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:
1,201
Reviews:
534
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
214
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,201 |  Reviews: 534
Photo of schavuytje
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasty cereal dark plum notes bubble gum soft bitterness? Curaçao and thyme but could not tasted the syrup did give additional full sweetness in the aftertaste full water wave and then dried falling

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jspaner
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WastedYouth
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

L - Cloudy amber, 2 fingers of head, and lots of lacing left all over the glass. Gorgeous brew

S - Belgian candy sugar, cinnamon and spices.

T - Brown sugar, raisons, dark fruit. Fantastic

F - Full body and well carbonated. Smooth

O - An excellent spicy strong holiday ale. Love it

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours hazy dark maroon with a dense creamy frothy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like dark fruits, cherry, plum, fig, red grapes, apple, pear, toasted bready malt, caramel, molasses, orange peel, clove-like spice, thyme, with herbal earthy grassy pine. Tastes like thyme, clove-like spice, dark fruits, cherry, plum, fig, red grapes, apple, pear, toasted bready malt, caramel, molasses, orange peel, with herbal earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice and unique winter warmer.

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

Photo of threeviews
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2 (330ml) bottle (best by 02, 2018) into a signature (33cl) Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass. 1cm of yeast sediment poured into a separate glass and enjoyed separately.

A - Poured correctly, N'ice Chouffe pours a clear, ruby red/mahogany color with a 3-finger off-white head with moderate retention. (4.5)

S - Fresh and heady aromas of Caramel, Red Apple, Cherry, Orange flesh, hints of Chocolate and mild spice speak to the nose courtesy of this level of freshness (received at my local bottle shop: 11, 2016) for a Belgian ale. As it warms to room temperature a hint of alcohol becomes present. (4.75)

T - Flavors on the palate follow in step with the aromas. The earthly, herbal qualities from (what I presume to be) contribution from the Thyme are more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma. The finish is bone dry with a lingering warming in the chest. (4.75)

M - Medium mouthfeel and lighter than expected for an ale clocking in at 10% ABV. Intrinsically, any beer refermented in the bottle will possess a very lively carbonation...depending on your pouring ritual, it can be anywhere from prickly to creamy. My pour afforded an experience that ran the gamut over the course of consumption. (4.75)

O - Brasserie D'Achouffe has not disappointed and N'Ice Chouffe is another winner of an ale. Although defined as a 'Winter Warmer,' it possesses none those familiar spices associated with a "Christmas" beer. This is a wonderful Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Quads being much, much more fruity) is actually refreshing and something that can clearly be enjoyed year-round. Additionally, at ~$15 a four pack of a Belgian ale refermented in the bottle at 10% ABV, this is an absolute bargain! (4.75)

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drews240
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kahlerbock
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CAcker
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JarMills
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of digitalflood
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skrumpy
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an amazing beer. I am not one who drinks many Belgian style beers, but am glad I tried this one. Dark brown, cloudy with a thick, rich, tan head. Solid lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, herbs, and fruit. The flavor is diverse. Berries, dates, chocolate, herbs, orange, and caramel malt. Such a sweet malt base with a bit of spice in the finish. A fine winter brew.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33l bottle into goblet.
L: Dark brown color with a weak foam head.
S: Dark bread, dark fruits.
T: Tart, gentle , semi-sweet with dark fruit notes.
F: Tight body , low carbonation.
O: Very intersting dark ale with a great aftertaste.

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Photo of jmg480
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,201 ratings.
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