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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:
#2,363
Reviews:
544
Ratings:
1,225
pDev:
9.8%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB end 2014.

Beer is chestnut brown in colour, with a moderately-sized off-white head. Head fades fairly promptly. Good lace.

Nose contains orange, thyme, yeast, bread. Smell is fairly faint.

Taste contains thyme up front, yeast, sweet bready malt, orange peel. I expected it to be fairly sweet, but it is actually somewhat dry. Spices are the most prominent flavour, but not overdone.

Medium bodied, a bit thinner than expected. Moderate carbonation. Astringent.

Overall, pretty good but not something to seek out. I am glad that the spicing is not too heavy but the other flavours are not particularly big.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle. Bottled in 2012. Served in a Boulevard snifter.

Pours deep chestnut with just over a finger of cream hued head. Very little lace.

Smells yeasty with some apple and a little peppery spice.

Taste is similar to the nose. A rather dominant yeasty funk with bits of apple, pepper, lemon zest, cherry pits and a healthy kick of booze towards the finish.

Highly carbonated medium body. Dry funky aftertaste.

Not bad but a little too much yeast dominance for my tastes.

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

First beer of 2013

P: Dark mahogany tinted brown ale with a generous crown of creamy khaki head that swarms the top and sides with silkiness.

S: Sweet candy malt, raisins, allspice, nutmeg, agave syrup, thyme and curaçao. Yeast is earthy and dry with sweet pecan roll aroma. Alcohol is well hidden but spicy.

T/M: The curaçao peel hits the palette strong and follows through with thyme, cardamom, vanilla bean, oak, raisins. Spices are pronounced but more of cooking herbs than peppery spice. Creamy finishing silky body that bids farewell with bitter apple peels and subtle white pepper. Mellow presence of cherry booze once warm.

O: A fantastic choice for the first beer to start off a new year. Great flavors and well balanced. The thyme and curaçao are an interesting addition that create a smooth mellow drinking ale. Easy drinking and delicious. Highly recommend. Cheers!

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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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