N'Ice Chouffe | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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N'Ice ChouffeN'Ice Chouffe

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with thyme and curaçao

Added by Bierman9 on 12-14-2001

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours with the appears a vary cloudy and dark iced tea color that has an off white to tan head that rich and pillowy and settles very slow leaving a rich curtain like lacing down the glass.

The nose is delicious with a combination of citrus and bread dominating the floral and alcohol that floats on a subtle bed of coriander, cardamon, nutmeg, and pine.

The taste is spectacular and rich. While it has a very high alcohol content the taste is not dominated by it, it enhances it. The flavors are a well blended citrus, bread and floral explosion of complexity that coats the palate is beer-gasmic awesomeness. the tastiness and flavors of spice are just amazing and perfect.

The moutfeel is super rich and just right for the style.

Overall this is an exceptional beet and extremely enjoyable. I highly recommend it as it is a beer-gasm ina bottle.

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Photo of surlyseth
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite all-time beer for me. I'll have to revisit Chimay Blue to confirm, but this is right up there with the Rochefort 8 and any of the best dark belgians.

A: Almost opaque, but red aura, if that makes sense.
S: Dark, dried fruits.
T&M: Just about flawless. It's got a lot of carbonation...which is good because you need to be paced with this!!! First inclination is to suck it down. It's got what I think of as grape soda goodness...those dark candy sugars going to town on your taste buds. But don't sell my review short, this is a refined brew. Patience is rewarded as it mellows. Raisins, plums, you know what I'm talking about!
D: Dangerous, yes. But if you know what you're dealing with, you will bide your time with it.

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Photo of OatherS
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown appearance.

Nice aroma that is not alcoholy that you would expect.

Taste is perfect blend of caramel and chocolaty flavor. Nice fruity flavor as well. Great taste

The bubbly appearnce is present in the mouthfeel as well. Nice feel.

VERY drinkable beer. The high alcohol content is not present at all making for a great beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.86/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The color is a dark brownish but in direct light, it's obviously more of a dark red amber. Streaming bubbles in the middle of the glass make a formidable tan colored crown. Fades slow to a scattered, thin covering.

A very candy-sweet malty aroma with sweet fruit, mostly cherries and apples. Sugar coated candy apples and a slight, spicy and herbal scent. As the liquid temp rises, the bold, sweet-fruity malt becomes more pungent, more sweet and dominating.

As the aroma is mostly a fruity-sweet malt thing, the flavor comes over with a nice spicy kick from the yeast, light and dry feel with very subtle malty tones at first. The candy/fruity flavored malt rides in a bit later on with a delicious tone. Red fruits, spice, thyme and the orange peel adds subtle hut effective depth to the already very complex malt and yeast. You would never guess the abv % to be at 10. It is slightly warm going down but is very deceptive. The quoff is crazy easy for such a complex mix. N'ICE indeed!

This one would age very well. Thinking of buying another 4 pack to have next year.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2010.

A: Massive 1 1/4" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over brownish-amber coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, spices, apples and pears.

T: Apples and pears up front which transitions to cloves, spices, bananas, figs and cherries in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A beautiful and complex Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and my favorite so far from this brewery.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage 750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost opaque, deep, dark mahogany color with a full three fingers of white head that slowly dissolved away into a thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. There is a very active effervesce of bubbles beginning at the bottom of the glass, and followed the curve of the glass to the bottom of the layer of head settled atop the beer.

Aroma: Ah, yes! That’s a Belgian Ale! Strong malt aromas up front, imparting notes of freshly baked bread, followed by /mixed with lots of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, sour cherries, candied sugar, some alcohol notes as well, and of course Belgian ale yeast.

Taste: Delicious! Lots of malt up front, that quickly gives away to tons of stone fruit! Plumbs, cherries, frigs, followed by some candied sugar-like sweetness. The beer finishes with a slight sour cherry-like sweetness that’s quite pleasant. I also get a few faint notes of orange citrus. Unfortunately, I’m not getting a lot of orange or any thyme, which the beer is brewed with, (according to the label), but this bottle is a few years old, so these flavors could have faded. I really want to try a fresh bottle next winter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and with quite a bit more carbonation that I’m used to in a Belgian dark strong ale, but it’s quite pleasant. With an ABV of 10.0%, there’s quite the strong, pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is another great Belgian strong dark ale! Great flavors of fruit and malt, balanced with some subtle, pleasant sour cherry. Delicious!

