990: Mc Chouffe

Name: Mc Chouffe
Brewery: Brasserie d’Achouffe
Country of Origin: Belgium
City & State: Not Applicable
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 8%
First Brewed: 1986

Tasting Notes
Dark amber beer under a creamy head, sprouting a nose of roasted and caramel malts and spices. Has a thick malt base, but the sweetness is reminiscent of licorice. Full bodied, with a subtle but always present hint of alcohol, while the spices last until the end.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I love hobbits! One thing that I am going to like about this project is learning more about the beers before drinking them. That won’t affect the way I write on the beers, as I am writing based on the nose and the flavor. But it’s cool to learn more about the beers, the brewery, etc. before trying them. Like this beer… the hobbit on the bottle, well that’s a Chouffe. I had no idea, but now it makes so much sense. Anyway, let’s drink.

The beer smells like any other brown ale. Not much going on really. But the smell does help with the first sip. It’s initially smooth, and best served chilled. It slides across the palate and settles on the back of your tongue. The aftertaste sticks around though.

The beer is a Belgian strong ale… and I must admit, I expected more. The bottle is HUGE, comfortable to a wine bottle. So when I spend this much money on a bottle of beer, I expected more. The head on the beer is thick, which makes me think there will be a creamy mouth feel… there’s not.

Now, I’m not saying this beer is bad… but to come all this way from the Belgium and just be this good, I am hurt! Come on beer guys, you can do better than that. I would buy a bottle of this again, but it would have to either be on sale or the liquor store would have to be out of everything else! I like the story of the hobbit… but sadly, that is  more exciting than what lay in the glass. Bottoms up… if you can stomach it.

Rating: 2/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
I’m not even going to try to pronounce the name of this next beer.  How about I just say it’s from Belgium, and we leave it at that?  It pours out as a nice dark brown color, very thick, with some sediment floating through it.  The bottle was huge… splitting a bottle still gave us each almost a full pint.  I tried smelling it and really not much there… I gave it a big whiff and couldn’t really smell much of anything.

The first thought that came to mind with my first taste was that it tastes… fudgy.    This really is one thick beer.  We’re listening right now to what Ricky said is the “theme song” for this beer.  It reminds of the song the seven dwarfs sang in Snow White.  You know, “hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go”.  I picture the dwarfs heading out to the bar after a hard day’s work… hey, don’t think I’m too crazy – there is a dwarf-looking type of guy on the bottle, after all.

Honestly, I find this beer just ok.  There’s not really any distinctive flavor or anything that sets it off.  It’s not bad, but not great, either.  There’s just nothing really special about it.  It tastes better than a domestic, but no porter or stout flavors to set it off.  It’s thick, but not rich, really.  Just a “full” type of beer with not a lot of extra flavor.  Probably wouldn’t find myself buying it again.

Rating: 3/5

989 bottles of beer on the wall…

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