La Botteresse Noire | Brasserie la Botteresse de Sur-les-Bois

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La Botteresse NoireLa Botteresse Noire

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Brasserie la Botteresse de Sur-les-Bois

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by callmemickey on 03-14-2009

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of remitrom
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with an impressive head; the retention was not as good as I had hoped it would be and there were only the occasional dots of foam left on the glass

Smell: Dark fruit and Chinotto, bringing a sweet and herbaciously tart character

Taste: The malt lays down a dark fruit backbone, bringing prune and raisins; by mid-palate, the Chinotto (Italian soda that has a sweet but bitter, herbal quality) elements arrive, bringing tart blackberry and spice cake elements; in the finish, the fruits come to the fore, with both the sweet and tart aspects in a nicely balanced interplay

Mouthfeel: Medium body with typically Belgian carbonation; the ABV is well-hidden

Overall: I wasn't quite sure what to expect given my lack of familiarity with the brewery but this is one really nice beer - a cross between a BSDA and an Oud Bruin

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation from the bubbles rising along the sides of the glass. It poured with a finger high creamy beige colored head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of dark fruits in the nose—plums and prunes really seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of dark fruits. It's not sweet and even has some hints of tartness (as well as spices towards the finish).
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer might lack the complexity in the taste compared to some of the other beers in the style, it's extremely easy to drink and has no traces of alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of mychalg9
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of CrellMoset
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby courtesy of a friend. Cheers! Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: An attractive, transparent garnet mahogany, darker than that perhaps, with gorgeous drips and drabs of lacing left over from a one finger tan head. A nice persistent dusting of surface lacing maintains throughout, replenished by carbonation from below, slow and steady.

Aroma: Dark fruit, cherries, plums, and apricots, mingling with a few other fruit notes in a dark toffee blanket - hints of Dr. Pepper bring in a vanilla bean hint that may or may not be present. Cola notes creep up in other ways too - sweet, with the very tip of the finish suggesting chemically, estery alcohol. Very nice.

Taste: A little less rich than the flavor - dark, well-attenuated malts hint at coffee, heavily baked bread, and cocoa. Dark fruits dominate, though, coating the tongue with prune, fig, and tartness, maybe sour cherries. Hints of spice - cloves mainly, but a little greener - mingle with a much fainter hint of alcohol than was present in the aroma, fortunately. Port overlay? A little less rich than the nose, which makes it both a little more easy drinking and a little less exciting.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, and smooth, with low, even carbonation in a moderately to well-attenuated body. Pretty solid.

Drinkability: A pretty solid beer actually. A little rough around the edges, and at 10.5% it catches up on you after a little while, but there are a lot of nice flavor components (and nicer aroma components), wrapped up in a nice package. Worth picking up if one sees it on the shelf.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing that hits you about this bad boy (or coy girl as the bottle would seem to indicate) is a lambic/flanders type tartness. There's a rasp on the tongue that is notable, memorable, and in my opinion, pleasant. Underneath the tart strike is a deep malty body. Malta Goya style malty; German doppelbock malty with notes heavy on the prune.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this beer. I was in the mood for a big, sweet, heavy beer. This is much lighter bodied and lighter drinking than many examples of the style and for something that is over 10% alcohol. I'm not complaining. I'm enjoying my glass of beer. Relatively simple, straightforward and good.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown body with chestnut hues and a thin, dark tan head that fades fairly quickly but leaves thin traces of lacing as proof of its existence.

Aromas consists of sweet dark fruit and yeast with the fruits seeming to be a mix of cherries and raisins.

The flavor really offers a much more forward sweet fruitiness than the aroma again consisting of cherries or raisins. The sweetness is enhanced as it warms, showing other flavors such as plum and some of the yeast and dark malt come forward as well. Towards the end of the beer, molasses and perhaps some brown sugar seem to appear.

This beer is medium in body with noticeable carbonation and a bit of a puckering after taste with nice alcohol warmth.

Overall this is a pretty nice Belgian Strong Dark. Perhaps a bit sweeter than some of its peers, but certainly worthy of a try.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Creamy, tiny bubbled tan head on the black coffee-like colored brew. Dark milk chocolate and blackberries fill the nose. Lighter body than anticipated with a slick crispness behind it all. Tartness smack the palate--not a big tartness, just a quick and efficient twang with a hint of sour cherries. Dry dark bread, carob powder and a hint of charcoal from the malt. Hops are on mute. Alcohol has a slow growth of warmth and the finish is pretty dry. Sort of quick on the palate with lost interest on the taste buds. We were expecting more of a complex flavor profile here, and it falls somewhat short.

