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:
1,205
Reviews:
535
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
215
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,205 |  Reviews: 535
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.86/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The color is a dark brownish but in direct light, it's obviously more of a dark red amber. Streaming bubbles in the middle of the glass make a formidable tan colored crown. Fades slow to a scattered, thin covering.

A very candy-sweet malty aroma with sweet fruit, mostly cherries and apples. Sugar coated candy apples and a slight, spicy and herbal scent. As the liquid temp rises, the bold, sweet-fruity malt becomes more pungent, more sweet and dominating.

As the aroma is mostly a fruity-sweet malt thing, the flavor comes over with a nice spicy kick from the yeast, light and dry feel with very subtle malty tones at first. The candy/fruity flavored malt rides in a bit later on with a delicious tone. Red fruits, spice, thyme and the orange peel adds subtle hut effective depth to the already very complex malt and yeast. You would never guess the abv % to be at 10. It is slightly warm going down but is very deceptive. The quoff is crazy easy for such a complex mix. N'ICE indeed!

This one would age very well. Thinking of buying another 4 pack to have next year.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl bottle

Appearance: brown/ black depending on the light angle, 1 finger head that dissapeared fast living a white film. Medium to low carbonation.

Smell: sweet and boozy, brown sugar, caramel, slightly fruity profile. Very much like other dark belgian ales.

Taste: caramel and a panettone alike presence, dried fruits and alcohol. I found it much stronger and sweeter than Delirium Nocturnum for example.

Mouthfeel: despite the low carbonation it's strong on the palate, mainly because it's sweet and has 10% alcohol.

Overall: I liked it, but it's not my favourite style. I'd drink it again if given to me as a gift, but don't know if I would buy it.

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Photo of Foley67
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paulmcm
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of golf4collet
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LocusSolus
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a light brown color with a rocky, two finger, tan head.

Smell: Aroma of clove, caramel, red apples, dates, figs, thyme and burnt orange peel.

Taste: Rich and fruity upfront with moderate notions of winter spices and belgian yeast. I'm getting sugarplums, raisins, baked red apples, currants and milk chocolate upfront. Yeasty notes of winter spices like, thyme, cinnamon, clove, and gentle bitter notions of burnt orange peel balance out the sweetness. Has a clean, alcoholic, warm flavor.

Feel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Alcohol profile is detectable.

Overall: A beautiful christmas beer. Very good stuff, especially if you like belgian strong ales.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HermitDan
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this since Christmas 2015, so let's see how it is.

Look : One finger brown-white head, brown body.

Smell : Belgian yeast, orange, caramel, a hint of wood, some allspice. Very Christmas-y even after 10 months.

Taste : See above.

Feel : High carbonation, medium body, warming alcohol, pleasantly dry. No alcohol bite.

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Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yaron73
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justinp444
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mini snifter it has a dark amber clear body with a beige head of a half inch. Smell of raisin, stone fruit, orange, citrus, spice, some herbal, lemon cake, bit of thyme, and some earth. Taste is the same with a lot of stone fruit, citrus, lemon, orange, fig, herbal, some earth of the end with thyme. Mouth feel is full, body is moderate, carbonation is full. A nice dry and citrus-y belgian dark with a lot of flavor. Not my favorite, but not bad by any means. The heavy carbonation I liked a lot with the flavors of this beer as well.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy brown purple color, with a copper hue, and dense glass clinging activity. Thick creamy and frothy light brown 3-4 finger mountain head, lasting around 20-30 minutes, with gorgeous legs. Flavors of ginger, toffee, apples, dark berries, plums, sweet dark malts, walnuts, molasses, Belgian yeast, and herbal spices. Heavily sugary with dark fruits, slightly syrupy but a little vinous, still quite soft and complex with lots of sharpness. Slick medium body with crispy carbonation. Strong finish but superbly well balanced with hidden alcohol, thick pleasant ester sugary molassy feel, and a superb mix of spices. Truly a perfect warming winter beer, or for colder times. Still very fresh and quite rich, with appetizer qualities. Delicious flavors, perfect intensity, although the smell is highly alcoholic. Overall superb quality craft.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Aoyoc
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of misternebbie
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SlobbeD
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kallenovsky
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Couz74
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,205 ratings.
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