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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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801 Ratings

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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)
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Photo of WanderingFool


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

12-26-2004 21:52:19 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Bones54


3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

12-24-2004 02:34:37 | More by Bones54
Photo of BeerManDan


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%

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!

12-23-2004 21:58:19 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of tomthumbsblues


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

12-23-2004 00:43:22 | More by tomthumbsblues
Photo of benmiliron


4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

12-21-2004 23:13:53 | More by benmiliron
Photo of rajendra82


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

12-20-2004 03:03:44 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Optimator


4.08/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-14-2004 20:22:38 | More by Optimator
Photo of Stimack

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

12-13-2004 18:24:19 | More by Stimack
Photo of Guinness4me


3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

12-13-2004 02:04:58 | More by Guinness4me
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

12-07-2004 18:03:07 | More by donnebaby
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

Wore pointy-toed, wooden shoes with this one on 11/11/2004. Looks like a 10.5 oz. pour in a McChouffe glass at ACPH.

1/8-inch pillow of head at start, with stick and lace throughout. Glowing ruby hue with a pulsing heart and gentle haze undulating. Red grape fruit on nose with a hefty malt package and red, truculent red raspberry jam. Crammed malt efficiency slams at the front with a rounding plum retainer, like a court jester who is not only tolerated but called upon to perform. A finishing char of willow was not altogether uncalled for. This one is dangerously, munificently drinkable.

11-13-2004 20:39:33 | More by Truh
Photo of nogoodreason


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

2003 edition.

Garnet, poofy, beautiful tan head. Steady, but not over powering carbonation.

Sweet, with an almost sandalwood like spice, spicey as can be. Some degree of pine, there are a lot of woody, sap-like notes in the nose.

It's a silken creamy dream in your mouth, fruity at times, blackberry like, with a big wave of spice in the middle with a piney saw-dust finish. Bone dry spice, must be the thyme. There's a doughy sweetness to the body.

It's nice, I dig it.

10-25-2004 19:08:26 | More by nogoodreason
Photo of aracauna


3.58/5  rDev -12.3%

This hazy brown beer has a gushing, light tan head. The aroma is full of old fruit like prunes, raisins and other dry fruit. With the bit of malt and the cinammon/nutmeg spiciness, it comes across like a funky old pie. The flavot is much like the aroma with the malt, fruit and spice melding into an interesting drink.

07-13-2004 05:55:31 | More by aracauna
Photo of Gusler


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

The beer after disgorging from the 750ml dark green bottle sets in the glass a beclouded deep cherry red to almost brown color with the head creamy in texture with the color tan and the size portly, the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet to obscure the glass from view. Nose is sweet malt with a nice over ripe apple aroma, clean and fresh, also some yeast noticed after setting, start is sweet with a nice thick malt profile, the top moderate to almost full in its feel to the palate. Finish is iron-handed in its acidity, the hops pleasing and spicy, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a nice drinking beer.

07-01-2004 21:23:37 | More by Gusler
Photo of waughbrew


3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

Deep chestnut with medium head, low R&L. Phenolics are nice in the aroma, a little plastic but no higher alcs. Taste is of sweetened raisins, soft anise, no hops except in the balanced finish. A bit root-beerish. A little boring, but not bad. Finishes too quick. I have a feeling the bottled version would have better complexity.

04-13-2004 01:05:58 | More by waughbrew
Photo of BeerBuilder


4/5  rDev -2%

2003 Edition

Pours ruby-brown in color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is sweet, spicy, and peppery, with a hint of Curacao. The flavor is herbal, a bit fruity, and sweet. It has a bit of a peppery flavor as well. It is smooth and easy drinking for its strength. Not a bad brew.

Sampled 2/1/04

04-12-2004 20:47:04 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of PatandDavid


3.05/5  rDev -25.2%

Had on tap at Anam Cara. Served in a lovely Mc'Chouffe glass, with a little gnome keeping me company. Dark chestnut when served, it came topped with about an inch of tan head. Dried fruit aroma (like prunes or plums).Taste is interesting, it's a medium mouthfeel, the taste comes very quickly, and then it's gone. Finish is of malty sweetness with some fruit juice at the end. I wasn't blown away to be honest.

