Brasserie d'Achouffe.

I grabbed my trusty snifter and popped the top. The pour was smooth and left a nice creamy head which shortly thereafter dissipated. There was no lasting lacing on the inside of the glass, but I'm pretty sure that was due to the fact that the glass had just been washed. The smell was reminiscent of a Flemish sour brown ale, but not over powering. The taste was a bit sweet, and not as sour as I thought it would be. This beer is very well balanced.

Like all of the craft beers and imports that I've enjoyed in the past, this one is definitely a keeper. I'm going to buy a bottle of each and cellar them to see how they improve with age. (878 characters)

Photo of kjc51478
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a light but foamy head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, and spices. Taste is also dried fruits with caramel and a gentle earthiness. The beer is light on the palate and easy to drink. Even with 8% abv, you don't get much of the alcohol in the flavor. (284 characters)

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, best before 18/7/14

A - Murky brown, with minimal bubbly head that left a bit on top

S - Leather, plum, raisin, a little bitterness, faint alcohol

T - Medium malt, some brown/burnt sugar, leather, alot of dark fruit, but a little drier than others in the style. Booze is well hidden.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

O - Not too bad at all. Would enjoy again. I wonder how the green bottle affects what's going on inside. (448 characters)

Photo of Redteketed
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(31-12-2007 23:19 hour BB 07-10)

3/4 liter bottle. Good beer to say goodbye to 2007, lost my mom, hope 2008 brings more luck. "Proost, Mem!"

Ruby colored beer, huge rocky head quickly fades away.
Citrus, ripe fruit and malty noise. Very refreshing.
Sweet bitter, caramel and yeasty taste.
Alcohol warm strong/medium heavy body, fizzy and an alcohol warm, yeasty average aftertaste.

Very enjoyable beer.

I wish everyone a happy 2008! (436 characters)

Photo of jonnylieberman
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured brown with red highlights into my snifter from a 750ml bottle. Thick head with large bubbles--off white. Faded quick.

Smell--Apples! Sour apple, candi sugar, caramel. Apples!

Taste--Light tasting, surprisingly so. Caramel is present. Very malty. Berries. Strawberry and even cranberry are both present. Quite nice.

Medium/light mouthfeel.

Highly quaffable.

Nothing to indicate this beer is 8.5%. Should have bought two... (444 characters)

Photo of drummstikk
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immediate taste of dark crystal malts, toasted malts, and Belgian yeast phenols. What a great combination -- the spices and cloves of a good Belgian yeast like the Chouffe strain go so well with the lightly-kilned aromatics of a Scottish ale. This beer is light on the hops, which are floral and mild, and heavy on the light and sweet caramel flavor that comes from dark caramelized sucrose. Like a good wee heavy, you are simultaneously overwhelmed by malty sweetness and looking forward to your next sip. The dark caramel malts and caramelized sugar are nearly indistinguishable, with flavors of toffee, rum, and raisins. The aromatic malts and yeast give cloves, dark spices, and a nice earthiness coming from either yeast or dry-kilned malts. The body is on the lighter side of medium due to always-appreciated sugar additions, and the color is dark and rich without being black or opaque. The head is fluffy and dense like frosting on a desert. It's the contradiction between intense flavors, sweetness, and the surprisingly light (but not dry) finish that makes the beer so damn drinkable. The phenolics will send your mind into fantasy land, and the balance will send the beer to your belly. (1,198 characters)

Photo of nectar14
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 mL provided by the Greff's, of Arbor Brewing, Ann Arbor, MI.

A: Dark brown/amber color, letting some light through. Pale tan head, about 1/2 finger. Fades to lace around the edges.

S: Largely caramel malt, a hint of raisin and nuts.

T: Similar flavors, which show pleasant clarity and definition. Really quite focused, which is nice, in spite of not that much complexity.

M: Medium to full body, a bit syrupy (just a bit) due to the caramel malts.

D: Nice and easy drinking, though a touch heavy. Good beer. (525 characters)

Photo of Muhly
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle into snifter.

A-Dark, to the point of being opaque, brown. Big foamy brown head with decent retention. Good strong lines of lacing left behind as head drops.

S-Prominent dark malts with hints of alcohol of spice.

T-Rich and sweet malts at the front of the tongue. Spicy nutmeg and cloves with some hints of hop bitterness finish things off.

M-Moderately full mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. A bit of astringency from the hops and good warmth from the alcohol finishes things off.

O-The first belgian dark I've tried. A nice complex and clean drinking beer. I really dig the look of this beer. Spot on for the style from what I read at least :p (685 characters)

Photo of kirkmichel
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in a pint sized glass pitcher with a glass McChouffe chalice for me to pour my own into. It was on draught.

Looked very nice with very little head - just a bit of lace in the center. Beer itself was mostly clear but cloudy with a dark brownish-caramel color.

Smell was somewhat metallic with a bit of sweetness behind it like malted sugar (pretty smoky in the drinking establishment, so I am surprised I could smell anything over the cigar).

Taste was sharp - alcohol taste is somewhat high (true to a strong ale.) The flavor itself was slightly fragrant (floral) with carmelized sugar and malt on the finish.

This seems like a nice sipping beer for a cool fall day. I am not generally a fan, but I found this quite drinkable, if somewhat high in alcohol taste. Not heavy - all flavor. 4.20 overall. (824 characters)

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.