McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
526
Ratings:
1,069
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
Wants:
55
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159
For Trade:
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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA for $4.59. Kinda pricey, but I wanted to try this.

Pours a nice medium brown with a solid tan head into my Sam Adams Black Lager footed glass. Big, no, huge chunks of yeast fall from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, slightly roasty, raisiny, and dark fruits like a Quadrupel (like Rochefort 10). The flavor follows through, with charcoal and an odd chemical ending that I can't place.

The mouthfeel is ince and filling, but not too big. But I wouldn't want to drinak a lot of this at once.

I'm told that this is Chouffe's take on Scotch Ale, which admittedly I don't know much about. This is good, I wish I knew how faithful to style it was.

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Photo of haz77
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark red red. 2 inches of tan head drops to a well retained fingers worth. Looks to have moderate carbonation.

S - Plum, raisin, musk, spicy alcohol, vanilla, phenols

T - Earthyness and caramel sit upfront. Peppery hops then a slightly sweet finish with alcohol present, but very well masked.

M - Quite thin and surprisingly high in carbonation.

D - Nice enough and not as much going on as others in the style. Certainly drinkable.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at New Beer Distributors.
It's possible that this bottle was a bit past its prime but I found no freshness date to say one way or the other. Something about this brew struck me as a bit stale. There's some kind of candy in the flavor but I can't pin it down. Medicinal flavors also live in here. Cooked sugar and raisins... perhaps in a slurry.
The 8% alcohol is well hidden behind the sweetness. Pretty easy drinking and pretty smooth but over all I found this to be pretty average, if not lacking, for a Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of wedge
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky, opaque reddish-copper color with a large, thick, frothy tan head. Dry, musty / earthy aroma - lightly fruity, yeasty, a little spicy...kind of cautious. An intriguing, entanglement of organic flavors casually coats the mouth. Dry fruits and spices, sweet malts, and yeast. More mustiness in the taste but its a bit more restrained. Some lingering phenols and even a little smoke. Medium mouthfeel with solid carbonation and no hint of alcohol.

This is a very interesting belgian ale. A little confusing overall but maybe its supposed to be. Crazy gnomes...

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Photo of tastybeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark clouded brown/copper color under a big cream-tan head. Good retention layer and patchy lacing form about the glass. Aroma is fruity with prunes, raisons, and green grapes. Soft sweet malts, spice, peat, and very mild resinous and floral hops hit the nose. Taste starts dry, continues dry, and finishes dry. Interesting grape-like/spiced hop dryness, sweet caramel, bready grain, big hop spice, tobacco smoke, and bubble gum. Mouthfeel is implosive in its dryness, with perfect complimentary carbonation and goes down quite easy. Woah suprise alcohol. I read the percent off the bottle but other than the body and density, I completely forgot this was a good 8% Pretty drinkable at that.

Definitely good, and great if you love dry spicey hops. Aroma is mild but you can certainly pick out yummy things in it. Taste is different from any other versions of this style I've had and I like it. Nice.

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, allowed to warm up, out of the fridge for about 30 mins. "best before end of 2006" printed onto the bottle. Pours dark auburn, murky with a HUGE thick, creamy and long lasting head Leaving oodles of thick and sticky lacing and sheeting. Malted milk, peat, alcohol on the nose. Bold and smooth brew. Smoky, malty notes of more peat, earthy, slight soapyness. Nice dark brew from d'Achouffe. Well worth picking up some of this widely available brew and enjoying with a hearty meal.

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Photo of claytri
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a dark amber with a respectable tan head. The aroma was simply of good malt. The taste was very light malt a tad sweet. The feel was medium and dry. The label declares this a scotch belgian cross for me it just doesn't work. You basically took two things I love and combined them to give me something that weakly resembled both at times, but did nothing to make me go this is good.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml capped bottle into my La Chouffe tulip glass. Brownish-ruby body is topped by a huge, foamy tan head that disippates into a good one-finger or so after a couple of minutes. Good carbonation. Aroma of some lightly sweet, medium-bodied malt, tasty Chouffe Belgian yeast, and an underlying clove spiciness. Palate features the dueling influences of some rich, lightly roasted caramel malt, a bit of Euro hops, and the somewhat overpowering yeast. Notes of clove, white pepper, biscuit, and a touch of caramel. Massive alcohol presence on the finish leads to a nice warming sensation all the way down the throat. Nice, medium body is not too fizzy and conveys the flavor quite well. I was, um, forced to finish the 750 bottle by myself. Not like it was punishment.

