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:
1,202
Reviews:
534
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
214
For Trade:
1
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Photo of paulmcm
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of golf4collet
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LocusSolus
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of BlueSpader
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 McBraniel
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yaron73
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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 bowzer4birdie
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KitoUY
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Aoyoc
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of misternebbie
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SlobbeD
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kallenovsky
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Couz74
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,202 ratings.
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