Borresteijn (5650) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl Bottle at home, ABV 10.5%. Deep dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet-sour dark fruits, caramel, some chocolate cake, alcohol. Flavour is roasted malts, sweet, caramel, dark fruits, with a slight sour and bitter roasted finish. Warming alcohol in the finish too. A beer for the cold days. Nice one.
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle, marked as La Botteresse Noire, with a rather comely-looking lass on the label - pours a very dark ruby, with a lot of chunky floaties - a lot of sweet raisin in the nose, treacle, nutmeg, brown sugar, overripe dark fruits - the flavor is sweet dark fruits (loads of fig, raisin), tempered by bitter herbs and warming spices - some british barleywine-ish character comes in the form of treacly sweetness, light oxidation, earthy, prune-like flavors - finish of chocolate pudding, warming alcohol and lingering herbal bitterness - fairly well-balanced and tasty - someone ought to add an alias for the La Botteresse Noire, though.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brune with a creamy tan head. Spicy fruity spritz pepper and apple aroma. Cinnamon and some yeasty spices. Sweet cane sugar with vinous hints and some apple like sweet and tart flavor. Some alcohol warming that is well masked by the spiciness and moderately sharp carbonation. Decent brew.
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle at 13e Kerstbierfestival, Essen. Dark brown with almost no head. Spiced and sugary aroma. Complex spicy flavours: cinnamon and pepper on a caramel base.Short finish. Noticeable alcohol. All in all pleasurable, but not great.
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mar (5065) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. dark brown pour with an amber bottom. nose is wood and nuts. very carbonated with a heavy fruit flavor that is backed by nuts.
kraddel (4989) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours dark brown
small white head
smells like vinigar and cleaning products
low carbo . perfumed, failed sweetness...
sugar , spices
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Astringent aroma of light caramel, slight wood, slight nuts, yeast, and dust. Poured brown with a hint of ruby in color and a medium-sized, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Full of particles throughout. Sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malts, candi sugar, caramel, yeast, light spices, light roasting, slight acid, and hints of tar, nuts, and wood. Medium body. Thin, lightly dry, lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Thin, sweet, sticky finish.
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured cloudy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sour fruit and caramel malt. Medium body, flavour is unbalanced, some citrus over the malt.
sayravai (4700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled@Kerstbierfestival 2007, Essen) Dark brown with a small, mostly fading head. Grainy, dark malt and licorice in the aroma. Roasted-malty, licoricey flavor with some anise, orange-peel and other spices. Medium-bodied, smooth and medium-carbonated palate. Much like Ecaussinnes Ultrabrune, but with added spices. Very nice actually.