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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 47
Gots: 135 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75 cl.), purchased from V&B Nantes and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : dried fruits, yeast and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dried fruits and spicy flavours, with alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

Ale brewed with thyme and curacao peel huh? I had no idea what curacao peel was, so I looked it up: "It is liqueur flavoured with the dried peel of the laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao. A non-native plant similar to an orange."

A: It poured a very dark, murky, caramel brown color, with a fairly dense finger or so head that pretty much died down right away.

S: Glorious smell of melted dark candy, caramel, cotton candy, and some dark fruit. Overall, the scent on this resembled that of a "Fig Newton." No thyme on the nose, but I think thyme is a rather mild spice anyway.

T: I noticed the candy finish right away. I definitely got a ton of caramel, and with a hint of dark fruit (not much) to back that up. Of course, I wouldn't know what curacao tasted like if it jumped up and bit me in the ass. I'll stick to my guns and continue harping on the candy theme here: butterscotch, caramel, and burnt sugar.

M: First of all, this is INSANELY drinkable. The finish has sort of a fresh filtered water quality that washes over the potential syrupy sweetness. The mild pepper I got on the finish (perhaps that's the thyme?) only adds to the complexity. Not much lacing at all.

O: This is categorized as a "Belgian Strong Dark Ale" which is appropriate considering that this is strong, the color is dark, and it was imported from Belgium. However, this is one of the least Belgian-funk infused beers I've ever tasted. In fact, it's one of the best "Winter Warmers" to ever hit my palate...

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of YouSkeete
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.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of frankiepop
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of jayhawk73
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.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of osusullins
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.