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:
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

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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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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Photo of nas5755
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a nice chestnut brown with thick bubble head. Nice belgian yeast aromas, some dried fruit, clove, and slight roasted aroma. Taste is of belgian yeast, dried fruit/fig/grape, and sweet spices.
Really good Belgian Dark from a great brewery.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

27th May 2012 and I'm at the Brasserie d'Achouffe for a look around: 0.3 litre glass of this fine brew poured in one of the brewery bars by the gift shop.

The body was a deep, dark brown with ruby notes in bright light; on top sat a full cream coloured foaming head.

The nose was all about the malts and yeasts with some dark berry hints in the mix.

The taste was simular to the smell: dark malty flavours with some sweetness and the yeast with berries also showing.

Smooth body feel, alcohol just about hidden and overall a very N'ice beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Deli in State College. In an oversized snifter.

A: The ale is dark, a murky burgundy brown mix - the faint reddish hues there if you look. A thin off-white head came with the pour, no lacing though.

S: Dark fruits and candi sugars, deep and sweet. The fullness, even a little too much booze, is intoxicatingly good. I forgot how good this beer is. It's rich fruits bringing raisins and cinnamon, pears and cloves and allspice. A very nice aroma.

T: Richness from the first sip, the spices and yeast really grab hold of the ale. Dark fruits, raisins and plums, drive the flavor. When paired with dark candi sugars and the yeast, things go astronomic. The flavors are deep, the spices continuing to evolve. Cinnamon, allspice, clove, pepper - all take turns at the front but never get to spicy sweet. The overall darkness of the ale is nice, a complex ale that, while better fit for a winter night, did just fine on a breezy spring day.

M: Big but very flavorful. The spices are smooth, the yeast strain imparting plenty of sweet flavors. A rather unexpected but nice find.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, poured into a Duvel glass

Pours a deep ruby red with a large tan head, and a lot of bubbles.

One of the strongest scented beers of this style I have experienced. Very spicy, and complex. I am not good at picking out exactly what I am smelling, but there is a lot of spice there, think of the smell of gingerbread cookies baking.

Sweet yet spicy. There is fruit, as well as brown sugar. coriander, and pepper, backed with the familiar taste of Belgian candy sugar. Very nice mix of flavors here.

Smooth as silk with a nice fullness.

I have to say, one of the best holiday beers I have tried. Very drinkable, the alcohol is very well hidden, just a touch of warming at the finish. I am drinking this in May, but on a chilly December night, I can't think of a better beer to try. Also quite good any time of year.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,278 ratings