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 mattfancett
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

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

750ml bottle, best before 18/7/14

A - Murky brown, with minimal bubbly head that left a bit on top

S - Leather, plum, raisin, a little bitterness, faint alcohol

T - Medium malt, some brown/burnt sugar, leather, alot of dark fruit, but a little drier than others in the style. Booze is well hidden.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

O - Not too bad at all. Would enjoy again. I wonder how the green bottle affects what's going on inside.

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

750ml into a snifter.

A: Woody ruby with a nice off-white head. Good lacing and retention.

S: Dark fruits, nutty, apricot, pleasant alcohol warmth, bready.

T: Raisins, nutty brown bread, yeasty, dark candi sugar, cooked caramel, booze.

M: Somewhat dry, medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Alcohol shows a bit too much, but otherwise I like this yeasty BSDA.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon a lone bottle of this in Moscow's fanciest supermarket - Hello! Brown 750ml wine bottle with a multi-colored label featuring what looks like a long-bearded dwarf or leprechan gazing lovingly at a sign showing a chalice of the brew. The label was in French and Dutch (no Russian import label - hmm...), but I couldn't discern any ingredient information. Best before 2007, I popped the cap on 3/20/05.

Pours a clear dark ruby red under a 1.5 finger beige head that settles ever so slowly but leaves only a few wisps of lace on the glass. Little disappointed in the visual experience. The second pour was a bit cloudier, but the head was thinner. The nose features mild apricot and malt. The mouth is very prickly and quite light when cold, but getting heavier as the beer warmed. The tastebuds first experience a mild, soft-spoken sensation that hides the alcoho9l content extremely well. A fine bready malt underlies a light fruity bouquet of plum and grape - more sweet than sour, but not very sweet, either - just present. The malt became much more obvious as the brew warmed, essentially burying the fruit by the last sip of the second pour. Hops are also present, adding a nice dryness and a hint of bitter in the finish. I could see enjoying this more than once, as the complexity and taste change so radically with temperature variations. Definitely worth more than just a dabble.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a dark brown colour with a strong reddish tinge... Creamy tan head poured big and foamy but fades to a thin layer...

Aroma - Sweet and roasted malts, toffee, figs, banana hints, brown sugar, slight vanilla notes...

Taste – Malty, toffee, slight sweetness, treacle, spicy, slight aniseed hints, bitter aftertaste, some nutmeg...

Feel - Quite sharp. Medium body. Very drinkable....

Overall - An excellent beer.... Recommended....

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Photo of beergeek279
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is dark amber, with a wispy head. The smell is dark malty sweet. The taste is malty with a strong hop backing and a noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Not a bad dubbel-style at all. More hopped than most of the ones I've had, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This is one I'd have again.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Speaks of “Scottish Ale/Abbey Ale”, top fermenting yeast, spring water, English Golding & Saaz hops, bottle fermentation “lees”, serving temp suggestion 50-55 F, glassware suggestion (tall McChouffe glass) and a best before end of 2008. Great info!

Aroma: Candi sugar and Belgian yeast with hints of cotton candy and dark malt

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black but with thick clear edges. A good finger of tight creamed coffee head looks like it might outlive me. It gave up some lacing but dropped to a clump and a collar.

Flavor: First hit is a bit metallic, but a nice grainy malt base shows up and saves the day. Grape flavor is pretty strong. A fair hop bitter, a touch high for most Belgian examples. There are some aspects that remind me of Rochefort 8, but while this is a nice beer, it’s not in the same league. Still, some of the same honey dew melon flavor as the Rochefort.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit overdone leaving it fizzy. Body is medium and leaves a mild coat in my mouth.

Overall Impression: A nice beer. It has a strong grape soda element to it that is enjoyable, but gets to be a bit much in the bomber. The more I drank and to warmer it (and I) got, the more Rochefort qualities came out. I’m impressed with this one and would suggest it.

