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Biscotti - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mistofminn on 01-12-2009

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a one-finger, off white head of foam. It left some patchy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of licorice/star anise with some bready notes and a touch of vanilla.

T - Very sweet up front with a bready malt character. Spicy with some anise flavor. The vanilla picks up as the beer warms.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - A truly unique beer. This gets better as it warms up and would make a fabulous dessert beer.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lift Bridge Biscotti, Belgian-style Ale, Edizione Limitata, ALC. 7% by VOL. 750 ml bottle. Ale brewed with honey, grains of paradise, Madagascar vanilla beans, and whole star anise.

Clear, amber hue, slim head, soon gone.

Sweet aromatics, bready, spicy. Some depth of flavor peeks through, but not a tremendous amount. I have to search for it, or, more likely, wait for it to unfold.
Nice, though, that's a fact.

Taste: ah! This is the stuff. The Belgian malt, the toasty/bready flavor, mixed up the touch of anise, vanilla and more.
Warm, and uniquely flavorful. What I missed in the nose is revealing itself in the mouth. Ripe, dark fruit sensations, as well. Texture grows on the palate, malt proving more palpable and luscious.

I like this one quite a bit, although it doesn't go as far as I'd like with flavor, for the price. Nonetheless, one of the best efforts from Lift Bridge.

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with foiled over pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a vibrant amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Cream, biscuit malt, pine, hints of citrus (maybe). An average strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Nicely bretty in terms of yeast. Fairly malty and enjoyable. Little yeast character. Balanced and enjoyable, but a bit underwhelming in terms of complexity. I do like it, but it's lacking. Doesn't taste like biscotti much. A hint of white pepper.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Fairly carbonated. Thickness is good. Lacks sufficient presence on the palate. Complements the aroma pretty well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but still features room for improvement. I'd have it again, but it's not fantastic for the style.


Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending me this one for the sole purpose of being able to tick it! Served from bottle into a Duvel Meyers tulip. Poured a deep yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, clove, bread, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, clove, bread, fruit, subtle dark fruit, and very subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The aroma on this one really reminded me of a nice Belgian Pale Ale with a touch of alcohol. I really wish it would have been a little more complex than it was to keep the nose wondering what it was up to. The flavor however made up for this as it was quite nice and balanced and smooth. This fact made this brew quite easy to drink and enjoyable. Worthy of trying if you get the chance or just want to tick it.

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Time to pull this one out of the fridge. Lift Bridge has lifted their game recently, so I'm optimistic. But a cookie beer?

Pour is golden/amber & appears slightly unfiltered, though there are no boogies in the bottle bottom. Smell is untamed & festive as a Christmas kitchen: most of the spice rack & vanilla drown out whatever beer bouquet one might imagine. Not easy to get down, the spicing & yeast makes this difficult to drink more than six or eight ounces of. Nip bottles?

Biscotti doesn't regale the taste buds like it does the nose. Taste flattens & dulls the best of the nose. Vanilla takes on an off-brand quality, the spicing is aggressive without adding much, & the Belgian yeast is like dumping weird on top of muddled. Strong banana in the end-game, again, muddled with other, darker fruits.

This is like a Welch's Juice Concoction gone wrong. Not bad by any means, but more of a beer with too much going on in the bottle & nothing to bring it all together. Mediocre, odd, & not terribly satisfying.

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color with just over one finger of head that settled quickly to a thin cap. Just light lacing is left on the glass.

Smells enticing. The Belgian yeast and added spices do their best to win me over. Some dark fruit and vanilla as well. More estery with phenols just starting to peak through.

But those phenols, something that dominates almost every American attempt of Belgian styles, takes over. The honey attempts to add some sweetness. There is a battle for the tastebuds going on with the fruity and the spicy. It just seems muddled. Some good flavors but I am just not a fan of the phenols.

Good body and nicely carbonated. A good job with the bottle conditioning.

A good effort but not as good as it should be. Definately worth trying and my first since they moved brewing to their home location.

Photo of jera1350
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a peach hued copper color with a short head of tan foam that is very bubbly looking. Kind of a weird looking head. Leaves some sticky lacing however.

