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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

765 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Hornet2003:
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark pour with lots of hop flakes. Very carbonated head that dissipates like pop.

Smell: Belgian yeast and lots of candi sugar. Banana and clove with a touch of nice, wintery spiciness.

Taste: Sweet malt and great euro-flowery-hop flavour. Not too much hop bitterness but the Belgian banana/clove dark fruit flavours are great.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and sweetness for a winter beer. Solid warming and bitterness (not too overstated). Very pleasant.

Overall: I'm liking the N'ice Chouffe. From the first time I had the McChouffe back in Amsterdam, this brewery has been a favourite. For an afternoon after a long weekend of skiing in Jasper, AB, this beer is a warm treat. I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 18:22:28 | More by Hornet2003
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jeff1973

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

04-15-2014 04:01:35 | More by jeff1973
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Missouri

4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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brureview

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limited edition Winter

Poured a light caramel color in a tulip with a 3F head.
Lighter than other beers in the same style.

Aroma- candy, toffee.

Mouth feel- very carbonated, perhaps more than other Belgian dark ales.

Taste: candy, some spice.

Overall: I find that the body of this beer is not as full as others in the style.
There is a bitterness in the finish, which overshadows the taste. The aroma and taste could have more candy, as brought out in other beers in the same style.

It's an excellent beer, but I am looking for more sweetness, and an aroma which is stronger.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 00:48:40 | More by brureview
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Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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dbarny76

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -2%

03-11-2014 22:01:17 | More by dbarny76
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glass_house

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a glass chalice

Pours a murky dark brown with ruby highlights and one finger of frothy tan head. Moderate lacing with a thin collar of dark foam and a patchy cap. Smells like raisins, figs, and plums soaked in molasses and spiced rum. Wow, I think I'm going to like this...

Yep, I was right. The dark fruits make an immediate impression, but are more subtle than overwhelming. Toasty dark bread, caramel, and brown sugar balance nicely with the slightly spicy yeast esters and faint earthy hops. Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than medium, with enough carbonation to keep it crisp and lively. Clean, dry finish. Definitely on the sweet side, but far from syrupy or cloying.

Another Chouffe masterpiece. This is probably my new favorite of their offerings. This beer is so smooth it's almost impossible to believe the 10% ABV. So glad I finally got to try this, and I can't wait to see what some time in the cellar does for a couple bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 18:29:47 | More by glass_house
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groleau

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

03-05-2014 22:54:31 | More by groleau
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/24/2012. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apple, orange peel, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, clove, molasses, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apple, orange peel, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, molasses, brown bread, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apple, orange peel, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, clove, molasses, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and big robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:24:59 | More by superspak
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total Wine for $2

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, caramel, spices

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some yeasty notes. There is also some dark fruit (raisins), and a light clove/coriander spiciness.

Overall – The flavour is kind of subdued, but it's good in a way because it isn't cloyingly sweet like some other belgian darks are. A solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 750 ml bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice/goblet. Limited Edition 2012. Purchased as Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Murky dark brown with frothy, latte-like beige head, tiny bubbles, with good retention with plenty of wispy lace.

S: Aroma is most fig, raisin, and brown sugar, maybe currants. No real hops and I am not getting any herbals or bitter orange peel. The yeast, however, is very aromatic with clove and light but well-integrated phenols.

T: The flavor is good, mainly reminiscent of pralines dipped in a fig/raisin chutney with a light nutmeg/clove type of finishing note. I like how the yeast esters are in there but not overwhelming and complement the dark fruity flavors. There is a lot of caramel and raisin/fig flavors and a lot of brown sugar flavor. There is light-moderate bitterness which prevents it from getting sweet and syrupy. The alcohol is dangerously well-hidden -- no sign of it.

M: Part of the dangerous nature (besides the alcohol presence being minimal) is the surprisingly light body, which is helped by the significant carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed N'Ice Chouffe -- an exceptional mix of sweetness and yeast esters with just the right level of bitterness and a light body to provide a great balanced BSDA. I wish it had a little more complexity, but what it brings is very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

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Ohio

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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Florida

3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle brought by Beastmaster. Pours a deep dark red that looks beautiful in the light with a large fluffy off white head. However, there are giant chunks of yeast in this one and boy is it ugly. Aroma of sweet dark fruits: plums, cherries, spicy funky yeast. Flavor is rather syrupy sweet with big dark cherries and plums, some brief spice, and lots of candy sugar. Medium heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Meh, this wasn't all that great.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Soapy tan head sits atop a dark ruby body. Light lacing.

Tons of sweet fruit and some underlying spice and bread coming out of this. Orange and cherry.

Nice warming brew. Sweet with orange peel, herbal hop, and dark bread.

Goes down easy with a lighter body and ample carbonation.

The orange peel is a great addition. Nice sipping beer for the winter time.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 16:50:01 | More by MattSweatshirt
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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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