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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 Belgium’s smallest brewery. Highly drinkable, even at 8% alcohol, this beer lives up to its name, which translates roughly to ’prankster.’ 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Pours a hazy dark orangish amber color. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty, with a touch of fruit. Flavor is a nice mixture of malts and fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TwoSipDip (8894) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle @ home. For the life of me, I can’t remember where the hell I got this. Reddish brown appearance with a very foamy, tan head. Fairly sweet, caramelized sugary, plum, raisin, red fruity aroma with moderate fruity esters. Dark plum, grape, fig, fruity, brown sugar, caramel, candy sugar flavor. Pretty sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chudwick (1966) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2011
bottle in a pint glass - pours dark amber with beige head, providing lacing. Nose is yeast and prune-y fruit. Aroma is chocolate, nuts, light floral hops, alcohol, and old-time-y fruit. Taste is sweet at first and ends on a sweet note along with bitterness. Finish is suddenly dry and body is full. For 8% ABV, it seems stronger. Beer starts off promising, but partially falls apart due to the strong alcohol presence. Would not want to drink two back to back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(bottle 10/26/10). Dark brown color. Large tan head. Moderate caramel aroma, with light fruit/apple and light sourness. Moderate bready malt and caramel flavor, with light sour and light toast/malt. Long duration. Light lasting sour and toast/malt finish. Slick/fizzy texture. Moderat to high carbonation. Good lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2029) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Very dark toffee colored pour. Huge off-white head that is slow to die. Plenty of lacing left in its wake. A fruity grainy aroma. Like fruity pebbles. Very malty flavor. A slight fruitiness in there along with some yeast flavors. Slight alcohol heat, slight. A nice viscous mouthfeel. Sweet aftertaste with some alcohol mixed in to thin it out a bit. Nice beer. Much better than anticipated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prokroustis (679) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - AUG 4, 2011
Murky dark brown body with particles and an off white head. Strong malty aroma with notes of fruits, caramel and wine. Great flavour with a nice sweet begining, chocolate, coffee and plum. Great. (8% abv bottle 1 year past its exp. date.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (3790) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2011
Colour: Brown. Smell: Coriander and ginger. Taste: Sweet, caramel. P: Living, big bubbles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (7220) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2011
Bright medium brown, dark red color. Big thick white head. Don’t smell much. Pretty standard taste. High lively carbo, medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (2729) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2011
This isn’t a bad strong, dark Belgian. It’s a deep brown w/ a foamy head, not that pretty but not bad either. The emphasis here is on nutty and sweet malt tone rather than yeast. There’s loads of raisin and a bit of cherry w/ some floral notes that seem to come from hops. Nice medium bodied mouth-feel but slightly undercarbed. I might put this in the same category as, say, Rochefort 8 but not in the same class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - APR 5, 2011
Bottle 33 cl. Pours very dark brown with a soft and creamy long-lasting foam hat. Sweet bread and powdered sugar aroma with just some hints of carrots and coriander. Spices and cake dominate the flavor, but sweetness is gentle and balanced with yeasty component, while some fruit notes (pear, grapefruit) complete the picture. Absolutely rich in malt with a medium body perfectly carbonated, Bitter and citrus hoppy long-lasting finish that leaves the tongue with an astringent and fizzy feeling. 8% ABV? I don’t think so, drinkability is that of a cider. Geez, this belgian ROCKS for me, as classic ones like trappists or De Dolle.

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