N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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:
#2,569
Reviews:
554
Ratings:
1,264
pDev:
9.83%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
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68
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238
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Photo of ikidunot
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of quadmad
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie d'Achouffe "N'Ice Chouffe"
33 cl brown glass bottle, "Best before end 02 2019..."

Look: A slightly hazy very dark brown body is topped by a finger-thick head of creamy khaki foam that holds remarkably well and leaves some very nice lacing behind.

Smell: Dark sugar, the distinct La Chouffe yeast, and delicate fruit and spice and herbs. The label states that it's brewed with thyme and curacao peel although neither particularly stand out.

Taste: As the aroma suggests with the exception that the spices are clear. The sweetish malt is lightly caramelish and sugary, not quite heading into burnt sugar but maybe a little bit of brown sugar. The fruitiness is soft, with orange, and apple as well, and the herbal character of the thyme is backed by a light spiciness from the yeast. The alcohol never shows despite being a full 10% ABV, although its presence is felt. It balances nicely, and a moderate bitterness rounds it out, leaving it with some residual sweetness in the finish that the light spice and alcohol help to dry out.

Feel: Medium in body with a dextrinous side, and remarkably soft and creamy with a very delicate, fine-bubbled, effervescent and "airy" carbonation.

Overall: A classic, as are several of the La Chouffe beers. Superbly balanced with a lot of flavor but not so much that it weighs you down or overloads your tastebuds. It's remarkably refined and way too easy to drink at 10.0% ABV. This may be a winter beer but I think it could be readily enjoyed all year long.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle. Pours brown with tall, long-lasting, foamy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops, toasted malt and some fruit. Body is full and crisp. Herbal hops, spices, caramel malt and dark fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Good brew.

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Photo of Easton70
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours with a surprising amount of head for such a strong beer but it doesn’t stick around unfortunately.

The aroma is sweet dried fruits.

The flavour is also sweet, unctuous with a real boozy kick. A great beer for late at night on a freezing winter night.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ichoosefiction
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenMaalouf
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OlaB
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apperance is murky dark brown color with a medium top off beige head. Aroma is off dark matured fruits,caramel,bread,raisins,licorice and burned sugar. The taste is sweet where i sense dark matured fruits, while in the back is malty with flavour off caramel, bread and some hints off licorice. In the middle i sense that is also is some spices present, while the finish is long and pleasant with a slight bitterness. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Gives almost immediatelly a warming feel, and has great complexity in the flavours.
This was a delicious beer, very well made. This is what i want in the christmas time.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Metalsnota
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsputin
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark dark murky brown, almost black. Slightly shiny. 1/2 finger off-white head

S: fig, plum, brown sugar, grass, sweet cherries upfront, dark wheat and oak as well. Big candie sugar and raisin following those. A touch of caramel as well

T: dark sweet cherries, plums, loads of raisins. Candie sugar and caramelized figs. Big hit of booze in here as well. There is a nice Belgian yeasty pepper and clove spice in here as well. Huge doughy malt presence in the backbone

M: heavy mouthfeel, with lower-mid carbonation

O: very solid strong Belgian Ale. This is a sweet sipper and an excellent beer for the cold weather. Big thumbs up on this

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Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WormGod
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of janubio
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber coppery colour, medium off white head and retention, great lacing.
Aroma is spicy, herbs (label reads thyme, I'm not sure if that what I get), fruits, malts, some citric notes, cloves, cocoa, vanilla.
Medium to full, body, creamy sticky texture, great carbonation.
Taste is malty, licorice, citrics and herbal notes, chocolate.
A different really good winter.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AuntBea
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iftcoach
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hotsudge
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Houborg1
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Glorithm
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,264 ratings
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