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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

792 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Proteus93

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown snifter pour, with a creamy head companion.

S: Light, sweet, ripe fruits. A touch of spiciness.

T: Musky, leafy & herbal, some bitterness and spiciness. A little bit of a tobacco note in there?

M: A bit expressive, a rich body... a little bigger than what I was expecting.

D: One at a time for me on this one, though it's nice. I may prefer some of the other products a little more, but this one is still a good call.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2008 20:40:10 | More by Proteus93
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JayQue

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh Yeah!!! A nice Belgian. I had an L 2006 vintage in a Chimay goblet, Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Head retention is weak, based on the abv. Lacing is weak. Smell is good, astringent, spicy, Belgian candy sugar.

Taste is very good. I served it fairly warm to begin with and the flavors are big without being overwhelming. This is a very approachable beer for newbies to Belgians. It has everything: astringency, spices. candy sugar, bubble gum/banana essence. They are all wrapped up in a smooth mixture that doesn't get overly sweet or annoying over the long haul.

Very smooth, very drinkable. Some alcohol taste but this is one you could sip until the booze kicked in too hard.

I will definitely get a few of these again next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 02:27:46 | More by JayQue
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a big head initially with tight bubbles. This fades to a cap that lingers. Smells sweeet with candi sugar, a touch herbal, spicy, and with some citrus, particularrly on the finish. The taste is rich and malty, and sweet with candi sugar. The thyme gives the beer a more earthy note that plays of the sweetness nicely. Spicy and a bit rummy, like a good fruitcake. Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated, and it could be a touch creamier. The high carbonation makes it a little les drinkable than it would be otherwise, but it is still tasty. Even though the alcohol flavors are there, it doesn't come off as hot at all. Not my favorite Belgian wwinter brew, but quite nice nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 15:13:00 | More by Georgiabeer
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jjayjaye

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy root beer color with a full finger off white head that fades fairly quickly to surface. A good amount of lacing present. The smell is somewhat reserved. An earthy Belgain yeast and malty character that has a spicy factor and is a little sweeter at warmer temps. Boasts a classic effervescence that lends itself to an ultra creamy texture. The slightly sweet malty center expresses subtle dark fruit notes. The taste has slightly less depth than some. Lighter overall. The 10% ABV will be a surprise later. A really good drinker. The plan is to savor the balance of this sample. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 23:55:28 | More by jjayjaye
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped into Super Saver Liquor Locker in Edison and to my surprise, came across this 750 ML, limited edition, vintage 2003 bottle of N'Ice Chouffe... After sampling other beers from this brewery, had high hopes for their winter selection... "Best before end of 2008" on the back - this bottle is 5 years old, so the full array of aromas and flavors should really come through on this one... Dark, mahogany-brown appearance with a frothy and tan head sat atop a dark-burgundy color hue... a noticeable aroma of caramel and figs poured through on this one, and led to a superb conglomeration of flavors that manifested itself in prune, brown sugar, candy, and toffee flavors... Very good taste with a hardly detectable 10% ABV makes for a terffic Belgain beer... Another winner from this exceptional brewery - all of their samples are top-notch... Glad I found this one... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 13:43:47 | More by dsa7783
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bort11

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received from BRoss242 as part of the BA Secret Santa 07, and this is the last one I haven't reviewed fro the haul. Great big thanks to BRoss242!

Limited Edition 2006 vintage 750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice tan head that stands a half inch. Recedes slowly. Leaves a blanket of lacing on the wall of the glass that slides back into the beer. Color is a dark reddish mahogany brown.

Once the cap was cracked there was a very fruity aroma. Smell in the glass is very malty and sweet. Dark candy sugars, nice and not overwhelming. A bit like orange juice that has been sitting out. Taste is balanced sweetness, not over the top at all. Mildly citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel has nice warm medium body. By the end of the bottle my mouth was feeling a little numb. Right now I am feeling very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 02:56:17 | More by bort11
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Lothar666

Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml bottle with my brother, served at room temperature and poured into a pair of snifters.

A- An aggressive pour yielded an off-white frothy head that was two fingers thick but receeded quickly, leaving bits of sticky lacing around the rim of my St. Bernardus snifter. This was set atop a deep oak colored body with bits of sediment floating in the glass.

S- As my brother would say, it smells like the forest. Fragrant aromas of spices and floral accents are present, as well as a slight smell of citrus.

