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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

857 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 44
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-14-2001)
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Reviews by Estarrio:
Photo of Estarrio
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark brown/plum with a small, off-whit head. The head is small but very persistent, with thick, viscous, creamy lacings.

The aroma is winter seasonal spicy bliss. Sweet plum, grape and apple esters blend masterfully with an earthy, funky, Chouffe yeast character. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, thyme, clove and coriander are all perceived in the spice profile. Despite the spiciness, the complex aroma is well balanced and the high ABV is nowhere to be found. This could be my new Yule time air freshener.

Sweet plum, raisin and red grape blend masterfully with Belgian candy sugar to make a delightfully sweet flavor. The sweet, fruity esters are balanced by a doughy malt presence and a delightfully, funky shot of yeast. Again, the spice profile is high but well blended with the other flavors. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice stand out above the other spices. The finish has a subtle hop bitterness. The ABV is very well masked, aside from a very nice warming as this tasty brew traverses the palate.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel with excellent, fizzy carbonation makes for an excellent mouthfeel and a highly drinkable brew.

Whoa! As a huge fan of Chouffe products, I'm amazed that I had yet to try this wonderful beer. This is the perfect Belgian winter warmer and I'm sure it would be equally enjoyable throughout the year. Viva La Chouffe!

Estarrio, Mar 08, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazy russet brown with a huge blooming light brown head that sticks like glue as it slowly settles.Very spicey aromas like that of cinnamon and nutmeg with a touch of orange and prune underneath.The orange peel in this brew show on the palate along with some phenolic yeasty spiciness and raisin but its not overly sweet,somewhat breasy mouthfeel compliments the flavors nicely.Its a beer that goes down easy but not overly big flavor wise but solid none the less.

oberon, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The head came right out of the bottle. It poured a beautiful, fine, tan white. The body is an extremely dark brown, cloudy and carbonated.

Smell – This opened up wonderfully in my Chimay glass. The deep yeast aroma is laden with dark fruits and sugars. I can almost taste the dates, figs, overly ripe apricots, and brown sugar. I’m tasting this with a Lebanese dish I just made that involves making bread, so the kitchen is filled with a wonderful aroma of yeast, bread, and fruit.

Taste – This is terrific. The classic flavors come out in force here. This is a very thick blend of toasted malts and bready yeast. The fruits are bigger at the tongue. The figs and dates are huge! The sugar is present as well, making this an extremely well-rounded ale.

Mouthfeel – This is full in the mouth. You’ll want to eat this one with a fork. There’s a small sting of alcohol, which is amazing for an ale with a 10.0 ABV. The carbonation is big and top notch.

Drinkability – I had to drink this exceptional ale while making disgusting, sour faces so that my wife would think that it was horrible. No, seriously, this is a fine example of the style and well worth the ten bucks or so that I paid for it.

Comments – This is the 2002 Edition and is a seasonal winter ale, so it’s been sitting for almost a year. It tastes just right, so maybe this is something to age off the shelf. Either way, this is awesome and would make a great Christmas gift.

Update – I first reviewed this in 2003 with a year-old bottle, so thought I’d revisit this classed in 2005 with an ’04 vintage.

The beer is wonderfully balanced and extremely complex. The curacao that they use in the brewing process ads a particularly inviting dimension to the ale. The fine Belgian yeast stands out in my mind as exceptional, and I really enjoy the way that the sweetness moves in and out of the flavor profile. This is an incredible beer!

RoyalT, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of brownbeer
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

Dark brown with a tan head.

Aromas of spicy yeast, bitter orange, ginger, caramel, raisin, something fruity in there that kind of reminds me of bubblegum.

Medium-full bodied with raisin and sweet malt mingling with the spicy yeast. There's an herbal note, nutmeg, and a sweet watermelon fruitiness. Has an alcohol presence but not really the taste and becomes creamy and really smooth when it opens up. Not bad at all, but it almost overwhelms in much quantity.

brownbeer, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Tiernan, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of kcc
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

kcc, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of steelerguy
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nut brown, huge light tan head, lots of carbonation keep the head around for awhile, and lots of lacing.

S - Yeast, spice, and some caramel malt with hints of dark fruit.

T - Malt throughout, from beginning to end. Starts with a bit of lingering sweetness from some sugars that were not broken down. A nice spiciness then comes on along with some yeast. The spice is then complimented with some alcohol notes as you finish the sip.

M - Is it possible for a beer to have a complex mouthfeel? Perhaps not, but this beer does have a lot going on, moderate body, definitely some undigested sugars in there, a nice tingle from the carbonation, warming from the alcohol.

O - This is a nice Belgian Dark Strong, I thought it may be a bit too spicy but I didn't feel that was the case, just a nice complex flavor profile. A worthy limited edition from Brasserie d'Achouffe.

steelerguy, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at Tully's; hadn't seen it there before. The bottle said Limited Edition 2005. An extraordinary , complex beer. It was a medium brown color with a coffee-colored head and some nice lacing. It had a distinct spicy odor, very warm, almost like a red pepper. Tasting was a revelation. It was sweet, orange, spices, some malt, and a nice warm aftertaste. A little bubbly for my taste. The alcohol is not noticeable at first, but it certainly sneaks up on you. Be careful with it.

lordofthewiens, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -2%

warnerry, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of babyhobbes
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Try brew was on-tap at my favorite bar and I'm so glad I tried it!

