N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

1,210 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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Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

It's an attractive beer, pouring a deep, rich, spicy looking brown. Lots of particles suspended in the liquid. The head is bright white providing great contrast with the beer, but lacks solid retention.

Strong dark fruits in the nose, really rich smelling. Very wine-like bouquet, but with a bit more fruitiness and a little malt backbone. As it warms, the thyme and orange scents are more noticeable. When it really warms, the curacao finally presents itself.

Taste is more dark fruits--raisins, figs and grapes. The funky Belgian yeast is present and wonderful. Some candy sugar as well. Alcohol is mildly present in the finish.

There's a lot of sweetness, but it's balanced nicely with some citrus acidity, a bit of hoppy bite, some heat from the alcohol and the malt. Despite the minimal head, there's plenty of carbonation to keep the finish slightly dryish. Full bodied.

Overall, I love this beer. No major flaws. Easy to drink. Hides the alcohol well. Wish it wasn't a seasonal beer.

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Photo of stearns16
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Brabander
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We had this beer at tasting two weeks ago at my cousin Peters place. Great beers and great fun.

This beer was poured in my Essen Christmasbeerfestivalglass (what a word for wordfeud!)

In the early days, when i began to drink beer, Chouffe was a beer i avoided. How would a beer taste with 'kabouter' on the bottle. That could not be a good beer. Years later i knew i was wrong. Chouffe is a great beer!

The fluid has a colour like cola and it has a light sweetness over it. VERY drinkable, that is the biggest advantage of this beer. Even non beerdrinkers will like this type of beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted alongside another 10% Belgian winter ale, from St. Bernardus. The N'Ice Chouffe was the clear winner in my view.

Dark brown with caramel and ruby highlights. Head is strong and sticky. Nose is strongly spiced, with black peppercorn and dark fruit.

Cloves, allspice, hints of cinnamon and mulling spices. Boozy, and quite spicy. Bitterness and pepperiness from the hops does a more than adequate job of meeting the malt halfway. Fairly sweet with raisin and fig, with surprising notes of pear and green apple.

Great flavor with spices and malts leading the way. Not my personal favorite, but hopefully my review is impartial enough to indicate the complexity and fine brewing skill involved in the creation of the N'Ice Chouffe. A fine effort.

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Photo of johnnybelgians
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jackrodgers77
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $8. Tapped from a White Tap handle w/ the Elf on top into a 12oz Snifter Glass.

Aroma- Tons of funk and nice complexed aroma. Tons of sweetness, caramel, richness, fruits, and maybe a sour note? Had SO much going on, tough to throw everything out there!

Appearance- Received with a dark brown, 1 finger head that had great retention. Dark brown colored body with a hint of copper/gold and quite a bit of haze. Leaves this lacing behind.

Flavor- Starts with a ton of malt and a twang that satisfies. Sweet and had a great amount of strength. Light bitterness and tons of hop hanging around. Complexed like the aroma but can tell this one is malt dominant.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, but then finishes with a Vodka taste... Dusty and a high alcohol finish. Strange...

Overall Impression- There are only two times I go from reviewing a brew on-tap and wanting it in the bottle as well. Firstly, if I feel the beer wasn't in the best condition (whether tap line or keg problems), and the other is it was an A+ beer. This one met the second criteria! Would recommend anyone trying this one. Could never be bored with one of these in front of me.

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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of KMcG
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of AdamBear
2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-cherry brown with a thin white head

S-sweet caramel and peppercorn. hot belgian spices, some licorice. medium strength

T-comes in with a smooth but warm taste of licorice, light belgian spices, and peppercorn. matching after-taste with a lot of heat to it.

M-almost not carbonation with a hot finish

O-i just simply do not like my beers to be so hot, i also like my belgians to have a good amount of carbonation to it. those two aspects made this beer difficult to finish for me and its something i'll be avoiding from now on.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of daryk77
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, 750ml bottle. Stored in a box at room temperature.

Pours black with reddish hue, head dissipates quickly. Plenty of floaties here. Beer settles down after a few minutes. Smell dark fruit, classic dark Belgian aroma. Taste is rich and sweet, again dark fruit with a clean finish. Great mouthfeel, balanced with the rest of the beer, very smooth.

This beer tastes a lot like it does when fresh, I am surprised their hasn't been more of a change. Would love to cellar this for 5 years or more and see if there is more of a change.

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Photo of M27
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of educorgan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2010.

A: Massive 1 1/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over brownish-amber coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, spices, apples and pears.

T: Apples and pears up front which transitions to cloves, spices, bananas, figs and cherries in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A beautiful and complex Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and my favorite so far from this brewery.

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Photo of Josiah2729
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of justintcoons
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice opaque copper with a short head and excellent lacing. Moderate carbonation.

N: Dark fruits, banana and light spices.

T: Primarily prunes and dates that are just fantastic. Banana notes follow mixed with some chocolate and pleasant booze. Finishes with molasses and faint spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Exactly what I was looking for.

M: Medium-full bodied, semi-chewy and severely easy drinking.

O: I'm quite impressed. Very complex and easy drinking. Dark fruit notes are exceptional. Banana and chocolate are also fairly strong. Overall a great BSDA.

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Photo of mavbrew
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Mar02x
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A now that it is Chrismas, it's time to open this bottle.

A - A bright brown ale on which a light beige head rests.

S - A vague scent of malt syrup.

T - A light sweetness upfront and the malts come through along with some faint spices. There is no way of telling that this a 10% ABV.

M - As the medium carbonation is died out, there is a creamy left over, nice!

O - It's not a bad Christmas ale, but there are nicer ones out there.This one doesn't blow me of my socks.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy smaller head fades semi slowly hint of lacing, semi hazy auburn tan brown color.

Nose nice Belgian dark malts, light spices, sweet malts, light booze and esters, hints of nutmeg, dark fruits, fig and nuts, molasses, dark candi sugar.

Taste is almost the same as the nose, starting with light bitter spices, light booze and esters, dark fruits and nuts, fig, raisin, etc, typical holiday spices, nutmeg, ginger, etc, dark Belgian malts, molasses, candi sugar, dry Belgian yeast, tasty.

Mouth is heavier bodied but not syrupy, decent carb.

Overall tasty, a staple for Belgian Xmas beer, great malts and fruit flavors, hints of esters and some booze, light spices, drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL limited edition bomber poured into a chalice

A chestnut brown with a deep red overtones. A bubbly ecru cap raises about one finger and falls to form a thin collar around the glass. Little to no lacing.

The nose is of candi sugar, herbs (thyme), dried fruits, orange peel, and spiced cake. Spicy and sweet.

Spicy clove and candi sugar up front while brown bready malt carriers through the middle. The finish is of orange peel, dried orchard fruits and an herbal dryness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. This looks and tastes like it would be a lot thicker and fuller than it really is. The carbonation lifts this guy off the tongue and leaves a raisin/sugar finish with an herbal dryness.

This is a nice BSDA and one that I enjoyed. The addition of thyme helps cut through the overall sweetness and lends a welcome drying characteristic.

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Photo of LeoPanna
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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