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.

Added by Mitchster on 09-22-2001

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a "Great Chouffe Party" gift box at Riley's inlcuding 750s each of this and the LaChouffe as well as a sweet Chouffe tulip. Shared with expatsteve over a mini Belgian brown/dark ale session.

Pour: murky strawberry-amber under an inch of khaki cream.

Nose: spicy yeast, lactose/vanilla cream and dark fruits dominate.

Taste: spicy lactose yeast, yogurt, lemon-grass funk, minty hops and sugar sweet booze in the finish.

Feel: light, thin body, smooth, ephemeral carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: smooths out as it warms, still not as balanced as some of the previous browns/darks in the session. Still a well-made, complex brown that nicely complements its brother, LaCouffe's, fruity lightness.

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Photo of elricorico
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer, its colour is a ruddy brown and the head on it is big and bubbly. The head never did go away, and left all kinds of lacing.

Giving it a smell, the classic belgian aroma stands out. Kinda spicy, pepper smell. Maybe a hint of cola smell to this one, can't pin it down exactly.

This beer, in my opinion, tastes close to more of the belgian strong pale's then the strong dark ales. It doesn't get in your face with the sweet flavours as some of the darks do. It does have some of the dark fruit flavours to it. I can't say that the alcohol makes much of an appearance, and that only adds to the drinkability.

Carbonation is fairly light, more carbonation might actually benefit this beer.

The reaction I had to my first drink of this beers was "smooth", and coming down to the end of this 750mL bottle, I still feel the same. It's a pretty easy drink.

A bit of a downside is a film left in the mouth. I noticed this a lot when I was just starting with this beer, but not so much as I progressed.

In the end, I'm pretty happy with McChouffe, and I wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of GTJayG
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a Gordon's Highland Scotch Ale thistle glass. Poured slow leaving the sediment behind.

Appearance: Dark clear amber. Persistent 1/4" rocky tan head. Persistent thick strands of lacing.

Smell: Fruit (grape, plum), caramel, and a hint of metal.

Taste: Toasted/caramelized malt, Belgian candi sugar, fruity esters, bready-yeasty pastry-like sweetness, raisins, and a finish which is part noble hop, part English-style bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but not fizzy. Scrubs the tongue clean. Some stickiness on the teeth noted.

Overall / Drinkability: This is indeed a blend of a Scottish Ale and Belgian Dark Ale in style. A fine sipping beer all by itself, I think it would go well with some food also....and not just dessert, but the sweetness of this beer might limit what it can pair with. Not sure. Regardless, I'll have to pick this one up again - very nice.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl bottle (08 2016) into a tulip. Brown color, two finger tan head that settles down pretty quickly, some lacing. Sweet malty aroma. The taste starts spicy, followed by a sweet but not sugary taste of roasted malts that grows in the mouth, finishing with a dry malty aftertaste. Slight alcohol in the taste. Medium-light body with a medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Overall an enjoyable beer but not that special.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque coffee brown with a creamy, full head thats caps and coats; lacing drapes down the sides of the chalice

Smell: Brown bread, caramel, and yeasty, with chocolate powder

Taste: Opens with a mouthful of spice cake and chocolate powder topped with caramel; dark fruits, apples and spicy yeast add complexity as the flavor builds to mid-palate; after the swallow, the spicy caramel apple flavors persist, along with the chocolate elements

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather enjoyable, but definitely on the sweet side

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is chestnut brown with a thick, khaki hued head. Lasting retention with ample lacing. The aroma offers a prominent dose of Belgian yeast right up front. Distinctly Belgian all the way. Brown bread, brown sugar, light spice, a bit of toffee and caramels. Relatively light bodied and fairly sweet. Moderate carbonation with only a touch of alcohol. A really solid beer. A nice beer to revisit now and then.

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Photo of beer488
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color, like a cola. Scent of roasted malt, and sweet malt. Medium bodied and fizzy on the palate. Some chocolaty bitterness balanced by a sweetness. Sweet malt on the finish. Strong ale at 8%.

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Photo of brauseboof
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steelerguy
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark bown, cloudy, some "sediment", nice carbonation, tall tan head and sticks around and leaves some lace.

S - Muted but nice malty aroma with some estery fruits. A touch of phenols but not as much as most dark strongs.

T - Lots of caramel malt and spice flavors with some alcohol coming through at the end.

M - Starts sliky and smooth but finishes with an alcohol warmth and some palate cleansing carbonation.

