McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

1,123 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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Photo of Darkale
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As with most Belgian beers, the appearance of McChouffe is very fine: rocky, meringue head with exceptional resilience, reddish-brown body with all sorts of yeasties floating about. Aroma is slightly musty and very sweet - candy, caramel - which matches its taste, which is sharp and peppery around the edges, with a massive jolt of malty sweetness in the middle, and the two slug it out even after you swallow, with, finally, I think, the sweetness winning out.

Brisk but also creamy and smooth, like a carbonated milkshake.

Yet, in the end, there is an odd hollowness to this beer, as if it could use a bit more body, a bit more depth.

Overall, a wonderful beer, certainly one that I would buy again. Pleased to be able to drink it in a McChouffe logo tulip - one I had bought years ago but had never gotten around to filling with its namesake.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark burgandy red, which in the first pour is very clear, and has a big rocky beige head with good retention. Smell is hay, sour cherries, apples, pineapple, clove, pepper. Taste like biscuity malts upfront mixed with some sour cherries, with a spicy and flowery finish. Taste very crisp and dry and the palate is refreshed quickly after each sip. Not as complex as most of the Belgian ales I've been trying, but goes down very easily and would be great with a meal.

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Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark bronze/brown color with orange hues when held to the light. Fluffy head of beige foam that leaves some wisps of watery lace along the glass.

The aromas begin with a combination of floral hops and dark caramel maltiness. There isn't much yeasty spiciness initially but it increases as it warms as do the dark fruits.

The tastes begin like you would expect from a Belgian brown ale. Highlights include toasted bready brown maltiness with intermingling dark fruit (raisins, dates) sprinkled with cocoa powder. There's also an overarching floral hoppiness and some understated clove spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. The finish is both sweet and lightly dry, with a hoppy bitterness interceding on the back end.

Overall this is a wonderful dark ale by brewers who clearly know how to brew great beer. Belgian brown ales (Dubbels) are normally a seamless melding of malt, hops and yeast and this is no exception. Not exactly brewed to style, more brown toasted malt than dark fruitiness but I enjoy the change here.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice dark reddish amber color with a thick foamy tan head. Lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top. It has a strong Belgian aroma, very spicy and yeasty with a slight musty or earthy tone. The flavor is great, very fruity but not too sweet. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste in an 8% beer, but for this style it's probably about normal. Drinkability is ok, but I think I'd have a hell of a headache if I spent the night drinking these.

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Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ericj551
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

McChouffe pours a clear light brown with a foamy head that doesn't linger. The aroma is slightly metallic caramel and roasted malts, not a lot of hops and some fruity, yeasty esters. The flavor is slightly sour and bitter up front, giving way to sweet dark fruity malt. There is some yeast flavor but its in the background. Creamy and smooth, there is a hint of alcohol flavor, but not too much, the beer is a smooth 8.5 %.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown and hazy with a decent head. Not much lacing in my glass, but there's enough carbonation to last through the drink. I absolutely loved the smell of this, chocolatey, with some sweet fruits from the yeast and subtle hop profile. The taste is just what I expected - sweet and malty, not much hops (at least in the sense we Americans seem to think of them) to speak of, but I think they support the beer well, saaz and goldings is what the bottle says, to give it a bit of fruitiness to compliment the sweetness. It may be the 750 mL bottle, or the 8% alcohol, but I wouldn't drink more than one of these, though I did enjoy drinking the one I had.

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Photo of cbl2
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Crystal amber brown with a huge tan head.


Spicy nose to this one. Malts are promised as is something else I can't put my finger on…


Super smooth at first followed by semi-sweet malts with some fruit characteristics. Finish is hoppy but not bitter. An outstanding brew!

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Photo of BigHead
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Beastcpa
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a rich, almost opaque chocolaty brown. Aroma is strong and malty and just a touch sweet. Flavor is rich, remarkably sweet but not cloying, strongly malty with hints of fruit and butterscotch and a nutty trace. There is just a tiny hit of hop bitterness. Very smooth and pleasant to sip.

