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RATINGS: 1536   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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4.6
marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
From the 2002 bottling. This dark amber beer pours with a tall lacy tan long-lasting head, eliciting a pleasant malty aroma. There is a concomitant strong malt flavor with a chocolate finish. As the beer warms, various spice flavors become apparent. In my opinion, this is the best brew from Achouffe.

4.6
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Draft: Dark, reddish to purplish brown, nice tan head, wicked aroma... deep ripe dark fruits, plum, concord grape, some spice, flavors are some candy sugar, wood, and potent fruits, the aforementioned grape and plum, finish is pleasant, mildly bitter and drying. EXCELLENT

4.6
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.

4.6
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2010
An interesting aroma of fruit and caramel. Hints of spice. Pours a brown haze with a slight reddish tint. The beer is lively. Very good taste, complex but well balanced. A creamy bitter beer with hints of fruit and caramel. Everything just works well together with this beer.

4.6
Mr_Hensen (53) - ’s Gravenmoer, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2013
Amber donker bier. Heerlijk met een flink zoete karamel nasmaak. Heerlijk vol met een mooie nasmaak.

4.6
vickey9 (999) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2014
Dark red with a beige head. Nose is dark fruit. Body is full, texture oily and carbon high. Taste is sweet and bitter. Palate is ripe fruits, herbs and chocolate. Semi-sweet finish. [email protected]

4.6
cristophdb (3) - - JUN 28, 2014 does not count
Het is een sterk bruin bier, gekruid met tijm en curaçao en met een lichte hopsmaak; een evenwichtig bier

4.6
drmet (964) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2015
L: -pours a slightly hazy ruby with a small to medium,foamy,beige head S: -caramel,toffee,plums,raisins,figs,candi sugar,strawberries,banana,chocolate,cinnamon,toast the nose plus Herbs (THyme) ans syrup -elevated bitterniss for the style F: -medium carbonation -medium body -alcohol noticeable O: Great Christmas Ale.The Thyme isn’t too in-your-face.

4.5
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2015
A classic winter warmer... Love the Belgian characteristics with the light balance and flavor of thyme and bitter Curacao peel... Overall pound for pound it doesn’t get much better than this.

4.5
Dacrza (978) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2015
DATE TASTED: December 29, 2015... GLASSWARE: Chimay goblet...OCCASION: basking in the afterglow of The Force Awakens with a beer that has some force of its own... APPEARANCE: dark ruby brown body that reveals none of its contents... the thick, creamy brown head resembles the head of mousse, with thick bubbles wreathing the glass...a thick shade follows its crest... AROMA: ginger, anise, pepper, and vanilla roil in the citrus and pear... small hits of toasted malts work their way in--raisin and currants lastly ... PALATE: creamy, active at the throat, and long-lasting in its finish--one that coats and resounds... shockingly sippable and worth holding in the mouth, with a pleasant, almost softened cola consistency... TASTE: a light grape, vinous sauvignon , with mellow anise, malt, and dry hops that suggest orange and earthy roots...figs and dates, yes sir... slightly sour, with some fermentation making the experience a bit more complex... ...OVERALL: in a run of great strong beers--see Southern Tier’s 2xmas and Corsendonk’s Christmas Ale--Nice more than holds its own, it owns...as drinkable a weighty beer as one finds, with complexity and enjoyability coupling easily... had this a long time ago, then on a St Patty’s Day crawl in State College on tap--and the search was over at The Hop and Vine....one bottle, and one is feeling good...


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