N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | website

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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Reviews:
515
Ratings:
1,138
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
14.53%
 
 
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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at Tully's; hadn't seen it there before. The bottle said Limited Edition 2005. An extraordinary , complex beer. It was a medium brown color with a coffee-colored head and some nice lacing. It had a distinct spicy odor, very warm, almost like a red pepper. Tasting was a revelation. It was sweet, orange, spices, some malt, and a nice warm aftertaste. A little bubbly for my taste. The alcohol is not noticeable at first, but it certainly sneaks up on you. Be careful with it.

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Photo of bruachan
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

steve at hudson w&s had a 2003 vintage so i bought it

garnet and mahogany under a billowing creamy head that sticks some of itself to the glass

the aroma reminds me of rochefort: soft chocolate and nuttiness. fig and vinous notes dance around there too, with spice

a creamy mouthfeel reveals spice: the bottle says thyme and dried orange peel. more appears from the yeast and its relationship with the candy sugar. white pepper and a fair amount of hop flavor

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystl clear amber brown with an almost tan head which rose well and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy and interesting with a a nice citrusy punch coupled with a strong dark fruit character. The bottle lists thyme, but the spice in the aroma came across as more of a zesty spice, probably due to some alcohol phenolics. The dark fruits were mainly raisins and prunes and were well executed.

The flavor was nicely done with a well achieved level of spice which contained a moderate citrus presence. The spice was difficult to determine and even with the thyme listed on the label was not a flavor that came to mind. The flavor contained a healthy portion of dark fruits with raisin and prune flavors which complemented the citrus and spice.

The finish was dry with a lasting spice contribution and dark fruits well done into the aftertaste. The body was above medium and the carbonation level was moderate. The alcohol barely makes a presence and only really was a factor in the aroma, even the warming after consumption was low. A very nice beer, unsure why I had not reviewed it before, but a welcomed addition nonetheless!

750 ml bottle. Limited edition 2005 on from silk screen.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Quite a nice winter warmer. Pours a deep, deep red/brown. Looks rich, with a tan head that leans toward a brownish tinge. Looks kind of like a brown ale with some cranberry juice added. The nose is, above all, sweet. I find huge molasses hints in the nose, combined with the curacao peel advertised on the label. In addition to the molasses and curacao, I found prune undertones in the nose.

The molasses and curacao take over in N'Ice Chouffe's flavor. There's an extreme sweetness present -- almost like aspertame -- that is expressed as molasses and curacao. Very few bitter notes balance out the sweetness, but the slight hop note is enough to balance the beer well. The beer itself is rather thin, but the sweet sugars in the beer give the appearance of a more substantial moutfeel.

Overall, this is a sweet, sumptuous brew that is meant to be enjoyed by itself and only once in a while. Very sweet, very heady brew. A treat, but not as good a beer as, say, La Chouffe, the flagship beer for Brasserie d'Achouffe.

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Photo of weeare138
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'04 Edition...
Appears a glowing red and amber with a nice 3 finger tan head that retains nicely and leaves bubbly chunks of scattered lacing around the glass.
Smell is of slightly earthy and caramel malts with touches of berries, lots of melted Belgian candy sugar, and some spices. Definite Chouffe yeast comes through to make for a fine winter brew.
Taste is of the candy sugar with berries, raisins, spices, and touches of spice.
Mouthfeel is subtle and sweet with a mild prickliness that is slick along the palate.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark brown with a pillowy beige head that falls into a thin blanket, leaves a nice lace down the glass.
the aroma is rich with carmelized malt, citrus, and unidentified spice/herb (guessing it is the thyme) with a hint of alcohol.
the flavor is heaven rich with maltiness and cirtus, thyme, candied sugars, hint of bitterness.
the mouthfeel is a little thin but that is perfect to the style.
beer is very drinkable but most enjoyed on a cold night.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Edition. Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature. Bottle reads "BEST BEFORE END 2010". I will have to hoard a few of these for the years to come.

