N'Ice Chouffe
Brasserie d'Achouffe

N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe
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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #21
Ranked #3,535
4.1 | pDev: 9.51%
Brasserie d'Achouffe
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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ale_addin from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +11.2%

Dec 04, 2014
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just found a bottle with a vintage date of 1996 on neck of the bottle. Dane from B. United told me a while ago to open it soon because it loses carbonation. He was right, now it has no carbonation at all. A shame really because this would have been a beer of greatness if it had only held on the carbonation. Goes down like a tawny port with fruity aromas and flavours of currants and cherries. Creamy mouth feel glides over the tongue, alcohol is warming but has mellowed for sure but still with a touch of peppery spice. Oddly there is barely any oxidation from the 6+ years of aging.

Mar 10, 2002
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AtrumAnimus from Texas

5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours with the appears a vary cloudy and dark iced tea color that has an off white to tan head that rich and pillowy and settles very slow leaving a rich curtain like lacing down the glass.

The nose is delicious with a combination of citrus and bread dominating the floral and alcohol that floats on a subtle bed of coriander, cardamon, nutmeg, and pine.

The taste is spectacular and rich. While it has a very high alcohol content the taste is not dominated by it, it enhances it. The flavors are a well blended citrus, bread and floral explosion of complexity that coats the palate is beer-gasmic awesomeness. the tastiness and flavors of spice are just amazing and perfect.

The moutfeel is super rich and just right for the style.

Overall this is an exceptional beet and extremely enjoyable. I highly recommend it as it is a beer-gasm ina bottle.

Mar 15, 2015
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The head came right out of the bottle. It poured a beautiful, fine, tan white. The body is an extremely dark brown, cloudy and carbonated.

Smell – This opened up wonderfully in my Chimay glass. The deep yeast aroma is laden with dark fruits and sugars. I can almost taste the dates, figs, overly ripe apricots, and brown sugar. I’m tasting this with a Lebanese dish I just made that involves making bread, so the kitchen is filled with a wonderful aroma of yeast, bread, and fruit.

Taste – This is terrific. The classic flavors come out in force here. This is a very thick blend of toasted malts and bready yeast. The fruits are bigger at the tongue. The figs and dates are huge! The sugar is present as well, making this an extremely well-rounded ale.

Mouthfeel – This is full in the mouth. You’ll want to eat this one with a fork. There’s a small sting of alcohol, which is amazing for an ale with a 10.0 ABV. The carbonation is big and top notch.

Drinkability – I had to drink this exceptional ale while making disgusting, sour faces so that my wife would think that it was horrible. No, seriously, this is a fine example of the style and well worth the ten bucks or so that I paid for it.

Comments – This is the 2002 Edition and is a seasonal winter ale, so it’s been sitting for almost a year. It tastes just right, so maybe this is something to age off the shelf. Either way, this is awesome and would make a great Christmas gift.

Update – I first reviewed this in 2003 with a year-old bottle, so thought I’d revisit this classed in 2005 with an ’04 vintage.

The beer is wonderfully balanced and extremely complex. The curacao that they use in the brewing process ads a particularly inviting dimension to the ale. The fine Belgian yeast stands out in my mind as exceptional, and I really enjoy the way that the sweetness moves in and out of the flavor profile. This is an incredible beer!

Sep 21, 2003
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a cherry/chestnut red color with a light amount of haze. Upon serving there is a tiny just off white head that fades quite fast. Once the head fades, it leaves a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall, but heaviest of darker fruit smells with aromas of cherry, plum, and fig. Along with these smells are some more Belgian yeast aromas with a yeast cake, banana, and spice smell consisting of coriander and clove . Along with some lighter nutmeg spice and a bit of a doughy smell, the overall aroma is fruity and inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with tons of sweet darker fruits that the nose hinted too, with tons of cherry and plum with a good level of fig to boot. These flavors create a strong base for the brew and persist throughout the whole of the taste. Quickly following the initial fruity taste, comes a moderate level of a yeast flavor. Mixed with these flavors are some spice tastes as well as a bit of an orange and orange peel flavor. Coriander and clove are the initial spice flavors detected, but are later joined by some flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of allspice. While at 10 % abv,, only the tracest level of an alcohol taste comes to the tongue at the very end, and with the rest of the flavors, leaves a very pleasant fruity and more subtly, but nicely balanced spice flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side for a brew of 10 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thinner body in conjunction with the barely detectable alcohol level make this one almost too dangerously easy to drink. While this may be so, the body and carbonation are very nice for the big dark fruit and moderate spice flavors and create a very nice drinking brew.

Overall – This one was a very enjoyable and dangerously good and easy to drink Belgian dark winter ale. Very tasty.

Jan 11, 2014
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Raymond69 from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown. Good head , nice lacing.

Smell is faint , some of the curacao peel seems to come through.

This beer taste has a taste of tart apple pie (odd since it's made with oranges), with hints of allspice. I can't really taste the thyme.

Nice medium mouthfeel , good carbonation.

Overall I'll finish the bottle without a problem, 2 might wreck me.

Jan 21, 2008
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tharper178 from Florida

5/5  rDev +22%

Jul 26, 2014
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bschinelli from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Jan 01, 2014
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phishbone23 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Jan 23, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +11.2%

Nov 23, 2014
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bort11 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received from BRoss242 as part of the BA Secret Santa 07, and this is the last one I haven't reviewed fro the haul. Great big thanks to BRoss242!

