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RATINGS: 1539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (4014) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
75cl bottle from 2006. Pours out like a Coke: see-through brown and fizzy carbonation with a quick reducing head. Not a real big aroma but a little fruit and sugar. Surprisingily light flavour and "thinish" mouthfeel. Sweet flavour with candied fruit and a nice spicy finish. Good but nothing amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7563) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
Bouteille verte de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de prune avec une pointe de clou de Girofle. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col beige crémeux avec une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de petits fruits foncés avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #1876)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Last bottle with my Buster boy. You’ll always be my ’good boy,’ lil’ Buster!
2006 Vintage. Pours deep brown but body is too thin to be taken seriously at this point, and the quickly fading head doesn’t help to build any anticipation to explore this beer any further. NFL "season recaps" flash across the screen, my dog lies still next to me. I pet Buster and then take a sip: my tongue is tickled by a syrupy candied sugar mix, maple extract, and blended raisin. Tingly and full mouthfeel. A great brew to cap off a great dog. Maybe "Nice Chouffe" is Belgian for "good dog?" In my mind, it means that. Daddy loves you, Buster. Always.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Borresteijn (6790) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2008
On tap, had this several times in winter @ Café Gollem. This is the stuff that makes you go through the storms of winter to a bar. Nice dark reddish/brown appearance, off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, some alcohol, some yeast. Flavour is just perfect, really smooth flavours of dark fruits, molasses, some spices, brown sugar. Soft alcohol finish. In general the alcohol is very well hidden. Soft palate, making this highly drinkable. Very, very N’Ice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
750mL bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours a clear, medium reddish-brown color; decent light tan head with good retention and solid, mixed-bubbled lacing. Soft raisin and cola notes dominate the aroma, followed up by a solid yeastiness, dates, and light spicing; the alcohol is very well-hidden in the nose; loads of dried dark fruits and restrained sweetness. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: good levels of carbonation; following the aroma, lots of dried dark fruits (raisins, dates), yeast, cloves, and white-pepper spiciness; a very restrained, intricate Belgian strong, although I wasn’t completely taken in by the depths of the malt character; very upfront in its dark fruit character, some spice, but lacking an appropriate level of density at the core; very good, but not nearly as good as many of my favorite Belgian strong ales; still, careful in its presentation considering its youth; just a touch rough around the edges. Long finish: dried dark fruits, solid yeast and dough coming through; soft ending; very well-hidden alcohol throughout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep dark reddish garnet colour, creamy white head. The aroma is awesome. Loaded with rich toasted plums, toffee and rich sweet stone fruit. Very spicy and sweet with lots of clove, orange, dark burnt sugar, brown sugar and even a bit of vanilla and chocolate. So complex and so inviting. The palate is very soft and wheaty wit a silken quality that just lets the brew coat the tongue in silken deliciousness. Sweet dates, toasted sugar and lots of mintiness on the back. This stuff is really tasty. Warming lets the caramelly and plummy malts really come into harmony with the spicy yeast. Lightly peppery on the back. Man, I love this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2008
75cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex Winter brew, hazy, rocky head, very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (8126) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a big beige head. Dark fruits, spices, candy and malts in the aroma. Flavour is pretty complex with many spicy notes. Creamy mouthfeel. A really good beer indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
kind of a mahogany amber color nice thick head nose is slightly tart kinda fruity with some dried fruit, definate belgian spices too, flavor follows suit tart fruit some spices some fruit definate clove some roasted malt really really nice beer the alcohol is well hidden except for the little warming feeling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
750ml bottle. 2007 edition. Dark brown wiht a nice layer of foam maintained by my Chimay glass. Warm spice and malt aroma, Dubble-like. Hard to taste 10% ABV but you can feel it after half a bottle. You can taste the dark candy-sugar, dark malt and a caramel-molasses touch. Nice spice residue on the tongue.

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