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

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#4,431
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548
Ratings:
1,140
pDev:
10.05%
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3.93
 
 
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Themorg826
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Dark, little clarity, faint lacing of white head.

Smell- malty, sweet smell. Blackberry and faint raisin. No hop smell

Taste- Muted flavor of fig and raisin. Sweet taste; smooth finish with light cherry taste

Feel- smooth carbonation, warm alcohol taste as it goes down.

Overall- Very pleasant beer, easy drinking for 8%

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from the LCBO for about $8 CDN. Best before February 2019. Served cold into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance - a hazy dark brown coloured beer capped with half a finger of fluffy light tan head. Modest retention and small rings of lace cling to the edges of the glass. A nice little soapy island stays around for nearly an eternity n the centre of the glass.

Smell - lots of brown sugar, hints of marshmallow, honey and some yeast. Caramel and toffee in there too but pretty subtle.

Taste - clean with a healthy dose of grain. Honey, brown sugar and possible some marshmallows. Some booze is noticeable and a hint of a metallic flavor. Finishes sweet like honey glazed toffee. Butterscotch too. More bitterness mid sip than you might expect.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, carbonation is expressive, pretty easy to drink.

Overall - a nice take on a classic style, a little sweeter and more dessert like than most, but undoubtably quite tasty. Pretty good value here too, certainly a Belgian worth sampling.

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Photo of scootny
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown with ruddy highlights. Light brown head of towering height. Retention is so so but decent lacing. The be itself is clear with mild carbonation as it sits.

Nose has lots of Belgian aromas. Lots of overripe banana, raisins, toffee, brown bread, toasted grains yeast esters and candi sugar.

Taste is Scotch ale meets Belgium. Malty sweet front and body. Burnt sugar, caramel and coffee. Dark fruits with figs being prominent. Banana again, along with some Belgian yeast as well. Low hop bitterness makes for a clean dry finish.

Feel is surprisingly light for such a high abv. Crisp and easy drinking. Mild but active carbonation allows for gulp after gulp of refreshment. This is easy to session and find yourself legless.

A great Belgian strong dark ale. It definitly has Scottish flavors while retaining its style. At 10 bucks a four pack by me it's a real go to winter brew


The most important thing about this beer to me is the serving temperature. The bottle says 50-55 degrees and it. couldn't be more right.

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Photo of RBRLBRB
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Glorithm
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ichoosefiction
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Allegue04
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OzmanBey
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Chouffe makes lovely beer but this was my first encounter with their spin on this style. It's interesting that they leave their stamp on it, as this really tastes "Chouffy". Having said that, it does lack the complexity and is somewhat watery and sweet. Worth a try but not too often.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vader444
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Frankgabriel2383
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DaverCS
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich murky brown color with a surprisingly quick dissipating head. Fine carbonation, consistent with the other variants.

Aroma is a bouquet of dried fruits: cherries, figs, and plums. A definite malt sweetness with some honey character.

Taste is a hybrid between the regular chouffe and a standard brown ale. Some Belgian spice mixes with a strong malt backbone. The malt does tend to mute some of the traditional Belgian character, but it does lend some appealing dark fruit notes.

Overall, the beer is pleasant. Is it better than a Rochefort 10? No, but is does beat most American interpretations. I see this beer pairing well with several different food offerings including a spiced lamb sausage with pickled cauliflower. It gets a 85/100.

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Photo of dandy14
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of horshack7
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Chalice is a certainly dark brown beer. On top is one finger worth of thick rocky off white to beige head that as it thins out it leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Raisins, dark fruit, brown bread, molasses, dates, ripe banana with traces of plantains.

Taste: Up front is molasses with toffee notes and a light sticky mouthfeel. Ripe banana, dark fruits, dates, raisins. Brown bread rounds it out.

Notes: Well this one is quite tasty the layers of flavor is relatively balanced it's not too over powering either way. It's definitely worth picking up again. Cheers.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle $3.75. Dark reddish-brown. Great lacing on the D'Achouffe glass. Aroma is yeasty, sugary, bread, raisin, fruity. Taste is slight alcohol, yeasty and dark. Good beer but I prefer L'Achouffe.

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

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