T- Spices, spices, and more spices, with some sweet malts and a taste of citrus, cinnamon and brown sugar- there is a warming taste of strong alcohol in the finish. Absolutely delicious, this is an excellent night cap beer with a phenominal complexity that improves as it warms.

M- Very light body for such a dark brew, with a pleasant tingle in the mouth from the spices but with the smoothness of a beer with much less alcohol by volume. Most enjoyable.

D- Extremely drinkable for a beer with such a high ABV. The smoothness of the brew makes it easy and tempting to chug or gulp, but the delicious flavors, complexity and price point demand that this is a beer to sip on and savor.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 02:15:17 | More by Lothar666
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shroompod

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown. Good head , nice lacing.

Smell is faint , some of the curacao peel seems to come through.

This beer taste has a taste of tart apple pie (odd since it's made with oranges), with hints of allspice. I can't really taste the thyme.

Nice medium mouthfeel , good carbonation.

Overall I'll finish the bottle without a problem, 2 might wreck me.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 01:44:01 | More by shroompod
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours black looking at first, but a closer look leads to a clear, red mahogany/cedar, with an average white head, good retention.

S: Light, but got some nice but typical BSDA notes, and spices.

T: This is a nice spiced Christmas beer IMO. A thick blanket of dark malt provides the backbone to a complex mix of dark fruit - raisins, grape juice, mixed with some nutmeg and molasses cookies, with a bit of licorice.

M: Nice and smooth, not feeling the 10% at all, though it has a slight warming characteristic, very well done for this style.

D: A very good Christmas beer that only gets better as it warms up, got to buy a bottle of this each November or December.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2008 00:19:58 | More by Halcyondays
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany color with little to no head. The aroma and flavor had a mild spicy character, some sugar evident, and a hint of bubblegum and Christmas cookies. The flavors were complex and tasty without being over done - no overt sugary/ alcohol character. Yes, this one was quite "N'Ice."

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2008 00:23:44 | More by dedrinker
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HopGoblin

Massachusetts

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

Pours deep amber with a thin off white head, which disappears rather quickly. Beautiful aromas of raisins and licorice. First sip is rather spicy, which gives way to slighty bitter orange zest flavor. Strong alcohol prescence gives way to whiskey flavors. The mouthfeel on this one is good, slighty dry, it leaves a fruity flavor in the mouth. The first beer of 2008, may the rest be this good. I look forward to picking up one of these next Christams.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 18:45:08 | More by HopGoblin
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dnichols

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I shared this fine winter brew with my sons on Christmas day. We poured the capped 750 ml bottle into chilled chalices.

A: It poured a dark brown body with an off-white to tan head that was an abundant three fingers. The head slowly receded leaving a thick curtain of lacing that clung to the side of the glass.

S: It presented a sweet malt aroma rich in caramel and dark yeasts. It smelled of brown sugars and floral herbs and spices.

T: It tasted of sweet toasted malts that generated flavors of caramel and sweet light chocolates. The floral herbs and spices generated by hops and the alcohol gave it a wintery warmness that make me feel like I was enjoying a rich spicy hot chocolate spiced with nutmeg and all spice.

M: It was full-bodied with sweet malts and spices. It was warming and finished clean with no aftertaste.

D: It was a joy to drink...so much so that in some ways I regretted having to share the bottle. I wanted more when my allotment was done. I enjoy Mc Chouffe but this excellent BSDA gives it a run for my favorite from this fine brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:59:44 | More by dnichols
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JanM

Sweden

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very nicely in a reddish brown colour and with good foam and lacing. The smell was of apple must and yeast. The taste was red jam-ish, sweet and yeasty with notes of bread and spices. Although the ABV is high the alcohol was not so noticable in the taste. It's important to serve this beer just slightly chilled and wait a while before drinking to bring out the full taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 19:02:11 | More by JanM
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Limited edition 2007" - 750 ml bottle:

Pours slight hazed dark brown with a huge fluffy head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell if of thyme, curucao peel, anise, caramel and chocolate.

The taste and curucao peel give it a pleasant, unique spiciness that does not overwhelm. Caramel, chocolate and anise mix in nicely, as does a zesty fruitiness. Nice complexity. The alcohol is present and warming, but not too sharp or interfering.

It's medium-bodied - a bit effervescent - warming.

