McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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3.97/5
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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:
#5,196
Reviews:
552
Ratings:
1,157
pDev:
10.08%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
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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

Photo of The_Bujon
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep plum body, topped with a small head, retention being poor drops the score to a 4.

Aroma is great, spiced fruit, fig, apple, plum. A slight wife of vinegar, but really adds to it.

Taste is good, aroma follows through on the tongue, spiced fruits. Nice.

Feel I a little watery, bit of a shame given it looks like a substantial brew.

Overall, hides the ABV well, a solid beer, a definitely the best from the brewery in my opinion.

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Photo of Bf_89
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Themorg826
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Dark, little clarity, faint lacing of white head.

Smell- malty, sweet smell. Blackberry and faint raisin. No hop smell

Taste- Muted flavor of fig and raisin. Sweet taste; smooth finish with light cherry taste

Feel- smooth carbonation, warm alcohol taste as it goes down.

Overall- Very pleasant beer, easy drinking for 8%

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from the LCBO for about $8 CDN. Best before February 2019. Served cold into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance - a hazy dark brown coloured beer capped with half a finger of fluffy light tan head. Modest retention and small rings of lace cling to the edges of the glass. A nice little soapy island stays around for nearly an eternity n the centre of the glass.

Smell - lots of brown sugar, hints of marshmallow, honey and some yeast. Caramel and toffee in there too but pretty subtle.

Taste - clean with a healthy dose of grain. Honey, brown sugar and possible some marshmallows. Some booze is noticeable and a hint of a metallic flavor. Finishes sweet like honey glazed toffee. Butterscotch too. More bitterness mid sip than you might expect.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, carbonation is expressive, pretty easy to drink.

Overall - a nice take on a classic style, a little sweeter and more dessert like than most, but undoubtably quite tasty. Pretty good value here too, certainly a Belgian worth sampling.

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Photo of scootny
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown with ruddy highlights. Light brown head of towering height. Retention is so so but decent lacing. The be itself is clear with mild carbonation as it sits.

Nose has lots of Belgian aromas. Lots of overripe banana, raisins, toffee, brown bread, toasted grains yeast esters and candi sugar.

Taste is Scotch ale meets Belgium. Malty sweet front and body. Burnt sugar, caramel and coffee. Dark fruits with figs being prominent. Banana again, along with some Belgian yeast as well. Low hop bitterness makes for a clean dry finish.

Feel is surprisingly light for such a high abv. Crisp and easy drinking. Mild but active carbonation allows for gulp after gulp of refreshment. This is easy to session and find yourself legless.

A great Belgian strong dark ale. It definitly has Scottish flavors while retaining its style. At 10 bucks a four pack by me it's a real go to winter brew


The most important thing about this beer to me is the serving temperature. The bottle says 50-55 degrees and it. couldn't be more right.

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Photo of RBRLBRB
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Glorithm
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,157 ratings