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McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies from time to time.

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Reviews: 528 | Ratings: 1,082
Photo of Hhawk06
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering poured with a frizzy, tan, and quickly dissipating head but that doesn't rob from the fact that it was mountainous to start. A true deep brown color preserves. The nose is inviting, as its fresh, bready, with a spicy pepperness. The body is medium with a spicy and tad prickly mouthfeel. There is a very fresh feel to the beer. Among the mingling flavors are cloves, nuttiness, and saaz(?) hops. Overall, a very earthen and handcrafted feel, which is always appreciated. I'm floored at how the complexity keeps the mouth refreshed. The finish is very peppery, with sweet clove, and is not entirely bitter. Very drinkable overall and is a good experience.

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Photo of Derek
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby. Fluffy off-white head continues generating, leaving some nice lace.

S: Prunes & caramel, with a wine-like grape odour.

T: Initially well balanced, fading to a slight bitter aftertaste, with a small touch of tartness. Lots of prune flavour, very Belgian. Dark caramel, with a burnt/sweet taste.

M: Moderate body, a little syrupy, yet sort of creamy. Plenty of carbonation.

D: Awesome. And quite dangerous at this strength.

I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of kenito799
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Fin du Monde glass.

Medium brown cloudy brew. Lovely malty aroma withsubtle fruity Belgian yeast. This is smoother, dryer and more subtle than many Balgians, thi smust be the Scottish influence. Still more Belgian than Scottish. Very nice and good with food.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl dark green champagne bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass and schooner. (This was done since it is a Scottish/Abbey Ale mix. Scottish ales are better in tulip glasses, and abbey ales are better in goblets/schooners. Result: The only differences were that the aromas/flavors were more concentrated and the head retained better in the tulip glass.)

Pours a dense rich off-white head with a deep brown body; purple/ruby hues are present in the slight cloudiness. The head sticks around pretty much until the end of the glass. A ridiculous amount of lace coats the edge of the glass.

Earthy, rich spices and sweet malts take over the nose. Phenols and esters are present with sweet, yet sour, notes of fruit, dates, and candy. Faint hints of yeasty bread and citrus follow up.

Rich and sweet with strong notes of bubblegum, raisin/dates, and dark fruits. Slight earthy and tartness of orange peel and licorice contrast spicy yeast/bread-like flavors. Fruity esters remain in the nose which allow the palate to fully appreciate the deep range of fruits and faint hops. Soft carbonation rolls along the tongue that brings the candy-like fruits to life that balance with the alcohol.

Very impressive. The thick mouthfeel and rich body go down greatly with the smooth carbonation. The flavor is rich and sweet, but not overpowering. Though these styles are better sipped alone, this scottish/abbey hybrid pairs well with a wide range of foods including spicy/flavorful pizza, barbecue, rich meats, and various cheeses.

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Photo of e_dawg
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a dark brown copper color. Held up to the light a fiery red with some pink and boarders of yellow and gold is revealed. Small head which dissipates within a few minutes. Some light lacing.

Smells of freshly cut fruit: pears and apples along with some light pepper notes. Also some champagne.

Taste is more pears and apples with light carbonation and some prickliness. Medium bodied.

Finishes smooth without lingering too long. Easy to drink for an 8% avb.

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Photo of marc77
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The fluffy, mountainous, thick light tan head sits atop a hazy deep garnet hued brew. The aroma is dominated by an assertively spicy Saaz hop nose accompanied by an overshadowed floral Goldings note. Unripe plum - like, tart fruity esters are secondary and quite refined. Mellow roasted barley, caramel malt and trace diacetyl become perceptible as the brew warms and the hop oils dissipate. The flavor profile is not unlike the aroma-- An initial snap of hop bitterness quickly yields to spicy hop flavor that's almost sharp. Light chocolate flavors then emerge only to be offset by a combination of green apple acetaldehyde and light clove phenols. A light and pleasant molasses sweetness persists as a constant undertone. Residual sweetness is well controlled in this brew and never becomes cloying. Moderate in body, with an agreeable, but somewhat drying mouthfeel. Flavors of grain reemerge in the dry finish, which is comprised of notes of biscuit malt and a touch of roasted barley sharpness. Satisfying alcohol warmth stately creeps in after a significant deliberation. Mc Chouffe is absolutely a unique and delicious brew, being reminescent of a Wee Heavy and Dubbel hybrid. The drinkability is superb and belies the relatively high strength. . Further cellaring may tame the esters, but it's delicious in its current state. "Best before end 2005"

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Photo of Redteketed
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(31-12-2007 23:19 hour BB 07-10)

3/4 liter bottle. Good beer to say goodbye to 2007, lost my mom, hope 2008 brings more luck. "Proost, Mem!"

