N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jbertsch
3.07/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stella glass.
Amber brown in color, with an airy sudsy head that dissipates very quickly to nothing.

Aroma gives off caramelized, bready malt with fruitcake-like notes.

The taste reminds me a bit of Christmas oriented ales. Spicy malt with booze noticeable. A little candied sugar. Tartness present without it being too sour.

This is supposed to be brewed with thyme and orange peel. There’s a faint herbalness to it but I wouldn’t get the thyme if I didn’t know it was brewed with it. I can see the bittersweet, earthy note of orange peel in there. It’s not strong by any means, barely there, but there. A dry tartness lingers along with notes of tea.

Carbonation is above avg at first, but seems to dwindle fast as you sip this.

This was an OK offering. I enjoyed it but also wouldn’t see myself buying another. It paired well enough with a platter of cheese salami, honey, and hummus.

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Photo of rand
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750 mL bottle to d'Achouffe tulip glass

N'Ice Chouffe pours rich and viscous, cherry-apricot in color and completely opaque. It's highly carbonated and forms a fluffy, off-tan head that leaves lacing everywhere.

It smells of banana peel and orange and holiday spices, especially clove. Lots of sweet bread-y tones combine with ample alcohol to give this a definitive winter warmer essence. Some berry-like tones and maybe some licorice linger in the distance.

The rich, fruit aspects predominate the palate, but only so much, as layers of flavor reveal themselves upon each sip. Dextrin malts yield a cherry-like tone, which matches nicely with the caramelly sweet notes and fruity esters. There's a touch of licorice and butterscotch towards the back of the palate, after which the sweet and fruity overtones are broken up by the warming alcohol. Finishes sweet, but pleasantly so.

The entire experience is accentuated by a rich and chewy mouthfeel, supporting the palate's nuances and fruit-sweet aspects. Ample carbonation keeps the palate clean between sips, making this go down dangerously fast. One of my go-to brews of this style, a great brew to endure cold winter nights, or any time you're in the mood for a tasty sipper.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Hornet2003
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark pour with lots of hop flakes. Very carbonated head that dissipates like pop.

Smell: Belgian yeast and lots of candi sugar. Banana and clove with a touch of nice, wintery spiciness.

Taste: Sweet malt and great euro-flowery-hop flavour. Not too much hop bitterness but the Belgian banana/clove dark fruit flavours are great.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and sweetness for a winter beer. Solid warming and bitterness (not too overstated). Very pleasant.

Overall: I'm liking the N'ice Chouffe. From the first time I had the McChouffe back in Amsterdam, this brewery has been a favourite. For an afternoon after a long weekend of skiing in Jasper, AB, this beer is a warm treat. I would definitely buy this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Mounty4Life
2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark raspberry color with no head or lacing....had in march so probably been on a while
Fruity,frambroisish cherry's and Belgian yeast
Mix of cider and rasp frambrois...not my cup of tea
Better for Belgian hides 10%
Never again unless in Belgium and desire fruity beer that packs punch

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

3.5/5  rDev -14%

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

A-a dark mahogany with some ruby highlights and a thin layer of khaki head

S-caramel and brown sugar, dark fruits, and some spices

T-similar to the smell with a caramel backbone, dark fruits, yeast and light spices. Does not take like 10%.

M-medium body, moderate to high carbonation

Overall a very decent BSDA, does not taste like 10% at all, nice spices and fruits

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep dense pecan brown body with a creamy tan foam head that is thick and sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a slow microcarbonation gliding to the surface.

S- The characteristic chouffe yeast esters come through with cider and apple butter notes and some husky dark toasted malt hints in the finish. As the beer opens, there are apple skin with a bright note in the finish and some citron, hand-of-Buddha perfumed qualities.

T- The dark toffee taste has some more apple butter flavors in the background with a touch of bitterness in the finish and a faint herbal note to the dry finish. There is a woody note that taste more like walnuts as it opens and some golden raisins flavor come through aswell.

M- The full medium-full mouthfeel is creamy with a tight fizz note and some warming alcohol heat in the finish.

O- The herbal and citrus blend has some interesting cidery flavors to it but it covers up a bit of the dark candy notes which are nice. As the beer opens up the flavors meld together more and more.

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4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! I usually get a little shy around green bottles but I had to try it. Nice aroma of spice and dark fruit, a bit flat but I have read that this beer tends to do that after time. Has a wonderful taste of spices and those dark fruit notes really do come out. Nice and smooth finish leaves you wanting more.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, iridescent, dark ruby, this one is clear with an onn-white head that turns creamy as it slowly settles, never fully dissipating. The luscious head leaves a thick coating of lace.

A fruity mix of tart apple and cherry, followed by dark spices like clove and nutmeg. N’Ice Chouffe is earthy with wood notes, licorice, and white wine.

Malty but still fairly balanced for the style. The flavors compliment the nose adding raisins, dates, and some black tea. One will also find caramelized sugar. The finish is long, subtle, and sweet. This ale warms quite well.

A rich, full body with a velvety texture and ample carbonation. The alcohol is lightly warming. This one is quite viscous, almost syrupy.

Excellent for any occasion where a sipping beer is appropriate. N’Ice Chouffe hits on all levels and continuously presents new layers and characteristics. This sample came from a vintage 2008 bottle and was served in a La Chouffe tulip glass.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brownish, not a huge head, but it lasts for a while.

Aroma: Typical for Belgian Strong Ale, except for the spices (can't put my finger on them though).

Taste: Floral flavours mixed with the yeasty and strong Belgian Ale body. The alcohol is not overwhelming, but it's evident.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, noticeable carbonation.

Overall: This Belgian Christmas Ale is spiced with with thyme and curaçao. La Chouffe usually make pretty good stuff, even if nothing mind blowing. This one was enjoyable, I shared the 0.75l bottle with a friend. Nothing particularly memorable about it — the spices are not evident and it mostly just tastes like a decent Belgian Strong Ale — but certainly worth trying.

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

On draught at The Taphouse Grill, N'ice is dark with a medium-bubbled tan head leaving some bubbly lace.

Smell is fruity. Brig on the grape kool-aide - it's making me hungry for spaghetti! There an earthy note as well, almost leather, acrid, perhaps a slight touch of brett.

Taste is extreme juicy grape candy. Man, I've always loved that about this beer. It has been several years since I last had it, and that was my primary recollection. There's some mintiness to it as well, and some minerality, which overall keeps it from being sweet (even though the fruit is mostly from the yeast anyways). Nice little phenolic note provides additional balance.

Mouthfeel is a drier, light bodied.

Drinkability is great, like this beer. I prefer it from the bottle though, with some age, to round out and grab a little depth. Still, a true world classic...I can't believe I haven't reviewed this before!

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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz serving poured into a snifter at my request, an acceptable glass.
The “house glass” was one of those miserable narrow tulips that I seem to find everywhere now.
God I hate those f**cking narrow tulips!

Pours a rather thin head.
Murky, deep, almost black, brown color. Opaque.

Wonderfully distinct and powerful aroma of Belgium yeast, whole grain bread, plums and hard candy.

Delicious Champagne like entry on the palate of heavily yeast infused malt, a slight sweetness, dried plums, and hints of red hard candy fruit.

Good finish of malt and yeast. Somewhat sweet.

Very good ale with a fantastic smell. Looses something in the flavor, but still very tasty overall.
A typical Belgium Strong Dark Ale. Nothing really special here compared to what else is available.
Still I do appreciate the opportunity to have had this on tap.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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