N'Ice Chouffe
Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #42
Ranked #6,993
4.08 | pDev: 9.56%
Wednesday at 04:44 AM
Dec 14, 2001
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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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Rated: 4.23 by gardner254 from Ohio

Wednesday at 04:44 AM
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Reviewed by krh from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Mid 20's here now, so finished the last bottle from the 2021 holiday season. A nicely spiced dark beer that's never harsh, artificial, or too boozy. At 10% abv, this is perfect for settling down with after a long (cold) day.
Nov 19, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by Walnut from Missouri

Nov 18, 2022
Rated: 3.58 by LizT from Texas

Nov 17, 2022
Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Nov 12, 2022
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
11.2oz bottle
best before end 05 2024
thanks to Derek for the bottle - I’ve had this once before and it was at least a decade ago. Definitely time for a re-taste and an actual review.
L: brown body with a creamy off-white head
S: spicy Belgian yeast, dark candi, bread, caramel, brown sugar
T: pumpernickel crust, fruit cake, dark candi sugar, brown sugar, fig, spice, earthy & leafy hops
F: fuller body, effervescent carbonation, dry and balanced finish with alcohol well concealed
O: great Belgian Dark Strong Ale!
Nov 05, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

Oct 01, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great Belgian Christmas beer, spice flavors are noticeable but not overpowering. It's a very balanced beer where the abv can kinda creep on you a little bit. Definitely would have it again
Aug 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Best by 5/2023

After trying the La Chouffe earlier in the year, I’ve been picking up any Chouffes that I find, as they’re classics that I’ve mostly missed out on so far. This one is their take on a Belgian Dark Strong Ale, let’s see what it’s all about

Pours a murky medium brown with a finger of creamy tan head that slowly fades to a thin cap leaves minimal lacing. Quite a bit of particulate in suspension

This is quite sweet and fruity in the nose, but not in an overdone way. I’m picking up on aromas of golden raisin, fig, brown sugar, dark bread, toffee, herbal hops, and light orange zest

In taste, it’s not quite as cohesive and defined up front, but the swallow makes up for it and it’s still good for what it is. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting raisin, brown bread, burnt sugar, and light caramel. The swallow brings notes of plum, brown sugar, toffee, orange zest, light port wine, caramel, and brown bread

A medium full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a chewy and slightly boozy beer. Finishes neutral but drinks below its abv

This one is very good. Nicely complex but not overly so and drinks surprisingly easy
Jun 01, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4.16 by Askala from Spain

Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.05 by irishevans from California

Jan 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.66 by rangerred from Tennessee

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by Spade from Pennsylvania

Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 5 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by steevo24 from District of Columbia

Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Dec 10, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Dec 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.19 by arzt from Germany

Dec 03, 2021
Rated: 4 by Enomas from Portugal

Nov 10, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by mamaraza from Texas

Nov 07, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by Mclusal from Colombia

Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by jeffdr123 from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.63 by Daneve76 from Australia

Sep 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4.01 by DanO1066 from Maryland

May 19, 2021
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Reviewed by elnachooo from Spain

4/5  rDev -2%
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
Rated: 4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by dpgrifs from Pennsylvania

Mar 13, 2021
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

4/5  rDev -2%
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
Rated: 4.33 by KarlHvK from New York

Mar 07, 2021
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