McChouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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3.98 w/ 1,122 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 DaPeculierDane
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown with red hues and a 3/8 inch white to off-white froth. Aroma of rum, rasions, butter, toffee, wild yeast, sweet dark fruits. All present but all weak. This is not an in your face aroma beer. Flavor is equally restrained and mild but well balanced and not lacking in complexity. Sweet dark fruits and toffee dominate. Some candy and leather. Yeast is a very important factor. A little weak for my tastes but very drinkable and pleasurable. Light bodied. Not warming at all. No hint of an 8% abv.

$3 at Maduro in a McChouffe glass.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into the La Chouffe tulip glass...

A - Slightly cloudy dark brown body, with a ruby-red glow and a light-brown frothy head. Okay head retention and some visible carbonation.

S - Dominated by malts, with caramel, toffee and roasted notes. Some grape, port-like quality is also present in the aroma. A faint hint of chocolate and some alcohol.

T - Starts out with a moderate caramel sweetness, with a hint of chocolate, then the port-wine-like taste comes through. Some sourness and a touch of spice. The finish is a bit bitter, as some hops do come through, and roasty, with some dark chocolate notes.

M - Medium-bodied, with some carbonation. Quite smooth overall. The alcohol is well-masked for an 8% beer.

D - Above average for a 8% beer. I had the whole 750ml bottle to myself, and started to feel the warming sensation after a while.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color with a somewhat weak light tan head, but good lacing.

Scent of sweet dark fruit, sugary cola, tobacco, a hint of banana, earth, and floral spices. A nice smooth scent with a lively spiciness.

Taste of sweet dark fruit, tobacco, earth, and sugars. The flavor is as equally smooth as the scent, but with a bit less spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily and smooth with medium low carbonation.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep in color with red tints. A thick head formed at first but completely dissolved. The aroma is sugar-coated grapes and slightly of hops. The taste came across as as smooth malts, with a slight hop bite to it. I am also picking up more raisin, and slightly under-ripe melon. The mouthfeel is thick on both the palate and in the stomach. I ahrdly notice any of the 8% ABV. An interesting beer, but not something I may neccesarily hunt for again.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer for a good while in my fridge, and this seems like a good time to try it. I am actually drinking it from a McChouffe glass that I won in a raffle last spring, so what could be better? Here we go...

Appearance: The beer pours with a small head of tan bubbles that fell quickly back into the clear brownish-garnet color beer. After the head fell, there was a slow procession of bubbles heading for the surface that leaves a small island in the middle of the glass.

Aroma: My first impression of the aroma was that of spices mixed with some mild oxidative aromatics. As the beer starts to warm a bit, there are some more sweet caramel notes coming out along with the alcohol. As the beer warms further, the oxidative aromatics start to add more complexity with some sherry notes and some dried fruit.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by the malt with some sweet caramel being the major player. I get some spiciness in the flavor as well, but this (I believe) is as much from the alcohol as from any hops. There is a defined alcoholic warming that sets in on the back of the throat, and sticks with you for quite some time. The finish is balanced by the alcohol as much as anything, so there is some serious sweetness lingering on the back of the throat to coat it and slow the effects of the alcohol.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. It is what it is...a Belgian Scottish Ale. It definitely has a lot of Wee Heavy character, and thankfully has a lack of the floral Belgian yeast character that would ruin this presentation. I like the Scottish styles, so I would certainly try this beer again as it is in that realm.

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Photo of deebo
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle sitting in the fridge for the past year with a BB date of aug 8 2014 into a chalice
A-ruddy brown but transparent. A tan colored large bubbled head that quickly breaks down
S-Belgian yeast-phenols quite noticeable. Sweet malt also on the heavy side
T-similar to aroma. Estery non-descript notes.
M-soft mouthfeel with the alcohol being quite drying. Medium body and carbonation
O-a nice beer. Not overly anything. Soft mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle tried 27 Dec 2007.

Very fizzy medium tan head. Slightly cloudy ruby brown color. Smells like cola and apples, sweet. Starts somewhat wheaty and bready. Not as sweet as expected from the aroma. Some cinnamon and nutmeg in the middle. Touch of vanilla. Alcohol shows up in the finish. Medium to light body.

Not bad but not something I'd rush out to get again.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Extreme dark brown, thin bubbly head, fleeting strands of lace.

S - Sweet malts, caramel, plum, figs. Nice.

T - Dark fruit and spice. Brown sugar over figs and plums. Some licorice. No bitterness to it at all. Very pleasant.

M - Moderate in body. Right carbonation.

