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 rabsten
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage, poured into pint glass. Dark red-amber. Thick head, coarse bubbles, very carbonated.

Mild malted smell. Nothing exeptional.

Taste is special. Anise or fennell in the intial stage, then a sweet maltiness, and a mild finish that leaves you wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel starts out a bit astringent, going along with the licorice-like flavor, but then rounds out into a less dry feeling.

Drinkablity. A pleasant drinking beer.

It's geared towards cold to cool weather drinking, but I've got a nice, warm spring day around me and this beer is doing me fine. I've heard the green glass on this one means it doesn't age too well, so you may want to be wary for looking this one up now. But, if you can find some that has been properly kept (mine was in the back of the fridge for 4 months, out of light's way), it's worth picking up.

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Photo of Crosling
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vertical, with a 2002, 2003 and 2004 and I definately perferred te 2004, but I also hate oxidation. Dark ruby color. Very subtle aromatically, comparing multiple samples. Rich toffee and spice with a pretty overwhelming bitter and acidic flavor, along with an orange tone, which may come from spices. Musty yeast as well. Never really been to fond of it.

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Photo of rodrot
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark reddish brown color with a fluffy one inch head. Aroma was malty and caramelly in the nose. Taste was quite alcoholic at first with notes of malt, spice, dark fruit, prunes and candi sugar. The beer had a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Overall, this beer tasted overly sweet to me and had a rather thin mouthfeel. I could barely detect the spices that are stated on the bottle(thyme, curacao peel). Drinkability was low due to the strong alcohol and excessive sweet taste. Kind of disappointing, but I guess that's part of the fun of trying new beers. Some really surprise you and others are a letdown.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious beer! Typically Belgian S. D. Ale in that it's very berry like in flavor, sweetness, tartness, and intensity. Sweetened with cotton-candy sugars, barley malt, and spices. Full and rich on the palate without becoming thick or heavy. Sweetly alcoholic, but swirled around the berry tartness. Lightly woody, musky, dates, and figs. Finishes lightly sweet, tart, and spicy. Looks very much like prune-juice, but tastes much better. A firm, rocky head tops off this juicy beverage.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazy russet brown with a huge blooming light brown head that sticks like glue as it slowly settles.Very spicey aromas like that of cinnamon and nutmeg with a touch of orange and prune underneath.The orange peel in this brew show on the palate along with some phenolic yeasty spiciness and raisin but its not overly sweet,somewhat breasy mouthfeel compliments the flavors nicely.Its a beer that goes down easy but not overly big flavor wise but solid none the less.

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Photo of Jredner
2.92/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is highly spiced and tickles the nose. Dark red/brown in color with a typically thick Belgian head. Flavor is somewhat muted in the fore to be honest. far less sweet than most Belgian X-mas ales and that is nice. The fore is very mellow malts and slight spice then the finish is dominated by the bitter orange that coats the tongue. If you press your tongue hard against the roof of your mouth you’ll feel how thouroughly the tongue is coated. A decent brew with a different approache, but I have to say it wasn’t all that great to me.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at Tully's; hadn't seen it there before. The bottle said Limited Edition 2005. An extraordinary , complex beer. It was a medium brown color with a coffee-colored head and some nice lacing. It had a distinct spicy odor, very warm, almost like a red pepper. Tasting was a revelation. It was sweet, orange, spices, some malt, and a nice warm aftertaste. A little bubbly for my taste. The alcohol is not noticeable at first, but it certainly sneaks up on you. Be careful with it.

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Photo of bruachan
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

steve at hudson w&s had a 2003 vintage so i bought it

garnet and mahogany under a billowing creamy head that sticks some of itself to the glass

the aroma reminds me of rochefort: soft chocolate and nuttiness. fig and vinous notes dance around there too, with spice

a creamy mouthfeel reveals spice: the bottle says thyme and dried orange peel. more appears from the yeast and its relationship with the candy sugar. white pepper and a fair amount of hop flavor

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystl clear amber brown with an almost tan head which rose well and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy and interesting with a a nice citrusy punch coupled with a strong dark fruit character. The bottle lists thyme, but the spice in the aroma came across as more of a zesty spice, probably due to some alcohol phenolics. The dark fruits were mainly raisins and prunes and were well executed.

The flavor was nicely done with a well achieved level of spice which contained a moderate citrus presence. The spice was difficult to determine and even with the thyme listed on the label was not a flavor that came to mind. The flavor contained a healthy portion of dark fruits with raisin and prune flavors which complemented the citrus and spice.

The finish was dry with a lasting spice contribution and dark fruits well done into the aftertaste. The body was above medium and the carbonation level was moderate. The alcohol barely makes a presence and only really was a factor in the aroma, even the warming after consumption was low. A very nice beer, unsure why I had not reviewed it before, but a welcomed addition nonetheless!

