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:
#4,073
Reviews:
540
Ratings:
1,122
Liked:
913
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
10.05%
Alströms:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
185
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,122 |  Reviews: 540
Photo of Jredner
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spicy aroma with brown sugar notes. Brown with a fat white head that faded fast. Grassy, yeasty and ample spice. No real smokiness for a scoth ale..even if it is a Belgian attempt at one. Comes across as a less gassy version of a belgian strong ale (as it is listed here) with less spice and sweetness. Different and fun to drink, but not a world beater.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ant1
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Tomblerone
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of BogBoyJD
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of thebigredone
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of PeterVesti
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of hotsudge
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of jelledebont
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of scooter231
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium to dark reddish color- changes significantly in the light- some off white head, not too much though. Looks... greasy. Really greasy. Nose is all over the place- it wants to be citrus zest but doesn't quite get there, wants to be candy-ish but isn't really, wants to be piney but it doesn't... just chaos.

Taste is bland. Teetering on boring. Some alcoholness, some dark ripe fruits- but you have to dig for it. Just... bland. Mouthfeel is full and sudsy- the best part of this brew, in my opinion. A good feel. Fairly drinkable, especially considering the alcohol content. But this did not live up to the hype. Meh.

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Photo of JimsArcade
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 10 oz. tulip glass.

Medium to dark brown, it generated a light brown head that slowly dissipated leaving classic Belgian lacing along the inside of the glass.

Matly and yeasty in the nose, with a good amount of spice thrown into the mix. Estery aromas show up as well.

What an... intriguing beer. During the initial sips at its coldest temperature, there is multitude of flavors fighting for dominance. The malts, the spices, the yeast, and those esters detected in the aroma are there in big quantities, yet none seem to blend. The alcohol also seems a lot higher than 8%. As the beer warms, everything starts to mellow out into a great harmony of flavors. I thought it was the alcohol muting the tongue (as I would expect a warmer beer to have even more pronounced flavors), but a second glass shortly thereafter revealed the same pattern. To score this beer, I'd have to average a moderately low score for the initial sips and a high score later sips. What a weird beer!

The same things pointed out above for taste apply to its mouthfeel. It's like drinking two different beers in the same glass at the same time.

The changes from harsh to mild in each sampling does not help it drinkability, however. I had two glasses for this sampling, but could not bring myself to have a third. Definitely a one-and-done beer for any particular evening.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: 750 mL bottle

S: Peppery brown bread crust. Fairy dry. Notes of espresso, and mocha with heavy, moderately complex spiciness as well as blackened bits of toast. Yeast spiciness actually stands up and perhaps slightly outperform the brown character which itself is quite rich and dry.

T: Similar to the nose with heaps of peppery brown bread crust which were ever so slightly burned. While not overwhelming dry, but all flavors tends to be dry. Dry pepper and complex spiciness, dry brown toasted quite melanoidin-y malts. Very little malty sweetness though. However, an overall lack of bitterness saves the palette from an unpleasant onslaught. Light mint, herbal hops round out the middle. Finish has a touch of minty herbal hop to it with lingering dark cocoa and spiced brown bread.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a .3L McChouffe goblet at a cafe in France. Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2010.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of great cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark nontransparent brown.

Sm: Nuts, floral hops, caramel, and maybe even chocolate. It's hard to tell with my broken nose.

T: Layered subtle nutty notes, floral hops, chocolate notes, toffee, and caramelized malt lurking beneath the surface. Some underlying cream. Sadly, an unwelcome touch of alcohol hits just before the climax, exposing the poorly hidden booze (at 8%? come on...) Built well but imbalanced. Not all that complex.

Mf: Smooth enough to refresh, but coarse enough to coax out the flavour. Wet but not quite refreshing. Suits the flavours alright, but needs work.

Dr: High ABV is poorly concealed. Decently drinkable and of pretty good quality, but very pricey in France. The alcohol presence is a major issue here.

B-

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown-apricot colour with really pleasant beige head, retains superbly but isn't all that thick. The sticky sheet of lace on my mistress' bed...whoops, I mean, on the glass, more than makes up for that, and very strong carbonation. Great-looking brew.

Nose is tart and resiny with a very distinct ethanol character. Fair amount of grape skins, with a hint of peach and maybe a slight banana character as well. Slightly simple, but pleasant enough.

Taste is also quite tart, with a pleasant fruity malt character on the mid, slightly tart grape characters and a hint of vinegar. Very phenolic with a distinct alcohol hit. Throughout the palate there is a lot of sweet characters though, boiled lollies and carob on the front. To be honest it doesn't sit perfectly right with the vinegar character on the back, and the overall palate feels a bit short, with not much of a finish. Pleasant enough but just lacking a bit.

