McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,111 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:
1,111
Reviews:
536
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
175
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,111 |  Reviews: 536
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Bottle of McChouffe: Layers on a nice full two finger sized head with cream caramel colored head with a tan brown ambered bodied ale leaving thick patches of lacing. Aroma: Nice mellow spiced fruit tones with mildy toasted malts that fullfill the beer loving soul. Taste: Mild chocolate fulfiling notes of fruit and mild farm house spices excellent beer. Sweet finish not overally sweet nice scotch smokiness going on in the background. Mouthfeel: Fluffy effervescent carbonation mild body great taste. Drinkability: So good it's hard to imagine a Belgian this smooth and tasty.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of chippo33
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a clear, but dark, ruby. Some tan head. Nose is slightly sweet with a fruit edge. Flavor is mild with a strong sweet tone that has hints of a slight spice and a barely noticeable alcohol tone on the end. Feel has a slightly thicker bubble on it. Easily drinkable.

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

Small bottle, allowed to warm up, out of the fridge for about 30 mins. "best before end of 2006" printed onto the bottle. Pours dark auburn, murky with a HUGE thick, creamy and long lasting head Leaving oodles of thick and sticky lacing and sheeting. Malted milk, peat, alcohol on the nose. Bold and smooth brew. Smoky, malty notes of more peat, earthy, slight soapyness. Nice dark brew from d'Achouffe. Well worth picking up some of this widely available brew and enjoying with a hearty meal.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into La Chouffe tulip glass:

Pours cloudy light brown with a thin, lasting head. Some spots of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is of carmelized grain and some fresh-cut grass.

The taste is of caramel candy with a grainy backing. Coriander spiciness with brown sugar mix in. Finishes with a sweetened spicy kick.

The body is smooth and sweet.

Another nice brew from Beligium (though doesn't quite stand up to La Chouffe and other some other Belgians that come to mind - nice, but a tad too sweet, IMO.)

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Photo of 22Blue
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Deep dark murky brown color, small, but simmering, tan head. Aroma: mollasses, nuts, butter, cream, dates, raisins, dark rum, all the rich flavors one can imagine. Thick, full, hot mouthfeel, full body, tingly hops. Super-charged with hops, the flavor keeps on coming, simmers and stews, with a long lasting, rich, satisfying finish! Takes the cake for all brown ales everywhere, past, present, future. Round, delicious, sensuous, and utterly lip smackin'!

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of GClarkage
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/18/05- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, best before 2008 imprinted on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded brown pour with a larger than 1 inch head. Leaves a solid 1/2 inch head the remainder of the glass. Lacing is a bit better than average.

Smell- Wonderful scented beer. Caramel and lots of spices roaming around. Smells sugary sweet.

Taste- At first a fairly heavy metallic taste sets in. Although I think that taste is actually the strong spices. It mellows out the more you drink. Tons of spices. Almost like a spiced brown ale. Lots of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel- A bit highly carbonated.

Drinkability- A great smelling beer and a better than average tasting beer. Probably will try one in the future. Getting one to age might be a really good idea.

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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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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange brown, nice long lasting tan head and lacing. Aroma of sweet and caramel hops, light and dark fruit, Belgian spice. Medium bodied. Dark fruit, hops, Belgian yeast, a touch of sweet malt throughout. They nailed a cross between a Belgian and Scotch ale. Flavors increase as the ale warms. Medium bodied. A nicely balanced, tasty ale. Well done.

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Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a thick bubbly tan colored head. The aroma was of caramel, yeast and some minor roastiness. The flavor was all caramel with a very limited bitterness. Raison seems to be the hidden taste that was barely evident. Some yeast flavors were also evident.

The mouthfeel was buttery smooth, and dryness developed on the tongue after swallowing. The malts last a while into into the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nummy...nummy.nummmy. One of my belgian favorites. Nice fruity, smoky flavor, with no hint at the alcohol content. Beautiful to to look at and even better to drink....

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's uh, interesting. That's certain. There's strange spice combination in the taste that seems like someone weeded their garden and threw whatever they pulled into the brew kettle.

Ok, that sounds a little bad, but it tastes like dandelion or some similar plant was thrown in the pot. Spice aside, the malt follows that of a scotch ale with with sweet roasted caramel and chocolate. I can't tell if there's any smoked malt, but I wouldn't put it past this beer to have a little. Worth a try if you want an odd twist on the classic brown abbey ale.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,111 ratings.
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