IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
8% version. Cloudy brown color, thick tan head with a bunch of lace. Full aroma, plenty of fruit- cherry and prune, along with some toffee and brown sugar. Flavor is pleasant, same fruitiness, some alcohol, some dry bitterness on the end. Fuller body, pleasant mouthfeel. Very nice. Sammy (12967) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
Looked like a barleywine with yeast, lace. A huge initial head. Expirey the next month. Aroma of alcohol, with malt and yeast. Taste: burnt through and through. Burnt yeast, burnt barley, some chocolate malt, yeast, sediminent of burnt madsberg (11798) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2005
Bottled 8%: Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Dense brown head. Malt, sweetness and spices in the aroma. Loads of them. Flavour is malty and sweet as well. Alcohol is very present. Ends on a light fruity note. Is medium bodied and quite full. Nice one. jerohen (2379) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2005
Loterbol bruin, 8%. Very dark brown coloured, beige head. Aroma of malt and molasses, gets better when warming up. Flavour is predominantly malty and sweet, lots of sugar. Ends very nice though, lingering malty finish. The flavour’s not impressive, but i have the feeling this beer could improve greatly with some ageing. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a huge beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, toffee, and molasses. Slighlty bitter aftertaste. Alcohol nicely hidden in the clean malty flavor.
hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Poured a dark, murky brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Some large floaters. Aromas of yeast, caramel and fruits. Spicy and bready tasting as well. heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 Rerated, still a very nice brew. I stand by the previous rating. Very large tan colored head. Body is a dark brown with amber on the edges when held to the light. Aroma of light pears and nutmeg. The taste is a spicy pear and Golden Delicious apple. Has some notes of nutmeg. This finishes dry and woody. A very nice brew. This is classy all the way. A very good example of the style. austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2005
A tad dry, herbal and metallic, yet quite malty as the "Bruin" on the bottle implies. Nice dark brown color and in a side by side tasteoff with Gouden Carolus Noel this beer seemed to be a tad mild and lighter on the malt than I’d have liked. Nothing wrong with Loterbol - it’s a quality Belgian Brown, just be aware that it’s of the dry, metallic variety. unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. aroma and flavor are very bready and some light spice. body is medium. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2004
The distributor I work for had 5 cases of this imported as a special order for the Cock & Bull Pub in Sarasota. When I was in there late night last week, and after a couple rounds, I took a stroll through the “beer vault,” the walking cooler that houses all the really nice stuff, this is what I found.
Poured the darkest shade of amber/brown, without being black… and the head was an amazingly thick layer of dark khaki micro bubbles… it was a beautiful sight! The aroma and flavor had heavy hints of caramel and toffee malts, with a note of coco and coffee. There was a tremendous suggestion of black pepper a yeasty doughy-ness with just enough brown sugar… Totally fill bodied and complex as a labyrinth in the dark!
I would Honestly say that this beer holds the complexities, if not more than some Trappist Quads! It was Absolutely Outstanding!