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:
1,210
Reviews:
537
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
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64
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215
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in Duvel tulip.

A - Beautiful dark ale color.

S - Didn't notice anything real special with aroma, but my sinuses might have been screwed up.

T - This beer is really N'Ice. Beautifully balanced. Alcohol was not overpowering. Smooth and tasty, yeasty, good malts.

M - Very solid and rich. Goes well with the style.

O - An excellent, although expensive ($28 for 750) beer. I made a good choice because my friend had already told the bartender (without me knowing) to put my first beer on his tab. :)

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a large bottle back before the holidays at Total Wine in DE. Poured into a tulip glass for review.

A: Appears clear amber red with nice foam that clings to the sides of the glass as the liquid lessens toward the bottom of the glass. Good carbonation.

S: Sweet & somewhat dark malts take hold. Lemon & orange peel. Light spiciness from yeast. The malts are perceived to be dark crystal. Light alcohol notes hit the nose, too.

T&M: Get the thyme in the taste with lemon, orange, and some dark crystal malts. Feels sweet with ample bitterness at the rear to backup the sweet malts. Feels medium-full. Comes off as spicy even though a whole lot of spices don't seem evident. Must be the belgian yeast coming into play. Very nice. The 10% ABV is very well hidden - a bit sneaky.

O: A nice winter beer. Thought it would be more overpowering, but it's a seemingly low-key belgian beer with nice subtle characteristics. Would definitely welcome another of these again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: rich dark mahogany with a beige head and little lacing. On the second half of the bottle (after stirring up the sediment) the body is a dark brown. The lacing is stronger on the second half of the 75cl bottle.

Aroma: very faint, earthy yeast. As it warmed sweet malty notes.

Flavors: this is a tough one; nothing standing out right away but I sure like for some reason (tasty should work). As it warms up a nice spice note develops but I don’t know if I could pick out thyme. Dusty orange peel, brown holiday nut raisin bread, allspice comes to mind with the bready note, thyme starts to show as the ale warms (halfway through the bottle), nice toasted grains, the dark candy-sugar also shows better as the ale warms up.

This is liquid holiday dark bread - with orange peel, walnut, raisin, touch of allspice in the mix and thyme sprinkled on top of the crust.

It is suggested on the bottle to serve at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. I have to agree from this experience. When it was still chill from the fridge the notes were muted and they opened up as it warmed. It is also suggested, on the bottle, to enjoy after dinner.

Mouthfeel: smooth carbonation – in other words low, medium to medium-full body, full of flavors once it opens.

To the Point: I really like this ale. Top shelf stuff here. I’ll have to plan to have this in stock next year for the holidays. Hope I remember!

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From: Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA
Date: Best by end 2013 (released winter 2011-2012)
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

d'Achouffe's N'Ice Chouffe is a reasonably accessible BSDA that focuses on sweet Belgian candi sugar, ethereal orange and herb flavors, and substantial plum and raisin esters. With its emphasis on smooth, sweet, and fruity flavors, this was an enjoyable BSDA that I would purchase again.

Pours a 2cm tall head of medium-sized bubbles, creating a voluminously foamy mass. Retention is about average, with the decline lasting slightly over a minute, leaving average to above-average lacing in its wake, a few large lines or spots adorning the inner sides of the glass. Body is a semi-hazy copper color with reddish tints, light bringing out orange-red hue. Carbonation is visible and appears fairly active.

The beer has an aroma of smooth, sweet Belgian dark candi sugar, caramel malts, candied orange peel, and vaguely undefinable herbs/spices. Enjoyable, deep, rich, and smooth.

In general, sweet, fruity, and smooth, this was a pleasing Belgian dark ale with little trace of ethanol after only a year of aging. Tasting opens with sweet Belgian dark candi sugar, some caramel malt, and mild juicy plum and raisin-like esters. Mid-palate continues the candi sugar and caramel malt sweetness with appearance of orange peel, herb-like characters, and continued plum and raisin esters. Back of palate remains sweet, but features a hint of bitterness with the herbal notes, and mild ethanol spiciness. Aftertaste is sweet, with lingering fruit esters, orange peel, and herb notes.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity. The result is a mouthfeel that foams slightly as it moves across the palate, but never feels prickly or fizzy. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness remaining across the palate.

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,210 ratings.
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