SHIG (4962) - 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. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2009
330ml Bottle: Astringent aroma of light caramel, slight wood, slight nuts, yeast, and dust. Poured brown with a hint of ruby in color and a medium-sized, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Full of particles throughout. Sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malts, candi sugar, caramel, yeast, light spices, light roasting, slight acid, and hints of tar, nuts, and wood. Medium body. Thin, lightly dry, lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Thin, sweet, sticky finish. 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. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 21, 2012
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.
Very little head. Reddish orange coloration. Sourness displaces the malty body toward the end of the drink. A persistent skunkiness in an unfortunate aspect.
goozen (4071) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival, Essen: Red brown coloured ale with an fruity taste, and there is also some honey added. beastiefan2k (3981) - 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.
Wim (3980) - Weelde, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2008
330mL stubby bottle, labeled La Botteresse Noire, BB 10/2010, Duvel tasting glass.
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 LilBeerDoctor (3931) - 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) gam (3930) - 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