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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 482
Hads: 1,033
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 6.19%
Wants: 50
Gots: 151 | FT: 1
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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Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown with haze. Big head on this one. Had to wait for it to settle to finish the pour. 4.0

Grains and spicy maltiness. Coriander and light citrus peel essence. Not a huge Christmas-y nose. 3.5

Big booze, orange peel, candi sugar, coriander, dark fruits, herbal elements, and malty roast. A bit overdone, but tasty. 4.0

Hot, but necessarily warm for the season. Big carbonation and a medium body. Could use some more creaminess. 3.0

Not majorly impressive. Still something that I order when it's on-tap. 3.5 (520 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - swampy purple brown, thumb of head dissipated to a thin cover, no notable lacing
S - big dark fruit and bready yeast akin to fruit cake, mild banana and spice, along with brown sugar and syrupy cherries, all very enticing aromas
T - big fruity and medicine like yeasty phenols, raisins and spice, brown sugar and syrup, with just a hint of booze that is sweet without any noticeable bite
M - creamy smooth with mild carbonation, touch of spice and tang, mellow finish again with the high ABV not a factor
O - this had a 'best before' that past nearly 16 months ago and I think this has definitely mellowed out with that little bit of aging, the alcohol is nearly undetectable and the smooth fruitiness really holds it down, a fine holiday treat for sure (757 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with a healthy and fluffy tan tinged head. Rich dark booze soaked fruits with spicy yeast and some medicinal undertones.

Medium body with a fluffy moutfeel, champagne like carbonation. Very rich and substantional flavor. Very interesting and unique. Very savory slightly peppery. Dark booze soaked fruits, soft caramel, a rich mineral like quality to the mouthfeel, a bit of booze, and slightly medicinal. Barely any alcohol heat. Very smooth and clean.

This beer is very good but begs to be paired with rich flavored foods. On it's own I probably wouldn't enjoy it but luckily i have some nice turkey stuffing and gravy to go with it. Very concise flavors, super complex, but in order for them all to work, this beer needs food. (748 characters)

Photo of brewsadedotcom
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle of this at South Hills Market District. Poured into a tulip...

A: Copper color. About 3 inches of toffee colored foamy head.

S: Faint alcohol aroma. Nothing jumps out.

T: Initially bitter, then sweet and somewhat pruney, finishes with a sour aftertaste.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Very smooth. Alcohol content isn't readily apparent. This could sneak up on you.

O: Definitely an enjoyable brew. I'll need to add this into my Christmas beer rotation. (480 characters)

Photo of Toddzillamz
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Break yourselves fools! Your favorite b-film star is back reviewing these brews to keep you in the know. I first off want to thank y'all for the fan mail. It means a lot to me, especially in these hardened times. I'm making the best of it though. Fighting the rats for stale crackers and smokin' prison shorts. The one thing I won't skimp on though is good beer! I'll scour the globe to find hidden hop gems, and bring back my findings to my crew (you people). I catch buzzes like Joey B catches Chlamydia. So, here we go into the time of year when the Christmas, or Holiday ales show their faces. Those heartwarmingly sweet little bastards that you wait all year for. Well, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Toss a log on the fire and cuddle up under the bear rug with a couple russian hunnies. We crackin' open some N'Ice Chouffe bitches!

A: Liquid rust with a sandy bottom. Like staring into a aquarium of dead fishes. You don't know what you're in store for. Oh snap, is something moving around down there?
S: Liquid dish soap. I tried to blow bubbles....not the monkey.
T: Not as good as the original...but, you gotta get that last pour. Was worth the wait....well, not really.
M: Very light off the back end. Almost feels like it's stealing my soul as I pull away from the glass. Bizarre.
O: There are handfuls of better Christmas ales out there. Ask Santa for a better gift. (1,388 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 25.4 oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/dark brown, monster 4+ inch creamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Sweet dark fruits like rasin and plum. Spices, yeasty sugars, malts, nut.nice berry aromoa, cherry, grape, strawberry. A little bready note also.

Taste - Plenty of malts mixed with berries and sugars. Lots of plum and rasin. Spices like corriander, orange peel and such add complex flavoring. Mollasses mixed in with nutty malts, and also the classic toffe/caramel flavor. Plenty of alcohol in each sip.

Mouthfeel - Big beer, malts and sugars coat tounge. Spices give it even more flavor, along with balance. Palate gets more of the same flavors, along with some bready funk. Aftertaste is dry and malty.

