McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium
achouffe.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Among the mythical characters living in Fairyland, some are more unusual than others. Malcolm, for example, is different because of his accent and his kilt: when it comes to beer, his favourite is Mc CHOUFFE. The delicious flavours of aniseed, liquorice and toffee tickle his taste buds. If you listen to him, he will boast of its ruby sparkle, its smooth bitterness and its strong character, worthy of his native Scotland. Although robust, Mc CHOUFFE goes down as easily as LA CHOUFFE.

ABV varies from time to time.

Added by Mitchster on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,002
Reviews:
555
Ratings:
1,166
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
199
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Photo of BEER88
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer at all! You can’t taste the 8%. It looks like a hazy/murky red-brown color with a sand colored head! It smelled kind of bland but tasted like spices and biscuit malt! The earth hop finish was in balance!

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Photo of RMW66
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle purchased at the LCBO in late 2017 and kept in the cellar since; best before Feb 2019 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear, ruddy bronze colour that takes on a fiery red hue when held to a lamp; seated atop is one finger of smooth, light beige-coloured head that casually seeps away over the next ten minutes or so. A creamy collar and quarter-inch cap linger on much longer, with a liberal coat of lacing also splattered against the interior of the glass. Very attractive visually. The aroma is generally sweet, featuring caramelized malts, toffee and some fruity raisin/date-like notes, layered atop some spicy, yeasty hints of clove, banana and anise. Smells fine - a little bit of booze, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Pretty yummy; not what I'd call complex for the style, but with approachable flavours nonetheless - light brown sugar and toffee sweetness are a consistent presence from start to finish, with dark fruit notes of raisin, fig, cherry and plum developing early on in the sip. Hints of banana bread eventually come through, leading up to a spicy, yeasty, somewhat herbal back end that includes suggestions of clove, cassia and licorice. Finishes sweet, with light candi syrup and spiciness lingering into a mildly warming aftertaste. Medium in body, with low carbonation levels that meekly brush the surface of the palate, resulting in a silky smooth, rather soft texture that borders upon creamy at times. A good sipper, well-suited to a cool autumn evening.

Final Grade: 4.01, an A-. I enjoyed my bottle of McChouffe, but as far as Belgian dark ales go, I've had better. Now, that might sound a bit negative, so let me explain: this beer is quite technically sound, but it lacks some of the richness and complexity of flavour that the best examples of these styles tend to possess. Even still, it's an extraordinarily smooth-drinking brew that I must encourage other BAs to try. Would I deliberately seek this out again? Maybe, maybe not... but if I happen to bump into it (and the price is right), I'd sure have to consider another go.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a dark cola taste to go with traditional belgian spice, yeast, and malts. Sweet from fruits, caramel, and malts, but balanced with coriander, pepper, and dark chocolate. Drinkable and sneaky light. Not as refined as La Chouffe, but quite tasty!

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Photo of Catalinmunteanu
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mclusal
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emincems
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sparky44
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chilmer
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2018. Acquired a while back from a webshop. The label describes it as a strong Ardennes brown beer; presumably in the style of a Scottish ale.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-brown hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of rich, fruity malt with hints of raisins, dried fruit, caramel/toffee, mild brown sugar, yeast esters, banana, subtle clove, spice and faint leafiness. A bit like liquid fruitcake. Superb.

T: Tastes of sweet fruity malt with notes of prunes, dried fruit, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, yeast esters, banana, clove, spice, mild leafiness and faint earthiness. The booze is well hidden. Quite sweet, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Creamy yet light for the strength. Slightly astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of fruity malt, dried fruit, caramel, yeast esters, banna, spice and faint leafiness.

O: Very nice; a top-tier Belgian brown ale. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are rich, fruity and sweet with plenty of yeast character. Nice body. Balanced yet decadent - goes down a treat. Well worth sampling.

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Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of quadmad
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml botttle best before dec 2018.Poured from the cellar at 10 C. Half finger of short lived head. Dark amber coloured. Very smooth on the tongue, No taste of alcohol. glad it came in a 4 pack.

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Photo of dawardster
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of miguebyte
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma was a nice mix of dried fruit, malt, brown sugar and yeast. Taste was very similar,carbonation was a little high which took away from the body

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Photo of Bouchji
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moulinblues
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pohr10
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giangio
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,166 ratings