A flavorful beer to enjoy sipping on in the winter season.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 14:45:39 | More by jwc215
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BuckSpin

Maine

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

Presentation: v.2006 Limited Edition 750ml bottle in a stemmed tulip

Poured strong, vigorous, with some energy & snap to it. Slightly sour up front on the nose, yet in a sweet way...like a sour candy. Damp, muted spices (orange peel is barely whispering & with some effort I can pick up the thyme) hide in the background play with the delicate yet noticeable presence of alcohol (somewhat port like) added warmth & a slight sharpness. The malts have a subtle dark cherry quality, probably from the candy sugar. Overall its nicely balanced, not too strong nor weak, resonating like an old parlor in a Victorian mansion. As it blooms the malts have a faint breadiness, the sugars grow sweeter with some currant & thicker as in treacle. The sour quality becomes more of a distant mustiness, hence that parlor.

The head was a solid finger's worth of loose ruddy-ecru foam that faded rather quickly and with noticeable hiss & crackle, leaving only a few thin floaters and a very delicate edge ring. The color is striking - a dark, slightly hazed rhubarb-cranberry hue that resembles a 20 year port...most striking. There is a soft radiance to it, it shimmers & dances in the light.

Its interesting that the color & aspects of the nose echo of port in that the mouth-feel reminds me of it as well! So soft, wet, sweet, round, big & full, its like a big, wet kiss initially. The "fireworks" that typically following such a lip-lock come soon behind in the form of those spices - sharp white pepper, orange peel - slightly biting, adding much needed & well crafted levity. While its not a leading role, the thyme used in brewing is there in the mid-ground, adding a very delicate & atypical level to it.

It does grow drier on the palate, although not above what I would clarify as a semi-dry feel. The alcohol takes its que and starts to rise, slowly filling my various dental cavities with a dull warmth and wrapping their occupants in a woolen embrace. It finishes slightly thick & full, a little heavier but not quite syrupy, leaving behind a clean aftertaste rich in stone fruits and dull spices warming themselves (ironically just like the gnomes on the bottle) by the fire of the alcohol's afterglow.

A wonderful beer experience from pour to gulp. This was very nice. A year did not diminish it by any means. I really enjoyed the way it started soft & full and finished in more of the typical Belgian style. Definitely a nice sipper for a cold winter's evening & a beer that can hold up to at least a few years of aging. This would pare nicely with a milder Bleu or a nice dry Cheddar, perhaps even Cotswold & the like. While I'm sure there are number of food offerings that would be nice (they would need to have some zest or spice to them) I feel that this one might be best enjoyed as a sipper. I will definitely make a point of visiting the Choufee gnomes every December. Recommended with no hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 01:50:21 | More by BuckSpin
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Boto

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: I had this one on Xmas Eve. It pours a dark brown, ruby tinged color. There was a decent sized beige head on it. A fairly decent amount of lacing. A fair amount of malts to the nose, with some roastiness and spiciness. The taste is quite good. Fairly full bodied with a hint of roastiness to the strong malts. Not real sweet, but nicely balanced. Some fruits coming through also. An excellent holiday beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 17:59:08 | More by Boto
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle, 2007 batch. The beer was dark burgandy color, mostly clear with some floaties. At first there was a pretty good volume of foam, but it passed out quickly. The aroma was sweet malt and spicy spices (guessing thyme and curacao peel from the label). The taste was about as complex as any I've had, lots of competitions between sweet malts, tangy citrus, bitterness and sweetness and spices (maybe add coriander to the previously listed ingredients). Very very nice, and perfect for Christmas Eve.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 00:56:46 | More by TurdFurgison
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TheLiterati

California

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently enjoyed a 2006 limited edition bottle of this ale, purchased at my local BevMo store. I was lured by the description of an "ale brewed with spices, thyme & Curacao peel," along with the fact that it's brewed by Brasserie D'Achouffe.

This bottle was found in the cooler at the store along with a bunch of other holiday beers. There was no way to be certain it was stored properly prior to its arrival on the refrigerated shelf, but I thought I'd take my chances.

Poured a rich brown, with a fruity, carmel nose. The very first word that came to mind upon the first sip was "soft," which for me is a bit different than smooth, but not quite flat. This bottle was a little short on carbonation, but not so much that it was undrinkable.

I expected a bigger or bolder taste - maybe more of a kick from the spices, or a little zest from the Curacao peel, but again, it fell a bit short.

