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:
#9,623
Reviews:
558
Ratings:
1,179
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
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Photo of bsp77
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of Haybeerman
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cemos
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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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Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of isaac_barrow
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redsoxjim
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eltrandos
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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

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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

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Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,179 ratings