McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,115 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:
1,115
Reviews:
537
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
180
For Trade:
0
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Photo of msscott1973
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatsmyspot
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of janubio
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep hazy brown colour with a small off white head that holds for a while, leaving ring and lace. Smell of toffee, pepper, dark fruits, cinnamon, chocolate. Medium body, good carbonation. Taste is peppery, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown. Thin, wet lacing.

Smell is fruity but thin.

Bit of bubblegum in the taste. Mildly sweet.

Mouth is carbonated and pleasant.

Nothing remarkable, but comfortable and easy to consume.

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

Photo of ryanhooks81
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMS1512
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On the docket: 750ml bottle of Brasserie d'Achouffe’s McChouffe, bottle date: best before end of 2015. Seems like I’m cutting it close.

Poured into: Etched Chimay Goblet

S: An initial mass of beige-gray head, thick and puffy forms. Underneath, a dark, burnt-sienna body sits, with an orange tint at the base. Tiny bubbles snake up to the top. Eventually, the head dies down to a thin cap on top, bubbles populating the head, sort of like soap.

A: Fruity esters immediately wend their way into your nose, laddie. Ef ya couple that with some yeasty bubblegum and a bit of caramelized malt, you have the knack of it. The hops, while muted, are spicy and earthy. It’s entertaining to smell, the sweetness being a draw factor here.

T: Some of the aroma carries over into the taste. The fruit here is dark and plummy, but gentle. A spot of hay, or husk, sweet caramel, a definite melanoidin tang like that of a Scotch ale, and a bit of spice and earth from the hops.

F: Tingly carbonation, chewy mouthfeel, fluffy. Deceptively light bodied. A kiss of warming alcohol on the end, more pronounced as it warms up (at 8.0%, it’s certainly prudent to exercise a dram of caution. A finish that sticks around.

O: Though the brewery calls this beer a brown ale, and while they’re not exactly wrong, I feel that comes up short in describing this one. Picture the offspring of Gerard Butler and Ellen Petri (go ahead and look her up, I had to, too) in a beer, and this is much closer to the mark. There are equal parts Scotch ale and Belgian Strong Dark in here, and they combine to make something that while new, is evident of its parents. This is a pleasure to sip and meditate on; much like the upcoming celebration of our Lord’s birth.

S: 4 A: 4.25 T: 4.5 F: 4 O: 4.25

Suggested food pairing: Molasses grilled barbecue ribs, beef Szechuan, sharp cheddar cheese, crème brûlée

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

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

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a signature Chouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown color with cloudy body, head is off-white and comes off slightly thick. Rose to a about notch or so above a finger's length.

Smell: Light yeast scent not going anywhere.

Taste: Smooth bready taste that reminds you of raisins and almonds. Has a light sweet note to the brew.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation with extra bubbles to body.

Overall: Very good brew, unfortunately I had little to enjoy and review it. I read some reviews prior to writing my own but one thing you have to keep in mind is that some might call this brew average but it delivers a lot considering the price. To get quality for this price is worth it. Factor that in your reviews. Salud!

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Photo of foundersfan1
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Sons of Anarchy 1x01-02. Not bad but the chouffe a like the least. Too dry and harsh.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Arthuros
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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 smithj4
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rockernino
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

McChouffe - La Chouffe's darker cousin - is indeed as brown as the standard gnome is blonde (though both share a white top that bubbles like a pot boiling over on the stove). The colour looks light enough to allow for clarity or at very least highlights but, surprisingly, neither is observed.

Most Belgian ales smell either like the yeast is throwing a tantrum or someone doused the malts in brown sugar - neither is really the case here. This is a rare case of a Belgian aroma leaving the nose turning up blanks. Well, not quite blanks, but the chewy toffee and nutmeg notes take some work to find.

McChouffe, like many Belgian ales, could be accused of being too sweet and too carbonated. Both qualities mellow with age (and contribute to the aging ability) but, when fresh like this bottle, perhaps give the impression of a thin and hollow brew. I know better than that, but it was my first impression.

Mind you, that bright carbonation is intended to counter all the dark sweetness; notes of raisins, treacle, and dates aren't able to stick around for long as bubbles give them the bum's rush. As result, despite initial figgy and syrupy undertones, the beer finishes nearly tasteless, bone-dry and sans-alcohol.

I love brunes - more than blondes in fact - but truth be told I much prefer the classic La Chouffe to its darker counterpart. Not that this isn't a perfectly quaffable, digestible, flavorful offering in its own right (because it is) but just not enough so to warrant the same iconic, style-defining, must-have status.

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Photo of Crimsonfloods
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woutervaneijk
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,115 ratings.
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