N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe
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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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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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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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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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight ruby hue and an almost average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that reduced slightly, but did last throughout producing excellent sheeting of lace.

The aroma was on the lighter side with a dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of caramel and dark fruit (raisons, plums and figs).

The taste was very malty with a nice caramel sweetness from the onset, and then had a mildly sweet hint of dark fruit and a nice bold yeast presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow with the creamy, fruity taste slowly fading into the background.

Mouthfeel was a few steps below medium in body and rather creamy in texture with a nice mellow carbonation.

Overall this was a smooth, creamy and easy to drink Strong Ale that does a great job of concealing the high ABV. Watch out this one, it could be dangerous...


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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best by end of 2011 and I'm drinking it today 9-9-12

A- Nice pop on the cap. lots of light tan head, deep tan or a very dark brown sugar color. Lots of lacing for any beer regardless of age.

S- A light dose of belgian yeast, some candy sugars and a slight medicinal note.

T- Very nice. A slight medicinal flavor is present, some bitterness from the curacao is noticeable. Lots of dark candy sugar, fruits are the dominate flavor and the yeast is still present.

M- smooth, a nice hotness that reminds the drinker this is 10%, however it is no way a detractor from the flavor. The heat melds well with the beer. The carbonation is awesome, I would never-ever guess that this beer was brewed in 2008.

O- Very nice. Smooth, clean, oxidation was minimal. The carbonation was great, maybe even more pronounced then I would prefer and then I need to factor in the age of this beer. Damn. This could have sat in my cellar of a longer amount of time. I almost wish I had left it in there. Easily could have hit the 10 year mark.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,271 ratings