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RATINGS: 1540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
axl (824) - Lund, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2016
750ml bottle. Dark red-brown with one finger beige head. Fruity malty aroma with dried fruits, rasins, brown malts, spices and a refreshing light hoppy ending. Taste is dried fruits, bready malts, yeast, slight spiciness and light alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, medium-strong carbonation and medium lasting aftertaste with noticeable alcohol warmth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
azzie (822) - Pula, CROATIA - APR 15, 2014
Mahogany color, hazy liquid. Full body. Medium sweetness, aroma of caramel and fruits. Very drinkable. Good one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asedzie (819) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep brown with light brown head - good retention and lacing. Aroma is mild with some citrus peel, cherries and candi sugar. Flavor is mild but good - deeply caramelized malts dominate, some notes of cherry and plum - with quite a bit of alcohol bite on the finish and some lingering hop bitterness and alcohol astringency. I’m drinking this out of season, but I imagine that this would be a very nice holiday warmer - as a Belgian dark ale it is big and has a gravity to be reckoned with, something like a barleywine really.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Experienced on tap in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a caramel color to medium brown, with a white head. The nose shows surprisingly prevalent Trappist yeast esters, almost to the point of seeming flawed. These same traditional flavors also come close to dominating the flavor profile of the beer, coming off as rough when compared to the noticeable but balanced yeast profile of iconic Belgian names. Alcohol adds depth, but the beer seems too dry and yeast-forward to be enjoyable, or comparable to the most sought after examples. Overall, not quite was what expected, and somewhat disappointing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Just before cracking this gem I shared a bottle of Orval with my girlfriend - I thought that was a musky Belgian ale...but man, this sets the bar. Stored since ’03, this beer has reached a supremely round mellowness that really brings out the big earthiness in the yeast and curbs the edgy alchohol. There is a wonderful breadiness here - something fermented like French - mixed with an extremely smooth buttery hazelnut character. The yeast really comes through a touch sweet - apples or currant. A sprinkling of hops give the fruit a fresh quality - very contrary to the musky yeast and malt. The mouthfeel here is unbeatable, just gooey and sweet with that hoppy freshness. An excellent winter ale, but hell...I loved this and it’s spring.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2003
2003 - HEAD. An unbelievable head. Great plum colored beer with fruit aroma. A really well balanced beer that brings out so many different flavors. Body warming and enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeyo1 (808) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle @ home, aged 2 years. Hazy reddish brown color with some floating yeast. Off-white medium head, foamy, large bubbles and a creamy taste. Nose is sweet of caramel with some dough & bread character. Nice balanced fruitiness of raspberries and pear. There’s also pepper and wine gums. Soft velvet-smooth medium mouth feel with moderate carbonation with is really satisfactory but somewhat tiny considering the the ABV. Sweet caramel taste with some ample butterscotch, pear and dark fruits. Some sharp higher alcohols. Finishes sweet with balanced orange influenced bitterness and a lingering faint note of vanilla sugar.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2007
On Draught at Brouwers in Seattle. Highly recommended, possibly the best beer I’ve had all year. Aroma is dried fruit forward, followed by sweet malt and an excellent floral hop boquet. Beer is a vary dark brown with a strong amber undertone, slightly hazy, with a good off-white head that leaves excellent belgian lace on the glass. Flavor is malt forward, lots of carmel, tons of dried dark fruit and low hoppiness. Flavors blend together excellently with this complexity, no clashing here. Body is moderate, as well as the carbonation and feel; great creamy finish. Overall, a very complex beer that should wow anyone. It’s hard to put this much into one bottle and not find something standing out too much to object to. Well made.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Tap at City beer. Pours with a dark brown color and a smallish head. Beer needs to warm up bwefore it really shines. Nice aromas of dark fruit and bread, flavors of toffee, strawberries and cramel togther with some dough. A bit of alcohol hotness but fairly easily drinkable considering the ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (804) - HUNGARY - AUG 9, 2014
A La Chouffe főzde termékeinek ezen darabja nagyjából az alap világos és barna verzió között helyezkedik el ízvilág szempontjából, valahol a testesebb tripelek és magasabb alkoholfokkal megáldott quadrupelek tengelyének metszéspontján. Illata belgásan sejtelmes, csípősen élesztős, némi szárított gyümölcsös és enyhén fűszeres fuvallattal. Mint később kiderült, az előbbiért a Curaçao-narancs héjának, utóbbiért pedig a kakukkfű jelenlétét kellett volna felelőssé tennem, bár azt a legnagyobb jóindulattal sem mondhatnám, hogy különösen az említett fűszer fel nem ismerése csupán a meglehetősen felszínesnek mondható kapcsolatunknak tudható be. Az is lehet azonban, hogy nem a legmarkánsabb karakterű adalékokról van szó, így kissé kifinomultabb ízlelőbimbók megléte szükségeltetne a tettenérésükhöz. Pezsgő íze mindenesetre egy jól kitaposott ösvény mentén halad, melyről létének egyik fázisában sem hajlandó letérni, így biztosítva egy kiszámítható ízvilágot, melynek középpontjában a kenyértésztás, lágy zamatok állnak egy alkoholos, édeskés-fűszeres karakter élesítő jellegével. Számomra kissé talán túl egysíkú, legalábbis a karácsonyi verziókkal szemben támasztott követelések tekintetében. Ez azonban korántsem jelenti azt, hogy ízetlen lenne, igazán kellemes jelenség a maga nemében.


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