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Photo of scooter231
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium to dark reddish color- changes significantly in the light- some off white head, not too much though. Looks... greasy. Really greasy. Nose is all over the place- it wants to be citrus zest but doesn't quite get there, wants to be candy-ish but isn't really, wants to be piney but it doesn't... just chaos.

Taste is bland. Teetering on boring. Some alcoholness, some dark ripe fruits- but you have to dig for it. Just... bland. Mouthfeel is full and sudsy- the best part of this brew, in my opinion. A good feel. Fairly drinkable, especially considering the alcohol content. But this did not live up to the hype. Meh.

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Photo of Jredner
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spicy aroma with brown sugar notes. Brown with a fat white head that faded fast. Grassy, yeasty and ample spice. No real smokiness for a scoth ale..even if it is a Belgian attempt at one. Comes across as a less gassy version of a belgian strong ale (as it is listed here) with less spice and sweetness. Different and fun to drink, but not a world beater.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful big head that falls into a small persestant head and leaves a strong lacing in it's path. The color is dark and burgandy-purple, very hard to see through. Smell is sour with dark fruit tones. You can smell the Belgian very nicely. The taste is not overpowering, it's delightful. It feels like silk in my mouth and leaves a wonderful aftertaste. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a La Chouffe tulip style. This bottle was purchased as part of a "gift pack" that included this beer, La Chouffe, and a cute little tulip glass (which now holds the contents of the beer). A nice way to increase both my beer and glass collections. Large, dense, foamy head forms. Head drops its form like the warm Diet Pepsi poured onto ice I had earlier in the morn. Brilliant ruby the color of Dorothy's slippers (well Dorothy's dirty slippers maybe).

Very enticing aroma. Yeast and raisins and sweet candy. Plums and dried apricots. Alcohol is alco noticeable in the aroma. Nice malt aroma. Smokiness???

Nice taste as well. Yeasty tones. Alcohol. Overripe grapes. Caramel malts. Very fruity. Sweet tasting. Very nice indeed.

Great mouthfeel. Alcohol is warming. I can actually feel the heat of the alcohol. Perfect carbonation. Meduim to full bodied. A very nice example of the style. I cant wait to try McChouffe's cousin LaChouffe; she now resides in the back of my refrigerator tempting me every time I open the door.

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Photo of bhb
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a snifter. An enticing dark ruby brew, lightly sparkling and a massive light brown frothy head, which lasted most of the drink.

Lovely aromas of prunes and a little wine too, topped off with cinnamon notes and a lovely nuttiness, some grass coming through too.

Ful bodied flavour, sweet maltiness and some acidity, tingling the tongue with good carbonation and gentle bitterness on the way down. Very drinkable - hey that's why it's sold in 750ml bottles only.

Another fine offering from d'Achouffe.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this eer in the store. Am looking forward to their upcoming Tripel, thought this would be fun to try. It was a medium brown color with a thick white head. It had a malty caramel odor and a sweet taste with some spice in the background. Felt OK in the mouth. I thought it was a good, but not great beer

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering poured with a frizzy, tan, and quickly dissipating head but that doesn't rob from the fact that it was mountainous to start. A true deep brown color preserves. The nose is inviting, as its fresh, bready, with a spicy pepperness. The body is medium with a spicy and tad prickly mouthfeel. There is a very fresh feel to the beer. Among the mingling flavors are cloves, nuttiness, and saaz(?) hops. Overall, a very earthen and handcrafted feel, which is always appreciated. I'm floored at how the complexity keeps the mouth refreshed. The finish is very peppery, with sweet clove, and is not entirely bitter. Very drinkable overall and is a good experience.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into my chimay chalice, this belgian strong dark looks really good. perhaps a shade lighter than other darks, closer to a dubbel in appearance. deep mahogany with a thick tan head that never settles.

big nice aroma is obvious before i am even done pouring. typical, nice belgian smells. toasty bread, raisins, prunes, smells rather sweet, no real trace of alcohol in the nose. so far so good, but this one loses points for taste. not sure what it is exactly, but there is an unexpected bitterness right up front that sort of throws off the whole taste. not what i expect after quaffing, and although it is still quite nice and complex, i just don't like the taste compared to others of this style.

this is smooth and easy to drink. listed here at 8%, the bottle says 8,5%. overall not bad, but not a lot of character by itself. great with a sharp cheese.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into St. Bernardus Chalice.

A - Dark, dense woody brown w/ creamy tan head a little less than 1 inch. Leaves a nice lace on top.

S - Sweet, dark malt. Molasses and dark fruits hit the nose. No sign of alcohol.