All in all I think this seasonal ale is likely quite drinkable. I just think I got a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 23:13:18 | More by TheLiterati
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joepais

Maine

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured dark brown with a tan head that goes quickly to lace aromas of sweet fruit holiday spices and bread .Nice creamy moderately full mouth feel .sweet malts and candies as well as flavors of orange , spices and hops that help calm the sweetness Another wonderful brew from Chouffe

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 02:54:29 | More by joepais
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage.
Poured into a glass goblet. Pours dark brown with the color and texture of gulden draak vintage. The head quickly dissipates into a thin ring. The nose is spicy and of slight dark fruit. Raisin and date. Taste is a similar to gulden, but with more spice and less strength. dark fruit flavors with some orane and spice flavoring. slight hop finish, aftertaste fades quickly. Mouthfeel is odd as it feels a little overcarbonated and quite thin. Drinkability would be good but the carbonation makes it kind of abrasive. Good beer, would probably age very well.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 04:38:38 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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marcpal

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into chalice at Old Bay, New Brunswick.

A: Very dark red, almost dark cherry coloring with a slight head early. Minimal to zero lacing with a clear film.

S: Strong alcohol aroma with an inviting warmth on a cold night. The malts and spices are present but the overall smell to this one really didnt stick out in terms of one dominating flavor or sugar.

T: Wine type presence here, really pleasant. I really enjoyed the flavor of this one and the alcohol presence, reminiscent of the Elf. The spices are clearly there and not sure which spices hit first but throughout the beer really picked up the different flavors. Warming taste and some fruit tartiness toward the end- big fan of the taste early and even more toward the end..

M: Medium body for the style of ale but the warming presence is really really good.

D: Alcohol to me was evident but a tremendous seasonal beer that you cant put too many down but one or two of these to start a cold night would be ideal.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2007 19:34:07 | More by marcpal
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largadeer

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle aged for 1 year.

Appearance: A gentle pour into a tulip glass gave me about 1 inch of frothy foam. The body of the beer is a faintly translucent dark reddish-amber. Head retention is somewhat poor, but it's otherwise a nice looking beer.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts and alcohol are most prevalent, with notes of thyme coming through along with other more ambiguous spice aromas.

Taste: This is very malty stuff - it's sweet from start to finish, with very little in the way of bitterness or bite. The malt has a dried fruit and syrupy berry-like quality to it, and I was hard pressed to pick out any distinct hop flavors. The thyme and curacao peel are very present but nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Lower in carbonation than other d'Achouffe beers I've had, but that's not a bad thing at all. It's smooth, warming, and really easy to drink despite the high ABV and the sheer thickness of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 01:26:26 | More by largadeer
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to Brian for this beer.Drank from a Affligem goblet.

Dark brown with amber edges.Egg white colored head.Some sparse lacing.

Berry,molasses,brown sugar,chocolate,plums tastes.

Yeast,berry,molasses,brown sugar,plums notes.

Mouthful is smooth and easy tasting.Very complex and hard to tell the flavors.

I liked this beer alot.This is the better of the two Chouffe beers I tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 00:47:38 | More by MmmIPA
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottle poured into a Duvel snifter. The beer pours a nearly opaque deep brown with a decent frothy off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is brown sugar and molasses with some dried fruits, coffee and just a hint of chocolate. The taste is extremely complex. Dried fruits dominate with some spice and some molasses. The beer is very heavy and somewhat aggressively carbonated. This one is certainly a sipper, decently enjoyable on a cold autumn night.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 05:30:51 | More by atsprings
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bomber into a pint glass.

A maple-colored body darkens out of the light to a rich amber hue. The head is thin and tan, but retains quite well. A huge malty profile lays out the framework for the aroma, piling on caramel, toffee, and brown sugar notes. The yeast brings a cornucopia of fruits like raisin, plum, pear, and banana. Cinnamon and coriander spices abound as well.

The taste is laced with chewy alcohol esthers, raisin bread, and spices galore. Quite the complex brew; it coats the mouth with a big, viscous body that packs a full-fledged carbonation level and a fierce alcohol finish. All in all, this is a beer to be cherished over a yule-tide fire. Drink carefully, though, as this brew packs a punch. Shame that I downed it in October, but what's done is done. I'll most likely look for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 06:51:08 | More by wagenvolks
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
91 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.