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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

810 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 37
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

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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Ratings: 810 | Reviews: 450 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The king of Chouffe. Light head on dark orange colour. Medium mouthfeel. Spicey and yeast and malt aroma. Lace, some yeast, sugar. This is a controlled orange and spice beverage, worthy of the sip. Yes there could be thyme. 2006. Unique Belgian, surprising 10%.

Sammy, May 17, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

t0rin0, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this beer. Smell is of malt, dark fruits (plums, prunes), and some mild spice aromas. Taste is of malt, the dark fruits, and a nice balance of spices. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good BSDA with some very nice flavors going on.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

djrn2, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2%

zestar, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but for the most part left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose is sweet and has aromas of spices and notes of dark fruits.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some hints of oranges. Flavors of spices linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The spices add an interesting twist to the style and make it a good beer to sip.

metter98, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited Edition 2005 (consumed 12/20/08)

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a frothy top most of which disappears, although the cap lasts a while and leaves some lace

Smell: The candi sugar jumps out in the aroma, which also displays an herbacious character from the thyme and curaçao peel; spice cake aroma, too

Taste: Opens with a spice cake flavor, with the herbacious bitterness taking over by mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal flavors dominate, although there is plenty of raisiny residual sugar on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This doesn't have the lively mouthfeel of most Belgians and perhaps that is due to its age, and I have to say that while the herbs add an interesting element to the beer, they aren't that enjoyable an adjunct to me

brentk56, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited edition 2004. Riotously carbonated, softly glowing orange-bronze with more than a little brick red. What a spectacular color, especially when daylight is permitted entry. Due to the loud 'pffft' on crown cracking, I wasn't the least bit surprised to see a large, puffy, pale caramel cap threaten to overflow the glass. It's softly sticky, looks good as it deflates and deposits a respectable amount of frothy, bubble bath-like lace in the bargain. This is a tremendous looking BSDA.

The nose comes close to meeting the high bar set by the appearance. The first thing that hits me is a clove spicy yeastiness. Not far below that is nutty brown malt and tangy fruit. What I don't smell, amazingly enough, is alcohol. With a little more definition and a little more power...

If anyone is hanging onto a bottle of 2004 (I wasn't, I just ran across this one a few months ago), it's holding up very well. There's no hint of oxidation by my palate. I didn't taste it fresh, of course, but it's hard to believe it was any better then than it is now. I've just noticed that the fine print on the painted bottle reads 'best before end 2009'. That's about right.

N'ice Chouffe is easily the equal of McChouffe, which, along with Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, is my favorite Brasserie d'Achouffe offering. Like the best Belgian beer, it's both powerful and subtle at the same time. It isn't possible to completely plumb the depths of beer this complex, but it sure as hell is fun trying.

Spicy trumps bitter, bitter trumps sweet. It doesn't really matter to me in what order they fall, as long as the beer is this delicious. Heavily toasted barley lives alongside overripe orchard fruit. If it was sweeter, comparisons to apple cider wouldn't be out of line. The star of the show, as in the nose, is a turbocharged yeast strain that is bursting with cloviness.

For some reason, the mouthful that just passed over my taste buds reminded me of chocolate and coffee. Is there no end to the palette of flavors that are being revealed to my palate? It's a shame, but I don't know that I'm able to appreciate thyme and Curacao orange peel. I'm sure they're contributing because this BSDA doesn't taste quite like any other BSDA in recent memory.

The mouthfeel that has been provided works exceedingly well within the scope of the rest of N'ice Chouffe's attributes. It's roughly medium for the style, perhaps a shade lighter, and is carbonated enough to keep mouth interest on the high side. Yeah, like my interest was ever in danger of wandering with a beer this good.

I considered waiting until I could acquire a fresher bottle before reviewing this Brasserie d'Achouffe offering. I'm glad I didn't. This is one humdinger of a BSDA that has just enough distinctiveness (thyme and orange peel?) to make it stand out from the world-class crowd. N'ice Chouffe is a very, very n'ice version of one of my favorite Belgian styles.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy golden/beige color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of spices with some sweet malt and typical Belgian yeast. Taste is quite sweet with some dominating spices and a yeasty spicy finish. I didn’t think the Chouffe yeast came out as much as it did in their other beers. Body was above average with great carbonation and no alcohol was discernable.

Phyl21ca, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious beer! Typically Belgian S. D. Ale in that it's very berry like in flavor, sweetness, tartness, and intensity. Sweetened with cotton-candy sugars, barley malt, and spices. Full and rich on the palate without becoming thick or heavy. Sweetly alcoholic, but swirled around the berry tartness. Lightly woody, musky, dates, and figs. Finishes lightly sweet, tart, and spicy. Looks very much like prune-juice, but tastes much better. A firm, rocky head tops off this juicy beverage.

BEERchitect, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +22.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear cinnamon brown with a hint of copper and with a nice off white head.

Nose is very spice and fruity apple and cinnamon/cherry;

Mouthfeel is rich and big and creamy. Mouthfilling.

