N'Ice Chouffe
Brasserie d'Achouffe

N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #22
ABV:
10%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,827
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 9.51%
Reviews:
600
Ratings:
1,398
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Brasserie d'Achouffe
 
Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
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  71
Gots
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SCORE
91
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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe
Notes: When the little animals in Fairyland hibernate, the Achouffe gnomes love to gather in their cottage. By the gentle firelight, they spend long evenings telling the best Ardennes stories while enjoying a delicious N’Ice CHOUFFE. Smooth and strong, with spicy notes of thyme and Curacao, this dark beer warms both hearts and atmospheres, making even the coldest winters joyful.
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elnachooo from Spain

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De color marrón con un dedo de espuma de buena retención. Cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aroma afrutado, a malta y caramelo. Sabor tostado con notas de clavo que hacen una excelente combinación.

May 02, 2021
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misteil from Ireland

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look: one finger bubbly off white head with decent retention, dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles eventually, beer is a dark hazy mahogany colour, little light passing through.

smell: smells real good, dark, fruity, and boozy, some brown and black bread, caramel, toffee, Belgian yeast aroma, spice, banana, dark fruit, fig, prune, hint of milk chocolate, enticing.

taste: a nice strong ale, very dark rich malt flavour, black bread, not as sweet as the nose would lead to you to think, still lots of fig, prune, raisin, belgian yeast flavours, spicy, liquorice, pretty bitter on the finish, boozy, sweet fruit flavours linger on the finish, good stuff.

feel: full bodied, medium to high carbonation, lot of warming alcohol and some lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue, sipper

overall: not my favourite bsda, but certainly a nice one, and a very nice beer in general, nice one to sip at the end of the week

Mar 07, 2021
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kzem from Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a nice shade of caramel. Love the taste of this: fruit, spice, and lightly sweet. The feel was a little thin, but probably because it was too chilled in my garage.
Such a great beer

Feb 14, 2021
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donspublic from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Achouffe tulip, good 2 finger light tan head, good retention and lacing. Reddish/dark amber in the glass, very little light gets thru. Belgian esters on the nose mixed with dark fruit, raisins, figs & prunes. Taste is fruity esters buried in brown sugar, plum, raisin, prune, currant and a nice spicy finish. Residual herb on the palate. Smooth drinking

Jan 01, 2021
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma contains dark (ripe) fruit, licorice, and spice.

Look has a dark ruby-brown body, clear with active carbonation feeding the thick, off-white to tan head. The head recedes quite slowly, dropping by pock-marks and valleys in the surface.

Taste starts with the malty dark fruits, fig, raisins, plum - especially plum, a bit sweet, with licorice, brown sugar, and spice. There is a mild bittering starting in the middle and carrying though to the finish. The interplay among the fruits, sugar, and spice is quite nice. The finish is somewhat sweet, but well short of turning this into a sipping beer (although the delightful flavors will encourage you to savor rather than gulp). There is no alcohol apparent in the flavor or the feel.

The feel is smooth, albeit a tingly smooth, with a bit of a coating on the tongue.

Overall, excellent, and as is true for many Belgian strong ales / quads, far too much of an easy drinker for the ABV (this is not a criticism; just a warning!)

Dec 30, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Light tan head. Some lace. Copper amber color.

A very nice Belgian strong ale with quad like notes. Candied sugar, caramel, toffee, apple skins, dark dried fruits, molasses, and light holiday spice. Warming and smooth. Full bodied. Very enjoyable.

Dec 13, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle BBE 12/2020 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours medium brown in color with chestnut highlights and light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island. Minimal lacing. The aroma is malty with notes of brown sugar, orange peel and earthy spice. The taste is semisweet burnt sugar caramel with flavors of orange peel, clove and spice. The finish is mostly dry and moderately bitter. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with prickly, above average carbonation. Overall, very good to excellent. No trace of the 10% ABV. Excellent attenuation and drinkability with a solid flavor profile.

Nov 22, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid dark Belgian - brings dark fruits and shellac to the table, mild bitterness, subdued carbonation, and a moderate sweetness - presents almost black in the glass... I feel like it's not going to be anyone's top-rated strong dark Belgian ale, but everyone absolutely has to have one at some point, and you will definitely enjoy it...

Nov 15, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown appearance with a large short-lived beige head and good lacing. Redolent, perpetually evolving aroma of dark ripe fruit, licorice, candied sugar and spice. Be patient; they continue to add depth to the overall impression. More spices and sweetness on the palate. Alcohol sneaking up now. Rich malty body aids the complexity. A hint of apples and pears in the aftertaste. Medium-to-full bodied (leaning to full), long lasting finish. A great value.

