N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe
BA SCORE
87.1%
Liked This Beer
4.08 w/ 1,211 ratings
N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium
achouffe.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with thyme and curaçao

Added by Bierman9 on 12-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,304
Reviews:
537
Ratings:
1,211
Liked:
1,055
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
9.8%
Alströms:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
217
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,211 |  Reviews: 537
Photo of Pete27lax
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of WOLFGANG
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of TonyP21
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.99/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer when it comes around.

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Photo of surlyseth
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite all-time beer for me. I'll have to revisit Chimay Blue to confirm, but this is right up there with the Rochefort 8 and any of the best dark belgians.

A: Almost opaque, but red aura, if that makes sense.
S: Dark, dried fruits.
T&M: Just about flawless. It's got a lot of carbonation...which is good because you need to be paced with this!!! First inclination is to suck it down. It's got what I think of as grape soda goodness...those dark candy sugars going to town on your taste buds. But don't sell my review short, this is a refined brew. Patience is rewarded as it mellows. Raisins, plums, you know what I'm talking about!
D: Dangerous, yes. But if you know what you're dealing with, you will bide your time with it.

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Photo of OatherS
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown appearance.

Nice aroma that is not alcoholy that you would expect.

Taste is perfect blend of caramel and chocolaty flavor. Nice fruity flavor as well. Great taste

The bubbly appearnce is present in the mouthfeel as well. Nice feel.

VERY drinkable beer. The high alcohol content is not present at all making for a great beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The color is a dark brownish but in direct light, it's obviously more of a dark red amber. Streaming bubbles in the middle of the glass make a formidable tan colored crown. Fades slow to a scattered, thin covering.

A very candy-sweet malty aroma with sweet fruit, mostly cherries and apples. Sugar coated candy apples and a slight, spicy and herbal scent. As the liquid temp rises, the bold, sweet-fruity malt becomes more pungent, more sweet and dominating.

As the aroma is mostly a fruity-sweet malt thing, the flavor comes over with a nice spicy kick from the yeast, light and dry feel with very subtle malty tones at first. The candy/fruity flavored malt rides in a bit later on with a delicious tone. Red fruits, spice, thyme and the orange peel adds subtle hut effective depth to the already very complex malt and yeast. You would never guess the abv % to be at 10. It is slightly warm going down but is very deceptive. The quoff is crazy easy for such a complex mix. N'ICE indeed!

This one would age very well. Thinking of buying another 4 pack to have next year.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2010.

A: Massive 1 1/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over brownish-amber coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, spices, apples and pears.

T: Apples and pears up front which transitions to cloves, spices, bananas, figs and cherries in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A beautiful and complex Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and my favorite so far from this brewery.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage 750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost opaque, deep, dark mahogany color with a full three fingers of white head that slowly dissolved away into a thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. There is a very active effervesce of bubbles beginning at the bottom of the glass, and followed the curve of the glass to the bottom of the layer of head settled atop the beer.

Aroma: Ah, yes! That’s a Belgian Ale! Strong malt aromas up front, imparting notes of freshly baked bread, followed by /mixed with lots of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, sour cherries, candied sugar, some alcohol notes as well, and of course Belgian ale yeast.

Taste: Delicious! Lots of malt up front, that quickly gives away to tons of stone fruit! Plumbs, cherries, frigs, followed by some candied sugar-like sweetness. The beer finishes with a slight sour cherry-like sweetness that’s quite pleasant. I also get a few faint notes of orange citrus. Unfortunately, I’m not getting a lot of orange or any thyme, which the beer is brewed with, (according to the label), but this bottle is a few years old, so these flavors could have faded. I really want to try a fresh bottle next winter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and with quite a bit more carbonation that I’m used to in a Belgian dark strong ale, but it’s quite pleasant. With an ABV of 10.0%, there’s quite the strong, pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is another great Belgian strong dark ale! Great flavors of fruit and malt, balanced with some subtle, pleasant sour cherry. Delicious!

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Photo of JarMills
4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bubseymour
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of benmiliron
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gift from wife. I love wife.

N'ice Chouffe is just beautiful beer. Dark brown, not as pretty as it tastes, but much like the rest in the style. Smell: spicy, sweet, candied fruit, but not overwhelming like so many other belgians. Taste is just divine. The spiced Chouffe taste with a heavier molasses/orange feel and stronger/alcoholic taste. This is the ultimate winter beverage. The alcohol is slightly warming on the tongue. Aftertaste of ginger and chocolate.

This is my favorite winter beer. Vive la Chouffe indeed.

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Photo of Bisho
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely loved this beer and so did the missus.
Had it on tap at the La Chouffe brewery whilst enjoying one of the N'Icest (pun intended) homemade lasagne's I have ever eaten!
Flavour profile was a cross between a SDA and a Belgian Quad. Bag's of flavour. So much so that I went back for seconds and thirds!
I love the standard La Chouffe and I only wish this one was as readily available for home consumption too. The brewery is too far away from Australia!!!

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this since Christmas 2015, so let's see how it is.

Look : One finger brown-white head, brown body.

Smell : Belgian yeast, orange, caramel, a hint of wood, some allspice. Very Christmas-y even after 10 months.

Taste : See above.

Feel : High carbonation, medium body, warming alcohol, pleasantly dry. No alcohol bite.

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Photo of kcc
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A spicy nose carries an array of pitted fruit aromas and sweet malts and yeasty esters. It pours deep brilliant amber bordering on brown under a 2” ligntly amber tinted off-white foam cap with a very fine bead. The cap gradually collapses as the bubble gradually grow and collapse, leaving gothic lace patterns on the glass. Its spicy with a fruity malty sweetness that stops short of cloying. As it warms cherry and plum with a hint of bubble gum become more distinct and prominent with light ginger, cinnamon and a hint of anise coming into focus. The brewer has lightened the body to somewhere around medium so it drinks a lot less hefty than many 10.0% abv beers. The above average carbonation also softens this big beer. The alcohol is smooth and not hot and shows its presence with a gentle warming. An excellent choice for sitting by the fire and relaxing.

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Photo of McMatt7
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaF
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of DJoe
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of ILuvBeer
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of hurshybear
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of ncaudle
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap into a Chimay chalice on 7/13.

Very dark, opaque brown similar to others of this style with a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated after a few minutes, leaving a nice lacing around the glass.

Smell gave a mixture of pepper/corriander spiciness, dark fruits of raisins and plums with a mild sweetness.

Taste was excellent. I cant think of an exact description but somewhere between the sweetness of a Gulden Draak and the slightly bitter/dryness of a Delirium Nocturnum. The high ABV is not overwhelming.

Mouth feel was a nice light creamy texture. much smoother feeling than St Bernardus Abt 12.

Highly drinkable... may too easily drinkable given the alcohol content! Will definitely look for this in the future.

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 87.1% out of 100 with 1,211 ratings
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