Mouthfeel is very sticky and thick with a large body, not much texture but nice sticky Belgian quality.

As much as I'm not a huge fan of the flavour here, it's very drinkable and pleasant, goes down smoothly, because its tart and phenolic characters aren't quite sharp enough to make me recoil. Could disguise its alcohol better but otherwise pretty fine.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I must say, this began much "brighter" than it concluded. Poured a cloudy brown orange colour with plenty of debris, as expected. Foamy khaki head with loosely knit bubbles, subsided to a blanket of frost in about 60 seconds. The smell was exceptionally fruity and malty. Smelled delicious. Plenty of stewed fruits and raisins. Then came the taste. It was decent, I suppose. Not very complex, and no one flavour profile really captivated me. I thought it was rather boring and simply an average Belgian at best. I also thought it had a bit too much carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't smooth and seamless, as I had expected. Instead, it was abrasive and almost offensively carbonated. Good thing this was given to me and I didn't have to pay for it.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

When this beer was poured into my glass, it had a large tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that was fully diminishing. The body was mostly clear with lively carbonation observed. The nose was that of alcohol and some mild clove. The flavor was spicy and malty and the mouthfeel was tingly along with a burning sensation as it is swallowed.

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Photo of becktone
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 8-29-08

Eye: In a La Chouffe Tulip: Cloudy reddish brown in color, nice creamy looking head, though retention could be better, starts out nice then fades to little more than a sickly looking blanket over the top of the beer. Lacing is nice looking-thin sheets along the sides of the glass.

Nose: Sweet candy type of aroma. Dark fruit and some chocolate aroma, small noble hop aroma, not really all that prevalent though, just barely there. Nothing all that special, smells good as expected.

Tongue: Spicy flavor and slightly alcoholic. Not as much dark fruit as was in the aroma. Dark malt flavors aren't as strong as I would've expected...slightly smokey and some chocolate, but both seem to be pretty low in flavor. Not as complex as I would've expected. Keep looking for more but its really not there.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium in body, seems a bit lighter than a Belgian Strong Dark should be, but that's just my opinion. Low and delicate carbonation, so low that when drinking this beer its not noticed until its thought about, until one is looking for it...I like that, subtle. Pretty much average all around. This is one I"d not be opposed to drinking again, but there are many others that are much better. Easy to drink, but again, pretty much average.

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Photo of impending
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml into a tulip. Pours a chestnut cola with garnet highlights. Mocha colored head subsides slow to the surface, nice lacing.

Traditional strong dark with nice phenolic spiciness. upbeat

Achouffe yeast dominates the front end, the dark fruits are under represented. Not much in the way of complexity. The phenols that share the aftertaste are not a strength, hint of a tiny old penny. Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel.

Strong singed peat moss would have been very welcome.
cheers
jd

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Photo of dgallina
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass a slightly clouded dark brown. Creates a really large off-white head that subsides rapidly, but leaves moderate lacing. Smells sweetly grainy with vinous tones. Simple and uncomplicated in aroma and initial taste. Sugary and effervescent in the mouth, the beer develops a slightly smoky graininess as it warms. A touch of fruitiness comes forward before the dry and sparkling finish.

An unremarkable brown Belgian ale. Vague hints of complexity in an average and over-carbonated beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml from the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda.. mine poured into my Kasteel tulip while listening to the Cowboy Junkies.

Short lasting eggshell head atop a brown brew.. quite a bit of yeast slipped into the glass despite a careful pour... no real lacing and an adequate collar.

Aroma is very understated for the style... lite dried dark fruits and lite Belgian phenols... actually very clean, and I am not considering it a good trait... some caramel malts as it warms.

Flavor is again muted. Should not be classified as a BSDA .. just not enough going on. I am not completely bagging it... although, it reminds me of a big-boned American brown (sans hops) with a distinct Belgian touch. Some green apple and raisin fruitiness.. maybe a touch of coriander and nutmeg.. but over all the best thing I can think of, is this is a supremely drinkable brew. Lite for the ABV mouthfeel and perfect carbonation makes me want to have another drink.

I will only buy this brew again simply to see if this review was overly negative, or to share a "training-wheels Belgian" with micro noob.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at New Beer Distributors.
It's possible that this bottle was a bit past its prime but I found no freshness date to say one way or the other. Something about this brew struck me as a bit stale. There's some kind of candy in the flavor but I can't pin it down. Medicinal flavors also live in here. Cooked sugar and raisins... perhaps in a slurry.
The 8% alcohol is well hidden behind the sweetness. Pretty easy drinking and pretty smooth but over all I found this to be pretty average, if not lacking, for a Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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