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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

785 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 51 | 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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kayrex

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-29-2011 22:49:35 | More by kayrex
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%

11-29-2011 04:03:55 | More by JAHMUR
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rekel

Netherlands

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-28-2011 21:47:49 | More by rekel
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chcfan

California

4/5  rDev -2%

11-28-2011 16:12:44 | More by chcfan
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

11-28-2011 05:07:31 | More by barnzy78
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

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

A: Thick, dark brown. Very cloudy. Huge off-white head, nice retention and great lacing.

S: Caramel malt, rye spices and rye bread, oranges, along with other dark fruits like plums and dates. Deep, full aroma.

T/M: The first flavor that hits the palate immediately is that of rye bread. Spicy yeast and bready malts, followed by notes of caramel, dark sugared fruits, and mild hop flavors. Sweet, pretty rich, mildly spicy. Full bodied with high carbonation.

D: Great, well balanced strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:09:57 | More by YouSkeete
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-25-2011 15:02:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

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

AHHH 750 ml bottle with a great lable of some elves playing insidious games in the snow around a fire near a church. No cork though.

APPEARANCE - Produced excellent smoke upon cap release in which I tipped the bottle 3 xs & poof poof poof. Poured deep rich clear brown with an ok head without good sustanance. Little lacing.

Sniffer - Malty sweetness -spices - yeasty tartness & orangey.

TASTE - Sweet and smooth. Zesty with strong carbonation.

Body - This baby is not too heavy. You won't mistake this fo a stout in a blind taste trial. Let's just say you're not picking up the fat chick for a blow job at the end of the night with Chouffe.

D - Good drinkability. Powerful stuff. Made me burp like a soldier.

Goes well with seasonal Christmas music. I suggest something simple like John Fahey's Christmas cd.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:22:07 | More by frankiepop
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mrunseen

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-23-2011 05:02:07 | More by mrunseen
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-22-2011 20:58:58 | More by brandoman63
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

11-22-2011 00:52:15 | More by PittBeerGirl
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

11-20-2011 19:52:58 | More by DoctorB2B
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-19-2011 12:17:13 | More by bacher468
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ales4baldo

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-18-2011 05:30:16 | More by ales4baldo
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ROGUE16

Delaware

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-17-2011 20:37:05 | More by ROGUE16
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Limited Edition

Pours a dark brown w/ a nice one finger cocoa head. Excellent lacing on my snifter glass. Very murky and dirty looking- like the bottom of a river bed. The nose of this brew is really nice. Dark fruit, citrus fruit, yeast, spices- and none of the 10% alcohol... Not really sure where they hid it. Taste is interesting- I get a lot of spice (thyme?) at first along w/ yeast. It's super dry though, so that goes away and dissolves into acidity and a nice fruit aftertaste... I like it- but not quite enough to bump it to the next level. Feel is very dry and acidic. Overall, this is a good beer- but it's in a tough style category. Still, I'd buy this again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 03:26:23 | More by jayhawk73
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-16-2011 18:21:33 | More by FreshmanPour77
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2%

11-16-2011 02:52:14 | More by bpfrush
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oline73

Maryland

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-16-2011 02:49:12 | More by oline73
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2%

11-15-2011 07:26:33 | More by ej285701
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osusullins

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with white head. Nice lacing.

Smell is of candy sugar and dark fruit. Some subtle spice notes are present.

Taste is full on belgian goodness. You get the dark fruit and sugar up front. Spices give this beer a great balance. I quite enjoy this.

The beer is medium bodied. N'ice, but nothing special.

Overall I enjoy this beer. Another strong offering from D'Achouffe. Good brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 05:17:49 | More by osusullins
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick white head, hazy brown body.

Nose has some funk, but that's about all.

Cocoa in the taste, the thyme is perceptible as well. Chocolatey malt, mellow and sweet. Hoppier finish-- balancing and avoiding a cloying taste.

Mouthfeel is quite thick and smooth.

Good Belgian strong dark, but light on fruit and heavier on spice... curious. More versatile with food (steak, lamb, pasta alfredo), probably.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 01:52:34 | More by zaphodchak
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with best before date of 2014
A - deep rich clear brown with a three finger head that leaves a bubbly lace behind.
S - dark malty sweetness with spices and a bit of yeasty tartness coming through it all.
T - candy sweet with zest of orange and slight bitterness despite the abundance of sugars. Sweet in a very enjoyable way as the tingly spices balance thing out. Aftertaste is of a lingering slightly tart sweet.
M - nicely carbonated with a medium to heavy body and very rich smooth feel. Interesting when combined with the mouth tingly feel of what I presume is the alcohol.
D - this one goes down easy despite the 10% abv.
I may get another bottle just to keep until summer. I can see why it would be seasonal as it might wear you down if had too often.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 00:54:19 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 75cl bottle into a large snifter glass. Bottle just arrived on store shelves, a recent purchase, this beer is not old whatsoever. It is very recent.

A very surprising light but well together put off white head and foamy soapy consistency off the pour. Out of the bottle the beer is almost golden dark, but hits the glass with a very simple dark chestnut brown. Fairly clear if dark.

Nose is husky, slight ripping grain, interesting fruit angle on this coming across with small sense of dark malts. Clean sense, but fairly muted, but a sense that something heavy is coming. Kind of a mix between a light blonde ale, and dark. Interesting. Nothing real spectacular though, and it certainly does not smell like thyme WHAT so ever.

Taste is really sort of varied and strange. Slight orange, but a weird off malty chocolate sense too. This tastes kind of "meaty" and I was expecting hints of fruit, grain, malt, maybe even hop, but there is something very "un" beer like tasting about this. It's very odd. Texture is also a bit carbonated that just messes with everything instead of complimenting it. Slight extremely faint almost watered down toffee in the finish, as if it was hit with a sledgehammer. Really incredibly novocaine stinging tongue after awhile. Jesus what is going on with this brew?

Overall just not feeling this beer here, this is just not doing it for me, and its label description gives it NO justice whatsoever. Drinkability though even for the high abv is easy however.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:32:49 | More by smakawhat
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kojevergas

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

75cl dark green glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into Chouffe 25cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. It was served almost fresh from the fridge, but not too cold.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, decent thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a dark caramel; nontransparent.

Sm: Candied sugar, light spice (clove?), caramelized malt, a dark ester, and cream. A moderate strength aroma. Consulting the label, I suppose the spice is thyme - but I have no idea what thyme smells like.

T: Candied sugar is heavy, but the finish is surprisingly light. The caramelized malt is a bit too emphasize for the balance, but it works alright. The spices are well placed but not overly prominent. It's a bit imbalanced, but the build is pleasant albeit unfocused. I wouldn't go so far as to call it simple, but it could have more depth.

Mf: A touch tingly on account of the candied sugar, but largely smooth and wet. Overly thick, but then that might have been necessary to cover the high ABV.

Dr: It hides its high ABV very well, and is built to style, but there's room for improvement. I'd try it on draught, but otherwise there's nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 01:18:17 | More by kojevergas
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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