Appearance- Juicy, glorious berry red with raisin brown highlights... looks like it could be Rodenbach's heftier cousin. The explosive, four finger head pops and hisses into a thin mat floating on the surface. Lacing is moderate and sporadic, with island-like cling.

Smell- Huge, dark candy sugar and malts with alcohol-soaked spices of curacao peel and thyme. Monstrous and god-like are not overexaggerations of the aroma here... I am sitting here getting drunk off the smell. This is a winter brew built to last, and it has enough going on in the nose to probably cellar for years. If you blended a vintage ruby port with a quadrupel, this is what it might smell like.

Taste- Berry-like fruits plow through the festival of malt and spices, holding nothing back with regard to strength. Full, round, overwhelmingly huge (but not at all to a detriment) this has a balance that could be thought impossible for a beer of 10%. Of the great offerings from Brasserie D'Achouffe, this is actually my favorite.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Near perfection... Slick, rolling, and luscious in the mouth. The tiny bubbles whisk the gigantic, heavy strength of the beer elegantly down the gullet, leaving no harshness or cloying whatsoever. Each time I enjoy a bottle of this edition (2005), I walk away feeling like this beer is one of Winter's great treasures... and one to come back to again and again.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian Strong Dark Ale pours medium-dark amber with a large head of carbonation. The smell to me was a light medicine smell. The taste, however, was a rich, warm, and caramel with the warming aftertaste of a bourbon due to the high alcohol content. The mouth feel was full and heavy but flat. This Belgian Ale is “N’ice”.

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Photo of blackie
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour into my snifter creates a 1" light tan head that slowly recedes until a layer of bubbles remains on top and a collar rounds the glass. The remaining carbonation is The beer is a reddish, slightly hazy mahogany in color.

smell: The smell is a beautiful mixture of winter spice, malt sweetness, and hop aroma. The hops smell green, and while their presence is obvious, it is light and in balance with the other delicate aromas. I can definately pick up on some of the curacao, and I think the thyme, but that may be my nose playing tricks on my mind. Belgian sugars and dark, sugary fruits come to mind as I sip. There may be a slight yeasty characteristic in there. The 10% alcohol is very well hidden, though it is bound to become more obvious as the beer warms, as it does. Upon taking a deep whiff, the alcohol fumes cool the nasal passages.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is high, but the small bubbles keep it from being detracting, as in some highly carbonated beers. After the sip, prickly, soft bubbles explode all over the tongue. The body is a light medium. After the swallow, a very lightly syrupy slickness is left behind.

taste: All the individual characteristics of the flavor are shy to the palate, yet they all come together to form something greater. The alcohol is more evident here than it was on the nose, and gives a hefty bite to the palate, yet is not overly harsh. The delicate malt and spice flavors are countered by a gentle, slightly astringent bitterness. Light hints of dark, sugary fruit (dates, plums) are created by the malt. In the aftertaste I get a lingering bitterness and the faint flavor milk chocolate.

drinkability: Delicious, and the alcohol is well hidden. Had no problem with finishing the entire 750 myself.

750ml, 2005 edition. A wonderful brew to enjoy on Christmas Eve. I had a bit of a scare with this bottle, though. As I was unloading my truck after I returned home last night, it fell from my passenger seat to the concrete driveway. Luckily, it bounced off, and I was able to seal the small leak in the cap with my capper, with no harm done to the beer itself. I stuck another bottle down in the cellar to enjoy in a year or more.

1-29-2007: Cellared slightly more than 1 year. After a quick run to the kitchen, palm plugging the bottle opening, I grabbed a plate and went back to the living room to let it settle down. Lively head leaves a nice bottom fed layer after the initial recession. Good retention, but little lacing. The beer is a ruby brown in color. Great mouthfeel, with lively carbonation and a body that is neither light nor heavy.