Limited Edition 2006 vintage 750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice tan head that stands a half inch. Recedes slowly. Leaves a blanket of lacing on the wall of the glass that slides back into the beer. Color is a dark reddish mahogany brown.

Once the cap was cracked there was a very fruity aroma. Smell in the glass is very malty and sweet. Dark candy sugars, nice and not overwhelming. A bit like orange juice that has been sitting out. Taste is balanced sweetness, not over the top at all. Mildly citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel has nice warm medium body. By the end of the bottle my mouth was feeling a little numb. Right now I am feeling very good.

Jan 24, 2008
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brownbeer from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

Dark brown with a tan head.

Aromas of spicy yeast, bitter orange, ginger, caramel, raisin, something fruity in there that kind of reminds me of bubblegum.

Medium-full bodied with raisin and sweet malt mingling with the spicy yeast. There's an herbal note, nutmeg, and a sweet watermelon fruitiness. Has an alcohol presence but not really the taste and becomes creamy and really smooth when it opens up. Not bad at all, but it almost overwhelms in much quantity.

Dec 25, 2009
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bluehende from Delaware

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 05, 2015
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King_KongDCO93 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Sep 16, 2014
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chuckgietzen from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 21, 2016
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle, 2007 batch. The beer was dark burgandy color, mostly clear with some floaties. At first there was a pretty good volume of foam, but it passed out quickly. The aroma was sweet malt and spicy spices (guessing thyme and curacao peel from the label). The taste was about as complex as any I've had, lots of competitions between sweet malts, tangy citrus, bitterness and sweetness and spices (maybe add coriander to the previously listed ingredients). Very very nice, and perfect for Christmas Eve.

Dec 25, 2007
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kkmiller76 from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 06, 2015
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jwps214 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Dec 23, 2013
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mrcraft from California

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

Mar 18, 2015
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elizur from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.8%

Dec 13, 2014
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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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becktone from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

From notes 11-26-08

Eye: The beer pours a very dark red or garnet if you will, that is when light passes through it. When just sitting on the desk/table it is a dark brown. The brew is clear and forms a very large tan pillowy-rocky-foamy head when poured. Retention is pretty good, as it begins to recede it leaves some nice lacing.

Nose: Citrus notes are evident, one can't deny the use of curacao in this brew. Also a strong spicy yet green aroma..mint-like almost...it puts the picture of fresh green leaves in my head, this has to be the thyme. This leafy aroma (which I assume to be thyme) reminds me alot of the resin/sap that gets on one's fingers when tearing certain leaves apart, or tearing the stems of small green plants apart..really quite an herbal smell, fresh and green. Slight spicy peppery notes under all of this. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, that or it blends so well with these aromas that I can't pick it out. Just got some dark fruit aromas in this brew, plums, some of that sweet dark malt aroma is coming through as well. Overall a very appealing aroma, quite unique...really interested and excited to taste this brew.

Tongue: Definitely some nice dark malt flavors in here as well as dark fruit flavors. It finishes with that green leafy flavor-thyme...long lasting herbal flavor that stays in the mouth once the beer has been swallowed. Alcohol mingles with it close to the finish to produce what almost feels like fresh mint-a little warming and also refreshing. Curacao is one of the first things detected, its right there upfront on the tip of the tongue, that orange flavor is unmistakable. The more I get to drinking this the harder it becomes to taste the dark malt flavors and dark fruit while the curacao and herbal qualities along with some alcohol notes begin to stand out more. The curacao really adds a nice touch here, I'm thinking that it was the intended primary flavor, real nice. Very unique and quite enjoyable.

Feel and Drinkability: The beer has a certain weightiness to it. It comes with the curacao flavor, a certain thick and heavy quality that makes the brew feel full bodied. Carbonation is almost undetectable, a quality that fits this beer well, and something that I feel gives the impression of a heavier body. As aforementioned it slightly warms the mouth and the throat as it goes down. This brew's got a dry finish with some peppery spiciness to it. This is one that I'll have no problem finishing, I look forward to it. As a matter of fact I think that I might just add this to my line up of brews to go with Thanksgiving dinner. Its that good, this is the first time I've had it and I'd really like to see how it goes with dinner tomorrow. Very drinkable, and one of the most unique Belgian Strong Darks that I've ever drank. Real good and dangerously drinkable. Get your hands on this one. Don't know how it is fresh, but I can tell you that at a year old it is drinking real nice.

Feb 15, 2009
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Nov 28, 2011
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CelticAleMan from California

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

From note:


A- Reddish mahogany when held to light. Tons of carbonation. Rising frothy tan 1.5 inch head with soft pour. Great lacing.

S - Figs, dates, candi sugar, orange peel, and spices (which, from looking at the label, must be thyme).

T - Dark fruits, caramel, maybe a little toffee, kinda metallic, orange peel is detectable, some spiciness, and a little throat warming from the alcohol. As the beer warms, specific dark fruits such as plums and raisins become distinguishable.

M - On the light side of medium bodied. Nice carbonation.

O - Really nice and enjoyable. One of the better Belgian Christmas beers.

Jul 10, 2011
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Aug 04, 2013
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