N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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91
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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:
1,196
Reviews:
529
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
215
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,196 |  Reviews: 529
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

Photo of jgiordano88
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JOSHRINARD
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Anze
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 leprechaunandfatman
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jspaner
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WastedYouth
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Silke_Neryn
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Jcarriglio
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of drews240
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kahlerbock
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CAcker
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,196 ratings.
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