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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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789 Ratings

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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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 RoyalT


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The head came right out of the bottle. It poured a beautiful, fine, tan white. The body is an extremely dark brown, cloudy and carbonated.

Smell – This opened up wonderfully in my Chimay glass. The deep yeast aroma is laden with dark fruits and sugars. I can almost taste the dates, figs, overly ripe apricots, and brown sugar. I’m tasting this with a Lebanese dish I just made that involves making bread, so the kitchen is filled with a wonderful aroma of yeast, bread, and fruit.

Taste – This is terrific. The classic flavors come out in force here. This is a very thick blend of toasted malts and bready yeast. The fruits are bigger at the tongue. The figs and dates are huge! The sugar is present as well, making this an extremely well-rounded ale.

Mouthfeel – This is full in the mouth. You’ll want to eat this one with a fork. There’s a small sting of alcohol, which is amazing for an ale with a 10.0 ABV. The carbonation is big and top notch.

Drinkability – I had to drink this exceptional ale while making disgusting, sour faces so that my wife would think that it was horrible. No, seriously, this is a fine example of the style and well worth the ten bucks or so that I paid for it.

Comments – This is the 2002 Edition and is a seasonal winter ale, so it’s been sitting for almost a year. It tastes just right, so maybe this is something to age off the shelf. Either way, this is awesome and would make a great Christmas gift.

Update – I first reviewed this in 2003 with a year-old bottle, so thought I’d revisit this classed in 2005 with an ’04 vintage.

The beer is wonderfully balanced and extremely complex. The curacao that they use in the brewing process ads a particularly inviting dimension to the ale. The fine Belgian yeast stands out in my mind as exceptional, and I really enjoy the way that the sweetness moves in and out of the flavor profile. This is an incredible beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 04:01:16 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Shiredave

New York

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden orange, slight haze with a very sticky, off white head. Aromas of berries, yeast and barnyard with a spritz of zesty alcohol. Medium bodied mouth feel at first - it gets heavier as it slides thru your mouth. Flavors of cherries and watermelon mix with pecans dipped in coco and sugar candy sweetness. All this happens an instant before deliciously peppery hops surround and bite your tongue with earthy bitterness, the bitter and warm of alcohol lingers for hours.
I've never tasted anything quite like this. I have had this in a bottle in years past but this cask version is more rich and complex than I remember the bottles being.
Outstanding and unique.

Serving type: cask

02-22-2003 18:10:57 | More by Shiredave
Photo of HopheadEd


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barlet Wine Style, really? I thought it was a damn nice dubbel. Pours a perfect reddish brown, with a tan head that slowly faded to a 1/4 inch and held. Very nice lacing. The smell was that of sour cherries and spices, and tha taste matched, with a nice alcohol finish. Very warming as it went down, but not over powering. A spicey yet sparkling carbonated mouthfeel, with a dry finish. Very nice and for me, very drinkable. I was aware of the 10% alcohol, but the taste took over, and had quite a few. One of my favorite Holiday Ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 19:07:14 | More by HopheadEd
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my New Year's Eve beer, served in a champagne glass of course. A pretty good way to end the year! Pours a dark reddish-brown with a medium thin light beige head. Lacing is pretty good. Aroma of herbs and berries. Flavor is a rich medley of fruit, alcohol and a little malt. Very good!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 08:43:47 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of CharlesRiver


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish-amber in color with a huge off white head that lasts. Smell is mild with hints of something sweet. Spicy upfront then changes to something peppery in the end. Small hints of some deeper flavored berry as well. The alcohol is well balanced but still lends that warming feeling as you drink. Unlike any other Barley-Wine style ale that I have had but would like to try it again. Maybe after a year of aging.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 17:50:42 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of mzwolinski


