McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | website

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

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3.97
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Photo of cokes
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB: End 2005.

Pours out a glistening yet hazy deep amber-orange body. Massive bone-colored head is sticky, frothy and persistant. Centerfold material.
Nose is comprised of saaz spiciness (first and foremost), some fruity esters, light peat characteristics, toasted carmel, and alcohol. Occasional hints of chocolate.
The is just delightful. Hits right up front with the stinging saaz hoppiness. Some peppery spice tack onto this and make it almost tingling. Once this recedes, the toasted carmel malt makes its way up front. Loads of oaky/woody notes to boot. This stays pretty dry throughout...juices up a little when in warms all the way up, with some fruity (apple and raisin) hues. Earthy, organic peatsmoke textures are interjected amongst the bready yeast tones. Earthy and organic are the adjectives I want to stress with this one. Course grain, faint cocoa, and slight hints of vanilla round this one out. Finishes with a jab of (seemingly english-style) hops, and a touch of alcohol.
The spritz of a belgian, mixed with the malt heft of a scotch ale. Medium bodied, maybe on the thin side..but who cares.
The fact that this is so young will require me to go grab a few to age. This is a very nice one...likely great with a little time.

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

gotta love gifts of beer

appearance: Pours a 1" fluffy off-white head that gradually falls back. Great retention, with heavy ring and nice layer with a bottom fed "volcano" smack in the middle. Great retention, no lacing. The beer is a rich mahogany brown in color.

smell: At the front I find aged Euro hops, papery and spicy, alongside Pale malts and a subtle toffeelike aroma. I get aromas of a well-browned, crusty pie made with dark fruits and nuts...date and raisin maybe. Some subtle yeast esters and a touch of citrus. Light ethanol spice. Quite nice...simple and well balanced.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is high and lively, and the body has an airy medium feel to it.

taste: Pale Euro malts dominate, but with a lightly toasty, toffee sweetness that makes itself well known. Kinda reminds me of a dark Euro lager...but, you know, as a Belgian ale. Aged, papery Belgian hop flavor and a medium-light bitterness that lingers with a nutty note and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Medium-dry. Dark, crusty bread. Not a whole lot of complexity but definately well built. The "Mc" makes total sense now (never read the back of the bottle before, or inferred what was probably obvious), as there is a definate Scottish malt nuance to both the aroma and taste.

drinkability: Very easy...a nice, flavorful Belgian session beer, despite the 8% ABV. I probably would not go after this one again, but I'm glad to have tried it.

Not sure how well the classification fits, but it's a good beer regardless

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Photo of Jeffo
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a tulip.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger off-white head with good retention. Maroon or burgundy in color, cloudy, with medium carbonation evident. Eventually fades to a thin foam cap leaving some lacing on the glass. A wisp remains until the end leaving a bit of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A mild but pleasant nose of sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, raisins mostly, and some brown sugar. Some spicy notes and yeasty aromas as well.

TASTE: Sweet caramel again with more yeasty spices and dark fruits, much like the nose had advertised. Raisins, pepper and coriander feature. Mild aftertaste and a relatively dry finish.

PALATE: Medium body and semi-creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly drier on the palate.

OVERALL: As solid a brune as their pale is a pale, though the palate is a little bigger on this one. Enjoyed this and would pick it up again at a bar or restaurant. Solid effort.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

McChouffe has a rich, deep mahogany McColor, and a prodigious, rocky tan head. Head seemed to last a seriously long time, and lacing was top shelf! The nose was quite pronounced, with a good maltiness assaulting the nostrils. Pretty good body, imo...just about medium. There's a tiny bit of McCarbonation attacking the tongue, yet it is still fairly McCreamy. I seem to pick up a bit of malty sweetness, and ever-so-subtle peatiness, and some dark-fruit type of flavors. Finish is somewhat dry, and the flavors, in general, don't seem to be too pronounced. I like my Belgians to have some whack, but this one doesn't seem to have it.

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of wedge
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky, opaque reddish-copper color with a large, thick, frothy tan head. Dry, musty / earthy aroma - lightly fruity, yeasty, a little spicy...kind of cautious. An intriguing, entanglement of organic flavors casually coats the mouth. Dry fruits and spices, sweet malts, and yeast. More mustiness in the taste but its a bit more restrained. Some lingering phenols and even a little smoke. Medium mouthfeel with solid carbonation and no hint of alcohol.

