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:
Brewed with thyme and curaçao

Added by Bierman9 on 12-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,196
Reviews:
529
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
215
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,196 |  Reviews: 529
Photo of steelerguy
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nut brown, huge light tan head, lots of carbonation keep the head around for awhile, and lots of lacing.

S - Yeast, spice, and some caramel malt with hints of dark fruit.

T - Malt throughout, from beginning to end. Starts with a bit of lingering sweetness from some sugars that were not broken down. A nice spiciness then comes on along with some yeast. The spice is then complimented with some alcohol notes as you finish the sip.

M - Is it possible for a beer to have a complex mouthfeel? Perhaps not, but this beer does have a lot going on, moderate body, definitely some undigested sugars in there, a nice tingle from the carbonation, warming from the alcohol.

O - This is a nice Belgian Dark Strong, I thought it may be a bit too spicy but I didn't feel that was the case, just a nice complex flavor profile. A worthy limited edition from Brasserie d'Achouffe.

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Photo of cld253
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of andyschaps
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Agent1
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice belgian take on a winter beer. pours dark berry red with a rising and lasting 3 inch head in a tulip glass. smells belgian yeasty and of sour cherries, possibly candy sugar, but this isnt a sweet aroma, just complex. taste has definitive notes of cherries, fresh ones, and a sturdy malt spine. brewed with thyme and orange peel, i didnt find it nearly as herbal as it seems to be promoted as being, but i didnt mind that. the orange peel is more bitter than fruity, but helps bring out some of the depth in the grain bill, a nice accent flavor all the way through. insanely easy drinking for how strong it is, the booze doesnt really come out in this at all. probably my favorite of all their beers so far, its perfect in the winter months, and represents everything i love in belgian beer in general. mouthfeel is belgian magic, smooth, not too heavy, and well carbonated. ten dollars for a small pour, but the flavor is worth it. unique winter brew and excellent with some live grateful dead cover tunes!

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Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of spice and a tad bit of skunkiness. There was a touch of breadiness, too.

T - There was a nice presence of candy sugar with some bready malt. It had some good spiciness with a touch of dried fruit.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was a very nice tasting Belgian. The aroma had some issues but it delivered a great taste.

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Photo of LIVEfreak2
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MA08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL green bottle served cold into a goblet.

N'Ice Chouffe is a deep redish brown color with a slightly hazy appearance. The head is thick at first but settles fairly quickly and leaves only a little bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a brown sugar and carmel quality. The yeast gives pleasant spice note.

Flavor is really enjoyable again with the Belgian candi sugar and spicy yeast. Good depth of flavors with cloves, pepper, dark dried fruits and orange peel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden.

Overall a really good Belgian dark ale and probably one of the best Christmas seasonal beers I've had.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this beer. Smell is of malt, dark fruits (plums, prunes), and some mild spice aromas. Taste is of malt, the dark fruits, and a nice balance of spices. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good BSDA with some very nice flavors going on.

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Photo of babaracas
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear orange-tinted dark red with two fingers of dense tan colored foam. Slowly settles to a half inch and leaves a sheet of thick sticky lace down the glass. Smell: dark brown sugar, muted toasted raisin bread. Slightly herbal but not distinctly thyme; no orange peel here. Taste: candi sugar, toffee, herbal and somewhat spicy, red grape skin, bitter orange, heavily toasted raisin bread. Tannin heavy finish overwhelms prior creamy feel. Otherwise pretty good. 2011 version (as far as I can tell from the bottling code).

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Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Hatshep18
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of SteveGNC
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Vintners. Excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Nice head that dissipated quickly. Great dark reddish brown color. Taste notes of spice and malt, fairly sweet. I thought that it masked the alcohol pretty well for a 10% beer. Overall a great beer that I look forward to having again soon.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

N'Ice la Chouffe is a murky brown ale with a soft, smooth khaki head that fades to a film and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Crumbles accumulate in the bottom of the glass. Aroma of alcohol, candied fruit, apple, cherry, nectarine, tobacco and hay. It's pretty full bodied and quite smooth with pretty dry finish. It's richly flavored and just a touch sweet. It's pretty complex with notes of peach, must, tropical fruit, leather, tobacco, cider, phenol and, later on, chocolate and fortified wine. It's a touch bitter at the end and quite warming. This is a pretty classy affair. It's a big bottle, so make sure you share. Very enjoyable; it's kind of a flavor adventure.

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Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a short tan head over a slightly cloudy amber body. Tons of lacing.

Bright spices dominate the aroma, with candy sugar, rich fruits, and Belgian yeast.

Sharp and lively mouthfeel for the ABV. Rich fruits are present, but not too thick. High spiced profile - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Plenty sweet, w/out being cloying. ABV is well masked by the carbonation level.

Simply awesome. Delicious, without being filling.

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Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,196 ratings.
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