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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
92
outstanding

912 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 48
Gots: 98 | 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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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

2008 vintage, poured into a Duvel glass

Pours a deep ruby red with a large tan head, and a lot of bubbles.

One of the strongest scented beers of this style I have experienced. Very spicy, and complex. I am not good at picking out exactly what I am smelling, but there is a lot of spice there, think of the smell of gingerbread cookies baking.

Sweet yet spicy. There is fruit, as well as brown sugar. coriander, and pepper, backed with the familiar taste of Belgian candy sugar. Very nice mix of flavors here.

Smooth as silk with a nice fullness.

I have to say, one of the best holiday beers I have tried. Very drinkable, the alcohol is very well hidden, just a touch of warming at the finish. I am drinking this in May, but on a chilly December night, I can't think of a better beer to try. Also quite good any time of year.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

22oz bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Also picked up a hiday D'Achouffe glass as well - score!

Poured into that winter D'Achouffe glass. It is rare that I'm able to drink a brew in a glass specifically designed for it - I'll certainly enjoy it!

Chestnut amber, opaque, full foamy head, good retention, great lacing.

Nose is terrific - spices, orange peel, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, coriander, caramel. Almost sherry like.

Great brew. A fine dark ale with a delightful hint of spices, and herbal hops. Surprisingly dry to the finish. Definitely a holiday feel to this - there is a subtle hint of banana and clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice body, strong carbonation.

Very strong brew from D'Achouffe- would love to have this on hand during the holidays!

Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

A - pours a deep reddish mahogany color at first. At the end of the bottle it pours more murky brown. Thick 3 fingers worth of froathy tan foam which eventually dissipates down to 1. Find of lacing on the glass. Excellent retention.

S - herbal notes are first evident. Quite a bit of mint. As the beer warms more bready and yeasty notes come forward along with the bright aroma of allspice and dark fruits creating an aroma reminiscent of cinnamon raisin bread.

T - lightly sweet notes of caramel and toffee up front. Hints of citus mid palate along with earthy herbal flavors and some berry fruit esters. A vauge note of lemon tea as well. As it warms the flavors become more bready and spice driven. The finish is dry with a touch of alcohol and some lingering spice flavors.

M - medium bodied. Carbonation is on the higher side. Creamy texture.

O - very nice beer. The time in the bottle seems to have worked well for it. This beer could have easily aged for longer. Plenty of carbonation and flavors still around.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stella glass.
Amber brown in color, with an airy sudsy head that dissipates very quickly to nothing.

Aroma gives off caramelized, bready malt with fruitcake-like notes.

The taste reminds me a bit of Christmas oriented ales. Spicy malt with booze noticeable. A little candied sugar. Tartness present without it being too sour.

This is supposed to be brewed with thyme and orange peel. There’s a faint herbalness to it but I wouldn’t get the thyme if I didn’t know it was brewed with it. I can see the bittersweet, earthy note of orange peel in there. It’s not strong by any means, barely there, but there. A dry tartness lingers along with notes of tea.

Carbonation is above avg at first, but seems to dwindle fast as you sip this.

This was an OK offering. I enjoyed it but also wouldn’t see myself buying another. It paired well enough with a platter of cheese salami, honey, and hummus.

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

From 750 mL bottle to d'Achouffe tulip glass

N'Ice Chouffe pours rich and viscous, cherry-apricot in color and completely opaque. It's highly carbonated and forms a fluffy, off-tan head that leaves lacing everywhere.

It smells of banana peel and orange and holiday spices, especially clove. Lots of sweet bread-y tones combine with ample alcohol to give this a definitive winter warmer essence. Some berry-like tones and maybe some licorice linger in the distance.

The rich, fruit aspects predominate the palate, but only so much, as layers of flavor reveal themselves upon each sip. Dextrin malts yield a cherry-like tone, which matches nicely with the caramelly sweet notes and fruity esters. There's a touch of licorice and butterscotch towards the back of the palate, after which the sweet and fruity overtones are broken up by the warming alcohol. Finishes sweet, but pleasantly so.

The entire experience is accentuated by a rich and chewy mouthfeel, supporting the palate's nuances and fruit-sweet aspects. Ample carbonation keeps the palate clean between sips, making this go down dangerously fast. One of my go-to brews of this style, a great brew to endure cold winter nights, or any time you're in the mood for a tasty sipper.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

Appearance: Very dark pour with lots of hop flakes. Very carbonated head that dissipates like pop.

Smell: Belgian yeast and lots of candi sugar. Banana and clove with a touch of nice, wintery spiciness.

Taste: Sweet malt and great euro-flowery-hop flavour. Not too much hop bitterness but the Belgian banana/clove dark fruit flavours are great.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and sweetness for a winter beer. Solid warming and bitterness (not too overstated). Very pleasant.

Overall: I'm liking the N'ice Chouffe. From the first time I had the McChouffe back in Amsterdam, this brewery has been a favourite. For an afternoon after a long weekend of skiing in Jasper, AB, this beer is a warm treat. I would definitely buy this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark raspberry color with no head or lacing....had in march so probably been on a while
Fruity,frambroisish cherry's and Belgian yeast
Mix of cider and rasp frambrois...not my cup of tea
Better for Belgian hides 10%
Never again unless in Belgium and desire fruity beer that packs punch

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep dense pecan brown body with a creamy tan foam head that is thick and sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a slow microcarbonation gliding to the surface.

S- The characteristic chouffe yeast esters come through with cider and apple butter notes and some husky dark toasted malt hints in the finish. As the beer opens, there are apple skin with a bright note in the finish and some citron, hand-of-Buddha perfumed qualities.

T- The dark toffee taste has some more apple butter flavors in the background with a touch of bitterness in the finish and a faint herbal note to the dry finish. There is a woody note that taste more like walnuts as it opens and some golden raisins flavor come through aswell.

M- The full medium-full mouthfeel is creamy with a tight fizz note and some warming alcohol heat in the finish.

O- The herbal and citrus blend has some interesting cidery flavors to it but it covers up a bit of the dark candy notes which are nice. As the beer opens up the flavors meld together more and more.

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4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! I usually get a little shy around green bottles but I had to try it. Nice aroma of spice and dark fruit, a bit flat but I have read that this beer tends to do that after time. Has a wonderful taste of spices and those dark fruit notes really do come out. Nice and smooth finish leaves you wanting more.

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
92 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.