Oct 23, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle in the gift 4 pack, it pours a hazy reddish brown (coppery?) color with a modest head that eventually diminishes to a thin ring. In the nose, it is dark fruits, dark brown sugar and alcohol. In the mouth, it is spicy brown sugar and raisins. Nice!

Oct 06, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into a d’Achouffe tulip glass. Best by 12/2020, had 9/8/20.

Pours a dark copper color, cloudy, with a one and a half inch creamy foam head with very good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, malt, spices, some orange peel, light chocolate and brown sugar, light cola, a little dark bread. Flavors of malt, thyme- much more distinct than the nose, especially as it warms; spices, brown sugar, raisins, dark bread, some orange peel. Smooth, creamy, a solid medium body, well carbonated.

Excellent. Solid from top to bottom. The thyme really enhances the flavor. Well worth a purchase at a great price point.

Sep 17, 2020
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a variety pack purchased at Jungle Jims. In the tulip glass glass came with it.
I understand the glass shape now! This beer has an enormous head that just stays forever, I love it!
Amber-Brown color and this fine fizzy carbonation rising up the glass.
I smell anise. Medium body.

Aug 29, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the stubby little bottle in a snifter. This solid brew pours
a murky dark mahogany with a nice head of off white foam that
subsides to a thick ring, thin clumping layer, and displays some
rather nice lacing. Nose of dark brown sugars, dark orchard fruits,
orange zest, and light phenol notes. Flavors surpass the nose with
dark brown sugars dunked in a fresh zested orange, doused with
light anise, light thyme, and subtle herbal notes amongst fresh
dark bread. Nice mouth feel; medium body, nicely effervescent
with light but lively carbonation, and a moderately dry finish.

Of note; with warmth comes notes of fig and dates.

Excellent!

Cheers

Jul 19, 2020
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Time to have me some Christmas in July

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that did not lace or retain at all. The body is a dark, nearly black, opaque brown which I swear I sometimes see as purple in the right light.

Smell: Even with ample warming, the potency on this one is lacking, I'm catching toffee malt and plum with maybe a slight hint of nut, but it's far too weak.

Taste: Sweet malt with notes of plum and toffee that turns to a more herbal orange zest with rosemary and a bit of nut. Probably one of the best Christmas beers I've ever had, as it's very clear they aren't going overboard with spice and to make it taste like Christmas, but something to be savoured.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly the carbonation stayed for the whole beer, and the transitioning is good albeit doesn't seem to travel far. The odd man out though is I seem to be getting a bitter herb and nut note sometimes in the aftertaste. That said, it's brief and the mainly toffee aftertaste overpowers it.

Drinkability: This stuff is dangerous, as you would not have even a hint that this is 10%. Settles down very well, is easy to drink, and just approachable enough to be a sophisticated treat without seeming snooty. Medium body and for the most part a great overall experience.

Final Thoughts: This beer did very well for a beer I basically bought for the unique bottle cap. This is what I wish people did with Xmas beers. Just a simple, by the fire, herbed beer without going out of control and abusing cinnamon and candy cane syrup. Great stuff.

Jul 02, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; cola brown in color; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: sweet malt and spices;

T: sweet malt for a moment, then mixes with thyme; very little bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate, slightly prickly carbonation; dry finish;

O: the thyme character is interesting;

Apr 24, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a seasonal treat. (-found one in the back of the “cellar.”) The appearance is red-mahogany with a some haze and a 1.5 cm sticky, tan foam cap.
The aroma is of caramel and banana esters. The flavor is rich; toffee, candi-sugar, orange zest are prominent.
This is a pleasure, not overly sweet and without notable alcohol heat.
I am always pleased to find this.

Apr 12, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Reminds me of maple syrup, coppery brown with a one finger white/beige head.
Smell: Yeast, dark rye bread, and dates
Taste: Dark fruits like dates, raisins and plums, dark rye bread, with a bit of alcohol sharpness
Feel: Plays high on the palate and at the front of the tongue.
This beer earns a solid B. It lacks the complexity found in my favourite Belgium beers.