D - Nice balance of flavors and feel make it quite drinkable.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a rich, dark, and slightly hazy mahogany colour. The head is sparse and foamy .

The aroma is rich and fruity. Pear come through alongside some light cocoa in the background. The some rum notes come through as well alongside a slight boozy aspect.

The flavour is very aromatic and rich. A slight toffee flavour is present throughout. alongside a slight alcoholic warming component.

Overall, the flavour leaves a bit to be desired, but this is still worth checking out. An interesting take on a Scotch Ale from a belgian brewer.

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Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe chalice.

A: Very dark mahogany, 90% opaque,
two finger tanned head which faded quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

S: Brown sugar and mollases, some yeast.

T: Fudge, prune, fig quite sweet but not boozy.

M: Smooth, decent carbonation, thick but not cloying.

O: Good, a beer without obvious faults, only minus point was the fact it can be interchanged with quite a few other BSDAs.

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Photo of Rayek
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Cloudy chestnut, despite a very careful pour. A huge cream head just kept growing and growing. It eventually settled to a rocky cloud floating atop the beer. Leaves incredible amounts of lace.

S: Slightly musty. There's a lot of toffee, grass and lemon, plus a slight yeasty funkiness.

T: Bittersweet toffee dominates. It's joined by a lemon and black tea bitterness. There's a very faint smokiness in the background. Things get really interesting toward the end, as a sourdough bread flavor joins in. The sourdough joins with the tea flavor to create a very interesting finish. A mild alcohol warmth ties everything together at the end.

M: The body is very light, given the ABV. It's light enough that even the high level of carbonation can't keep it from feeling a bit watery.

D: Looks good, smells good and tastes good. That pretty much sums it. A better mouthfeel would put it over the top, but three out of four ain't bad. Overall, a very nice beer.

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Photo of YvesB
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hops4me
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with the Turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. Perfect compliment to dark meat and gravy. It had a nice fluffy head. It was spicy and fruity. Pepper and phenols you would expect from a Belgian. It was suprisingly a little thin with the mouthfeel. I didn't find this a fault though because it hid the alcohol and added to the drinkability. The thinness made it slightly refreshing and the caramel and slight choc coupled with the spice made it a great drink. Great balance of complex flavors and drinkability.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some reddish tint with a nice fluffy head,big fruity aromas along with some yeasty-like spiciness.I picked up some sour cherry up front along with some caramel and some spiciness coming in in pretty ubrupt finish.A real solid brew not overly spectacular but had nice strong dark ale characteristics a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Beautiful dark, ruby brown with a good head that rose unpredictably.

Smell – The full array of BSDA aromas are here. The deep, dark fruits such as dates, figs, tobacco, etc, are laced with raw brown sugar and lay atop a wonderful, toasted malt base.

Taste – This is extra special. The taste goes as the nose goes, but there’s a little something extra going on at the tongue. There’s some big, alcohol-laced bread that comes out in a surprisingly big way, making this extremely complex, full, and satisfying.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied and chewy with an alcohol reminder makes this one feel amazing in the mouth.

Drinkability – I just went through a couple bad bottles today (two that I reviewed, the third one was so flat I figured it was defective and poured most of it out without rating it), so this was quite a treat. The bread especially that came out in the taste was a very unique flavor and well-appreciated.

Update – I first reviewed this in 2003 a month after joining the site so thought it would be interesting to re-review it with a 2004 vintage. It didn’t hold up nearly as well after tasting over 200+ Belgian ales over the course of the last year, but it was still a good beer and a joy to consume. I dropped most of my ratings by half points but still would recommend.

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Moo5152
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JoshJ
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much to say about this, other than it's what you would expect from the d'Achouffe brewery.

Its a wonderful flavour, great drinkability and probably a beer I would recommend to someone who wanted to try a Belgian Dark as a starter.

However compared to other beers in its genre, I would say it lacks a certain presence that lets you know its a true dark ale. Otherwise I could easily drink this all night.. wait. I did... and loved every minute of it.

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Photo of tallfellapgh
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer is a deep dense brown body with a fizzy beige head that turns creamy and last for a long time.
S- The soft red wine vinous aroma leads to dark brown sugar notes and a wet wood finish.
T- The apple flavor gives way to a dry dark brown sugar with an apple butter flavor and a slight watery finish. There is a soft pleasant cardboard flavor that comes through as it warms.
M- This beer beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz and a soft alcohol heat when it is pretty warm.
D- The apple and dark sugar malts flavors are nice and full but not sweet and not much depth.

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,138 ratings
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