Overall - A excellent holiday sipper. Complex flavors along wit balance make this a winner. Another holiday beer to add to my list to enjoy annually. Drink this for sure. (903 characters)

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

Bottle. Poured reddish brown color with an average frothy head that lasted with good lacing. Complex dark fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium fruity sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a good beer (282 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight ruby hue and an almost average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that reduced slightly, but did last throughout producing excellent sheeting of lace.

The aroma was on the lighter side with a dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of caramel and dark fruit (raisons, plums and figs).

The taste was very malty with a nice caramel sweetness from the onset, and then had a mildly sweet hint of dark fruit and a nice bold yeast presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow with the creamy, fruity taste slowly fading into the background.

Mouthfeel was a few steps below medium in body and rather creamy in texture with a nice mellow carbonation.

Overall this was a smooth, creamy and easy to drink Strong Ale that does a great job of concealing the high ABV. Watch out this one, it could be dangerous...

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Photo of nas5755
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best by end of 2011 and I'm drinking it today 9-9-12

A- Nice pop on the cap. lots of light tan head, deep tan or a very dark brown sugar color. Lots of lacing for any beer regardless of age.

S- A light dose of belgian yeast, some candy sugars and a slight medicinal note.

T- Very nice. A slight medicinal flavor is present, some bitterness from the curacao is noticeable. Lots of dark candy sugar, fruits are the dominate flavor and the yeast is still present.

M- smooth, a nice hotness that reminds the drinker this is 10%, however it is no way a detractor from the flavor. The heat melds well with the beer. The carbonation is awesome, I would never-ever guess that this beer was brewed in 2008.

O- Very nice. Smooth, clean, oxidation was minimal. The carbonation was great, maybe even more pronounced then I would prefer and then I need to factor in the age of this beer. Damn. This could have sat in my cellar of a longer amount of time. I almost wish I had left it in there. Easily could have hit the 10 year mark. (1,033 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a nice chestnut brown with thick bubble head. Nice belgian yeast aromas, some dried fruit, clove, and slight roasted aroma. Taste is of belgian yeast, dried fruit/fig/grape, and sweet spices.
Really good Belgian Dark from a great brewery. (275 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

27th May 2012 and I'm at the Brasserie d'Achouffe for a look around: 0.3 litre glass of this fine brew poured in one of the brewery bars by the gift shop.

The body was a deep, dark brown with ruby notes in bright light; on top sat a full cream coloured foaming head.

The nose was all about the malts and yeasts with some dark berry hints in the mix.

The taste was simular to the smell: dark malty flavours with some sweetness and the yeast with berries also showing.

Smooth body feel, alcohol just about hidden and overall a very N'ice beer. (545 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Deli in State College. In an oversized snifter.

A: The ale is dark, a murky burgundy brown mix - the faint reddish hues there if you look. A thin off-white head came with the pour, no lacing though.

S: Dark fruits and candi sugars, deep and sweet. The fullness, even a little too much booze, is intoxicatingly good. I forgot how good this beer is. It's rich fruits bringing raisins and cinnamon, pears and cloves and allspice. A very nice aroma.

T: Richness from the first sip, the spices and yeast really grab hold of the ale. Dark fruits, raisins and plums, drive the flavor. When paired with dark candi sugars and the yeast, things go astronomic. The flavors are deep, the spices continuing to evolve. Cinnamon, allspice, clove, pepper - all take turns at the front but never get to spicy sweet. The overall darkness of the ale is nice, a complex ale that, while better fit for a winter night, did just fine on a breezy spring day.

M: Big but very flavorful. The spices are smooth, the yeast strain imparting plenty of sweet flavors. A rather unexpected but nice find. (1,089 characters)

Photo of Vixie
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, poured into a Duvel glass

Pours a deep ruby red with a large tan head, and a lot of bubbles.

One of the strongest scented beers of this style I have experienced. Very spicy, and complex. I am not good at picking out exactly what I am smelling, but there is a lot of spice there, think of the smell of gingerbread cookies baking.

Sweet yet spicy. There is fruit, as well as brown sugar. coriander, and pepper, backed with the familiar taste of Belgian candy sugar. Very nice mix of flavors here.

Smooth as silk with a nice fullness.

