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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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767 Ratings

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a five finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber/brown color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light cinnamon and malty nose, flavor is dark fruit and cinnamon, warming but higher ABV is hidden. 750ml green bottle, gift, from Madden Beverage.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:16:57 | More by jdhilt
Photo of roblowther


3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Big bottle and a big glass. I'm in heaven. The appearance is reddish brown with a quickly dissipating cream colored head. The smell is sour cherries, oak, and honey. I could build a room in that smell and live in it. The taste is chocolate, licorice, and wood. Unfortunately, licorice and I are not on speaking terms. Mouthfeel is slick, nice. Overall its interesting. It has a very pronounced flavor. I'm not sure about this one but I'm not sorry I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 18:01:53 | More by roblowther
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in Duvel tulip.

A - Beautiful dark ale color.

S - Didn't notice anything real special with aroma, but my sinuses might have been screwed up.

T - This beer is really N'Ice. Beautifully balanced. Alcohol was not overpowering. Smooth and tasty, yeasty, good malts.

M - Very solid and rich. Goes well with the style.

O - An excellent, although expensive ($28 for 750) beer. I made a good choice because my friend had already told the bartender (without me knowing) to put my first beer on his tab. :)

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:41:43 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of jwhancher


4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a large bottle back before the holidays at Total Wine in DE. Poured into a tulip glass for review.

A: Appears clear amber red with nice foam that clings to the sides of the glass as the liquid lessens toward the bottom of the glass. Good carbonation.

S: Sweet & somewhat dark malts take hold. Lemon & orange peel. Light spiciness from yeast. The malts are perceived to be dark crystal. Light alcohol notes hit the nose, too.

T&M: Get the thyme in the taste with lemon, orange, and some dark crystal malts. Feels sweet with ample bitterness at the rear to backup the sweet malts. Feels medium-full. Comes off as spicy even though a whole lot of spices don't seem evident. Must be the belgian yeast coming into play. Very nice. The 10% ABV is very well hidden - a bit sneaky.

O: A nice winter beer. Thought it would be more overpowering, but it's a seemingly low-key belgian beer with nice subtle characteristics. Would definitely welcome another of these again.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 02:49:24 | More by jwhancher
Photo of hackmann


4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: rich dark mahogany with a beige head and little lacing. On the second half of the bottle (after stirring up the sediment) the body is a dark brown. The lacing is stronger on the second half of the 75cl bottle.

Aroma: very faint, earthy yeast. As it warmed sweet malty notes.

Flavors: this is a tough one; nothing standing out right away but I sure like for some reason (tasty should work). As it warms up a nice spice note develops but I don’t know if I could pick out thyme. Dusty orange peel, brown holiday nut raisin bread, allspice comes to mind with the bready note, thyme starts to show as the ale warms (halfway through the bottle), nice toasted grains, the dark candy-sugar also shows better as the ale warms up.

This is liquid holiday dark bread - with orange peel, walnut, raisin, touch of allspice in the mix and thyme sprinkled on top of the crust.

It is suggested on the bottle to serve at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. I have to agree from this experience. When it was still chill from the fridge the notes were muted and they opened up as it warmed. It is also suggested, on the bottle, to enjoy after dinner.

Mouthfeel: smooth carbonation – in other words low, medium to medium-full body, full of flavors once it opens.

To the Point: I really like this ale. Top shelf stuff here. I’ll have to plan to have this in stock next year for the holidays. Hope I remember!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 21:07:48 | More by hackmann
Photo of falloutsnow


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA
Date: Best by end 2013 (released winter 2011-2012)
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

d'Achouffe's N'Ice Chouffe is a reasonably accessible BSDA that focuses on sweet Belgian candi sugar, ethereal orange and herb flavors, and substantial plum and raisin esters. With its emphasis on smooth, sweet, and fruity flavors, this was an enjoyable BSDA that I would purchase again.