O - A sweet, spicy nectar. No heat to it even as it warms. Delicious, just falls below the top BSDAs in terms of complexity.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a La Trappe chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a medium beige head with big retention and many lacings left
S: Brown bread and Belgian yeasts are very noticed. Dark fruits, caramel malts and alcohol
T: Taste follows the nose. Intense brown bread and Belgian yeasts. Amazing. Brown sugar and caramel malts. However, the taste is quite dry and bitter. Intense (good quality) hops too. Perfect
M: Creamy and molasses medium body. Reasonable carbonation. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. Dry
O: Excellent beer as expected

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

Photo of Bruno74200
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All right beer. estery and a lot on the caramel. Almost between a scotch ale and a belgian dark ale. Balance all along but the beer lacks of craziness

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Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark amber color and formed an off white bubbly head that left some circular lace. Some carbonation present. An aroma of malt and caramel. A flavor of malt and caramel. Some dry elements in the finish. A good beer.

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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 Beer-A-Lot
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

I could drink this stuff by the bucketful. Smooth, packed with flavors of figs, grape, pepper. So easy to drink. Medium body. Some spiciness and bitterness. Dangerously delicious.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 11.2 oz brown bottle and served in a St. Feuillien wide mouthed glass. Best before the end of 2006 clearly marked on the side of the glass.

Appearance lends itself to a dark and hazy brown color. Nice head on top that turns into a thin lacing that leaves various sticky lacing marks all over the glass.

Aroma is spicy with sweetness and raw yeast.

Taste is very smooth, malt heavy with a spicy yeast presence. Flavors of plums or raisins dipped in caramel. Nice level of carbonation that makes this very drinkable at 8.5 % ABV.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 3/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing in my Duvel tulip over cloudy brown liquid.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, yeast, figs, quite a sweet smell.

T: Cloves and peppery hops up front, which transitions to a malty finish with molasses, figs, brown sugar and some alcohol.

M: Thick viscosity with a medium to high level of fine carbonation.

O: A better than average Dubbel that would be better if the alcohol taste did not come through as much.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The dark offering from this fairly well-known brewery in the Ardennes. I have read that these guys only use malt syrups rather than whole grains ... True? In any event, this is certainly a well-attenuated and thin-bodied dark ale that does indeed capture some Scottish flavor elements, albeit with a decidedly Belgian profile nonetheless. A dark reddish brown brew, maybe leaning towards the red, with a moderate amount of light tan head and an aroma that is equal parts fruity esters, spicy medicinal phenols, and sweet caramel or toffee along with a vinous wine or cider-like note. Nice balance between the caramel elements and Belgian spice although I am less wild about the cidery component. Palate largely reflects this, such that I initially get some apple and pear fruit followed by clove spice, golden raisin, musty white peppercorns, faint molasses and bandage-like phenols, and perhaps a whiff of citrus rind. Rather dry, powdery mouthfeel and this brew just screams thinned down with a healthy sugar addition to the kettle. Some alcohol is apparent but not over the top in this regard. Really my main issue is the ultra-thin body and correspondingly airy mouthfeel but the flavor is solid.

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Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -24.6%

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

Very cloudy and dark copper in color. Tan head, which is about four fingers thick.

Very fruity smell, dark bready malts over ripe dark fruit. Slight copper metallic aroma too.

Tastes of over ripe strawberries and sweet dark breads.

MF is slightly coarse from carbonation. A little syrupy, but still wetting to the palate and zero alcohol burn.

Overall, mildly complex and a bit refreshing.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Westmalle Chalice

A - Pors a clody mahogany cdolour with an off white head that reduces to a film.

S - Slightly nutty with plenty of roasted malt and dark fruit.

T - Plenty of dark fruits, bread, yeast and caramel.

M - A little bit under done in body and good carbonation.

D - A solid Bruin without grabbing you by the balls.

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Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a snifter a hazy brownish/dark copper colour with an inch of beige head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Smell is peppery, spicey belgain yeast phenols, a bit of dark fruit and some toffee notes. Some light fruity esters.
T - Much like the smell; spicy phenols up the front with some dark fruit and toffee sweetness following it up.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a highish carbonation level when combined with the spice quality gives a prickly feel on the tongue.
D - I'd probably drink it again but it's nothing to rave about.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of taez555
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a ruby brown, root beer, colored body with a large choppy off-white head.

The nose was classic dark Belgian. Slightly fruity, with some caramel, toffee, alcohol, and phenolic touches.

The taste was surprisingly mild. A very large bubbled carbonation. Caramel, some light licorice, apples, pears, apple peel, yeast with a slight graininess. A very present saaz type hop flavor and bitterness really fight their way through to the forefront. It ends mild with a short lingering aftertaste

Not the craziest Belgian out there, but at the same time yummy. A classic but simple Belgian dark ale. I dig the gnome, but I’ve had better dark ales.

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Photo of videofrog
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 81.4% out of 100 with 1,122 ratings
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