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: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Bière brune brassée avec des malts Pale Ale, des malts caramel et chocolat. Très forte et douce à la fois (ajout de miel) très longue en bouche. Bière de dégustation pour amateurs de bières spéciales. Bonne amertume. Goût prononcé des malts, réglisse, café,... Alc: 10.5 % Vol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (4861) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2012
6/VII/2012 - 33cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - BB: X/11 (2012-691)

Clear dark brown beer, huge fizzy beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of spices, reminds me of Southern Tier Pumking. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, black cherries, dried fruits, some caramel, cough syrup, elder berries. MF: good carbon, medium body. Taste: dried fruits, sugar, alcohol, ripe plums, little sourish, red currants, cranberries. Aftertaste: dark chocolate, mocha, sour berries, some lemon juice, alcohol, noticeable, little bitter, more spices, cloves, coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3279) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2012
Small head mahogany pour weak carbonation aromas alcohol spice dried fruit doughy note vinous notes the flavours port sultanas plum cinnamon cherry doughy yeast bread white wine sour note finish enjoyable christmas ale smooth with aftertastes of alcohol spice fruit yeasty dough well done

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (3049) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Very little head. Reddish orange coloration. Sourness displaces the malty body toward the end of the drink. A persistent skunkiness in an unfortunate aspect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6800) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2012
33cl bottle, BB 10/2013. Brune foncée, col beige avec une fine pellicule dorée sur le verre. Arôme de fruits noirs; cerise et datte, malt léger et une note de chocolat. En bouche, malt grillé, caramel et léger chocolat en poudre. Palais réchauffant avec ses 10.5%, pointe épicée rappelant la réglisse et laissant un fini liquoreux. Une pointe d’amertume houblonnée sur la fin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2010
Kerstbierfestival 2009. Muddy dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, sweetness and mild spices. The flavor feels ordinary, there’s slightly roasted malt, sweetness and mild spices. The body is light to medium while the carbonation is moderate. It’s decent, but doesn’t compare to the great Belgian Christmas beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2010
Shared this one w/ SkyCop32. Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice and orange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2009
A dark red/brown colored beer, with a thick dark beige head. The aroma of caramel with fruits and touches of spices. The taste is sparkling with sweet fruits and caramel. The spices like gloves in the back and notes of alcohol. The aftertaste is bittersweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2009
La Botteresse Noire. Brown color with a big quickly diminished, bubbly tan, cola like head. Dark caramel, coffee, cloves, and dark cherries in the aromas. Sweet dark malt start, lightly sour dark cherries in the middle. Quite airy, nearly making it feel thin, but enough flavor to hold it together. A bit metallic in the finish that seems to go along with the thinner feel. Bits of cinnamon and allspice. in the finish and into the linger. A dry fruit cake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11191) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Belgianshop.com
Pours deep brown, bordering on black. A fair, but rather fizzy offwhite head that settles as a millimeter thick foam. Heavy spicy aroma. Lots of cloves, coriander, sour-ish plums and cherries, chocolate. Some sweet caramel to back it all up. High carbonation, very prickly. Otherwise fine, and lightly dry mouthfeel. Nice flavours. Chocolate, light tart fruit, yeast, well-balanced spiciness with some coriander, cinnamon. Fine dryness with some cocoa-powder feel. Actually a very nice Christmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2478) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2009
I got the bottom end of this bottle. So the appearance had more yeast poop, which actually came out more brown while the clearer pour was more of a black color. That comes with a khaki medium sized head. Aroma is a very airy Belgian yeast with some chocolate and as it warms up a roast character. But it is a light sour tinge to it that makes this special. In the flavor the sour tinge grows stronger as it warms and eventually overwhelms the highly carbonated and tingly feeling, dark Belgian yeasty (cocoa, earth) flavor. The flavor has a bit of a sour cherry finish there as well. Good stuff, very easy drinking for such a strength. Just ease up on the sour aspect a bit and lower the carbonation.
330mL stubby bottle, labeled La Botteresse Noire, BB 10/2010, Duvel tasting glass.

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