Houblon Chouffe N’ice Chouffe

This is the second brew that I had at Brickwall. It’s rare that I go to a beer bar and I find a bunch of different beers that I haven’t tried. I’ve only had one other selection from this brewery and really enjoyed it. When I saw this on the menu, I decided I had to try it. Here’s how it went.

ABV: 10%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: I hate the fact that I have to wait for a new episode of “The Walking Dead” until February.

This brew poured with a barely there white head that left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy dark brown color with light carbonation visible. The nose was relatively light with some herbal qualities to it and Belgian yeast. The taste was much stronger than the nose. I got a lot of herbs, specifically thyme. There was a hint of orange as well. I also got some dark fruit and orange. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and filled with herbs. This was one of the more unique beers that I’ve tried. The herbal quality to it really added side something to it. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

So, during Kate’s last trip to the beer store, she picked this one up for me. I was super excited to see this one in the fridge. It’s one of those beers that I’ve always said I needed to try, but never picked up. So, thanks Kate! Yet another reason that I’m marrying you.

ABV: 9%

Style: Belgian IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The HOUBLON CHOUFFE was brewed for the first time in 2006. It is an ‘Indian Pale ale’ type of beer, with a harmonious balance between a marked bitterness (three types of hops are used to make it) and a pleasant fruitiness. The HOUBLON CHOUFFE is unfiltered, and re-fermented in the bottle as well as in the keg.”

Random: I love the label on this one. Very cute.

I’m using the wrong glass, I’m well aware. Unfortunately, the glassware at Kate’s is limited and I haven’t gotten around to purchasing a tulip glass. The head on this was just huge at three fingers and fluffy egg white consistency. It took forever to dissipate. I think I could have finished “War and Peace” while I was waiting for it. After all of that, there really wasn’t much lacing to show for it. The body was a cloudy, dark yellow color with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was crazy complex. I got a lot of citrus, hay, Belgian yeast. Spice and lots of lemon also came out. The taste was a little more mellow than the nose. The first things that I got were the lemon, Belgian yeast and spice. Then, I got some of the hay notes. This really was more to the Belgian side of the Belgian IPA classification. The body was lighter than I expected and the booze was really (and dangerously) hidden. It presented with lots of carbonation and had a long, lemony finish. This was just amazeballs. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0