1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

Not Rated.
N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

811 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 811
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 37
Gots: 63 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of N'Ice Chouffe Alström Bros
Ratings: 811 | Reviews: 450 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Wobbly, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of dbarny76
4/5  rDev -2%

dbarny76, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of glass_house
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

glass_house, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of groleau
4/5  rDev -2%

groleau, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

superspak, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

spinrsx, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of kcc
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

kcc, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of 773-F-I-B
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

773-F-I-B, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

VeganUndead, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of argock
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 750 ml bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice/goblet. Limited Edition 2012. Purchased as Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Murky dark brown with frothy, latte-like beige head, tiny bubbles, with good retention with plenty of wispy lace.

S: Aroma is most fig, raisin, and brown sugar, maybe currants. No real hops and I am not getting any herbals or bitter orange peel. The yeast, however, is very aromatic with clove and light but well-integrated phenols.

T: The flavor is good, mainly reminiscent of pralines dipped in a fig/raisin chutney with a light nutmeg/clove type of finishing note. I like how the yeast esters are in there but not overwhelming and complement the dark fruity flavors. There is a lot of caramel and raisin/fig flavors and a lot of brown sugar flavor. There is light-moderate bitterness which prevents it from getting sweet and syrupy. The alcohol is dangerously well-hidden -- no sign of it.

M: Part of the dangerous nature (besides the alcohol presence being minimal) is the surprisingly light body, which is helped by the significant carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed N'Ice Chouffe -- an exceptional mix of sweetness and yeast esters with just the right level of bitterness and a light body to provide a great balanced BSDA. I wish it had a little more complexity, but what it brings is very delicious.

argock, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of GreyGhost4
4/5  rDev -2%

GreyGhost4, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

psoriasaurus, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of TwoTrees
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

TwoTrees, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JamieDuncan, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of kmos27
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

kmos27, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle brought by Beastmaster. Pours a deep dark red that looks beautiful in the light with a large fluffy off white head. However, there are giant chunks of yeast in this one and boy is it ugly. Aroma of sweet dark fruits: plums, cherries, spicy funky yeast. Flavor is rather syrupy sweet with big dark cherries and plums, some brief spice, and lots of candy sugar. Medium heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Meh, this wasn't all that great.

BMMillsy, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of SStein
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

SStein, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

akttr, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of alex_hart
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

alex_hart, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Soapy tan head sits atop a dark ruby body. Light lacing.

Tons of sweet fruit and some underlying spice and bread coming out of this. Orange and cherry.

Nice warming brew. Sweet with orange peel, herbal hop, and dark bread.

Goes down easy with a lighter body and ample carbonation.

The orange peel is a great addition. Nice sipping beer for the winter time.

MattSweatshirt, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of jeiiVP
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jeiiVP, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of BWED
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a tulip.

A- Dark chestnut, thin delicate off white head. 1/4' retention.

S- Caramel, booze, dark fruits, and toasted malts.

T- Notes of caramel. I pick up the thyme in the finish. Along with a bitter citrus peel.

M- Mild carbonation. Sweet, but dry finish. There is an herby dry feel, as well.

O- Easy drinking for a strong, and the thyme gives this thing some depth.

BWED, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of mattreitz49
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

mattreitz49, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of AWB3
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

AWB3, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of SoCaliC8
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SoCaliC8, Jan 16, 2014
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.