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Photo of kirkmichel
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in a pint sized glass pitcher with a glass McChouffe chalice for me to pour my own into. It was on draught.

Looked very nice with very little head - just a bit of lace in the center. Beer itself was mostly clear but cloudy with a dark brownish-caramel color.

Smell was somewhat metallic with a bit of sweetness behind it like malted sugar (pretty smoky in the drinking establishment, so I am surprised I could smell anything over the cigar).

Taste was sharp - alcohol taste is somewhat high (true to a strong ale.) The flavor itself was slightly fragrant (floral) with carmelized sugar and malt on the finish.

This seems like a nice sipping beer for a cool fall day. I am not generally a fan, but I found this quite drinkable, if somewhat high in alcohol taste. Not heavy - all flavor. 4.20 overall.

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Photo of seedyone
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This large bottle (25+ floz) deserve a series of appraisles. Quite cold, so I expect it to open up, it has a goodly amount of headwith a deep brown opaque look. The aroma is negligable due to the chill. The flavor is deep & rich. Raisiny.

AS time goes by the back half o f the bottle yields a much richer flavor & texture. This is a fine beer. Not the usual Belgian nor the usual spiced winter warme, just a good solid cold weather brew that needs to be barely chilled.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out super dark with a decent crown of tan foam.

S - Big blast of grapes hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. Otherwise... more grapes, spice, roast and dark fruits. Smells sweet.

T/M - Buttery with a soft creamy mouthfeel. Flavours of coffee, wine, raisins, prunes, citrus rind, yeast. Surprisingly dry, but not bone-dry or anything. Some chalky flavours as well.

D - Very drinkable - pungently fruity without being heavy, well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of OlaB
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gives a hazy dark brown color. A small top of foam that disolves rapid, some islands of foam do stay there most of the time. Good lacings on the glass.

S: much fruits like plums and cherries, dried fruits like raisins and dates. Burned sugar I also sense along with caramel malts.

T&F: starts of with the fruits in the flavour , the yeasty sweetness is in the background. In the middle I sense more of spices in the flavours, bitterness from the hops are also there in the finishing, and the aftertaste is lasting for a good period.

O: a good belgian dark. This brewer almost always deliver good beers and this one is no exemptions.

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Photo of user785335
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JosLutz
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this Biere Brun from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glas at about 10 C degrees.

appearance: orange-brown colour, a little light brown head slowly diminishing.

taste: Fresh but firm, a complex mix of aroma's.
Very great and impressive taste, but never pushy.

One of my favourite!

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Photo of 54V4G3
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SnifterLifter
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OatherS
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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 Evilyak
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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 Bombelsky
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy, reddish brown with some particles. Frothy off-white, bit fizzy, dimnishing to a small crown foam. Good lacing. Malty, bready notes of a medium strength. I found there low hops aroma, bit of vanilla. Flavor is very straight forward. It is medium sweet and bit of bitterness. Medium body in palate, quite oily. Dry, medium lasting finish with some phenolic spiciness. Some alcohol.

Decent beer, but some look improvements should be done.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brownish red with small off white head. Aromas of sweet malts and fruits. Flavor had caramel, brown sugar, toffee, plum. Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, pretty easy finish.

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Photo of Beerfull
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FleeVT
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tall green 750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with cream head that starts out at 2 fingers and quickly retreats to 1/2 finger. Lacing clings to glass side. Very tiny bubbles of streaming carbonation.

S: Predominately malty with a mix of both sweet and yeast. A little bit of biscuit. With some swirling you can pick up some dark fruits.

T/M: Initial taste, a dry brew with a nice quick kick in the ass-end. Medium body with a creamy smoothness that disguises the alcohol bite in the back. Semi-sweet malts present as a mix of raisin and some other esters. There is almost a candy like medicinal quality in the back of your throat, but not an aftertaste.

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,123 ratings
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