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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:
#2,365
Reviews:
544
Ratings:
1,225
pDev:
9.8%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
226
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Ratings: 1,225 |  Reviews: 544
Photo of MichialTanner1
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dirtyharry2489
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OzmanBey
2/5  rDev -51%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of spokenwheels
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, served cold and served into a Gouden Carolus chalice. $3.95 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - dark brown in color, small half finger of off white head and some haze. Some lacing left behind as the head dwindles.

Smell - yeasty notes, lots of malt with a Complex brown sugar and honey combo. Possibly some fruits like cherries and raisins in there. Aromatics are nice but not pronounced.

Taste - plenty of malts, with delicate balance of caramel, brown sugar and toffee with some spices mixed in for good measure. Signature Belgian yeast shines through with a Little bit of alcoholic harshness.

Mouthfeel - smooth, full yet sufficiently light to make this pretty drinkable. Carbonation is high as with most of these high ABV Belgians.

Overall - I don't know, maybe I wasn't in the right mindset, but came away thinking this was good but certainly not great. Highly drinkable but otherwise just another Belgian. Expected more.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A way over-carbonated, bloating Belgian ale that has no distinguishable taste and is a disappointment. Has almost no nose at all and the entire bottle is a watered down mess, with only a hint of toffee and banana. But it is the carbonation that makes this one a no-go brew.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown color with a rich mahogany edges, tan colored full creamy head that did not last, slight lacing, lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the side, nice appearance.

A: Lots of deep dark fruits like plums, dates, black cherries, figs, touch of spice and clove, Belgian yeast, banana, rye bread maltiness, nice aroma.

T: Like the nose there's dark fruits, toasted brown sugar, touch of spice and clove, light bitterness, finish has lots of banana and lots of Belgian yeast as well, begins subtle then burst with flavors in the middle and finish, alcohol is well hidden for 10% ABV, great taste.

M: Lots of carbonation on the mouthfeel, smooth, dry finish, leaves a slight stickiness on the palate, very easy on the palate for 10% ABV.

O: An exceptional beer with lots of flavor and aroma, great mouthfeel, way too easy to drink and could lead to trouble, definitely going to enjoy the remaining beers from the four pack.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft in a N'Ice Chouffe tulip with an abundant light brown head which dissipated slowly over the dark brown liquid. Smell was malty fruits and spiced with a matching slightly boozy taste and feel. Can't imagine this not being on a lot of people's favorite holiday beer lists.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a white thin cap that leaves lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits and spices. The flavor is slightly sweet fruity ale with beautiful malty undertones. Carbonated well and overall a super beer.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown/black with a thick head and sticky lacing. Nose is plum, biscuit, spice, and a little honey. Flavors follow the nose, very pleasant tasting with a blended flavor that is amazing, this is a very smooth holiday beer and the flavors are just well done, very good.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz brown bottle - best before 02 2018

N'Ice Chouffe poured a dark maroon color producing a 1 1/2 - finger bubbly tan head that left 'hit-and-miss' lacing. The aroma is of candy sugar, dark fruits, a little spicy and sweet. The taste, as the nose, has a nice presence of candy sugar, dark fruit with a light spice. Also noted are bready malts. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation - almost a little prickly. Just a slight warming characteristic at the finish.

N'Ice Chouffe is a good [nice] beer. The Ale is very drinkable - dangerously so for having such a high [10] abv. I'll have another and not get 'behind the wheel'.

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Photo of gamblebc
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TH28
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. 02/2018 best by date. Appearance: Deep brown and nearly opaque, with light amber undertones, and a minimal off white foam head Aroma: Toffee, raisin, and bread crust prominent, with a touch of herbal hoppiness Taste: Rich malt sweetness, bread crust, caramel, toffee, and a touch of roast, with a touch of orange peel, raisin, and cinnamon. A touch of oxidized cardboard as well. Bitterness just enough to counter the rich maltiness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a low carbonation. No discernible alcohol warmth for a beer of this strength. Finish: Spiced raisin and toffee remains. Fairly dry. Overall: A citrusy and peel bittered take on a quad. Nice rich malt sweetness with the typical bread crust, raisin, and toffee. Low bitterness, and indiscernible alcohol warmth. Fairly easy to drink for a beer of this intensity.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a 25cl D'Achouffe glass (don;t ask me how). Dark brown, hazy with a minimal head. Aroma is dark brown sugar and esters. Flavor is lacking any thyme as described by the label but is yeasty, slightly boozy, pretty good.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of r-m-kaylor
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,225 ratings
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