bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a huge beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, toffee, and molasses. Slighlty bitter aftertaste. Alcohol nicely hidden in the clean malty flavor.
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark, murky brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Some large floaters. Aromas of yeast, caramel and fruits. Spicy and bready tasting as well.
heemer77 (5289) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 Rerated, still a very nice brew. I stand by the previous rating. Very large tan colored head. Body is a dark brown with amber on the edges when held to the light. Aroma of light pears and nutmeg. The taste is a spicy pear and Golden Delicious apple. Has some notes of nutmeg. This finishes dry and woody. A very nice brew. This is classy all the way. A very good example of the style.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A tad dry, herbal and metallic, yet quite malty as the "Bruin" on the bottle implies. Nice dark brown color and in a side by side tasteoff with Gouden Carolus Noel this beer seemed to be a tad mild and lighter on the malt than I’d have liked. Nothing wrong with Loterbol - it’s a quality Belgian Brown, just be aware that it’s of the dry, metallic variety.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. aroma and flavor are very bready and some light spice. body is medium.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The distributor I work for had 5 cases of this imported as a special order for the Cock & Bull Pub in Sarasota. When I was in there late night last week, and after a couple rounds, I took a stroll through the “beer vault,” the walking cooler that houses all the really nice stuff, this is what I found.
Poured the darkest shade of amber/brown, without being black… and the head was an amazingly thick layer of dark khaki micro bubbles… it was a beautiful sight! The aroma and flavor had heavy hints of caramel and toffee malts, with a note of coco and coffee. There was a tremendous suggestion of black pepper a yeasty doughy-ness with just enough brown sugar… Totally fill bodied and complex as a labyrinth in the dark!
I would Honestly say that this beer holds the complexities, if not more than some Trappist Quads! It was Absolutely Outstanding!
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Plan B. CPH. DK. Deep brown color with a baige head, spicy fruity aroma and roasted dry taste in a full body. light sweet dry finish.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, almost opaque mahogany colour with some suspended yeast. Huge, thick frothy head. Beautiful malty aroma with spicy fruit notes. Taste is nutty roasted malt and chocolate with a nice bitterness to finish.
marcus (8903) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brown ale pours with a large white frothy head. The aroma is quite malty and very pleasant, and the flavor is classic (not sour) brown ale. I have tried most of the Belgian brown ales and this is my favorite, even though the (well-concealed) alcohol content is higher than most.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours with a dark brown body topped by a thick head with some lacing. The aroma and flavor are slightly sweet and malty with dark fruit notes and a touch of spice. Medium to full bodied and smooth.