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: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
(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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4499) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle Kerstbierfestival 2007: Poured a deep black with a thin tan head. The aroma is honey and liquorice. The taste is fruit with that similar liquorice taste, finished a warm alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4420) - BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2014
The follow-up to La Botteresse Bière de Noël (from the days when this brewery was still called Brasserie de Bruyères), with thick and moussy, stable, pale beige head and very dark burgundy colour. Aroma of dates, walnuts, milk chocolate, port wine, ginger, cola, pear, bark, cinnamon; light sweetish onset, candied fruits, some candi syrup, pretty strong carbonation at first, deep chocolatey and nutty maltiness, candi touch lingers, well-balanced finish with dry coriander effect, full, mild flowery hops, toasted bitterishness and warm but never astringent alcohol. This is truly a very well-made, rich and above average Christmas ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (4129) - Omaha, Nebraska, 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3774) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival, Essen: Red brown coloured ale with an fruity taste, and there is also some honey added.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of spices upfront with roasted malt and roasted nuts, and dark fruits (fig especially) in the background. Flavor of sweet fruits, some breadiness, and spices. A bit on the sweet side but otherwise tasty. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wim (3636) - Weelde, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2008
dark brown coloured body with a off white head a malty roasted grainy aroma a malty roasted grainy coffee taste with a dry bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3492) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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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