I'm having a bit of a hard time getting excited about writing yet another review. This has nothing to do with the beer in question, but more about my eagerness to get back to some homebrewing action. One more month of firefighting to go and I'll be back in the saddle, can't wait.
Today's beer in question certainly has a fine pedigree. The Brasserie d'Achouffe produces Houblon Chouffe, a beer considered by some to be the best Belgian IPA around. McChouffe is an even more unorthodox brew than Houblon, and is described as a "Scottish Abbey Ale." Get your mind around that one.
McChouffe is certainly an attractive beer, pouring a deep copper with ruby highlights that seem to beam from the glass. Its flavour is fairly complex, with notes of brown sugar and a light flavour of peat. The character of the Belgian yeast is understated but still present, adding an interesting and unusual element. For a beer of this strength and style it is incredibly drinkable, the character of the peat doesn't clobber you over the head as do so many Scottish-style beers. The peat also doesn't dominate the flavour but waits until the aftertaste to assert itself. Although maybe not as incredible as Houblon Chouffe, McChouffe is still a fine beer. I'm pretty sure this beer, along with it's cousin Houblon, can't yet be found in BC, but when it does hit the market, give it a bash.
Rating: Very Good