The nose gives some bubblegum with a bit of biscuit. Not much more than that going on.

Really not a whole lot going on in the flavor. Belgian yeast, some hop bitterness and bubblegum. Biscotti cookie? Uh, not getting it at all. Really just tastes like a straight up simple belgian ale. Some spicy yeast in the finish. Where is the vanilla and star anise?

Very dry with some prickly carbonation. Medium bodied.

I actually don't think this drinks that well. Really dry and the flavor is kind of one dimensional and boring to me. I had higher hopes especially after The Commander, but this just is not worth the $10/bottle price tag at all. Not a bad beer, just didn't do anything for me really.

Photo of Herky21
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: An interesting mix of Belgian yeast and sweet caramel malts. Quite a bit of spices with hints of clove, anise, cinnamon, and ginger. Subtle aroma of fruits with hints of bananas and dark plums, figs, and raisins. Light hint of earthy hops. Kind of smells like a spiced barleywine.

Taste: A spicy and fruity blend. Belgian yeast and caramel malts up front are followed by a good mix of fruits. Hints of banana, cherry, figs, plums, and raisins. The other spices really come through towards the finish with notes of clove, cinnamon, ginger, and a quite noticeable kick of anise. Also some hints of vanilla and earthy hops. Flavors really come through stronger as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and somewhat syrupy. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty interesting and tasty experiment with a Belgian style. Th spices blend in well without overwhelming the subtle fruits.

Photo of gatornation
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap in 12oz glass

A- pours a clear golden amber color with a 1finger white head that recedes to a small this whispy cap no lacing

S- was fruit and bread with hint of yeast, vanilla and spices

T- had a light fruit taste more than dark fruit i got bananas and apples pears with some cherry and plum, nice spice in the middle with some clove, vanilla baked bread

M- was light on the palate and fruity/ spicy with low carbonation, some hop bitterness

O-tasted like a golden ale to me on tap it was pretty good i have a bottle yet to open.try this one on tap if can

Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of josephwa
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of bsp77
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Orangish-red with nice off-white head and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet, fruity (cherry, plum, banana), boozy, and spicy (clove, cardamon). Some light mead-like characteristics.

Taste: More muted than the aroma and not as sweet. There are a lot of fruity notes (notably cherry and plum) with strong toasted malts, honey, and lemon pepper from the Grains of Paradise. Some very light Belgian yeast flavors. There are a lot of flavors going on here, but it is all a little muddled other than the Grains of Paradise.

Feel: Thick, full body that is somewhat chalky. Pretty dry throughout.

Overall: Pretty good, but could certainly use some tweaking to make the flavors stand out more.

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopstout
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jjanega08
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A= Pours a nice deep amber color with a pretty good looking off white head on it that stands a pretty two fingers and falls slowly leaving some decent lacing behind.

S= The smell is interesting. I get a lot of belgian yeasty spice in it and what I assume to be the grains of paradise. The anise and vanilla is lost in the jumble as I get none of that shining through. Well maybe if you dig deep you can get some vanilla.

T= The taste again is quite unique. Despite the off putting sound it actually tastes a little like biscotti. I personally hate biscotti but I think my hatred comes from the texture. The beer anyways deviates from the belgian spicey yeast flavor and moves more toward a delicate bready malt flavor with perhaps a touch of the anise coming through. I stress a touch of anise. The vanilla seems to be lost in the flavor jumble this time. The grains of paradise come through a bit I believe but then again I'm not too familiar with the ingridient. A really nice bready beer with a little extra punch is mostly what I'm pulling from it. It's acutally pretty refreshing I could see it on a spring or fall day anytime. Upon further examination the anise comes through more and more as you exhale. Be sure to let this one warm a little to let the flavors develop more. I'm finding as it warms I am better able to pull out some of the ingridients listed on the label.

M= Lighter on the mouth that I would have expected from anything with belgian yeast but it's surprisingly nice that it's a little light.

O= A surprisingly quality beer. I wasn't expecting much and have sort of been putting off trying it because it didn't sound great. I bought it because it was local and I will buy it again because it's good. Let this baby warm up a little for full enjoyment.

Photo of Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Biscotti from Lift Bridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.