750 ml bottle. Limited edition 2005 on from silk screen.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Quite a nice winter warmer. Pours a deep, deep red/brown. Looks rich, with a tan head that leans toward a brownish tinge. Looks kind of like a brown ale with some cranberry juice added. The nose is, above all, sweet. I find huge molasses hints in the nose, combined with the curacao peel advertised on the label. In addition to the molasses and curacao, I found prune undertones in the nose.

The molasses and curacao take over in N'Ice Chouffe's flavor. There's an extreme sweetness present -- almost like aspertame -- that is expressed as molasses and curacao. Very few bitter notes balance out the sweetness, but the slight hop note is enough to balance the beer well. The beer itself is rather thin, but the sweet sugars in the beer give the appearance of a more substantial moutfeel.

Overall, this is a sweet, sumptuous brew that is meant to be enjoyed by itself and only once in a while. Very sweet, very heady brew. A treat, but not as good a beer as, say, La Chouffe, the flagship beer for Brasserie d'Achouffe.

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Photo of weeare138
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'04 Edition...
Appears a glowing red and amber with a nice 3 finger tan head that retains nicely and leaves bubbly chunks of scattered lacing around the glass.
Smell is of slightly earthy and caramel malts with touches of berries, lots of melted Belgian candy sugar, and some spices. Definite Chouffe yeast comes through to make for a fine winter brew.
Taste is of the candy sugar with berries, raisins, spices, and touches of spice.
Mouthfeel is subtle and sweet with a mild prickliness that is slick along the palate.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark brown with a pillowy beige head that falls into a thin blanket, leaves a nice lace down the glass.
the aroma is rich with carmelized malt, citrus, and unidentified spice/herb (guessing it is the thyme) with a hint of alcohol.
the flavor is heaven rich with maltiness and cirtus, thyme, candied sugars, hint of bitterness.
the mouthfeel is a little thin but that is perfect to the style.
beer is very drinkable but most enjoyed on a cold night.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Edition. Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature. Bottle reads "BEST BEFORE END 2010". I will have to hoard a few of these for the years to come.

Appearance- Juicy, glorious berry red with raisin brown highlights... looks like it could be Rodenbach's heftier cousin. The explosive, four finger head pops and hisses into a thin mat floating on the surface. Lacing is moderate and sporadic, with island-like cling.

Smell- Huge, dark candy sugar and malts with alcohol-soaked spices of curacao peel and thyme. Monstrous and god-like are not overexaggerations of the aroma here... I am sitting here getting drunk off the smell. This is a winter brew built to last, and it has enough going on in the nose to probably cellar for years. If you blended a vintage ruby port with a quadrupel, this is what it might smell like.

Taste- Berry-like fruits plow through the festival of malt and spices, holding nothing back with regard to strength. Full, round, overwhelmingly huge (but not at all to a detriment) this has a balance that could be thought impossible for a beer of 10%. Of the great offerings from Brasserie D'Achouffe, this is actually my favorite.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Near perfection... Slick, rolling, and luscious in the mouth. The tiny bubbles whisk the gigantic, heavy strength of the beer elegantly down the gullet, leaving no harshness or cloying whatsoever. Each time I enjoy a bottle of this edition (2005), I walk away feeling like this beer is one of Winter's great treasures... and one to come back to again and again.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian Strong Dark Ale pours medium-dark amber with a large head of carbonation. The smell to me was a light medicine smell. The taste, however, was a rich, warm, and caramel with the warming aftertaste of a bourbon due to the high alcohol content. The mouth feel was full and heavy but flat. This Belgian Ale is “N’ice”.

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Photo of blackie
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour into my snifter creates a 1" light tan head that slowly recedes until a layer of bubbles remains on top and a collar rounds the glass. The remaining carbonation is The beer is a reddish, slightly hazy mahogany in color.

smell: The smell is a beautiful mixture of winter spice, malt sweetness, and hop aroma. The hops smell green, and while their presence is obvious, it is light and in balance with the other delicate aromas. I can definately pick up on some of the curacao, and I think the thyme, but that may be my nose playing tricks on my mind. Belgian sugars and dark, sugary fruits come to mind as I sip. There may be a slight yeasty characteristic in there. The 10% alcohol is very well hidden, though it is bound to become more obvious as the beer warms, as it does. Upon taking a deep whiff, the alcohol fumes cool the nasal passages.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is high, but the small bubbles keep it from being detracting, as in some highly carbonated beers. After the sip, prickly, soft bubbles explode all over the tongue. The body is a light medium. After the swallow, a very lightly syrupy slickness is left behind.

taste: All the individual characteristics of the flavor are shy to the palate, yet they all come together to form something greater. The alcohol is more evident here than it was on the nose, and gives a hefty bite to the palate, yet is not overly harsh. The delicate malt and spice flavors are countered by a gentle, slightly astringent bitterness. Light hints of dark, sugary fruit (dates, plums) are created by the malt. In the aftertaste I get a lingering bitterness and the faint flavor milk chocolate.

drinkability: Delicious, and the alcohol is well hidden. Had no problem with finishing the entire 750 myself.

