McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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526 Reviews
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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
526
Ratings:
1,069
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
159
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jcbogantes
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark, with a thick creamy head in to the glass, the 2 finger head stays for a while

S: Fruty, yeasty

T: sweet malts, dark fruits, that end with some alcohol warmth but with a good balance, earthy hops

M: medium bodied

O: excellent beer, very artisanal

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown with an appealing ivory head. Not much of an aroma. Perhaps some brown bread. Taste is excellent. Caramel, malt, brown sugar, toast. It's rich and smooth and kinda sweet. Very well balanced. Great mouthfeel and quite drinkable. All in all, not spectacular, but very very tasty.

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Photo of Nick3
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Mahogany brown in color with a reddish tint and a nice head that vanishes quickly. Beautiful lacing on the glass as I drink it. Dark fruit and spices in the nose. Beer is very smooth and drinkable. Carbonation and flavors dance all over your tongue. Flavors of malt and spices dominate the beer with some flowery hops in the finish. Very well balanced beer that got better with every sip. Bravo!

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Photo of meadhead
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a sort of blondish - brown ale
slight sweet molasses and spice
noteable hop flavor
with earthen pepper bite

some slight fig favor
but nothing too sweet

a well balanced moderate
very easy too drink

sweet on the palatte
with a good carbonation

a nice drink with dinner
or aperitif situation

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Photo of ChillMike
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

McChouffe:
A: Pours a beautiful deep ruby red tha doesn't let much light in with a hefty off white head, that leaves just enough lacing around the glass.

S:Very sweet smelling, some nice candy sugar scents along with a fruit smell, I'm thinking a bit of cherry, and a bit of plum. Also a bit of choclatey malt smell. A very pleasant smell, just not enough of it, if that makes sense.

T: Very interesting taste, not what I was expecting at all quite a suprise. Let's see a mix of a cherry and light white chocolate taste then finishes with a nice coffee and caramel esque flavor. I have to say this was quite the treat.

MF: One of my only complaints about this beer is that it does feel just a tad bit too watery, I'd expect a beer that was this deep in color and flavor would be more "meaty" for lack of better words, it's also got just a wee bit more carbonation than I'd expect from this. That being said these are minor flaws in an otherwise great beer.

D: Scary enough I really can't taste the alcohol all that much and it is at 8.5%, I know it's not technically a winter warmer, but this was perfect for a night that was literally freezing in southern california.

Overall I'm really liking this beer and will have to pick it up again. Brasserie d'Achouffe is quickly becoming one of my favorites, they seem to get it right, from the presentation of the bottles to the taste of their wonderful beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of texashammer
3.01/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruby brown with a tan head that leaves a nice lace that sparkles in the light. Definitely pretty. Smells somewhat of bready light malt and yeast, but overwhelmingly of metal. Smells like I'm biting into a cheap restaurant fork. In the taste teh metal continues to dominate and makes this beer not terribly drinkable. I did finish my first, small glass but declined a second pour.

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Photo of atpben
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a nice brown color with hints of red in it. Foam subsides to a minimal in a few minutes. Aroma of raisins, light brown sugar, and some caramel. Taste has more of brown sugar raisins, and light orange(?) Smooth malty finish with the belgian yeast flavor. I liked it. A Belgian version of a scotch ale. I loved it - the best of both worlds. I liked it better than most scotch ales(which is not one of my favorite styles). Will definately try again. I do want to try this on tap.

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Photo of TMB0424
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML corked bottle. Poured into chalice

Pours a deep amber, nutty brown with a large loose off-white head. Head quickly recedes and leaves somewhat light lacing throughout.

Smell of alcohol, dark fruits - grapes, caramel-like malts. A little disappointed in the aroma, actually.

Tastes of smooth, tangy, fruity malts. Grapes come to the forefront. Light flavor of cherries, sugars. Has a slight peppery finish with a tiny toss of hoppy flavors. Very good carbonation as expected from a Belgian. Nice, warming alcohol warmth on the finish as well as a slight nutty flavor.

The nutty yeast is a nice touch and the sugary start/spicy finish is very pleasing. Somewhat refreshing. However, it has a fairly thin body and while it is an enjoying sipper, it is not something I would actively seek out. Solid brew, just I feel that something is lacking in the taste/aroma department for a Belgian dark.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this after a similar (750 ml) bottle of the blonde. Very nice pour, with a good head, but nothing I couldn't keep in the glass.

I drank it at the end of dinner (chicken kabobs) and onto the patio with the kids. Although the head disappears after a short while, the beer tasted great.

Again, I don't know how they hide the higher ABV in such a good tasting beer. The chocolate/cocoa taste you expect from a beer with half the alcohol content.

Not too heavy, with just the right amount of taste left behind.

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Photo of hops4me
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with the Turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. Perfect compliment to dark meat and gravy. It had a nice fluffy head. It was spicy and fruity. Pepper and phenols you would expect from a Belgian. It was suprisingly a little thin with the mouthfeel. I didn't find this a fault though because it hid the alcohol and added to the drinkability. The thinness made it slightly refreshing and the caramel and slight choc coupled with the spice made it a great drink. Great balance of complex flavors and drinkability.

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Photo of cpmichael
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a light brown, with a medium head retention, light in color.

S: A sweet/spicy aroma that includes hints of malts, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

T: A sweet toffee characteristic comes through, followed by a nice presence of hops, very mild. Raisins are also noticeable towards the end.

M/D: Fairly carbonated, which works well for this beer. Easily drinkable, even with a higher percentage of alcohol.

