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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Called "Black Chocolate" in the U.S.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2394) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2006
MN Winter Get Together, 2006. Bottle. Lambic sourness in the nose; unique aroma. After corking, it wouldnt stop overflowing foam. Excellent lace. Sediment. Dark brown, yellow on edges. Flavor isnt sour. Saffron or allspice. Really nice; reminds me of the Family Farm in Woodside, CA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16711) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 Bottled, 75cl. Dark brown with a large beige head. Aroma has malt, caramel, hops and some alcohol notes. Quite a lot of caramel and malt in the flavor. Lots of alcohol, but nice. Rating: 8-4-8-4-16-4. (060328)

Bottle, 75cl. It pours an unclear, brown body with floaties and a big, beige head. Very nice aroma, but hard to pin. Caramel, dried fruits and spicy hints are easy to find, and also some alcohol, but the rest seems to blend into unrecognisability in the typical Belgian way. The flavor is sweet and fruity, with more dried fruits than fresh fruits, a good dash of sugar, some caramel and chocolate, cellar and spices. A subtle bitterness also steps forward. Lots of carbonation, full-bodied and almost sticky mouthfeel. Smooth as hell, and slightly warming. Some bitterness in the finish. Dangerously easy to drink. Well, its not exactly a beer one can down several bottles of, but is sure slides down easily. (081108)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2006
Clear, brilliant red with nice, underlying brown hues. Sweet, chocolatey aroma with an interesting blend of sweet caramel, nuts, cocoa powder, pilsner malt, noble hops, light cherry, vanilla, whole grains, plums, licorice, mild alcohol and some light roasted notes. The body is light and fairly robust with a nice, prickly carbonation than really explodes in the mouth. The flavor is sweet, but dry; a really perplexing profile that is hard to explain. It starts sweet, promoting the dark fruit, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar and alcohol. Toward the end, more tropical fruity esters come out and mix with the somewhat potent hop blend (grasses, light pine) producing a dry, warming finish. This is a really interesting beer with a unique profile and complex interweavings of flavors and aromas. Tasty and enjoyable, but something is a little off that kept my enjoyment lower than I would have expected. I will say, drinking this with dark chocolate increases the enjoyment far more than I ever expected. Youre well advised to enjoy this with a tasty chocolate dessert!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6231) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Poured a reddish brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, caramel malts, nuts, light dark fruits, and some alcohol as well. Taste of light cocoa, some roast, caramel malts, nuts, and alcohol as well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brooklyn35 (5) - salisbury mills, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2006 does not count
The beer looks beautiful in the glass. It has a huge frothy head with a slight tan hue whichs fades into a nice covering of small bubbles. The beer does not have a strong aroma with hints of roasted and darker malts and some dried fruits. The body is excellent with a light to medium feel in the mouth and tons of bubbles, the carbonation is very high. The flavor has hints of chocolate and malt with some of the same dried fruits almost like a sherry or port. The dominant flavor is from the belgian yeast strain and is the first thing you can detect. The other flavors are more underlying. The alcohol is slightly present with an appropriate amount of warming but not overwhelming. The finish is quite dry and overall the beer is very drinkable and nice. I just feel the import version labeled "Black Chocolate" is not an appropriate name as you would expect alot more roasted and chocolatey character. Knowing the original name "Dark Brut" makes me think this is a much better beer than I had first thought.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 28, 2006
2003 bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Not as heavily carbonated as the regular brut. Smells oakey with figs, some plums and raisins popping out. Tastes of biscuits with chocolate, coffee beans, some alcohol and whiskey notes. Some fruity notes on the finish. Good, but the regular brut is much better.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2006
75 cL bottle, Black Chocolate version, Reserve 2003 (sampled February 2006): Extremely loud and explosive cork removal. Thick, frothy light cocoa colored head quickly diminishes into a thin, dark brown film with loads of small bubbles. Deep, outrageously rich and complex aroma. Dusty cocoa powder and light alcohol combine with toasty dark bread notes in the background, while soft flower petals and butter soaked almonds mix with herbal esters and thick raisiny malts. Well textured palate balanced between super tingly, slightly gritty while being velvety smooth. A peppery, chocolate spice hits the tip of the tongue, while the tropical fruitiness jumps between papaya and mango. Dark, smooth chocolate truffles with a lightly sweet raspberry essence and soft brett notestruly a remarkable beer with a depth of flavour matched by but a few

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2006
First thing that struck me was that this was more like a sour brown ale vs a Belgian Strong.The nose was weird inthat I did not detect the normal spice and dark fruit I was expecting. The taste was different tho and was full of sweet malts but there was some kind of underlying sour tongue numbing action going on.Very complex brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4971) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
MN Winter Get Together, 2006: Color of mud with no head. Bready malt aroma with what struck me as cherry. Bone dry malt taste and a slight sourness that I believe is still cherry. Solid!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5940) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Very good in its own style and as beer overall. Sweet malt and fruit aromas. More sweet malt in the flavor but less fruit. Dark and nearly opaque, anlmost like a quad.


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