Party in my mouth! Sweet, spicy, malty, yeasty, fruity, dry, and complex all at once. Very well done sweetness level...there, but perfectly tempered with the spice and hops. Pale and lightly toasted Belgian malts give just the right blend of sweet grain and oh-so-sublte toast. Orange is the most notable additive, with a pinch of coriander and garden herbs (thyme, rosemary) behind. Notes of pear spiced with brown sugar and cinnamon. The alcohol may have died down a little, and seems just right. Pulpy, well aged Euro hop flavor. I can feel the effects 6 ounces into this baby. Very nice finish, dry yet flavorful with a light bitterness and lingering flavors of spicy fruits.

Smells just awesome. Toasty and pale Belgian malts at the forefront give notes of a wide range of fruits. Aromas of raisin, apple, mission figs, and pear are carried on waves of cool, spicy ethanol. Various grainy breads. Various spices, including cinnamon and garden herbs, are found. The thyme is intriguing. Just a little peppery with some brown sugar notes. Light hop aroma. Sweet orange in the background.

4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 Approaching a 5.0 for both smell and taste.

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Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

man i been scoring left and right. great beer. i am curious to see what else this brewer has to offer...

appearance: i tell ya my duvel tulip has been loving life. nice brownish red hue. beautiful full head and lacing

smell: sweet and lightly spicy. very close to a candy cane.

taste: very close to the smell. very candy cane-ish. clean, sweet, slight spice, almost no trace of alcohol that i could tell, which was a lil scary taking into account the abv. aftertaste was fruity, and floral.

mouthfeel: full/medium in body. very creamy.

drinkability: very nice and easy. however once the bottle was done i woulda found it pretty hard to come back for another. that abv whooped me good.

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

ok, there is really something wrong with these people at the ginger man. this beer was served in a 20oz imperial pint on 12/10/05. yes, an imperial pint. all i remember is knocking over a rack of magazines at hudson news and sleeping on the train after consuming this.

a dense beer with lots of red to it, essentially clear with some rough, cloudy patches. cream-coated with even sheets of lacing. apricot and fresh plum puree lead the team of aromatic fruits coming off this beer. green apple taffy with sugary, thick caramel profile. taste initially identifies the chouffe yeastiness and runs with it, mainly in the directions of brown sugar and cherry. reminiscent of a date and poppyseed muffin i ate recently. warming, immediately, although not bogged down with alcohol. much to easy drinking for 10%, obviously my last beer of the night. crisp and charred, somewhat vegetal in the aftertaste. intriguing and the most different beer offered by chouffe.

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

Vintage 2003-been saving this one. Pours a nice deep brown color. Great creamy, somewhat tan head that doesnt quit. Nice malty and spicy aroma. Somewhat vinuous and peppery. Malty and spicy flavor. Slightly floral-the curacao orange really seems to come thru and add a nice, pleasant fruity flavor. Very nice body-extremely full without a trace of the alcohol. Very, very drinkable. Well worth trying and saving some for a few years later.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Appearance: Served in a tulip glass the beer is a fark tawny brown color with some ruby hues. Creamy tan head wtih stunning retention and lacing.

Smell: Spicy, sweet, vinous, peppery.

Taste: Spicy with notes of corriander and pepper. Candy sweetness with a malty clean finish. Some floral hops and crushed fruit flavors. A bit of plum and date.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, velvety and very smooth.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable and pleasure to consume. This beer went perfectly with the Triticus Ale Lamb at the Publick House. It's rich and can stand on its own with bold foods but it is not overpowering on its own. I will enjoy this one again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has another nice fruity nose on it, even more so than the Mc Chouffe I just had. It also has that slight tart note to it and I get aromatic notes of sour plums, raisins, even some prunes (to differentiate from the plum notes). There is also a nice sweet spicy note to this, that is almost a fruity spice note; either way it accentuates the fruitiness.

The taste of this beer starts out tart, like a tart fruit, and finishes with a nice sweet mix of fruit and sweet spice; like clove, mace and allspice perhaps. The finish also has a slight note of chocolate and more so even a hint of roasted malt, though both are quite subtle. This is quite rich, it really works as a night cap. It is a nice balance between the tart and the sweet character.

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Photo of AndoBrew
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*did not mind would not buy*

Appearance: If held to the light it is deep copper with a kaki colored head, if not, it looks like muddy water.

