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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

821 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 821
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 38
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-14-2001)
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11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark burgundy color. The head is around a finger high, and off-white in shade. Retention isn't very good, fading to a thin collar fairly rapidly. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass, though. (3.25)

Smell: This is a fairly typical Christmas BSDA, featuring a combination of dark fruits (raisins and figs) and spices (black pepper and thyme). Aromatically, it's a bit brighter than the typical BSDA, forgoing a focus on darker malt flavors like chocolate in favor of the aforementioned dark fruits and citrus peel. I'd like to say it isn't as complex as I'd like from the style, but it's still a solid nose. (3.5)

Taste: It starts off very fruity, bringing some nice flavors of orange peel and general dark fruits. On the back end, I really pick a nice thyme flavor, and even some mint. There's a nice layering effect with the malt presence, gaining more prevalent flavors of chocolate, brown sugar, and licorice upon opening up. There is a gentle alcohol presence throughout - key word being gentle. It really helps to nuance the flavors without coming off harshly. This beer is really complex beyond the means my feeble taste buds are able to discern, far more than the aroma indicated. (4)

Mouthfeel: Very airy-feeling, thanks to the massive carbonation. The latter helps to evaporate almost all of the lingering sweetness off of the palate. Despite the mild alcohol flavor, it really doesn't feel 10% at all. Because it's so fizzy, this is quite easy to drink. (3.75)

Overall: The more I drink it, the more I enjoy it. Sure, the nose was slightly disappointing, but the taste was impressive enough to compensate. The spiciness gives it a delicious twist over other BSDAs, making this one well worth my time in the future. (4)

3.84/5: Christmas in September? Sure, why the hell not!

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.