N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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Reviews by sk8man121:
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On-tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.
A: Pours a mostly opaque dark-red with mahogany highlights. 1-finger head settles into a thin line on the perimeter of the glass, leaving a bit of nice lacing.
S: Tons of fruit up front; berries, currants, plum. Touch of wood and vanilla in the middle, with subdued ethanol on the end.
T: Kicks off with a complex spiciness followed by dark and mysterious fruits. Caramel, toffee and vanilla sweetness follows. Finish is sweet and somewhat boozy, although the 10% ABV is well hidden in this.
M: Medium carbonation. Sweetness makes this somewhat on the cloying side; begins with a tingle and ends thick and syrupy.
O: N'ice Chouffe is a really nice, if not somewhat by-the-book take on a BSDA. Enjoyable, but I can't see myself seeking it out, as there are other examples of the style that are far more intriguing.
Nevertheless, a worthwhile BSDA.
Serving type: on-tap
07-01-2011 20:10:27 | More by sk8man121
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3/5 rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Color- hazy, muck and sediment filled brownish amber. Full head.
Aroma- pear, coriander, composting fruit, and hint of tin.
Taste- starts A rather syrupy sweet strong Belgian. Starts sweet with a flat carbonated entry making the making the flavors and feel seem stale, then finishes with mild yet lackluster sweet fruity and spiced notes including pear, raisin, and cheap toffee. Given the many Belgian ales on the market, this one does not stand apart from the field. Purchased at Spec's June 2014. The bottle states "best before end 2014." We're speculating that the heavy haze and suspended chunks of muck in our bottle may have been due to heat in transport.
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 6/10/14.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2014 23:24:18 | More by utfiero
4.63/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2014 03:39:33 | More by BrewUSA
4.11/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Limited edition Winter
Poured a light caramel color in a tulip with a 3F head.
Lighter than other beers in the same style.
Aroma- candy, toffee.
Mouth feel- very carbonated, perhaps more than other Belgian dark ales.
Taste: candy, some spice.
Overall: I find that the body of this beer is not as full as others in the style.
There is a bitterness in the finish, which overshadows the taste. The aroma and taste could have more candy, as brought out in other beers in the same style.
It's an excellent beer, but I am looking for more sweetness, and an aroma which is stronger.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2014 00:48:40 | More by brureview
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.