Pours a 2cm tall head of medium-sized bubbles, creating a voluminously foamy mass. Retention is about average, with the decline lasting slightly over a minute, leaving average to above-average lacing in its wake, a few large lines or spots adorning the inner sides of the glass. Body is a semi-hazy copper color with reddish tints, light bringing out orange-red hue. Carbonation is visible and appears fairly active.

The beer has an aroma of smooth, sweet Belgian dark candi sugar, caramel malts, candied orange peel, and vaguely undefinable herbs/spices. Enjoyable, deep, rich, and smooth.

In general, sweet, fruity, and smooth, this was a pleasing Belgian dark ale with little trace of ethanol after only a year of aging. Tasting opens with sweet Belgian dark candi sugar, some caramel malt, and mild juicy plum and raisin-like esters. Mid-palate continues the candi sugar and caramel malt sweetness with appearance of orange peel, herb-like characters, and continued plum and raisin esters. Back of palate remains sweet, but features a hint of bitterness with the herbal notes, and mild ethanol spiciness. Aftertaste is sweet, with lingering fruit esters, orange peel, and herb notes.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity. The result is a mouthfeel that foams slightly as it moves across the palate, but never feels prickly or fizzy. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness remaining across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 06:17:44 | More by falloutsnow
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB end 2014.

Beer is chestnut brown in colour, with a moderately-sized off-white head. Head fades fairly promptly. Good lace.

Nose contains orange, thyme, yeast, bread. Smell is fairly faint.

Taste contains thyme up front, yeast, sweet bready malt, orange peel. I expected it to be fairly sweet, but it is actually somewhat dry. Spices are the most prominent flavour, but not overdone.

Medium bodied, a bit thinner than expected. Moderate carbonation. Astringent.

Overall, pretty good but not something to seek out. I am glad that the spicing is not too heavy but the other flavours are not particularly big.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:10:29 | More by jrenihan
Photo of ThickNStout


3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle. Bottled in 2012. Served in a Boulevard snifter.

Pours deep chestnut with just over a finger of cream hued head. Very little lace.

Smells yeasty with some apple and a little peppery spice.

Taste is similar to the nose. A rather dominant yeasty funk with bits of apple, pepper, lemon zest, cherry pits and a healthy kick of booze towards the finish.

Highly carbonated medium body. Dry funky aftertaste.

Not bad but a little too much yeast dominance for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 05:25:59 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer of 2013

P: Dark mahogany tinted brown ale with a generous crown of creamy khaki head that swarms the top and sides with silkiness.

S: Sweet candy malt, raisins, allspice, nutmeg, agave syrup, thyme and curaçao. Yeast is earthy and dry with sweet pecan roll aroma. Alcohol is well hidden but spicy.

T/M: The curaçao peel hits the palette strong and follows through with thyme, cardamom, vanilla bean, oak, raisins. Spices are pronounced but more of cooking herbs than peppery spice. Creamy finishing silky body that bids farewell with bitter apple peels and subtle white pepper. Mellow presence of cherry booze once warm.

O: A fantastic choice for the first beer to start off a new year. Great flavors and well balanced. The thyme and curaçao are an interesting addition that create a smooth mellow drinking ale. Easy drinking and delicious. Highly recommend. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 03:07:46 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of Marq18


3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured an amber color with nice billowing head

S- Smelled of spice including allspice and cardamom

T- Tasted of slight spice and nice amber malts. Alcoholic on the tongue

M- Nice thick mouthfeel that coats the mouth

Good Belgian ale but would prefer a bit more malt and a bit less alcohol

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 22:14:11 | More by Marq18
Photo of eduardolinhalis


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

500ml bottle served in a Leffe chalice.

