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N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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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Ratings: 1,241 |  Reviews: 548
Photo of Brolo75
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown color with a rich mahogany edges, tan colored full creamy head that did not last, slight lacing, lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the side, nice appearance.

A: Lots of deep dark fruits like plums, dates, black cherries, figs, touch of spice and clove, Belgian yeast, banana, rye bread maltiness, nice aroma.

T: Like the nose there's dark fruits, toasted brown sugar, touch of spice and clove, light bitterness, finish has lots of banana and lots of Belgian yeast as well, begins subtle then burst with flavors in the middle and finish, alcohol is well hidden for 10% ABV, great taste.

M: Lots of carbonation on the mouthfeel, smooth, dry finish, leaves a slight stickiness on the palate, very easy on the palate for 10% ABV.

O: An exceptional beer with lots of flavor and aroma, great mouthfeel, way too easy to drink and could lead to trouble, definitely going to enjoy the remaining beers from the four pack.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft in a N'Ice Chouffe tulip with an abundant light brown head which dissipated slowly over the dark brown liquid. Smell was malty fruits and spiced with a matching slightly boozy taste and feel. Can't imagine this not being on a lot of people's favorite holiday beer lists.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a white thin cap that leaves lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits and spices. The flavor is slightly sweet fruity ale with beautiful malty undertones. Carbonated well and overall a super beer.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown/black with a thick head and sticky lacing. Nose is plum, biscuit, spice, and a little honey. Flavors follow the nose, very pleasant tasting with a blended flavor that is amazing, this is a very smooth holiday beer and the flavors are just well done, very good.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz brown bottle - best before 02 2018

N'Ice Chouffe poured a dark maroon color producing a 1 1/2 - finger bubbly tan head that left 'hit-and-miss' lacing. The aroma is of candy sugar, dark fruits, a little spicy and sweet. The taste, as the nose, has a nice presence of candy sugar, dark fruit with a light spice. Also noted are bready malts. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation - almost a little prickly. Just a slight warming characteristic at the finish.

N'Ice Chouffe is a good [nice] beer. The Ale is very drinkable - dangerously so for having such a high [10] abv. I'll have another and not get 'behind the wheel'.

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Photo of gamblebc
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TH28
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. 02/2018 best by date. Appearance: Deep brown and nearly opaque, with light amber undertones, and a minimal off white foam head Aroma: Toffee, raisin, and bread crust prominent, with a touch of herbal hoppiness Taste: Rich malt sweetness, bread crust, caramel, toffee, and a touch of roast, with a touch of orange peel, raisin, and cinnamon. A touch of oxidized cardboard as well. Bitterness just enough to counter the rich maltiness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a low carbonation. No discernible alcohol warmth for a beer of this strength. Finish: Spiced raisin and toffee remains. Fairly dry. Overall: A citrusy and peel bittered take on a quad. Nice rich malt sweetness with the typical bread crust, raisin, and toffee. Low bitterness, and indiscernible alcohol warmth. Fairly easy to drink for a beer of this intensity.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a 25cl D'Achouffe glass (don;t ask me how). Dark brown, hazy with a minimal head. Aroma is dark brown sugar and esters. Flavor is lacking any thyme as described by the label but is yeasty, slightly boozy, pretty good.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of r-m-kaylor
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle, best before 02/18

Poured into a Chouffe goblet dark, murky and promising - resulted in a two finger off-white tightly packed head which did not dissipate - tiny bubbles (think Don Ho...) continue to emanate from nucleation sites at the goblet's bottom surface .

On the nose, subtle spice, sugar, dark stone fruit and a strong signature of coriander.

On the mouth, up front strong malt, spice and carbonation which carries through the middle and back - with an extremely satisfying herbal presence of coriander which is surprisingly thirst quenching while providing an overall full mouth-feel.

Overall, this is one is extremely drinkable and satisfying.

Thanks for reading...

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

4.00, 3.75, 4.25, 4.75, 4.25
Cola brown w 2 finger head, caramel, licorice, dark malt, nice bitter, more licorice, bready, full bodied, no hint of alcohol. Very nice, will revisit
750 into a tumbler. Best by 01/2018

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Backlog from 2009. 750 ml bottle. 2005 vintage. Aroma is of old malt, some spices. Looks like a mudpuddle in my glass with a thin head. Tastes of raisins; very Belgian aftertaste. Tastes old.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a nice looking finger and a half’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Some messy lacing runs about. The aroma takes on some sweet brown sugar, cocoa powder, thyme herbal qualities, and some breadiness. Red delicious apples. The flavor yields to the sweet breadiness and brown sugar to cocoa powder portion. Belgian yeastiness flows freely all around. A nice Belgian yeasty sweet aftertaste with a semi-slick sort of Belgian sugary finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sipping quality about it. Alcohol is there but isn’t distracting. Carbonation feels fine. Belgian back-of-the-throat gripping underlying flows freely over my tongue. Overall, good Belgian Strong Dark ale exacting upon a nice chilly winter’s evening. Glad I have another bottle of this.

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Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As complex and crafted as this is, it's too sweet and too fruity to be a great beer.

A - Nut brown, large tan head, a persistent island cap, and lots of lacing.
S - Yeast, spice, berries, apple, orchard, and caramel malt.
T - Malt base from which springs fruitcake spiciness and yeast. The spice, berries, apple, orchard are then balanced with sharp alcohol notes but not much hop.

M - Complex mouth feel. Tangy, wine like, astringent and sweet at the same time, more of an AFTER Dinner than before.

O -Nice Belgian Dark Strong, a bit too sweet. Definitely winter December beer.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkonte
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrDemento456
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Haven't had much from the brewery so I bought this single for around 4 bucks. Pours a very dark hazy brown with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head. Smell is rather sweet much more than I expected reminding me mostly of toffee and melted caramels. Mild fruits underneath. Taste is smooth toffee and spices but thankfully much less than the nose suggest. Body is good the carbonation keeps the high ABV in check making for a medium to heavy body overall.

I would like to try more from this brewery after loving the Belgian IPA and now having this tasty thing I will seek out their other beers.

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,241 ratings
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