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

330ml Bottle 'Best Before End 2006'

Pours ruby / brown with a ½ finger of large-bubbled light tan foam which disintigrates rather quickly. Nose is almost sherry like, with earthy malt dominating along with wisps of dark cherries.

Entry is silky with a palate pleasing mouthfeel supported by perfect carbonation. Midtaste is robust with earthy malt, woody fruits, and a beautiful Belgian yeast. The finish is a long malt fade complimented by spiced apples and would compliment roasted beef.

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

A - poured with one finger of light tan foam on a hazy, amber brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - dark brown sugar, toffee malt and a hint of spicy hops.

T - brown, malty flavors up front. Some fruity notes of cherry and plum in the middle and a finish of spicy hops and fruity, dark malt.

M - a medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - petty good if a bit odd. The malt is a bit heavy for the yeast character but the spicy hops.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle of this cost 9.99.

A good beer again from the Chouffes! Very very fruity, phenolic smell. Spicy, but not as much as N'ice Chouffe. Not as fluffy as La Chouffe. McChouffe is brown, sugary and a heavy hitter on the alcohol content. A bottle did me in!

All in all a good beer, but I prefer it's cousins La and N'ice.

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Photo of Luiscorreia
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a beige consistent head leaving a nice lacing.
S: Belgian yeast, caramel.
T: Nuts, caramel, not that much hoppiness.
M: At the final of the sip, this beer's heavy. The alcohol should be better dissimulated to make it great and balanced. Its good carbonation saved the day.
O: It's a good example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale even though the alcohol wasn't that much dissimulated to be able to get more complexity out of the beer. Basically there was too much alcohol for this flavor. Yet, it might've been one of the best BSDA that I've had for months.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of revdrjbob
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! A great beer, really an excellent beer. From Thirroul Cellars. Came in a 750ml champagne bottle.
Poured a dark brown with a dense white head, that lasted for ages. Thick and moussy.
Aromas of dark fruits, malts, sweetness, alcohol, chocolate, spices.
Tasted great, 10 times better that I remember, started full and malty, with a sweetness, followed by a slight smokeyness (peated malt?), spicey yeasty characteristics, and a lingering malt sweetness. The dark malts weren't roasty, more treacly and caramelly.
A great beer. I did see La Chouffe there too.

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Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown? This beer is darker than most so-called black ales with no hint of opacity; can barely see into it, much less through it. A thick, creamy and dense tan head grows to between 1 1/2 and 2 fingers in height. Retention is fantastic; this beer's showing a lot of character. Lacing is left in rocky patches and a thick ring at the top followed by somewhat spottier but thick lacing the rest of the way.
This is a very spicy beer, lots of peppery notes primarily. It's got a thick, malty breadiness to it as well. It's almost like a seasoned holiday bread of some kind, though sweetness isn't so prevalent in the aroma. There's also just a light note of banana and clove. Going into the flavor, just a little sweetness comes out, but otherwise quite a bit of earthy tones come out, tasting more raw and natural but not leafy, though a light herbal quality comes out that I'll presume to think is hops, along with a light nuttiness.
The feel is pretty creamy but mingling with a moderate crispness in about a medium body. It gets a little smoother as the sip lingers, though, and everything works together well.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown/ruby red with a giant tan foamy head. The head is huge and lasts forever leaving fantastic lacing. The smell is pungent with bready scents along with alcohol, sweet malt, candy sugar,and chocolate. The taste has aton of carbonation along with a "bisquity' flavor along with alcohol, alot of candy sugar and some dark fruit. The m/f is medium with all flavors mixing well. A damn good beer that should not be missed. You can't go wrong with this brewery.Cheers.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Just like irish stouts and belgian strongs, nothing is quite like a scotch ale from scotland. But one the closest is mcchouffe. technically its a belgian scotch style winter ale, but it is quite good. the scotch ale flavors come out but are a little hidden by hop flavors and excessive carbonation. sips a little abrasive as I think it is overcarbonated and feels watery for a scotch style, but it does have the warming effect of a wee heavy or a winter ale. This is good beer, but not quite accurate to its claimed style, but a good valiant attempt. worth buying

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Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Dark rosewood liquid, somewhat cloudy with cardinal highlights and many tiny dregs of lees floating around. A wheat half finger of delicate creamy foam rests up top, crawling up around the collar where it leaves soapy layers of lacing in its wake. Excellent retention.

