Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #53
Ranked #7,062
3.99 | pDev: 10.03%
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Very Good
Notes: 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.

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3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

visual: light brown, bordering on dark amber, with a red tinge. good sl brown head which fades
aroma: nutty/toffee, liquorice, very slight dark red cherry
taste: toffee, slight liquorice, roasted malt, slight fennel, very slight linger of vanilla
mouthfeel: slightly thick finish with lingering caramel sweetness and bitter chocolate/toasted malt
overall: a pleasant ale. Not one i'd purposely seek out again, but wouldn't turn it down either.

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artiefufkin from Virginia, May 18, 2020
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4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours ruby amber red with a dense creamy off-white light khaki colored foam head. Notes of bubblegum, banana, apricot, dried fruit, fresh figs, red grape, plum, dark fruit, berry jam, apple, raisin, toasted bready malts, caramel, dark toffee, fruity molasses, mild chocolate, vanilla, brown bread, clove spice, with floral earthy grassy piney hops. Feels medium fuller bodied, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a nice Belgian brown ale.

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, May 09, 2020
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3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber red, clean. Beautiful abundant foam.
In the smell malt, dark candy sugar, spicy notes (cinnamon, maybe nutmeg?). Yeast, a light ripe fruitiness (pear). Maybe even plums?
Warming taste, alcohol hidden, fruit, candy sugar, yeast and spices.
It seems simple, but with an hard to create balance.
Average body, the aftertaste starts sweet, quickly balanced by a bitter finish.

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stcules from Italy, Apr 25, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really love this beer, a pleasure to look at - a nice brown color with a nice head remaining throughout the drink. Everything else about it is just nice, not over the top great but just a pleasure to drink. Drank it over a month ago so can't add much more detail here but upon research have finally learned that this is not a "brown beer" as I had previously thought by the writing on the bottle "belge brune", which actually means "strong dark ale in Dutch...cheers!

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hopley from Massachusetts, Mar 11, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to tulip.

dark brown. big head, fades. retention is OK.
aroma is pleasant. woody, mild yeasty, a touch nutty, fig, raisin.
taste: bread, a bit too much baking soda flavor in finish.

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q33jeff from New Jersey, Mar 07, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Creates a thick layer of off-white foam, full of irregular bubbles. The foam appears lively, but thin in consistency. The colour of the beer itself is a warm dark brown.

A beautiful scent of roasted malts and caramel hits the nose. Scents of freshly baked bread and hints of warm spice such as cinnamon follow.

The taste is mellow in a pleasant way. More roasted malts, hints of coffee and an underlying herbaceous quality.

The feel is quite light on the tongue, with a dry finish.

Overall, a very pleasant beer to drink.

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3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle conditioned.
L- Deep chestnut brown with a glint of ruby. Clear. Pours with 5mm offwhite head, holds well and form lacing.
S- Prominent malts with subtle hints of spice..
T- Somewhat less subtlety now. Initially surprisingly tangy (vs rich) for 8.0%, the only hint it's even say 6.5% comes with a mild zing right in the finish and is still pretty subtle. It's finish is rather sweet.
F- It's immediately dry up front, then that dryer edge builds. It's also very highly carbonated in the mouth; I give it a swirl to knock a bit of that out hoping less CO2 might open up more flavour/feel.
O- It's ok but in my opinion it's far from deserving it's current 89pts rating. A hefty 8.0% should give this a foundation to build something notably big upon, and I don't think it does it. The finish is a form of over-carbonated toffee note; most underwhelming. It has the rich toffee, and the dry CO2, but the middle and any complexity seems almost completely lacking.
330ml bottle: BB: 09/2020. Bought from Beerhawk/UK.

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

A-Pours a very dark color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has toffee and spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a toffee and spice flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Strong Dark Ale

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VABA from Virginia, Nov 17, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle - an opaque mahogany color with quickly receding off white head leaving scraggly/bubbly lacing. Nose is malty sweet,stone fruit, yeast and spice. Taste follows with a vinous , slightly tart finish.

