N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.63/5 rDev +13.5%
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
05-30-2014 03:39:33 | More by BrewUSA
4.11/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
04-06-2014 00:48:40 | More by brureview
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
03-10-2014 18:29:47 | More by glass_house
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-03-2014 01:24:59 | More by superspak
4.06/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-27-2014 22:30:59 | More by spinrsx
4.09/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
02-15-2014 02:42:04 | More by argock
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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