I have to say, one of the best holiday beers I have tried. Very drinkable, the alcohol is very well hidden, just a touch of warming at the finish. I am drinking this in May, but on a chilly December night, I can't think of a better beer to try. Also quite good any time of year. (829 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Also picked up a hiday D'Achouffe glass as well - score!

Poured into that winter D'Achouffe glass. It is rare that I'm able to drink a brew in a glass specifically designed for it - I'll certainly enjoy it!

Chestnut amber, opaque, full foamy head, good retention, great lacing.

Nose is terrific - spices, orange peel, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, coriander, caramel. Almost sherry like.

Great brew. A fine dark ale with a delightful hint of spices, and herbal hops. Surprisingly dry to the finish. Definitely a holiday feel to this - there is a subtle hint of banana and clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice body, strong carbonation.

Very strong brew from D'Achouffe- would love to have this on hand during the holidays! (763 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

A - pours a deep reddish mahogany color at first. At the end of the bottle it pours more murky brown. Thick 3 fingers worth of froathy tan foam which eventually dissipates down to 1. Find of lacing on the glass. Excellent retention.

S - herbal notes are first evident. Quite a bit of mint. As the beer warms more bready and yeasty notes come forward along with the bright aroma of allspice and dark fruits creating an aroma reminiscent of cinnamon raisin bread.

T - lightly sweet notes of caramel and toffee up front. Hints of citus mid palate along with earthy herbal flavors and some berry fruit esters. A vauge note of lemon tea as well. As it warms the flavors become more bready and spice driven. The finish is dry with a touch of alcohol and some lingering spice flavors.

M - medium bodied. Carbonation is on the higher side. Creamy texture.

O - very nice beer. The time in the bottle seems to have worked well for it. This beer could have easily aged for longer. Plenty of carbonation and flavors still around. (1,039 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
3.07/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stella glass.
Amber brown in color, with an airy sudsy head that dissipates very quickly to nothing.

Aroma gives off caramelized, bready malt with fruitcake-like notes.

The taste reminds me a bit of Christmas oriented ales. Spicy malt with booze noticeable. A little candied sugar. Tartness present without it being too sour.

This is supposed to be brewed with thyme and orange peel. There’s a faint herbalness to it but I wouldn’t get the thyme if I didn’t know it was brewed with it. I can see the bittersweet, earthy note of orange peel in there. It’s not strong by any means, barely there, but there. A dry tartness lingers along with notes of tea.

Carbonation is above avg at first, but seems to dwindle fast as you sip this.

This was an OK offering. I enjoyed it but also wouldn’t see myself buying another. It paired well enough with a platter of cheese salami, honey, and hummus. (921 characters)

Photo of rand
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750 mL bottle to d'Achouffe tulip glass

N'Ice Chouffe pours rich and viscous, cherry-apricot in color and completely opaque. It's highly carbonated and forms a fluffy, off-tan head that leaves lacing everywhere.

It smells of banana peel and orange and holiday spices, especially clove. Lots of sweet bread-y tones combine with ample alcohol to give this a definitive winter warmer essence. Some berry-like tones and maybe some licorice linger in the distance.

The rich, fruit aspects predominate the palate, but only so much, as layers of flavor reveal themselves upon each sip. Dextrin malts yield a cherry-like tone, which matches nicely with the caramelly sweet notes and fruity esters. There's a touch of licorice and butterscotch towards the back of the palate, after which the sweet and fruity overtones are broken up by the warming alcohol. Finishes sweet, but pleasantly so.

The entire experience is accentuated by a rich and chewy mouthfeel, supporting the palate's nuances and fruit-sweet aspects. Ample carbonation keeps the palate clean between sips, making this go down dangerously fast. One of my go-to brews of this style, a great brew to endure cold winter nights, or any time you're in the mood for a tasty sipper. (1,240 characters)

Photo of Hornet2003
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark pour with lots of hop flakes. Very carbonated head that dissipates like pop.

Smell: Belgian yeast and lots of candi sugar. Banana and clove with a touch of nice, wintery spiciness.

Taste: Sweet malt and great euro-flowery-hop flavour. Not too much hop bitterness but the Belgian banana/clove dark fruit flavours are great.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and sweetness for a winter beer. Solid warming and bitterness (not too overstated). Very pleasant.

