Brewed by Brasserie Artisanale La Botteresse de Sur-les-Bois
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Saint-Georges (Sur-les-Bois), Belgium


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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A heavily spiced Belgian strong ale, La Botteresse Noire pours near pitch black with a rich beige head. Tastes of licorice, black pepper, burnt sugar, roasted malt, and winter spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2570) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
February 2011. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, pepper, spices and roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2013
From tasting notes. Bottle. Pours almost black with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, yeast, dark fruits, spices and a touch of earthy hops. Flavors of roasted malts, dark fruits, belgian yeast, pepper, molasses and some indistinct bitter hops. Similar finish with some alcohol notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrapersnbeer (1500) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2012
It’s a ’noire’ ale and has a fine dark skinned girl picking hops on the label. Consider that against Belgium’s colonial legacy, and make of it what you will. Aroma of burnt malt, some peppery spicing, licorice, yeast and alcohol. Black in the manner of black IPAs. The flavor translates directly from the scent: darkly sweet and bitter in a blunt and alcoholic way. Rough consistency of hot maple syrup. I’ve run across a few ’Black Belgian’ ales, and feel they need more hops against so much roasted malt. Okay. so the girl’s on all the brewer’s products.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (677) - Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2012
Pours dark brown. Aroma of liccorice and black cherries. Taste is dark friut and cough syrup. Can drink one, but that is about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (3169) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Dark brown-red body, thin khaki foam, moderate lacing.. S: Strong spice notes pair well with the strong yeast presence. Pepper, caramelized sugar and roasted malts. T: More of the same from the nose. The taste is heavily spiced. Hearty malt body... booze comes through quite a bit... lingering yeast goodness M: Smooth, solid carbonation, spice and alcohol leave a slight burn O: A solid dark strong ale from a relatively unknown brewer courtesy of 12% Imports.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: February 23, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brusin Ales, Asheville NC
Appearance: black, pillowy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, touch of roasted, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, dark fruits, light spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2490) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Tasted on 6/21/11 from a 330mL bottle. Pours clear, very dark amber with a thin beige head that recedes to nothing more than a thin collar of lace. The nose is very roasty with coffee, dark chocolate, toast, prune juice, a bit of alcohol heat, and a hint of burnt bitterness. The flavor is fruitier than the nose, almost a bit tart, with chocolate and coffee underlying. The body is full, with an oily texture, average carbonation, and a long dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and tannic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6537) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2011
bottle at Blue Monk, Buffalo NY. black lager/ schwarzbier looking pour. lighter body. roasted malts, very light dark fruit. pretty non-descript flavor, hid 10.5 pretty well. roasted malt dominated, lighter mouthfeel. ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (529) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 16, 2011
(bottle) Opaque black body with a thin tan head. Dark roasted aroma, licorice, caramel, wood, spices (cinnamon, allspice, anise). Soft carbonation, light body. Surprisingly sour, and tart flavor. Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, spices, and sweet. Alcohol is strong in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (4226) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Sweet raisin aroma. Black pour, medium fizzy beige head. Candied plum flavor, finishing in prunes. Thin to medium body. Enjoyable, not terribly complex, well made.

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