Bottled in 2011.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber color forming a big and creamy head. Clear in the beginning and a bit cloudy in the end. Medium retention and some lacings formed and left in the glass. Spotty lacings

S: Very sweet and fruity in the nose. Sweet grains, candy sugar, raisins, caramel malts, earthy Belgian-like yeasts and light notes of alcohol

T: Sweet malts upfront. Hints of candy sugar, caramel malts, toffee, earthy and bready Belgian style yeasts. Raisins. Mild hops bitterness in the very end. Perfect taste

M: Heavy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Strong and warming beer. Bittersweet Belgian style

O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent BSDA which is very close to a Quad. Not recommended: mandatory! :)

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 14:30:35 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of bluejacket74


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

750 ml bottle, 2011 vintage (I know I've had the bottle at least a year), back label says best before end 2013. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a hazy reddish/copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like sweet spices, candi sugar, oranges, dark fruit, and some caramel. It tastes like sweet spices, thyme, candi sugar, dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and a bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. At $11.99 a bottle, I'd try this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 22:37:32 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Oakenator


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

Pours a darker brown with maybe a hint of amber. Head is ivory cores and easily a finger or two - a brief swirl excites it again. Good lacing and head retention around the rim. Smells spicy and sour style (it's not) - the latter maybe from citrus/orange/curaçao. Taste is sweet yet depth of flavor - good malt balance and Belgian candy sugar to sweeten.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 00:41:34 | More by Oakenator
Photo of JimTeal


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

Christmas beer has arrived! What a pleasure. In a boring, distracted and sometimes depressing world, here comes Achouffe with a pep-me-up. Spicy and N'Ice perfect timing for an excellent brew, and with it's annual limited production this Limited Edition makes me smile. High ABV ales are tricky, often just a slight "too much" alcohol or a flatness which is often the result, then toss in some thyme and curacao peel and you get a potentially volatile disappointment, not this one. So well balanced for what I call an exotic beer! Pours a hearty bold amber, good and stable head, pleasant smell, and clean finishing taste. Like I said, this one will make you smile, good seasonal beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 23:34:47 | More by JimTeal
Photo of WillCarrera


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

750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, best before the end of 2014, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark ruby color, topped with an inch of off-white head, leaves some good lacing.

S- Big sweet and spicy aroma, lots of candi sugar, curacao peel, orange and some other spices.

T- Candi sugar, fruit (a mix of orange and cherry), curacao peel and spice, as well as some sweet caramel malt, it's actually pretty well-balanced for having such aggressive spices as curacao peel.

M-Medium-bodied, smooth feel with moderate to slightly high carbonation.

O- A very nice winter beer, it's actually pretty refreshing to drink despite being so spicy and having 10% ABV, but it's also a nice sipper, worth picking up around this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 22:52:44 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of srandycarter


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 05:28:04 | More by srandycarter
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 23:56:28 | More by teromous
Photo of thecheapies


3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown with haze. Big head on this one. Had to wait for it to settle to finish the pour. 4.0

Grains and spicy maltiness. Coriander and light citrus peel essence. Not a huge Christmas-y nose. 3.5

Big booze, orange peel, candi sugar, coriander, dark fruits, herbal elements, and malty roast. A bit overdone, but tasty. 4.0

Hot, but necessarily warm for the season. Big carbonation and a medium body. Could use some more creaminess. 3.0

Not majorly impressive. Still something that I order when it's on-tap. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 03:05:11 | More by thecheapies
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - swampy purple brown, thumb of head dissipated to a thin cover, no notable lacing
S - big dark fruit and bready yeast akin to fruit cake, mild banana and spice, along with brown sugar and syrupy cherries, all very enticing aromas
T - big fruity and medicine like yeasty phenols, raisins and spice, brown sugar and syrup, with just a hint of booze that is sweet without any noticeable bite
M - creamy smooth with mild carbonation, touch of spice and tang, mellow finish again with the high ABV not a factor
O - this had a 'best before' that past nearly 16 months ago and I think this has definitely mellowed out with that little bit of aging, the alcohol is nearly undetectable and the smooth fruitiness really holds it down, a fine holiday treat for sure

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:29:42 | More by joemcgrath27
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with a healthy and fluffy tan tinged head. Rich dark booze soaked fruits with spicy yeast and some medicinal undertones.