Bananas, gentle yeast phenols, English digestive biscuits or maybe graham crackers, and a hint of plum in the nose.

Tart palate entry, quickly broken up by complex delicate yeast notes and a wave of rich malt. Fruit pits (cherry, apricot), toasted oat cakes, faint caramel, and more develop into a moderately dry, faintly bready finish. An unusual and vaguely mischievous flavor profile.

Soft, medium-bodied, effervescent, and gently warming.

An interesting beer, though beyond the increased maltiness I don't get much Scottish Ale character per se. Would pair well with a variety of dishes - I picked up another bottle to try in place of my usual Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue) in "Konijntje met Trappistenbier en Oesterzwammen," my favored Flemish rabbit recipe.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a "Great Chouffe Party" gift box at Riley's inlcuding 750s each of this and the LaChouffe as well as a sweet Chouffe tulip. Shared with expatsteve over a mini Belgian brown/dark ale session.

Pour: murky strawberry-amber under an inch of khaki cream.

Nose: spicy yeast, lactose/vanilla cream and dark fruits dominate.

Taste: spicy lactose yeast, yogurt, lemon-grass funk, minty hops and sugar sweet booze in the finish.

Feel: light, thin body, smooth, ephemeral carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: smooths out as it warms, still not as balanced as some of the previous browns/darks in the session. Still a well-made, complex brown that nicely complements its brother, LaCouffe's, fruity lightness.

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Photo of elricorico
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer, its colour is a ruddy brown and the head on it is big and bubbly. The head never did go away, and left all kinds of lacing.

Giving it a smell, the classic belgian aroma stands out. Kinda spicy, pepper smell. Maybe a hint of cola smell to this one, can't pin it down exactly.

This beer, in my opinion, tastes close to more of the belgian strong pale's then the strong dark ales. It doesn't get in your face with the sweet flavours as some of the darks do. It does have some of the dark fruit flavours to it. I can't say that the alcohol makes much of an appearance, and that only adds to the drinkability.

Carbonation is fairly light, more carbonation might actually benefit this beer.

The reaction I had to my first drink of this beers was "smooth", and coming down to the end of this 750mL bottle, I still feel the same. It's a pretty easy drink.

A bit of a downside is a film left in the mouth. I noticed this a lot when I was just starting with this beer, but not so much as I progressed.

In the end, I'm pretty happy with McChouffe, and I wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of GTJayG
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a Gordon's Highland Scotch Ale thistle glass. Poured slow leaving the sediment behind.

Appearance: Dark clear amber. Persistent 1/4" rocky tan head. Persistent thick strands of lacing.

Smell: Fruit (grape, plum), caramel, and a hint of metal.

Taste: Toasted/caramelized malt, Belgian candi sugar, fruity esters, bready-yeasty pastry-like sweetness, raisins, and a finish which is part noble hop, part English-style bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but not fizzy. Scrubs the tongue clean. Some stickiness on the teeth noted.

Overall / Drinkability: This is indeed a blend of a Scottish Ale and Belgian Dark Ale in style. A fine sipping beer all by itself, I think it would go well with some food also....and not just dessert, but the sweetness of this beer might limit what it can pair with. Not sure. Regardless, I'll have to pick this one up again - very nice.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl bottle (08 2016) into a tulip. Brown color, two finger tan head that settles down pretty quickly, some lacing. Sweet malty aroma. The taste starts spicy, followed by a sweet but not sugary taste of roasted malts that grows in the mouth, finishing with a dry malty aftertaste. Slight alcohol in the taste. Medium-light body with a medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Overall an enjoyable beer but not that special.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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