Overall: I'm liking the N'ice Chouffe. From the first time I had the McChouffe back in Amsterdam, this brewery has been a favourite. For an afternoon after a long weekend of skiing in Jasper, AB, this beer is a warm treat. I would definitely buy this again. (733 characters)

Photo of Mounty4Life
2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark raspberry color with no head or lacing....had in march so probably been on a while
Fruity,frambroisish cherry's and Belgian yeast
Mix of cider and rasp frambrois...not my cup of tea
Better for Belgian hides 10%
Never again unless in Belgium and desire fruity beer that packs punch (285 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a dark mahogany with some ruby highlights and a thin layer of khaki head

S-caramel and brown sugar, dark fruits, and some spices

T-similar to the smell with a caramel backbone, dark fruits, yeast and light spices. Does not take like 10%.

M-medium body, moderate to high carbonation

Overall a very decent BSDA, does not taste like 10% at all, nice spices and fruits (371 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep dense pecan brown body with a creamy tan foam head that is thick and sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a slow microcarbonation gliding to the surface.

S- The characteristic chouffe yeast esters come through with cider and apple butter notes and some husky dark toasted malt hints in the finish. As the beer opens, there are apple skin with a bright note in the finish and some citron, hand-of-Buddha perfumed qualities.

T- The dark toffee taste has some more apple butter flavors in the background with a touch of bitterness in the finish and a faint herbal note to the dry finish. There is a woody note that taste more like walnuts as it opens and some golden raisins flavor come through aswell.

M- The full medium-full mouthfeel is creamy with a tight fizz note and some warming alcohol heat in the finish.

O- The herbal and citrus blend has some interesting cidery flavors to it but it covers up a bit of the dark candy notes which are nice. As the beer opens up the flavors meld together more and more. (1,071 characters)

Photo of exodus1369
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! I usually get a little shy around green bottles but I had to try it. Nice aroma of spice and dark fruit, a bit flat but I have read that this beer tends to do that after time. Has a wonderful taste of spices and those dark fruit notes really do come out. Nice and smooth finish leaves you wanting more. (314 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, iridescent, dark ruby, this one is clear with an onn-white head that turns creamy as it slowly settles, never fully dissipating. The luscious head leaves a thick coating of lace.

A fruity mix of tart apple and cherry, followed by dark spices like clove and nutmeg. N’Ice Chouffe is earthy with wood notes, licorice, and white wine.

Malty but still fairly balanced for the style. The flavors compliment the nose adding raisins, dates, and some black tea. One will also find caramelized sugar. The finish is long, subtle, and sweet. This ale warms quite well.

A rich, full body with a velvety texture and ample carbonation. The alcohol is lightly warming. This one is quite viscous, almost syrupy.

Excellent for any occasion where a sipping beer is appropriate. N’Ice Chouffe hits on all levels and continuously presents new layers and characteristics. This sample came from a vintage 2008 bottle and was served in a La Chouffe tulip glass. (952 characters)

Photo of Arborescence
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brownish, not a huge head, but it lasts for a while.

Aroma: Typical for Belgian Strong Ale, except for the spices (can't put my finger on them though).

Taste: Floral flavours mixed with the yeasty and strong Belgian Ale body. The alcohol is not overwhelming, but it's evident.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, noticeable carbonation.

Overall: This Belgian Christmas Ale is spiced with with thyme and curaçao. La Chouffe usually make pretty good stuff, even if nothing mind blowing. This one was enjoyable, I shared the 0.75l bottle with a friend. Nothing particularly memorable about it — the spices are not evident and it mostly just tastes like a decent Belgian Strong Ale — but certainly worth trying. (718 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at The Taphouse Grill, N'ice is dark with a medium-bubbled tan head leaving some bubbly lace.

Smell is fruity. Brig on the grape kool-aide - it's making me hungry for spaghetti! There an earthy note as well, almost leather, acrid, perhaps a slight touch of brett.

Taste is extreme juicy grape candy. Man, I've always loved that about this beer. It has been several years since I last had it, and that was my primary recollection. There's some mintiness to it as well, and some minerality, which overall keeps it from being sweet (even though the fruit is mostly from the yeast anyways). Nice little phenolic note provides additional balance.

Mouthfeel is a drier, light bodied.

Drinkability is great, like this beer. I prefer it from the bottle though, with some age, to round out and grab a little depth. Still, a true world classic...I can't believe I haven't reviewed this before! (902 characters)

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
90 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.