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NovaBirra
Brewed at Brouwerij De Ranke

Style: Stout
Braine-L’Alleud, Belgium

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Big Mama Stout is brewed from 5 types of barley malt and some rye malt in combination with Summit and Willamette whole flower hops. It is then “dry-hopped” with American hops and cocoa nibs from Madagascar. Our Belgian dark beer will improve during the first year of aging by developing delicate aromas of chocolate balanced by a moderate bitterness. We recommend tasting it at cellar temperature.

Big Mama Stout est brassée à partir de 5 sortes de malt d’orge et une partie de malt de seigle en combinaison avec des fleurs de houblon Summit et Willamette. Elle est ensuite infusée à froid avec des houblons américains et du grué de cacao originaire de Madagascar. Notre bière sombre se bonifiera au cours de la première année de garde en développant des arômes délicats de chocolat balancés par une amertume moderée. Nous recommandons de la déguster à température de cave.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1340) - Brussels, - NOV 13, 2012
75cl bottle. Dark brown with very big tanned head. It’s not easy to open this beer without spoiling the half of it on the floor. Nose : rich notes of burned malts with dominating black chocolate, dairy, toffee, cheese and nuts. Some honey and flower notes. Sip : medium body with cream like texture. Low carbonation. It’s a sweet beer with quite distinguished cocoa flavor. Got some other flavors balanced in like burned malts, toffee and honey. The alcohol content is warming. Ending is mostely sweet, burned and a bit earthy dry but dominated by black chocolate like feeling. The beer is quite delicious. I even hate it more that I lost half of it on the floor.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clauded2 (9) - Brussels Area, Belgium, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2014 Bouteille 75cl. Noir intense avec des reflets bordeaux, belle mousse brune haute avec une bonne tenue. Cacao, café et torréfaction dominent au nez sans être capiteux, l’ensemble est assez frais. Corps moyen à fort, sans trop de carbonatation. Une forte amertume lors de première gorgée...long, long très long en bouche. L’amertume s’estompe ensuite pour laisser la place au cacao et à sa douceur. Un très beau stout moderne avec la complicité de Laurent Gerbaud, chocolatier inventif.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
Following the first batch which was brewed at Jandrain-Jandrenouille, NovaBirra again came to Belgium to brew this second batch at De Ranke. Thin, light beige head, colour close to black but not entirely so as a ruby red hue is still visible. Complex malty aroma, dates, bitter chocolate, coffee beans, apple sauce, biscuit; profound malty taste, rye detectable if you are familiar with it, lots of cacao beans effectively added and further adding to the complexity, finish a long toasted, mouth-filling bitterness, full and creamy mouthfeel. Not the most complex imperial I tasted so far, but a great beer nonetheless, undoubtedly with great ageing potential.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silvan7 (698) - Samarate, ITALY - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle @ home. marrone, velata, con riflessi rubino ed una schiuma beige fine abbastanza persistente. Aroma fruttato di cacao, tostato di caffé, speziato di cannella, peperoncino fresco, ed un sentore alcolico presente ma non invadente. Gusto abboccato, decisamente tostata, mix fra cioccolato e caffè, erbaceo da luppolo il finale, quasi come verdura fresca. Meno corposa di una stout inglese, poco carbonata, equilibrata ed armonica.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6086) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2014
On tap at Moeder Lambic. Chocolate, coffee, lovely roasted grain. A strong edge of alcohol is trying to cut through the chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophopper (12) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2014
Dark brown with big creamy moka foam. Aromas of caramel, dried fruits, cacao and some redberries. Medium body with good carbonation. Surprising velvety mouthfeel. Taste cold coffee, chocolate, caramel, dried fruits. Residual sweetness well balanced by good bitterness. Perfectly crafted!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
poech73 (187) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2014
Draft@Novabirra 01.06.14. Stout au seigle. Grâce au grué de cacao, les saveurs surannées voire vinaigrées du seigle sont adoucies mais offrent cette bière, assez dense, des qualités apéritives. En s’ouvrant elle découvre une belle rondeur caramélisée soyeuse voire huileuse agrémentée d’ un d’alcool bien présent. La fin est légèrement astringente mais sans longueur. Certainement à réessayer après un an de cave.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Anatole (112) - BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2014
Bière noire quasi opaque. Saveurs de chocolat (un peu), café, et une amertume inattendue. Une bonne surprise.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1779) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2014
75cl bottle. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, small stable beige head. NOSE: chocolate, some coffee, caramel, sweet. TASTE: coffee, bitter, some vanilla, very nice!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4584) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2013
(Bottle, 0.75 l, at Gastropub Tuulensuu, 20131030) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had roasted malts, chocolate, hint of vinegar and mildly Belgian style yeast. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, dark chocolate, Belgian style yeast and bitterness. Aftertaste had cocoa and bitterness. A beer with nice taste but confusing aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (1470) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle a black colored beer with a white head aroma roasted malts spicy coffee laurel fruits and some hops flavor roasted malts citrus spicy coffee laurel some chocolate and hops in the finish


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