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:
When the little animals in Fairyland hibernate, the Achouffe gnomes love to gather in their cottage. By the gentle firelight, they spend long evenings telling the best Ardennes stories while enjoying a delicious N’Ice CHOUFFE. Smooth and strong, with spicy notes of thyme and Curacao, this dark beer warms both hearts and atmospheres, making even the coldest winters joyful.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,699
Reviews:
559
Ratings:
1,277
pDev:
9.83%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
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67
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239
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Ratings: 1,277 |  Reviews: 559
Photo of teromous
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
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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Photo of mbw314
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of supermeniscus
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Photo of mattyb85
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of FLBEERGUY25
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of DeezGunz14
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of jimilayne
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - swampy purple brown, thumb of head dissipated to a thin cover, no notable lacing
S - big dark fruit and bready yeast akin to fruit cake, mild banana and spice, along with brown sugar and syrupy cherries, all very enticing aromas
T - big fruity and medicine like yeasty phenols, raisins and spice, brown sugar and syrup, with just a hint of booze that is sweet without any noticeable bite
M - creamy smooth with mild carbonation, touch of spice and tang, mellow finish again with the high ABV not a factor
O - this had a 'best before' that past nearly 16 months ago and I think this has definitely mellowed out with that little bit of aging, the alcohol is nearly undetectable and the smooth fruitiness really holds it down, a fine holiday treat for sure

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with a healthy and fluffy tan tinged head. Rich dark booze soaked fruits with spicy yeast and some medicinal undertones.

Medium body with a fluffy moutfeel, champagne like carbonation. Very rich and substantional flavor. Very interesting and unique. Very savory slightly peppery. Dark booze soaked fruits, soft caramel, a rich mineral like quality to the mouthfeel, a bit of booze, and slightly medicinal. Barely any alcohol heat. Very smooth and clean.

This beer is very good but begs to be paired with rich flavored foods. On it's own I probably wouldn't enjoy it but luckily i have some nice turkey stuffing and gravy to go with it. Very concise flavors, super complex, but in order for them all to work, this beer needs food.

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Photo of brewsadedotcom
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle of this at South Hills Market District. Poured into a tulip...

A: Copper color. About 3 inches of toffee colored foamy head.

S: Faint alcohol aroma. Nothing jumps out.

T: Initially bitter, then sweet and somewhat pruney, finishes with a sour aftertaste.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Very smooth. Alcohol content isn't readily apparent. This could sneak up on you.

O: Definitely an enjoyable brew. I'll need to add this into my Christmas beer rotation.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Toddzillamz
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Break yourselves fools! Your favorite b-film star is back reviewing these brews to keep you in the know. I first off want to thank y'all for the fan mail. It means a lot to me, especially in these hardened times. I'm making the best of it though. Fighting the rats for stale crackers and smokin' prison shorts. The one thing I won't skimp on though is good beer! I'll scour the globe to find hidden hop gems, and bring back my findings to my crew (you people). I catch buzzes like Joey B catches Chlamydia. So, here we go into the time of year when the Christmas, or Holiday ales show their faces. Those heartwarmingly sweet little bastards that you wait all year for. Well, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Toss a log on the fire and cuddle up under the bear rug with a couple russian hunnies. We crackin' open some N'Ice Chouffe bitches!

A: Liquid rust with a sandy bottom. Like staring into a aquarium of dead fishes. You don't know what you're in store for. Oh snap, is something moving around down there?
S: Liquid dish soap. I tried to blow bubbles....not the monkey.
T: Not as good as the original...but, you gotta get that last pour. Was worth the wait....well, not really.
M: Very light off the back end. Almost feels like it's stealing my soul as I pull away from the glass. Bizarre.
O: There are handfuls of better Christmas ales out there. Ask Santa for a better gift.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 25.4 oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/dark brown, monster 4+ inch creamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Sweet dark fruits like rasin and plum. Spices, yeasty sugars, malts, nut.nice berry aromoa, cherry, grape, strawberry. A little bready note also.

Taste - Plenty of malts mixed with berries and sugars. Lots of plum and rasin. Spices like corriander, orange peel and such add complex flavoring. Mollasses mixed in with nutty malts, and also the classic toffe/caramel flavor. Plenty of alcohol in each sip.

Mouthfeel - Big beer, malts and sugars coat tounge. Spices give it even more flavor, along with balance. Palate gets more of the same flavors, along with some bready funk. Aftertaste is dry and malty.

Overall - A excellent holiday sipper. Complex flavors along wit balance make this a winner. Another holiday beer to add to my list to enjoy annually. Drink this for sure.

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Photo of Serge
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured reddish brown color with an average frothy head that lasted with good lacing. Complex dark fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium fruity sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a good beer

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2/5  rDev -50.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,277 ratings