Flavors of carmel malt dried cherry and big Belgian fruit with undertones of banana;

Finish is all malt, fruit and spices; this is really like a dessert ale! Drinkability is limited only because of the "dessert" quality and problematic food pairing. A full rich drink and a case of the bottle being a bit bigger and richer than the tap.

GRG1313, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a cloudy amber body. Lots of lacing. This is a fairly thick beer. Aroma is mostly light on the dark fruit with some fig and juniper. Overall aroma is light. Flavor is a semi sweet dark fruit however this is light. It is a little watered down. Medium in body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall not in my tops for Belgian dark strongs.

kylehay2004, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark mahogany-hued body with an inch of creamy-looking, off-white head. Very delicate, powdery lacing on the down.

Smell: Sugary, boozy nose with notes of caramel, dried fruits, earthy spices, and orange extract -- it smells like a slice of fruitcake with a shot of liquor poured over top.

Taste: Sweet mix of dark candi sugar and caramel upfront followed by dried cherries and a shot of what you'd expect raisin schnapps to taste like. Small savory, peppery hint along with a taste of dried, bitter orange peel. Light bitterness throughout. Sip of spiced wine. The alcohol particularly comes through on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit chewy, a bit sticky.

Drinkability: The drinkability for this big, warming, spiced concoction is fair. Another fine beer from a fine brewery.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep amber color, the head was white and pretty strong looking. The lacing on the glass was pretty good too. The smell of the beer has a nice spicy Belgian aroma to it. The taste brings those spicy flavors onto the tongue along with a nice yeasty flavor and a touch of roasted nuts. The mouthfeel was pretty good, well carbonated and drinkable. Overall the beer is a nice wintery brew. Has some good warming qualities to it.

Knapp85, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

oberon, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Randomly found a 2008 vintage at my local haunt, so I figured I'd give it a go. It pours a hazy dark auburn-amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, coriander, light mandarin orange, white bread, clove, and light cardboard. The taste brings in more of the same, along with more bread, more orange, some light cocoa powder, some maple syrup, and more cardboard. Something tells me some oxidation had its way with the beer... The body is a hefty-feeling medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, I think this was past its prime (despite what the "best by" date may tell me to the contrary), as it tasted fairly oxidized and felt like it had lost a step or two in the carbonation and texture areas.

TMoney2591, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle aged for 1 year.

Appearance: A gentle pour into a tulip glass gave me about 1 inch of frothy foam. The body of the beer is a faintly translucent dark reddish-amber. Head retention is somewhat poor, but it's otherwise a nice looking beer.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts and alcohol are most prevalent, with notes of thyme coming through along with other more ambiguous spice aromas.

Taste: This is very malty stuff - it's sweet from start to finish, with very little in the way of bitterness or bite. The malt has a dried fruit and syrupy berry-like quality to it, and I was hard pressed to pick out any distinct hop flavors. The thyme and curacao peel are very present but nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Lower in carbonation than other d'Achouffe beers I've had, but that's not a bad thing at all. It's smooth, warming, and really easy to drink despite the high ABV and the sheer thickness of it.

largadeer, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of spice and a tad bit of skunkiness. There was a touch of breadiness, too.

T - There was a nice presence of candy sugar with some bready malt. It had some good spiciness with a touch of dried fruit.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was a very nice tasting Belgian. The aroma had some issues but it delivered a great taste.

zeff80, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml solid Burgundian bottle. Cute little fire-making elven imagery on the label.

This beer pours a hazy, sediment-strewn, dark red brick amber hue, with two fingers of fizzy, tightly foamy, and brown-flecked beige head, which leaves some irregular swaths of chunky lace around the glass as it evenly settles.

The aroma evokes soft dark fruit - wet figs, plump raisins, and dates - earthy thyme, pithy citrus, pale grainy malt, a touch of bready caramel, Belgian yeast, a bit of oily nuttiness, and a mild alcohol warming. Taste-wise, the overripe fruit - plum, prune, raisin, and dates - dominates at first, aided by a weirdly sedate crackery caramel malt, until a warm thyme spice and orange bitters dryness levels things off. Speaking of the 20-proof booze, it appears to be generally toothless throughout, which is an obvious ploy at subterfuge.

The carbonation is just a tad frothy as it meanders merrily along, the body a solid medium weight, smooth as all get out, and perhaps a wee bit creamy. It finishes off-dry, the various fruit esters not letting go for a second, buoyed by the lingering savoury spice. Oh yeah - the booze still seems egregiously AWOL.

Maybe it's because this bottle is approaching its end-of-shelf-life (July 2011), but, good grief is this 10-pointer easy to drink! The fruity malt, yeast, thankfully understated spice, and especially the heady alcohol, are all so very laid back, providing something approaching the oblivious bliss horizon. A pleasantly surprising twist on the strong dark Belgian ale paradigm, and yes, n'ice - drum-roll/rim-shot, please!

biboergosum, Mar 31, 2011
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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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