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: 32   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Swuat bottles from Smith’s and Capone’s. Pours turbid mucky dark brown with 3-finger off-white frothy head. Nose is charred dark corn flakey malt, black pepper, anise, corn flakes, funky winterbush taint. Tastes sweet, of licorice, maple syrupy dark malts, red wine vinous figgy notes, some anise, spice. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Bottle pours very dark with thin tan head. Aroma raisin, dark fruits, yeast. Taste rich, slightly sweet with dark fruits, spices, earth, malts, yeast. Not your typical Belgian yeasts. Palate thick and smooth. Finish a bit dull. Alcohol well disguised. Seems like kind of a hybrid of a quad and a stout. Flavors do come out more as it warms. Interesting beer but would not seek out again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2010
11.2oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of spices, yeasty, a little roasty, and bready. Tastes of spices, chocolate, spices, bready, and a little earhty. Had a light sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14094) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours black with a beige head. Smells of smooth dark malt. Lightly sweet, mildly sour, spicy; definitely smooth burnt malt. A very good milk stout that happens to be a bit sour? Dang good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9148) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Bottle from City Beer. Pours black with a decent beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a sour brown ale flavor with a sweet dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2010 11.2oz grenade bottle. Pitch black, maybe a hint of brown. Big, fizzy beige head. Smooth milky dark black licorice and fruity chocolate malt tones. Sour and tart notes create an exquisite balance, perfectly masking or incorporating the big alcohol. Perfectly mellow, an awesome sour creaminess. The spices are perfectly incorporated as well. A masterpiece of a beer, somewhere between a Belgian Porter (is Poorter the only one?)a really classy Belgian Xmas Ale, and a Caribbean Milk Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle. Almost black beer with a nice light tan head. Chocolate and malt aroma with light yeast. Chocolate and toffee malt flavor with yeast. Medium bodied. Chocolate and toffee lingers with light yeast and light vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickmbeer (15) - Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Pours very dark with a tan head. Aroma smells of spices and a little yeast. The taste is excellent, heavy yeast, some spices yet sweet. This is one great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kapusta (92) - Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA - DEC 29, 2009
A brownish/black gush of liquid began to flow over the cap when opened. Aroma is sweet, bread dough scents with some sweet spice. I did not initially think anise, but it is there after more sniffing. Taste is delicious, alcohol is well hid amongst the spice and sweetness. Very smooth, with some estery notes. A real treat for the senses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2009
33cl bottle, best by 9/2010. Gushing tan head, but looks lovely when it gets into the glass, atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, anise, candi sugar, roast, light chocolate, Belgian yeast, burnt. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some roast, chocolate, spice, Belgian yeast, light burnt caramel, anise. Smooth medium body, light effervescence, alcohol well contained.

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