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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Called "Black Chocolate" in the U.S.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (2054) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2004
Let me first say the label looks fantastic, very classy. Dark coloured, lasting head. Malty, spicy and yeasty aroma, some alcohol. Dry malty flavour. Well brewed, but nevertheless none of these brut beers could really impress me so far. And it’s pretty damn expensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2004
bottled 750ml. 2003. Dark brown with massive tan head. Chocolate and yeast smell. Medium bodied Not much chocolate taste. Well carbonated with a nice bitterness through out. Hides the alcohol content well. Smooth. multiple tastings. a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
This brew pours with a cloudy, dark amber body topped by a thick, fizzy head with some lacing. The aroma is slightly sour and vinious with a slight barnyard and a touch of alcohol. Nice. The flavor is slightly sweet yet slightly sour with a touch of barnyard and a touch of sourness. A nice chocolate flavor shows through after a few tastes. Meidum bodied, smooth and a touch dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2004
Brown dark appearance. Choccolate, sweet, prune finish. A really great beer for a dessert. Elegant well-balanced beer. Velvety finish. Thanks to www.belgiskbryg.dk for the sample.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2004
Wow - this was an extra from beandip, so kudos to her, in a deal with muzzlehatch, so thanks to Barry for bringing this one and sharing it with CapFlu, tiggmtl, radiomgb, Rastacouere and DumDum in Ottawa. 2003 Reserve bottle. Had this not been the second-last bottle in a long line of sampled beers I might have had the palate to better appreciate this one. As it was my tongue still seemed to discern its quality. Great aromas of black/sour cherry, malt and hop, chocolate and then some barnyard gueuziness too. Nice. Big head atop a cloudy brown body. Sweet malts are offset slightly with the bitter chocolate until it becomes a touch medicinally alcoholic. I think the wonderful tingling mouthfeel actually woke my mouth up a little, and I would definitely want this one again with fresher senses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 Barnyard, pit fruit - notably cherries, horse-blanket, a light cinammon spiciness and of course, bittersweet, dark chocolate all intermingle in the wonderfully complex aroma. Solid-looking, opaque brown with thin but lasting, tan head. Perfume-like, saffron, tart, bitter chocolate flavour is initially malt dominated but a strong balancing bitterness emerges to counterpoint nicely. Touches of alcohol waft through the presentation without ever being dominant, though definitely warming. Crunchy mouthfeel - strong carbonation, fine-bubbled, engaging. More please! Bottle enjoyed with beerhugger, CapFlu, DumDum, muzzlehatch, radiomgb and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 10, 2004
750 ml bottle shared in Ottawa with diverse Ottavians and Montrealites: Rastacouere, tiggmtl, beerhugger, CapFlu, DumDum, radiomgb). Thick, luscious brown cola body, huge lasting head...big spicy nose full of sour cherries, farminess and some lovely dark chocolate...thick yet nimble body, with a slightly high carbonation level...complex sour chocolate-blueberry-cherry flavors, stinging medicinal alcohol on the finish, Jagermeister and champagne...truly wonderful, an exceptional treat courtesy of the most marvellous Beandip!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
26oz: Dark chocolate brown, superb beige head is eternally lasting, foamy, full of subtle lacing. Enormous chocolate malt aroma, predictably tart, yet somehow, they managed to find a fit between this and saison-like haystack scents. I found the balance to be remarkable for such an experiment, delicate herbal and flowery undertones together add tremendous depth. Rich bitter/tart chocolate, actually this may be tarter than it appears, yet I didn’t find any annoyance in the marriage with the roastiness. No trace of alcohol in the aroma, remarkable feature by itself, but in such a complex blend, you don’t get to spend much time thinking about that. Add to this a killer expanding in bubbles incredibly smooth foamy mouthfeel and you know where your 25$ went. I still think I prefer the regular Brut, but then again, I tend to prefer blonde Belgians to darker ones. I can recognize a killer recipe though and this one gave me a hard time to find places to give less than perfect scores! Astonishingly unique. A sipper that you couldn’t drink too much of while being an incarnation of greatness! de Landtsheer can brew people, my rating may be a mess, but take that for granted. Cheers to my pal muzzlehatch for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4710) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
(22oz bottle) Never-never ending head with an opaque body. Nose of a cherry gueuze merged with a belgian strong and seep malt. Great chalkiness in the malt and the sour undertones are lovely. A tad medicinal... but greatly different from everything else in style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Very lively. Unusually hoppy for a Belgian beer. Spicy and a hint of rubber. The alcohol content is well consealed.

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