McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

McChouffeMcChouffe
BA SCORE
81.4%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 1,122 ratings
McChouffeMcChouffe
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:
ABV varies from time to time.

Added by Mitchster on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,076
Reviews:
540
Ratings:
1,122
Liked:
913
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
10.05%
Alströms:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
185
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,122 |  Reviews: 540
Photo of pinotboy007
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Washington Street Purveyor, Lexington, VA.

A - Looks like root beer with a very nice, rocky head that settles to a ring; only a tiny bit of lacing; yeast floaties abound.

S - Spicy yeast with some cinnamon, pepper, smoked malt.

T = Sweet (not overly) and delicious. Has a nice cola, peat, syrup and modest hops.

M - Lightly creamy w/perfect carbonation that helps hold the beautiful "chorus of taste" together.

D - In spades, perhaps too drinkable! I can see this being swirled down year 'round with no problem. Cheers!

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Photo of bhb
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a snifter. An enticing dark ruby brew, lightly sparkling and a massive light brown frothy head, which lasted most of the drink.

Lovely aromas of prunes and a little wine too, topped off with cinnamon notes and a lovely nuttiness, some grass coming through too.

Ful bodied flavour, sweet maltiness and some acidity, tingling the tongue with good carbonation and gentle bitterness on the way down. Very drinkable - hey that's why it's sold in 750ml bottles only.

Another fine offering from d'Achouffe.

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Photo of GlennWB
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a signature Chouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown color with cloudy body, head is off-white and comes off slightly thick. Rose to a about notch or so above a finger's length.

Smell: Light yeast scent not going anywhere.

Taste: Smooth bready taste that reminds you of raisins and almonds. Has a light sweet note to the brew.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation with extra bubbles to body.

Overall: Very good brew, unfortunately I had little to enjoy and review it. I read some reviews prior to writing my own but one thing you have to keep in mind is that some might call this brew average but it delivers a lot considering the price. To get quality for this price is worth it. Factor that in your reviews. Salud!

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Photo of Vukusich
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thecheapies
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apple brown with a husky coat of sepia foam. Laces thickly. Awesome.

Apple-like aromas, nuttiness, pear, golden raisin, light candi sugar, and steeped grain. A very lovely, delicate nose with great fruity esters and yeast prominence.

Rich dried fruit flavors with notes of apple, date, raisin, and quince. Toffee malts with medicinal phenols. Estery fruit, nutty yeast, light roastiness, and a sweet alcohol; all in good context. Finishes rather dry, and slightly soapy, like a floral finish.

Could use some more body. Drinks great, however. A little powdery dry; the carbonation puckers a bit.

A solid BSDA. Perhaps, a sweeter example.

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Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with orange tint, big but fizzy light brown colored head, spray of lace trailed down the glass. Smell: pear, red grape, brown sugar and bread notes, slightly peppery. Taste: brown sugar, peach and orange notes, brown bread, spicy, into a peach skin finish. Light upfront for the style into fluffy feel, quick on the tongue but easy drinking. Tasty.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my La Chouffe tulip ( New Years 2002). Pours chestnut, orange when held into the light with 2 fingers of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Apples & brown bread & a touch of cinnamon

T: Caramel, appleskins, leafy hops, a bit of apple schnapps & figs up front. Some dark candi sugar & a bit of raisin, plus orange slices as this warms. Finishes with dark fruit, leafy hops, & a touch of dryness

MF: Fairly assertive carbonation up front plus medium body & a bit of stickyness

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV, although the booze does peak through a bit. This was better on draft across from the brewery! Not bad, but there are better Belgian darks out there

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Photo of Bunuelian
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of misternebbie
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of PopGun
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Tarks
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +0.5%

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 81.4% out of 100 with 1,122 ratings
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