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Photo of farrago
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Frothy head, close to two fingers, dark tan, mostly tiny bubbles with strong retention and easily renewed with a swirl of the glass, about average stickiness to the lacing. Rich mahogany brown color, minor dropoff to yellow and a little orange around the rims, as dark as it is you can see the "floaties" drifting inside the liquid. The nose is close to voluptuous, sour cherry blends with prune, raisin and fig notes, spreads milk chocolate, coffee ice cream, caramel and butterscotch in a thick coat, the orange to tangerine scents favor tartness, the spiciness restrained, however, fights against the natural inclination towards sweetness, finishes noticeably clean and close to refreshing. Medium-bodied, sets itself squarely in your mouth. The carbonation comes on strong at first but does recede well, letting the flavors show better. Cola, anise, orange pekoe tea, caramel, butterscotch, the coffee and brown sugar add a toasty quality. Fresh apple, pear, cherry fruit mixed with fig, golden raisin, date. You get more straight out herbaceousness here than garden herbs per se. As it warms, the latent sourness comes out, particularly through the finish. Nice sense of pacing and change through the imbibing act.

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow... i had this in my fridge for a few months, but if i had known how good it was, it would have been drunk a long time ago. pours as dark brown as dark brown can be with a tan head that lingers for a bit before fading. nose is spice, roast, chocolate and fruit. very complex with lots of layers but overall a semi-sweet, bright and uplifting vibe. very nice. soft, full and slick. taste is chocolate at first (very quickly) rounded out by spice and fruit, which all seem to harmonize very well. i also pick up on a little floral or grassy character that i'm pretty sure is hops. very nice. everything is subtle, but well pronounced, and the alcohol is very well hidden. just a touch of acidity that comes off a hair sour, and really opens up the palate for all the flavor. a bit less carbonated than other common bsdas, making for a smoother and less prickly drink. like i said earlier, i barely noticed the high abv, and actually found it to be one of the easiest drinking high abv beers i've had in a while. very well done. quite a treat. go 12 percent!!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-10.5% abv. BB 6/11. Consumed 9/10. #03717.

A: A rich chocolate pour produces a monstrous foam structure that nearly occupies the full contents of the glass even on a gentle pour. Active and fizzy carbonation pops on the surface while the head showed amazing restraint to fall, slowly lapsing leaving a squeaky clean glass wall. Even behind strong backlighting it was hard to see any light though this dark burgundy colored body, but slight glimpses of feverish effervesce and macro-sized particulate matter could be quickly observed.

S: Dried cola and caramel appear upfront but was lightly regarded. A faint hop spiciness is detected along with some rich chocolate presence on the finishing trail.

T: Sharp and spicy nature opens things up with some dried cola and caramel of along with some yeasty regards of fresh apple slices. The active carbonation really defines the flavor bringing about a sharp, detailed delivery of the flavors with warming licorice and alcohol really standing out in the middle of the palate. A sharp Belgian hops spiciness comes about with some warm cola, dried molasses, apples, pears and bright oranges all combining to giving this great depth and complexity with some spicy nature to boot. Smooth and incredibly refined for 10.5% abv with no rough spots what so ever.

M: Tight and bubbly hold with a sharp carbonation factor. Medium body with some warming spiciness on the inner cheeks and a bite on the finish.

D: Very accessible for 10.5%. A chalice is so desirable that you will quickly find yourself wanting more. Incredibly smooth and spicy with a great malt backing makes this a very enjoyable sipper that will you will find constantly up to your mouth and a hard one to put down (on the table that is).

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Label notched July, 11 or 12... I don't like "notched" dating. It's never clear and a YEAR is a big difference. Ok, enough complaining.

11.2oz brown squatty pry-top bottle.

Pours with little off-white head that recedes quickly leaving the glass clean.

Nose is awesome! Lots of dried figs, dates and prunes. Dark brown sugar, burnt sugar, a note of wet wool, and freshly rained-on yellow pine bark (oddly specific, I know).

