Belgian Black | Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Belgian BlackBelgian Black

Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Black was fermented with a Belgian Ardennes yeast strain. Enjoy the rich malty features of plum and dark cherries backed with subtle spicy notes. Lighthouse Brewing Co. is a premium craft brewery dedicated to producing unique, high quality, unpasteurized beers.

Added by DaftCaskBC on 01-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 35
Photo of canucklehead
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic new beer from Lighthouse that pushes new limits in BC beer. This beer is a hybrid DIPA mixed with some Belgian notes( not a much as I thought from the yeast)and a feel of a RIS. You get the hops throughout the beer but the big ABV anchors it in some sipping zone that gets better as the beer warms up. Complex and very original in style this is Lighthouses best beer so far and the best of the new year so far for me.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 22/4/12

A not quite black but fairly dark with deep cola edges, large dark tan head starts out three fingers deep and quickly falls to a thick well sustained film that leaves lots of unorganized lace

S a big blast of coco powdered chocolate cake, followed by some Belgian flair with a wonderful yeast profile, some dark fruits, smoke, coffee, and even a little citric hops pop up here and there, no booze in a 9% brew is impressive, a little charred wood as it warms, just great!!

T more coffee but its been chilled, more Belgian yeast then the nose but I lose some of the complexity, the coco and chocolate's still there but not the hoppy, fruity, smokey goodness I found in the mouth, still awesome but the smell was perfection

M light for the color with a little bitter bite, creamy from the bubbles and no booze heat, dark roasted finish lingers for ages

O like a Belgian stout with a little black IPA in the mix, this one could cover a few styles quite well, I feel the booze but not with my mouth or nose, be careful

A big cheers to EskimoDave for sending this one my way, well done Lighthouse some more respect from me is gained. I really like how I can use the bottle as a nail file so my nose doesn't bleed as much when I pick it, these guys thought of everything

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Photo of LampertLand
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-taken from my cellar , served at room temperature , poured into a chalice a liquid so dark in color almost black/stout like substance that winked at me or was it the bottle
S-the Belgian yeast really brings out the rich roasted malts , hints of brown sugar
T-pleasant very pleasant , up front plum , cherries , with some spicy notes at the end , subtle change , nice
MF-strong at the start , not over powering thou , a little bitterness going down but not unpleasant , mild carbonation
Ov-my cellar will be plundered for its 'Belgian Black' , so will yours if you can get some

Cheers LampertLand

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark black, similar to dark french pressed coffee, with 2-3 fingers of cappuccino colours head which dissipates into a thin rim with minimal lacing.

S: Sweet toasted malts with dark dried fruits, prunes, plums and black cherries. Background of coffee, dark chocolate and yeasty rye bread notes. Additional hints of fennel and liquorice.

T: Taste follows the smell, prune and plums with a rich earthy coffee which finishes with a hoppy bitterness. Heavy toasted malts upfront with hints of fennel and black liquorice.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: This is a very intriguing beer. Seems more like a RIS with a lighter mouthfeel with added yeast notes. It is very drinkable with very well hidden alcohol which makes it dangerous at 9%.

Continuing with their big bottle series, the artwork on the bottle complements the beer - like the collaboration with local artists.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" light brown head over cola/black coloured liquid.

S: Chocolate, coffee and toasted malts dominate the smell profile.

T: Quite a sharp taste at first and it was difficult to discern the complexity of the different flavours. As it warmed, a Belgian yeast taste was present along with flavours of cherries, figs and pears. This was along with malt flavours including toasted, coffee and chocolate malts.

M: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

O: This complex beer gets better as it approaches room temperature. I have a feeling it would be excellent aged, and kudos to the brewers for taking on this style. While it is not as good as Allagash Black, I think it is better than Brooklyn Local 2. But, it is still very drinkable and I am glad that I still have two more bottles to enjoy at a later date.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh boy, this is great!

Dark, almost stout like body with a big creamy tan head. Roasted malt scent, dark fruits like plums and raisins. Coffee notes, a bit of dark chocolate and even light spice - sort of a nutmeg presence. Almost like an RIS.

Bitter, roasted malts, a mellow candi-sugar flavour tempered with Belgian yeast and plum hints. Very light, dry spiciness on the finish. As this warms, this sweetens up with some molasses, brown sugar and even rum notes to it.

Nice mouthfeel. Low carbonation initially, but the spicy character gives it a nice kick at the end. I wouldn't classify this strictly as a BSDA, but possibly a BDSA merged with an RIS. Definitely a great beer, and once again Lighthouse doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of korguy123
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip. Courtesy of Rutager for the 2012 CANBIF.

A- Pitch black coffee pour with two fingers tan head. Lacing sticks in gobs on the glass.

S- Coffee, chocolate, dark stone fruits, slightly spicy from the yeast and a nice citrus hop presence.

T- Dark roasted coffee, juicy citrus, dark stone fruits with a slight char.

M- Medium to full bodied, slightly creamy, good carbonation.

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, close to black with almost a finger of tan head that fades pretty quick.

Smell. Coffee, fruity belgian yeast, cherries and dark fruits and a little booze.

Taste. Cherries and dark chocolate, roasty coffee, a little bit of spicy hops and dark roasty grains.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. I liked this one. Like a stout/saison mix? Interesting for sure.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip. No freshness info apparent.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black. One finger of light brown head.

S - Roast, chocolate, spice, cherry, Belgian yeast, clove and raisins.

T - Chocolate covered cherries, roast and spice are dominant. Lighter notes of plum and raisin with Belgian yeast and a light clove profile available throughout.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of SebD
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice deep dark brown (almost black) color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (grapes, raisins), roasted malts, Belgian yeast and some coffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some dark fruit, roasted malts, coffee, Belgian yeast and black licorice.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of papat444
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chickenm for this.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: Certainly looks black though in reality it pours a deep brown. Starts with a thick & dark ecru head but doesn't last too long though a thick bubbly ring remains.

Smell: Dark cherries, figs, grapes and a bit roasted.

Taste: Black cherries, malty, hints of smooth roastedness that brings out hints of coffee, dates, sweet plums and sharp spices in finish.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation (not overly) and robust.

Overall: A very nice ale that i hope that gets made on a regular basis.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, with a black matte finish, and one spooky skull-face pirate glaring out at us from the well-rendered label.

This beer pours a clear, very dark cola-tinged brown hue, with two fingers of puffy, cushioned, tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some low-lying mesa profiles of painted lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of biscuity, grainy, lightly roasted caramel malt, softly spicy yeast, a subtle orchard fruitiness, and a hint of Kahlua liqueur. The taste is much more cocoa-oriented in its hefty maltiness, the toasted nature receding a fair bit, and the somewhat tart cherry and plum fruitiness ascending, with a quite ethereal yeastiness puttering about, and further dry coffee, tinged with a shot of weak generic whiskey trailing things off.

The carbonation is rather understated in its intensity, the body a decent medium weight, and generally pretty smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, as the chocolate, bready malt, and subdued coffee round it all out well, in the face of little booze opposition, especially given the proclaimed ABV.

A tasty enough BSDA, even if it does lack the complexity of fruit, malt, and yeast of the old-school progenitors. One thing that they do have in the same spade scale is a slavish disrespect for making their big booze quotient even the least bit perceptible. Bad dog, um, bad?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a rather large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light cherry with some roasted malt and light residuals sugars notes. Taste is a complex mix of roasted malt with some light cherry notes and some residual sugars with light dry fruits notes with candy ester. Body is pretty full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very interesting mix with nice balanced between all elements.

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Belgian Black from Lighthouse Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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