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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Achouffe - McChouffe Brown Ale

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
McChouffe Brown Ale
Brasserie D'Achouffe
Rue du Village 32
6666 Achouffe, Belgium
Est.late 1970's
(2006 as part of Duvel-Moortgat)

Brain Damage Quotient = 8.0 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 25.4

Postmortem Brew Review
Hazy, dark brown color.
Notes of Belgian yeast, dark breads and fruits. Some alcohol noticeable.
One finger, tan head. Disappears quickly leaving little lacing.
Tastes slightly spicy, peppery. Dark fruits; sticky raisin tastes predominate.
Soft carbonation.
Light to medium bodied. Nice flavor complexity.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Brasserie D'Achouffe is a Belgian brewer that has been around for several decades. Recently they came under the arm of Duvel-Moortgat, a fine purveyor of Belgian ales. This brown ale (Scottish ale/Abbey ale) is made with spring water from the Ardennes region, long known for their refreshing and restorative powers. English Golding and Saaz hops are combined with pilsener malts and top fermenting Belgian yeast to produce this hand crafted ale. The final touch is double fermentation (bottle fermenting) that features a soft, natural carbonation.

Their gnomes embellish the bottles of all the ales produced from the Brasserie giving its branding a cute and impish playfulness. I was inspired to try this brown ale after not being able to help but notice the decoratively painted bottle. I was hooked on the taste. Since it is a large bottle with a large amount of ABV, you will make many friends with this one!

Don't think you like Belgians? Try McChouffe and see the difference hand crafting and fine ingredients make.

You can catch up with me later, frolicking with the gnomes...

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