N'Ice Chouffe - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
ST: 750ml poured into a chalice. The bottle lists the ABV and a DBD.
A: Dark mahogany brown with a HUGE off white rocky head. The head continues to sit on top for over a minute.
S: Piney hops, spice, orange, fruity esters.
T: Belgium sugar, orange, grapefruit hops, dark berries, warming alcohol, Belgium funky feast, and spice.
M: Heavy and smooth.
O: Heavy, fruity, and spicy, this beer offers an excellent warmth for the winter. It is certainly a beer to have more as a desert, and to sip, rather than to drink a lot of in one sitting. It is the type of beer that truly does seem special and meant for the holidays.
12-21-2011 01:10:29 | More by ianjsullivan
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
A- pours a slight hazed amber/brown color with a light tan head and some lacing on glass
S- was spice and bread with malt
T- very good with some spice like nutmeg, sweet dark fruit, hints of caramel and toffee
M- medium high carbonation with a crisp dry start
O- very tasty, great fruit and spice and yeast profile in a smooth drinking winter srong dark ale
12-18-2011 21:43:46 | More by gatornation
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
A - Nut brown, huge light tan head, lots of carbonation keep the head around for awhile, and lots of lacing.
S - Yeast, spice, and some caramel malt with hints of dark fruit.
T - Malt throughout, from beginning to end. Starts with a bit of lingering sweetness from some sugars that were not broken down. A nice spiciness then comes on along with some yeast. The spice is then complimented with some alcohol notes as you finish the sip.
M - Is it possible for a beer to have a complex mouthfeel? Perhaps not, but this beer does have a lot going on, moderate body, definitely some undigested sugars in there, a nice tingle from the carbonation, warming from the alcohol.
O - This is a nice Belgian Dark Strong, I thought it may be a bit too spicy but I didn't feel that was the case, just a nice complex flavor profile. A worthy limited edition from Brasserie d'Achouffe.
12-18-2011 02:04:40 | More by steelerguy
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
nice belgian take on a winter beer. pours dark berry red with a rising and lasting 3 inch head in a tulip glass. smells belgian yeasty and of sour cherries, possible candy sugar, but this isnt a sweet aroma, just complex. taste has definitive notes of cherries, fresh ones, and a sturdy malt spine. mouthfeel is belgian magic, smooth, not too heavy, and well carbonated. ten dollars for a small pour, but the flavor is worth it. unique winter brew and excellent with some live grateful dead cover tunes!
12-16-2011 05:11:09 | More by StonedTrippin
3.78/5 rDev -7.4%
A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of spice and a tad bit of skunkiness. There was a touch of breadiness, too.
T - There was a nice presence of candy sugar with some bready malt. It had some good spiciness with a touch of dried fruit.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.
O - This was a very nice tasting Belgian. The aroma had some issues but it delivered a great taste.
12-16-2011 02:36:34 | More by zeff80
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
750 mL green bottle served cold into a goblet.
N'Ice Chouffe is a deep redish brown color with a slightly hazy appearance. The head is thick at first but settles fairly quickly and leaves only a little bit of spotty lacing.
Aroma is slightly sweet with a brown sugar and carmel quality. The yeast gives pleasant spice note.
Flavor is really enjoyable again with the Belgian candi sugar and spicy yeast. Good depth of flavors with cloves, pepper, dark dried fruits and orange peel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden.
Overall a really good Belgian dark ale and probably one of the best Christmas seasonal beers I've had.
12-14-2011 03:15:29 | More by GilGarp
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.
Pours a hazy dark brown with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this beer. Smell is of malt, dark fruits (plums, prunes), and some mild spice aromas. Taste is of malt, the dark fruits, and a nice balance of spices. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good BSDA with some very nice flavors going on.
12-11-2011 20:03:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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