Palate is bright and clean up until that burnt sugar thing comes raging in to take over and make the palate seem awkward. There's some acidity there (no funk flavors though), and dates dominate. Finish is abrupt and interrupted by, wait for it, burnt sugar.

The nose makes this super promising...but that palate is trashed by what must be over-malted malt. Maybe as it warms up....

Food pairing: some stinky-ass soft-ripened cheeses, almonds and dates on a toasted baguette.

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Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eating some Chaussee aux Moines and Selle-sur-Cher cheeses with this beer right now. Delicious. Beautiful dark brown body and tan head, a close resemblance to Rochefort 10. Very subtle flavors of prunes and figs, with some spicy undertones. Aroma is bright and sweet! I can smell it a few feet away. High alcohol content is not overly present in the taste --- excellent blend. Feel is incredibly thick and full bodied.. not water in the slightest bit. I love this beer!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours a very dark, murky brown with a thick, creamy, foamy head that lingers awhile, but leaves no real lacing behind. The nose holds hints of raisins, figs, dark malts, and even a bit of coffee. The taste follows, beginning with the malty sweetness, followed by the fruitiness, and finishing with a bit of powdered coffee. The body is surprisingly moderate, with a slight watery quality, which makes this brew pretty drinkable, but keeps it from any real greatness.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

La Botteresse Noire pours a fairly clear (at least until the yeast is roused) dark chestnut brown body beneath a creamy head of light tan. The head holds quite well, and maintains an almost solid cap long after it's dropped to the surface. Mountains of lace rise up shortly along the walls of the glass along with some tiny spots.

In the nose it displays a touch of delicate spice, a drop of dark chocolate, and a light waft of fruitiness.

In the mouth it's delicately zesty, and then spongy as it warms and becomes more airy. Beyond that bit of zest, it's medium-light bodied (or is that light-medium?) and soft and smooth.

The flavor is initially a bit chocolatey with suggestions of dark malt, but it opens up to display its softly candyish and gently fruity side as it warms. It's a little bit sweet, and just a touch tart, teetering that way from start to finish. Then the darker and more chocolatey notes emerge in the finish, surrounded by swirling notes of subtle spice. There are suggestions of leafy, grassy and spicy (?- might be spice!) hops there as well, in the background, and it's fairly dry with a hint of acidity. It lingers with some dark chocolate, a smear of leafy hops, and a dull bitterness. The alcohol is very well cloaked, but it becomes more apparent towards the end of the glass.

The drinkability is quite high. It's readily accessible, and it has a good deal of complexity. It should be an enjoyable beer for both newbies and aficionados alike.

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Photo of Gmann
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a big dense creamy head that dissipated into a beautifully fluffy cap, active carbonation bubbles racing to the top. The aroma is somewhat faint, I pick up some raisins and grains, pretty disappointing for a BSDA. The taste starts of tart with lemon and green apples which transitions into prunes, carob, and a touch of tobacco earthiness. Slight booziness in the flavor. Moderate to light feel, active carbonation, finishes with a lemony tartness. A different BSDA than the mainstream but still good. This one is more tart than sweet and boozy. Has better balance than the style but doesn't have the depth of flavor. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of spointon
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from an 11.2oz stubby brown bottle into a large chalice.

A= This ale poured a deep brown color with reddish highlights. Lots of sediment visible in the glass. The tan head rose about 3/4" and then slowly disappeared altogether, leaving zero lacing becind.

S= Oddly, this beer smelled better at 48 degrees then it did at 55 degrees! Seriously, I took it from the fridge, let it warm for a few minutes, then poured. Initially I found aromas of dark sweet malts, roasted grain, ripe plums, raisins, and a faint yeasty funk - pretty good really. As it warmed, I found a vinous character and some frankly terrible sherry-like aromas emerge.

T= Fortunately, the flavors of this beer were more consistent than the aromas. Lots of malty sweetness started things off and carried through each sip. A roasty-toasty chocolate note was in there too. Dark fruity esters and a rich treacle flavor preceded a yeasty pop midway. Finish was fairly sweet and showed a lot of the chocolate character.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a medium-high carbonation level and fairly slick mouthfeel. More of a tongue-coater than a refreshing palate cleanser.

D= This was an interesting beer and one I would have again. Though the alcohol was pretty well hidden, the flavor profile would make it tough to have more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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La Botteresse Noire from Brasserie la Botteresse de Sur-les-Bois
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 26 ratings