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Loterbol Bruin - Café-Brouwerij Loterbol

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BA SCORE
89
very good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 14.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Café-Brouwerij Loterbol visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 12-24-2003)
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TectonicFun

Illinois

1/5  rDev -74.9%

10-21-2012 17:19:05 | More by TectonicFun
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Stoutsman

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

01-14-2012 22:04:20 | More by Stoutsman
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brownish amber with a thick khaki head. It looks appealing, especially when held up to the light.

S: The expected aromas of dark candy sugar, toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, and heavy cream are present. Notes of resinous hops peek through
upon further investigation.

T: Starts off sweet and rich with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla bean, candy sugar, and heavy cream. The taste becomes noticeably more bitter just before the fade with spicy, resinous hops, warming alcohol, and an odd, unwelcome burnt flavor creating a distracting and discordant contrast with the earlier sweet sensations.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with a thick, somewhat sticky feel to it. Definitely not a mouthfeel to write home about in my opinion.

O: This beer starts off strong, but falls apart on the finish. It's simply too heavy-handed and overbearing, and the way in which it flits between sweet and bitter is distracting. Perhaps I got a bad bottle...

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 19:16:11 | More by mrfrancis
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 particles. Doesn't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 03:11:59 | More by Sammy
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -24.8%

12-13-2013 06:37:25 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11-12oz. bottle. Poured a cloudy brown color, slightly coppery at the edges. Large, light tan head. Aroma was mainly sweet (fruit/melon) with a bread-yeast scent as well. Taste was roasted/burnt toast, pepper, sweet in the middle, fairly strong alcohol notes and a mild hop finish. Body was medium, carbonation was same. Alcohol warming started immediately as did the drying. Overall, an interesting and complex beer, which was not really to my taste. I prefer more of a hop presence and less sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 20:04:47 | More by
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

12-07-2013 22:23:32 | More by ajzy
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Jredner

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is disapointingly cola-like. Deep brown color with a huge fluffy mocha head. Earthy malts. Has a loamy, musty quality to it. Some sweetness in the finish...not unlike sweetbreads..definitely a hearty sweetness unlike the sugary sweetness of many Belgians. Feels like a kicked up brown/amber ale hybrid. Doesn’t really wow me, but is curiously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 16:48:21 | More by Jredner
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: dark brown color, thick head that remains at 1 finger thick, good lacing
s: mix of sweet malts and tart cherry with hints of pecans
t: moderate malty sweetness balanced with tart fruits on the periphery and the pecan flavor does eventually come through...surprisingly consistent with aromas
m: medium to thick body, light carbonation
d: decent beer, just not too much to miss

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 03:56:22 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

03-30-2013 00:08:04 | More by bsuedekum
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Given to me as a gift (thanks Todd). Best by date of 4/05, so let's see if age has been hard on this. With 8% abv it should hold up for a little.
Real malty aroma with slight spicy and some sourness, possible a staleness (slightly cardboard - but not overpowering). Reasonable complex and consistently prominent.
Nice steady firm dark head. Really a dark beer with reddish brown in light, but rather dense in appearance. Heck of a yeast sample at bottom of bottle.
Well blended flavors dominated by malt, mostly rich and dark without passing to roast. Minimal sweetness and unfortunately holding enough staleness to distract some. Lacking dark fruit and not holding much yeasty spiciness. Mild alcohol with some slight heat. Very extended taste laying on the tongue that seems to still possess a mild hop bitterness. Nice little flavors show up now and then (such as the chocolate taste I just got), but overall they are few and far between.
Nice rich and full body with carbonation present and enhancing very nicely.
A little unfair for drinkability since this bottle is past prime. Some nice aspects peak my interest. I need to try a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 03:25:22 | More by garymuchow
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dogfooddog

Panama

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beer pours with very large head, half of glass is head.

smells like dark fruits, a bit sweet maltiness. a bit sweeter than most belgian dubbels/brunes.

taste is odd. seems hoppy-bitter, the malt becomes almost a background taste. there may be a slight metallic hint as well, but so faint it might be a taste i am confusing.

drinkable bruin, no reason to avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 02:44:25 | More by dogfooddog
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Cunningham26

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a mahogany brown with a good two fingers of small-bubbled foam that left a good white lacing.
S- Boozy, with lots of malts and fruit breaking through. Definite hints of golden raisin, apples, and some spice.
T- Fruit up front, with cloves, spices, toffee, and some really light coffee. Together it made it almost port-like on the palate, but overall pretty good and complicated.
M- Ok, the booziness makes itself apparent for the first third but tapers as the body adjusts.
D- Not really sessionable, but the one I had was interesting, especially once it warmed up.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 00:28:46 | More by Cunningham26
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt garnet color with a creamy head and leaves good lace. Smell is sweet, malty, fruit (cherry), peat caramel. Taste is nicely balanced with a sweet maltiness, cherries, caramel, peat and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, light effervescence, medium/full body. Drinkability is pretty good but not great. A middle of the road Belgian brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 19:29:46 | More by PorterLambic
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impending

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

01-12-2013 07:05:37 | More by impending
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henrysunset

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very Dark and clear (unhazy) but with suspended sediment. nice sized head of tan.

