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 teromous
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown body that is opaque but hazy where light shines through. Short eggshell white head that fades out to a fluffy ring. The ring does leave good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: There is a very faint raisin aroma but it is barely there. I pick up a touch of brown sugar too but again it is hard to even pick that up.

Taste: Thankfully there is more flavor than there is aroma. I get a big bite of brown sugar and cinnamon with some light anise or licorice flavor. It has a very spicy character to it. At times I feel that it is giving off some pepper flavor and I get a bit of clove.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit thin and slightly under-carbonated.

Overall: This beer lacks the fruitiness that you would normally find in a Belgian Strong Dark Ale but it is clear that from the name it is designed to be something wholly different. The label indicates as much not only in the name but in the statement that it was "inspired by the tale of a Scottish Chouffe who along with his Belgian friend created an eccentric 'new style' Scottish Ale/Abbey Ale." Leaving the traditional boundaries of style guidelines alone this beer delivers a nice spicy ale that would be perfect for a Christmas Beer. If I was in the mood for a more traditional Belgian Strong Dark Ale this wouldn't do the trick but it certainly would work well as a spicy fall or winter beer.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AleMan66
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this straight from the bottle in the dark, so I didn't have a chance to see the color. It smelled great but the smell itself didn't tell me the beer is anything special; the taste did. It is a great brown ale! Love it! It warrents the the cost of almost $3 per bottle that I paid. I will buy it again. My score for this beer might be higher if I had seen the beer and had a better sense of smell.

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Also reviewed in the 1001.

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

Photo of wrecknut
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hydrocity2
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think I lost my previous review of this before I could post it - I know I drank it before.

It's a pretty dark brown with nice little head, just as it should be. The aroma is cool - a sweet dark malty smell.

The taste matches - very slightly tart, slightly toasted malts, bready and yeasty. The aftertaste lingers with more of the same, Long times. It is milder and easier drinking than many of this style yet it does not wimp out.

Like other brews from these guys, this totally works and it is a great example of the style.

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

Photo of chippo33
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of matuto
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle (exp. 04/2017) in a Leffe tulip. Dark brown liquid with beautiful tones when put against light. Some particles of all sizes may be seen. Foam shortly recedes to a thin layer that leaves some laces. Sweet aroma of a delicate caramel. Some fruitiness, resembling bananas, makes presence both on aroma and flavor. I don't mind serving with the bottom sediments from the bottle, and in this case I think the subtle sourness and bitterness on mouth comes from those. Light body and smooth upfront.

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Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, so rating set to current average.

Aroma is laden with raisin, fig, dates, and prunes.

Flavor is less stellar, fairly flat by comparison. Big toffee malt aftertaste.

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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 Beerfull
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msscott1973
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatsmyspot
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of janubio
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep hazy brown colour with a small off white head that holds for a while, leaving ring and lace. Smell of toffee, pepper, dark fruits, cinnamon, chocolate. Medium body, good carbonation. Taste is peppery, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,110 ratings.
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