RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
A medium bodied spiced black belgian style ale

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3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2007
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
On tap @ BCTC. Black brussels ale. Little head, light bodied, malty, roasty, spicy. average

ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2007
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 don’t believe they were calling this or attempting this to be a stout, so I’m not sure why people are complaining of that. I will admit it’s hardly very Belgian. Maybe Belgian-influenced? There are a bit of light Belgian esters, but it’s 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 it’s 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.

5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
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 can’t 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 don’t seem to blend together very well.   Thanks Jeff for the unexpected bottle!

egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2007
[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.

BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2007
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 don’t get it. A wonderful change of pace to the standard FFF fare.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
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.

notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2007
[BCTC ’07] - 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 didn’t work too well for me.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2007
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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beastiefan2k (4181) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2007
BCTC - I guess I will go against the grain here because I really enjoyed this beer. After consuming a bunch of Belgian beer and a lot of them sour, I stumbled over to the 3 Floyds table. Out of curiosity I asked what they are serving and the answer was unfamiliar, so I said pour baby. Pours very dark brown almost black with almost no head. Aroma is very bread-y (not rye) but some other bread with a strong seed flavor. Taste is light and full of flavor of other spices, very earthy. Very different for 3 Floyds (translation: not full of hops). A great change of pace at the fest and the most innovative beer at the fest. And exactly what part of Brussels does this come from, cause I would like to see more Belgian beers like this.

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