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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 1,006
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 49
Gots: 144 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-14-2001

Brewed with thyme and curaçao
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Reviews by srandycarter:
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3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nut brown, huge root beer head, leaves slowly with lots of lace.

S - Estery, some fruitiness in the light juicy fruit way, yeast.

T - Full rounded soft, cooked fruits. Alcohol apparent but not overbearing. Malty with a slight bitter finish.

M - Good carb, medium to full body, very creamy, pretty good balance for such a big beer.

D - I have this one every once in awhile... surprised I never reviewed it before. A solid offering.

More User Reviews:
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!

Photo of AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours with the appears a vary cloudy and dark iced tea color that has an off white to tan head that rich and pillowy and settles very slow leaving a rich curtain like lacing down the glass.

The nose is delicious with a combination of citrus and bread dominating the floral and alcohol that floats on a subtle bed of coriander, cardamon, nutmeg, and pine.

The taste is spectacular and rich. While it has a very high alcohol content the taste is not dominated by it, it enhances it. The flavors are a well blended citrus, bread and floral explosion of complexity that coats the palate is beer-gasmic awesomeness. the tastiness and flavors of spice are just amazing and perfect.

The moutfeel is super rich and just right for the style.

Overall this is an exceptional beet and extremely enjoyable. I highly recommend it as it is a beer-gasm ina bottle.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a cherry/chestnut red color with a light amount of haze. Upon serving there is a tiny just off white head that fades quite fast. Once the head fades, it leaves a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall, but heaviest of darker fruit smells with aromas of cherry, plum, and fig. Along with these smells are some more Belgian yeast aromas with a yeast cake, banana, and spice smell consisting of coriander and clove . Along with some lighter nutmeg spice and a bit of a doughy smell, the overall aroma is fruity and inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with tons of sweet darker fruits that the nose hinted too, with tons of cherry and plum with a good level of fig to boot. These flavors create a strong base for the brew and persist throughout the whole of the taste. Quickly following the initial fruity taste, comes a moderate level of a yeast flavor. Mixed with these flavors are some spice tastes as well as a bit of an orange and orange peel flavor. Coriander and clove are the initial spice flavors detected, but are later joined by some flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of allspice. While at 10 % abv,, only the tracest level of an alcohol taste comes to the tongue at the very end, and with the rest of the flavors, leaves a very pleasant fruity and more subtly, but nicely balanced spice flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side for a brew of 10 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thinner body in conjunction with the barely detectable alcohol level make this one almost too dangerously easy to drink. While this may be so, the body and carbonation are very nice for the big dark fruit and moderate spice flavors and create a very nice drinking brew.

Overall – This one was a very enjoyable and dangerously good and easy to drink Belgian dark winter ale. Very tasty.

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of steelerguy
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of babyhobbes
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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?

Photo of Jason
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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...

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A spicy nose carries an array of pitted fruit aromas and sweet malts and yeasty esters. It pours deep brilliant amber bordering on brown under a 2” ligntly amber tinted off-white foam cap with a very fine bead. The cap gradually collapses as the bubble gradually grow and collapse, leaving gothic lace patterns on the glass. Its spicy with a fruity malty sweetness that stops short of cloying. As it warms cherry and plum with a hint of bubble gum become more distinct and prominent with light ginger, cinnamon and a hint of anise coming into focus. The brewer has lightened the body to somewhere around medium so it drinks a lot less hefty than many 10.0% abv beers. The above average carbonation also softens this big beer. The alcohol is smooth and not hot and shows its presence with a gentle warming. An excellent choice for sitting by the fire and relaxing.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with chestnut highlights and a two-finger tan head. The head slowly recedes into a rocky layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of an amalgamation of spices, sweet caramel malt, and earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Weak malt flavors are joined by Belgian candi sugar and spices midway through the sip. Near the end a bit of herbal hops and bitterness enter into things before leaving a spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a hefty thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could have another.

Overall the bottled version's flavors weren't quite as large as I remember it being on-tap. Still, it's a tasty beverage and one that's worth a shot.

Photo of frankiepop
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AHHH 750 ml bottle with a great lable of some elves playing insidious games in the snow around a fire near a church. No cork though.

APPEARANCE - Produced excellent smoke upon cap release in which I tipped the bottle 3 xs & poof poof poof. Poured deep rich clear brown with an ok head without good sustanance. Little lacing.

Sniffer - Malty sweetness -spices - yeasty tartness & orangey.

TASTE - Sweet and smooth. Zesty with strong carbonation.

Body - This baby is not too heavy. You won't mistake this fo a stout in a blind taste trial. Let's just say you're not picking up the fat chick for a blow job at the end of the night with Chouffe.

D - Good drinkability. Powerful stuff. Made me burp like a soldier.

Goes well with seasonal Christmas music. I suggest something simple like John Fahey's Christmas cd.

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 750ml poured into a chalice. The bottle lists the ABV and a DBD.

A: Dark mahogany brown with a HUGE off white rocky head. The head continues to sit on top for over a minute.

S: Piney hops, spice, orange, fruity esters.

