Brasserie d’Achouffe N’Ice Chouffe Belgian Strong Dark Ale at 10% ABV (C$14.46 at Zyn, 750 ml, best before 24-Aug-2015)
Pours cloudy medium amber with two fingers of rocky tan head, excellent retention and good lacing. (4/5) Nose is caramel, dark stone fruit, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, orange peel, mild spice. (8/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, mild bitter. (8/10) Full bodied, low carbonation and creamy texture, mildly boozy finish. (4/5)
Really mild booziness, with the alcohol perhaps contributing to the overall sweetness, but otherwise present only as a mild warming. Pleasant enough, and a fairly standard BSDA – to the extent that there’s such a thing as a “standard” BSDA – but hellaciously expensive for what it is. Good? Yep. Great? Mmmm… maybe, maybe not. Worth the price? Probably not. (16/20)
My 160th from the 2010 Edition (151st from the 2013 edition), and 170th combining both editions.