It came with a finger width of creamy, white head which dissipated after several minutes. This smelled great, spicy, fruity and malty. For such a high alcohol content there was very little alcohol smell.

N'ice Chouffe tasted better than it smelled. The flavor was sweet, malty and spicy with a little kick of alcohol. It is very pleasant tasting. The mouthfeel is rather smooth and full-bodied. This reminded me of a good wine.

I could certainly drink this all night. I wonder if the bottled version is this good?

babyhobbes, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

TimoP, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just found a bottle with a vintage date of 1996 on neck of the bottle. Dane from B. United told me a while ago to open it soon because it loses carbonation. He was right, now it has no carbonation at all. A shame really because this would have been a beer of greatness if it had only held on the carbonation. Goes down like a tawny port with fruity aromas and flavours of currants and cherries. Creamy mouth feel glides over the tongue, alcohol is warming but has mellowed for sure but still with a touch of peppery spice. Oddly there is barely any oxidation from the 6+ years of aging.

Jason, Mar 10, 2002
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 edition, capped not corked. Served into a chalice at cellar temperature, this pours a ruby mahogany body with tremendous carbonation action in the form of a horde of tiny bubbles in full flourish. The head is beige in color, and creamy in texture. Excellent retention, and exquisite sheet lacing drapes the chalice. Very tempting aroma features an orgy of overripe bananas, dates, apricots, and orangepeel, enhanced by spicy coriander, orangezest, thyme, and white pepper. Burnt candy sugar aromas add to the attraction. Mouthfeel is excellent, with effervescent carbonation as per style, and a smooth and creamy medium body that has both a spice and alcohol bite. Taste has the character of an orange liqueur, spiced with thyme and clove, and blended with pureed prunes and raisins. Lots of dark fruits stewed in rum, thrown into the middle. Toward the finish, it gains some dry and bitter hop and yeast character, as if some juniper flavored, Dutch Jenever was added to the mix. Very warming alcohol notes are in the dry aftertaste. An excellent Belgian winter strong dark ale. i enjoyed this one while watching a snow storm arrive on a cold winter eve and morn.

merlin48, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large green bottle, etching tells me its best to consume this necter before 2009...woohoo 3 yrs to go...Pours dark plum amber, semi hazy with a large tan head, initially rocky then melting to a thick film and leaving classic and extensive lacing. Nose of fruits, musty malt and yeasty Belgian goodness. Tasty, strong brew, notes of alcohol, cola, Belgian yeast, dark rum, sweet cookie tastyness. Classic strong brew, get some of this Chouffyliciousness and enjoy...

Billolick, May 09, 2006
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

reitzbrewing, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Also picked up a hiday D'Achouffe glass as well - score!

Poured into that winter D'Achouffe glass. It is rare that I'm able to drink a brew in a glass specifically designed for it - I'll certainly enjoy it!

Chestnut amber, opaque, full foamy head, good retention, great lacing.

Nose is terrific - spices, orange peel, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, coriander, caramel. Almost sherry like.

Great brew. A fine dark ale with a delightful hint of spices, and herbal hops. Surprisingly dry to the finish. Definitely a holiday feel to this - there is a subtle hint of banana and clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice body, strong carbonation.

Very strong brew from D'Achouffe- would love to have this on hand during the holidays!

JohnnyBarman, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with a thick off-white head. Raisins, grapes, and spice make up the aroma. Light but creamy mouthfeel. Sweet wine, banana, spice, and caramel malt dominate the palate. Orange peel, hops, and alcohol bring up the rear and stay with you. Good balance, good beer.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of jiffymon
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jiffymon, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Kraken
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes drank over Christmas.

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Moderate pour yields a three finger head that crashes back to the surface fairly quickly. Lace is spotty at best. Color is a dark cloudy brown.

Nose- Light nuttiness, woodsy, little bit of orange.

Palate- Lightly sweet, very actively carbonated. Some nuttiness, orange peel. Hot! Some herbal elements of gin. Finishes very dry Curacao is to much for me.

Mouthfeel- Active

Drinkability- not my favorite holiday brew.

Kraken, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Moo5152
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Moo5152, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -2%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

doremite, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clouded amber brown nice sized off white caramel head specks of lacing. Aroma: Dark candi sugar, alcohol tones running though it along with farmhouse spices and orange peels. Taste: Very herbal flavor with farmhouse spice amazing like Orval only bigger malts, sweet brown sugar and more alcohol phenols brewing here, great stuff. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied yet smooth and effervescent no rough edges to it. Drinkability: Completely incredible Xmas Belgian from the year 2002, that I will be on a lookout for years to come.

WVbeergeek, Feb 21, 2004
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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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