#12beersofxmas – Day 8

Christmas is so not just one day. Today I ate yet more delicious fowl and other cold cuts, the traditional bubble & squeak, pickles and yes,Β even more Stilton. It’s safe to say that I’ve managed to stretch out the festivities and in a bid to keep the merriment boundless I switched-up my beer choice for Day 8 of the #12beersofxmas.

Today I opted for the strong, gnome toting, winter warming brew N’Ice Chouffe from Brasserie d’Achouffe (Moortgat), a 10% beauty boasting the classic Belgian stamp across the palate. After two days of whiskey barrel- aged Imperials from Beavertown it was a nice switch-up and proved to be, although very different, just as perfect for the seasonal celebrations. Besides, who can disregard those cute bearded fellas on the label?

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It pours with an impatient fizz, filling the glass with a dark brick-brown-amber, giving off enticing herbal nuanced aromas. Sweet plums and dates fizz and flood the palate, with bread and soft caramel washing in. There’s a real depth to the malts, the carbonation keeping them from becoming ‘chewy’. The classic Belgian flavours are all at the party, with a beautiful herbal hit in the finish from the added thyme and a dry pithy orange joins it for a final dance.

It’s said that the original recipe for the brewery’s’ flagship beer, La Chouffe (8%), was whispered into the brewers’ ear by gnomes from the Houffalize region. At an easy drinking 10%, N’ice Chouffe is leaving me with a warm glow, but I wouldn’t be surprised if gnomes made themselves (g)known…

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Day 8, so far, so good and this has proved to be one of my favourite beers of the series.

Now onto the serious stuff…are gnomes related to elves? Discuss.

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