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RATINGS: 1536   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3281) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2008
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur brune-rouge et voilée. Nez malté de sucre brun, moyen de caramel aux notes terreuses et léger de pain, de levures fruitées (raisins, moyen de prunes), léger d’épices (muscade, léger de coriandre, notes de clou de girofle et de cannelle), d’alcool et de houblon herbeux. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-fort et une texture plutôt crémeuse. Goût de levures fruitées (raisins sucrés et aux notes vineuses, moyen de prunes, léger de cerises, traces de poires, de bananes, de pommes rouges et d’agrumes) accompagné d’un moyen goût épicé (cannelle, coriandre, léger de muscade, notes de clou de girofle) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de sucre brun, de caramel légèrement rôti et aux notes terreuses ainsi qu’un léger goût de pain ainsi que des traces de chocolat et de sucre bonbon. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un moyen goût d’alcool doux et réchauffant jusqu’en finale où l’on retrouve également une moyenne amertume provenant de levures épicées (poivre) et de houblon herbeux. Post-goût long-moyen et aux notes sèches, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux, de levures fruitées (moût de raisins et de cerises aux notes aigres, notes de zest d’agrumes), d’alcool moyen-doux avec des notes de rôti.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2008
A very hazy, ruby/brown colored beer. It has a thick, light beige head. An aroma of raisins, caramel and sweet prunes. The taste has some spices, like pepper, with notes of dark fruits. Very rich taste overall. A warm feeling in your mouth, at the end. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2008
750 ml bottle. Dark reddish mahogany colour. Tall light beige fluffy head that clings to the glass. Crystal clear. High carbonation level. Light raisiny aroma with a hint of candi sugar. Some soapy aromas and the traditional Belgian yeast character. Münchener malt. Medium-bodied. A bit sugary, but there is quite a bit of malt here as well. Balanced. The alcohol can be noticed, but is well hidden. Hints of black pepper and sweet raspberries. Very drinkable given its strength. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2008 On tap at The Wellington, Hull, UK, also from bottle. Excellent beer, pours deep dark brown/black with a big tan head. Smell is good belgian yeast, hops, alcohol and spice. Taste is wonderful hops, dark spices, sweet raiseny fruits and a warming lightly alcoholic finish. Even better on tap. Dangerously drinkable, great xmas beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3360) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
A great Belgian strong and the best I’ve had from this brewer. Aroma was just so so. Earth, spice and dark fruit. Pour was a nice dark amber/light brown with a good bit of sediment. Taste was very good. Strong berry and spice with a nice spicy aftertaste. I would never guess this was 10% Very nice carbonation. As the beer warms, more fruit flavor comes out. White grape and pear mostly. Very complex and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7694) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2008
750 ml bottle, 2005 bottle drunk April 2008. Pours a brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is alcohol, spices, pines, earth, and something akin to sweet sugar candy. Flavor is about the same, brown sugars dominate, caramel, spice, and malt with notes of cherries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2008
bottle, brown color with nice tan head, overpowering alcohol taste with some cotton candy thrown in, could not taste any of the spices really due to the upfront alcohol bite

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2008
[bottle] Burnt caramel pour with a smallish tan head. Piney, earthy, spicy aroma. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, spices, and some tart cherries in there as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (6919) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 21, 2008
(From old notes, bottle at Pikkulintu on 2008-01-11) Lots of malts. Rahter heavy bodied. The taste has got some hops, too, which balance the maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 8, 2008
750ml bottle during the winter months of 2007-2008. Forgot to rate this, if it wasn’t for the bottle laying around 5 months later i would of never remembered. ah spring cleaning. This strong ale was notably hoppy but still retained a malty nature. Body was on the thicker side. Poured dark brown/orange. Was interesting but not a favorite.

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