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N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe

N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

767 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%


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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brureview

Massachusetts

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
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glass_house

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a glass chalice

Pours a murky dark brown with ruby highlights and one finger of frothy tan head. Moderate lacing with a thin collar of dark foam and a patchy cap. Smells like raisins, figs, and plums soaked in molasses and spiced rum. Wow, I think I'm going to like this...

Yep, I was right. The dark fruits make an immediate impression, but are more subtle than overwhelming. Toasty dark bread, caramel, and brown sugar balance nicely with the slightly spicy yeast esters and faint earthy hops. Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than medium, with enough carbonation to keep it crisp and lively. Clean, dry finish. Definitely on the sweet side, but far from syrupy or cloying.

Another Chouffe masterpiece. This is probably my new favorite of their offerings. This beer is so smooth it's almost impossible to believe the 10% ABV. So glad I finally got to try this, and I can't wait to see what some time in the cellar does for a couple bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 18:29:47 | More by glass_house
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superspak

Michigan

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/24/2012. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apple, orange peel, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, clove, molasses, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apple, orange peel, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, molasses, brown bread, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apple, orange peel, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, clove, molasses, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and big robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:24:59 | More by superspak
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total Wine for $2

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, caramel, spices

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some yeasty notes. There is also some dark fruit (raisins), and a light clove/coriander spiciness.

Overall – The flavour is kind of subdued, but it's good in a way because it isn't cloyingly sweet like some other belgian darks are. A solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 22:30:59 | More by spinrsx
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argock

Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 750 ml bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice/goblet. Limited Edition 2012. Purchased as Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Murky dark brown with frothy, latte-like beige head, tiny bubbles, with good retention with plenty of wispy lace.

S: Aroma is most fig, raisin, and brown sugar, maybe currants. No real hops and I am not getting any herbals or bitter orange peel. The yeast, however, is very aromatic with clove and light but well-integrated phenols.

T: The flavor is good, mainly reminiscent of pralines dipped in a fig/raisin chutney with a light nutmeg/clove type of finishing note. I like how the yeast esters are in there but not overwhelming and complement the dark fruity flavors. There is a lot of caramel and raisin/fig flavors and a lot of brown sugar flavor. There is light-moderate bitterness which prevents it from getting sweet and syrupy. The alcohol is dangerously well-hidden -- no sign of it.

M: Part of the dangerous nature (besides the alcohol presence being minimal) is the surprisingly light body, which is helped by the significant carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed N'Ice Chouffe -- an exceptional mix of sweetness and yeast esters with just the right level of bitterness and a light body to provide a great balanced BSDA. I wish it had a little more complexity, but what it brings is very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 02:42:04 | More by argock
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle brought by Beastmaster. Pours a deep dark red that looks beautiful in the light with a large fluffy off white head. However, there are giant chunks of yeast in this one and boy is it ugly. Aroma of sweet dark fruits: plums, cherries, spicy funky yeast. Flavor is rather syrupy sweet with big dark cherries and plums, some brief spice, and lots of candy sugar. Medium heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Meh, this wasn't all that great.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:07:44 | More by BMMillsy
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Soapy tan head sits atop a dark ruby body. Light lacing.

Tons of sweet fruit and some underlying spice and bread coming out of this. Orange and cherry.

Nice warming brew. Sweet with orange peel, herbal hop, and dark bread.

Goes down easy with a lighter body and ample carbonation.

The orange peel is a great addition. Nice sipping beer for the winter time.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 16:50:01 | More by MattSweatshirt
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a tulip.

A- Dark chestnut, thin delicate off white head. 1/4' retention.

S- Caramel, booze, dark fruits, and toasted malts.

T- Notes of caramel. I pick up the thyme in the finish. Along with a bitter citrus peel.

M- Mild carbonation. Sweet, but dry finish. There is an herby dry feel, as well.

O- Easy drinking for a strong, and the thyme gives this thing some depth.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 02:51:47 | More by BWED
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a pretty good amount of head which looks to have decent retention. The head is a very light beige/almost off-white while the body is a mix of deep amber and light chestnut brown that shows light maroon when held up to the light. There is a good amount of lacing, some sheeting.

Nose- Fairly muted but quite clean. Orange peel clean but not much else. Faint thyme, some grassiness from the bottle. Slight cloves, some brown sugar, some brown bread. All of this is very hard to detect and required vigorous swirling. As it opens up a mix of berry and cherry notes start to appear.