T - Sugary dark malt, again. Dark fruits are more prevalent in taste than smell.

M - Smooth, rich and creamy. Very nice.

D - A great tasting dark ale that satisfies to the last drop. Not overly complex, but maybe a nice intro into the world of Belgian beers. Alcohol doesn't hit you hard at all.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Moan & Dove, as part of their Belgian Beer Fest.

Presented in a LaChouffe tulip. A 3/4" tan head over the light brown brew, with ample lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, with spiciness and light alcohol notes apparent. Taste follows the nose, with the spiciness and sweetness balancing each other, and light alcohol warming. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both excellent, I look forward to enjoying this brew again.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the East Point Corner Tavern (on tap)! It pours a murky brown color with a very bubbly massive head that laces nicely in the McChouffe snifter. It has a nice floral and fruity aroma. The taste is sweet but not overpowering and has a slight warming quality. It has a slightly fizzy and full mouthfeel. It has a very drinkable quality; I could get trashed easily on this drinking it like ginger ale. Very smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Belgian beer for people who think they don't like Belgian beers. Lots of everything, and nothing to excess. Funky, fruity yeast flavors well melded with moderately tart Flanders sourness, and then some nice malt to hold everything in check. Had this with a "ploughman's supper" of sorts - cured meat, sharp cheese and chewy bread - an it went with it better than about anything I can think of. This may find its way into the dedicated beer fridge with some regularity.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottlecapped bottle. Pours a chestnut brown with a 1 1/2 finger head with OK longevity and good lace. Smells of deep caramel malt and candy sugar with hints of vanilla and fruit. Tatse of Heavy malt again with candy sugar, vanilla and fruit. Slight phenols and hop bitterness. Alcohol is not as well hidden as it could and should be. High carbonation reduces drinkiability as it increases bloating. Not a bad Belgian, but there are far better ones out there.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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 geexploitation
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew is tasty indeed, but I'm not sure why it's garned so much attention. It's good, though. The color of McChouffe is very appealing -- it's a deep amber color, like a thick, spiced homemade apple cider. The head is signficant but not terribly aromatic. I get some hints of date out of the head, but that's about it. The taste is by far the best aspect of this beer: slightly sweet and highly malty, it asserts itself immediately on the palate and then fades to a nutty finish. Just as quickly as it asserts itself, however, it fades to nothing more than a tingling on the back of the palate. This beer feels very nice on the tongue and is smooth and rinkable.

...However, the flavor profile of this beer, along with its fast dissipation on the palate, bring to mind, to me, a session beer rather than a Belgian ale. This beer would be highly drinkable in a low-alcohol version that could be consumed in many pints over the course of an evening. As a high-alcohol beer, it has to lose some points in my mind... there's no reason to choose McChouffe over some other sumptuous Belgian beers.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle, poured into The Chimay goblet. The ale is in the 45-50 degree range, maybe a little colder than that.

Appearance: The ale pours with a deep ruby red color. Soft red colors emerge when the ale is held to light. Strikes me as a little too pale, so I gotta dock it just a bit.

Smell: Fruits and spices emerge immediately. Maybe some nutmeg or cinnamon, raisins even. The aroma is pleasing, just a shade or two relaxed from its cousin, N'Ice Chouffe.

Taste: The hop presence is not overwhelming. Instead spices are the predominant taste. A bit of pepper, some smoky flavor (although not a lot) and nutmeg are the flavors I pick up immediately.

Mouthfeel: The ale's spices sit well on the mouth and create a warming sensation as one consumes it.

Drinkability: Even at 8%, this is very drinkable. The spices are somewhat muted, so if you are looking for a stronger spiced beer, pick N'Ice Chouffe.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dried blood brownish red with a medium soft-looking foamy cap that sits briefly leaving behind a big collar and thin skim. Lacing is minimal in big blobby things.

Aroma is dry and delicately soft with a semi-yielding date, prune, dark purple grapey fruitish backlay.

Taste is short, rounded in a softly darkened fruityness of red apple, purple grape, and lesser tarting fruity sugars. A bit sharp on the buds with a big carbonation hump in the middle. Finish is light and airy with a yeasty woodish dryness with a bit of fruit pits and skins trying to grab a bit of interest.

Feel is OK, the short-lived flavors don't help anything as it has a seemingly light/medium body with that hump of carbonation in the middle totally taking away what could be a fairly smooth ride.

Drinkability is a little less then the norm for a Belgian Dark ale. Quite plain, but seems like the effort is there and comes across well made, just not much going on with this one.

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
89 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.
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