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 kylehay2004
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a cloudy amber body. Lots of lacing. This is a fairly thick beer. Aroma is mostly light on the dark fruit with some fig and juniper. Overall aroma is light. Flavor is a semi sweet dark fruit however this is light. It is a little watered down. Medium in body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall not in my tops for Belgian dark strongs.

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Photo of SolarMikey
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

The wintery scene of the village of Achouffe on the label is quite charming although I cannot say the same for the beer itself. It is a muddy brown colour and littered with chunks of sediment that look like partially digested food. And for a Christmas-y beer I'd have hoped for a little more white on top; there's no snowy peaks here.

All you shy people out there will relate: N'ice Chouffe needs a little time before opening up. Once doing so, however, it turns out not to have all that much interesting to say. The bouquet of dark, sticky-sweet malt is typically musty and yeasty for a beer of this style, from this part of the world, and yields no real excitement.

Although thyme and curacao peel are the ingredients that stand out most in the name, it's the dark candi sugar that sticks out most in the taste. This viscous, syrupy-sweet flavour, combined with the malt, becomes like some sort of concoction of liquid bran muffin and molasses. It's not half bad, but we'll see if it's '750ml bottle' good...

All signs continue to point to 'yes' at the halfway point. In fact, the flavour is easily my favourite part of this beer. It tastes like some kind of wonderful hazelnut bread baked with brown sugar, cinnamon bark, honey, and a spritz of sweetly fragranced orange oil. Strength is somewhat perceived but the alcohol is never tasted outright.

N'Ice Chouffe is an easy ale to recommend. Whether or not it'll make my want list next year remains to be seen, but I'd gladly welcome a bottle in my stocking any time. The Belgians, like the French, know as much about drink as they do food, and, good Catholics they are, they obviously know a thing or two about celebrating Christmas too!

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Photo of Harkrank
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jsanford
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08 Vintage poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Dark mahogany with a fluffy ivory head that settles to a 1/2 inch cap.
S - Sweet and slightly funky, with aromas of dark Belgian candi sugar, lots of orange peel, and a touch of savory herbs.
T - Similar to the nose, with flavors of dark candi sugar, dried fruits, orange peel, and thyme/sage. There is a bit of a metallic "twang" and a touch of oxidation, this is just a bit past it's prime.
M - Slick mouthfeel with a medium body and prickly carbonation.
O - A very interesting Winter beer, I love the herbal character added from the thyme. I do wish I had consumed this about a year earlier, though.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Sticks and Stones.

A-Poured into a Chouffe glass which was very nice. It pours a dark amber color with a thick and frothy off white head. There was some nice lacing left on the glass as well.

S-Belgian yeast, spicy, herbal, alcohol was present, and very malty of course. The nose was nice, but not over powering.

T-Very similar to the nose. The Belgian yeast is prominent. There is some spice and also a nice herbal element as well. The alcohol is present but not over powering. I couldn't really pick up on the Thyme specifically. It is very malty and truly delicious.

M-Chewy, but not too thick. It drinks very light.

D-As noted above, this beer drinks really light. It is complex and delicious. At 10% it is a sipper but I drank two glasses and was barely buzzed.

Overall, this beer was a true delight. It was delicious. It also pared perfectly with the pizza. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tea-colored, have to wait a few minutes for the head to settle. Bottle says to drink at 60 degrees, so it's just as well. I could only get about 6oz. poured into a glass on account of the head.

Great spicy, yeasty aroma. Hearty, bready malts. Just a hint of alcohol. Bit of pilsner malt too. Very rich and deep.

Rich taste too. Nutty malts, multigrain toast, spice, with an edge of yeast.

Feels a little thin for the complexity of the taste and aroma. It has a creamy taste but the actual consistency doesn't match. Though the 10% abv is deceptive. Seems too light for the abv.

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Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of mre0683
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ryendavid
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Twal
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010 N'ice Chouffe
Updated review w/ 2010 Pulled from 4 year home in back of cellar for 2014.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 750ml poured into a chalice. The bottle lists the ABV and a DBD.

A: Dark mahogany brown with a HUGE off white rocky head. The head continues to sit on top for over a minute.

S: Piney hops, spice, orange, fruity esters.

T: Belgium sugar, orange, grapefruit hops, dark berries, warming alcohol, Belgium funky feast, and spice.

M: Heavy and smooth.

O: Heavy, fruity, and spicy, this beer offers an excellent warmth for the winter. It is certainly a beer to have more as a desert, and to sip, rather than to drink a lot of in one sitting. It is the type of beer that truly does seem special and meant for the holidays.

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Photo of KirstenJ
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap

A- pours a slight hazed amber/brown color with a light tan head and some lacing on glass

S- was spice and bread with malt

T- very good with some spice like nutmeg, sweet dark fruit, hints of caramel and toffee

M- medium high carbonation with a crisp dry start

O- very tasty, great fruit and spice and yeast profile in a smooth drinking winter srong dark ale

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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%

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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