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N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with thyme and curaçao

Added by Bierman9 on 12-14-2001

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(33cl bottle, best before 06 2017 - poured into a CHOUFFE tulip!! - might be the first Chouffe in Chouffe since I got this glass year n half ago)

L: mostly clear, dark garnet colored liquid with a soft, spongy brown-creme colored foam, about 2 fingers high... the foam doesn't hold high, but when it falls it leaves one of the thicker collars you'll come across, almost in a frosting-like creamy contour... a lovely chunky band of craggy lace left at the top of the glass

S: vinous or berry-like fruit, spicy citrus flourishes, maybe some hints of raisin - nothing unique here, and one may expect something like a quad... only the mist of alcohol, not an overt ethanol sting... is there a faint faded black candy licorice in there?

T: much darker, more complex malt and sugars foundation than the smell alludes to - quite a bold unexpected roasty nuttiness (conditioning yeast playing a part?) up front and in the aftertaste... hard candy-like flavor but with its sweetness tapered off a good bit, perhaps cut by the punch of the phenolic spice... just reading the label now about thyme being added (don't know how much) - can't taste it outright, but now I can't smell it perhaps... the lasting flavors in the aftertaste are a dark chewy caramel with some allspice and celery(?!) and maybe a light dusting of the orange

F: voluptuous, velvety flow up front, with a quick flash of heat about 2/3 back in the palate... a glassy film filters back through the fleshy walls... light delight, but could stand to have a touch more slick stick

O: could this qualify as a quad?... when I think of Belgian beer I'd want to drink often, Achouffe's in my top 3 - each brand... sad nobody seems to have touched these at that store I'll be going back to soon and buying the rest (or at least what I can afford)... up there with the best Belgian holiday ales

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die".

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a beer I really wanted to like more than I did. The nose had some malt and spice, but was a bit dull compared to expectations. Flavor was a generic Belgian strong dark with some added spices, but the spices didn't really add anything positive to the beer. The carbonation was a little harsh as well, which made it rough on the tongue. Overall, a good beer that should have been better.

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Photo of stevoj
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy, hazy brown with lasting thin beige head. Aroma of dried fruit, some light molasses sweetness. Taste is more dried fruit, some pepper, coriander, general spiciness. Warmth comes at the finish.

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Photo of Shanex
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Is N'ice Chouffe the best Christmas beer around? Probably at least in Belgium. It's super sweet, caramel, orange and at 10%ABV the 75cl bottle will knock you down. Before bed time only.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Best before 2016-11.

A: Hazy brown. One finger high head, short retention.
S: Toasted malty. Toffee. Some orange.
T: Strong caramel. Dried orange peel. Medium sweet. Low bitterness.
M: Medium high body. High carbonation.
O: Great winter driver.

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Photo of Melvintrude
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best of the Belgian Christmas ales for me this season. Great herbal palate to go with more coventional style

Great Colour and mouthfeel. Great to hole up with when it's cold out.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark cola brown but a flat sticky head and a unfortunate separated look. Possibly poor treatment before I purchased the bottle. Great sweet smelling molasses, caramel with leather and earth. The taste starts with a sweetness of malt and caramel and a rich oak buttery taste with a dash of hazelnut. A rich prune fruity sweetness comes through as well with a tiny hint of pinot noir. A big yeastiness is there and is reminiscent of a meaty Portobello mushroom. A tangy carbonic tingly finish balances the sweetness well. A warm nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice lingers as a finishing aftertaste. Great mouthfeel, well balanced, light and sweet with just enough dryness to whet the appetite. There a lot of big bold flavors and they all play nicely. Overall this is a very yummy beer. Some of those delicouse chouffe flavors are there but the malt and earth stand up to it better whereas the regular chouffe can be a little yeasty and of a single tone. Recommended and will repeat.

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Photo of EMV
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Champs in State College, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a translucent mahogany color. 2 fingers of off-white head leave some great lacing on my glass.

S: Brown sugar and caramel mingle with dark fruits on the palate. Belgian all the way.

T/F: Taste is Belgian candies, dark fruits/figs, and brown sugary malts. Minimal hop presence, just barely noticeable at the finish. Extremely smooth... silky mouthfeel.

O: A very nice Belgian winter beer. Extremely smooth and drinkable... very well made. Missing a little something in the flavor profile perhaps, but that's nitpicking. Reminds me a bit of the Corsendonk Christmas Ale. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, pours a hazed brown slight copper ruby with a light tan head. Aroma caramel with notes of nuts, hazelnuts and spices. Taste is sweet and rich with notes of dark and dried fruit and sugar. Very nice.

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Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a standard brown body, thick whipped head the color of brown rice. Brown sugar and wisps of smoke in the flavor and no alcohol heat, fine ale all around.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.60):
Another great Chouffe beer & an excellent Xmas one with plenty complex flavours, a warming, boozy palate & a nice kick at the end. Not quite as pronounced on the nose as I'd been expecting but the taste more than made up for this with great rich malts, sweetness & dark fruits.