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Photo of benmiliron
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gift from wife. I love wife.

N'ice Chouffe is just beautiful beer. Dark brown, not as pretty as it tastes, but much like the rest in the style. Smell: spicy, sweet, candied fruit, but not overwhelming like so many other belgians. Taste is just divine. The spiced Chouffe taste with a heavier molasses/orange feel and stronger/alcoholic taste. This is the ultimate winter beverage. The alcohol is slightly warming on the tongue. Aftertaste of ginger and chocolate.

This is my favorite winter beer. Vive la Chouffe indeed.

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Photo of Bisho
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely loved this beer and so did the missus.
Had it on tap at the La Chouffe brewery whilst enjoying one of the N'Icest (pun intended) homemade lasagne's I have ever eaten!
Flavour profile was a cross between a SDA and a Belgian Quad. Bag's of flavour. So much so that I went back for seconds and thirds!
I love the standard La Chouffe and I only wish this one was as readily available for home consumption too. The brewery is too far away from Australia!!!

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this since Christmas 2015, so let's see how it is.

Look : One finger brown-white head, brown body.

Smell : Belgian yeast, orange, caramel, a hint of wood, some allspice. Very Christmas-y even after 10 months.

Taste : See above.

Feel : High carbonation, medium body, warming alcohol, pleasantly dry. No alcohol bite.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A spicy nose carries an array of pitted fruit aromas and sweet malts and yeasty esters. It pours deep brilliant amber bordering on brown under a 2” ligntly amber tinted off-white foam cap with a very fine bead. The cap gradually collapses as the bubble gradually grow and collapse, leaving gothic lace patterns on the glass. Its spicy with a fruity malty sweetness that stops short of cloying. As it warms cherry and plum with a hint of bubble gum become more distinct and prominent with light ginger, cinnamon and a hint of anise coming into focus. The brewer has lightened the body to somewhere around medium so it drinks a lot less hefty than many 10.0% abv beers. The above average carbonation also softens this big beer. The alcohol is smooth and not hot and shows its presence with a gentle warming. An excellent choice for sitting by the fire and relaxing.

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Photo of ncaudle
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap into a Chimay chalice on 7/13.

Very dark, opaque brown similar to others of this style with a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated after a few minutes, leaving a nice lacing around the glass.

Smell gave a mixture of pepper/corriander spiciness, dark fruits of raisins and plums with a mild sweetness.

Taste was excellent. I cant think of an exact description but somewhere between the sweetness of a Gulden Draak and the slightly bitter/dryness of a Delirium Nocturnum. The high ABV is not overwhelming.

Mouth feel was a nice light creamy texture. much smoother feeling than St Bernardus Abt 12.

Highly drinkable... may too easily drinkable given the alcohol content! Will definitely look for this in the future.

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Photo of threeviews
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2 (330ml) bottle (best by 02, 2018) into a signature (33cl) Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass. 1cm of yeast sediment poured into a separate glass and enjoyed separately.

A - Poured correctly, N'ice Chouffe pours a clear, ruby red/mahogany color with a 3-finger off-white head with moderate retention. (4.5)

S - Fresh and heady aromas of Caramel, Red Apple, Cherry, Orange flesh, hints of Chocolate and mild spice speak to the nose courtesy of this level of freshness (received at my local bottle shop: 11, 2016) for a Belgian ale. As it warms to room temperature a hint of alcohol becomes present. (4.75)

T - Flavors on the palate follow in step with the aromas. The earthly, herbal qualities from (what I presume to be) contribution from the Thyme are more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma. The finish is bone dry with a lingering warming in the chest. (4.75)

M - Medium mouthfeel and lighter than expected for an ale clocking in at 10% ABV. Intrinsically, any beer refermented in the bottle will possess a very lively carbonation...depending on your pouring ritual, it can be anywhere from prickly to creamy. My pour afforded an experience that ran the gamut over the course of consumption. (4.75)

O - Brasserie D'Achouffe has not disappointed and N'Ice Chouffe is another winner of an ale. Although defined as a 'Winter Warmer,' it possesses none those familiar spices associated with a "Christmas" beer. This is a wonderful Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Quads being much, much more fruity) is actually refreshing and something that can clearly be enjoyed year-round. Additionally, at ~$15 a four pack of a Belgian ale refermented in the bottle at 10% ABV, this is an absolute bargain! (4.75)

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Photo of Fallingonwater10
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most beautiful thing I have ever poured down my mouth. Caramel aftertaste after it goes down smooth. The beer gods have smiled upon you N'Ice Chouffe. How could the lord of the beer make this one any better? News flash, no way it could. Praise God for the sweet nectar of this one. The only thing that was rough was I jizzed in my pants on the first sip cause it was so amazing.

