Biscotti | Lift Bridge Brewery

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Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mistofminn on 01-12-2009

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Reviews by motorhed:
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsp77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant dark amber under a thin cream colored foam collar that leaves splotchy lace.
S: Biscotti dominates the nose.
T: Starts with a sweet biscotti flavor with some spice leading to a bitter hop emphasis and a suggestion of grain husk astringency on the finish.
F: Medium body and medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A good Belgian Dark Ale that could benefit from just a little more Belgian yeast character.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear golden/amber color with a one finger beige foam head. Foam faded quickly but left some sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Not much on the nose, some faint malts and a little spice...but both were very subdued.

Taste: At first it seemed very plain and malty, like a watered down wheat beer or scotch ale. But after it warmed to nearly room temperature, the flavors of the spices start to come out more and it has a unique wheaty and spicy flavor. It says to serve it at 50 degrees, so maybe we started with it too cold.

Mouth feel: Good medium body with crisp carbonation.

Overall: Drink this one served barely chilled or at room temps to get the most from the unique flavors. It's a decent and unique beer, but probably something I wouldn't seek out again. I'd drink it with no problem if someone offered one...after letting it warm up quite a bit first.

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of deliriumfest
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 1/7/09

Served on tap. Poured into a 10oz snifter with a little white head that dissipated instantly. Had a spicy and malty aroma with a taste that pretty much fit the aroma add vanilla. The mouthfeel was medium and smooth which eluded to a high drinkability factor. Another great introductory offering from Lift Bridge. And although it doesn't taste as much like biscotti as I had hoped, it's still good enough to just keep on drinking.

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Photo of Crass3000
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a nice ruby-red in color with a huge, three-finger, white head with good retention.

Smell is some nice sweet caremal malts, maybe a LITTLE banana, an really nothing else I cn smell.
Taste is a little sweet too be sure with some strange funk. Not funk in the Belgian sense but just funky and not really good tasting. Mouthfeel is nice and full. Overall not a beer I would suggest or buy again. I think they did well with their spices in the Commander. I think they tried and hoped to repeat the awesomeness that was the commander with different spices. Really just didn't work. However GLAD I have a commander downstairs. Good brewery in it's infancy I think.

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Photo of BigAl18
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of WMbeer
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of CraigP83
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Spicy bubblegum, Amber color. Slight vanilla odor

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"1 pint 9.4 Fl. Oz." bottle into snifter. Enjoying at home after framing in a bedroom and eating some shrimp tacos. Pours a dark honey-amber flavor with 1.5 finger almost white head that settles but continues to exist.

Nose: Fig, dark cherries, cinnamon, raison, clove, ginger. Not a super potent nose.

Taste: Cherry, fig, bread, cinnamon, slight vanilla. Not overly pungent, and not overly dark.

Low carbonation with smooth mouthfeel and sweet and cloying finish. Overall this is probably the lightest Belgian Dark I've had. It was very drinkable but lacked carbonation and didn't have a very strong bouquet. Would drink again, but probably won't seek out.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of JALIEN
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Biscotti from Lift Bridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 98 ratings