Mar 09, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

December 26th, 2015 - Here on the other side of Christmas I'm looking for an emotional pick-me-up to counteract the withdrawals of holiday cheer. The N'ice Chouffe (2010 Limited Edition) seems like a worthy candidate. Even with extensive aging, the carbonation in the bottle bubbles up to form a healthy, pert head, pushing itself up and out of the glass. And the residual beer in the glass starts its own head, navigating up the bottle and coming out as a neat cylinder, like Play-Doh through a patterned hole. The aroma has a low and savory smell of rosemary and beef, and beef broth. I also smell a little dashi, as if I'm approaching a nighttime oden stand. The flavor is a little lighter and very Belgian. Up from the N'ice is nicely mild, with a mushroom earthiness, a surprisingly sparkling palate, and a short aftertaste with cedar and more earthy, soily flavors slowly trailing off into the dark. Mild, a little dry, and just a little spicy, this beer has survived aging and negligence wonderfully.

Feb 28, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Label is stamped best by '12 2020'.
Amber brown colored body. One finger of off white bubbly head. Leaves behind some intermittent sheets of lacing.
Aroma of bready malt and yeast, and dark fruit, spice and orange.
Taste of dark bread, yeast, caramel, orange, spice, and dark fruit.
Medium mouth feel, and metallic. Very good carbonation.
Alcohol is present but quite well hidden for higher ABV% (no burn). Good construction of complementary flavors of malt, yeast, fruit, and spice.

Jan 11, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle. ABV 10%.
Appearance: Brown/Purple, Under one finger of frothy tan head, Good retention, Medium carbonation, Broken cap remains.
Aroma: Belgian yeast, Dark fruit (plum, raisin, fig), Dark berries, Thyme, Fresh cherry, Orange peel, Slight brown bread, Slight caramel, Alcohol, Quite complex, Nicely balanced, Very enticing.
Mouthfeel: Above medium body, Smooth.
Flavour: Dark fruit (prune, fig, raisin), Thyme, Dark berry, Caramel, Somewhat distracting alcohol.
Overall: Very easy drinking considering the alcohol content. I will say that the alcohol did not seem integrated well into the rest of the beer (moreso in the flavour than the aroma). The thyme was interesting but perhaps could benefit from being more subdued. While complex, it doesn't quite wow you.

Review: 103

Dec 30, 2019
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, like root beer, murky and unfiltered; fluffy, full, sand coloured head with several minutes solid retention.
Aromas of caramel malt and toffee, syrupy, accompanied by a yeasty tang, and a bit nutty.
First taste is big malt notes, of dark caramel, toffee, sticky toffee pudding, dates, hints of chocolate, cola. All of it balanced by warming heat of alcohol, and complimented by complex umami yeast flavours; feel is full, fatty and unctuous, medium carbonation, with an off-dry finish.

A delight on a winter night. It's sweet, but balanced and complimented enough by other elements to make it just right. Have it as a dessert sipper on its own.

Dec 28, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark brown with a dark head head that dissipates somewhat quickly.
S - Sweet malt and bready yeast along with dark fruits and winter spices
T - Follows the nose with bready yeast and malt along with dark fruit notes, caramel, brown sugar, citrus and winter spices (cloves and nutmeg)
F - Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.
O - A nice winter spiced Belgian

Dec 26, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Deep chestnut red, slight haze (bottle-conditioned), pours with huge 5cm tan head that's very slowly deconstructing bubble by buble. [ps. holds well].
S- Something unexpectedly fresh and bright about this, well, considering it's 10%.
T- Pungent, deep, roasty, bonfires, coffee. Very deeply flavoured. It's 10% and it has the flavour in parallel so is well balanced/masked.
F- Deep pungent winter-warmer. Phooo.... one for slow sippin' by the winter log fire.
O- Wow, a lovely beer. Nothing out of place.
£3.69/330ml bottle from Wholefoods London W8 BB: 02-2021

Nov 24, 2019
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Barettes from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown pour with a quickly receding head. Lively carbonation. Smells and tastes of caramel apple bananas and an indeterminate spice, slightly peppery. Not my favorite Belgian strong ale as the flavors aren't as complex as others in the category. Still it goes down real smooth for an ABV of 10.

Aug 25, 2019
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officerbill from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 34cl bottle (best by 12/19) poured into a Bernardus goblet.
Reddish brown (almost the color of a dark caramel) with a thick wheat colored head that way became a.
I have a sinus thing going on so I can't comment on the smell.
A full, rich, malty taste. A little sweet, but not sugary. The well balanced spices stay in the background to enhance the flavor of the ale instead of overpowering it.
A very good dark Belgian ale and one of the best "winter ales" I've had. Just remember that this is 10% ABV and the alcohol can sneak up on you.

Mar 11, 2019
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1398 ratings