Ruby colored beer, huge rocky head quickly fades away.
Citrus, ripe fruit and malty noise. Very refreshing.
Sweet bitter, caramel and yeasty taste.
Alcohol warm strong/medium heavy body, fizzy and an alcohol warm, yeasty average aftertaste.

Very enjoyable beer.

I wish everyone a happy 2008!

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

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with an off-white frizzy head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet wine-like aroma with a caramel roasted malt scent.

T: Similar to the smell there is a caramel wine-like flavor with a Belgian yeast background.

M: Pretty boozy – full body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome Belgian Brew – great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of inebrius
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flows burnt and murky under a fine gluey head. Trippy nose of mushrooms, bagged grass and woodpiles with some light gingerbread notes. A draught is earthy, a mouthful of tasty dead leaves, bittersweet turns hop and lingers under a muted shadow of savory spices and alcohol. All this funky flavor hitches a ride on an effervescent rocketship destined for galaxy gut. Unique and tasty, but truly odd, I'm still trying to figure out whether I like it as much as I think.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy red brown and build a bubbly tan head about two fingers high. It dissipated rather fast leaving little lacing.
The smell was of dark fruit like fig and dates, with caramel and floral hops.
Tasting the beer, the typical dubbel feel is predominant. Belgium yeast, dates ,figs and some plum, beautifully composed with the caramel and malt notes. Nice carbonation gives the beer a refreshing character.
I could finish a few bottles of that one and would not regret it

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an iced tea brown, with some good murky opacity. Carbonation seems weak, fleeting at first, as if it'll go away fast. But once it drops down to a lacing, it actually hangs in there for the whole glass. Drank from my westy goblet.

Aroma begins with a wisp of fusal alchohol, then a lingering sweetness.

Fruity sweetness at the first sip, but after a good exhale the complexity shines through. Some nutty smoke, hazelnut perhaps, then some woody earthy molassas. Nice spice at the finish, and the alcohol makes another showing. It's a great drinker, smooth and just the right amount of belgian yeast flavors. It's a tad on the sweet cloying side, but i think that just makes it a slower drinker, i dont mind it at all.

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Photo of jlervine
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown body with a thick, light tan head that sticks around for hours. Perfect. The smell is sweet, with a hint of peppery spicy flavors. The taste is smooth and mellow with an almost herbal finish. Incredibly smooth. The mouthfeel is nice and warm, very inviting, coating, yet light on the palate. Very nice, extremely drinkable.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dak earhty/reddish brown with a creamy off white head on top. Looks nice. Smells of earth and spices with sweet tones in as well. Tasted sweet mild caramel malt at first but phenols and peppery flavors were very present. Also had a fruity flavor of darker fruits but not a dark fruit cake flavor. Mouthfeel was creamy but still ahd good carbonation and I know I could drink a few of these. I'm really starting to enjoy Belgian Dark Ales and this one is tasty.

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Photo of kundabuffer
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily drinkable and mellow with an interesting malty taste. The nose is rather grainy and even "stinky." There's a subtle element of the taste that seems a bit out of place but this is somehow subsumed within the other flavors. It could use a bit more carbonation, I think. In any event it tastes unique and I'm enjoying it.

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Photo of Stimack
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to give this brew a try last evening as I absolutely enjoyed the N’Ice Chouffe during the holidays. Once again I was very impressed with the offering. Brew poured to a nice vibrant brown color with a perfect sized head that filled the tulip glass to its rim. The head had a cream color to it, maybe even hedging on tan with good retention and a nice amount of sheeting lace. The aroma’s where very enticing, molasses, brown sugar, nut’s and dark fruit to name as many as I can remember. The taste was similar to the aromas that where mentioned along with a nice hop taste that adds to the pallet. This is a very nice sipping brew, not due to the alcohol (8%), which is actually hard to notice, but due to the complexity of the flavors that where noticed. This was a great brew and one of the highlights of the evening.

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Photo of Boto
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle: This one opened with little evidence of carbonation, but poured with a fairly large head anyway. It died off rather quickly, however. It is a fairly opaqur brown color. The nose was nice, with notes of caramel, yestiness and fruits, although there was a slight hint of a peatiness. The taste has a bit of a roasty taste and dryness that wans’t expected. A bit of the peatiness in the taste also, as well a a bit of caramel and smokiness. Interesting...

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Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a milk chocolate brown with a light beige head and moderate lacing in my snifter glass.

Smell: Caramel, fig, dates, prune, some fig Newton bars, and a hint of chocolate invigorate the senses and induces tremendous anticipation through the aroma. This is a sniffing beer for sure. I could just burry my nose it.

Taste: Problem is it tastes so good go back and forth from sniffing to sipping sniffing sipping and the damn beer is gone =). It is smooth and malty with dark fruits, caramel, plum and spices cinnamon, citrus orange clove (particularly on the back end). It is thick and rich like drinking a pie. Magnificent. And the long lasting aftertaste keeps me wanting more!

