McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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89
very good
1,119 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:
1,119
Reviews:
539
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
183
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,119 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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 TAMU99
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Great pour to a Beautiful dark red-brown
Thick foamy head, light tan that settles slowly leaving curtains on the glass.
Complex smells of cinnamon, yeast, and nutmeg leave a quick bite in your nose
Taste is equally complex with a bold malty foreground, accents of hops. There is a chocolate flavor, some citrus accents and a yeasty aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is the only drawback, as this ale has an almost oily feel that seriously detracts. If it were only a bit drier (to borrow a wine snob word)
Nonetheless, overall this is a very drinkable beer. Certainly is one I'd try again. This work work well for those winter holidays with similarly spiced food.

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Photo of aracauna
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is kind of a run of the mill Scotch ale. Dark, cloudy reddish brown with a nice glow. The slightly tan head is thick after the pour but fades completely although slowly. A mild bit of peat, wood. Thin but not bad. Not rich enough or enough complex malt to be a good scotch, but it's a easy drinking scotch ale that should go well with mild beef dishes.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

When this beer was poured into my glass, it had a large tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that was fully diminishing. The body was mostly clear with lively carbonation observed. The nose was that of alcohol and some mild clove. The flavor was spicy and malty and the mouthfeel was tingly along with a burning sensation as it is swallowed.

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Photo of BigHead
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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 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 Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is more brown than black, but it seems as if very few rays of light get through it. The creamy beige head that sits on top is substantial and long lasting. Aroma is sweet, fruity, musty and herbal. My first impression upon drinking is the solid earthy foundation of this brew. A leathery and musty presence. Then I am bombarded by an herbalness that is wrapped in spicy hop tones. And I discover the sweet malt that is blanketed with candy coated goodness. I love the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel has a nicely carbonated effervescence about it. Body is about medium. And the drinkability is substantial given that this brew is 8.5 a/v and I can't uncover any signs of ethanol.

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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 inebrius
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flows burnt and murky under a fine gluey head. Trippy nose of mushrooms, bagged grass and woodpiles with some light gingerbread notes. A draught is earthy, a mouthful of tasty dead leaves, bittersweet turns hop and lingers under a muted shadow of savory spices and alcohol. All this funky flavor hitches a ride on an effervescent rocketship destined for galaxy gut. Unique and tasty, but truly odd, I'm still trying to figure out whether I like it as much as I think.

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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 BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the way it poured with a dark brown apperance and a nice foamy head. The aroma was of a spicy nature with a complex smell of malts. Although the taste was of malts and spices, the carbination is what turned me off. If not for the carbination, I would have really enjoyed this beer.

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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 Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark amber color and formed an off white bubbly head that left some circular lace. Some carbonation present. An aroma of malt and caramel. A flavor of malt and caramel. Some dry elements in the finish. A good beer.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A belgian rendition of a scottish style heavy ale??? Sounds like heaven. And you know what? It's durn close!
An excellent caramel and chocolate malt hits you first off, with an ending of some good alcohol burn. You can feel the 8.5% alcohol that has me buzzing pretty good right now. The pour gives the mountainous head of most belgian brews, along with the brown colour with the copper edges that suit the heavy scots style. Mouthfeel is pretty peppery with the alcohol and the energetic carbonation. It's drinkable, although after one 750mL (26 oz) bottle, I'm pretty good. The original flavour is what really draws me, and the finish does remind you that you're drawing the strong Belgian brew.
Two thumbs way up! (in the words of the inimitable mainstream critic Roger Ebert)

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours with a mass of foam. strong alcohol in the smell. it goes down smooth, but there is a very noticeable taste of alcohol. you just know it is gonna kick you in the pants. it is definitely one to go with if strong ales are your style

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Photo of marc77
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The fluffy, mountainous, thick light tan head sits atop a hazy deep garnet hued brew. The aroma is dominated by an assertively spicy Saaz hop nose accompanied by an overshadowed floral Goldings note. Unripe plum - like, tart fruity esters are secondary and quite refined. Mellow roasted barley, caramel malt and trace diacetyl become perceptible as the brew warms and the hop oils dissipate. The flavor profile is not unlike the aroma-- An initial snap of hop bitterness quickly yields to spicy hop flavor that's almost sharp. Light chocolate flavors then emerge only to be offset by a combination of green apple acetaldehyde and light clove phenols. A light and pleasant molasses sweetness persists as a constant undertone. Residual sweetness is well controlled in this brew and never becomes cloying. Moderate in body, with an agreeable, but somewhat drying mouthfeel. Flavors of grain reemerge in the dry finish, which is comprised of notes of biscuit malt and a touch of roasted barley sharpness. Satisfying alcohol warmth stately creeps in after a significant deliberation. Mc Chouffe is absolutely a unique and delicious brew, being reminescent of a Wee Heavy and Dubbel hybrid. The drinkability is superb and belies the relatively high strength. . Further cellaring may tame the esters, but it's delicious in its current state. "Best before end 2005"

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Photo of rastaman
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer, malty, spicy, and perhaps a bit sugary (which i didn't particularly like), chocolate and candy sugar flavour, i liked it, but it could have been better, apparently its better when you put it in the cellar for a couple of years, maybe i'll give that a go.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great Belgian interpetation of the style. Beautiful reddish brown. Woody hop charater with rasinious/dried fruit flavor. Malty sweet having a great character that will improve with age.

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,119 ratings.
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