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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

819 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 38
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

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 DaftCaskBC
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2010.

A: Massive 1 1/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over brownish-amber coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, spices, apples and pears.

T: Apples and pears up front which transitions to cloves, spices, bananas, figs and cherries in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A beautiful and complex Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and my favorite so far from this brewery.

DaftCaskBC, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Josiah2729
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Josiah2729, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice opaque copper with a short head and excellent lacing. Moderate carbonation.

N: Dark fruits, banana and light spices.

T: Primarily prunes and dates that are just fantastic. Banana notes follow mixed with some chocolate and pleasant booze. Finishes with molasses and faint spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Exactly what I was looking for.

M: Medium-full bodied, semi-chewy and severely easy drinking.

O: I'm quite impressed. Very complex and easy drinking. Dark fruit notes are exceptional. Banana and chocolate are also fairly strong. Overall a great BSDA.

justintcoons, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

mavbrew, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Mar02x
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A now that it is Chrismas, it's time to open this bottle.

A - A bright brown ale on which a light beige head rests.

S - A vague scent of malt syrup.

T - A light sweetness upfront and the malts come through along with some faint spices. There is no way of telling that this a 10% ABV.

M - As the medium carbonation is died out, there is a creamy left over, nice!

O - It's not a bad Christmas ale, but there are nicer ones out there.This one doesn't blow me of my socks.

Mar02x, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy smaller head fades semi slowly hint of lacing, semi hazy auburn tan brown color.

Nose nice Belgian dark malts, light spices, sweet malts, light booze and esters, hints of nutmeg, dark fruits, fig and nuts, molasses, dark candi sugar.

Taste is almost the same as the nose, starting with light bitter spices, light booze and esters, dark fruits and nuts, fig, raisin, etc, typical holiday spices, nutmeg, ginger, etc, dark Belgian malts, molasses, candi sugar, dry Belgian yeast, tasty.

Mouth is heavier bodied but not syrupy, decent carb.

Overall tasty, a staple for Belgian Xmas beer, great malts and fruit flavors, hints of esters and some booze, light spices, drinkable and tasty.

jlindros, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL limited edition bomber poured into a chalice

A chestnut brown with a deep red overtones. A bubbly ecru cap raises about one finger and falls to form a thin collar around the glass. Little to no lacing.

The nose is of candi sugar, herbs (thyme), dried fruits, orange peel, and spiced cake. Spicy and sweet.

Spicy clove and candi sugar up front while brown bready malt carriers through the middle. The finish is of orange peel, dried orchard fruits and an herbal dryness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. This looks and tastes like it would be a lot thicker and fuller than it really is. The carbonation lifts this guy off the tongue and leaves a raisin/sugar finish with an herbal dryness.

This is a nice BSDA and one that I enjoyed. The addition of thyme helps cut through the overall sweetness and lends a welcome drying characteristic.

ColForbinBC, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of LeoPanna
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

LeoPanna, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a cloudy amber body. Lots of lacing. This is a fairly thick beer. Aroma is mostly light on the dark fruit with some fig and juniper. Overall aroma is light. Flavor is a semi sweet dark fruit however this is light. It is a little watered down. Medium in body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall not in my tops for Belgian dark strongs.

kylehay2004, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of SolarMikey
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

SolarMikey, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The wintery scene of the village of Achouffe on the label is quite charming although I cannot say the same for the beer itself. It is a muddy brown colour and littered with chunks of sediment that look like partially digested food. And for a Christmas-y beer I'd have hoped for a little more white on top; there's no snowy peaks here.

All you shy people out there will relate: N'ice Chouffe needs a little time before opening up. Once doing so, however, it turns out not to have all that much interesting to say. The bouquet of dark, sticky-sweet malt is typically musty and yeasty for a beer of this style, from this part of the world, and yields no real excitement.

Although thyme and curacao peel are the ingredients that stand out most in the name, it's the dark candi sugar that sticks out most in the taste. This viscous, syrupy-sweet flavour, combined with the malt, becomes like some sort of concoction of liquid bran muffin and molasses. It's not half bad, but we'll see if it's '750ml bottle' good...

All signs continue to point to 'yes' at the halfway point. In fact, the flavour is easily my favourite part of this beer. It tastes like some kind of wonderful hazelnut bread baked with brown sugar, cinnamon bark, honey, and a spritz of sweetly fragranced orange oil. Strength is somewhat perceived but the alcohol is never tasted outright.

