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RATINGS: 1474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
N’Ice CHOUFFE is a strong, brown beer that will warm you in the depths of winter. Spicy (thyme and curaçao) and tinged with hops, this is a very balanced beer. N’Ice CHOUFFE is an unfiltered beer which is refermented in the bottle and in barrels.
Available from mid-October until mid-February.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsporrer (582) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Sample from HO1K. Pours a medium caramel brown with an off-white thin head of foam. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Tastes of berry juice and caramel with a hint of cinnamon and spices. Very smooth. Hides the alcohol very well. Pleasant and enjoyable. Not the best I’ve had but I’d drink it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (1923) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle 33cl. @local Vomar supermarket. Almost opaque dark ruby brown, small but stable frothy beige head, sticky rim and yeast circles remain, good lacing; strong aroma of roasted malts, some banana, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, coffee ground, molasses, resinous, spicy notes; taste is medium sweet and mild bitter, fruity, toffee, molasses, spicy/herbal notes, alcohol (kruidenbitter), with average duration, sweetbitter aftertaste; full-bodied, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation; quite n’ice, rather laidback for a strong ale, a tad to resinous perhaps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpkinhead2 (777) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
Bière brune assez foncée, rouge-orangée à la lumière, moyennement voilée, effervescence élevée, et surmontée d’un col brunâtre assez large, bien dense, mousseux et persistant. Arômes principalement sucrés et fruités, caramel, cassonade, cola, avec un évident raisin rouge, tendance cerise noir et prune. Aussi, effluves de levure belge typique, quelques esters fruités (banane, poire…), et un peu de phénols épicés (surtout du poivre…). On note quelques autres épices au nez (piment de la Jamaïque, muscade…) et un petit houblon qui semble principalement herbacé (gazon, herbes aromatiques, feuille verte…). Nez agréable, très belle complexité, intensité moyenne. En bouche, pétillement assez élevé sur la langue, breuvage mousseux, onctuosité moyenne au palais. Au goût, sucre brun (caramel, cassonade, cola…), fruits foncés (raisin, cerise, prune…), levure belge plus présente en bouche qu’au nez, esters fruités (surtout de le poire…), saveur de pomme assez présente, beaucoup d’épices en bouche (clou de girofle, poivre, piment de la Jamaïque, muscade…), alcool évident quoique tout de même bien intégré. Bière laissant une impression très chaleureuse en bouche due aux saveurs épicées et alcoolisées, houblon plutôt subtil, à peine un petit goût herbacé et aromatique lors d’une finale principalement épicée et alcoolisée. Bon goût, complexité très intéressante, intensité significativement plus élevée en bouche par rapport au nez. Bière fort chaleureusement qui atteint pleinement son objectif de «bière d’hiver» quoique je l’aurais peut-être préféré un peu moins agressive sur le plan de l’alcool. Très bonne bière!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bobson (74) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle at home shared with Thompson. Medium size head and dark brown color. Smell is rather hoppy with a little bit of sweetness. Taste gives the same hops mixed with caramel and burned something. Fine beer overall, just a bit shallow in its palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thompson (588) - - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle @ home shared with Bobson... small/medium off-white head... dark brow clear with yellow glow colour.. smell hoppy some sweet. taste hops malty some burned sugar. lit hint of herbs

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beachmaster (435) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep brown, with a medium khaki head that persists and leaves good lacing. Nose is licorice and spices, mainly nutmeg. Taste is caramel and chocolate, with some licorice and fig. Well balanced, smooth, with a moderately creamy mouth feel and a long finish. Well made winter warmer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dodo26 (33) - ITALY - JAN 18, 2016
Bottiglia da 33cl...birra di un mareone scuro, non troppo torbida, schiuma di color nocciola, molto persistente e vaporosa. All olfatto si coglie subito la fragranza di erbe fresche, al palato fesca ma decisa grazie al grado alcolemico elevato. Alla fine bella amara.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopverdju (553) - BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2016
Donkerbruin bier met licht beige schuimkraag. Geur: donker fruit, peperkoek, kruiden, anijs. Smaak: zoetig, donker gedroogd fruit, karamel. Afdronk: zoetig, warm alcoholisch. De eerste brouwsels hadden precies meer karakter!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oli55 (2) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2016 does not count
AROMA Fresh herbs, bread, orange rind, soap, pepper, clove, caramel, little medicinal APPEARANCE Brownish with a slightly amber shade, pretty translucent, not so dense, beige mousse, good amount of lacing TASTE Raisins, caramel, bread, orange rind, fresh herbs, little coffee on the backend, mildly medicinal bitterness on the finish PALATE No big density here, not so heavy, not too sticky, rather fluid, typically heavier Belgian carbonation OVERALL This beer hits the bullseye for me. I’m a rather rational person. This is a rational beer. A love story is beginning. It’s all about rational dosing of aromas and flavours. I very much enjoy the balance of the various aforementioned aromas. I appreciate the light coffee finish in a Belgian brew, which is not so frequent, IMO. Chouffe personality (yeast) thrives in the aroma and taste but still lets this one express its own beautiful aromas and flavours. Yet this scores additional points on the dosing. I’m liking this effort. PAIRINGS Panforte Gorgonzola Nicely spiced steak, would try to season it with something containing a good shot of thyme, rosemary or sage

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vincentvega72 (349) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2016
Donkerrood bier met witte schuimkraag die snel wegebt. Aroma van speculaas, peperkoek, kruidnagel, beetje anijs. Redelijk kruidige smaak, beetje moutig. Warme afdronk. Lekker winterbier.

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