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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
92
outstanding

865 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 45
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 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 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 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 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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 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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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 StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice belgian take on a winter beer. pours dark berry red with a rising and lasting 3 inch head in a tulip glass. smells belgian yeasty and of sour cherries, possible candy sugar, but this isnt a sweet aroma, just complex. taste has definitive notes of cherries, fresh ones, and a sturdy malt spine. mouthfeel is belgian magic, smooth, not too heavy, and well carbonated. ten dollars for a small pour, but the flavor is worth it. unique winter brew and excellent with some live grateful dead cover tunes!

StonedTrippin, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just found a bottle with a vintage date of 1996 on neck of the bottle. Dane from B. United told me a while ago to open it soon because it loses carbonation. He was right, now it has no carbonation at all. A shame really because this would have been a beer of greatness if it had only held on the carbonation. Goes down like a tawny port with fruity aromas and flavours of currants and cherries. Creamy mouth feel glides over the tongue, alcohol is warming but has mellowed for sure but still with a touch of peppery spice. Oddly there is barely any oxidation from the 6+ years of aging.

Jason, Mar 10, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clouded amber brown nice sized off white caramel head specks of lacing. Aroma: Dark candi sugar, alcohol tones running though it along with farmhouse spices and orange peels. Taste: Very herbal flavor with farmhouse spice amazing like Orval only bigger malts, sweet brown sugar and more alcohol phenols brewing here, great stuff. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied yet smooth and effervescent no rough edges to it. Drinkability: Completely incredible Xmas Belgian from the year 2002, that I will be on a lookout for years to come.

WVbeergeek, Feb 21, 2004
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4/5  rDev -2%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

RblWthACoz, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

05 vintage, Pours reddish/claret in mt La Chouffe 02 new years glass witha 3.5 finger deep sand colored head. No lacing or head retention

S: Slight peppery notes up front & a hint of popsicle stick dryness. Sourness/lactic traits sneak in as well

T: Alcohol flows quickly with apple skins. Big piney/herbal hops & choclate take over as it warms. Dryness & oakyness also join the party. Lactic notes also assert along with a treacle taste (minimal).

MF: Medium bodied, but a lttle slickness.

Drinks okay despite the heft, won't lie to ya, love this brewery in my favorite part of BE& I'm not sure they can make a bad beer

russpowell, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy smaller head fades semi slowly hint of lacing, semi hazy auburn tan brown color.

Nose nice Belgian dark malts, light spices, sweet malts, light booze and esters, hints of nutmeg, dark fruits, fig and nuts, molasses, dark candi sugar.

Taste is almost the same as the nose, starting with light bitter spices, light booze and esters, dark fruits and nuts, fig, raisin, etc, typical holiday spices, nutmeg, ginger, etc, dark Belgian malts, molasses, candi sugar, dry Belgian yeast, tasty.

Mouth is heavier bodied but not syrupy, decent carb.

Overall tasty, a staple for Belgian Xmas beer, great malts and fruit flavors, hints of esters and some booze, light spices, drinkable and tasty.

jlindros, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is amber and clear with a nice head of slightly off white bubbles, medium and small, that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low.

Not much aroma here, mild sweetness, some esters.

Beer is medium bodied and light on flavor in the front, it's slightly sweet but then I lose the beer on the palate some where. It's bland and plain, easy drinking especially considering the ABV, but I wanted more flavor.

drabmuh, Dec 30, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Edition
This is my first stab at his brew in quite some time. The last "dead soldier" I have is of the 1999 version, but probably purchased in 2001, and the differences are that that one called itself a barleywine on the label, and this one advertises itself as an "ale brewed with thyme and coriander peel." The descriptions on the back label are slightly different, but this new one calls itself a "winter warmer", not a barleywine.
Deep, dark reddish brown color, with a prodigious, creamy tan head, fluffy, bilious. overwhelming.
Aroma: airy, nutty, spicy, but sadly subdued, at least not providing what I was expecting, though I continued to enjoy it before taking a taste.
Fruity, spicy, a wonderful marriage of flavors, richly malted, brilliantly hopped, full of dark fruit (grapes, cherries, plums), various spices, utterly tasty, happily helped by the orange in the mix. Very sublime, very subtle. Full-bodied, full-flavored, with spice and fruit awarding your good taste at every sip. Nice finish, nice texture...just beautiful...
Highly recommended.

feloniousmonk, Dec 10, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

mendvicdog, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/31/10 notes. 2007 vontage shared by jslot38; thanks Justin.

a - Pours an amber color with two fingers plus of white fluffy head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, yeast, and dark fruit.

t - Tastes of spices, raisins, dark fruit, yeast, and molasses.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - A very nice Belgian dark ale with lots of spice and fruit. The taste was a bit sweeter than the nose, which I enjoyed. Would like to have again.

mdfb79, Jan 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and fruity aroma that's heavy handed with dark candy sugar and crystal malts. It's sweet with a roasted edge as well as being spiced appropriately. The taste is good also. It's incredibly smooth with a nice crystal/roasted malt flavor as well as a wonderful Belgian yeast fruitiness. It boasts of dark fruits and candy sugar. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. It's a full flavored Belgian ale with kick ass yeast character and a well balanced malt bill; very tasty.

WesWes, Dec 13, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Limited edition 2007" - 750 ml bottle:

Pours slight hazed dark brown with a huge fluffy head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell if of thyme, curucao peel, anise, caramel and chocolate.

The taste and curucao peel give it a pleasant, unique spiciness that does not overwhelm. Caramel, chocolate and anise mix in nicely, as does a zesty fruitiness. Nice complexity. The alcohol is present and warming, but not too sharp or interfering.

It's medium-bodied - a bit effervescent - warming.

A flavorful beer to enjoy sipping on in the winter season.

jwc215, Dec 27, 2007
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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