N'Ice Chouffe is an easy ale to recommend. Whether or not it'll make my want list next year remains to be seen, but I'd gladly welcome a bottle in my stocking any time. The Belgians, like the French, know as much about drink as they do food, and, good Catholics they are, they obviously know a thing or two about celebrating Christmas too!

biegaman, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Harkrank
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Harkrank, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08 Vintage poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Dark mahogany with a fluffy ivory head that settles to a 1/2 inch cap.
S - Sweet and slightly funky, with aromas of dark Belgian candi sugar, lots of orange peel, and a touch of savory herbs.
T - Similar to the nose, with flavors of dark candi sugar, dried fruits, orange peel, and thyme/sage. There is a bit of a metallic "twang" and a touch of oxidation, this is just a bit past it's prime.
M - Slick mouthfeel with a medium body and prickly carbonation.
O - A very interesting Winter beer, I love the herbal character added from the thyme. I do wish I had consumed this about a year earlier, though.

jsanford, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Sticks and Stones.

A-Poured into a Chouffe glass which was very nice. It pours a dark amber color with a thick and frothy off white head. There was some nice lacing left on the glass as well.

S-Belgian yeast, spicy, herbal, alcohol was present, and very malty of course. The nose was nice, but not over powering.

T-Very similar to the nose. The Belgian yeast is prominent. There is some spice and also a nice herbal element as well. The alcohol is present but not over powering. I couldn't really pick up on the Thyme specifically. It is very malty and truly delicious.

M-Chewy, but not too thick. It drinks very light.

D-As noted above, this beer drinks really light. It is complex and delicious. At 10% it is a sipper but I drank two glasses and was barely buzzed.

Overall, this beer was a true delight. It was delicious. It also pared perfectly with the pizza. I highly recommend it.

thegodfather2701, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tea-colored, have to wait a few minutes for the head to settle. Bottle says to drink at 60 degrees, so it's just as well. I could only get about 6oz. poured into a glass on account of the head.

Great spicy, yeasty aroma. Hearty, bready malts. Just a hint of alcohol. Bit of pilsner malt too. Very rich and deep.

Rich taste too. Nutty malts, multigrain toast, spice, with an edge of yeast.

Feels a little thin for the complexity of the taste and aroma. It has a creamy taste but the actual consistency doesn't match. Though the 10% abv is deceptive. Seems too light for the abv.

birderbeerer, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -26.5%

crobinso, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of mre0683
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

mre0683, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of ryendavid
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ryendavid, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Twal
4/5  rDev -2%

Twal, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 750ml poured into a chalice. The bottle lists the ABV and a DBD.

A: Dark mahogany brown with a HUGE off white rocky head. The head continues to sit on top for over a minute.

S: Piney hops, spice, orange, fruity esters.

T: Belgium sugar, orange, grapefruit hops, dark berries, warming alcohol, Belgium funky feast, and spice.

M: Heavy and smooth.

O: Heavy, fruity, and spicy, this beer offers an excellent warmth for the winter. It is certainly a beer to have more as a desert, and to sip, rather than to drink a lot of in one sitting. It is the type of beer that truly does seem special and meant for the holidays.

ianjsullivan, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of KirstenJ
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

KirstenJ, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap

A- pours a slight hazed amber/brown color with a light tan head and some lacing on glass

S- was spice and bread with malt

T- very good with some spice like nutmeg, sweet dark fruit, hints of caramel and toffee

M- medium high carbonation with a crisp dry start

O- very tasty, great fruit and spice and yeast profile in a smooth drinking winter srong dark ale

gatornation, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of steelerguy
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nut brown, huge light tan head, lots of carbonation keep the head around for awhile, and lots of lacing.

S - Yeast, spice, and some caramel malt with hints of dark fruit.

T - Malt throughout, from beginning to end. Starts with a bit of lingering sweetness from some sugars that were not broken down. A nice spiciness then comes on along with some yeast. The spice is then complimented with some alcohol notes as you finish the sip.

M - Is it possible for a beer to have a complex mouthfeel? Perhaps not, but this beer does have a lot going on, moderate body, definitely some undigested sugars in there, a nice tingle from the carbonation, warming from the alcohol.

O - This is a nice Belgian Dark Strong, I thought it may be a bit too spicy but I didn't feel that was the case, just a nice complex flavor profile. A worthy limited edition from Brasserie d'Achouffe.

steelerguy, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of cld253
4/5  rDev -2%

cld253, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of andyschaps
5/5  rDev +22.5%

andyschaps, Dec 17, 2011
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.