McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,110 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:
1,110
Reviews:
536
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
175
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,110 |  Reviews: 536
Photo of steelerguy
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark bown, cloudy, some "sediment", nice carbonation, tall tan head and sticks around and leaves some lace.

S - Muted but nice malty aroma with some estery fruits. A touch of phenols but not as much as most dark strongs.

T - Lots of caramel malt and spice flavors with some alcohol coming through at the end.

M - Starts sliky and smooth but finishes with an alcohol warmth and some palate cleansing carbonation.

D - Nice balance of flavors and feel make it quite drinkable.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a rich, dark, and slightly hazy mahogany colour. The head is sparse and foamy .

The aroma is rich and fruity. Pear come through alongside some light cocoa in the background. The some rum notes come through as well alongside a slight boozy aspect.

The flavour is very aromatic and rich. A slight toffee flavour is present throughout. alongside a slight alcoholic warming component.

Overall, the flavour leaves a bit to be desired, but this is still worth checking out. An interesting take on a Scotch Ale from a belgian brewer.

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Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe chalice.

A: Very dark mahogany, 90% opaque,
two finger tanned head which faded quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

S: Brown sugar and mollases, some yeast.

T: Fudge, prune, fig quite sweet but not boozy.

M: Smooth, decent carbonation, thick but not cloying.

O: Good, a beer without obvious faults, only minus point was the fact it can be interchanged with quite a few other BSDAs.

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Photo of Rayek
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Cloudy chestnut, despite a very careful pour. A huge cream head just kept growing and growing. It eventually settled to a rocky cloud floating atop the beer. Leaves incredible amounts of lace.

S: Slightly musty. There's a lot of toffee, grass and lemon, plus a slight yeasty funkiness.

T: Bittersweet toffee dominates. It's joined by a lemon and black tea bitterness. There's a very faint smokiness in the background. Things get really interesting toward the end, as a sourdough bread flavor joins in. The sourdough joins with the tea flavor to create a very interesting finish. A mild alcohol warmth ties everything together at the end.

M: The body is very light, given the ABV. It's light enough that even the high level of carbonation can't keep it from feeling a bit watery.

D: Looks good, smells good and tastes good. That pretty much sums it. A better mouthfeel would put it over the top, but three out of four ain't bad. Overall, a very nice beer.

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Photo of YvesB
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hops4me
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with the Turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. Perfect compliment to dark meat and gravy. It had a nice fluffy head. It was spicy and fruity. Pepper and phenols you would expect from a Belgian. It was suprisingly a little thin with the mouthfeel. I didn't find this a fault though because it hid the alcohol and added to the drinkability. The thinness made it slightly refreshing and the caramel and slight choc coupled with the spice made it a great drink. Great balance of complex flavors and drinkability.

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

Pours a deep brown with some reddish tint with a nice fluffy head,big fruity aromas along with some yeasty-like spiciness.I picked up some sour cherry up front along with some caramel and some spiciness coming in in pretty ubrupt finish.A real solid brew not overly spectacular but had nice strong dark ale characteristics a pleasure to drink.

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

Appearance – Beautiful dark, ruby brown with a good head that rose unpredictably.

Smell – The full array of BSDA aromas are here. The deep, dark fruits such as dates, figs, tobacco, etc, are laced with raw brown sugar and lay atop a wonderful, toasted malt base.

Taste – This is extra special. The taste goes as the nose goes, but there’s a little something extra going on at the tongue. There’s some big, alcohol-laced bread that comes out in a surprisingly big way, making this extremely complex, full, and satisfying.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied and chewy with an alcohol reminder makes this one feel amazing in the mouth.

Drinkability – I just went through a couple bad bottles today (two that I reviewed, the third one was so flat I figured it was defective and poured most of it out without rating it), so this was quite a treat. The bread especially that came out in the taste was a very unique flavor and well-appreciated.

Update – I first reviewed this in 2003 a month after joining the site so thought it would be interesting to re-review it with a 2004 vintage. It didn’t hold up nearly as well after tasting over 200+ Belgian ales over the course of the last year, but it was still a good beer and a joy to consume. I dropped most of my ratings by half points but still would recommend.

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Moo5152
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Not much to say about this, other than it's what you would expect from the d'Achouffe brewery.

Its a wonderful flavour, great drinkability and probably a beer I would recommend to someone who wanted to try a Belgian Dark as a starter.

However compared to other beers in its genre, I would say it lacks a certain presence that lets you know its a true dark ale. Otherwise I could easily drink this all night.. wait. I did... and loved every minute of it.

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Photo of tallfellapgh
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer is a deep dense brown body with a fizzy beige head that turns creamy and last for a long time.
S- The soft red wine vinous aroma leads to dark brown sugar notes and a wet wood finish.
T- The apple flavor gives way to a dry dark brown sugar with an apple butter flavor and a slight watery finish. There is a soft pleasant cardboard flavor that comes through as it warms.
M- This beer beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz and a soft alcohol heat when it is pretty warm.
D- The apple and dark sugar malts flavors are nice and full but not sweet and not much depth.

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Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of PopGun
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Tarks
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of marmstrong1212
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark redisch to brown hazy fluid with a fluffy off white head that stings to the glass.

S - Citrus and yeasty smell, smells like a double. There is not much sweetness in the smell.

T - Some sweet caramel and brown sugar, nicly in balance with the hops, vigs, dark fruit and other spices.

M - Good carbonation, perfect thickness for it's kind.

O - A good double, no doubt about it, nicely balanced.

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Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of reaganrvltn
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev +0.8%

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,110 ratings.
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