N'Ice Chouffe
Brasserie d'Achouffe

N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe
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Brasserie d'Achouffe
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #41
Ranked #6,893
4.08 | pDev: 9.56%
Mar 11, 2022
Dec 14, 2001
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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3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

330ml bottle enjoyed before a winter dip into the hot tub

Look is a very dark red-brown, some wonderful snowglobe-like sediment in the 2nd half. Smells like spruce and raisin(!). Taste is sweet baked bread, toffee, pine hops, dark fruit, clove. Big blast of medicinal bitterness. Easy to drink and the 10% is barely there, just a little heat

Pretty solid beer but I wish I was more into the taste

Mar 11, 2022
4.16 by Askala from Spain on Jan 29, 2022
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3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by StJamesGate from New York

Puffy tan head over deep chestnut; maraschino, smoke + cloves on the nose; brown sugar, fruitcake, more cloves, Red Hots, bits of herb stuffing + citrus rind, prune comeback; light, fizzy, hot.

4.25 4 3.75 4 3.75

I’m not lining up with a lot of the other reviews here.
There are some dark fruits + rich malts, but it’s more glace cherry + heavy phenols than anything else. It’s “digestible”, as the Belgians say, for 10% but it’s definitely hot. The adjuncts are mostly buried.
And the whole thing is closer to a jumped up dubbel than a Quad.
Christmassy? Sure, OK. Nice? Enough. The best Chouffe? Far from.

Fresh bottle, maybe it needs a year. I wanted to like this a lot more than I did.

Jan 21, 2022
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4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours an almost clear dark red color with an ample long lived tan head and lots of lacing.

Smells of yeasty bread, orange and spice.

Tastes of the same three above plus a bit of brown sugar and banana. The sweet orange comes forward as the glass warms. The alcohol contributes to a warm peppery finish.

Medium body with very light carbonation. Slightly lush and clean mouthfeel.

This is a very enjoyable warmer and sipper.

Jan 12, 2022
4.05 by irishevans from California on Jan 12, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Mugman8 from New York

Love this brewery. Belgian beers at a great price vs. Chimay, Delirium and the others. Aroma is sweet fruit and spice. Pours dark, cloudy garnet with light tan head and plenty of lace. A very nice Belgian strong ale with complex taste blend of candied sugar, caramel, toffee, dried fruits, molasses, and spices. More boozy (10% ABV) as it warms with smooth, creamy finish. This is an excellent winter/holiday brew....N'ice!

Jan 06, 2022
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jjamadorphd from Florida

I had picked a four-pack of this up at Thanksgiving for the Christmas holiday at my PA home. I was going to drink them right before, during, and after Christmas. I guess I got the after-part correct.

Anyway, it’s deliciously boozy without tasting so. That is definitely something special in my book.

Jan 06, 2022
4.66 by rangerred from Tennessee on Jan 03, 2022
4 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Jan 01, 2022
3.84 by Spade from Pennsylvania on Dec 25, 2021
5 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Dec 24, 2021
4.38 by steevo24 from District of Columbia on Dec 13, 2021
3.98 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York on Dec 10, 2021
4.34 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin on Dec 09, 2021
4.5 by doctorgary from New York on Dec 09, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Iamaskier from Idaho

Looks like a meal- silty, purplish brown body and nice head. The smell is sweet and slightly boozy, with yeast and banana, raisins, caramel, absolutely delicious. Very sweet in the mouth, with that Belgian yeast upfront, banana bread, esters, orange, rich caramel in the body, very sweet all the way through, molasses and plum, hints of spice, coriander, balanced by pine bitterness on the finish. It’s all there. The alcohol is masked. A superb winter beer- what Christmas tastes like to me.

Dec 05, 2021
4.19 by arzt from Russian Federation on Dec 03, 2021
4 by Enomas from Portugal on Nov 10, 2021
4.35 by mamaraza from Texas on Nov 07, 2021
3.83 by Mclusal from Colombia on Oct 23, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jeffdr123 from Florida

At home from a bottle with an adorable label. Pours a rich dark brown with a quarter inch root beer float head. Smells sweet and spicy, and taste surprisingly not as sweet as the smell. Which is a good thing. Dark bread and Christmas spices and yes I taste the thyme.

Oct 20, 2021
4.63 by Daneve76 from Australia on Sep 27, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Dark brown in color with a murky complexion and little light penetration. There’s a quarter inch of of densely packed beige on top. Light lacing is present. The aroma is of dark malt, spruce, and cinnamon. I’m tasting dark malt, cinnamon, spruce, and nutmeg. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

Aug 28, 2021
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by RaulMondesi from California

Best buy date is 03/21 and it’s 08/21 so take this review with a grain of salt (or whatever you use to spice up your life).

Damn thing pours beautifully (all dark and foamy and stuff). What I can’t really decipher is if it’s supposed to taste like this or not because it’s a bit old. Not that it’s bad, but it’s like that one time I took out this twin for a spin - she had some garlic pasta thing for dinner, so she was exactly tasting grade A when we swapped saliva outside her place in my Subaru.


Aug 09, 2021
4.01 by DanO1066 from Maryland on May 19, 2021
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by elnachooo from Spain

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
4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
3.93 by dpgrifs from Pennsylvania on Mar 13, 2021
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by misteil from Ireland

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
4.33 by KarlHvK from New York on Mar 07, 2021
4.06 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania on Mar 01, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by kzem from Rhode Island

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
4.77 by beerrat from Virginia on Jan 30, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by donspublic from Texas

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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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MNAle from Minnesota

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
4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Dec 29, 2020
4.25 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois on Dec 25, 2020
4.18 by SierraNevallagash from Maine on Dec 20, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

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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