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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

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 jackrodgers77
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $8. Tapped from a White Tap handle w/ the Elf on top into a 12oz Snifter Glass.

Aroma- Tons of funk and nice complexed aroma. Tons of sweetness, caramel, richness, fruits, and maybe a sour note? Had SO much going on, tough to throw everything out there!

Appearance- Received with a dark brown, 1 finger head that had great retention. Dark brown colored body with a hint of copper/gold and quite a bit of haze. Leaves this lacing behind.

Flavor- Starts with a ton of malt and a twang that satisfies. Sweet and had a great amount of strength. Light bitterness and tons of hop hanging around. Complexed like the aroma but can tell this one is malt dominant.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, but then finishes with a Vodka taste... Dusty and a high alcohol finish. Strange...

Overall Impression- There are only two times I go from reviewing a brew on-tap and wanting it in the bottle as well. Firstly, if I feel the beer wasn't in the best condition (whether tap line or keg problems), and the other is it was an A+ beer. This one met the second criteria! Would recommend anyone trying this one. Could never be bored with one of these in front of me.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of AdamBear
2.53/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-cherry brown with a thin white head

S-sweet caramel and peppercorn. hot belgian spices, some licorice. medium strength

T-comes in with a smooth but warm taste of licorice, light belgian spices, and peppercorn. matching after-taste with a lot of heat to it.

M-almost not carbonation with a hot finish

O-i just simply do not like my beers to be so hot, i also like my belgians to have a good amount of carbonation to it. those two aspects made this beer difficult to finish for me and its something i'll be avoiding from now on.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of daryk77
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, 750ml bottle. Stored in a box at room temperature.

Pours black with reddish hue, head dissipates quickly. Plenty of floaties here. Beer settles down after a few minutes. Smell dark fruit, classic dark Belgian aroma. Taste is rich and sweet, again dark fruit with a clean finish. Great mouthfeel, balanced with the rest of the beer, very smooth.

This beer tastes a lot like it does when fresh, I am surprised their hasn't been more of a change. Would love to cellar this for 5 years or more and see if there is more of a change.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2010.

A: Massive 1 1/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over brownish-amber coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, spices, apples and pears.

T: Apples and pears up front which transitions to cloves, spices, bananas, figs and cherries in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A beautiful and complex Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and my favorite so far from this brewery.

Photo of Josiah2729
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of justintcoons
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice opaque copper with a short head and excellent lacing. Moderate carbonation.

N: Dark fruits, banana and light spices.

T: Primarily prunes and dates that are just fantastic. Banana notes follow mixed with some chocolate and pleasant booze. Finishes with molasses and faint spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Exactly what I was looking for.

M: Medium-full bodied, semi-chewy and severely easy drinking.

O: I'm quite impressed. Very complex and easy drinking. Dark fruit notes are exceptional. Banana and chocolate are also fairly strong. Overall a great BSDA.

Photo of mavbrew
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Mar02x
3.22/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A now that it is Chrismas, it's time to open this bottle.

A - A bright brown ale on which a light beige head rests.

S - A vague scent of malt syrup.

T - A light sweetness upfront and the malts come through along with some faint spices. There is no way of telling that this a 10% ABV.

M - As the medium carbonation is died out, there is a creamy left over, nice!

O - It's not a bad Christmas ale, but there are nicer ones out there.This one doesn't blow me of my socks.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy smaller head fades semi slowly hint of lacing, semi hazy auburn tan brown color.

Nose nice Belgian dark malts, light spices, sweet malts, light booze and esters, hints of nutmeg, dark fruits, fig and nuts, molasses, dark candi sugar.

Taste is almost the same as the nose, starting with light bitter spices, light booze and esters, dark fruits and nuts, fig, raisin, etc, typical holiday spices, nutmeg, ginger, etc, dark Belgian malts, molasses, candi sugar, dry Belgian yeast, tasty.

Mouth is heavier bodied but not syrupy, decent carb.