This is a very interesting belgian ale. A little confusing overall but maybe its supposed to be. Crazy gnomes...

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Photo of Boto
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle: This one opened with little evidence of carbonation, but poured with a fairly large head anyway. It died off rather quickly, however. It is a fairly opaqur brown color. The nose was nice, with notes of caramel, yestiness and fruits, although there was a slight hint of a peatiness. The taste has a bit of a roasty taste and dryness that wans’t expected. A bit of the peatiness in the taste also, as well a a bit of caramel and smokiness. Interesting...

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

Poured from the bottle a cloudy mahogany color with red highlights and a thin cap of beige head resting on top.

Aroma of sweet malts, raisins, Belgian yeast, and tobacco leaf.

Tastes of sweet malts, plums, raisins, yeast, and Belgian candied sugar and tobacco leaf in the finish. The 8% alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, sticky, and moderately carbonated.

Definitely an enjoyable Belgian strong dark ale and a must try.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before Jan 2016. Poured into a tulip.

Another solid d’Achouffe beer! A beer I will drink again, but not outstanding in any characteristic. 3.75

A – Pours a dark opaque brown with a mousey tan one-finger head, dies down to a constant thin layer, good carbonation, some average lacing 3.75

S – Bready, yeasty, slight spice/phenolic 4.25

T – A heavier Belgian pale. Just a hint of molasses sweetness. 3.75

MF – Medium bodied, with a dry finish. Sharp in the middle. 3.75

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

This is a Belgian beer for people who think they don't like Belgian beers. Lots of everything, and nothing to excess. Funky, fruity yeast flavors well melded with moderately tart Flanders sourness, and then some nice malt to hold everything in check. Had this with a "ploughman's supper" of sorts - cured meat, sharp cheese and chewy bread - an it went with it better than about anything I can think of. This may find its way into the dedicated beer fridge with some regularity.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: ruby-ish brown with a minor amount if head, not unexpected
S: smacks of dark fruit with a bit of tartness, fig and sour apple, perhaps
T: similar to the nose, but heavier on the dark fruit. Also a bit if woodiness. I think the yeast used adds a very mild funkiness, as well.
M: a surprising amount of carbonation tingle despite the lack of impressive head; otherwise standard for the style I believe
O: I didn't feel there was anything special here, just a solid offering. I can't tell if part of the profile is similar to the Houblon Chouffe, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but it was mildly familiar.

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Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My previous review of this beer in a bottle:

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I thought I was buying a LaChouffe, which is a Belgian Strong Pale. Once I got over the fact that I had it wrong, i really enjoyed this beer. It's very refreshing, especially for a strong dark. Good carbonation, good color, and not too hot with alcohol.

I would recommend but not over the LaChouffe.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-09-2009 20:50:56

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I recently had a twelve ounce pour at the Amsterdam Ale House. There it was listed as a scottish style dark belgian (Hence the Mc). Not sure why. It basically tasted like a dark belgian. As per my review above, great for what it is but not my favorite style.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL (also incorrectly marked 1 PT 0.4 FL OZ) green glass bottle, capped. Best Before End 2002 (so this was aged longer than recommended). $7.99.

This dark ale poured a hazy iced-tea brown with rich, tall, tan foam that settled and did not leave much lace, if any. The smell was nice: apples, malt, biscuity aroma, citrus, and a flowery smell (perhaps the bog myrtle that is listed as an ingredient?). The taste was very good: smooth, caramel malt, apples, a bit of candy sugarl, a biscuity taste, a hint of alcohol, a slight hint of hops, and a trace of bananas. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, and slightly sweet but clean. This ale had aged well and was very mellow and very pleasant to drink leisurely.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid, chestnut, almost mahogany, color with a tan head that drops to a chunky raft and leaves some good lacing behind.
Smell is sweet, malt, faint dark fruit, white grapes, light yeast. Great balance.
Taste is exactly what you'd expect from the nose, grape juice, malt, sweetness, a faint yeastiness, some wood. Again, very well balanced.
A lot lighter bodied than anticipated, light effervescence, slightly warming and a faint dryness.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a dark brown colour with a strong reddish tinge... Creamy tan head poured big and foamy but fades to a thin layer...

Aroma - Sweet and roasted malts, toffee, figs, banana hints, brown sugar, slight vanilla notes...

