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
Reviews:
529
Ratings:
1,193
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
215
For Trade:
1
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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 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 schavuytje
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasty cereal dark plum notes bubble gum soft bitterness? Curaçao and thyme but could not tasted the syrup did give additional full sweetness in the aftertaste full water wave and then dried falling

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Cloudy amber, 2 fingers of head, and lots of lacing left all over the glass. Gorgeous brew

S - Belgian candy sugar, cinnamon and spices.

T - Brown sugar, raisons, dark fruit. Fantastic

F - Full body and well carbonated. Smooth

O - An excellent spicy strong holiday ale. Love it

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours hazy dark maroon with a dense creamy frothy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like dark fruits, cherry, plum, fig, red grapes, apple, pear, toasted bready malt, caramel, molasses, orange peel, clove-like spice, thyme, with herbal earthy grassy pine. Tastes like thyme, clove-like spice, dark fruits, cherry, plum, fig, red grapes, apple, pear, toasted bready malt, caramel, molasses, orange peel, with herbal earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice and unique winter warmer.

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Photo of threeviews
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2 (330ml) bottle (best by 02, 2018) into a signature (33cl) Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass. 1cm of yeast sediment poured into a separate glass and enjoyed separately.

A - Poured correctly, N'ice Chouffe pours a clear, ruby red/mahogany color with a 3-finger off-white head with moderate retention. (4.5)

S - Fresh and heady aromas of Caramel, Red Apple, Cherry, Orange flesh, hints of Chocolate and mild spice speak to the nose courtesy of this level of freshness (received at my local bottle shop: 11, 2016) for a Belgian ale. As it warms to room temperature a hint of alcohol becomes present. (4.75)

T - Flavors on the palate follow in step with the aromas. The earthly, herbal qualities from (what I presume to be) contribution from the Thyme are more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma. The finish is bone dry with a lingering warming in the chest. (4.75)

M - Medium mouthfeel and lighter than expected for an ale clocking in at 10% ABV. Intrinsically, any beer refermented in the bottle will possess a very lively carbonation...depending on your pouring ritual, it can be anywhere from prickly to creamy. My pour afforded an experience that ran the gamut over the course of consumption. (4.75)

O - Brasserie D'Achouffe has not disappointed and N'Ice Chouffe is another winner of an ale. Although defined as a 'Winter Warmer,' it possesses none those familiar spices associated with a "Christmas" beer. This is a wonderful Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Quads being much, much more fruity) is actually refreshing and something that can clearly be enjoyed year-round. Additionally, at ~$15 a four pack of a Belgian ale refermented in the bottle at 10% ABV, this is an absolute bargain! (4.75)

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an amazing beer. I am not one who drinks many Belgian style beers, but am glad I tried this one. Dark brown, cloudy with a thick, rich, tan head. Solid lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, herbs, and fruit. The flavor is diverse. Berries, dates, chocolate, herbs, orange, and caramel malt. Such a sweet malt base with a bit of spice in the finish. A fine winter brew.

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

Poured from 0.33l bottle into goblet.
L: Dark brown color with a weak foam head.
S: Dark bread, dark fruits.
T: Tart, gentle , semi-sweet with dark fruit notes.
F: Tight body , low carbonation.
O: Very intersting dark ale with a great aftertaste.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.86/5  rDev +19.7%
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 jamesroses
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl bottle

Appearance: brown/ black depending on the light angle, 1 finger head that dissapeared fast living a white film. Medium to low carbonation.

Smell: sweet and boozy, brown sugar, caramel, slightly fruity profile. Very much like other dark belgian ales.

Taste: caramel and a panettone alike presence, dried fruits and alcohol. I found it much stronger and sweeter than Delirium Nocturnum for example.

Mouthfeel: despite the low carbonation it's strong on the palate, mainly because it's sweet and has 10% alcohol.

Overall: I liked it, but it's not my favourite style. I'd drink it again if given to me as a gift, but don't know if I would buy it.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a light brown color with a rocky, two finger, tan head.

Smell: Aroma of clove, caramel, red apples, dates, figs, thyme and burnt orange peel.

Taste: Rich and fruity upfront with moderate notions of winter spices and belgian yeast. I'm getting sugarplums, raisins, baked red apples, currants and milk chocolate upfront. Yeasty notes of winter spices like, thyme, cinnamon, clove, and gentle bitter notions of burnt orange peel balance out the sweetness. Has a clean, alcoholic, warm flavor.

Feel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Alcohol profile is detectable.

Overall: A beautiful christmas beer. Very good stuff, especially if you like belgian strong ales.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
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 justinp444
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mini snifter it has a dark amber clear body with a beige head of a half inch. Smell of raisin, stone fruit, orange, citrus, spice, some herbal, lemon cake, bit of thyme, and some earth. Taste is the same with a lot of stone fruit, citrus, lemon, orange, fig, herbal, some earth of the end with thyme. Mouth feel is full, body is moderate, carbonation is full. A nice dry and citrus-y belgian dark with a lot of flavor. Not my favorite, but not bad by any means. The heavy carbonation I liked a lot with the flavors of this beer as well.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy brown purple color, with a copper hue, and dense glass clinging activity. Thick creamy and frothy light brown 3-4 finger mountain head, lasting around 20-30 minutes, with gorgeous legs. Flavors of ginger, toffee, apples, dark berries, plums, sweet dark malts, walnuts, molasses, Belgian yeast, and herbal spices. Heavily sugary with dark fruits, slightly syrupy but a little vinous, still quite soft and complex with lots of sharpness. Slick medium body with crispy carbonation. Strong finish but superbly well balanced with hidden alcohol, thick pleasant ester sugary molassy feel, and a superb mix of spices. Truly a perfect warming winter beer, or for colder times. Still very fresh and quite rich, with appetizer qualities. Delicious flavors, perfect intensity, although the smell is highly alcoholic. Overall superb quality craft.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(33cl bottle, best before 06 2017 - poured into a CHOUFFE tulip!! - might be the first Chouffe in Chouffe since I got this glass year n half ago)

