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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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870 Ratings

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Ratings: 870
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 45
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-14-2001)
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

iwhoopedbatman, Aug 11, 2014
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4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite all-time beer for me. I'll have to revisit Chimay Blue to confirm, but this is right up there with the Rochefort 8 and any of the best dark belgians.

A: Almost opaque, but red aura, if that makes sense.
S: Dark, dried fruits.
T&M: Just about flawless. It's got a lot of carbonation...which is good because you need to be paced with this!!! First inclination is to suck it down. It's got what I think of as grape soda goodness...those dark candy sugars going to town on your taste buds. But don't sell my review short, this is a refined brew. Patience is rewarded as it mellows. Raisins, plums, you know what I'm talking about!
D: Dangerous, yes. But if you know what you're dealing with, you will bide your time with it.

surlyseth, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of OatherS
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown appearance.

Nice aroma that is not alcoholy that you would expect.

Taste is perfect blend of caramel and chocolaty flavor. Nice fruity flavor as well. Great taste

The bubbly appearnce is present in the mouthfeel as well. Nice feel.

VERY drinkable beer. The high alcohol content is not present at all making for a great beer.

OatherS, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2010.

A: Massive 1 1/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over brownish-amber coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, spices, apples and pears.

T: Apples and pears up front which transitions to cloves, spices, bananas, figs and cherries in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A beautiful and complex Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and my favorite so far from this brewery.

DaftCaskBC, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of benmiliron
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gift from wife. I love wife.

N'ice Chouffe is just beautiful beer. Dark brown, not as pretty as it tastes, but much like the rest in the style. Smell: spicy, sweet, candied fruit, but not overwhelming like so many other belgians. Taste is just divine. The spiced Chouffe taste with a heavier molasses/orange feel and stronger/alcoholic taste. This is the ultimate winter beverage. The alcohol is slightly warming on the tongue. Aftertaste of ginger and chocolate.

This is my favorite winter beer. Vive la Chouffe indeed.

benmiliron, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of Bisho
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely loved this beer and so did the missus.
Had it on tap at the La Chouffe brewery whilst enjoying one of the N'Icest (pun intended) homemade lasagne's I have ever eaten!
Flavour profile was a cross between a SDA and a Belgian Quad. Bag's of flavour. So much so that I went back for seconds and thirds!
I love the standard La Chouffe and I only wish this one was as readily available for home consumption too. The brewery is too far away from Australia!!!

Bisho, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Fallingonwater10
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most beautiful thing I have ever poured down my mouth. Caramel aftertaste after it goes down smooth. The beer gods have smiled upon you N'Ice Chouffe. How could the lord of the beer make this one any better? News flash, no way it could. Praise God for the sweet nectar of this one. The only thing that was rough was I jizzed in my pants on the first sip cause it was so amazing.

Fallingonwater10, Jan 22, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap into a Chimay chalice on 7/13.

Very dark, opaque brown similar to others of this style with a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated after a few minutes, leaving a nice lacing around the glass.

Smell gave a mixture of pepper/corriander spiciness, dark fruits of raisins and plums with a mild sweetness.

Taste was excellent. I cant think of an exact description but somewhere between the sweetness of a Gulden Draak and the slightly bitter/dryness of a Delirium Nocturnum. The high ABV is not overwhelming.

Mouth feel was a nice light creamy texture. much smoother feeling than St Bernardus Abt 12.

Highly drinkable... may too easily drinkable given the alcohol content! Will definitely look for this in the future.

ncaudle, Jul 14, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

kcc, Feb 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1999 edition
Very interesting...gets WAY better as the bottle empties.
Pours a murky golden-brown (first glass) to a opague dark brown (last glass) with yeast galore...some big floaters. Tan head sizzles it's way to extinction. One of the loudest beers I have encountered.

Heavy grape aroma. Exotic fruit and spice in the background.

Taste is heavy on the the grapes as well. Especially up front. Big carmel/toffee presence also (even more so as it warms..or in the last glass from the 750ml bottle). There is a raw, musty hoppiness in here that is just delightful. I am getting some slight peach fruitiness. Yeast spiciness (peppery) too. Alcohol is prickly and very perceived (but not in a bad way).
Mouthfeel starts on the thinnish side...settles to a substancial coating thickness...very, very impressive.
Warming and nearly sweat-inducing.
Quite impressive. A real treat.

cokes, Jun 05, 2002
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

PaF, Mar 30, 2013
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DJoe, Dec 22, 2013
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Vylo, Jun 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Peyton5410, Dec 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

craigdb, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 75cl bottle, the 2003 edition (no I couldn't wait very long...)

Pours into the goblet a dark brown, almost pitch black with a thick tan head. Some dark reddish hints around the edges. Smells heavenly. Spicy and yeasty. Alcohol flavors but mixed in with orange peel aromas and sticky sweet malt aromas too. Very inviting.

My limited palate will not do this beer justice. Spicy and sweet. Orangey flavors, fruity. The fruity yeasty flavors meld wonderfully with the dried orange peel flavors and I am unable to descern where one ends and the other begins. The thyme mentioned on the bottle is evident in the background. The bottle also states that it is brewed with "alot of dark candy sugar" and they do not lie. Lots of sweet, sticky molasses-like flavors. Hints of brown sugar? Lots of sweet malty flavors that I can't identify. Just know that they are good flavors.

Mouthfeel is sticky and the finish surprisingly bitter. Lots of those molasses tones stuck to the roof of your mouth. With all of this big flavor, very very drinkable. The perfect beer for a cold snowy evening. This beer only gets better as it warms. The bottle suggests 60 degrees. My cellar is close to 50 at this point but it warms beautifully.

Easily my favorite Chouffe beer. I just have to get some to cellar before this winter is over, I can only imagine how this would taste with a year or two under its belt.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 08, 2003
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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice, color is a cloudy amber, with floating yeasties. A moderate head dissipates quickly leaving a light trace of bubbles around the perimeter.

Smells of sweet hay and brown sugar, a bit of prune. Very inviting combination, almost like fruit jelly.

A wonderfully unique taste sensation, with numerous flavors, some coriander, berry fruit, brown sugar, ginger, clove, plum, grape juice, and a green earthiness from the thyme. Finishes with lingering notes of thyme and a some bitter hops.

The mouthfeel is light and sparkly with good tight carbonation. A very clean feel that enables the nuanced flavors to come through. A little anesthetizing on the tongue, but in a good way.

For all the flavor this beer packs in, it is light and crisp, like a spiced cider, and is quaffable, but at 10% you must bide your time. This is one holiday ale that I will make a point of having annually.

Beerenauslese, Dec 13, 2009
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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