Monday, December 4, 2017

N'Ice Chouffe (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

BBD: 2/2019

2015 BJCP Category: 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale

AROMA: Moderate esters with a spicy phenols and a fruity quality (mostly dried/dark fruit but slight banana). Faint hint of spice rack seasoning and citrus peel. Alcohol is present, but tame and blends with the nose well. Malt is slightly bready, but no Maillard characteristics. Hops are likely obscured by esters and phenols. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Deep burgundy hue (22-27 SRM); clear, bubbly body. Large off-white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Firm base of bready malt, but not especially rich. Yeast esters and phenols account for bulk of the flavors of the palette. Dark fruits with some banana with a peppery/clove-like bite throughout. Thyme and Curacao orange peel exist as garnishes; interesting bonus flavors to create for a Christmas/winter-themed brew. Hops are difficult to distinguish from the spices, but palette appears more balanced than not. Alcohol is noticeable, but fairly tame with only a gentle warming and no fusel whatsoever. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; high carbonation. Finish is about even, though slightly dry. No cloying aftertaste. Feels like a much lighter beer than 10% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An interesting variation on the usual Belgian Dark Strong Ale. To-spec for sure, but not quite amazing. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

NOTE:
See my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/12/nice-chouffe-chadz-beer-reviews.html

See my 2013 re-review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2013/12/nice-chouffe.html