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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website

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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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 01:13:27 | More by OatherS
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 00:26:05 | More by DaftCaskBC
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 23:13:53 | More by benmiliron
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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 11:45:34 | More by Bisho
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 13:38:22 | More by Fallingonwater10
Photo of ncaudle


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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 15:01:26 | More by ncaudle
Photo of kcc


4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

02-25-2014 04:21:38 | More by kcc
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2002 22:04:23 | More by cokes
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

03-30-2013 16:06:38 | More by PaF
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

12-22-2013 01:02:44 | More by DJoe
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

06-04-2013 02:27:45 | More by Vylo
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South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

06-19-2014 17:17:38 | More by hurshybear
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

01-23-2013 15:34:46 | More by phishbone23
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

11-28-2012 03:55:23 | More by DeezGunz14
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

12-26-2012 03:24:52 | More by Peyton5410
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

10-04-2013 01:52:44 | More by KJ2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

12-16-2013 02:21:41 | More by craigdb
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 04:13:10 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of Beerenauslese


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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 01:50:22 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of BeerManDan


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When first poured the color was of a reddish amber brown with tan foam and some lace. The smell was very pleasant with a spicy aroma with a hint of citrus. Wow, the flavor had a smooth creamy, spicy taste with an orangy citrus flavor. After further sips, you could taste more of the thyme, hops and malted grains. I can't believe this ale is 10% alcohol. This is one smooth Belgium Ale with such high alcohol content. What a pleasant surprise. I need more of this special brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 21:58:19 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of hosehead83


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from "Limited edition 2010" big "bomber" bottle into a wine goblet.
Amber/brown in color, with a big fluffy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy, orange zest, earthy hop note
Taste-Effervesent, brown sugar,Belgian spicy yeast, coarse hop note, orange peel. very complex and full of character, faint warming alcohol in the finish. Very well-balanced and flavorfull, every sip has a little different nuance. 10.0ABV is very well hidden. Enjoy with family and friends in front of a fire or Christmas tree.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 14:40:33 | More by hosehead83
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Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml bottle with my brother, served at room temperature and poured into a pair of snifters.

A- An aggressive pour yielded an off-white frothy head that was two fingers thick but receeded quickly, leaving bits of sticky lacing around the rim of my St. Bernardus snifter. This was set atop a deep oak colored body with bits of sediment floating in the glass.

S- As my brother would say, it smells like the forest. Fragrant aromas of spices and floral accents are present, as well as a slight smell of citrus.

T- Spices, spices, and more spices, with some sweet malts and a taste of citrus, cinnamon and brown sugar- there is a warming taste of strong alcohol in the finish. Absolutely delicious, this is an excellent night cap beer with a phenominal complexity that improves as it warms.

M- Very light body for such a dark brew, with a pleasant tingle in the mouth from the spices but with the smoothness of a beer with much less alcohol by volume. Most enjoyable.

D- Extremely drinkable for a beer with such a high ABV. The smoothness of the brew makes it easy and tempting to chug or gulp, but the delicious flavors, complexity and price point demand that this is a beer to sip on and savor.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 02:15:17 | More by Lothar666
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden orange, slight haze with a very sticky, off white head. Aromas of berries, yeast and barnyard with a spritz of zesty alcohol. Medium bodied mouth feel at first - it gets heavier as it slides thru your mouth. Flavors of cherries and watermelon mix with pecans dipped in coco and sugar candy sweetness. All this happens an instant before deliciously peppery hops surround and bite your tongue with earthy bitterness, the bitter and warm of alcohol lingers for hours.
I've never tasted anything quite like this. I have had this in a bottle in years past but this cask version is more rich and complex than I remember the bottles being.
Outstanding and unique.

Serving type: cask

02-22-2003 18:10:57 | More by Shiredave
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4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- dense opaqe ruby color with a thick tan foam at least 2 inches (it ame in a cool N'Ice Chouffe glass goblet) Appearance was impressive.
s- Metallic, but lots of toasted malt and sweet dark fruit sugars.
t- 0zing of sweet red cherries, banana, raisins, and stone fruit, that finishes as just a warm, unobtrusive malty flavor in the middle of the tongue.
m- Viscous, but clean, dousanmt leave too much behind.
d- Very drinkable, but at 10% ABV beware.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 23:24:44 | More by kirkmichel
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4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe This Belgian Strong Dark Ale Winter Warmer smells like Malt Balls, Dark fruit, Jesus and baking bread... Very enticing~ Head lacing is infinite ... Pours a dynamic Mahogany, Purple/Brown with LOADS of floating Ingredients and a sandy bottom~ Mouthful is very rich, Creamy, yet light in density and not in the least sticky nor did it linger, leaves your palate very pleased and wanting more!~ Heavy Malt, Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Toast, Citrus, Grape/Plum, Brown Sugar, Raisin, a touch Peppery, Thyme and Curaçao Peel, Dark Candy, light Cherry, a bit of banana, just a bit of a woody taste and very much Berry~ Delicious refreshing and warms the soul! I just took another pic of the head lacing... It's literally by FAR the best I've ever seen! Thick and coats almost the whole glass~ Very pleased with this interesting, unique and complex authentic product of Belgium~ Covered the 10%ABV very well on my 2010 edition~ Hope I can find this again~ Overall 9.7

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 03:39:33 | More by BrewUSA
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