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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 38
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-14-2001)
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Photo of Guinness4me
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Guinness4me, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

donnebaby, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of Truh
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Truh, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of nogoodreason
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

nogoodreason, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

aracauna, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gusler, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

waughbrew, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

BeerBuilder, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

PatandDavid, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

beergeek279, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerguy101, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ark57, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Rastacouere, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ManekiNeko, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!).

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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."

Brent, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of BierReise
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limited Edition 2003 75cl capped bottle. Poured a cloudy dark amber with a tight tan head. Spicy aroma with notes of orange, berries and candy sugar. Some light hops also detected. This smells like a quality brew. Head settles down, leaves scattered lacing. Mouthfeel is smooth, a medium body that has a crisp finish. This may be the best Belgian winter seasonal I've had yet. Flavor is not complex yet very drinkable and enjoyable. Alcohol not detected in flavor or aroma. A malty delight with flavors of sweet malt, candy sugar, citrus and belgian yeast. Thyme comes through in aroma as the warming process continues. This is an excellent winter ale, one to try if you haven't yet.

BierReise, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of babyhobbes
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Try brew was on-tap at my favorite bar and I'm so glad I tried it!

It came with a finger width of creamy, white head which dissipated after several minutes. This smelled great, spicy, fruity and malty. For such a high alcohol content there was very little alcohol smell.

N'ice Chouffe tasted better than it smelled. The flavor was sweet, malty and spicy with a little kick of alcohol. It is very pleasant tasting. The mouthfeel is rather smooth and full-bodied. This reminded me of a good wine.

I could certainly drink this all night. I wonder if the bottled version is this good?

babyhobbes, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just plain solid. From the bottle with it's Hobbit type creatures to what is within, this is a great seasonal. Cellaring? If you count my stomach! Pours brownish red. The taste is candy, orangey and malt. Not overly sweet, just the right amount. An excellent beer.

bewareOFpenguin, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 edition. Poured chestnutty brown with frothy tan-colored head it the La Chouffe tuliped goblet. Top notch lacing, beautiful. Pruney, raisiny, malt aroma with a mix of mandarin zest and musty, yeasty notes. Smooth texture from the subtlized carbonation. Malty and rich; beautiful, soft spicing round out a nice sweet and sustained finish. So many flavors going on in this beer it's rather hard to describe. Spiced, candied dates with orange zest on them. Quite the delicacy of a winterbeer.

crookedhalo, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of avylover
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 limited edition. Pours a dark cloudy brownish red with persistent carbonation and a soft white head. Aroma full a fruity esters. Apples, pears, some slight biscuity malt in the aroma. Taste is heavy on the spice and alcohol. There is some malt and a hefty dose of orange peel. Very heavy on the fruity esters. Alcohol warms in the finish leaving your tongue dancing. As with other beers from this brewery, it seems a little thin tastewise. Too much fruit & spice, not enough malt. This is a good warming belgian, but lacking in the "meat & potatoes" department. Soft dry mouthfeel and fairly drinkable at 10%. Worth a try, but not the best.

avylover, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of drewbage
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at Lucky Baldwin's in a N'Ice Chouffe glass.

Beer pours a dark brown with a very large white head that holds stiff peaks like well beaten egg whites and holds just the same through the whole glass.

Aroma is of chocolate and spiced buttered pecans with a waft of molasses infused fruitcake with deeply brandied fruits.

Flavor matches the aroma with fruitcake and spices and a growing soapy taste that leads to a finish that has a long drying tannin like a chew on a cinnamon stick with a final warming alcohol through to the gullet.

drewbage, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Edition
This is my first stab at his brew in quite some time. The last "dead soldier" I have is of the 1999 version, but probably purchased in 2001, and the differences are that that one called itself a barleywine on the label, and this one advertises itself as an "ale brewed with thyme and coriander peel." The descriptions on the back label are slightly different, but this new one calls itself a "winter warmer", not a barleywine.
Deep, dark reddish brown color, with a prodigious, creamy tan head, fluffy, bilious. overwhelming.
Aroma: airy, nutty, spicy, but sadly subdued, at least not providing what I was expecting, though I continued to enjoy it before taking a taste.
Fruity, spicy, a wonderful marriage of flavors, richly malted, brilliantly hopped, full of dark fruit (grapes, cherries, plums), various spices, utterly tasty, happily helped by the orange in the mix. Very sublime, very subtle. Full-bodied, full-flavored, with spice and fruit awarding your good taste at every sip. Nice finish, nice texture...just beautiful...
Highly recommended.

feloniousmonk, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of erica
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was supposed to be the last beer before starting the week off with a better diet... oops, that didn't happen. again. Anyway, the beer did happen, and it was quite tasty. N'ice Chouffe is a dark brown colour, very nice (n'ice?) It smelled a bit fruity, alcoholic too. Tasted fruity also, I didn't taste the alcohol too much actually, just a bit. The spices were different, I thought it was a great blend of flavours. Mouthfeel was good, on the thinner side and pretty carbonated, I could've drank more than the glassfull I had that night, definitely.. :)

erica, Dec 09, 2003
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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