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Photo of cokes
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1999 edition
Very interesting...gets WAY better as the bottle empties.
Pours a murky golden-brown (first glass) to a opague dark brown (last glass) with yeast galore...some big floaters. Tan head sizzles it's way to extinction. One of the loudest beers I have encountered.

Heavy grape aroma. Exotic fruit and spice in the background.

Taste is heavy on the the grapes as well. Especially up front. Big carmel/toffee presence also (even more so as it warms..or in the last glass from the 750ml bottle). There is a raw, musty hoppiness in here that is just delightful. I am getting some slight peach fruitiness. Yeast spiciness (peppery) too. Alcohol is prickly and very perceived (but not in a bad way).
Mouthfeel starts on the thinnish side...settles to a substancial coating thickness...very, very impressive.
Warming and nearly sweat-inducing.
Quite impressive. A real treat.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 75cl bottle, the 2003 edition (no I couldn't wait very long...)

Pours into the goblet a dark brown, almost pitch black with a thick tan head. Some dark reddish hints around the edges. Smells heavenly. Spicy and yeasty. Alcohol flavors but mixed in with orange peel aromas and sticky sweet malt aromas too. Very inviting.

My limited palate will not do this beer justice. Spicy and sweet. Orangey flavors, fruity. The fruity yeasty flavors meld wonderfully with the dried orange peel flavors and I am unable to descern where one ends and the other begins. The thyme mentioned on the bottle is evident in the background. The bottle also states that it is brewed with "alot of dark candy sugar" and they do not lie. Lots of sweet, sticky molasses-like flavors. Hints of brown sugar? Lots of sweet malty flavors that I can't identify. Just know that they are good flavors.

Mouthfeel is sticky and the finish surprisingly bitter. Lots of those molasses tones stuck to the roof of your mouth. With all of this big flavor, very very drinkable. The perfect beer for a cold snowy evening. This beer only gets better as it warms. The bottle suggests 60 degrees. My cellar is close to 50 at this point but it warms beautifully.

Easily my favorite Chouffe beer. I just have to get some to cellar before this winter is over, I can only imagine how this would taste with a year or two under its belt.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice, color is a cloudy amber, with floating yeasties. A moderate head dissipates quickly leaving a light trace of bubbles around the perimeter.

Smells of sweet hay and brown sugar, a bit of prune. Very inviting combination, almost like fruit jelly.

A wonderfully unique taste sensation, with numerous flavors, some coriander, berry fruit, brown sugar, ginger, clove, plum, grape juice, and a green earthiness from the thyme. Finishes with lingering notes of thyme and a some bitter hops.

The mouthfeel is light and sparkly with good tight carbonation. A very clean feel that enables the nuanced flavors to come through. A little anesthetizing on the tongue, but in a good way.

For all the flavor this beer packs in, it is light and crisp, like a spiced cider, and is quaffable, but at 10% you must bide your time. This is one holiday ale that I will make a point of having annually.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When first poured the color was of a reddish amber brown with tan foam and some lace. The smell was very pleasant with a spicy aroma with a hint of citrus. Wow, the flavor had a smooth creamy, spicy taste with an orangy citrus flavor. After further sips, you could taste more of the thyme, hops and malted grains. I can't believe this ale is 10% alcohol. This is one smooth Belgium Ale with such high alcohol content. What a pleasant surprise. I need more of this special brew!

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Photo of hosehead83
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from "Limited edition 2010" big "bomber" bottle into a wine goblet.
Amber/brown in color, with a big fluffy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy, orange zest, earthy hop note
Taste-Effervesent, brown sugar,Belgian spicy yeast, coarse hop note, orange peel. very complex and full of character, faint warming alcohol in the finish. Very well-balanced and flavorfull, every sip has a little different nuance. 10.0ABV is very well hidden. Enjoy with family and friends in front of a fire or Christmas tree.

