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Black - Brugge Brasserie

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brugge Brasserie visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blitheringidiot on 12-21-2005)
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Reviews by GreenWBush:
Photo of GreenWBush
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%

This beer comes to the table mahogany, towards black. 2" head and amazing lace.

Nose is filled with candied fruits, toffee, figs, and bing cherries. Intense to insane sweetness detected, candi sugared malts. Vaguest roastiness.

This beer is not the Belgian Stout I was hoping for, but is delicious nonetheless. Toffee, roasted candi sugar, blackstrap molasses, strong yeast phenols, and rye bread.

Finishes strongly on licorice characteristics and a smooth sensuous candied darkness. Damned good.

GreenWBush, Apr 17, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of jisom123
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottle to Tulip. Little head, gone in a flash, just enough to get the sent.
Tasty, darker in appearance than taste. light on the caramel flavors and coffee that tend to override similar ales.
Open it cold and give the bottle a good whiff... what do you smell?....the slightest hint of a grape Popsicle.
not cloudy.
Fermentation behaves itself VERY well; stay on the bottom even after a slight post pour sediment swirl test. Almost drinkable from the bottle with no yeast mouth swill.
"Best enjoyed often"
Goes well with Beck: Odelay for music.

jisom123, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.3/5  rDev -12%

Bottle shared by Joe - much obliged!

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with mild amounts of char and dark molasses. Also present are a good deal of indistinct tart fruits that have a minor salty quality.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors kick things off with hints of deeper char and are quickly overtaken by tart dark fruits and green apples with a somewhat salty quality, similar to the aroma. These flavors carry through to a mildly tart and bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a decent thickness with overactive carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I didn't have the easiest time finishing my glass and would not have another.

Overall this seemed to be infected but even through the off-flavors it seemed to be a one-dimensional beer.

glid02, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a slight opaque brown body with a light tan lumpy head that sticks to the glass after each sip. It was a bit to dark to see any carbonation but there was a slight glow of dark brown at the base of the snifter.

S- This beer has a light smell of dark chocolate malt with a black strap molasses note also.

T- This beer has a chocolate malt and light bourbon note with a chocolate nougat hint which finishes with a light green pine hop flavor. As the beer warms there is note of cola in the malt.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with a watery texture and a tight fizz finish.

D- This beer had a pretty soft smell and a thin flavor that was a bit underwhelming. The flavors that were there were nice but it didn’t have much depth or character.

rhoadsrage, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Deep black in appearance, with heavy carbonation. No lace.

Nose is chocolatey malts, some burnt tones. Appealing and different.

Taste is very sweet, and almost fruity. I get a distinct alcohol burn, as well. Some burnt maltiness. Nice mix.

Not bad at all, and definitely a Belgian-style brew with character.

secondtooth, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev 0%

freewill35, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Oops
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Oops, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

stampfler07, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like dark fruit (grapes, plums, raisins), bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of sour apple. The taste is similar to the aroma. There's bittersweet chocolate, bread, dark fruit, yeast, and tart apples that are noticable in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and very easy to drink. I think this is a good brew, I liked it. This is the first Brugge beer I've tried, and I'll definitely have to try their other ones now.

bluejacket74, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of CRJMellor
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured a dark mahogany and brown color. Very little light penetration. Big light tan head retains through much of the pint.
Aroma of chewy chocolate, caramel and dark fruits with some herbal and citric hoppiness thrown in on top of some yeasty, bready notes.
Flavor has a lot of caramel smoothness with some cracked grain underpinings. A little bit of anise and pepper as well. Complex sweet flavors really develop as it warms but never becomes cloying. Balancing yeast and hop finish make this one a joy.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with a really well rounded flavor that runs from sweet to sweeter to psciy to yeasty. good representation of Belgian style in a little bit of a darker beer.
Drinkability was excellent. Indy folks are lucky with this new brewpub.

CRJMellor, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

I have had this beer a couple of times on tap but now its time for a proper review.

