KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight ruby hue and an almost average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that reduced slightly, but did last throughout producing excellent sheeting of lace.
The aroma was on the lighter side with a dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of caramel and dark fruit (raisons, plums and figs).
The taste was very malty with a nice caramel sweetness from the onset, and then had a mildly sweet hint of dark fruit and a nice bold yeast presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow with the creamy, fruity taste slowly fading into the background.
Mouthfeel was a few steps below medium in body and rather creamy in texture with a nice mellow carbonation.
Overall this was a smooth, creamy and easy to drink Strong Ale that does a great job of concealing the high ABV. Watch out this one, it could be dangerous...
Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into the official Brasserie D’Achouffe tulip glass. It had a best before date of 6/2016 and cost $7 ($0.63 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful maroon/blood red hue. Dark, but clear with plenty of effervescence visible. Pours to an average size, ivory, soapy head which mostly dissipates but leave a little lacing.
Smell: Standard Belgian yeast esters with aromas of flowers and spices. No alcohol, though.
Taste: When I think of the taste of a classic Belgian Christmas or winter-style beer, the palette to N’Ice Chouffe is exactly what I have in mind. This is a fairly typical Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but with just a bit of added spices to make it suitable for the holidays. The taste is similar to a well done Trappist quad, but not as overtly malty. A tasty and complex concoction of dark fruits (cherry, plum), dried fruits (figs, raisins) and warming spices (thyme and curaçao). The familiar Belgian yeast character is also a major component, imparting some powder or dough-like flavor, along with its usual cinnamon-like zestiness. There’s hints of caramel sweetness, too, which is an added bonus.
Drinkability: Despite the cute label with gnomes, N’Ice Chouffe is a little intimidating considering it is 10% ABV. Yet, that alcohol is not present in the nose, palette, or body. In fact, the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for such a weighty beer. It’s extremely bubbly from first to last drop with plenty of fizziness across the tongue. It’s a tad surprising the body isn’t more robust than it is, but drinking a beer this strong that doesn’t feel this strong is always a good thing.
markducommun (26) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Berry, sweet, grass. Smoky malts. Tannish red. Sweet and bitter initally, trails into more bitterness. Nice medium body.
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Japalo (939) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@home with Morten. Amber red. Dark fruity notes. Raisins. Prune. Spice. Some sweetness. Good body. Fine brew. Complex.
emacgee (3747) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soft and almost orange copper pour with two fingers of sticky tan head. Nose is fine, has a weird doughy yeasty thing going on with some subtle fruity notes. Pear and apple. Flavor is a bit estery for me. Lots of dough and pear. Medium full body.
Gorm (570) - sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mørk farve med lyst beige skum. Lukt av god malt malt. Smak av malt og karamell. Melkebaren.
nilsas (660) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fin duft av malt, rosin og krydder. Mørk rødbrun farge. Tykt kremet skum. Smak sv rosin og krydder.
Garrold (349) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at House of Trembling Madness, York. Clear, dark red. Big tan head. Marzipan, the caramel you’d find in a Rolo (the missus was very specific about this). Red fruit. A lingering sweetness with light, alcohol warmth. Lovely beer.
Aethien (12) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown with a caramel coloured head that sticks around for quite a while.
Not a strong aroma but there’s caramel, malts and some spices, the taste is similar but much better with a creamy smoothness and enough spicing to give it an edge but without becoming just that. Other than that it’s a belgian strong dark ale with brown sugar, dark fruits and a little pepper from the yeast, the 10% ABV is hardly noticeable until you’re done drinking.
markextrae (433) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
from tap. poured a brown copper colour with a big tan head. malts, yeast, dark fruits, plums, raisins, cinnamon, with a nice smooth mouthfeel
EdwinLitzau (118) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Van de tap op de kerstmarkt van Luik, bij de chouffe kraam. Bruine kleur, weinig schuim. Bijzonder goed biertje!