N’ice Chouffe (Brasserie d’Achouffe)

N’ice Chouffe is a winter seasonal from Brasserie d’Achouffe out of Achouffe, Belgium. This Belgian Strong Dark Ale has a warming 10% ABV.

The N’ICE CHOUFFE is a strong dark beer that will warm you up during the winter months.  It is spiced (with thyme and curaçao) and a light hop taste, a well-balanced beer.  The N’ICE CHOUFFE is unfiltered, and re-fermented in the bottle as well as in the keg.

N’ice Chouffe pours a dark maroon with red-grapefruit like highlights. Head is a fizzy/bubbly quarter-inch that turns into a bubbly foam.

The nose on this beer reminds me of Luden’s Cherry Cough Drops…and that’s about it.

And that’s what it tastes like! The backend reveals orange peel and chocolate-covered cherry flavors. As the beer warms I detected notes of toffee, vanilla and the vinous quality that they speak of on the label.

Mouthfeel lis light-to-medium with a noticeable fizziness. It dries a bit as you consume it, but it practically evaporates from your palette before it can be too distracting.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a beer that is so linear. It smells like cherry cough drops and it tastes like cherry cough drops. Although more flavors do come through in the back-end, I wish they were more present throughout the drinking experience. N’ice Chouffe is a well-made, easy-drinking winter beer that I enjoyed having the pleasure of consuming. Those Belgians sure do know how to make a beer!

Overall: 7 out of 10

As a BELGIAN STRONG DARK ALE: 7.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Brouwerij Huyghe DELIRIUM NOCTURNUM, Brouwerij Corsendonk CORSENDONK CHRISTMAS ALE, Brasserie de Rochefort TRAPPISTES ROCHEFORT 6

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