Overall tasty, a staple for Belgian Xmas beer, great malts and fruit flavors, hints of esters and some booze, light spices, drinkable and tasty.

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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL limited edition bomber poured into a chalice

A chestnut brown with a deep red overtones. A bubbly ecru cap raises about one finger and falls to form a thin collar around the glass. Little to no lacing.

The nose is of candi sugar, herbs (thyme), dried fruits, orange peel, and spiced cake. Spicy and sweet.

Spicy clove and candi sugar up front while brown bready malt carriers through the middle. The finish is of orange peel, dried orchard fruits and an herbal dryness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. This looks and tastes like it would be a lot thicker and fuller than it really is. The carbonation lifts this guy off the tongue and leaves a raisin/sugar finish with an herbal dryness.

This is a nice BSDA and one that I enjoyed. The addition of thyme helps cut through the overall sweetness and lends a welcome drying characteristic.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a cloudy amber body. Lots of lacing. This is a fairly thick beer. Aroma is mostly light on the dark fruit with some fig and juniper. Overall aroma is light. Flavor is a semi sweet dark fruit however this is light. It is a little watered down. Medium in body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall not in my tops for Belgian dark strongs.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The wintery scene of the village of Achouffe on the label is quite charming although I cannot say the same for the beer itself. It is a muddy brown colour and littered with chunks of sediment that look like partially digested food. And for a Christmas-y beer I'd have hoped for a little more white on top; there's no snowy peaks here.

All you shy people out there will relate: N'ice Chouffe needs a little time before opening up. Once doing so, however, it turns out not to have all that much interesting to say. The bouquet of dark, sticky-sweet malt is typically musty and yeasty for a beer of this style, from this part of the world, and yields no real excitement.

Although thyme and curacao peel are the ingredients that stand out most in the name, it's the dark candi sugar that sticks out most in the taste. This viscous, syrupy-sweet flavour, combined with the malt, becomes like some sort of concoction of liquid bran muffin and molasses. It's not half bad, but we'll see if it's '750ml bottle' good...

All signs continue to point to 'yes' at the halfway point. In fact, the flavour is easily my favourite part of this beer. It tastes like some kind of wonderful hazelnut bread baked with brown sugar, cinnamon bark, honey, and a spritz of sweetly fragranced orange oil. Strength is somewhat perceived but the alcohol is never tasted outright.

N'Ice Chouffe is an easy ale to recommend. Whether or not it'll make my want list next year remains to be seen, but I'd gladly welcome a bottle in my stocking any time. The Belgians, like the French, know as much about drink as they do food, and, good Catholics they are, they obviously know a thing or two about celebrating Christmas too!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jsanford
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08 Vintage poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Dark mahogany with a fluffy ivory head that settles to a 1/2 inch cap.
S - Sweet and slightly funky, with aromas of dark Belgian candi sugar, lots of orange peel, and a touch of savory herbs.
T - Similar to the nose, with flavors of dark candi sugar, dried fruits, orange peel, and thyme/sage. There is a bit of a metallic "twang" and a touch of oxidation, this is just a bit past it's prime.
M - Slick mouthfeel with a medium body and prickly carbonation.
O - A very interesting Winter beer, I love the herbal character added from the thyme. I do wish I had consumed this about a year earlier, though.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Sticks and Stones.

A-Poured into a Chouffe glass which was very nice. It pours a dark amber color with a thick and frothy off white head. There was some nice lacing left on the glass as well.

S-Belgian yeast, spicy, herbal, alcohol was present, and very malty of course. The nose was nice, but not over powering.

T-Very similar to the nose. The Belgian yeast is prominent. There is some spice and also a nice herbal element as well. The alcohol is present but not over powering. I couldn't really pick up on the Thyme specifically. It is very malty and truly delicious.

M-Chewy, but not too thick. It drinks very light.

D-As noted above, this beer drinks really light. It is complex and delicious. At 10% it is a sipper but I drank two glasses and was barely buzzed.

Overall, this beer was a true delight. It was delicious. It also pared perfectly with the pizza. I highly recommend it.

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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