N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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938 Ratings
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Ratings: 938
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 47
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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2/5  rDev -51%

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2.39/5  rDev -41.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of AdamBear
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-cherry brown with a thin white head

S-sweet caramel and peppercorn. hot belgian spices, some licorice. medium strength

T-comes in with a smooth but warm taste of licorice, light belgian spices, and peppercorn. matching after-taste with a lot of heat to it.

M-almost not carbonation with a hot finish

O-i just simply do not like my beers to be so hot, i also like my belgians to have a good amount of carbonation to it. those two aspects made this beer difficult to finish for me and its something i'll be avoiding from now on.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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2.61/5  rDev -36%

Photo of Spider889
2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark garnet color with brownish tinges. the beer is slightly hazed, there's some visible suspended yeast. I got a tall head, light brown sugar in color. The retention was great and the lace was superlative. The lace formed a solid wall around my glass, and reminded me of that fake spray-on snow that gets used around the holidays. Appropriate for the style and a n'ice pairing with the picture on the bottle.

The smell is certainly composed of thyme, but I also got a n'ice amount of sage out of it was well. Reminded me more of a certain collaboration between DFH, Stone, and Victory... Not as sweet or spicy as I'd like for a winter seasonal. The yeast is almost biting, and the alcohol is strong on the nose.

The taste is immediately alcohol forward. This is one boozy 10% beer. Slight sweetness from the dark candied sugars, but the yeast overpowers most of the sweetness. I didn't really detect any of the supposed orange peel, which actually would have been a n'ice addition to the flavor profile. Lots of herbal notes, again thyme and sage.

Medium bodied, high carbonation. The alcohol along with the carbonation stings the tongue unpleasantly. Way too boozy. finishes bitter.

This was a m'eh beer. I don't see myself buying this next year. Not as n'ice of a beer as I was led to believe.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not a ton to say about this beer. Pours great with a very good 2 finger head that retains itself. The color is an extreamly dark amber but not quite brown. The initial taste is good with a nice malty sweetness-bannana evident as well- followed by a heavy spicyness/bitterness probably excentuated by the curacao. A noticeable hotness on the nose and tounge, but it is to be expected as it comes in at 10% abv. However, unfortunately this all breaks down rather quickly into an off, highly medicinal taste that lingers. This also hurts the drinkability for me because of said aftertaste. Not the worst beer, but for the price, and with the many other great seasonal Belgium offerings, it is not nearly my favorite.

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2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is highly spiced and tickles the nose. Dark red/brown in color with a typically thick Belgian head. Flavor is somewhat muted in the fore to be honest. far less sweet than most Belgian X-mas ales and that is nice. The fore is very mellow malts and slight spice then the finish is dominated by the bitter orange that coats the tongue. If you press your tongue hard against the roof of your mouth you’ll feel how thouroughly the tongue is coated. A decent brew with a different approache, but I have to say it wasn’t all that great to me.

Photo of Mounty4Life
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark raspberry color with no head or lacing....had in march so probably been on a while
Fruity,frambroisish cherry's and Belgian yeast
Mix of cider and rasp frambrois...not my cup of tea
Better for Belgian hides 10%
Never again unless in Belgium and desire fruity beer that packs punch

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2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hap on tap at the international tap house in chesterfield missouri. Review from notes.

A: Dark red/brown. Small off white head that disapates quickly. No lacing at all.

S: Booze and sweet fruit dominate. Hints of molasses and spice.

T: Wine like grape flavor. Dark fruit, plum/raisin. THe s[ice is much more prevalent in the flavor as opposed to the smell.

M: Low carbonation and again very boozy. Surpirsing light in the body for the ABV. Outside of the booze and subsequent burn, there isnt alot here.

O: I was really excited to find this on tap, however, a little disappointed. Solid beer but it falls short of their hopped up belgian IPA, houblon Chouffe.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of utfiero
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color- hazy, muck and sediment filled brownish amber. Full head.

Aroma- pear, coriander, composting fruit, and hint of tin.

Taste- starts A rather syrupy sweet strong Belgian. Starts sweet with a flat carbonated entry making the making the flavors and feel seem stale, then finishes with mild yet lackluster sweet fruity and spiced notes including pear, raisin, and cheap toffee. Given the many Belgian ales on the market, this one does not stand apart from the field. Purchased at Spec's June 2014. The bottle states "best before end 2014." We're speculating that the heavy haze and suspended chunks of muck in our bottle may have been due to heat in transport.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 6/10/14.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. On tap at Sunset Grill, Boston. This beer pours brown with a thick white head. The aroma is of sweet malt and light fruits. The flavor is initially lots of sweet malt with slight spices. Kind of bland and too sweet also. Meh...

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3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stella glass.
Amber brown in color, with an airy sudsy head that dissipates very quickly to nothing.

Aroma gives off caramelized, bready malt with fruitcake-like notes.

The taste reminds me a bit of Christmas oriented ales. Spicy malt with booze noticeable. A little candied sugar. Tartness present without it being too sour.

This is supposed to be brewed with thyme and orange peel. There’s a faint herbalness to it but I wouldn’t get the thyme if I didn’t know it was brewed with it. I can see the bittersweet, earthy note of orange peel in there. It’s not strong by any means, barely there, but there. A dry tartness lingers along with notes of tea.

Carbonation is above avg at first, but seems to dwindle fast as you sip this.

This was an OK offering. I enjoyed it but also wouldn’t see myself buying another. It paired well enough with a platter of cheese salami, honey, and hummus.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Anam Cara. Served in a lovely Mc'Chouffe glass, with a little gnome keeping me company. Dark chestnut when served, it came topped with about an inch of tan head. Dried fruit aroma (like prunes or plums).Taste is interesting, it's a medium mouthfeel, the taste comes very quickly, and then it's gone. Finish is of malty sweetness with some fruit juice at the end. I wasn't blown away to be honest.

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 teromous
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brow beer that appears mostly black in the glass. About a quarter of a thumb of white head. Some lacing.

S: I get lots of alcohol esters, and a little bit of a fruity scent.

T: Banana flavor along with some grain taste, and even a little bit of a woody character. Very malty and quite sweet at the back of the mouth after drinking. I did not taste the thyme or orange peel as the label dictates. That is unless the slightly woody flavor is just how the thyme tastes in beer.

M: The mouthfeel is full and a bit creamy. Not sticky.

O: Overall I thought it was pretty good but it seemed rather average for a Stong Dark. I really like the Achouffe beers, but I can't say that I picked up any of the special ingredients added to this beer. It is a good beer, but not anything more special than another Belgian. I can't say that the price tag validates the quality of the beer.

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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