Taste – Malty, toffee, slight sweetness, treacle, spicy, slight aniseed hints, bitter aftertaste, some nutmeg...

Feel - Quite sharp. Medium body. Very drinkable....

Overall - An excellent beer.... Recommended....

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Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle served at at 55 degrees into a goblet. Pours a nice ruby mahogany with a small beige head that left considerable island lacing. Aroma was not as profound as most Belgian strong dark ales, but still interesting. Spices(cloves), dark fruits, bananas, and a hint of toffee on the nose. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, medium carbonation. Taste is the surprise here. If I was rating this one blind, I would have guessed it to be an excellent English Bitter, or ESB. Lots of walnut nuttiness, toffee, and biscuit. Approaching room temperature, a plethora of sensations delight the palate. Fruits of all kinds, spices, and even florals seem to be here. Alcohol is cleverly hidden away by all the pleasant qualities going on. Carbonation lasts all the way through, and the finish is dry, with a hint of fruity butternut. This is one of the best ales I've ever tasted, and I can't hardly wait to cellar a few of these.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dusky chestnut, highly carbonated, forming a huge, peaking light tan head with sea foam consistency atop small to medium-sized bubbles. Retention and lacing are excellent, but it is difficult to pour without billowing out of the glass. Gobs of head stick to the edge of the glass, and head always remains at least 1/2" thick. Aroma is spicy and phenolic with notes of cloves, alcohol, hay, wheat malt, yeast and perhaps hints of ginger. No mustiness or sourness appreciated. Mouthfeel is bubbly, but very smooth and light in body despite it's high ABV of 8.5%. Taste begins with spicy phenols, leads into earthy amber malts with the slightest hop bitterness. A peppery wave of alcohol is noticeable but not intrusive. There is a brief slightly oxidized, rubbery note, likely due to the green bottle, but it thankfully quickly dissipates. The lightly dry, oaky finish leaves a saccharin sweetness on the back of the tongue. The alcohol is concealed for the most part...drinkability is good despite it's strength. A 750ml bottle gives me a pleasant buzz. While not imparted with Belgian Funk©®™, it is a satisfying, drinkable brew.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a New Belgium chalice glass. Pours a very dark garnet-tinted brown with a rocky, lasting head. Excellent lacing. Nose is full of dark, sugary fruits and modest malt, somewhat roasted. Malts come through much more clearly in the taste, with roasted, toasty notes and some light caramel. Flavor is yeasty, with fruity esters that aren't really identifiable, and somewhat acidic in the finish, though it remains sweet throughout. Big bodied.

Lots of good flavors here, but overall, they don't work together real well. I find it vaguely...disappointing.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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 dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML green belgian bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison... Pours a dark-brown and slightly purple hue with minimal head that left distinct lacing... smell was replete with currants, raisins, caramel, and dark brown sugars... slight alcoholic aroma is also noticeable...This artisinal Belgian brewery produces some pretty fine quality beers, and this one certainly fits the bill, complete with quality, character, and substance... taste is very complex and intricate, with a nice combination of figs, prunes, raisins, and noticeable malts and caramel... dehydrated fruits are also noticeable, and the malt factor really pours through... mouthfeel wasn't as rich or thick as some other samples from Brasserie d'Achouffe, but this one was still satisfying, with an extremely easy drinkability despite the 8% ABV which is more detectable in the nose than in the mouth... good stuff and an interesting depiction of the style... Recommended...

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep amber with a white low and persistent head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was slight Belgian farmhouse presence and very slight brett aroma. Behind that presence was a low caramel maltiness and light aroma of dark fruits, raisins and prunes. The farmhouse aroma was accentuated by a distinct earthiness.

The flavor was light, and very similar to the aroma. The beer contacted the palate with a slight caramel maltiness and light spice presence. The maltiness diminished quickly and became dark fruit flavors, once again raisins and prunes. The flavors were low and blended but the longer the flavors contacted the palate the more spicy the flavor became as it dried. Some candy flavors emerged as the beer warmed.

The finish was dry with lasting low belgian yeast spice and caramel maltiness long into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium and the carbonation was fairly high making it seem less. Definitely a beer best consumed at cellar temps to take advantage of all the aroma and flavor have to offer. The alcohol was really only present in the warming sensation after consumption.

750 ml green silk screened crown capped bottle. Best before end 2006 on bottle. Purchased at Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA.