04-10-2004 22:01:22 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of beergeek279


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

2003 vintage, served in the 750 mL bottle, into a pint glass. The color is dark amber, with a bubbly, wispy white head and some bubbly lacing. The smell is a yeasty, fruity malt. The taste is a strong, estery dark malt, with a surprisingly strong hop bitterness to it, and a very noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. As for drinkability, with the ABV, I'd have a few of them.

A Belgian old ale? Certainly better than a previous example I've had. A fine beer, as all the Chouffes are, and I'd gladly have this one again, and maybe get lucky to find older vintages.

04-03-2004 04:28:02 | More by beergeek279
Photo of beerguy101


3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

2003 version. Dark brown color. Large foamy beige head. Aroma is malty and spicy. A full bodied Belgian strong ale. Malts are nutty and sweet. Spicy, with coriander, brown sugar and thyme being the most prevalent flavors. Its slightly sweet, yet there is a distinct mustiness as well. Hides the 10% alcohol very well. There is a touch of alcohol burn in the aftertaste, but that’s all. Lively carbonation. Very cool painted/etched beer bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

03-01-2004 04:37:35 | More by beerguy101
Photo of ark57


3.45/5  rDev -15.4%

This dark brown beer is cloudy and has a spicy aroma. It is earthy from the use of thyme. It is still young and I think it would benefit from at least a year of aging. Still, if you are going to drink it while it is newly bottled, it is a good Strong Belgian Ale.

02-27-2004 12:59:14 | More by ark57
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance: Clouded amber brown nice sized off white caramel head specks of lacing. Aroma: Dark candi sugar, alcohol tones running though it along with farmhouse spices and orange peels. Taste: Very herbal flavor with farmhouse spice amazing like Orval only bigger malts, sweet brown sugar and more alcohol phenols brewing here, great stuff. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied yet smooth and effervescent no rough edges to it. Drinkability: Completely incredible Xmas Belgian from the year 2002, that I will be on a lookout for years to come.

02-21-2004 05:56:49 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

Deep dark brown with a big off-white head, quickly fading. Big spicy aroma of cloves, thyme, cinnamon, a little hay-ish and definitely on the sweet take (caramel, toffee) with light notes of alcohol. Taste is more of the same original spiciness, very smooth altogether. I swear you taste the barley in there, siding sweet chocolate and candyish toffee. How belgians manage to balance their beers to avoid being cloying through spices keeps me in total awe. Slightly alcoholic finish. Creamy medium body, rather carbonated. Good, but I still prefer their Chouffe and McChouffe, so it's a mild disappointment.

02-17-2004 14:38:35 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of ManekiNeko


4.08/5  rDev 0%

2003 version. 750 mL bottle served lightly chilled in a Westmalle goblet.

Appearance: Dark ruby brown topped by a light tan head. Very thick and rocky, leaving a thick film of bubbles at the surface all throughout the consumption. Excellent lacing left.

Smell: Pruny, winey, cherries, candi sugars, orange citrus, very faint on the thyme. Dark and intense.

Taste: Very peppery and spicy overall. Hints of herby thyme and tart orange. Alcoholic taste prevalent. Lotsa caramelized Belgian candi sugars. Cherry fruits. A wee bit brash, but good.

Mouthfeel: Robust and prickly medium bodied. The booze is not well-masked, but it's not rocket fuel or anything. Long lasting aftertastes.

Drinkability: Definitely a bottle to share with someone else. An interesting mix of Samichlaus and Trois Pistoles, basically. Very hearty and warming. Don't know if I'll pick it up next year, but I certainly don't regret getting it this year.

02-05-2004 04:38:23 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

750ml. One of the better seasonals I've had. Some spices mixed in with a traditional Belgian style. ABV not noticed in the taste. Certainly a winter warmer, the flavor reminded me a little of the Anchor (almost an oatmeal cookie type of spice). Also, some of the coriander flavor I'm used to in Allagash. Not overly sweet. Year round, I wouldn't prefer a spice beer, but it is nice for the season (what season we have!).

01-30-2004 03:38:51 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of Brent


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

2002 vintage. After reading the bottle, I was a bit let down that the spice was not more assertive in the flavor profile. The overall impression of the beer was that it was rather sharp. Caramel malt with some dark, slightly overripe fruit notes. A touch of nutmeg in the finish. Could have been a really good beer, but it seemed to lack something to give it a bit more "umph."

01-18-2004 01:43:58 | More by Brent
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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