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McChouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

927 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 31
Gots: 69 | 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:
ABV varies from time to time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut with a four finger tan head that lasts. Nothing but huge sticky lacing clings all over the glass.
Smell is of lightly roasted malt with a hint of chocolate powder and lots of apple juice esters coming through with perhaps some other fruits hidden in the background of this earthy brew.
Taste is good. Belgian La Chouffe yeast is very evident in the taste with some semi sweetness coming through in an earthy taste with some caramel notes, figs, and apple juice being the biggest flavor picked up for some reason.
Mouthfeel is decent. A hint of spice in this slightly malty brew with a dry finish.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 2013. Pours cloudy reddish brown color with a dense 1-2 finger khaki head with good retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, plum, molasses, raisin, pepper, nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast spices. Fairly nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of toffee, molasses, plum, raisin, biscuit, pepper, chocolate, dark candi sugar, nuttiness, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of molasses, caramel, dark fruit, pepper, chocolate, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink for 8%. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian dark ale. Nice complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, allowed to warm up, out of the fridge for about 30 mins. "best before end of 2006" printed onto the bottle. Pours dark auburn, murky with a HUGE thick, creamy and long lasting head Leaving oodles of thick and sticky lacing and sheeting. Malted milk, peat, alcohol on the nose. Bold and smooth brew. Smoky, malty notes of more peat, earthy, slight soapyness. Nice dark brew from d'Achouffe. Well worth picking up some of this widely available brew and enjoying with a hearty meal.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark reddish brown with a huge rocky head of beige foam, that leaves some grilled sugar lacing on the sides. Very dense and thick and opaque. Looks incredibly good, but maybe not so suitable for 11am. Lovely colour.

Lots of carbonation and a light oxidation on the nose. Fair whack of sweet organic Belgian yeast as well. Hint of peppery spice, but to be honest not a lot. Some dark bread or grain character. Not bad. It's not a hugely complex nose, but it's quite pleasant.

Smooth with some spicy phenols on the palate. Start is light and a little spiky, this mellows so a smooth, dry grain character and a lingering waft of alcohol heat. Some alcohol soaked raisins perhaps mid palate. Nice. Plenty of things going on there. They don't merge into a blissful state, but there's lots of interest.

It does have a little too much of the alcohol character to be more than a sipping beer, and I think having this served to me at 11 was a really bad idea, but it's reasonably smooth, and the body is pleasantly light. Overall, a nice Belgian. I don't think it's quite as good as the better examples, but it's still very pleasant.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's uh, interesting. That's certain. There's strange spice combination in the taste that seems like someone weeded their garden and threw whatever they pulled into the brew kettle.

Ok, that sounds a little bad, but it tastes like dandelion or some similar plant was thrown in the pot. Spice aside, the malt follows that of a scotch ale with with sweet roasted caramel and chocolate. I can't tell if there's any smoked malt, but I wouldn't put it past this beer to have a little. Worth a try if you want an odd twist on the classic brown abbey ale.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was excited to find this on the shelf in Mexico.

A: Poured a ruby//brown color, somewhat hazy, with a foamy tan head on top. Pretty good head retention, slowly dissipating to a thin layer of foam on top. Left some thick lacing on the glass.

S: Heavy amount of dark fruit - plum, fig and a little raisin, some caramelized malt and some Belgian yeast.

T: Rather spicy with some pepper and nutmeg to go along with a deep, dark fruit flavor. There is a bit of caramel mixed in as well with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, has a slightly creamy feel to it and a sticky finish.

O: Pretty good brew, not one of my favorites, but easy drinking with a good flavor profile.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If a Scot and a Belgian got married, is this what their offspring would look like? 750 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Melted chocolate brown in color with hues of orange. The head on top is big and bubbly...but also a bit fizzy with little retention. The nose is soft, sweet, earthy, and spicy.

Plenty of springy carbonation, and is sure packs a wallop of Scottish influence. Very malty and sweet like a wee heavy. It's a mix of plums, chocolate, figs, tobaccoo, with a somehwat spicy hop note towards the end of the sip. Chocolatey leftvers in the aftertaste.

An enjoyable "Belgian Wee Heavy". Nothing more to say.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is chestnut brown with a thick, khaki hued head. Lasting retention with ample lacing. The aroma offers a prominent dose of Belgian yeast right up front. Distinctly Belgian all the way. Brown bread, brown sugar, light spice, a bit of toffee and caramels. Relatively light bodied and fairly sweet. Moderate carbonation with only a touch of alcohol. A really solid beer. A nice beer to revisit now and then.

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle, poured into The Chimay goblet. The ale is in the 45-50 degree range, maybe a little colder than that.

Appearance: The ale pours with a deep ruby red color. Soft red colors emerge when the ale is held to light. Strikes me as a little too pale, so I gotta dock it just a bit.

