N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
Pours a mostly clear orange-tinted dark red with two fingers of dense tan colored foam. Slowly settles to a half inch and leaves a sheet of thick sticky lace down the glass. Smell: dark brown sugar, muted toasted raisin bread. Slightly herbal but not distinctly thyme; no orange peel here. Taste: candi sugar, toffee, herbal and somewhat spicy, red grape skin, bitter orange, heavily toasted raisin bread. Tannin heavy finish overwhelms prior creamy feel. Otherwise pretty good. 2011 version (as far as I can tell from the bottling code).
12-11-2011 06:11:37 | More by babaracas
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
Had it on tap at Vintners. Excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Nice head that dissipated quickly. Great dark reddish brown color. Taste notes of spice and malt, fairly sweet. I thought that it masked the alcohol pretty well for a 10% beer. Overall a great beer that I look forward to having again soon.
12-09-2011 17:48:50 | More by SteveGNC
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
N'Ice la Chouffe is a murky brown ale with a soft, smooth khaki head that fades to a film and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Crumbles accumulate in the bottom of the glass. Aroma of alcohol, candied fruit, apple, cherry, nectarine, tobacco and hay. It's pretty full bodied and quite smooth with pretty dry finish. It's richly flavored and just a touch sweet. It's pretty complex with notes of peach, must, tropical fruit, leather, tobacco, cider, phenol and, later on, chocolate and fortified wine. It's a touch bitter at the end and quite warming. This is a pretty classy affair. It's a big bottle, so make sure you share. Very enjoyable; it's kind of a flavor adventure.
12-09-2011 15:09:17 | More by yesyouam
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours with a short tan head over a slightly cloudy amber body. Tons of lacing.
Bright spices dominate the aroma, with candy sugar, rich fruits, and Belgian yeast.
Sharp and lively mouthfeel for the ABV. Rich fruits are present, but not too thick. High spiced profile - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Plenty sweet, w/out being cloying. ABV is well masked by the carbonation level.
Simply awesome. Delicious, without being filling.
12-08-2011 02:47:43 | More by BeerImmediately
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Beer bottle (75 cl.), purchased from V&B Nantes and tasted in 2011.
Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : dried fruits, yeast and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dried fruits and spicy flavours, with alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.
12-02-2011 19:33:09 | More by thierrynantes
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Ale brewed with thyme and curacao peel huh? I had no idea what curacao peel was, so I looked it up: "It is liqueur flavoured with the dried peel of the laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao. A non-native plant similar to an orange."
A: It poured a very dark, murky, caramel brown color, with a fairly dense finger or so head that pretty much died down right away.
S: Glorious smell of melted dark candy, caramel, cotton candy, and some dark fruit. Overall, the scent on this resembled that of a "Fig Newton." No thyme on the nose, but I think thyme is a rather mild spice anyway.
T: I noticed the candy finish right away. I definitely got a ton of caramel, and with a hint of dark fruit (not much) to back that up. Of course, I wouldn't know what curacao tasted like if it jumped up and bit me in the ass. I'll stick to my guns and continue harping on the candy theme here: butterscotch, caramel, and burnt sugar.
M: First of all, this is INSANELY drinkable. The finish has sort of a fresh filtered water quality that washes over the potential syrupy sweetness. The mild pepper I got on the finish (perhaps that's the thyme?) only adds to the complexity. Not much lacing at all.
O: This is categorized as a "Belgian Strong Dark Ale" which is appropriate considering that this is strong, the color is dark, and it was imported from Belgium. However, this is one of the least Belgian-funk infused beers I've ever tasted. In fact, it's one of the best "Winter Warmers" to ever hit my palate...
11-30-2011 18:58:36 | More by Chaney
4/5 rDev -2%
A: Thick, dark brown. Very cloudy. Huge off-white head, nice retention and great lacing.
S: Caramel malt, rye spices and rye bread, oranges, along with other dark fruits like plums and dates. Deep, full aroma.
T/M: The first flavor that hits the palate immediately is that of rye bread. Spicy yeast and bready malts, followed by notes of caramel, dark sugared fruits, and mild hop flavors. Sweet, pretty rich, mildly spicy. Full bodied with high carbonation.
D: Great, well balanced strong ale.
11-26-2011 02:09:57 | More by YouSkeete
4/5 rDev -2%
AHHH 750 ml bottle with a great lable of some elves playing insidious games in the snow around a fire near a church. No cork though.
APPEARANCE - Produced excellent smoke upon cap release in which I tipped the bottle 3 xs & poof poof poof. Poured deep rich clear brown with an ok head without good sustanance. Little lacing.
Sniffer - Malty sweetness -spices - yeasty tartness & orangey.
TASTE - Sweet and smooth. Zesty with strong carbonation.
Body - This baby is not too heavy. You won't mistake this fo a stout in a blind taste trial. Let's just say you're not picking up the fat chick for a blow job at the end of the night with Chouffe.
D - Good drinkability. Powerful stuff. Made me burp like a soldier.
Goes well with seasonal Christmas music. I suggest something simple like John Fahey's Christmas cd.
11-24-2011 19:22:07 | More by frankiepop
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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