N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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
Ratings:
1,205
Reviews:
535
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
215
For Trade:
1
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Photo of petrusek23
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of r-m-kaylor
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle, best before 02/18

Poured into a Chouffe goblet dark, murky and promising - resulted in a two finger off-white tightly packed head which did not dissipate - tiny bubbles (think Don Ho...) continue to emanate from nucleation sites at the goblet's bottom surface .

On the nose, subtle spice, sugar, dark stone fruit and a strong signature of coriander.

On the mouth, up front strong malt, spice and carbonation which carries through the middle and back - with an extremely satisfying herbal presence of coriander which is surprisingly thirst quenching while providing an overall full mouth-feel.

Overall, this is one is extremely drinkable and satisfying.

Thanks for reading...

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

4.00, 3.75, 4.25, 4.75, 4.25
Cola brown w 2 finger head, caramel, licorice, dark malt, nice bitter, more licorice, bready, full bodied, no hint of alcohol. Very nice, will revisit
750 into a tumbler. Best by 01/2018
6/23/17

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Backlog from 2009. 750 ml bottle. 2005 vintage. Aroma is of old malt, some spices. Looks like a mudpuddle in my glass with a thin head. Tastes of raisins; very Belgian aftertaste. Tastes old.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a nice looking finger and a half’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Some messy lacing runs about. The aroma takes on some sweet brown sugar, cocoa powder, thyme herbal qualities, and some breadiness. Red delicious apples. The flavor yields to the sweet breadiness and brown sugar to cocoa powder portion. Belgian yeastiness flows freely all around. A nice Belgian yeasty sweet aftertaste with a semi-slick sort of Belgian sugary finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sipping quality about it. Alcohol is there but isn’t distracting. Carbonation feels fine. Belgian back-of-the-throat gripping underlying flows freely over my tongue. Overall, good Belgian Strong Dark ale exacting upon a nice chilly winter’s evening. Glad I have another bottle of this.

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Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As complex and crafted as this is, it's too sweet and too fruity to be a great beer.

A - Nut brown, large tan head, a persistent island cap, and lots of lacing.
S - Yeast, spice, berries, apple, orchard, and caramel malt.
T - Malt base from which springs fruitcake spiciness and yeast. The spice, berries, apple, orchard are then balanced with sharp alcohol notes but not much hop.

M - Complex mouth feel. Tangy, wine like, astringent and sweet at the same time, more of an AFTER Dinner than before.

O -Nice Belgian Dark Strong, a bit too sweet. Definitely winter December beer.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkonte
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrDemento456
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Haven't had much from the brewery so I bought this single for around 4 bucks. Pours a very dark hazy brown with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head. Smell is rather sweet much more than I expected reminding me mostly of toffee and melted caramels. Mild fruits underneath. Taste is smooth toffee and spices but thankfully much less than the nose suggest. Body is good the carbonation keeps the high ABV in check making for a medium to heavy body overall.

I would like to try more from this brewery after loving the Belgian IPA and now having this tasty thing I will seek out their other beers.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of emincems
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

absolutely underrated. almost black color with nice head retention. smells burnt molasses and dark fruits. sweet taste is nice balanced with high abv's sharpness. medium bodied, well carbonated. slightly warming finish. one of the most drinkable strong ales of all time.

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Photo of Dazka
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimmyMijal
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of valkyre65
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DylanBrkhff
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that is way too small for a Belgian ale (even of this ABV) but this could be due to my pouring technique. Smells of dark fruit and raisins but not too sweet. Taste is sweeter than the aroma suggests, with toffee, dried fruit and warming spices. A strong metal-like aftertaste is also present. Fairly carbonated on the tongue.

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Photo of Freepack88
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BJSmit
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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