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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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Ratings: 1,005
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 48
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 1,005 | Reviews: 483
Photo of Absumaster
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A redbrown beer with a big bubbly head that seems to fade in a couple of minutes.

Smell is mslty with hints of honey and spices. There is a sweet orange peel smell. Also hints of dark candisugar.

Taste is sweet and malty with strong candisugar notes. The alcohol adds a nice and warming feel to the beer. This is a strong sucker with 10%. In this beer there is a honey-like taste. The apparent spices of thime and orange peel are only a subtle addition, which are hard to pinpoint, only a flint of spice.

Photo of vikingmike
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at 5割引 (50% off) from a Japanese import store on Boxing day. Deal!

Appearance: Deep, crimson red

Smell: Not dissimilar to a Christmas fruit cake, with the aroma of cherry prevailing

Taste: How a Christmas beer SHOULD taste. One sip brings back youthful Christmas nostalgia. Candied cherries, dates, LOTS of spicing that I can't quite pick apart. Magnificent

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Drinkability: This is the best Christmas beer I've ever had. I hope I can pick some up well into January!

Photo of elricorico
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep hazy red with the typical big belgian head. Reasonable retention and plenty of lacing.

Aroma is fruity, yeasty and a bit spicy. Apples and pears both come to mind, unusual for my nose. Orange zest, coriander and just a touch of pepper. Nothing over the top, but lots of nice stuff.

Syrupy body carries a caramel candy sweetness to the front of the tongue. The middle opens uo to a selection of fruits, still mostly sweet but starting to dry. Cherries most prominent. Finish is spicy and dry, with just a hint of heat from the liquor.

As mentioned, the body is a bit syrupy. Carbonation falls just a bit flat in the middle, but overall the mouthfeel isn't bad.

More than drinkable, this is a treat. This beer has been on my "look out for" list for years, and did not dissapoint.

Photo of bark
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2008 (I think, bbe 29/08/2010)

The beer pours with a fizzing sound. The colour is dark brown; the liquid is a little cloudy (the beer is bottle conditioned). The two finger off white head sinks to a thin uneven lid.

The smell is sweet-tart and a bit fruity. Balsamic vinegar, cherries, yeast and a hint of wax.

The taste is sweet, fresh and fruity, almost like lemonade. Lemon zest, yeast, nuts, hints of coke, dry cherries, brown sugar and plum jam. The aftertaste got sweet notes of canned fruits, toffee, cherries and a dry-tart flavour in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh with some sharp mid-sized bubbles. The liquid is quite light and dry.

An OK "dessert beer" with a refreshing tart flavour. Maybe it will be better after a few years' cellaring.

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited Edition 2005 (consumed 12/20/08)

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a frothy top most of which disappears, although the cap lasts a while and leaves some lace

Smell: The candi sugar jumps out in the aroma, which also displays an herbacious character from the thyme and curaçao peel; spice cake aroma, too

Taste: Opens with a spice cake flavor, with the herbacious bitterness taking over by mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal flavors dominate, although there is plenty of raisiny residual sugar on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This doesn't have the lively mouthfeel of most Belgians and perhaps that is due to its age, and I have to say that while the herbs add an interesting element to the beer, they aren't that enjoyable an adjunct to me

Photo of hellbilly
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle.

reddish amber hued chocolatey brown pour with lots of junk swimming around in it. it's crowned by a creamy frothy tan head.

lots of candi sugar and orange jump out of the aroma. that's followed by a touch of spiciness, dark fruit, grass, earth and dirty thyme notes.

loads of dark sugar richness on the palate but it is not overly sweet. a pleasant bitterness throughout keeps it very enjoyable... flavors of candied orange peel, nutty chocolate, rich malt and medjoul dates come forward before a spicy warm alcoholic finish. the thyme is much more noticeable mid palate and in the aftertaste than in the aroma. it's certainly full bodied and very rich yet it still maintains drinkability.

there's a fundamental comfort with the thyme...?

Photo of meatmallet
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep reddish brown with a huge tan head that left a thick ring of lace up and down the glass.

Smell: Very light on the nose. Rasins and dates with a light alcohol smell.

Taste: Thick and slick in the mouth with a great alcohol at the end. Spice and yeast with dark fruit flavors give it a complex flavor.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: High carbonation and a great alcohol burn make this a great beer for the style.

Photo of MisterClean
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at kerstbier tasting at the Shack.

A - Light mahogany with 2 fingers that quickly dissipates. Little lacing left in the glass.

S - Belgian candi sugars and light alcohol. Couldn't smell much else going on in this beer.

