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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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486 Reviews

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Reviews: 486
Hads: 1,055
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 52
Gots: 163 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website

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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Reviews: 486 | Hads: 1,055
Photo of cro250klr
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

N'ice is nice. To be honest, the only other offering that I had tried from this brewery was La Chouffe. That was way too fizzy for me, so I went at this one a little gun shy. The first glass was a bit too cold so I let it sit. Too cold and this seems to have a little carbonation bite also. Once warmed the carbonation smooths out and the over ripened banana flavor and aroma is predominant. The the finish is a bit dry and a little bitterness attacks the back of the tongue. A spice flavor awakens as this one warms and, at 10 abv , I tought the alcohol was well hidden. I paired this with some homemade sweet dough bread and cheese and it turned out to be a good match. The bread and cheese combo mellowed out that slight bitterness and I ran out the next day to grab another bottle. A really nice seasonal brew.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a good dark brown color with a nice fluffy head. A fair amount of lace is present as well.

The smell is nice, with dark fruits and sugars leading the way. The taste is seems lighter than that, but still has a nice layering of different fruit flavors. Alcohol comes out a bit in the finish.

The mouthfeel was a little sharp, and while the drinkability wasn't bad it wasn't that great either. While this certainly wasn't a bad beer, it couldn't quite keep up with the Corsendonk Christmas Ale.

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Photo of claytri
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a rich reddinsh brown. The body is translucent, and the head was big and tan. The smell was heavy on the spices particularly the thyme. The taste was quite a treat as the spices blended for a very great tatse with a strong alcohol burn in the finish. The body was medium and dry. The beer was quite enjoyable and was a wonderful change of pace. I'm not sure I would make it a regular choice.

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Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 edition, capped not corked. Served into a chalice at cellar temperature, this pours a ruby mahogany body with tremendous carbonation action in the form of a horde of tiny bubbles in full flourish. The head is beige in color, and creamy in texture. Excellent retention, and exquisite sheet lacing drapes the chalice. Very tempting aroma features an orgy of overripe bananas, dates, apricots, and orangepeel, enhanced by spicy coriander, orangezest, thyme, and white pepper. Burnt candy sugar aromas add to the attraction. Mouthfeel is excellent, with effervescent carbonation as per style, and a smooth and creamy medium body that has both a spice and alcohol bite. Taste has the character of an orange liqueur, spiced with thyme and clove, and blended with pureed prunes and raisins. Lots of dark fruits stewed in rum, thrown into the middle. Toward the finish, it gains some dry and bitter hop and yeast character, as if some juniper flavored, Dutch Jenever was added to the mix. Very warming alcohol notes are in the dry aftertaste. An excellent Belgian winter strong dark ale. i enjoyed this one while watching a snow storm arrive on a cold winter eve and morn.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep ruby red color with three huge fingers of off-white head. There is a good deal of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very sweet, with lots of dark fruit like raisins and candied plums. There is some burnt caramel in there as well. The taste is also sweet. There's some brown sugar and molasses, with some fruitiness like fig or date. A hint of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is pretty good for a 10% brew. A nice offering from Brasserie d'Achouffe.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Froathy, crackling, light brown colored head disappeared quickly leaving tiny specs of lace. Hazy dark chestnut colored beer. Aroma of dark fruit, a bit of curacao, and some chocolate malt. Dark fruits and roasted malts up front followed by a strong alcoholic flavor and a slightly bitter finish. Overall disappointing. Too much alcohol in the flavor, and the whole thing just didn't seem to mesh.

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Photo of danadeny
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the painted bottle, need to find one of the gnomes for the yard. Dark brown body supports a big frothy head. Smells of cherries, and a little yeast. Strong alcohol presence in the flavor, but that goes away after the first few sips. Decent hop finish, no after taste, nice sweetness up front. Evaporates on the tongue nicly. great drinkability for a 10%-er

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 edition. Pours with a chunky, russet-colored head that leaves what looks like entire coastlines of bubbly lace. Dig the lacing! The froth is bolstered by innumerable miniscule bubbles rushing past a few particles of sediment through liquid the color of stained cherry. Garnet highlights and vinous viscosity make this a looker for sure. First impressions in the nose are of freshly chopped coriander, though not overwhelming nutmeg and mallow. Fresh and leafy/botanical nosefeel somehow ends up suggesting... root beer! Must be the candi sugar. As the beer warms, I start detecting a smell like pink erasers--not unpleasant, but weird. Tastes strongly of root beer with tangy spices--mostly tarragon at first--but later the thyme starts to dominate the entire profile. The beer gets powerfully herbal, almost like bay; very round and bitter in the finish. Rather light on the palate, considering the strength of the spices. Alcohol is so well hidden that this is practically slammable. Probably best for knocking someone out before bedtime. At least that's what it did to me.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a big, active, foamy and creamy tan head. Good retention and decent lacing.
Smells malty sweet with lots of brandied fruit, brown sugar, spices, citrus peel and lemony yeast.
Tastes of sweet earthy malt, dried and smoked dark fruit, brown sugar and orange zest. It had an herbaceous quality to it and the thyme really came out as it warmed. The alcohol really pushes through in the flavor and ends in a not so pleasant bitterness. Really warms the belly. Lots of good stuff going on but it doesn't seem to quite come together.
Lighter bodied with a rich full mouthfeel due to lots of carbonation.
The raw alcohol bitterness hurts the drinkability, but hey...this is a sipper anyway.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice dark brown color with a huge 4 finger head that falls to 2 fingers. The nose is spicey and a bit of alcohol. There is a touch of sweet figgy tones, as well, but not really deep. The flavor is nice, with a great spicey tone and lacking the alcohol from the nose. The sweet dark fruit tones balance really well in there as well. The beer is nice and thick. I would definately drink this beer again. Its another winner from the folks from Achouffe

