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McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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
Ranking:
#4,250
Reviews:
544
Ratings:
1,131
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Arthuros
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rockernino
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -2%
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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3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zorko
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a tulip. It pours hazy dark amber to reddish under a 1” light tan foam collar that provides sheets of lace. Caramel malt with traces of chocolate on the nose and palate with a bitter hop accent on the finish. The Belgian body and carbonation really accentuates the flavors.

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Photo of beer488
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color, like a cola. Scent of roasted malt, and sweet malt. Medium bodied and fizzy on the palate. Some chocolaty bitterness balanced by a sweetness. Sweet malt on the finish. Strong ale at 8%.

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Photo of brauseboof
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JasW
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spiegelau tulip with a huge, fluffy three finger head that dissipated fairly rapidly, leaving moderate lacing. A yeasty musty nose. Taste is yeast, very light fruit for the style, with an unusual and unusually pleasing prominent undertone of nuts. Mouthfeel is top notch for the style. BSDA fan? This is a must.

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,131 ratings
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