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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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1,005 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,005
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 49
Gots: 143 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-14-2001

Brewed with thyme and curaçao
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Ratings: 1,005 | Reviews: 483
Photo of Gkruszewski
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh895
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krubs
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BIA_BrewMasta
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bold with a nice start and finish. Leaves tastebuds highly engaged. The thyme gives a unique flavor.

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

Photo of Bierleichen
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear brown with an impressive bubbly head. It dissipated to a thin off white ring like lace which retained until about 3/4 through the drink, after which it mostly disappeared. The aroma was my favorite. I first detected brown sugar, followed by chocolate malt, dry fruit and earthy and grassy yeast like aromas. The taste was malty sweet, fruity, spicy, and malty. Most evident was a boozy finish that was dry and felt like a rum and coke. For me the boozy element was a bit too much, which detracted slightly from the other flavors. For this reason I downgraded the taste. The feel was full bodied but mostly drinkable. A low carbonation that nevertheless stings the tongue.

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

Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A spicy nose carries an array of pitted fruit aromas and sweet malts and yeasty esters. It pours deep brilliant amber bordering on brown under a 2” ligntly amber tinted off-white foam cap with a very fine bead. The cap gradually collapses as the bubble gradually grow and collapse, leaving gothic lace patterns on the glass. Its spicy with a fruity malty sweetness that stops short of cloying. As it warms cherry and plum with a hint of bubble gum become more distinct and prominent with light ginger, cinnamon and a hint of anise coming into focus. The brewer has lightened the body to somewhere around medium so it drinks a lot less hefty than many 10.0% abv beers. The above average carbonation also softens this big beer. The alcohol is smooth and not hot and shows its presence with a gentle warming. An excellent choice for sitting by the fire and relaxing.

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

Photo of patra7
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KC9LDB
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.