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Mc Chouffe (157 of 1001)

Rating: 4.05

This one follows on from La Chouffe that I tried earlier last year and wasn’t overly impressed with, although it was a decent enough beer. This one also features in the 1001 beers list and was introduced roughly four years after the original La Chouffe, sometime around 1986. This wasn’t a beer I was particularly looking out for right away but I managed to spot it in a random bottle shop in Glasgow and thought I’d grab it whilst I could and tick another beer of the list while I was at it.


Appearance (5/5): A deep ruby brown with a one centimetre tall, foamy, tan brown head on top that hold quite well considering the high abv. of the beer. There is only a slight reduction in size of the course of the first minute or two, this is an excellent looking beer that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass as well.
Aroma (7/10): Some sweet malts and very dark fruits to begin, notably some plums and raisin with a little cherry too. There is some brown sugar, some yeast and light alcohol along with a tiny amount of caramel but it could do with one smell taking charge and being more pronounced.
Taste (8/10): Quite a lot of sweet malts and sugar with some dark fruits, mainly raisin and plumbs with some figs. There is a bit of caramel and some yeast with a few hops in there as well. There is some yeast throughout and a bit of a boozy, alcohol taste towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied with lively, strong carbonation and a sweet and fruity palate with a fair bit of spice too.

Overall (15/20): Quite a nice beer again, maybe not as good as I’ve come to expect from some of the Belgian beers featured in the 1001 beers list but it is still a nice tipple. I would say I enjoyed it more than La Chouffe that I tried early last year but it’s not a classic Belgian ale really.

Brewed In: Achouffe, Belgium
Brewery: Brasserie d’Achouffe
First Brewed: circa. 1986
Type: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Abv: 8.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Quel Vin (Glasgow)
Price: £2.90

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  1. January 7, 2016 at 10:05
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