Brewed by Brasserie d’Achouffe (Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Achouffe, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2006
01.06.06 750ml bottle. Darker copper-red pour, mostly clear, with a medium beige head, fairly lasting and lightly lacing. Aroma is pithy and grassy, more hoppy than I expected, also some barnyard funk, leather, and toffee. The flavor follows suit and the grass and earth notes emerge all around. Leather and wool flavors, dates, some cinnamon all vie for the finish. No note of alcohol, never gets sweet, I had no idea McChouffe would be like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
Murky reddish brown beer with a dense tan head. Malty dark fruit sweet aroma with chocolate notes and a faint alcohol precense. Light roasted malty flavor with some dark fruit sweetness a dry and faintly spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14385) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2005
A nice Belgian Scotch ale. Dark colour, with a large fluffy off white head atop. The nose was full of dark stone fruit, spice, and intrigue, the palette was lively and brought out the spicy side of things a bit more. A bit of caramel also going on I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2005
ever spend forty five minutes searching for tasting notes on a beer you’d once cheerfully labored over-- but never got around to posting on ratebeer? i just did, and never succeeded in finding those notes. it’s easy to romanticize what great truths i might have recorded in those lost impressions. i might have had all of the perfect descriptions set out in elegant prose-- descriptors so "dead on" that the brewer would have wanted to emboss them on his label. perhaps the achouffe people would have paid my way to belgium and named a giant fermenting vessel after me in a grand, fireworks lit, celebratory festival of honor. well, all that is as doubtful as george bush winning a sierra club endorsement-- but at the very least i would have had a head start on describing this baby. now the beer is almost gone, and all i’ve recorded is that "it’s brown, it’s good, and it kicks ass". i’ll have to work fast. first observation: what is that cartoon goblin on the label doing? why do these little freaks always look like their wringing something unsavory out of their beards? the beer itself appears like a cheddar orange substance that’s been baked to a deep pumpkin pie brown. pouring, it has a playground kind of vigor and excitability: the carbonation is sparkly in the glass-- and later, on the tongue as well-- but is too wily and disorganized to maintain much real head. nose has a bit of mandarin orange, coffee, peat --and good ol’ fashioned alcohol in a quantity sufficient to cause one to decide not to go out and participate in motor sports, do competitive shooting, or perform on the balance beam after the beer is finished. snappy carb, a touch of sour cherry and baker’s yeast among the more obvious nutty, pastry-like sweet malts and that zest of citrus bitterness. the later is beyond what we’d probably look for in a scotch ale, but it engenders a nice lingering element if one is not too picky about ’styles’. very tasty medium-bodied belgian strong/scotch crossover. now that i’ve finished-- i was going to go out and operate some heavy construction machinery, but again, the warming ABV in the mc chouffe has had a soothing and tranquilizing effect-- and i know they won’t be "embossing" my impressions. maybe i’ll just stay in and listen to old records. pass me that old coleman hawkins record, pretty please.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 Distant cirrus clouds scrape the landscape of this ruby amber pour, topped copiously with an airy soap of banana. Aroma is distinctly belgian with wild fruit and a faint gentle run of diacetyl and fusels. Fresh grain heads and moist nut bread. Flavor is subtle and gentle, with complex muddled fruit running down a stream of light cream and cranberries. Some vague vinous qualities and estery runs of banana and figs, that follow a general thin bodiedness. A hint of alcohol thickens and warms. Malt doesn’t bludgeon you into submission, almost sessionable. A hint of gray salt and some waterness slides the palate downward. Interesting belgian take, but lacks some body and fullness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Pours a deep brown with a thick white head that lasts and lasts. A very nice sweet beer with brown sugar and caramel along with some alcohol burn and enough hops to give it some bite. I was very happy to get the opportunity to try this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2610) - GERMANY - DEC 18, 2005
This is one that you’ve had and always assumed rated, so it was a surprise to have not found it on my list. Toffee nose, slightly woody, but mostly yeast - very sweet aromas. Mahogany color, foamy beige head. Caramelly malt base, vanilla, maple syrup, dainty dry end. Some cinnamon spiciness. Fully body, smooth and real classy. Fabulous.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2761) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Amber color with a big beige head. Tastes sweet and malty. Well carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2005
Split a big bottle this with my wife at Volo. Dark brown, big beige head - looks nice in appropriate glassware. Aroma of spicy malt, but it is subtle. Mouthfeel is medium but well carbonated. Taste featured more spicy malt, but with more a dark fruit and floral characteristic than what I was expecting. Alcohol is there. A really wonderful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle 750ml. Appearance: Amber colour with a nice beige head. Aroma: sweet and fruity. Flavor: Caramel, malty.

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