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with reddish hues, and somewhat hazy. Half-finger head. Aroma is subtle for the style, with mild spicy (thyme-like) and fruity (raisin, some apple) aromas. The flavor, however, is big malt all the way. Very sweet, with again some fruity notes mid-palate. Significant alcohol warming and a pleasantly hop bitterness, though not enough to stop the finish from being just slightly sweet. Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 06:54:38 | More by mzwolinski
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4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Garnet hue w/ a light haze, covered by a light beige, fluffy, persistent, very dense head. A waft of sweetly herbal fresh thyme is perceived at first in aroma, then notes of citrus rind and mellow chocolate ensue. As the beer breathes, dark, fructose laden date and raisin like fruitness surfaces along with nostril tingling peppery alcohol. Malt becomes more pronounced as well, with dark caramel and hints of breadiness rounding the aroma out. A pleasure to inhale. Flavorwise, this beer starts out like a Belgian Dark Strong. Dryish, powered cocoa chocolate sweetness hits the palate at first, but this flavor profile takes a wild, but enjoyable turn towards herbs and citrus. Well calculated fresh thyme complements the slight raisiny, dark caramel malt foundation, and melds with both dried orange peel citrusy flavors and bitterness. Mellow chocolate malt is not far behind, then combines mid palate to leave a milk chocolate dipped, candied orange peel impression. Fruity esters are well integrated, being comprised of mild notes of barely ripe pear and plums. Light to medium in body, well attenuated, yet very smooth after the initally high CO2 level dissipates, with a deceivingly crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Hop bitterness, although paltry, provides contrast to the mostly dark caramel malt derived sweetness. Finishes paradoxically dry, yet long and complex, w/ hints of clove, bread and butter simulatenously lingering. Delicious! This is the 2002 release... I can only imagine what a couple years of cellaring could do. N'Ice Chouffe is easily the most drinkable high gravity brew I've tasted. Deceptively soft all around. It's amongst the most complex beers I've had the pleasure of drinking as well, even this young. It's very unique, creative and satiating; like many other Belgians, however, it's potentially dangerous in drinkability. It seems that this brewery can do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 19:09:33 | More by marc77
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was an opaque, dark brown, with a "n'ice" frothy, tan head. Glass-lacing wasn't too shabby, either. Nose was more in the winter-spice mode than a malty sweetness. A bit fruity and yeasty, too, and somewhat mild. Body was just about in the medium range, and it had a foamy/bubbly carbonation on the tongue reminiscent of a hefeweizen. Seems to have a lot less sweetness, and more cinnamon, spice, yeast and dryness than I expected. This is listed as a barleywine, yet I find it more in line with some spiced, winter biers, imho. Nonetheless, I still like it! Prosit!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

12-01-2002 11:51:23 | More by Bierman9
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a foamy light tan head that left circular lace. A good deal of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and raisins. A flavor of malt, toffee and raisins with hint of other spices. A finish that is a touch bitter and has the warming aspect of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2002 17:32:27 | More by Wildman
Photo of Viking


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

[2001 vintage]

Pours a murky reddish-brown, with a huge, big-bubbled head. I had to wait for the head to settle on this on before beginning. Head faded quickly to a fine lace. Spicy and somewhat hoppy aroma with a big toffee malt presence with hints of grape and raisin. Vinous and bitter taste, with a spice presence and plenty of toffee and raisin flavors mixed in. Slightly dry finish, with a spicy and fruity aftertaste. Smooth and chewy mouthfeel. One excellent winter brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 16:45:13 | More by Viking
Photo of cokes


4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1999 edition
Very interesting...gets WAY better as the bottle empties.
Pours a murky golden-brown (first glass) to a opague dark brown (last glass) with yeast galore...some big floaters. Tan head sizzles it's way to extinction. One of the loudest beers I have encountered.

Heavy grape aroma. Exotic fruit and spice in the background.

Taste is heavy on the the grapes as well. Especially up front. Big carmel/toffee presence also (even more so as it warms..or in the last glass from the 750ml bottle). There is a raw, musty hoppiness in here that is just delightful. I am getting some slight peach fruitiness. Yeast spiciness (peppery) too. Alcohol is prickly and very perceived (but not in a bad way).
Mouthfeel starts on the thinnish side...settles to a substancial coating thickness...very, very impressive.
Warming and nearly sweat-inducing.
Quite impressive. A real treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2002 22:04:23 | More by cokes
Photo of Bighuge


3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(I wrote this up a couple months ago and my notes are lacking.)

The appearance is dark ruby. A frothy head is present. A bit of spice on the aroma. Different in taste than most Barleywines I have tried. A bit of a belgian slant to it. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2002 17:10:58 | More by Bighuge
Photo of sprinkle


3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sorry had to give such a great beer a not so good review but this is the 96 vintage too and it is flat.Have had it before that was a 98 and was great so keep an eye out for that.Nice dark copper in color.Nice nose classic english style with a twist from the belgian brewing.Portish taste with great sweetness just wish I had some bubbles to go in it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2002 17:34:36 | More by sprinkle
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just found a bottle with a vintage date of 1996 on neck of the bottle. Dane from B. United told me a while ago to open it soon because it loses carbonation. He was right, now it has no carbonation at all. A shame really because this would have been a beer of greatness if it had only held on the carbonation. Goes down like a tawny port with fruity aromas and flavours of currants and cherries. Creamy mouth feel glides over the tongue, alcohol is warming but has mellowed for sure but still with a touch of peppery spice. Oddly there is barely any oxidation from the 6+ years of aging.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2002 23:02:40 | More by Jason
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