Scent is alcohol, wood, dark malt.

taste is dark, thick relatively little short term aftertaste and a tail flavor of chocolate and roast.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. i enjoy it but don't absolutely love it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 03:21:31 | More by henrysunset
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dherling

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a deep brown color with a massive fizzy tan head with good lacing. The nose has caramel, chocolate, fudge, with a slightly fruity edge. A candy store? Weird. The taste starts malty sweet, butterscotch and chocolate with some bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is good, medium carbonation, creamy long finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 05:48:45 | More by dherling
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a haze, dark mahogany-hued body with a large, foam-riddled, beige head.

Smell: Scents of the brown malt variety, including notable notes of caramel, light roast, and, upon slight warmth, cocoa. Child-sized handful of dehydrated fruits and licorice-flavored jellybeans splashed with alcohol and dried herbs.

Taste: Hearty brown malts that begins sweet, but this is knocked out by some spicy licorice and tobacco tones and peppery alcohol hints. Fruity tastes of dried cherries and raisins. Late-arriving hint of cocoa powder. Slight hop bitterness mingled amidst the spiciness. Spicy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly good bruin here, it presents a decent mixture of flavors and goes down with relative ease.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 19:07:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in Café the Beer Circus in Brussels. I met the Allstrom Bros and UncleJimbo there and we drank a few beers together.

Poured by the bartender in a original glass the beer looks very darkbrown with a nice broken white head. Can't really say if there was carbonation, i forgot to look.

Burned malt and some spices give this beer it's unique taste. I had better browns than this one but it was ok to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 20:25:32 | More by Brabander
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on this beer is alive. For the first couple minutes after pouring the beer, the head grows. Then the creamy top pops the bigger bubbles beneath it and on its way down forms the strangest shapes that I have ever seen. Looked a little like a brain for a bit, now it looks like a tortellini sitting on top of the dark murky brown body; this gives off a creepy possessed-swamp vibe. Puts out odors of raisins with the stem still attached, cocoa powder, bananas, and blood. Flavor again has blood, slightly metallic, and flower petals. Definite tootsie roll character. Dry dirty raspberry finish. Thin. Smooth. Intriguing.
Improving more and more as it warms and flattens, for sure one of the cooler brews around.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 03:11:23 | More by waughbrew
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emerge077

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD: Jan. '08

Pours into a BFM chalice a ruddy brown with a finger of tan foam. Toffee and yeast esters in the nose. Full, unfiltered body, super malty and drying in the finish. Toffee, cocoa powder, mild spice, with a residual herbal and roasty taste. This ale was described as being dry-hopped. Overall, fairly rich with some depth, well balanced, but not mindblowing. ABV was well hidden, but finishing one was enough for me.

Paid way too much for this ($12) at the Bluebird, a pricey new spot in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 02:56:13 | More by emerge077
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a five-fingered light brown frothy head that fades slowly and leaves a ton of lace. High carbonation. Cloudy amber color but the yeast stayed in the bottle. Nose is malty with a hint of raisins Starts malty and smooth; finishes on the sweet side with a hint of hops. Medium bodied. $4.10 for a 330ml bottle. The ABV is 8%.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 23:44:59 | More by jdhilt
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dgallina

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml slim brown bottle notched best-before November 2005. Sampled January 2007.

Pours very cloudy (chunky really) dark brown with a creamy head and thick lace. Smells malty, nutty, and toasty with a spicy sour medicinal edge. The flavors are well-blended and a bit muted due to the long aging.. Nutty malts, sour medicinal grape notes, and quite a bit of butterscotch on the tongue. Some carob and tobacco notes as well. Great mouth feel. Creamy yet well-carbonated and easy-drinking despite the relative strength. I'd be interested in trying a fresh sample of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 06:27:14 | More by dgallina
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Gmann

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown ruby color with a decent light brown head, left some lacing as it dissipated. The smell is of sweet figs, caramel malt. The taste is initially of figs, slightly spicy, finishes with a coffee/chocolate flavor. Moderate mouthfeel, creamy, well carbonated. Reminds me more of a Dubbel than a Belgian SDA. I could drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 02:32:35 | More by Gmann
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a dark opaque brown that shows off ruby highlights when held up to a light. Marshmallow-y one finger head that retains forever.

S: Aromas of roasted malt and a faint caramel and cherry combination.

T: Roasted malt and tangy fruit in the forefront. As the tangy fruit fades the following flavors come out to play. Bitter chocolate, hazelnut, plums, raisins, cashews, fudge brownies, and a small amount of hops. A pleasant nutty finish.

M: Mouthfeel is oily and chewy but not syrupy.

D: Very interesting mix of flavors. Roasted malt, restrained sweetness, mild tang, and that excellent nutty quality that lends an enexpected layer to this beer. Hard to find and a little spendy but well worth a try. I liked this and the Blonde enough to seek out a Br. Duysters "Loterbol" tulip glass (which is no easy feat!)

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 00:50:26 | More by GbVDave
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Loterbol Bruin from Café-Brouwerij Loterbol
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