N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe
BA SCORE
87.1%
Liked This Beer
4.08 w/ 1,211 ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,304
Reviews:
537
Ratings:
1,211
Liked:
1,055
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
9.8%
Alströms:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
217
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of KitoUY
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Aoyoc
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of misternebbie
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SlobbeD
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kallenovsky
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Couz74
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of gshak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", My review comes after another tasting.
Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die".

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkhara12
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mooseo
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a beer I really wanted to like more than I did. The nose had some malt and spice, but was a bit dull compared to expectations. Flavor was a generic Belgian strong dark with some added spices, but the spices didn't really add anything positive to the beer. The carbonation was a little harsh as well, which made it rough on the tongue. Overall, a good beer that should have been better.

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Photo of stevoj
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy, hazy brown with lasting thin beige head. Aroma of dried fruit, some light molasses sweetness. Taste is more dried fruit, some pepper, coriander, general spiciness. Warmth comes at the finish.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakeScully
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Is N'ice Chouffe the best Christmas beer around? Probably at least in Belgium. It's super sweet, caramel, orange and at 10%ABV the 75cl bottle will knock you down. Before bed time only.

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Photo of gwydno
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hockeypuck
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackieKu
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Best before 2016-11.

A: Hazy brown. One finger high head, short retention.
S: Toasted malty. Toffee. Some orange.
T: Strong caramel. Dried orange peel. Medium sweet. Low bitterness.
M: Medium high body. High carbonation.
O: Great winter driver.

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Photo of Melvintrude
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best of the Belgian Christmas ales for me this season. Great herbal palate to go with more coventional style

Great Colour and mouthfeel. Great to hole up with when it's cold out.

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Photo of BrunoPettipas
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 87.1% out of 100 with 1,211 ratings
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