Taste- Lot more presence than the nose. Heavy citrus which moves into brown bread, molasses, brown sugar, and raisins. Very heavy malt bill which is almost a little too much for me. Very bright and spicy on the finish. Lots of cloves which impart an ashy to oaky hint. Some earthiness even. Definite orange peel. Some woodiness. Very cleansing and clean tasting. Candy sugar is definitely noticeable. Herbal and earthy notes from the time. Pretty much flawless but really has nothing which really interests or grabs my attention. Does lack some presence while having incredible integration and balance. Some light berry notes but nothing that I would describe as vinous really. A good, solid beer. The malt bill does begin to fade and makes this beer more drinkable.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with slight syrup to texture. Very light carbonation that still has a little bit of a zing.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and really has no indication of the heat. I had actually forgotten about it being a 10% beer until I got to this section of the review. Reasonable at around 5 bucks a bottle.

Overall- Solid, good beer which remains true to the style while making some departures. I would definitely give it a try. Sort of average for a BDSA but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:04:38 | More by artoolemomo
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dcmchew

Romania

3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark copper with a very sticky one finger foam, lingering.
Smells of fruit cake, caramel, warm alcohol, cherries and spices.
Expected it to be very sweet and creamy, but surprisingly, it starts off prickly-spicy and crisp. Dried dark fruit in the background, with some crisp citrus up front (oranges, faint tangerines, faint grapefruit), more than mild acidic red apple and yellow pear, sour cherries and nice musty red grapes. Roasted malts, not so smooth, a bit rough, almost giving a sense of burnt Christmas cake crust. Sweet caramel and Belgian sugars throughout. Spicy from the yeasts, not to mention the added thyme (and curacao, weirdly, but i felt that especially in the excess booziness). So some clove, peppercorn, low cinnamon, low cocoa powder. A woody aspect to it, also. Green notes towards the end, with (tiny) hints of pine and spruce. Hop presence, a bit bitter and completing (along with the malts, especially) a not-so-great funky finish.
Booze gets a bit too noticeable later on, not well hidden. Carbonation isn't perfect, or maybe i just expected it to be lower, for a creamy, chewy body. Funky aftertaste gets even bigger, i blame the curacao (or the hops..), still i might be wrong.
Not a bad Christmas beer, but still there are a few off notes. Not so bad as to keep away from, but not in my top ten.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 17:01:23 | More by dcmchew
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a cloudy brown-amber with a nice three inches of tan head that settles sloppily to an inch or so. Excellent retention; nice minimal lacing. Gorgeous.

S:
Belgian. Orange, doughy yeast, spices, cereals. Really nice and warm smelling but not boozy or overly spicy.

T:
Round bready flavor with lots of spice and warm malt flavors. malty up front with a warm yeastiness and some dark fruits and spices. Orange rind, cherries, nutmeg, brown sugar, licorice, rum.

M:
Round and chewy with a warm, full body. Good and creamy with a perfect level of bubbliness. Really great.

O:
Really tasty winter beer.
I am not much on spicy beers with lots of booze, but this one is really well-balanced and the alcohol is well-hid. Excellent mouthfeel and an enjoyable, warming drink all around.
Wouls have again; worth trying if you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 06:51:24 | More by TheDoctor
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

75 cl bottle that says best before end of 2013. Bought it a couple years ago. Pours a chestnut or walnut brown with nice pillow of off-white head that simmers down to a nice collar. Minimal lacing on glass.

Inviting aroma of sweet malts, candied fruit, dark cane sugar, fresh glazed pastries.

Taste matches the aroma. Candied fruits, pear, figs, some berries, sweet malt, caramelized sugar. Sweet and delicious. A little bit of orange peel and festive holiday spice (thyme and curaçao peel) Cannot tell this clocks in at 10% abv.

Mouthfeel is slick with a lingering sweetness. Enough carbonation to keep the sweetness in check. Moderate body.

Very enjoyable winter sipper. Has held up very well over past couple years. Warms you up while relaxing by the fire. Really hits its stride as it warms up some.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:29:30 | More by JohnnyP3
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HughinJette

Belgium

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Briefly- tasted this on draft at the essen Christmas beer festival. Quite liked it, and a fan of la chouffe's output so bought a four pack of 330ml bottles (€5.95 for 4 in Delhaize, Jette) to have at home. Review based on the bottle.

Pours well. Ober's use of the word 'oily' in describing it apt. dark chestnut brown colour, very opaque.

pours nicely. Used my chimay glass as haven't had a chance to pick up one of la chouffe's nicer tuliped glasses. Solid enough head on the pour.

Great winter sipping beer, but hides its 10% ABV rather dangerously. Similiar texture to a rocheford 10, but a good deal sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 16:46:59 | More by HughinJette
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

The beer is the deepest ruby brown. A tan head sits on top for a few moments before receding into an even film. No lacing.