750ml, 2005 edition. A wonderful brew to enjoy on Christmas Eve. I had a bit of a scare with this bottle, though. As I was unloading my truck after I returned home last night, it fell from my passenger seat to the concrete driveway. Luckily, it bounced off, and I was able to seal the small leak in the cap with my capper, with no harm done to the beer itself. I stuck another bottle down in the cellar to enjoy in a year or more.

1-29-2007: Cellared slightly more than 1 year. After a quick run to the kitchen, palm plugging the bottle opening, I grabbed a plate and went back to the living room to let it settle down. Lively head leaves a nice bottom fed layer after the initial recession. Good retention, but little lacing. The beer is a ruby brown in color. Great mouthfeel, with lively carbonation and a body that is neither light nor heavy.

Party in my mouth! Sweet, spicy, malty, yeasty, fruity, dry, and complex all at once. Very well done sweetness level...there, but perfectly tempered with the spice and hops. Pale and lightly toasted Belgian malts give just the right blend of sweet grain and oh-so-sublte toast. Orange is the most notable additive, with a pinch of coriander and garden herbs (thyme, rosemary) behind. Notes of pear spiced with brown sugar and cinnamon. The alcohol may have died down a little, and seems just right. Pulpy, well aged Euro hop flavor. I can feel the effects 6 ounces into this baby. Very nice finish, dry yet flavorful with a light bitterness and lingering flavors of spicy fruits.

Smells just awesome. Toasty and pale Belgian malts at the forefront give notes of a wide range of fruits. Aromas of raisin, apple, mission figs, and pear are carried on waves of cool, spicy ethanol. Various grainy breads. Various spices, including cinnamon and garden herbs, are found. The thyme is intriguing. Just a little peppery with some brown sugar notes. Light hop aroma. Sweet orange in the background.

4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 Approaching a 5.0 for both smell and taste.

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Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

man i been scoring left and right. great beer. i am curious to see what else this brewer has to offer...

appearance: i tell ya my duvel tulip has been loving life. nice brownish red hue. beautiful full head and lacing

smell: sweet and lightly spicy. very close to a candy cane.

taste: very close to the smell. very candy cane-ish. clean, sweet, slight spice, almost no trace of alcohol that i could tell, which was a lil scary taking into account the abv. aftertaste was fruity, and floral.

mouthfeel: full/medium in body. very creamy.

drinkability: very nice and easy. however once the bottle was done i woulda found it pretty hard to come back for another. that abv whooped me good.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok, there is really something wrong with these people at the ginger man. this beer was served in a 20oz imperial pint on 12/10/05. yes, an imperial pint. all i remember is knocking over a rack of magazines at hudson news and sleeping on the train after consuming this.

a dense beer with lots of red to it, essentially clear with some rough, cloudy patches. cream-coated with even sheets of lacing. apricot and fresh plum puree lead the team of aromatic fruits coming off this beer. green apple taffy with sugary, thick caramel profile. taste initially identifies the chouffe yeastiness and runs with it, mainly in the directions of brown sugar and cherry. reminiscent of a date and poppyseed muffin i ate recently. warming, immediately, although not bogged down with alcohol. much to easy drinking for 10%, obviously my last beer of the night. crisp and charred, somewhat vegetal in the aftertaste. intriguing and the most different beer offered by chouffe.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003-been saving this one. Pours a nice deep brown color. Great creamy, somewhat tan head that doesnt quit. Nice malty and spicy aroma. Somewhat vinuous and peppery. Malty and spicy flavor. Slightly floral-the curacao orange really seems to come thru and add a nice, pleasant fruity flavor. Very nice body-extremely full without a trace of the alcohol. Very, very drinkable. Well worth trying and saving some for a few years later.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Appearance: Served in a tulip glass the beer is a fark tawny brown color with some ruby hues. Creamy tan head wtih stunning retention and lacing.

Smell: Spicy, sweet, vinous, peppery.

Taste: Spicy with notes of corriander and pepper. Candy sweetness with a malty clean finish. Some floral hops and crushed fruit flavors. A bit of plum and date.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, velvety and very smooth.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable and pleasure to consume. This beer went perfectly with the Triticus Ale Lamb at the Publick House. It's rich and can stand on its own with bold foods but it is not overpowering on its own. I will enjoy this one again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has another nice fruity nose on it, even more so than the Mc Chouffe I just had. It also has that slight tart note to it and I get aromatic notes of sour plums, raisins, even some prunes (to differentiate from the plum notes). There is also a nice sweet spicy note to this, that is almost a fruity spice note; either way it accentuates the fruitiness.

