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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:
#4,324
Reviews:
544
Ratings:
1,134
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
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Ratings: 1,134 |  Reviews: 544
Photo of froghop
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear brown with a small beige head, lively carbonation, and great lacing.

smell of some spice, and some malt.

taste is light, spice, malt, and brown sugar, end is a little spicy and dry.

overall a nice smooth beer with a hint of spice.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:
Pours an opaque mud-grey-green-brown that looks ruby red in the light (looks like elegant bilgewater); has a good three-finger head of tiny-bubbled beige head that settles down quickly and leaves a fine coating. Okay retention; good lacing.

S:
Earthy sweet tones. Cherries and dark fruit intermingled with cinammon and rum. There is a yeasty backbone but it certainly is below the radar.

T:
Quite sweet but not sugary. Really strong notes of fruit and tea right up front with a rising yeastiness towards the end. Not sticky at all, hops and yeast do a great job of cleansing the old palate, with a clean finish and a slightly sticky lingering finish. Kinda tastes like root beer.

M:
Medium bodied with okay carbonation (could have been a bit more for my taste). Decent head, fine finish.

O:
Good beer. Not what I was expecting. It was a lot sweeter than I had hoped but thankfully it is a really fresh sweetness (not sticky/suffocating at all). Definitely not the best Belgian Brown I have had DEFINITELY not as good as their sweet, sweet IPA. But good. Would have again, but probably would not buy it again. If that makes sense.

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Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick cloudy copper color, with a red hue, very active, and chunks of floating yeast. Frothy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with thick legs. Flavors of dark berries, plums, cherries, nuts, cheese, wild yeast, dark grains, wood, herbal spices, faint coffee and chocolate. Highly sugary, with soft sharpness, and bitter herbs. Slick light body with crispy carbonation. Strong but pleasant finish, vinous and dry, lingering sour fruits with a barrel aged feel. Good as an appetizer. Bad freshness, deadly yeast. Decent flavors and a balanced feel. Overall good quality craft. Too much yeast, disgusting huge chunks, maybe a bad bottle?

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer got better as it went along. Poured to a hazy brown with hints of orange. Aroma was apples and a hint of malt. As the glass warmed, the alcohol crept in to nicely round out the aroma. Flavor was good, though nothing really dominated, although hints of spice, possibly cinnamon, were evident. Mouthfeel was spicy, and the finish was smooth and somewhat warming. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of daledeee
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The initial pour was a small bubbling head that goes away quickly. Very dark brown. The first aroma was earthy and grassy(?)

Taste is dark fruity. Some caramel and malt. Not as flavorful as I expected. Rather astringent leaving a puckery mouthfeel.

This beer has very tough competition and falls a little short. Not bad beer but not up to the top shelf Belgians.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a slightly hazy copper-brown with a good inch of light tan head. Smells fruity - grape, cherry, citrus - with hints of caramel, chocolate, and smoke. Tastes fruity also, with strong roasty chocolate and caramel, with hints of peatiness. Slight alcohol warming toward the finish, though it is less noticeable with the vigorous carbonation. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Very very drinkable and extremely tasty. Nothing wrong with this one IMO. One of the best Belgian darks I've had in quite some time.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into chalice.

Pours opaque, cloudy dark brown bordering on plum, with a gigantic, pillowy tan head that eventually settles down to a creamy cap of foam.

Nose is brown sugar and ripe dark fruit, some spicy yeast, bit of alcohol.