L: mostly clear, dark garnet colored liquid with a soft, spongy brown-creme colored foam, about 2 fingers high... the foam doesn't hold high, but when it falls it leaves one of the thicker collars you'll come across, almost in a frosting-like creamy contour... a lovely chunky band of craggy lace left at the top of the glass

S: vinous or berry-like fruit, spicy citrus flourishes, maybe some hints of raisin - nothing unique here, and one may expect something like a quad... only the mist of alcohol, not an overt ethanol sting... is there a faint faded black candy licorice in there?

T: much darker, more complex malt and sugars foundation than the smell alludes to - quite a bold unexpected roasty nuttiness (conditioning yeast playing a part?) up front and in the aftertaste... hard candy-like flavor but with its sweetness tapered off a good bit, perhaps cut by the punch of the phenolic spice... just reading the label now about thyme being added (don't know how much) - can't taste it outright, but now I can't smell it perhaps... the lasting flavors in the aftertaste are a dark chewy caramel with some allspice and celery(?!) and maybe a light dusting of the orange

F: voluptuous, velvety flow up front, with a quick flash of heat about 2/3 back in the palate... a glassy film filters back through the fleshy walls... light delight, but could stand to have a touch more slick stick

O: could this qualify as a quad?... when I think of Belgian beer I'd want to drink often, Achouffe's in my top 3 - each brand... sad nobody seems to have touched these at that store I'll be going back to soon and buying the rest (or at least what I can afford)... up there with the best Belgian holiday ales

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a beer I really wanted to like more than I did. The nose had some malt and spice, but was a bit dull compared to expectations. Flavor was a generic Belgian strong dark with some added spices, but the spices didn't really add anything positive to the beer. The carbonation was a little harsh as well, which made it rough on the tongue. Overall, a good beer that should have been better.

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Photo of stevoj
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy, hazy brown with lasting thin beige head. Aroma of dried fruit, some light molasses sweetness. Taste is more dried fruit, some pepper, coriander, general spiciness. Warmth comes at the finish.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Is N'ice Chouffe the best Christmas beer around? Probably at least in Belgium. It's super sweet, caramel, orange and at 10%ABV the 75cl bottle will knock you down. Before bed time only.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Best before 2016-11.

A: Hazy brown. One finger high head, short retention.
S: Toasted malty. Toffee. Some orange.
T: Strong caramel. Dried orange peel. Medium sweet. Low bitterness.
M: Medium high body. High carbonation.
O: Great winter driver.

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Photo of Melvintrude
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best of the Belgian Christmas ales for me this season. Great herbal palate to go with more coventional style

Great Colour and mouthfeel. Great to hole up with when it's cold out.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark cola brown but a flat sticky head and a unfortunate separated look. Possibly poor treatment before I purchased the bottle. Great sweet smelling molasses, caramel with leather and earth. The taste starts with a sweetness of malt and caramel and a rich oak buttery taste with a dash of hazelnut. A rich prune fruity sweetness comes through as well with a tiny hint of pinot noir. A big yeastiness is there and is reminiscent of a meaty Portobello mushroom. A tangy carbonic tingly finish balances the sweetness well. A warm nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice lingers as a finishing aftertaste. Great mouthfeel, well balanced, light and sweet with just enough dryness to whet the appetite. There a lot of big bold flavors and they all play nicely. Overall this is a very yummy beer. Some of those delicouse chouffe flavors are there but the malt and earth stand up to it better whereas the regular chouffe can be a little yeasty and of a single tone. Recommended and will repeat.

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Photo of EMV
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Champs in State College, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a translucent mahogany color. 2 fingers of off-white head leave some great lacing on my glass.

S: Brown sugar and caramel mingle with dark fruits on the palate. Belgian all the way.

T/F: Taste is Belgian candies, dark fruits/figs, and brown sugary malts. Minimal hop presence, just barely noticeable at the finish. Extremely smooth... silky mouthfeel.

O: A very nice Belgian winter beer. Extremely smooth and drinkable... very well made. Missing a little something in the flavor profile perhaps, but that's nitpicking. Reminds me a bit of the Corsendonk Christmas Ale. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, pours a hazed brown slight copper ruby with a light tan head. Aroma caramel with notes of nuts, hazelnuts and spices. Taste is sweet and rich with notes of dark and dried fruit and sugar. Very nice.

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Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a standard brown body, thick whipped head the color of brown rice. Brown sugar and wisps of smoke in the flavor and no alcohol heat, fine ale all around.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.60):
Another great Chouffe beer & an excellent Xmas one with plenty complex flavours, a warming, boozy palate & a nice kick at the end. Not quite as pronounced on the nose as I'd been expecting but the taste more than made up for this with great rich malts, sweetness & dark fruits.

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