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sjrider from California, Nov 17, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on draft at the Sierra Grille, poured in a small chalice.
A - Ruby, mahogany color, gentle carbonation leaves lovely lacing on the glass interior.
S - Brown sugar, toffee, gold raisin, a wet earthiness. There is a spice thread in there, clove and hint of hazelnut
T - Malt forward, sweet brown sugar, dates, again with nutty aspects.
M - Balanced on the palate, not to sweet, carbonation cleans things up a bit, the linger is luxurious, like having that everlasting gobstopper of this offering.
O - A very good strong ale, well constructed and a joy on this autumn evening

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SABERG from Massachusetts, Oct 14, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite beer is "La Chouffe Blonde" and i was really curious how the others beers from that "Brasserie" can be.. And at least this one not disappointed me.
First of all has some common things with the "Blonde Chouffe" despite this one is a different style and colour.. You feel similar puchy explosion in your mouth and some same taste notes.. But it is a "Belgian Ale- Strong Dark" beer and you can notice that with the amazing aftetaste.. The aftertaste is like endless and you feel some awesome chocolate in your mouth..
Overall this beer is very balance and i can't imagine a person that don't like this.. Has great aroma, great carbonation, great taste and incredible aftertaste.. For sure one of the best "Strong Dark" beers i have try..

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Lanas from Greece, Sep 17, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 FL.oz. bottle

A very hazy Brown and Ruby color, yeastie bits float about and the tan colored foam cap is Rocky and dense, like dirty seafoam. Lots of creamy foam leftovers with awesome lace.

The nose is filled with fruity sweet malty notes, root beer, spicy yeast, cloves, dark berries and hearty earthiness that is pretty nice.

The first sip has a very gentle and airy style mouth feel. Effervescent and smooth textured malt that has a certain fruity sweetness I love. A spicy herbal kick from the complex yeast melds it all together. Grassy and herbal hops hold onto a rather long malty finish. The malt displays some very classic nutty, root beer, and herbal tones that are indicative or an American Brown ale, as the complex color of fruits and herbals make it just that more interesting.

Belgian style brewing, with it's signature yeast complexities set the standard of what "the art" of brewing is for me.

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Apr 19, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Dive 106, NYC.
Pours a dark brown amber color with a fluffy head, good retention and lacing .
The aroma opens up with notes of bubblegum, cloves, dates, honey and toasty malts. Soon, a vinous aroma becomes apparent, lightly tart and redolent of red grape.
Dark fruit dominate the taste. This brew tastes vinous with notes of red grape, raisins and a hint of cherry. There is a touch of tartness throughout as well as some citrus peel zest. A full and round toasted malt base is accompanied by a developing and finely balancing touch of peppery phenols.
Full bodied yet with a drinkable lightness. Lively carbonation. The finish is dry. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden.
Overall, a very tasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a vinous touch. I wish I could find this more often.

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Gajo74 from New York, Jan 07, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330ml bottle into glass. Label is marked for best by date of '05 20019'.
Cloudy, deep amber colored body, with sediment chunks sitting at the bottom of the glass. Prodigious four finger beige head takes some time to settle back into the beer. Leaves behind all kinds of sticky lacing patterns.
Aroma of candi sugar and toffee, with faint banana/clove/anise spices.
Taste is an extension of the smell, with sweet candi sugar and toffee, which includes the banana and the spices of cloves and licorice. Lots of malts, and some dark fruit is included.
Medium plus mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
This beer is a little too sweet to me for style, and a little thin is taste profile. Certainly smooth and a good sipper.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Belgium Brown Ale. I would rank this right up there with more costly and more widely known Belgium ales. Reminds me of Gulden Draak with a touch less potency. By all means, if you see it, buy it.

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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey, Nov 30, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -7%
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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BEER88 from Bahrain, Sep 29, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Sep 26, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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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REVZEB from Illinois, Sep 07, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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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jazzyjeff13 from United Kingdom (England), May 15, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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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quadmad from Ontario (Canada), Apr 19, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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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The_Bujon from Ireland, Feb 07, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Themorg826 from Rhode Island, Jan 14, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev +2%
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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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Jan 14, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
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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scootny from New York, Jan 02, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chouffe makes lovely beer but this was my first encounter with their spin on this style. It's interesting that they leave their stamp on it, as this really tastes "Chouffy". Having said that, it does lack the complexity and is somewhat watery and sweet. Worth a try but not too often.

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Cramshawbar from Ontario (Canada), Nov 18, 2017
McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1214 ratings