Mc Chouffe is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that’s brewed by Brasserie d’Achouffe, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.
The ale pours a clear chestnut brown and is topped by a thick cap of dense tan-colored foam that shows modest retention. Leaves a smattering of residue and a thin soapy collar.
The aroma is sweet with a scent of cherry and plum. Also present is a hint of booze.
A taste of spices is followed by a mellow sweetness of dark fruits that nearly turns syrupy with ripened banana, molasses, and toffee. A spike of peppery hops and an earthy wood character punch the middle and a taste of brown bread rounds out the palate.
The feel is smooth with a body that’s a shade over medium and lively on the tongue with medium-high carbonation. Its finish sticks to the back of the tongue and has a slight alcohol warming sensation.
By all measurements, Mc Chouffe is a solid brew. The mouthfeel is fine, even if it’s a little thick on the backend. Its appearance is adequate. But its aroma and palate are mostly sweet and don’t allow the other flavors their place. Mc Chouffe may not be one of the style’s best examples, but if you like Belgian beers, you’ll likely enjoy this one.
Brasserie d’Achouffe recommends the following food pairings with their Mc Chouffe: game, Parma ham, entrecôte; braised chicory, mushrooms, parsnips; seafood of salmon, scampi, oysters; cheeses of Selles sur Cher, Saint-Maure; spices of star aniseed, clove.