N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

1,196 Ratings
N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe

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

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Ratings: 1,196 |  Reviews: 529
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

750 ml bottle, 2011 vintage (I know I've had the bottle at least a year), back label says best before end 2013. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a hazy reddish/copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like sweet spices, candi sugar, oranges, dark fruit, and some caramel. It tastes like sweet spices, thyme, candi sugar, dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and a bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. At $11.99 a bottle, I'd try this again in the future.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker brown with maybe a hint of amber. Head is ivory cores and easily a finger or two - a brief swirl excites it again. Good lacing and head retention around the rim. Smells spicy and sour style (it's not) - the latter maybe from citrus/orange/curaçao. Taste is sweet yet depth of flavor - good malt balance and Belgian candy sugar to sweeten.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of JimTeal
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Christmas beer has arrived! What a pleasure. In a boring, distracted and sometimes depressing world, here comes Achouffe with a pep-me-up. Spicy and N'Ice perfect timing for an excellent brew, and with it's annual limited production this Limited Edition makes me smile. High ABV ales are tricky, often just a slight "too much" alcohol or a flatness which is often the result, then toss in some thyme and curacao peel and you get a potentially volatile disappointment, not this one. So well balanced for what I call an exotic beer! Pours a hearty bold amber, good and stable head, pleasant smell, and clean finishing taste. Like I said, this one will make you smile, good seasonal beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, best before the end of 2014, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark ruby color, topped with an inch of off-white head, leaves some good lacing.

S- Big sweet and spicy aroma, lots of candi sugar, curacao peel, orange and some other spices.

T- Candi sugar, fruit (a mix of orange and cherry), curacao peel and spice, as well as some sweet caramel malt, it's actually pretty well-balanced for having such aggressive spices as curacao peel.

M-Medium-bodied, smooth feel with moderate to slightly high carbonation.

O- A very nice winter beer, it's actually pretty refreshing to drink despite being so spicy and having 10% ABV, but it's also a nice sipper, worth picking up around this time of year.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nut brown, huge root beer head, leaves slowly with lots of lace.

S - Estery, some fruitiness in the light juicy fruit way, yeast.

T - Full rounded soft, cooked fruits. Alcohol apparent but not overbearing. Malty with a slight bitter finish.

M - Good carb, medium to full body, very creamy, pretty good balance for such a big beer.

D - I have this one every once in awhile... surprised I never reviewed it before. A solid offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brow beer that appears mostly black in the glass. About a quarter of a thumb of white head. Some lacing.

S: I get lots of alcohol esters, and a little bit of a fruity scent.

T: Banana flavor along with some grain taste, and even a little bit of a woody character. Very malty and quite sweet at the back of the mouth after drinking. I did not taste the thyme or orange peel as the label dictates. That is unless the slightly woody flavor is just how the thyme tastes in beer.

M: The mouthfeel is full and a bit creamy. Not sticky.

O: Overall I thought it was pretty good but it seemed rather average for a Stong Dark. I really like the Achouffe beers, but I can't say that I picked up any of the special ingredients added to this beer. It is a good beer, but not anything more special than another Belgian. I can't say that the price tag validates the quality of the beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown with haze. Big head on this one. Had to wait for it to settle to finish the pour. 4.0

Grains and spicy maltiness. Coriander and light citrus peel essence. Not a huge Christmas-y nose. 3.5

Big booze, orange peel, candi sugar, coriander, dark fruits, herbal elements, and malty roast. A bit overdone, but tasty. 4.0

Hot, but necessarily warm for the season. Big carbonation and a medium body. Could use some more creaminess. 3.0

Not majorly impressive. Still something that I order when it's on-tap. 3.5

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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