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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
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992 Ratings
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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 47
Gots: 135 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-14-2001

Brewed with thyme and curaçao
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Photo of st9647v3
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Danny1217
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcsbeer
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Miguelserafim
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a a nice creamy off-white head that takes a long time to dissipate. The beer itself is an opaque very dark brown with hints of purple that borders on black but not quite dark enough.

The beer smell is pretty diverse. The smell has notes of Belgian sugar, dark fruits, and a bit of hops as well. The Belgian sugar is a pretty strong note and mixes very well with the other notes, especially the dark fruit. The sugar gives off a very candy note but does not detract from the beer. The dark fruit notes are primarily dates and figs. The smell also has a slight hop bitterness to counteract the really sugary notes from the Belgian sugars.

The taste is similar to the smell. The beer taste has stronger hop notes than the smell that works well to balance out the Belgian sugar notes. The Belgian sugar and malts give off a nice bubblegum flavor. The dark fruits are still there but the plum flavor is more pronounced and includes a little bit of grape. The taste also has a slight alcohol flavor as well.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied. The body is on the lighter spectrum of heavy bodiedness, but heavy enough to know that it is heavy bodied. The drink goes down smoothly with some nice carbonation that gives it a bit of texture.

Overall, a fairly good Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I'll probably pick this up again next winter and definitely recommend this.

Photo of kushlash23
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Domvan
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casey3236
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of earthy yeast is prevalent with a lingering hay flavor, almost like a dark saison, mixed with some faint fruit / coriander and caramel. Good balance and mouthfeel, but I feel it lacks a standout feature, solid all around though.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage 750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost opaque, deep, dark mahogany color with a full three fingers of white head that slowly dissolved away into a thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. There is a very active effervesce of bubbles beginning at the bottom of the glass, and followed the curve of the glass to the bottom of the layer of head settled atop the beer.

Aroma: Ah, yes! That’s a Belgian Ale! Strong malt aromas up front, imparting notes of freshly baked bread, followed by /mixed with lots of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, sour cherries, candied sugar, some alcohol notes as well, and of course Belgian ale yeast.

Taste: Delicious! Lots of malt up front, that quickly gives away to tons of stone fruit! Plumbs, cherries, frigs, followed by some candied sugar-like sweetness. The beer finishes with a slight sour cherry-like sweetness that’s quite pleasant. I also get a few faint notes of orange citrus. Unfortunately, I’m not getting a lot of orange or any thyme, which the beer is brewed with, (according to the label), but this bottle is a few years old, so these flavors could have faded. I really want to try a fresh bottle next winter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and with quite a bit more carbonation that I’m used to in a Belgian dark strong ale, but it’s quite pleasant. With an ABV of 10.0%, there’s quite the strong, pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is another great Belgian strong dark ale! Great flavors of fruit and malt, balanced with some subtle, pleasant sour cherry. Delicious!

Photo of stephensinner
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmoen
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated best by 11/2016:
Pours a clear brown, maybe auburn, with a decent amount of small-bubbled off-white head. The head sticks around, and laces the glass lightly. Nose is candy sugar, dark in nature: cola, molasses or dark corn syrup, cinnamon and some sort of earthy spice (nutmeg?). There is also a hint of Belgian yeast as the beer warms, adding a little fruit and spice itself, and I started getting candied orange notes when I noticed it.

Taste is quite similar to the nose. Before it has fully warned, the carbonation and alcohol sting the tongue just a tad. The base taste is a solid strong dark ale, based on other versions of the style I have had. A hint of raisin, but again, a sort of cola flavor, some notes of alcohol, and a very light yeast funk comes in to join at the end of the taste. Feel to me (perhaps due to carbonation) a bit more crackery than bready, lighter in nature than I expected.

A very enjoyable beer. The bottle indicates it has potential for aging. I might try that some day. I think this is an offering you might be able to use to introduce people to the style with its light feel and mild alcohol bite.

Photo of curlybird
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbauer78
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greg4579
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wrecknut
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a N'Ice Chouffe signature tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy brown with light to medium bubbles, caramel-white head rising thick with initial pour to just about a notch over a finger's length.

Smell: Strong grapes and yeast scent with a light hit of cinnamon. Superb.

Taste: Complex bitterness and sweetness that it's hard to differentiate if it should be complimenting the dinner or dessert. Regardless the raisin feel with cinnamon/nutmeg and a dab of honey will definitely intensify the palates.

Mouth: Medium bodied, and somewhat sticky...then again I all pairing this with high protein dinner.

Overall: I say grab it if you see it, it's a gem. I picked up a four pack and will have my second without regret. Salud!

Photo of BeccaH
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 992 ratings.