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Photo of carln26
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown in color, very hazy with a thick cream colored head of tight bubbles that settles to a thick sheet of lace on the glass. Aroma is dominated by a doughy/yeasty aroma with a subtle hint of spice. The taste has more spice up front, with a fruity bright character. I can’t tell if that is from the hops or from some additional ingredient. As I take a second drink, I think it’s probably from some additive fruit. There is a lot of alcohol there too. It comes across in the flavor immediately. A very carbonated character to the mouth feel, along with richness. The richness come across in the flavor as well. The high alcohol level reduces the drinkability a little.

Update: I like reviewing before I read the labels. The bright fruit I was tasting was definitely the curacao peel listed on the label. That explains it.

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Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the special edition 2004. The carbonation on this is in the "holy shit" category, foamed when I popped it and I had to pour it in stages to keep it in the glass. Nice dark brown colour thats red when held to the light with a ton of foam and a little lacing. Smells like brown sugar, some malt, oranges and some spices. Tastes similar to it smells with a sweetness presumably from the candi sugar coming through, with a nice spiciness to it and an orange zest aftertaste. Very fullbodied, and the 10% ABV is very well hidden. I think the drinkability on this is high, could easily finish off a 750 ml, probably another too. Drank it at the 60 degrees stated on the bottle, however I think it would have been a bit better if chilled a bit more. But definatly try this one if you can.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12/31/04- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA

Presentation- 750 ml bottle with a little knome dude on it. Best before end of 2009, poured into my Duvel glass. Version 2004.

Appearance- Huge nice foamy head, a darker amber-brown color, but very light lacing.

Smell- New scents abound here for me. A decent amount of sweetness. Maybe it's the thyme or curacao I am smelling? Needless to say there is some kind of fruit in there.

Taste- Sweet, but not overly sweet. A citrus taste to go with some sweet plums or raisin-date kinda taste. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Quite full mouthfeel, but the ABV doesn't hit you as hard as most 10% beers. It caught me off gaurd and made it easier to consume. Perfect mid range carbonation.

Drinkability- The only thing holding it back is the ABV, which does sneak up on you. Nice buzz at the end of the bottle. Very good beer that will be getting cellared if I can get a couple more.

Version 2003....

Quite different....a huge and I mean huge thyme flavor. Almost so that it was making me gag. In the future I will be sure to taste before buying multiple bottles. Pass on the 2003...probably past it's prime.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2003, poured from a 750ml.

Appearance is a rich brown with an orange tinge to it. A big head develops, tight, firm and creamy looking, it is slow to drop.
Smell is roasted malt, yeast, spices, peat and smoke. Expected more pronounced scents and a few more of them.
Taste is sweet, spicy, roasted malt, yeast, citrus and a hint of smoke. Great balance and complexity without a big alcohol bloom to overpower it all.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, full-bodied. Warms the throat. Light carbonation.
Drinkability: oh, hell yes!!!! I could easily drink this all day long, regardless of the ABV (assuming I don't have to drive anywhere).

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Photo of chilidog
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We served this 03 version on Christmas day 04. I aged it about fourteen months.
It poured nice with a deep red, some say brown color. The head was tan, soft and fluffy. Lace was spotted but thick. The aroma was not strong but was of spice over alcohol. The taste left me in wonder, for I kept thinking it had a cola taste. After thought, perhaps its the thyme over citric spice backed by a sweet carameled malt. That may sound complex but thats what I got out of it. The mouth is left slick with like a hop oil glaze on the lip. The drinkability is smooth for this 10% abv brew. I thought the complexity made me think one bottle was enough for now.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

N'Ice Chouffe pours a hazy dark brown color with a frothy tan head on top. The aroma is mainly roasted malt with some brown sugar and raisin mixed in.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is very well balanced. A sweet caramel malt is blended nicely with some brown sugar and cherry. It finishes with a mild alcohol taste.

I've aged this beer for about a year in my cellar. The flavor was very well balanced. It didn't overpower with spice or malt like other Belgian strong ales I've had recently.

