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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

805 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 59 | 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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hurshybear

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

06-19-2014 17:17:38 | More by hurshybear
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MQ3867

Portugal

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-19-2014 15:34:14 | More by MQ3867
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utfiero

Texas

3/5  rDev -26.5%

Color- hazy, muck and sediment filled brownish amber. Full head.

Aroma- pear, coriander, composting fruit, and hint of tin.

Taste- starts A rather syrupy sweet strong Belgian. Starts sweet with a flat carbonated entry making the making the flavors and feel seem stale, then finishes with mild yet lackluster sweet fruity and spiced notes including pear, raisin, and cheap toffee. Given the many Belgian ales on the market, this one does not stand apart from the field. Purchased at Spec's June 2014. The bottle states "best before end 2014." We're speculating that the heavy haze and suspended chunks of muck in our bottle may have been due to heat in transport.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 6/10/14.

06-12-2014 23:24:18 | More by utfiero
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-10-2014 23:31:34 | More by AnitaBrewski
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TX-Badger

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

06-07-2014 18:27:49 | More by TX-Badger
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Kaizoku

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

06-07-2014 10:43:57 | More by Kaizoku
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4/5  rDev -2%

05-30-2014 23:24:40 | More by hansavijaticar
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poskok

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-30-2014 23:22:17 | More by poskok
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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%

N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe This Belgian Strong Dark Ale Winter Warmer smells like Malt Balls, Dark fruit, Jesus and baking bread... Very enticing~ Head lacing is infinite ... Pours a dynamic Mahogany, Purple/Brown with LOADS of floating Ingredients and a sandy bottom~ Mouthful is very rich, Creamy, yet light in density and not in the least sticky nor did it linger, leaves your palate very pleased and wanting more!~ Heavy Malt, Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Toast, Citrus, Grape/Plum, Brown Sugar, Raisin, a touch Peppery, Thyme and Curaçao Peel, Dark Candy, light Cherry, a bit of banana, just a bit of a woody taste and very much Berry~ Delicious refreshing and warms the soul! I just took another pic of the head lacing... It's literally by FAR the best I've ever seen! Thick and coats almost the whole glass~ Very pleased with this interesting, unique and complex authentic product of Belgium~ Covered the 10%ABV very well on my 2010 edition~ Hope I can find this again~ Overall 9.7

05-30-2014 03:39:33 | More by BrewUSA
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-29-2014 00:09:54 | More by BobZ
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

05-26-2014 22:17:50 | More by Latarnik
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-03-2014 22:53:10 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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atrocity

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

04-25-2014 16:49:30 | More by atrocity
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2%

04-19-2014 05:30:51 | More by brpendergast85
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

04-18-2014 20:04:46 | More by Kevincredible
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jeff1973

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

04-15-2014 04:01:35 | More by jeff1973
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leroybrown10

Missouri

4/5  rDev -2%

04-10-2014 22:43:14 | More by leroybrown10
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-10-2014 01:00:17 | More by afsdan
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%

Limited edition Winter

Poured a light caramel color in a tulip with a 3F head.
Lighter than other beers in the same style.

Aroma- candy, toffee.

Mouth feel- very carbonated, perhaps more than other Belgian dark ales.

Taste: candy, some spice.

Overall: I find that the body of this beer is not as full as others in the style.
There is a bitterness in the finish, which overshadows the taste. The aroma and taste could have more candy, as brought out in other beers in the same style.

It's an excellent beer, but I am looking for more sweetness, and an aroma which is stronger.

04-06-2014 00:48:40 | More by brureview
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Wobbly

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-04-2014 22:01:46 | More by Wobbly
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dbarny76

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -2%

03-11-2014 22:01:17 | More by dbarny76
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glass_house

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

330 ml bottle poured into a glass chalice

Pours a murky dark brown with ruby highlights and one finger of frothy tan head. Moderate lacing with a thin collar of dark foam and a patchy cap. Smells like raisins, figs, and plums soaked in molasses and spiced rum. Wow, I think I'm going to like this...

Yep, I was right. The dark fruits make an immediate impression, but are more subtle than overwhelming. Toasty dark bread, caramel, and brown sugar balance nicely with the slightly spicy yeast esters and faint earthy hops. Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than medium, with enough carbonation to keep it crisp and lively. Clean, dry finish. Definitely on the sweet side, but far from syrupy or cloying.

Another Chouffe masterpiece. This is probably my new favorite of their offerings. This beer is so smooth it's almost impossible to believe the 10% ABV. So glad I finally got to try this, and I can't wait to see what some time in the cellar does for a couple bottles.

03-10-2014 18:29:47 | More by glass_house
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groleau

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

03-05-2014 22:54:31 | More by groleau
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/24/2012. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apple, orange peel, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, clove, molasses, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apple, orange peel, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, molasses, brown bread, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apple, orange peel, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, clove, molasses, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and big robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

03-03-2014 01:24:59 | More by superspak
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%

330ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total Wine for $2

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, caramel, spices

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some yeasty notes. There is also some dark fruit (raisins), and a light clove/coriander spiciness.

Overall – The flavour is kind of subdued, but it's good in a way because it isn't cloyingly sweet like some other belgian darks are. A solid brew.

02-27-2014 22:30:59 | More by spinrsx
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.