sic1314 (4775) - 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 (4708) - 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.
SHIG (4499) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Alengrin (4420) - BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ads135 (4129) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very little head. Reddish orange coloration. Sourness displaces the malty body toward the end of the drink. A persistent skunkiness in an unfortunate aspect.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
goozen (3774) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival, Essen: Red brown coloured ale with an fruity taste, and there is also some honey added.
LilBeerDoctor (3713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Wim (3636) - Weelde, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
beastiefan2k (3492) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.