The taste of this beer starts out tart, like a tart fruit, and finishes with a nice sweet mix of fruit and sweet spice; like clove, mace and allspice perhaps. The finish also has a slight note of chocolate and more so even a hint of roasted malt, though both are quite subtle. This is quite rich, it really works as a night cap. It is a nice balance between the tart and the sweet character.

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Photo of AndoBrew
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*did not mind would not buy*

Appearance: If held to the light it is deep copper with a kaki colored head, if not, it looks like muddy water.

Smell:Raisins, brown shugga, alc., Hmmmm... kinda smells like a Mc with a kick.

Taste: Dissapointed, I wanted more winter and less McChouffe.. It tastes like a brown belgian. Some spices from alc. and additives, some sweet/yesty zing (like a belgian) This does taste good, dont get me wrong, I just wanted something a little more special from a good belgian beer maker making a winter beer.

Mouthfeel: Got the spritzy carbonation of a belgian, some thickness mixed with the yesty part of a belgian. I am not impressed.

Drinkability: YES! Got me here, it is drinkable, not as candy sweet as other B's and the 10% is just a face warmer, not a drinkability inhibator.

Notes: Its good, nothing wrong with it at all, I want more winter, I want more spice, I want SOMETHING that would make me buy it again. I put a bottle away to age, now I am not sure I will waste the time.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition:
Pours a deep brown with ruby shades around the edges and a nice, thick tan head that retains well. The aroma is complex with notes of dark fruit (currant, plum, blackberry), candied sugar, spices, chocolate, light fruity yeast character and some slight floral hops. The flavor begins with a big dark fruit character (plum, fig, currant, blackberry), followed by a candied sugar sweetness, a spiced character (nutmeg, cinnamon, corriander, clove), some fruity yeast esters, chocolate, and a tea-like hops flavor thats very subdued. The mouthfeel is full and rich, but not overwhleming...very decadent but not thick. Drinkability is also good. A very nice beer from Achouffe, complex and delicious...also definately a candidate for cellaring.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle reads " Limited Edition 2004"
A clean brown beer with bright ruby highlights. Has a big foamy tan head and very nice lace. The aroma is sweet and spicey with some sweetness coming from the malt and some citrus fruit sweetness. There are hints of various spices woven throuout the aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg come to mind at first (a little like a pottporri). The malty character coats your tongue with a light toasted grain sweetness. While the hops and spices stay at the back of your mouth for a nice dry finish with a hint of tabacco in there.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tall wine styled green 75cl bottle with a big cap and no cork. 2004 Edition - Deep dark mahogany cloud with a bloodish hue within. The perfect medium sized cap grows up quickly from the pour. Its dazzling soft whipped foam is very lovely and its color is lightly off-white with a slight sandy cover. Lacing is delicate and lasting in sheet lined dangling thick strings. One fine looking glass

Aroma is lightly perfumey and complexing with a dark tender fruity zip of dark berries, raisin, prune, orange zest, and starfuit. Larger then life sitting on top is one complex alcoholic spice with tinges of metallics, flowery vineous powder, pepper, thyme, and ethonalic-like heat.

Taste is nearly as complex with a simple, delicate, and firm display of dark grapes, raisin, orange, and dark candied sugar. Semi mild mid range spice and alcohol noted throughout. A bit peppery and floral. Almost minty with very microscopic tin tannins making the alcoholic warmth a bit earthy and softly dry.

Feel is finely carbonated and forward with a full body and fluffy, tingly texture. Dark, mildly fruity and malty; sugary soft and nearly doughy. Smooth overall and balanced with a great little additional spicy warmth and one greatly adorned quiet dryness.

Warming, soft, darkly sweet, and quite good and drinkable for 10%. A very nice Belgian brew. Recommended.

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Photo of Brewfan
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2001.
Poured into my Hennepin chalace. Thick head, lots of big and small bubbles. Head stayed with us for almost the length of the beer. Almost immovable lace. Murky dark brown color. Medium carbonation.
Definate alcohol smell upon whiffing, even at 4 years old. I wonder how much stronger this would have been fresh. Malty with a spicy herbaciousness and wet hay backbone.
Upon tasting, there is an earthy sweetness, smooth caramel and still some phenolic alcohol taste. Peppery and a bit grassy. Silky mouthfeel.
Was expecting a little more from this beer. Maybe waiting 4 years to try it wasn't the best move. I'd like to try a greener bottle and compare.

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N'Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,140 ratings.
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