3fourths (9147) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft pour at BCTC. Dark purplish brown colored body. Instant nose of ginger root, burnt soil and sweet cherries and cola. Turned me off right away. Tastes peppery and musty, with mildly stinging ginger and a frothy, medium-bodied palate. Simple and pasty overall, the ginger and rye bread flavors just don’t sit well with me.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ BCTC. Black brussels ale. Little head, light bodied, malty, roasty, spicy. average
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hand bottled:   Black coffee in color, minor fizzy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Big spicy nose... trying to put my finger on it.   I spoze it seems like a cross between menthol, khaffir lime leaf, and Danish salted
licorice.   This is just bizarre.   On the tongue it has more of a meaty flavor.   A little ashy, some ashtray, and campfire on the tongue.   Some roasted malt characteristics appear towards the end.   Spices fairly
strong throughout.   This one is so strange I canít decide if I like it or not.   Body and mouthfeel are full to moderate.   This is probably one of the strangest concoctions I have ever had.   Still shaking my head...
lots of flavors that donít seem to blend together very well.   Thanks Jeff for the unexpected bottle!
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Floyds, served in Tulip glass: Deep brown hue with a fading head and spotty lace. Nice deep dark fruit and spiced nose. Notes of cardamom, star anise, mint, and grains of paradise. Fruity esters of prune and fig in addition to toasted almonds, rye bread, and Belgian dark sugar. Very inviting and phenolic.
The taste starts quite fruity and sweet. Notes of toffee, nuts, and a ever present spice character. Never cloying despite the sweetness, helped I think by the spices. The mouth feel is medium-bodied, oily and lively, matches the flavor profile well. A great black beer with complex character, I dig it even if some of you donít get it. A wonderful change of pace to the standard FFF fare.
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[BCTC 07] Poured a murky black color with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of anise, roast, dark fruits, and a bit of cocoa. Taste was very spiced, with more anise, coriander, and cardamom, followed by candy sugar, roast, chocolate, light yeast, and pleasant carbonation on the tongue.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
BCTC 2007. Very dark brown body topped by a small off-white ring of foam. Greasy bread crust, doughy yeast, some herbal spices and hint of dark fruits. No roastiness to be found in this despite being described as a Belgian Stout. All that would have been fine with me but roaming in the back was a little leathery flavour bordering beef/grease that bothered me a bit. A disappointment considering it is from Three Floyds. All in all a very average beer with average scores in all categories. Three Floyds Norm Noire.
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught samples at BCTC on 7/21/07
Deep amber-mahogany, medium clarity with a dark beige head that falls to cover fairly rapidly, leaving little/no lacing.
Gingerbread and caramel in the nose are quite relaxed, with plentiful malt sugars softening things considerably. Seems very rye/cardamon-driven, though I hardly thought it was overdone. Certainly the main part of the flavor/aroma, but that seems understandable for a spiced ale using these distinctive spices. Light hop earthiness and fruitiness, with some crusty/crackery malt notes that dry things out on the end, as a pinch of vanilla is noted as well. Medium strength of aroma. Simple, pleasant. I donít believe they were calling this or attempting this to be a stout, so Iím not sure why people are complaining of that. I will admit itís hardly very Belgian. Maybe Belgian-influenced? There are a bit of light Belgian esters, but itís marginal and mostly overtaken by the malt. Very clean though.
Sweet, soft and with a strong, but tasteful undercurrent of spicing that helps keep balance and adds complexity. Buttercream and vanilla run through the middle, and no roast comes out of it, as others have noted. A bit on the sugary side, yes, but itís not cloying or anything. Tons of floral notes on the end, be it hops, herbs or some other addition. Soft, simple body with moderate carbonation and a bit of looseness on the end that aids drinkability. No alcohol or flaws noted.
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[BCTC í07] - fairly black out of the tap, with a small ring of off-white lace - slightly tart, earthy aroma (suprisingly so fo FFF), with some grape-like fruitiness and medium spice profile - somewhat thin body - light and tart, with berry flavors, a touch of cocoa, and a strange mix of spices, almost like indian food - this one didnít work too well for me.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This looks good in the tulip, black with a creamy tan head. As the glass empties, you can seed that the body is actually a dark mahohany. The aroma has aniseed, dark toasted malts, dried dark fruits, and a floral spiciness. All are blended smoothly into the flavor with the licorice taste alone lasting into the finish. Pretty decent.
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TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at BCTC. When I had this I thought, what is 3F doing at this festival and is this really a belgian beer? I guess it is, just a style Iíve never had. I only had one sample so this rating may upset the purists. Poured black with brown hues. Aroma was earthy and bready, with some spices (anise, carraway seeds) and some dark chocolate. Flavor was is full of spices, but they are balanced well by roasted chocolate malts, a little grassy hops ( hey, its 3F) and a medium body. I liked that this was very different from almost all the other belgian beers at the festival. A unique offering from 3F. Pretty good.