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Photo of marc77
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Garnet hue w/ a light haze, covered by a light beige, fluffy, persistent, very dense head. A waft of sweetly herbal fresh thyme is perceived at first in aroma, then notes of citrus rind and mellow chocolate ensue. As the beer breathes, dark, fructose laden date and raisin like fruitness surfaces along with nostril tingling peppery alcohol. Malt becomes more pronounced as well, with dark caramel and hints of breadiness rounding the aroma out. A pleasure to inhale. Flavorwise, this beer starts out like a Belgian Dark Strong. Dryish, powered cocoa chocolate sweetness hits the palate at first, but this flavor profile takes a wild, but enjoyable turn towards herbs and citrus. Well calculated fresh thyme complements the slight raisiny, dark caramel malt foundation, and melds with both dried orange peel citrusy flavors and bitterness. Mellow chocolate malt is not far behind, then combines mid palate to leave a milk chocolate dipped, candied orange peel impression. Fruity esters are well integrated, being comprised of mild notes of barely ripe pear and plums. Light to medium in body, well attenuated, yet very smooth after the initally high CO2 level dissipates, with a deceivingly crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Hop bitterness, although paltry, provides contrast to the mostly dark caramel malt derived sweetness. Finishes paradoxically dry, yet long and complex, w/ hints of clove, bread and butter simulatenously lingering. Delicious! This is the 2002 release... I can only imagine what a couple years of cellaring could do. N'Ice Chouffe is easily the most drinkable high gravity brew I've tasted. Deceptively soft all around. It's amongst the most complex beers I've had the pleasure of drinking as well, even this young. It's very unique, creative and satiating; like many other Belgians, however, it's potentially dangerous in drinkability. It seems that this brewery can do no wrong.

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Photo of Lothar666
4.63/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a light brown color with a rocky, two finger, tan head.

Smell: Aroma of clove, caramel, red apples, dates, figs, thyme and burnt orange peel.

Taste: Rich and fruity upfront with moderate notions of winter spices and belgian yeast. I'm getting sugarplums, raisins, baked red apples, currants and milk chocolate upfront. Yeasty notes of winter spices like, thyme, cinnamon, clove, and gentle bitter notions of burnt orange peel balance out the sweetness. Has a clean, alcoholic, warm flavor.

Feel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Alcohol profile is detectable.

Overall: A beautiful christmas beer. Very good stuff, especially if you like belgian strong ales.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 97

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Photo of kirkmichel
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- dense opaqe ruby color with a thick tan foam at least 2 inches (it ame in a cool N'Ice Chouffe glass goblet) Appearance was impressive.
s- Metallic, but lots of toasted malt and sweet dark fruit sugars.
t- 0zing of sweet red cherries, banana, raisins, and stone fruit, that finishes as just a warm, unobtrusive malty flavor in the middle of the tongue.
m- Viscous, but clean, dousanmt leave too much behind.
d- Very drinkable, but at 10% ABV beware.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden orange, slight haze with a very sticky, off white head. Aromas of berries, yeast and barnyard with a spritz of zesty alcohol. Medium bodied mouth feel at first - it gets heavier as it slides thru your mouth. Flavors of cherries and watermelon mix with pecans dipped in coco and sugar candy sweetness. All this happens an instant before deliciously peppery hops surround and bite your tongue with earthy bitterness, the bitter and warm of alcohol lingers for hours.
I've never tasted anything quite like this. I have had this in a bottle in years past but this cask version is more rich and complex than I remember the bottles being.
Outstanding and unique.

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Photo of bronzeside
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 750ml bottle from a local retailer.
2007 product
Consumed in a Ommegang Chalice.
Very pleasant winter ale.
Dark--like a good cup of French roast coffee.
Nice head, but not overwhelming. Smaller bubbles. They dissipate after a couple minutes but do not disappear. Enough to let you know you are drinking a real beer, but not so much that they get in the way.
Taste--Curacao, spice and dark sugar, but so, so, mellow. Although I mention sugar, this is not a sweet beer.
Slightly bitter on the end, but not jolting. Just enough to even things out.
Be careful--even after one chalice, this is a different beast.

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