T: Belgium sugar, orange, grapefruit hops, dark berries, warming alcohol, Belgium funky feast, and spice.

M: Heavy and smooth.

O: Heavy, fruity, and spicy, this beer offers an excellent warmth for the winter. It is certainly a beer to have more as a desert, and to sip, rather than to drink a lot of in one sitting. It is the type of beer that truly does seem special and meant for the holidays.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep dense pecan brown body with a creamy tan foam head that is thick and sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a slow microcarbonation gliding to the surface.

S- The characteristic chouffe yeast esters come through with cider and apple butter notes and some husky dark toasted malt hints in the finish. As the beer opens, there are apple skin with a bright note in the finish and some citron, hand-of-Buddha perfumed qualities.

T- The dark toffee taste has some more apple butter flavors in the background with a touch of bitterness in the finish and a faint herbal note to the dry finish. There is a woody note that taste more like walnuts as it opens and some golden raisins flavor come through aswell.

M- The full medium-full mouthfeel is creamy with a tight fizz note and some warming alcohol heat in the finish.

O- The herbal and citrus blend has some interesting cidery flavors to it but it covers up a bit of the dark candy notes which are nice. As the beer opens up the flavors meld together more and more.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy amber mahogany beer with a light khaki head. Some fantastic retention but no real lacing.

Smell has some floral fruitiness and a light pine scent but not super hoppy. Its more of a malt sweetness with some nice carmel toasted toffee scents. There is a grainy solvent like smell that tips you off to the higher ABV.

A medium body with a sweet malty flavor. Fine smooth (champagne like) carbonation that isn't over the top but a nice compliment to the tastes. There is a slight bitterness and a warm toasted toffee flavor that isn't too intense. A smooth and creamy feel in the mouth with a fine dry aftertaste. Makes me want to drink some more.

Very pleasing and easy to drink. The bottle has a best by date of 09/08/2010. Impressive how the brewery knows the exact date their beverage expires. Very worth a try.

Photo of 05Harley
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # NI110803MN 31683
Best by late 2014

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough, Mass

Price - $10.99/bomber

Pours amber brown in color with lots of fines in suspension. The sudsy white head forms close to a finger but fades too quick (sounds like a head on a soda as it disappears) leaving little to no lacing. Streams of tiny bubbles race to the top indicating a good amount of carbonation.

The nose is full of aroma first dominated with spices and dark fruit which is classic for a Belgian strong ale followed by caramel, yeast and wood.

A strong spicy flavor dominates the tastebuds followed by raisins, dark grapes, candy sugar and pepper in the finish keeping it from being too cloying. As the bomber comes to an end I'm picking up a faint metallic aftertaste which I'm not crazy about.

The mouthfeel seems somewhat thin with a medium body at best. A slite prickly feel from the carbonation and hops bite at the tongue leaving behind a musty dry finish.

Overall this was pretty good. I thought the alcohol was well hidden for 10%. Very winter like and well suited for a Christmas release.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage 750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost opaque, deep, dark mahogany color with a full three fingers of white head that slowly dissolved away into a thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. There is a very active effervesce of bubbles beginning at the bottom of the glass, and followed the curve of the glass to the bottom of the layer of head settled atop the beer.

Aroma: Ah, yes! That’s a Belgian Ale! Strong malt aromas up front, imparting notes of freshly baked bread, followed by /mixed with lots of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, sour cherries, candied sugar, some alcohol notes as well, and of course Belgian ale yeast.

Taste: Delicious! Lots of malt up front, that quickly gives away to tons of stone fruit! Plumbs, cherries, frigs, followed by some candied sugar-like sweetness. The beer finishes with a slight sour cherry-like sweetness that’s quite pleasant. I also get a few faint notes of orange citrus. Unfortunately, I’m not getting a lot of orange or any thyme, which the beer is brewed with, (according to the label), but this bottle is a few years old, so these flavors could have faded. I really want to try a fresh bottle next winter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and with quite a bit more carbonation that I’m used to in a Belgian dark strong ale, but it’s quite pleasant. With an ABV of 10.0%, there’s quite the strong, pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is another great Belgian strong dark ale! Great flavors of fruit and malt, balanced with some subtle, pleasant sour cherry. Delicious!

Photo of pourmeup
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz bottle poured into a pat o'briens have fun snifter! purchased from peabody's beer and wine, boone nc. belgians are not my specialty.

A- a one finger head in the shade of a grayish-brown, the liquid is a dark caramel with plentiful flecks of yeast floating; head retention is somewhat weak but i feel that the lacing makes up for it
S- spice is the undertone here. i feel that the metallic/alcohol notes are so overpowering that not much else can be smelt.
T- slightly lacking in boldness. as with the nose, i feel that the tongue has slightly too much metal/alcohol. i have had higher gravity beers that were smoother than this.
M- this may be the beers strong point. a smooth flow onto the tongue accompanied by a great level of carbonation add character to this beverage. not straight bubbly, but enough bubbles so that you can almost feel them pop in your mouth.
D- theres no way i could drink any more than the 25.4 oz bottle that i purchased. that being said, this is a big bottle.

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 1,006 ratings.