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McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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:
#4,262
Reviews:
544
Ratings:
1,131
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby red colour and different spice than the regular La Chouffe from this Brasserie. Appearance and taste of a top Belgium, from aging. Taste more from malt and carmel sweetness, corriander and pepper, but then a Good hop kick aftertaste. Acidity just demands food.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a hazy deep brown and maroon body. Thick lacing.

S: breads and yeast with caramel and syrup. Dark fruit notes include grape, raspberry and raisin. Light overall.

T: Fairly sweet overall. Caramel and chocolate malts with yeast up front with a rapid change to dark fruits which are more on the sweet than tart side. Plum, cherry make up the fruitiness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one is almost too sweet ad lacks a little balance on that way. It's still good and overall drinkable.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, slight smoke, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and a nice Belgian take on a Scotch ale.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a dark brown color with a tan colored head. The aromas were sweet and really interested me in the beer. The malts kind of gave me an earthy aroma too in the faint distance. The taste was on the sweeter side, a little more like a sweet version of an Abbey Dubbel. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and found myself enjoying this brew for the most part. I don't know if I'd ever buy a whole lot of it but I'd try it again one day.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy dark brown in color into a snifter glass with a finger sized off white head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The aroma isn't that strong but is somewhat musty and has notes of dark fruits and yeast.
T: Mild spicy flavors of yeast dominate the overall taste, which also has notes of dark fruits and nuts along with some hints of caramel and malty sweetness. Some spiciness and a slight amount of hop bitterness are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"McChouffe"...hummm. I wonder if they have been sued by McDonald's yet? Call it what they want--this is great beer! A style-typical dark malt color with browns, rubies, mohogany colors that swirl around a mild haze. Firm and fluffy carbonation that deserves a '5'. Smells candy sweet and fruity fresh with an underlying berry tartness, hoppy spiciness, and vineous alcohol. Flavors unlock the same character but with more power that the aroma suggests. Fruity with dates, figs, grapes, blackberries, and a hint of raisons. Sweet with a light molassas, cotton-candy, candied sugar flavor. Hopped / spiced with a peppery, earthy, musky, nutty character. Throw in a bit of red-wine just for good measure. The beer feels full, but light (carbonated) in the mouth. Mildly prickling and numbing. Leaves the mouth a bit sticky sweet, but not off-putting. This is indeed a super beer!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml squat Euro-stubbie bottle. Is the little elf analogue on the label divining for beer?

This beer pours a somewhat hazy dark reddish amber hue, with three fingers of rocky, densely foamy, and bulbous pale beige head, which leaves a decent array of layered cloud lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of bready caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, aged lemon rind, mixed dark fruit, subtle yeast and mildly zingy winter spices. The taste is caramelized candy, saltwater taffy, pithy dry black fruit - raisin, prune, and chocolate-ensconced cherry - withering yeast, a faintly earthy spiciness, and softly nutty, floral hops. A wee red vinous booziness seeps in as things eventually warm up.

The carbonation is average, alternating between tight and frothy, the body a moderately tame medium weight, and perhaps a bit mealy in its general smoothness. It finishes off-dry, still big and candi-sugar malty, with a pleasant enough spice and floral hop flipside, the booze only a slight twinge.

A pretty enjoyable, if not overly complex BSDA. The players are all there - beefy malt, yeast, spice, fruit, and simmering alcohol, sure, but I suppose I expect a certain extra je ne sais quoi, an indescribable elan, when it comes to these kinds of offerings. Unfair to most? Yep.

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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 dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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 zeff80
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from 2/2.

A - Poured out a dark brown/burgandy with a very bubbly, tan, two-finger head. It left small trails of lacing.

S - It smelled of plum, cherries and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of raisin and dried cherries. It had a subtle roasted maltiness.

M - It was smooth and soft on the throat. It was a very heavy-bodied beer.

D - This tastes great, but it was alot to drink in one sitting. Next time I should share it with a fellow BA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a brown color ale with a huge bubbly off-white head with average retention. Aroma is comprised of strong Belgian malt with a side of floral hops and a top of yeast. Taste is somewhat spicy, creamy and ends with a dry bitter aftertaste. Another quite complex beer from this fine brewery. I’m not sure I really detect the scotch ale influence in this one but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 2013. Pours cloudy reddish brown color with a dense 1-2 finger khaki head with good retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, plum, molasses, raisin, pepper, nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast spices. Fairly nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of toffee, molasses, plum, raisin, biscuit, pepper, chocolate, dark candi sugar, nuttiness, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of molasses, caramel, dark fruit, pepper, chocolate, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink for 8%. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian dark ale. Nice complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

Its hazy, ruddy-brown body appears as a deep amber when held to the light; and its tall, creamy head of light-tan foam holds exceptionally well and leaves sheets of sticky lace at the outset of the glass. Delicate fruit greets you in the nose with soft prune, delicate raisin, light summer berries; and a touch of mild toffee and caramel to round it out. Some hops appear in the background but never come forward enough to be recognized. Its very fine, natural carbonation caresses the tongue with a thousand soft prickles before warming to become lightly creamy, and then simply sliding away - yet it's medium/light bodied still leaves a memory. Very nice! All of the fruit found in the nose finds its way into the flavor with the addition of a light, milk-chocolate note and some spicy hop flavor. And although it appears quite straight-forward at first, some acetaldehyde and phenolic notes awaken as it warms; the alcohol becomes more apparent, and it becomes dryer in a finish that lingers with some scortched-caramel and dark-fruit sweetness. It's very well balanced and none of it's components (fruitiness, caramel sweetness, alcohol, hop flavor) ever run out of bounds. Nicely drinkable despite it's solid 8.5% abv; and rich without becoming at all cloying - this is an impressive Belgian brew that defies categorization. Well worth trying!

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

330 ml squat bottle with a BB date of 4/2016 ... plenty of time remaining but the little gnome on the label called out to me from the refrigerator and I couldn't resist.

Pours hazy dark brown with a durable tan head. Excellent lacing left on the sides of my St. Bernardus snifter.

Aroma: complex and variable, or so it seems. Spicy and yeasty with some alcohol esters an a hint of vanilla.

Flavor: better and more stable if less complex than the aroma. Typical bitter-sweet balance for style (lightly sweet) but perhaps a bit more bitter and sweet than average. Plenty of dark ripe and dried fruit notes, including raisins, dates and dried plums. Faintly yeasty, bready and spicy with a touch of vanilla.

Feel: medium+ carbonation is soft but seems a little bit too high; medium body.

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