McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,118 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
Ratings:
1,118
Reviews:
539
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
181
For Trade:
0
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

perhaps my favorite of these chouffe beers, the darker one, with a deep amber copper look to it, good clarity, and carbonation like a soda pop. smells like a timeless belgian yeast strain, some of the dark candy sugar, and a wonderful spice complex that is hearty, warming, and autumnal to me, clove and allspice, even nutmeg, its all subtle and its all from the yeast, but its outstanding. all of that is there in the flavor too with a little raisin and date sweetness, a rather light body for what this is, and a rush of carbonation that really highlights the dark fruit notes and the spicy yeast. warm alcohol, old wood, toasted marshmallow, english toffee, and even prune or something, its quite complex but its component parts are all quite simple, a wonderful synergy. surprised how light this is with the lesser body and all the bubbles, i could get into some real shaky waters drinking these at the rate that seems natural. full of flavor, old world charm, and classic belgian character, this is a delicious beer, an exemplary specimen of the style, and something i will hopefully be able to source more regularly here in colorado. really quality stuff!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle $3.75. Dark reddish-brown. Great lacing on the D'Achouffe glass. Aroma is yeasty, sugary, bread, raisin, fruity. Taste is slight alcohol, yeasty and dark. Good beer but I prefer L'Achouffe.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rowlaw
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour with a rich caramel head that disappears shortly. Smells of chocolate and sweet apple. Surprisingly light body for the appearance and ABV. Slight plumb sub layer. No aftertaste.

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Photo of Lu26
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful cloudy brown look. Quite foamy head. Slight toasted smell.
Rich taste. Well equilibrated between sweetness and ABV.
Overall enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Dazka
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sephyrott
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of unclekeith
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

06-08-17
330 ml bottle - Best by July 2018 - in a Teku

L: Cola brown with a nice 2-finger head - slow to form a collar - leaving nice lacing
A: Sweet fruit - raisons, figs - bready - cloves
T: Follows the nose, dry, rich malt, nice bitterness
M: Medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, alcohol warmth
O: An exceptional representation of the style - will seek out again

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Photo of grahamgillespie
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of HamdenHector
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; cola brown - lighter at the edges; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: sweet malt and dark fruit;

T: earthy up front; the malt sweetness dominates through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: not very complex; not especially interesting;

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Photo of ZinFanDave
2.67/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bruno74200
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All right beer. estery and a lot on the caramel. Almost between a scotch ale and a belgian dark ale. Balance all along but the beer lacks of craziness

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Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Satorn
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GlennWB
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrschaef
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Robertas
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with amber highlights producing over 2 fingers of beige, foamy, lasting head that leaves sheets & webs of lace. Aroma is malt forward expressing bready dark malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, cherry, banana, clove, dried apples and just a touch of alcohol. There is also a phenolic note. Taste is also malt forward consisting of dark malts, caramel/toffee, raisins, dried apples, cloves, spice, alcohol & honey. Some burnt & smokey hints. Sweet through mid-sip becoming spicy with pepper which builds through finish rapidly developing a bitterness which becomes dominant in the malty, dark fruit over-ripe apple aftertaste. Malt & booziness increase as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, slightly chewy, very peppery but smooth & silky on the tongue.

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Photo of nightgardener
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a slightly opaque dark brown, with a small white head, and no lacing.

Smells like port-soaked raisin bread, super fruity but very richly malty on the nose.

This is quite nice. It invokes the feeling of malty port wine. It's bready, with honey, chocolate, molasses, with a slight bitterness, a nice but not overwhelming fruity sweetness. It's not boozy at all, which is a plus.

This is medium, not quite syrupy, but pretty close, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is a pretty nice and rarely talked about beer.

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