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Photo of Bones54
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearnece: rich brown color, considerable carbonation, pours about a 1 inch head, that quickly dissolves into about a 1/4 of that. lacing is mild to moderate. I was rather impressed by the color of the beer, the rich brown color is very inviting.
Smell: barley and alchohol seem to make it's way through all the other smells.
Taste: The thyme and Curacao peel are definately present, yet I still want more taste out of my winter warmer. True, taste becomes more noticeable as the beer warms (definately follow the 60 degree serving temperature suggested on the bottle, because I think thats where I might have gone wrong).
Drinkability: I would probably have a few more of these, but much like all winter warmers after a few they begin to sit to heavy on the stomach and the palate.
Overall, I think I went into this beer with to much expectation. I'll try it again next season with a clear mind.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When first poured the color was of a reddish amber brown with tan foam and some lace. The smell was very pleasant with a spicy aroma with a hint of citrus. Wow, the flavor had a smooth creamy, spicy taste with an orangy citrus flavor. After further sips, you could taste more of the thyme, hops and malted grains. I can't believe this ale is 10% alcohol. This is one smooth Belgium Ale with such high alcohol content. What a pleasant surprise. I need more of this special brew!

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering poured a dark cloudy ruby color with big foamy head that quickly goes down leaving some lacing. Bubbles streamed up from the bottom. The aroma was a spicy wine-like aroma which tingled the nose. A sweet fruitiness and spice combined to form a complex taste. The thyme feeling sits on the tongue and is a little strange. The aftertaste had a dry cheese-like aftertaste. Mouthfeel was good, nothing too interesting. This beer is definitely a sipping beer as the alcohol content is very potent.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gift from wife. I love wife.

N'ice Chouffe is just beautiful beer. Dark brown, not as pretty as it tastes, but much like the rest in the style. Smell: spicy, sweet, candied fruit, but not overwhelming like so many other belgians. Taste is just divine. The spiced Chouffe taste with a heavier molasses/orange feel and stronger/alcoholic taste. This is the ultimate winter beverage. The alcohol is slightly warming on the tongue. Aftertaste of ginger and chocolate.

This is my favorite winter beer. Vive la Chouffe indeed.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited edition 2003 green bomber (750 ml.) with no cork. The poured beer was dark red in color with large billowing beige head, and nice lace.

The aroma was cherries, clove, brown sugar, and warm spices. The taste was tart-sweet (apples, cherries, pear) with a spicy (ginger, clove, nutmeg) kick. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, but was enhanced by explosive latent carbonation. This is quite a warmer due to the inherent alcoholic strength.

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Photo of Optimator
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 Edition. I picked up two 750ml bottles; one for me, and one for a X-mas gift to a brother-in-law.

Appearance: Poured a deep somewhat cloudy burgundy with a surprisingly rich fizzy head.

Smell: Ahh...a not so subtle boozy spicy aroma with an undertone of brandy/grape and sweet, sweet malt...like a 4 course meal in a glass.

Taste: Like a teensy-weensy sliver 'o heaven in the mouth. The ABV tends to mask some of the complexity, but expect a spicy sweet malt beverage with a dry hint of hop finish.

Mouthfeel: This was a bit thinner than it looked. I was somewhat disappointed at the initial fizzy nature of this, but it quickly dissipated into a smoother albeit thin feel after the glass settled for a few minutes.

Drinkability: An excellent winter warmer for those not shy about the higher ABV. This was so good, my wife and I drank up the second gift bottle that evening. Damn ;) ...gonna have to run back to the liquor store for a couple more.

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Photo of Stimack
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to give this brew a chance the other evening. Had it on tap and it was poured to a very nice brown color that was quite clear and had a very sticky tan head the left chunky lacing at the top of the glass and nice rings down the side. The aroma was very spicy with a heavy malt scent. Was able to pick up highlights of orange/citrus, cinnamon, brown sugar to just name a few, it is an excellent smelling brew. The taste has a number of things happening. Highlighted by heavy malt and a hop spice flavor that ends with a warming alcohol taste. Over all this was a fantastic brew, glad I was able to get the chance.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful beer. The head on this beer was foamy, beige and strong, lingering nearly to the end. When held up to a bright light, the color was an amazing ruby-brown. Incredible and perfect for the holidays.

The smell was typical for Belgian with flowers, thyme and malt tinged with hops.

The taste was strong and spicy with the thyme flavor pronounced and flowing. Fields of flowers and malt filled my mouth while the alcohol flavor was mild and sweet.

The mouthfeel reminded me of other fine Belgians with it's spunky but delicate carbonation. This is fine beer that I'd drink again anytime.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big mass of poofy, shallow bubbles pops its way down. Very little emerges as scent, a little booze and sweetness.

The mouthfeel is certainly the highlight of this brew for me. Sharp in quantity but quickly changing to soft, soft, and delicate, reminding me a little of westvleteren. Alcohol is the other factor in this beer, and while the 10% is covered up in lots of places, it definitely remains a presence in the taste and after. Alcohol, spice, cinnamon, and hops.

Would love to have lots of this around.

Overall, slightly astringent.

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
90 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.