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RATINGS: 1590   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Mc CHOUFFE is an unfiltered brown beer which is refermented both in the bottle and in barrels. Its fruity bouquet conceals a hint of bitterness.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 25, 2007
Bottle. Pours a darky brown-red colour, thin bubbly off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, some sour fruit, sherbert and yeast. Warming mouth, grassy notes, rich and bold, but with this nasty pine aftertaste that lingers. That spoilt it a bit, for what is a very nice beer. Palate is not too heavy, drinkable, worryingly so. Good, apart from that nasty aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bp (907) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Bottle purchased at Whole Foods: Pours a dark brown with an airy head, malty aroma, sweet taste, very smooth. This is something I could buy again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 No date on bottle. Brown-maroon in color with no clarity and a fairly full, fizzy, off-white head; settles quickly to a lasting, fairly small, frothy head leaving minimal lace. Nose is mostly Belgian-like and certainly rich with malts but faint; notes of spicy yeast, dates, figs, Belgian chocolate with rich brown sugar and light earth with a typical Achouffe spiciness. Flavor is similar but seemingly more rich with less Belgian characteristics; forefront is brown sugar and some maple with also date, chocolate, and toasted caramel. Palate is lively, medium-full, and soft-feeling but lightly viscous. Finishes mostly sweet with lots of brown sugar still and some light notes of earth and it dries out as it progresses. Nice, rich, Belgian-influenced scotch ale but seemed to carry more Belgian character than Scottish. Certainly lots of typical Achouffe notes which are pleasant, but nothing in this to make it worthy of great marks; still enjoyable though.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scottymac223 (2) - WIlliamstown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2007 does not count
One of my first favorite beers was Newcastle Brown Ale. The second I opened the 75cl bottle of Mc Chouffe, I caught a familiar aroma, but better. Much better. The pour was great right into the center of the tall glass, creating an immense, cream colored head, followed by beautiful lacing. Taste was rich, buttery, burnt, caramel. A pleasant fruity sweet aroma catches the nose. The taste lingers and can be felt on the tounge minutes later. Crisp and refreshing. Excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Pours dark brown with little head. Strong aroma of caramel, spicy, and a little sour. Solid mouth feel with a light, but present hop quality. Along with a mildly caramel flavor, bits of raisin and alcoholic warmth come forward with yeast esthers coming forth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Pours brown with a big white head. Aroma is fruity (fig) with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is very tasty with more of a typical Belgian presence than Scottish. Fruity flavors dominate with some roasted flavors in the background. A nice alcohol warming is present without a strong alcohol taste. I really enjoyed this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3932) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2009 75cL bottle from Aarschott. Great beer, recommend trying it. It tasted more Belgian than Scotch influenced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2007
Pours brown with a big rocky off-white head. Fantastic lacing. Aroma is very estery, apricot, spicy yeast, raisens, chocolate and rum. Warming body, quite rich and syrupy... however the flaovurs come on a little lighter than expected. I noted chocolate, butterscotch, peach and light flowery hops. The finish is rather alcoholic and fruity. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (267) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
With the Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel hot off our palates, the gnome’s next of kin was called upon, a brew with a surprising outset. Of Scottish inspiration, the Mc Chouffe was still overwhelmingly Belgian in all respects. In appearance, a familiar moated structure of dense beige lather sprung from the streams of carbonation whirling through the glowing red tide. Obvious fig and caramel leaped forth, accentuated by the light noble hopping, and a steadily increasing complexity. Vanilla custard appeared shortly thereafter, releasing a legion of fascinating scents, from dusty pear to moss, through a series of fruits and spices including plum, banana, coriander and an unexpected hint of curry. Onto the palate, subtly weaved flavors develop upon a base of refreshing mineral water. Custard, delicate nutmeg and the chewy, buttery Nougat of Montélimar resound most conspicuously. The quiet character of this beer is reflected by the smooth and soft mouthfeel - a very relaxing effect. Dry malts, yeast and faint papaya form a long and enjoyable aftertaste to conclude the experience. A unique and enjoyable brew, but it seems to have lost the implied Scottish influence - for better or for worse.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Pours a pale brown. Ruby brown in glass to light. active off white soapy head. settled normally. First sip equals rich sweet and yeasty. Nose is of mash and primary fermentation. Vanilla and round tones in mouthfeel. finish just a touch of hops . A jewel.


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