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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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811 Ratings

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 37
Gots: 63 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

MA08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL green bottle served cold into a goblet.

N'Ice Chouffe is a deep redish brown color with a slightly hazy appearance. The head is thick at first but settles fairly quickly and leaves only a little bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a brown sugar and carmel quality. The yeast gives pleasant spice note.

Flavor is really enjoyable again with the Belgian candi sugar and spicy yeast. Good depth of flavors with cloves, pepper, dark dried fruits and orange peel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden.

Overall a really good Belgian dark ale and probably one of the best Christmas seasonal beers I've had.

GilGarp, Dec 14, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this beer. Smell is of malt, dark fruits (plums, prunes), and some mild spice aromas. Taste is of malt, the dark fruits, and a nice balance of spices. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good BSDA with some very nice flavors going on.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 11, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear orange-tinted dark red with two fingers of dense tan colored foam. Slowly settles to a half inch and leaves a sheet of thick sticky lace down the glass. Smell: dark brown sugar, muted toasted raisin bread. Slightly herbal but not distinctly thyme; no orange peel here. Taste: candi sugar, toffee, herbal and somewhat spicy, red grape skin, bitter orange, heavily toasted raisin bread. Tannin heavy finish overwhelms prior creamy feel. Otherwise pretty good. 2011 version (as far as I can tell from the bottling code).

babaracas, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

animal69, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Hatshep18, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of SteveGNC
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Vintners. Excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Nice head that dissipated quickly. Great dark reddish brown color. Taste notes of spice and malt, fairly sweet. I thought that it masked the alcohol pretty well for a 10% beer. Overall a great beer that I look forward to having again soon.

SteveGNC, Dec 09, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

N'Ice la Chouffe is a murky brown ale with a soft, smooth khaki head that fades to a film and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Crumbles accumulate in the bottom of the glass. Aroma of alcohol, candied fruit, apple, cherry, nectarine, tobacco and hay. It's pretty full bodied and quite smooth with pretty dry finish. It's richly flavored and just a touch sweet. It's pretty complex with notes of peach, must, tropical fruit, leather, tobacco, cider, phenol and, later on, chocolate and fortified wine. It's a touch bitter at the end and quite warming. This is a pretty classy affair. It's a big bottle, so make sure you share. Very enjoyable; it's kind of a flavor adventure.

yesyouam, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Elfastball7, Dec 09, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a short tan head over a slightly cloudy amber body. Tons of lacing.

Bright spices dominate the aroma, with candy sugar, rich fruits, and Belgian yeast.

Sharp and lively mouthfeel for the ABV. Rich fruits are present, but not too thick. High spiced profile - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Plenty sweet, w/out being cloying. ABV is well masked by the carbonation level.

Simply awesome. Delicious, without being filling.

BeerImmediately, Dec 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

TimoP, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

HopStoopid120, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

Jay864SC, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

tryhansen, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

nunzo, Dec 04, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75 cl.), purchased from V&B Nantes and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : dried fruits, yeast and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dried fruits and spicy flavours, with alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

thierrynantes, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

notdriving, Dec 01, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ale brewed with thyme and curacao peel huh? I had no idea what curacao peel was, so I looked it up: "It is liqueur flavoured with the dried peel of the laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao. A non-native plant similar to an orange."

A: It poured a very dark, murky, caramel brown color, with a fairly dense finger or so head that pretty much died down right away.

S: Glorious smell of melted dark candy, caramel, cotton candy, and some dark fruit. Overall, the scent on this resembled that of a "Fig Newton." No thyme on the nose, but I think thyme is a rather mild spice anyway.

T: I noticed the candy finish right away. I definitely got a ton of caramel, and with a hint of dark fruit (not much) to back that up. Of course, I wouldn't know what curacao tasted like if it jumped up and bit me in the ass. I'll stick to my guns and continue harping on the candy theme here: butterscotch, caramel, and burnt sugar.

M: First of all, this is INSANELY drinkable. The finish has sort of a fresh filtered water quality that washes over the potential syrupy sweetness. The mild pepper I got on the finish (perhaps that's the thyme?) only adds to the complexity. Not much lacing at all.

O: This is categorized as a "Belgian Strong Dark Ale" which is appropriate considering that this is strong, the color is dark, and it was imported from Belgium. However, this is one of the least Belgian-funk infused beers I've ever tasted. In fact, it's one of the best "Winter Warmers" to ever hit my palate...

Chaney, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

kayrex, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

rekel, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

chcfan, Nov 28, 2011
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.