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A darker, slightly sweeter beer than its blond counterpart, Loterbol Bruin is a delicious strong Belgian ale, brewed in tiny batches at Belgiumís smallest brewery. Highly drinkable, even at 8% alcohol, this beer lives up to its name, which translates roughly to íprankster.í Unlike most Belgian beers of this strength, Loterbol Bruin is not loaded with candi sugar. It does not want for malty sweetness, but it is superbly balanced with enough hops to stand up to the high alcohol. A remarkable brew, if a difficult one to find . . . we bring in only about 60 cases a year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
Sweet, nutty marzipan and dark fruits in the nose with some alcohol notable also. Opaque, brown with two fingers of tan head that recedes to generous cover with some lacing. Sweet nutty malts and dark fruits lead through to a roasty finish with moderate bitterness. Soft, round mouthfeel and medium full body. Some alcohol warming. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere at Spuyten Duyvil (Brooklyn, New York).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
Dominating figs and raisins playing with candy-like sweetness...Dryish yeast sweating a mineral character into the uberfluffy mouthfeel...A pleasant, run of the mill Belgian winter ale...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Appearance: deep, ruby red thatís edging into a woody brown, with just a small head, only a brownish ring around the edges. Aroma: BAM! OOF! WOW! Licorice, man, like sticking your face into a bag of Twizzlers! Never encountered an aroma like this before, incredibly unique, and thereís nothing, honestly, not one thing else I encounter in this olfactory aura, and thatís fine. Taste: mmmm, mellow, nice, that same aniseed taste returns, but in a minor vein, dark and tasty, and utterly unlike any other beer Iíve ever had. Itís got something of a brown ale character, but the flavor profile is dominated by this licorice taste. Medium to full body, nice, medium finish, really tasty, in a most unusual fashion. Gotta give it props, this is a heckuva unique little beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2004
Deep brown color with a beige head. The taste is Malty with strong nutty flavours. Notes of fruit and brown sugar. Has a light bitter hoppy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
Bottle at spuyten. Deep brown hue, big sticky off-white head, mostly diminishing. Appealing malty aroma, mostly caramel and especially brown chocolate flavors. Nutty and smoky palate, firecamp-like. Mild yeast acidity, soft bitter aftertaste. Generous flavors, smooth round mouthfeel with fitting light-medium carbonation. One you smell for a while. I never thought this were 10% before reaching this page... Iíd never suspect above 7. Great job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2004
bottled at bier circus brussels: now this is one of the most beautiful beers ive ever seen. i love a huge rocky head with different colors of tan that lasts as long as your drinking it and laces all the way down. this was a nice caramel nose malt...following through with the taste of figs and sweet rock candy. fine body on the palate with freat balance. this is a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Bottle pours dark brown w/tan highlights, large frothy off-white head, large pieces of sediment floating about, with fairly attractive lacing. † Aroma is very earthy, somewhat burnt straw like. † Forwardly musty, some horseblanket in there, along with earth (dirt) and candi sugar. † Finishes dry with a herbal flair. † Decent body and mouthfeel. † Interesting...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2004
Brown orange hue. Spicy aroam with tones of cheese, juniperberries and syrup. Hoppy flavor with tones of cheese, fruit and spices. Dry palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Very dark brown ruby body topped by a large creamy tan head. A nice looking beer. The aroma is quite different. I was expecting sweet malts and candi sugar instead I get a spicy vinous blueberry aroma. It is really unlike any beer I have ever smelled. The flavor is equally as unique and oh-so good. More vinous and blueberry along with other dark fruits and a touch of acidty. Medium bodied with a full flavored finish that lingers. Damn this is a good one. A real surprise too as I bought only because I had never seen it before. Find it buy it love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Bottle pours a dark amber with a big light tan head and significant lace. The aroma is yeasty, spicy, and caramel. The flavor is dark, roasted, roasted malt bitterness, and chocolate. Overall, not my favorite.

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