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Photo of obrendano
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

random choice from my local shop

A - heavy green bottle, cutesy elf character lets you know it's a Euro beer through and through. beer pours a burnt orange with traces of sediment. the head on this thing is absurd....foamy, sticky, highly active carbonation. very nice

S - smells slightly of Belgian yeast, fruity character present

T - having grown a little sick (often literally) of the Belgian taste, this is welcoming to me. slight classic funk, but the taste is a harmonizer, not lead. warm peppery malt gives way to a huge caramel and buttery taste, with a buttered bread finish.

M - very lively and sharp carbonation, body is medium but sticky, leaving the caramel and butter flavors all around your mouth for a while

O - can't complain at all about this one. very solid for the style and a very good beer all around

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Photo of revdrjbob
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! A great beer, really an excellent beer. From Thirroul Cellars. Came in a 750ml champagne bottle.
Poured a dark brown with a dense white head, that lasted for ages. Thick and moussy.
Aromas of dark fruits, malts, sweetness, alcohol, chocolate, spices.
Tasted great, 10 times better that I remember, started full and malty, with a sweetness, followed by a slight smokeyness (peated malt?), spicey yeasty characteristics, and a lingering malt sweetness. The dark malts weren't roasty, more treacly and caramelly.
A great beer. I did see La Chouffe there too.

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Photo of weazal
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

S: Indulgent, rich strong sweet, bready dark fruit with brandy. Mild alcohol at the end. It's potent! Just all sweet caramel and brandy upfront.

T: Again, potent. Full-mouth unique tingly, rich, sweet, dark roasted caramel and brown sugar. That's all contrasted by bitter hops at the end. Sweet, bitter, bold, and fun!

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Photo of Paddez
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a creamy, brown brew with a decent head that produces some nice lacing.
The smell is sweet and fruity with some port/wine-like notes and something I can only describe as a 'forest aroma' (something grassy, woody, ...)
The taste starts of fruity (dark fruitss) but is overtaken by a spicy, slightly bitter hop bite. Ends with a bready, slighly malty sweetness that acoompanies the hops in a short lingering aftertaste. Nice!
Mouthfeel: well carbonated, creamy and very, very smooth.

This brew is extremely smooth and drinkable. 'Tafelbier' on steroids, great stuff!

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Photo of Raven3464
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown body with a fluffy tow finger head. Retention is good.

Smell: Dark fruits (mainly plums), a sweet malt aroma and a pinch of booze are noted.

Taste: Pleasant plume and brown sugar flavors are noticed early. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is dominated by a sweet malt and alcohol mix which is not as appealing.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

Overall: I decided to try this brew after having La Chouffe, which I enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately, McChouffe is not nearly the same quality. This is not a bad beer but there is nothing special about it.

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Photo of matuto
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
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 atremains
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the sierra grille in northampton. Hazy golden brown with a small head that reduces to a ring and some clouds on the top. Smell is not particularly strong. Dark fruits and some bread. Taste is belgiany spices, some dark fruits plum and raisin with a metallic finish. Medium mouthfeel. Good drink nothing outstanding.

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Photo of raszputini
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Thirsty Monk on tap. Pours a brownish amber with whitish head. Yeasty nose with notes of caramel, malt and alcohol. Taste is very complex and requires some sorting - belgian sugar, caramel, belgian yeast, toffee, candy, pilsner malts, saaz malts and light alcohol. Finishes clean. Nice scottish ale.

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Photo of OatherS
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big 75 cL bottle with a gnome on the front.

A: Pours a massive head that laces nicely. Clear brown color, very bubbly. Sounded like pouring champagne.

S: Floral and friuty aroma. Slight alcohol smell but not strong, just there.

T: Sweet but not overpowering almost pop like in the flavor and mouthfeel. Good taste.

M: Very smooth.

D: Something that should come in a six pack!!!!

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Photo of AleMan66
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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 BigHead
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark honey-toned amber with a huge head and beautiful carbonation, a good looking brew. Apples is what is smelled at first, but that was quickly taken over by the malts and hints of spice. The dark amber translates into the taste, the sweet malt and then the warmth of the alcohol, finishing with a metallic like bite. Spices dance around in the mouth, perhaps cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg. The alcohol does let you know it is there in the taste. It is a smooth beer and finishing with a crisp finish.

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Photo of Arthuros
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Your typical Belgian dark, similar to a Chimay Red.

Deep dark brown with reddish hints, stiff nose with touches of coffee and caramel. Overall, though, light malt taste with some sweetness, underlying simple hop flavors.

Again, typical Belgian dark, nothing fancy.

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Photo of Altrurian
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fast (but brief) pour into a small Brasserie d'Achouffe tulip produces a quick, coarse, short-lived head. The dominant olfactory characteristic faintly promises tropical sweetness, like the approach to a mango hawker's cart in Chittagong. The beer is a pleasant ruby-brown.

McChouffe has a malty enough anchor, but its mossy, woody sweetness is overlaid by a light Belgian yeastiness and, I suppose, a touch of hops. And so, the beer is not as cloying as a Scotch ale can be. Whether that's a good thing is a matter for debate. One can also argue the merits of the beer's texture, which is noticeably more prickly than creamy. We can agree, however, that McChouffe is wee light, and that such a brew has its place. A tip o' the tam-o-shanter to Achouffe's agents in Cooperstown for making this one available.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a rich mahogany brown color with an immense two-finger light tan head that form crevices and peaks. The head stays for the entirety and clings in a thick dense wall all over the glass.
The aromas are spices, fruits, and even a little sweetness. The flavor is has a distinct spiciness that cuts across the pallet in crisp, slightly bitter fashion. Slight caramel hints present themselves throughout, and a peppery, alcohol feeling is left in the back of the throat. As far as mouthfeel is concerned, I couldn't be happier. Perfect carbonation and medium body that has a coating effect on the tongue that I found surprising in Belgian brewed ale. Great ale, with great drinkability and I hope to get some more ASAP....

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.
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