Smell:Raisins, brown shugga, alc., Hmmmm... kinda smells like a Mc with a kick.

Taste: Dissapointed, I wanted more winter and less McChouffe.. It tastes like a brown belgian. Some spices from alc. and additives, some sweet/yesty zing (like a belgian) This does taste good, dont get me wrong, I just wanted something a little more special from a good belgian beer maker making a winter beer.

Mouthfeel: Got the spritzy carbonation of a belgian, some thickness mixed with the yesty part of a belgian. I am not impressed.

Drinkability: YES! Got me here, it is drinkable, not as candy sweet as other B's and the 10% is just a face warmer, not a drinkability inhibator.

Notes: Its good, nothing wrong with it at all, I want more winter, I want more spice, I want SOMETHING that would make me buy it again. I put a bottle away to age, now I am not sure I will waste the time.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition:
Pours a deep brown with ruby shades around the edges and a nice, thick tan head that retains well. The aroma is complex with notes of dark fruit (currant, plum, blackberry), candied sugar, spices, chocolate, light fruity yeast character and some slight floral hops. The flavor begins with a big dark fruit character (plum, fig, currant, blackberry), followed by a candied sugar sweetness, a spiced character (nutmeg, cinnamon, corriander, clove), some fruity yeast esters, chocolate, and a tea-like hops flavor thats very subdued. The mouthfeel is full and rich, but not overwhleming...very decadent but not thick. Drinkability is also good. A very nice beer from Achouffe, complex and delicious...also definately a candidate for cellaring.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle reads " Limited Edition 2004"
A clean brown beer with bright ruby highlights. Has a big foamy tan head and very nice lace. The aroma is sweet and spicey with some sweetness coming from the malt and some citrus fruit sweetness. There are hints of various spices woven throuout the aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg come to mind at first (a little like a pottporri). The malty character coats your tongue with a light toasted grain sweetness. While the hops and spices stay at the back of your mouth for a nice dry finish with a hint of tabacco in there.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tall wine styled green 75cl bottle with a big cap and no cork. 2004 Edition - Deep dark mahogany cloud with a bloodish hue within. The perfect medium sized cap grows up quickly from the pour. Its dazzling soft whipped foam is very lovely and its color is lightly off-white with a slight sandy cover. Lacing is delicate and lasting in sheet lined dangling thick strings. One fine looking glass

Aroma is lightly perfumey and complexing with a dark tender fruity zip of dark berries, raisin, prune, orange zest, and starfuit. Larger then life sitting on top is one complex alcoholic spice with tinges of metallics, flowery vineous powder, pepper, thyme, and ethonalic-like heat.

Taste is nearly as complex with a simple, delicate, and firm display of dark grapes, raisin, orange, and dark candied sugar. Semi mild mid range spice and alcohol noted throughout. A bit peppery and floral. Almost minty with very microscopic tin tannins making the alcoholic warmth a bit earthy and softly dry.

Feel is finely carbonated and forward with a full body and fluffy, tingly texture. Dark, mildly fruity and malty; sugary soft and nearly doughy. Smooth overall and balanced with a great little additional spicy warmth and one greatly adorned quiet dryness.

Warming, soft, darkly sweet, and quite good and drinkable for 10%. A very nice Belgian brew. Recommended.

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Photo of Brewfan
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2001.
Poured into my Hennepin chalace. Thick head, lots of big and small bubbles. Head stayed with us for almost the length of the beer. Almost immovable lace. Murky dark brown color. Medium carbonation.
Definate alcohol smell upon whiffing, even at 4 years old. I wonder how much stronger this would have been fresh. Malty with a spicy herbaciousness and wet hay backbone.
Upon tasting, there is an earthy sweetness, smooth caramel and still some phenolic alcohol taste. Peppery and a bit grassy. Silky mouthfeel.
Was expecting a little more from this beer. Maybe waiting 4 years to try it wasn't the best move. I'd like to try a greener bottle and compare.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2002 Bottle...Best before end 2007 750ml

"Belgian Ale brewed with thyme and curacao orange peel"