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Photo of JayQue
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark brown, dense with no light getting through. A fairly large tan head hat dissipates quickly. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Nice aroma, kind of like a mild Mad Elf/Delerium Tremens type of fruitiness but much more suble. Taste has spices, fruitiness, probably raisins and plum. Much milder than Mad Elf but still more a beer to sip rather than belt down. I could drink several of these over the course of a few hours because it is nicely balanced without being overpowering.

I would have this beer in another category than DT and Mad Elf. Its kind of like a brown ale "belgian style"...Maybe "Imperial Brown Ale" or something.

Mouthfeel is rich without being heavy and drinkability is very good. Not quite a session beer because of the 8.5, but a few of these with good friends and without having to drive afterwards would be a good evening.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Currently the Achouffe gnome and Long Trail bears are battling it out for my favorite beer mascots.

Auburn to sepia in color. Fluffy tan head that leaves sand dunes of retention that shift and blanket the beer. Drifts of lace.

Aroma is leafy, woodsy hickory toffee and brown sugar. Tastes of coppery caramel, clean, leafy hops nutmeg and cinnamon. Tastes a lot like GNC caramel mocha whey protein actually. Thin and monotone for a 8% Belgian.

Supposedly this pays hommage to the Scottish influence that Belgium received during WWII. More of a Belgian-y interpretation of a Northern English brown than anything resembling a Scottish ale. What a bummer. I expect more of Achouffe and their gnomish minions.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8% on bottle, just sayin'. A half-percent of alcohol doesn't really matter one way or the other, does it? Opened with an Orval opener and poured into an Allagash tulip. Sue me for using branded paraphernalia.

Pours a cloudy mahogany with lots of sediment hanging suspended in the liquid. Didn't really shake up the bottle, but I don't care, I like this. The head is a half-inch of tan cream that sits there forever. Lots of lace left as the liquid slowly disappears.

Big fruity, vinous nose, almost in the realm of grape bubblegum. Spiciness that could come from the yeast, the alcohol, or both, tickles the nostrils. Also a bright hop element somewhere in the mix.

The flavor remains as fruity as the nose hints; slightly musty, vinous, and with a citrus hoppiness in the finish. Whole wheat raisin muffins; dark fruits. Mild spices, like clove and cinnamon, come in as well, but it's mostly the fruitiness--and the yeast that props it up--which makes the biggest impression. Alcohol and said spices prevent it from being too fruity, but with every other sip I'm reminded of grape bubblegum.

Zillions of tiny bubbles make for a soft, caressing texture; pretty airy and buoyant, which is nice, but maybe not enough overall presence in the mouth.

Not a mindblower, but one I would welcome in my glass at any time. As noted on the back of the bottle, this is meant as a hybrid of a Scottish Ale and a more Belgian-style abbey beer. They nailed that for sure.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The apperance is quite striking. A tall beige head sits on top of a qarnet brown beer. Held to the light this slighly hazy brew almosts glows. Carbonation is quiter intense as well.

Aroma ia sweet and tart and quite malty. I can detect some candied fruits.

Taste has a strong toffee sweetness. Quite malty and yeasty. Maybe its me but i think I can taste very sutlely mind you smoked peat. Or perhaps it's suggestive. Candied fruits also.

This medium weight brew is quite smooth and leaves a bitter aftertaste.

A good beer malty and sweet but perhaps a bit too sweet but none the less a good robust beer.

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Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ole 750 shared by Colin - cheers! I also have a bottle from zorprine cellaring away, so thanks to him for that one too!

Pours a rich brown with an aggressive light tan head that eventually drops to a film, leaving some nice lace spots. Sweet, spicy aroma, with raisins, brown sugar and bread. Sweet dark fruit flavour has touches of raisin, sweetbread and spice. In fact its positively like a dubbel, and not too bad for it either. What hopping is there is certainly very light, as there's only the mildest of bites in the finish, and it can't hold up to the sweetness. There's also a slightly grassy quality to it, which may be hops, or may be faint skunking (either way I thought it added to the beer).The body seems to suit the flavours well with its medium weight and pleasing carbonation.

Another 'not quite what I expected' beer on a night that seemed full of them, but I really enjoyed this BSDA / dubbel hybrid, and found it ridiculously drinkable considering its ABV. A touch more heft to the flavour and this one would be competing with some of the better dubbels out there, but as it stands it seems more dubbel-Belgian strong dark lite.

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,075 ratings.
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