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McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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3.98/5
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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:
#4,257
Reviews:
544
Ratings:
1,131
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
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Ratings: 1,131 |  Reviews: 544
Photo of AleMan66
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this straight from the bottle in the dark, so I didn't have a chance to see the color. It smelled great but the smell itself didn't tell me the beer is anything special; the taste did. It is a great brown ale! Love it! It warrents the the cost of almost $3 per bottle that I paid. I will buy it again. My score for this beer might be higher if I had seen the beer and had a better sense of smell.

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Also reviewed in the 1001.

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

Photo of wrecknut
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hydrocity2
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think I lost my previous review of this before I could post it - I know I drank it before.

It's a pretty dark brown with nice little head, just as it should be. The aroma is cool - a sweet dark malty smell.

The taste matches - very slightly tart, slightly toasted malts, bready and yeasty. The aftertaste lingers with more of the same, Long times. It is milder and easier drinking than many of this style yet it does not wimp out.

Like other brews from these guys, this totally works and it is a great example of the style.

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

Photo of chippo33
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of zekeman17
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of matuto
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle (exp. 04/2017) in a Leffe tulip. Dark brown liquid with beautiful tones when put against light. Some particles of all sizes may be seen. Foam shortly recedes to a thin layer that leaves some laces. Sweet aroma of a delicate caramel. Some fruitiness, resembling bananas, makes presence both on aroma and flavor. I don't mind serving with the bottom sediments from the bottle, and in this case I think the subtle sourness and bitterness on mouth comes from those. Light body and smooth upfront.

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Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, so rating set to current average.

Aroma is laden with raisin, fig, dates, and prunes.

Flavor is less stellar, fairly flat by comparison. Big toffee malt aftertaste.

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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 Beerfull
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msscott1973
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatsmyspot
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of janubio
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep hazy brown colour with a small off white head that holds for a while, leaving ring and lace. Smell of toffee, pepper, dark fruits, cinnamon, chocolate. Medium body, good carbonation. Taste is peppery, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown. Thin, wet lacing.

Smell is fruity but thin.

Bit of bubblegum in the taste. Mildly sweet.

Mouth is carbonated and pleasant.

Nothing remarkable, but comfortable and easy to consume.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryanhooks81
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMS1512
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On the docket: 750ml bottle of Brasserie d'Achouffe’s McChouffe, bottle date: best before end of 2015. Seems like I’m cutting it close.

Poured into: Etched Chimay Goblet

S: An initial mass of beige-gray head, thick and puffy forms. Underneath, a dark, burnt-sienna body sits, with an orange tint at the base. Tiny bubbles snake up to the top. Eventually, the head dies down to a thin cap on top, bubbles populating the head, sort of like soap.

A: Fruity esters immediately wend their way into your nose, laddie. Ef ya couple that with some yeasty bubblegum and a bit of caramelized malt, you have the knack of it. The hops, while muted, are spicy and earthy. It’s entertaining to smell, the sweetness being a draw factor here.

T: Some of the aroma carries over into the taste. The fruit here is dark and plummy, but gentle. A spot of hay, or husk, sweet caramel, a definite melanoidin tang like that of a Scotch ale, and a bit of spice and earth from the hops.

F: Tingly carbonation, chewy mouthfeel, fluffy. Deceptively light bodied. A kiss of warming alcohol on the end, more pronounced as it warms up (at 8.0%, it’s certainly prudent to exercise a dram of caution. A finish that sticks around.

O: Though the brewery calls this beer a brown ale, and while they’re not exactly wrong, I feel that comes up short in describing this one. Picture the offspring of Gerard Butler and Ellen Petri (go ahead and look her up, I had to, too) in a beer, and this is much closer to the mark. There are equal parts Scotch ale and Belgian Strong Dark in here, and they combine to make something that while new, is evident of its parents. This is a pleasure to sip and meditate on; much like the upcoming celebration of our Lord’s birth.

S: 4 A: 4.25 T: 4.5 F: 4 O: 4.25

Suggested food pairing: Molasses grilled barbecue ribs, beef Szechuan, sharp cheddar cheese, crème brûlée

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Photo of craigdb
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,131 ratings
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