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth rich and lively in the mouth with lots of spices and little alcohol.

Drinkability: It is exceptionally quaffable! What a great drinking beer. I found the specific niche that is my wife's favorite beers. BSDAs work every time. This is a great one!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of seedee17
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle
A: Ruddy brown in the glass, fluffy tan head that fades into a nice lace, begs to be drank, drunk, drinked
S: Loads of fruity esters, caramel, wood and leaves
T: Sweet and malty with very little hop prescence, really nice smokey flavor up front, with lots of sweet fruit on the finish, alcohol is not easily detected
M: Super creamy, with very little carbonation, warms the belly
D: For a relatively big beer, this is supremely drinkable, would make for a lively and short session. Good Stuff.

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Photo of rabsten
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Every now and again I come across something in my collection and I have no idea where I got it. This is one of those beers. I don't remember buying it. I rarely look in the Belgian section of Leo's and buy less frequently. I don't think it's a gift - I got one for Xmas 2005 and drank it then, I'm certain. So, it's a mystery. But where would life be without mysteries? A poorer place, indeed.

Poured into an East End pint, cloudy brown body, medium brown head that quickly disappears, no lacing to speak of.

Solid, light malt smell, some toasted barley and fruit in nose.

Very smooth tasting and drinking. Light malt sweetness backed by mild alcohol burn and a raisin/dried apricot fruitiness. Low hop profile with just enough of a bite to let the drinker know they're there.

Round start, crisp middle, smooth finish.

Very drinkable. More than the sum of its parts drinkable. "Get you in trouble real fast due to the high alcohol/drinkablity combination" drinkable.

Bottom line: I don't know how I got it but I'll likely get more of it.

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Photo of hellsing3
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beautiful Belgian brown poured an extremely dark brown color with a thick frothy white head whith shades of coffee, about a inch head with nice lacing.

S: I smell sweetness, the first things that comes to mind are carmalized brown sugar, sweet molases and a little bit of chocolate. I also get slight notes of espresso and a fruity smell towards the end.

T: There is a very deep rich flavor in this brew. I taste sweet roasted malts. There is a sweet fruit flavor from cherries and also a bit of chocolate in the smooth finish.

M: This beer has a light to medium level of carbination that makes this brew easy to drink from start to finish.

D: This brew is made with elfin goodness, are these the same elves that work for keebler? A great beer and very smooth you don,t even notice the 8.5abv until you finish the 25oz. bottle. I liked this brew a lot. I would recommend this Belgian to try for yourself if you can pick it up.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange brown, nice long lasting tan head and lacing. Aroma of sweet and caramel hops, light and dark fruit, Belgian spice. Medium bodied. Dark fruit, hops, Belgian yeast, a touch of sweet malt throughout. They nailed a cross between a Belgian and Scotch ale. Flavors increase as the ale warms. Medium bodied. A nicely balanced, tasty ale. Well done.

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Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Belgian beer for people who think they don't like Belgian beers. Lots of everything, and nothing to excess. Funky, fruity yeast flavors well melded with moderately tart Flanders sourness, and then some nice malt to hold everything in check. Had this with a "ploughman's supper" of sorts - cured meat, sharp cheese and chewy bread - an it went with it better than about anything I can think of. This may find its way into the dedicated beer fridge with some regularity.

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Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich brown color tinged with a slight reddish tone. The ¼" head is light tan in color and recedes slowly but visibly. Sipping initially leaves scattered spots and speckles of lacing but eventually the head and lacing have gone well before the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fruity (dark fruits) with some traces of caramel and hints of chocolate and what may be something like coffee.

Taste: The rich complex flavors include some fruity sweetness (e.g., raisins, dates, figs) with some light spicyness blended with powdered cocoa or chocolate. This is very complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with gentle carbonation. The finish is medium in length as the fruity sweetness eventually tapers off and the flavors end on a lightly bitter and dry note.

Overall and Drinkability: I thought the drinkability on this one quite good and I'd not hesitate to have a second, either right away or in the future. This is definitely a beer to drink with only a light chill. Over all I quite enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle at De Kelk in Brugge during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Serve in a McChouffe chalice.

Pours dark brown with a nice, foamy light tan head. Good retention and plenty of lacing.

Nose brings loads of dark fruits and a bit of sweetness. Flavor falls along the same lines, though the two don't mix quite as well as in the nose. Medium body and good carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Well made and quite tasty.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a muddled amber brown with a gloppy, thick, cream colored head.

S - Sugar and spice and everything nice and Belgian. Belgian yeast, dark fruits, raisins, hint of cinnamon.

T - Sweet, with a hint of warm alcohol. Spicy, with some dark fruit goodness in there. Just a really excellent example of a Belgian dark.

M - Slightly sticky, medium bodied, decent carbonation.

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,082 ratings.
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