Smell: Fruits and spices emerge immediately. Maybe some nutmeg or cinnamon, raisins even. The aroma is pleasing, just a shade or two relaxed from its cousin, N'Ice Chouffe.

Taste: The hop presence is not overwhelming. Instead spices are the predominant taste. A bit of pepper, some smoky flavor (although not a lot) and nutmeg are the flavors I pick up immediately.

Mouthfeel: The ale's spices sit well on the mouth and create a warming sensation as one consumes it.

Drinkability: Even at 8%, this is very drinkable. The spices are somewhat muted, so if you are looking for a stronger spiced beer, pick N'Ice Chouffe.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer is a deep dense brown body with a fizzy beige head that turns creamy and last for a long time.
S- The soft red wine vinous aroma leads to dark brown sugar notes and a wet wood finish.
T- The apple flavor gives way to a dry dark brown sugar with an apple butter flavor and a slight watery finish. There is a soft pleasant cardboard flavor that comes through as it warms.
M- This beer beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz and a soft alcohol heat when it is pretty warm.
D- The apple and dark sugar malts flavors are nice and full but not sweet and not much depth.

Photo of Zorro
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a NICE clear mahogany brown.

Smells of apples and iced tea, and a bit of malt. There is also an alcohol solvent smell to it and more complex smells riding on it like oak and spice.

Tastes mildly sweet with a very complex mix of flavors. There is a solid maltiness to this and a peanut brittle flavor. The taste is hard to pin down it keeps changing. This is one of those beers that keeps delivering new tastes. It has a DISTINCT caramel and nuts flavor.

Mouthfeel is very good.

VERY drinkable, to bad it is expensive.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

McChouffe, poured from a 750 ml bottle.

Appearance: Into a chalice. A rich earthy brown in color with a tightly beaded off white head and some lace to show for it as well. Looks the part of a Belgian strong dark.

Smell: Suggestions of fig, raisen and plum round out the nose.

Taste: Raisen again dominates the flavor, with some red grape notes as well. Not overly sweet but bitterness is low. Some brown sugar and clean malty notes. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor profile. Really has a nice fruityness that I would attribute to the particular yeast strain used. Pretty delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, fairly crisp and carbonation level is good.

Drinkability: Possibly my favorite beer from the Achouffe brewery. Drinks like a beer half its strength. Awesome stuff.

Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light tan, two-finger head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is slighty malty. Starts just on the sweet side, finishes mellow, better as it warms; label has the ABV at 8.5% but there is not a trace of alcohol. $8.90 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml squat bottle with a BB date of 4/2016 ... plenty of time remaining but the little gnome on the label called out to me from the refrigerator and I couldn't resist.

Pours hazy dark brown with a durable tan head. Excellent lacing left on the sides of my St. Bernardus snifter.

Aroma: complex and variable, or so it seems. Spicy and yeasty with some alcohol esters an a hint of vanilla.

Flavor: better and more stable if less complex than the aroma. Typical bitter-sweet balance for style (lightly sweet) but perhaps a bit more bitter and sweet than average. Plenty of dark ripe and dried fruit notes, including raisins, dates and dried plums. Faintly yeasty, bready and spicy with a touch of vanilla.

Feel: medium+ carbonation is soft but seems a little bit too high; medium body.

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty tiny bubble lacing. Dark mahogany brown. Aroma offers soft complexity. A number of different features are tasted in the mouth. Soft backbone of Belgian yeast, on first thought this is a bruin. Some notes of toffee. No alcohol, some warming. Medium lingering. Not positive I taste Scotch notes, this is far too light. There is however some gentle liquere like notes as it warms. A very sweet brew. Perhaps some Belgian sugar in there? A gentle balance overall and very enjoyable. Against others similar to it, this beer sadly doesn't offer as much to celebrate - not the same level of strength, depth, or complexity. On its own however, this is a lovely beer - very easy going, light and most defintely enjoyable

Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours an orange brown color with very good head retention and good lacing. The nose is a bit backward initially, but one gets a hint of sweetness and Belgium spices. Smells quite enticing actually. On the palate this is a very nice beer indeed. I get some milk chocolate, citrus and a hint of cherry. There is also a bit of tartness, which keeps the sweetness at bay and keeps the beer from becoming tiring to drink The beer has a nice plush mouthfeel to it, and the abv. is well disguised. It comes across as quite drinkable, and frankly was too soon gone before I noticed it. A very nice offering Brasserie d'Achouffe.

Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Moan & Dove, as part of their Belgian Beer Fest.

Presented in a LaChouffe tulip. A 3/4" tan head over the light brown brew, with ample lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, with spiciness and light alcohol notes apparent. Taste follows the nose, with the spiciness and sweetness balancing each other, and light alcohol warming. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both excellent, I look forward to enjoying this brew again.

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
90 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.