Odd little brew from the land of the gnomes. Pours a murky brown with a lot of yeasties. The head is a nice mocha color and maintains its shape and presence the entire session. The aroma is one that I cannot say I have come across before. A very herbal and horse blanket nose makes you wonder how it will taste. The taste is a little overpowered with the earthy, herbal presence. I like how the herbs mix with the sweetness, but it still seems a bit odd to me. The candied sugar doesn't come out until it warms up a bit. When it was just below room temp, this beer seemed to really pull together. The sweetness of the sugar balances well with the rough and earthy body. The high abv is very well hidden, but like LaChouffe, this one creeps up on you and spins your mind in circles. Drinkable....yes, but not more than a bottle here and there. I would like to taste a fresh bottle and see the difference. In my opinion, the whole thyme thing doesn't make magic for me.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped 750 from the 04 vintage poured into a chalice.

Deep brown with a large head that is light tan and has strong retention. Nice thick globs of lace are left behind. Beautiful.

Spicy and citric aromas paired with earthy yeast, candy sugars, mild hops and a mild whiff of alcohol.

Nice mix of dark fruits, spices, yeast flavors, sugar, malt, and prickly carbonation make up the taste. If Belgian Winter Warmer was a seperate catagory, this would be one for sure. It blends winter time spices with traditional belgian flavors into a wonderful brew. You know the alcohol is there, but the carbonation and combination of flavors hide it from the palate, but my belly knows its there.

Full mouthfeel makes its way into every part of my mouth without being chewy or leaving any oils. Drinkability?....Not a session beer, but I'm already making plans to buy and stash a few more bottles.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from 2004. Dark brown with some red highlights coming through. A tall light tan head formed and stayed a decent size while leaving a light webbing of lace. Some light spices and a big candy sweetness come out right away. A few other light scents in the background but the sugary smell seemed to drown them out for the most part. Plenty of sugary sweetness up front on the flavor with a decent bit of chocolate and spice to try and balance it out. There are also some fruity notes as well. Finishes up with a lightly spicy and sugary flavor. Seemed a bit thin at times but overall pretty solid and smooth. The sweetness got a bit cloying by the end of the bottle but it went down fairly easily. One glass of this would have been ideal the 750 tended to wear me down with the sweetness. Still a good brew though.

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Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say thanks to RobBeer for suggesting that I try this one- I really enjoyed it. It pours a dark brown color with a fair amount of dark head that kinda hangs out for several minutes, refusing to disappear.

Smell is mostly sweet and floraly with hints of chocolate, though there is a background citrus scent- very faint, but ties the whole thing together.

Taste is also chocolatey with floral notes, and coffee tastes speak up as well. Kind of reminds me of Delirium Noel. Mouthfeel is nice and bubbley and chewy, a combination I particularly enjoy.

And as far as drinkability goes, well, I could neither taste or smell the 10% abv, but I sure could feel it. A sneaky little bastard. Too sweet after a while, but overall a tasty concoction.

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Photo of OatherS
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown appearance.

Nice aroma that is not alcoholy that you would expect.

Taste is perfect blend of caramel and chocolaty flavor. Nice fruity flavor as well. Great taste

The bubbly appearnce is present in the mouthfeel as well. Nice feel.

VERY drinkable beer. The high alcohol content is not present at all making for a great beer.

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Photo of cro250klr
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

N'ice is nice. To be honest, the only other offering that I had tried from this brewery was La Chouffe. That was way too fizzy for me, so I went at this one a little gun shy. The first glass was a bit too cold so I let it sit. Too cold and this seems to have a little carbonation bite also. Once warmed the carbonation smooths out and the over ripened banana flavor and aroma is predominant. The the finish is a bit dry and a little bitterness attacks the back of the tongue. A spice flavor awakens as this one warms and, at 10 abv , I tought the alcohol was well hidden. I paired this with some homemade sweet dough bread and cheese and it turned out to be a good match. The bread and cheese combo mellowed out that slight bitterness and I ran out the next day to grab another bottle. A really nice seasonal brew.

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.
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