T - Belgian candi sugars, light alcohol, caramel, and bittering hops.

M - Fairly thin on the mouthfeel, but very sharp, but not in a bitter sense.

D - Really different most Belgian dark strong ales, but good.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I split this bottle with two friends tonight. It poured a chestnut brown with a fairly foamy head. The smell was mostly spices and a touch of candi sugar. The taste was good, alot of wondeful spices and a nice rounding off of raisins, sugar and spices. Almost tasted spicy for a split second. It went down smooth but I'm glad I split three ways. I would recommend you try this! Very nice winter warmer here

Photo of corey0212
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky chestnut brown color, big foamy tan head is slow to fade, and leaves lots of lace in its wake. Sweet dark fruits on the nose, raisins, spicy alcohol, sugary sweet. Lots of plum/raisin flavors, brown bread, some hot alcohol on the tongue. Fizzy little bubbles, belly-warming alcohol, this is a good-for-the-winter brew. See, here's where I show my ass a little, in regards to the different styles of Belgian beer: To me, it tastes a lot like a Dubbel. Either way, a tasty beer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful opaque chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled head. The malty and strongly spicy aroma has a firm hint of chocolate. Flavor is rich with a nice balance of hops and malt, as well as an overtone of cloves and a hint of sweetness. Finish is lively and tingly.

Photo of bronzeside
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 750ml bottle from a local retailer.
2007 product
Consumed in a Ommegang Chalice.
Very pleasant winter ale.
Dark--like a good cup of French roast coffee.
Nice head, but not overwhelming. Smaller bubbles. They dissipate after a couple minutes but do not disappear. Enough to let you know you are drinking a real beer, but not so much that they get in the way.
Taste--Curacao, spice and dark sugar, but so, so, mellow. Although I mention sugar, this is not a sweet beer.
Slightly bitter on the end, but not jolting. Just enough to even things out.
Be careful--even after one chalice, this is a different beast.

Photo of StoutSlayer
2.84/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not a ton to say about this beer. Pours great with a very good 2 finger head that retains itself. The color is an extreamly dark amber but not quite brown. The initial taste is good with a nice malty sweetness-bannana evident as well- followed by a heavy spicyness/bitterness probably excentuated by the curacao. A noticeable hotness on the nose and tounge, but it is to be expected as it comes in at 10% abv. However, unfortunately this all breaks down rather quickly into an off, highly medicinal taste that lingers. This also hurts the drinkability for me because of said aftertaste. Not the worst beer, but for the price, and with the many other great seasonal Belgium offerings, it is not nearly my favorite.

Photo of surlyseth
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite all-time beer for me. I'll have to revisit Chimay Blue to confirm, but this is right up there with the Rochefort 8 and any of the best dark belgians.

A: Almost opaque, but red aura, if that makes sense.
S: Dark, dried fruits.
T&M: Just about flawless. It's got a lot of carbonation...which is good because you need to be paced with this!!! First inclination is to suck it down. It's got what I think of as grape soda goodness...those dark candy sugars going to town on your taste buds. But don't sell my review short, this is a refined brew. Patience is rewarded as it mellows. Raisins, plums, you know what I'm talking about!
D: Dangerous, yes. But if you know what you're dealing with, you will bide your time with it.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with a thick off-white head. Raisins, grapes, and spice make up the aroma. Light but creamy mouthfeel. Sweet wine, banana, spice, and caramel malt dominate the palate. Orange peel, hops, and alcohol bring up the rear and stay with you. Good balance, good beer.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a Chimay ghalice. Pours a glowing crimson-brown with a thin, bubbly, tan head that slowly dissipates.

S - Sugary, with caramel, malt, spices, dark fruits and a citrus pop swirling around in the bouquet.

T - Complex, sweet, spicier than the aroma, raisins. There's a nice balance to the flavor. It's not overpoweringly sweet or spicy, and as another reviewer said there's a little citrus tinge to it that sets things off nicely.

M - Thick, warm, a little sticky, not sludgey at all.

D - Smooth, tasty, a real prototypical Winter brew.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark mahogany-hued body with an inch of creamy-looking, off-white head. Very delicate, powdery lacing on the down.

Smell: Sugary, boozy nose with notes of caramel, dried fruits, earthy spices, and orange extract -- it smells like a slice of fruitcake with a shot of liquor poured over top.

Taste: Sweet mix of dark candi sugar and caramel upfront followed by dried cherries and a shot of what you'd expect raisin schnapps to taste like. Small savory, peppery hint along with a taste of dried, bitter orange peel. Light bitterness throughout. Sip of spiced wine. The alcohol particularly comes through on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit chewy, a bit sticky.