The aroma is rich in roasted malt sweetness, cherries, and wood.

The taste is much like the aroma with a nice fruity cherry note holding most of the palate. There's a slight cinnamon element in the finish, but perhaps that's just the 10% ABV playing tricks on me.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy.

Overall, taste and smell are the best components, and that's what matters. This beer is a great holiday and winter sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:10:29 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$13.99 for a 750ml bottle @ BevCo. Green bottle, capped, limited edition. 10.0% ABV. Brewed with malted barley, hops, thyme, dark candy sugar and dried orange peel.

Pours out to a hazy dark brown chestnut, forming a creamy light tan head with spritzy carbonation. The aroma is at first skunked (unfortunately). Why on earth do brewers use green or clear bottles? If you're going to do that, then wrap it in some type of protective paper. Beyond the skunk, there is a distant Belgian funk going on...a little farmhouse character on top of pineapple and mango and some requisite phenolics. The mouthfeel is crisp and deceptively light, lightened by the addition of the candi sugar. Taste begins with skunked hops, followed by a pleasant herbal yet firm bitterness, definite candi sugar, cloves, over-ripe bananas, and a lingering mettalic bitterness in the aftertaste. Somewhat similar to a Rochefort or St. Bernardus 10 but less syrupy and thick, less dark fruit. I honestly cannot taste thyme or orange peel. No fusels, no Brett, no perceptable alcohol flavor other than the peppery bitterness in the finish and the warming. Cleanly fermented.

If this were protected from being skunked, it might be a great beer. On tap, it might be a wonderful beer, but as is, it's a mediocre beer. Skunk is not something that I think the brewers would want or intend. I'm not inclined to buy it again.

Re-review 12/1/13-Now in a 11.2oz brown bottle! $4.59 at Siciliano's. Cripes this is getting expensive. Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep brown, forming a mousse-like soapy light yellow head with excellent retention and lacing. very subtle small wisps of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Medium strong carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. No skunk in the nose this time, mostly dark candi sugar and a little musty basement, cloves. Mouthfeel is prickly with a deceptively light body, finishing clean and well-attenuated, making this easy to drink with no indication of it's 10% ABV. The taste is very nice...dark candy sugar, mellow bitterness, spice from the yeast sitting nicely with the orange. Leaves a delicate pils malt graininess on the tongue in the aftertaste. I can't taste thyme. No off-flavors like fusels, skunk, DMS. Much better without the skunk.
My prior review was L=4, A=4, T=4, MF=4, D=3.5. New review rated to todays beer, which is much better. I would buy this again!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 01:29:12 | More by Mitchster
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful ruby beer with a rocky tan/beige 2" head. Steady stream of bubbles. Smells pretty rough. Pennies, musty, and caramel. Some orange hidden under the metallic musty copper. Taste is thankfully far from the aroma. Caramel, thyme, must, orange peel definitely comes through. Big fluffy carbonation, sweet toffee finish. Overall a very nice spiced BSDA.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 14:40:55 | More by GrindFatherBob
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rustic russet brown color. The foamy cap was small and faded quickly leaving a swirling thick collar and spotty thick lacing.
In the nose I noticed a considerable sour or sherry smell. Plenty of yeast and dark fruits.
The taste was very good. The sweet and sour notes carried over from the nose but not as promident. It has a savory fell too, yeasty sugary and cloves. Plenty of flavor depth.
At 10%, didn't notice.
Like most from Achouffe excellent.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 13:22:05 | More by micromaniac129
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 75 cl. dark green bottle. Sampled on July 23, 2013.

The pour is a handsome looking deep brown-medium amber with fine clarity and a long-lasting foamy beige head. About as perfect as it can get for the style.

The aroma, while it is alive with Belgian sugars, yeast, rich roasted malts, and a few choice herbs, there was also a kind of cardboard-scent to it. It is a green bottle albeit a dark green bottle and I had cellared it in a cardboard liquor box for seven months. But the aroma was a slight letdown.

The body is a good recovery coming in as medium to bold.

The taste is quite delightful with its solid Belgian malt and sugar sweetness, well-integrated alcohol for 10% ABV, and a spicy, pungent and dryish finale. Except for the nose it was an overall enjoyable beer and I would like another.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 20:59:33 | More by puboflyons
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skylander7

Alabama

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark amber hue, definitely big on the head that leaves behind little lacing

Smell: I'm picking up some floral and spice notes on this one.