Medium body with a fluffy moutfeel, champagne like carbonation. Very rich and substantional flavor. Very interesting and unique. Very savory slightly peppery. Dark booze soaked fruits, soft caramel, a rich mineral like quality to the mouthfeel, a bit of booze, and slightly medicinal. Barely any alcohol heat. Very smooth and clean.

This beer is very good but begs to be paired with rich flavored foods. On it's own I probably wouldn't enjoy it but luckily i have some nice turkey stuffing and gravy to go with it. Very concise flavors, super complex, but in order for them all to work, this beer needs food.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:34:22 | More by jtierney89
Photo of brewsadedotcom


3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle of this at South Hills Market District. Poured into a tulip...

A: Copper color. About 3 inches of toffee colored foamy head.

S: Faint alcohol aroma. Nothing jumps out.

T: Initially bitter, then sweet and somewhat pruney, finishes with a sour aftertaste.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Very smooth. Alcohol content isn't readily apparent. This could sneak up on you.

O: Definitely an enjoyable brew. I'll need to add this into my Christmas beer rotation.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 00:47:32 | More by brewsadedotcom
Photo of Toddzillamz


3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Break yourselves fools! Your favorite b-film star is back reviewing these brews to keep you in the know. I first off want to thank y'all for the fan mail. It means a lot to me, especially in these hardened times. I'm making the best of it though. Fighting the rats for stale crackers and smokin' prison shorts. The one thing I won't skimp on though is good beer! I'll scour the globe to find hidden hop gems, and bring back my findings to my crew (you people). I catch buzzes like Joey B catches Chlamydia. So, here we go into the time of year when the Christmas, or Holiday ales show their faces. Those heartwarmingly sweet little bastards that you wait all year for. Well, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Toss a log on the fire and cuddle up under the bear rug with a couple russian hunnies. We crackin' open some N'Ice Chouffe bitches!

A: Liquid rust with a sandy bottom. Like staring into a aquarium of dead fishes. You don't know what you're in store for. Oh snap, is something moving around down there?
S: Liquid dish soap. I tried to blow bubbles....not the monkey.
T: Not as good as the original...but, you gotta get that last pour. Was worth the wait....well, not really.
M: Very light off the back end. Almost feels like it's stealing my soul as I pull away from the glass. Bizarre.
O: There are handfuls of better Christmas ales out there. Ask Santa for a better gift.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 00:00:24 | More by Toddzillamz
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 25.4 oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/dark brown, monster 4+ inch creamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Sweet dark fruits like rasin and plum. Spices, yeasty sugars, malts, nut.nice berry aromoa, cherry, grape, strawberry. A little bready note also.

Taste - Plenty of malts mixed with berries and sugars. Lots of plum and rasin. Spices like corriander, orange peel and such add complex flavoring. Mollasses mixed in with nutty malts, and also the classic toffe/caramel flavor. Plenty of alcohol in each sip.

Mouthfeel - Big beer, malts and sugars coat tounge. Spices give it even more flavor, along with balance. Palate gets more of the same flavors, along with some bready funk. Aftertaste is dry and malty.

Overall - A excellent holiday sipper. Complex flavors along wit balance make this a winner. Another holiday beer to add to my list to enjoy annually. Drink this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 22:47:03 | More by wvsabbath
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Bottle. Poured reddish brown color with an average frothy head that lasted with good lacing. Complex dark fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium fruity sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a good beer

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 21:16:01 | More by Serge
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight ruby hue and an almost average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that reduced slightly, but did last throughout producing excellent sheeting of lace.

The aroma was on the lighter side with a dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of caramel and dark fruit (raisons, plums and figs).

The taste was very malty with a nice caramel sweetness from the onset, and then had a mildly sweet hint of dark fruit and a nice bold yeast presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow with the creamy, fruity taste slowly fading into the background.

Mouthfeel was a few steps below medium in body and rather creamy in texture with a nice mellow carbonation.

Overall this was a smooth, creamy and easy to drink Strong Ale that does a great job of concealing the high ABV. Watch out this one, it could be dangerous...


Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 15:38:56 | More by KajII
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.