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Photo of classixIII
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown/black ,light barely gets through. Head is 2 fingers foamy and creamy tan that stayed quite awhile. Aroma is typical of Belgian Ale, with light tones of ye olde "winter spices'. Malt, bread, yeast, lightly sweet and spiced. Great mouthfeel, lighter than expected nice carbonation. Finishes with some hop bitterness and the warmth of the alcohol. Good stuff.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: December 29, 2015... GLASSWARE: Chimay goblet...OCCASION: basking in the afterglow of The Force Awakens with a beer that has some force of its own... APPEARANCE: dark ruby brown body that reveals none of its contents... the thick, creamy brown head resembles the head of mousse, with thick bubbles wreathing the glass...a thick shade follows its crest... AROMA: ginger, anise, pepper, and vanilla roil in the citrus and pear... small hits of toasted malts work their way in--raisin and currants lastly ... PALATE: creamy, active at the throat, and long-lasting in its finish--one that coats and resounds... shockingly sippable and worth holding in the mouth, with a pleasant, almost softened cola consistency... TASTE: a light grape, vinous sauvignon , with mellow anise, malt, and dry hops that suggest orange and earthy roots...figs and dates, yes sir...slightly sour, with some fermentation making the experience a bit more complex... ...OVERALL: in a run of great strong beers--see Southern Tier's 2xmas and Corsendonk's Christmas Ale--Nice more than holds its own, it owns...as drinkable a weighty beer as one finds, with complexity and enjoyability coupling easily... had this a long time ago, then on a St Patty's Day crawl in State College on tap--and the search was over at The Hop and Vine....one bottle, and one is feeling good...

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml, BB 11/2016.

Look: Pours like many other dark Belgium ales, a hazy amber color with a beige head the quickly dissipates.

Smell: Dark fruits, some sweetness, and a little booze.

Taste: Cola up front, with some dark fruit on the finish.

Feel: Strongly carbonated, like a cola; light to medium mouth-feel, with a bit of a bite on the finish.

Overall: After having tried quite a few, I still don't understand all the fuss about Belgium beers. I get that there is some complexity to them, but I continue to enjoy many other styles of beer more. My guess (and hope) is, after a few years in the cellar, these beers must offer something else they don't offer when fresh.

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Photo of 57md
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with two big fingers of head. The nose has that classic Belgian funkiness. The flavor profile is malty and bready but the body is lighter than I'd expect for a beer of this style.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky reddish brown color with a beige head that has a nice retention and some decent lacing. Definitely some alcohol legs, which isn't super surprising considering the abv.

S: There is a decent amount of Christmas spices in this (cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg). You also get the usual candi sugar, buckwheat honey, spiced bread and light candied orange peel. Quite a bit of phenols

T: Follows the nose well. Quite sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, for once. Well balanced, but not extremely interesting. Solid.

M: Very round and slightly heavy. Carbonation is deliciously fluffy. No stickiness, which is always appreciated.

O: Nothing earth shattering but a well executed Christmas beer, which tend to be usually too sweet. Get one and enjoy.

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Photo of puck1225
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap into a snifter. Rich dark brown with a thin head and decent lacing. Very nice, pleasant smell, sweet and comforting. Taste of candied fruit, warm spices and dark fruit. A very nice beer. Even my son, who recently went only for Coors Lite and Shiner Bock, likes this beer!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 10.79/25.9 oz bottle ($ 0.409/oz) at Spec’s 14623
2014 version 25.9 oz bottle at 42 degrees into snifter; allowed to warm to 55 degrees
Aroma – spicy, some caramelized sugar
Head average (Four cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to five mm frothy ring and partial frothy layer
Lacing - none
Body – very deep red-amber, slight haze
Flavor sweet, some spiciness but not overpowering, not picking up the curacao; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. There is a mild alcohol burn following ingestion.
Palate medium to full, somewhat syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of drmeto
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

-pours a slightly hazy ruby with a small to medium,foamy,beige head
-caramel,toffee,plums,raisins,figs,candi sugar,strawberries,banana,chocolate,cinnamon,toast
-Follows the nose plus Herbs (THyme) ans syrup
-elevated bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
Great Christmas Ale.The Thyme isn't too in-your-face.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper orange. It has a soft glow. Scant head of tan bubbly foam. Smells like orange and nuts. Lots of hop spice on the nose and floral. Herbal twiggy scent that is the thyme. Soft sweet malty scent , a touch of bread. Nose opens up as it warms with brown sugar. A few esters from alcohol and yeast show off that thyme and orange. Some of the bitterness in the finish is the thyme too. Carbonation tickles the finish on this beer like so many good Belgians. Soft fruity finish with the thyme and orange to linger. Boozy warmth and a little bitterness form the hops and from the thyme. Very dry and lingers with the taste of nuts and orange peel.

Outstanding beer. One of the best holiday beers I have ever had. Spirited finish. Vital, not heavy and the flavors are spiced fruit and soft sweet bread.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drink by 6/2016
11.2oz bottle in libbey tulip
L- pours a deep dark brown with a tinge of red, thin rocky head leaves a ring of lacing
S- is of dark fruit like dates and prunes , sweet candy sugar
T- same as nose, has a complex fruity taste, has a nice smooth mellowness to it as well, hides the 10% abv pretty well although it is noticeable
F- medium bodied, creamy feel to it light but crisp carbonation
O- this is my 1st Belgian Strong Dark Ale, definitely a good beer but nothing i'd go crazy for or pay $4.50 for 11.2oz bottle

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Photo of josanguapo
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 3x05. Good in all aspects, pleasant to drink, but lacks something that make it stand out

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap into snifter

A: Brown dark Amber in appearance almost no head body has good clarity

S: Almost a slight bourbon smell figs dates butterscotch

T: taste is a little more dialed back lighter hints of doughy sweet bread clove bannana a little bit of the figs and dates

M: a little thin and watery a little surprised

O: it's a good beer the nose hints at stronger tastes then it follows through with but it's has some nice candied figs and dates with just a touch of alcohol on the end. Mouthfeel was a little dissapointing

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Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drink by date of 2016

Appearance - brown body with tan head

Smell - clove, caramel, fig

Taste - caramel, fig, clove, cola

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high level of carbonation, slight sweetness from the fig, Belgian spices on the back end, finish is slightly astringent

Overall - decent beverage here, the flavors don't 'pop' like other Belgian dark ales, but it is ok

Price Point - $5.50/11.2 oz bottle

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