Taste: I'm digging the complexity. Lots of different spice going on here.. a little cinnamon, the malts and the yeast come out as well. I'm picking up the thyme in the flavor here also. While there's a lot going on with the taste in terms of the malts/different spices/yeasts, I detect a good bit of balance in that I can't pinpoint one being stronger than the other. Good stuff

Mouthfeel: Creamy/richness/full body with carbonation for sure.

Overall this is a fine beer. I curious on how it will taste with some aging as I feel there's some good balance going on already. Definitely keeping one in the cellar and popping it after a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 03:40:10 | More by skylander7
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A brew I missed out on taking advantage of when I lived out west... Thankfully my BA bro joemcgrath27 was looking out for me, huge props!

A - Pours a cloudy ruby red, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by musty vineous grapes, sugary caramel, loads of candied apple, hints of cinnamon and cloves.

T - Much like the nose, the vineous grapes, caramel come through alongside candied apple, spices linger with cloves and cinnamon, hints of musty cardboard lingers on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Incredibly smooth, ABV is non-existent and the flavour profile is incredibly well presented. Nicely balanced and insanely drinkable at 10%. A fantastic brew that aged incredibly well and I am definitely glad I had the opportunity to try it. Thanks Joe!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 00:43:11 | More by andrenaline
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a five finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber/brown color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light cinnamon and malty nose, flavor is dark fruit and cinnamon, warming but higher ABV is hidden. 750ml green bottle, gift, from Madden Beverage.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:16:57 | More by jdhilt
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roblowther

Texas

3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Big bottle and a big glass. I'm in heaven. The appearance is reddish brown with a quickly dissipating cream colored head. The smell is sour cherries, oak, and honey. I could build a room in that smell and live in it. The taste is chocolate, licorice, and wood. Unfortunately, licorice and I are not on speaking terms. Mouthfeel is slick, nice. Overall its interesting. It has a very pronounced flavor. I'm not sure about this one but I'm not sorry I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 18:01:53 | More by roblowther
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in Duvel tulip.

A - Beautiful dark ale color.

S - Didn't notice anything real special with aroma, but my sinuses might have been screwed up.

T - This beer is really N'Ice. Beautifully balanced. Alcohol was not overpowering. Smooth and tasty, yeasty, good malts.

M - Very solid and rich. Goes well with the style.

O - An excellent, although expensive ($28 for 750) beer. I made a good choice because my friend had already told the bartender (without me knowing) to put my first beer on his tab. :)

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:41:43 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a large bottle back before the holidays at Total Wine in DE. Poured into a tulip glass for review.

A: Appears clear amber red with nice foam that clings to the sides of the glass as the liquid lessens toward the bottom of the glass. Good carbonation.

S: Sweet & somewhat dark malts take hold. Lemon & orange peel. Light spiciness from yeast. The malts are perceived to be dark crystal. Light alcohol notes hit the nose, too.

T&M: Get the thyme in the taste with lemon, orange, and some dark crystal malts. Feels sweet with ample bitterness at the rear to backup the sweet malts. Feels medium-full. Comes off as spicy even though a whole lot of spices don't seem evident. Must be the belgian yeast coming into play. Very nice. The 10% ABV is very well hidden - a bit sneaky.

O: A nice winter beer. Thought it would be more overpowering, but it's a seemingly low-key belgian beer with nice subtle characteristics. Would definitely welcome another of these again.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 02:49:24 | More by jwhancher
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hackmann

Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: rich dark mahogany with a beige head and little lacing. On the second half of the bottle (after stirring up the sediment) the body is a dark brown. The lacing is stronger on the second half of the 75cl bottle.

Aroma: very faint, earthy yeast. As it warmed sweet malty notes.

Flavors: this is a tough one; nothing standing out right away but I sure like for some reason (tasty should work). As it warms up a nice spice note develops but I don’t know if I could pick out thyme. Dusty orange peel, brown holiday nut raisin bread, allspice comes to mind with the bready note, thyme starts to show as the ale warms (halfway through the bottle), nice toasted grains, the dark candy-sugar also shows better as the ale warms up.

This is liquid holiday dark bread - with orange peel, walnut, raisin, touch of allspice in the mix and thyme sprinkled on top of the crust.

It is suggested on the bottle to serve at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. I have to agree from this experience. When it was still chill from the fridge the notes were muted and they opened up as it warmed. It is also suggested, on the bottle, to enjoy after dinner.

Mouthfeel: smooth carbonation – in other words low, medium to medium-full body, full of flavors once it opens.

To the Point: I really like this ale. Top shelf stuff here. I’ll have to plan to have this in stock next year for the holidays. Hope I remember!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 21:07:48 | More by hackmann
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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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