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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

789 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 52 | 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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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
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TheycallmeTim

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 750 ml. bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A--Medium chocolate brown body with a small, half finger off-white fizzy head. Bottle flipped out with foam when I opened it, per usual for the brewery, so I'm thinking that zapped the head in the glass. No lacing, no retention.

S--Surprisingly subdued, with boozy raisins and a little bit of prune.

T--Better than the nose. Sticky toffee thick fruit syrup with a marked port character. Dynamic profile, with some boozy heat, thick ripe dark fruits, and that vinous toffee brittle profile you generally associate with port, except with more breadiness. Yeast is spicy and adds yet another layer to this multidimensional brew.

M&D--Both are good. I was glad some of the fizz had gone out before it hit the glass, as something this big and bold probably wouldn't benefit from champagne bubbles. Drinkability is good, in the sense that I'd welcome this after dinner with chocolate and/or a cigar, rather than in the sense that I'm gonna throw back a few bombers.

I'd be interested to see what this is like fresh. Have a feeling the age did it a world of good.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 01:40:46 | More by TheycallmeTim
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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe This Belgian Strong Dark Ale Winter Warmer smells like Malt Balls, Dark fruit, Jesus and baking bread... Very enticing~ Head lacing is infinite ... Pours a dynamic Mahogany, Purple/Brown with LOADS of floating Ingredients and a sandy bottom~ Mouthful is very rich, Creamy, yet light in density and not in the least sticky nor did it linger, leaves your palate very pleased and wanting more!~ Heavy Malt, Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Toast, Citrus, Grape/Plum, Brown Sugar, Raisin, a touch Peppery, Thyme and Curaçao Peel, Dark Candy, light Cherry, a bit of banana, just a bit of a woody taste and very much Berry~ Delicious refreshing and warms the soul! I just took another pic of the head lacing... It's literally by FAR the best I've ever seen! Thick and coats almost the whole glass~ Very pleased with this interesting, unique and complex authentic product of Belgium~ Covered the 10%ABV very well on my 2010 edition~ Hope I can find this again~ Overall 9.7

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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