Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Brasserie d'Achouffe
Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #5
Ranked #11,713
3.98 | pDev: 9.8%
May 17, 2022
Sep 22, 2001
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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3.73 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic on May 17, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Fedorable

Love this one and and it's pretty affordable. I get a lot of honey, dark fruit, and cocoa from this

May 03, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

Got a bottle of this beer at the Root Cellar near Cincinnati.

Pours a dark reddish brown color with nice beige head and curtain lacing, used a tulip glass. Toffee smell and taste. Licorice and sweet apples. Very pleasant smooth feel. A comforting beer.

Mar 25, 2022
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4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

11.2oz after a long stressful day

Dark brown snowglobe, smelling sweet salty, mild, and spicy. Taste has lots of spice, allspice, clove, nutmeg, anise - all along toffee malts and belgian yeast, earth, tobacco, and a touch of booze. Comes off tasting more like some sort of potion than a beer. Probably my least favorite chouffe, but still great (and probably my favorite name = McChouffe)

Mar 17, 2022
4 by bf7 from Pennsylvania on Feb 13, 2022
4 by KT3418 from Colorado on Feb 08, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a dark brown with a tall bubbly head and moderate lacing.

Smells and tastes of roasted malt, sweet dark fruits and spice with a slightly bitter finish.

Medium light body with light carbonation. Lush smooth mouthfeel.

This ale is very nice sipper.

Feb 03, 2022
4.06 by MeIquiades from Illinois on Jan 25, 2022
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3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Very mineral flavors they come through on this one. Good quad

Jan 23, 2022
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by akaizer from Virginia

Received in a variety pack of sorts -- pour had quite a bit of carbonation leaving behind a very bubbly slight head of foam and a light brown body. Scent is notable for its sweetness (likely due to 8% ABV) and slight nutty notes. Taste follows well and the feel is exquisitely smooth (with a slight bit of carbonation towards the end). Overall a surprisingly enjoyable offering from what I was expecting with a more carbonated pour!

Jan 11, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TinFang from California

Look: clear ruby with foamy beige head. Substantial lacing. Has glass appeal.
Smell: malt, cookie spices
Mouthfeel: substantial
Taste: subtle spice, yeast, malt, diacetyl hints. Pleasant lingering hops bittersness afterwards. Drier than other Scotch ales I remember. Alcohol is not obvious until most of the glass is gone.

Very enjoyable.

Dec 26, 2021
4.26 by Rhetion from Florida on Dec 21, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by tolar111 from New York

Poured into a Chouffe branded tulip, the pour yields the classic Belgian head the glass is designed to create. The tan, light brown head quickly dissipates leaving lacing as it recedes. The body is dark brown and is slightly translucent when held up to the light. The smell is of roasty malts and dried fruit. The taste follows the nose with a nice balance between the roasted malt and dried fruit flavors. There is no indication in the taste that this is an 8% ABV brew. The feel is right on the money with carbonation that is appropriate for the medium light body of this beer. Overall, I like this beer, I would definitely buy again.

Dec 20, 2021
4 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a dark brown color, that is ruby tinged around the edges when held to the light. Essentially opaque even when held up to the light. Thick, 3-4 finger pillowy tan head forms on the beer upon pouring. The head lingers momentarily but eventually completely dissipates leaving just layers and rings of foam on the glass as the beer is consumed. Aroma has notes of bready malts, some light port or dark fruit notes, anise, light clove and allspice notes with just a hint of toffee.

Taste follows the nose with notes of dark bready malts, port wine, some light dark fruit notes, toffee and a pronounced minerality giving way to strong spiced notes - anise, clove, allspice and nutmeg. There is a very mild hop bitterness on the back end, but it kind of gets lost within the spice notes. This is quite malty but with a distinct Belgian twist especially with the yeast notes coming through. Feel is medium bodied, smooth, warming, but not hot. Prickly, lively carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

This is a very tasty beer - and one that does interestingly combine elements of both Scottish and Belgian ales.