Taste is brown sugar, fresh baked dark bread, and spicy yeast, hints of cocoa and licorice, and dark fruit coming out a bit in the finish. Finish is fairly clean, bready, some yeast, bit of alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel is decadently creamy, full but still a bit light, carbonation is superbly subtle - soft and creamy with just a bit of bite at the front of the mouth. Delicious, superbly crafted beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/27/2007 (bottle):

Pours a very dark colored body, with a big tan colored head, very quickly diminishing. Has a dusty, musky aroma, with some dark fruit. Alcoholy taste. Has a dark fruit taste, with some musk, and some alcohol. Strongish alcoholy taste. Kinda flat.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the way it poured with a dark brown apperance and a nice foamy head. The aroma was of a spicy nature with a complex smell of malts. Although the taste was of malts and spices, the carbination is what turned me off. If not for the carbination, I would have really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of bruachan
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i have no idea how long i've had this. i can't remember the last time i visited the place the price tag says i bought it from. hopefully it was kept well

huuuge carbonation keeps a vibrant head alive. it's tight and creamy and may actually be growing as i look at it. it's a bone color and the beer below it is a very nice mahogany

the aroma is initially fruity and malty, and shortly behind it comes the hops. spicy, green. then i get a wave of the typical (and wonderful) rochefort roasty, soft chocolate aroma

i can taste the "mc..." but it's not definitive. i would suggest, however, that this beer was fermented fairly cool for a belgian. the flavor is quite malty. ok, so this does seem alot like a wee heavy fermented with a belgian yeast

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Photo of McBraniel
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy red brown and build a bubbly tan head about two fingers high. It dissipated rather fast leaving little lacing.
The smell was of dark fruit like fig and dates, with caramel and floral hops.
Tasting the beer, the typical dubbel feel is predominant. Belgium yeast, dates ,figs and some plum, beautifully composed with the caramel and malt notes. Nice carbonation gives the beer a refreshing character.
I could finish a few bottles of that one and would not regret it

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Photo of tastybeer
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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 HermitDan
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 33 cl bottle into a pint glass, muddy brown colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: raisins, dark fruits, cherries, brown sugar, baked bread

T: dark malty grains, pumpernickel bread, raisins, fig

M: medium to heavy with prickly carbonation

O: a nice yeasty brown ale with well hidden alcohol

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Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense head that dissipates quickly, some brown coloring to the frothy white. Dark bronze with some orange when held against the light, some suspended particles, interesting bubble action.

Smells of red-wine sangria soaked fruit.

Taste could be a little more complex. No taste of alcohol, despite being 8%. Dark, caramel-like malt. Some dark fruits, plums, dates, raisins, figs, prunes (in a good way) and dark berries. But this is not a fruity beer. Very subtle toffee.

Mouthfeel is perfect, as is the finish.

HIGHLY drinkable, and dangerous at 8%. Could be a little more complex, but that makes it go down quick. High acidity would make it great with food.

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

You can see through the clear mahogany colored darkness. A gentle pour yields a huge fizzy light tan head that resists fading and settles to surface leaving a spotty lacing pattern. The smell has that earthy Belgian yeast with brown sugar, graham cracker and a little caramel. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is light and effervescent. The taste is interesting as well. I like the association to a Scottish Abbey Ale. The flavors are similar to the aroma. There is a light after taste, almost like a cola, with the spicy note of a Scotch Style that lingers nicely. I'm already seeing signs of wide interpretation with this style. A decent drinker; the 8% ABV is warming. Cheers!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
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 maxpower
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle, cloudy hazy reddish-copper color, nice big foamy off white-tan head that leaves good lacing in the glass, yeasty, fruity and spicy aroma. Bready malty fruity flavors, full and crisp palate, yeasty banana sweet sugary finish, good stuff.

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of mattsucks
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Just like irish stouts and belgian strongs, nothing is quite like a scotch ale from scotland. But one the closest is mcchouffe. technically its a belgian scotch style winter ale, but it is quite good. the scotch ale flavors come out but are a little hidden by hop flavors and excessive carbonation. sips a little abrasive as I think it is overcarbonated and feels watery for a scotch style, but it does have the warming effect of a wee heavy or a winter ale. This is good beer, but not quite accurate to its claimed style, but a good valiant attempt. worth buying

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McChouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,134 ratings
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