Drinkability: The drinkability for this big, warming, spiced concoction is fair. Another fine beer from a fine brewery.

Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark chestnut brown with a frothy head with a slight beige tint. Aroma consists of hints of maltiness, spices and thyme with citrus undertones. Very cmplex taste consisting of plum and dark berries, chocolate malt, sugar cane, balanced out by a nice spiciness and slightly dry hopped finish. Very tasty.

Photo of kirkmichel
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- dense opaqe ruby color with a thick tan foam at least 2 inches (it ame in a cool N'Ice Chouffe glass goblet) Appearance was impressive.
s- Metallic, but lots of toasted malt and sweet dark fruit sugars.
t- 0zing of sweet red cherries, banana, raisins, and stone fruit, that finishes as just a warm, unobtrusive malty flavor in the middle of the tongue.
m- Viscous, but clean, dousanmt leave too much behind.
d- Very drinkable, but at 10% ABV beware.

Photo of popery
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Edition. A big, interesting Belgian Strong Dark Ale that has been flavored with Thyme and Curacao peel. The flavoring is a blessing and a curse. It does add interesting notes to the beer but also obscures some of the classic Belgian flavor. It's a good seasonal Belgian but it's compared against all BSD's, so that's a bit rough. The beer pours a lovely dark brown with a puffy head. The head dissipates a bit too quickly for a higher score. The nose is malty and earthy. It's an excellent strong Belgian flavor. There's plenty of spice and funky earthiness in the flavor. There's some interesting bitterness, which may be a product of the curacao, and is welcome.

Photo of timtim
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cellared for 1 year... vintage 2007. dark brown, tan head, fairly impressive retention for a higher abv and well aged monster. combination of thyme and sugar produces a scent and taste similar to the organic sodas or roots drinks you get at health food stores. herbal sweet, maty and spice that i wouldn't equate with the season come together nicely ( no pun intended ) to create a well balanced medium full nectar. the little bit of age it has on it really made it morph in to one well balanced entity of its own. another nice brew from chouffe.

Photo of pershan
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy, deep brown with a thin white head into a chalice. The aroma was of sweet candy sugar and that unique Belgian yeast profile. The taste was more of the sweet candy sugar, but dominated more by the Belgian yeast aftertaste, with significant alcoholic esters. A wonderful, full-bodied Belgian strong ale - just what you need for the cold months ahead.

Photo of Onibubba
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2007 bottle. Pours is a dark amber, almost brown with a very nice lingering off white head. Smell is a bit herbal. Hard to describe. Odd. Taste is very herbal / medecinal. Very odd - more like a european apertif if that makes any sense. Piney, but not resiny. Juniper berries? Mouthfeel is highly carbonated. Tastes quite hot as well. The mix of noticable alcohol and medecinal herbs may create a nice winter warmer, but does not work for me as a beer. In fact, I find it to be quite harsh. I'm afraid, in my case, drinkability is poor. Least favorite offing from this brewery, but that is just a matter of personal tastes.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. snifter.

Appearance: A dull muddy brown with one-finger of off-white foam that fades rather quickly but leaves a solid sheet of slightly bubbly, sponge-like lacing. Very sticky, nice. It'd score a little higher if the color were more pleasant, 'cause the lacing is really great.

Aroma: Way too faint. Sticky sweet stone fruits, dates, raisins, cherries, a floral estery note, and some boozy, wet alcohol.

Taste: Thick, syrupy, fruity, spicy, medicinal and phenolic. Lots of stone fruits, cherries, dates, very ripe, overripe perhaps. A few spicy yeast notes - very peppery, hints of clove, cinnamon - and a lot of floral notes, as well. Nothing here is too vibrant, but it's all solid and melds well.

Mouthfeel: Soft, with big Belgian "sublimation," powdery and fluffy. Carbonation is subdued but definitely present, which doesn't do much to counteract the thickness. A little prickly. Not bad, on the whole.

Drinkability: An interesting if not outstanding beer. This one's thick as hell, and the abv% is up there, though not necessarily for the style. On the other hand, it's mellow, pleasant, fairly complex, and smooth as hell. Give it a shot.

Photo of dino213aa
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish brown hue, hazy with a deep brown center. Substantial yeast floaters throughout. Pours with an even tan head and minimal lacing.

S: Mild, slightly sweet aroma. Hints of thyme.

T&M: Flavorful spicy character with a soft sweet aftertaste. Very well balanced between spice and sweetness. moderate carb and medium mody.

D: Easy going down and plenty of spicy character, this is a good choice for a wintertime brew. At 10% ABV, this might make for a short session.

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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