Dec 18, 2021
4.14 by BKotch from Texas on Dec 16, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Coffee and brown malt leading some sweetness but mostly a bit of grains and hops. A very decent Belgium dark ale I wouldn't mind having again I did like it more than the cherry one.

Dec 11, 2021
4 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Dec 10, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Pours a dark rich color. Smells a bit sweet and has notes of malt. Taste of malt and coffee. Overall its a great ale.

Dec 10, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DistrictElite from District of Columbia

Pours a lovely dark orange-brown color. Hints of that lovely Belgian yeast, spices, malt, some toffee and caramel, and a slight hint of chocolate. Has a smooth drinkability factor and not as potent as some with the same alcohol level. It’s good, enjoyable, and perfect for fall.

Oct 24, 2021
3.88 by rawbraves from Colorado on Oct 08, 2021
3.74 by Meddwol from Michigan on Oct 03, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours brown with a tan head. Head retention is good.

Smell: There are some caramel qualities in the aroma with some strong dried cherry and raisins and perfume notes. It has a spicy quality to it with a bit of clove as well. In addition there are some slight vinous like qualities.

Smell: There are some caramel qualities in the aroma with some strong dried cherry and raisins and perfume notes. It has a spicy quality to it with a bit of clove as well. In addition there are some slight vinous like qualities.

Taste: There are raisins and dried cherries up front with caramel malt. It has some floral and spicy elements with a bit of clove.

Feel: It has a medium full body and is smooth with noticeable, but pleasant alcohol warming.

Overall, a favorable and well bended beer with several layers of complex elements.

Oct 01, 2021
3.7 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Sep 17, 2021
4.25 by ajdemma from New York on Sep 14, 2021
4 by Skabiski from Maryland on Aug 28, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

Out of a bottle in De Panne, Belgium.

Brown in appearance like some quality refried beans, I am into it. After that are ok elements like Mika Jovich in the 5th one. A bit light, but still tasty and smooth like Hank Aaron in groove.

Aug 08, 2021
4.33 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jul 19, 2021
4 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Jun 25, 2021
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3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Pours mahogany with a 2 inch tan head, which lasts. Moderate lacing to the end. Slight haze.

Aroma of caramel malt, yeast, dark fruits, spices.

Taste is caramel malt, Belgian yeast, spices, plums, raisins.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. dry finish.

Way over carbonated. But a good beer.

Jun 09, 2021
4 by Samnem from Georgia on Jun 04, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Extremely dark brown, almost black. A thin ring of tan bubbles and froth in the center.

Smell: Sweet malt, cherries, and toffee.

Taste: Sweet malt and toffee, mild earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Full body with almost painfully high carbonation.

Overall: A delightful and interesting ale.

May 21, 2021
4.05 by Biergerd from Germany on May 16, 2021
3.73 by SadMachine from New Jersey on May 16, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Greywulfken from New York

Belgian dark ale, 8% abv; has dark fruit and earthy spice, like a dubbel, but a richer and fuller fruit profile, almost like a quad... Dark brown - basically opaque in the tulip, big as ya want it tan foam head... Reminds me a bit of Allagash's Odyssey, minus the barrel-aging...

May 12, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by barnzy78 from Illinois

11.2oz bottle
dated 07 2022
all these years and I’ve never bought this; shameful
L: brown body with faint ruby hues when held to light; tan head slowly fades to a foam
S: malty goodness; caramel, brown sugar, bread crust, spicy yeast
T: bready malt, brown sugar, molasses, earthy hops, spicy & bready yeast
F: fuller body, ample carbonation, nicely balanced dry finish
O: finally got around to this one, and it’s just as good as expected

May 12, 2021
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3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by elnachooo from Spain

De color rojizo, con una densa espuma de buena retención. De cuerpo y carbonatación media. Aroma a malta y caramelo. En boca es dulce, con notas tostadas y un final bastante seco.

May 02, 2021
4.08 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina on Mar 04, 2021
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