Two fingers of even tan foam head has nice retention leaving almost no lace as it slowly fades. Body holds very true to the beers name and is a stout like blackness. Bose shows a evident use of a yeast strain with a Belgian feel. Some mineral based malt and dark fruit are on the nose also. A big dose of yeasty, bready darkness enters the mouth with first sip. There is a slight hint of tartness that rides on the back of a dry consistant bitter feel that carries this brew. This is a very pleasant and unique combination. Adds a crispness to the mouthfeel while having a nice dry bitter darkness throughout. Super smooth and oh so easy to drink. I would guess the alchol to be around 6 or 7%. This brew is much better on tap I must say.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of runrmd08
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

runrmd08, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Served in a large snifter-type glass. Love the proper glassware at Brugge! Pitch black, no highlights at, simply black. Thick tan head on top stands for quite some time, leaving behind some great patterns of lace. Nose is spicy, licorice and yeasty. Sweet canid sugar flavor combined with licorice, cocoa and a hint of coffee. Finishes sweet. This beer became even more wonderful as it warmed and the coffee/chocolate flavors come out. Medium body, carbonation fairly low makes this even better. Solid!

Bierguy5, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of biggred1
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Dark brown with rosewood highlights and a dark sand colored head that settles nicely to a dense fizz leaving sliding lace on the glass. The nose is nice and complex, dark fruit and chocolate with oaky vanilla and just a whiff of something like olive brine. Nice roasted maltiness with semisweet chocolate, belgian yeast and raisin with a charred bitterness in the finish. Chalky, medium mouthfeel. A fine ale.

biggred1, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev 0%

JMUbrewz, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of MindEyeSight
4.5/5  rDev +20%

MindEyeSight, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

On tap at Brugge Brasserie last weekend. Served in a tulip.

Poured near black with a good off-white/light tan head and some good lacing. The nice brought a bit of yeast plus a large amount of roasted malt. The flavor was mostly all roast with some light dark-fruit character. Interesting, but not all that enjoyable. There was some creaminess to the feel, though mostly dry roast. Overall, this was far too dominated by bitter roasted malt.

Thorpe429, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Umbra
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Served on draft at the brewpub in a chalice. Pours black, opaque with a tan head and some nice lacing. Didn't get much more than light malts and yeast aromas.

Taste was all malt with limited hops to speak of. If pressed, I'd say the predominate flavor was that of alcohol-soaked plums with a banana-like yeasty chaser.
Was very light-bodied in the mouthfeel, which added to the drinkability with the ineresting flavors. Great brew. If I didn't have to drive to the other side of town, I could see myself having several

Umbra, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

Served in a snifter at Brugge Brasserie at lunchtime on 3/4/08.

Dark opaque black color with a one finger head.

Smells roasty and sweet. Flavor is similar with a little chocolate. A very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but this really just makes it go down even quicker. Very drinkable. This one tastes and feels more like a lager than an ale, at least to me. I like it a lot.

tmitch75, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from the bottle the color of root beer with a thin beige head fading to a whisper around the edges.

Aroma of sweet malts, plums, raisins, and red wine.

Whoa! That first sip was really tart. Not expecting that. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel malts, and sour red wine. The taste of red wine with a bit of chocolate lingers through the finish.

Lighter bodied, tart and dry, with a sharp carbonation.

Much more sour than expected from a Belgian dark.

Monkeyknife, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of BlackAngus
4.5/5  rDev +20%

A - Deep jet black, creamy head, laced the glass all the way down. An impressive-looking beer. I actually watched people stare at it as it was being brought to my table in its snifter.

S - Cherry and dark fruit aromas, carmelized sugar, toffee, roasted coffee, chocolate.

T - Aromas carry through to the flavor. Carmelized sugar, toffee, definite bready flavors. Wow.

M - Medium body, surprisingly clean, with a mild sweet aftertaste.

D - This is my go-to beer at the Brugge if they're out of the tripel. A showcase of Ted's talent.

BlackAngus, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -20%

jaidenjb, May 28, 2012
Photo of poogas
4.5/5  rDev +20%

poogas, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Chisfinest84
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Chisfinest84, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of bruachan
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Dark but black? Head fizzled

Yeast smells the same as that of the Trippel. similar spice profile, too. touch of molasses

Tons of chocolate flavors--like a dessert stout without the viscosity. interesting interplay between chocolate and spice, which is nonetheless diminished

Not "lazy" to add same yeast to a different grain bill but the yeast could perhaps get more out of a deeper malt profile. this one is sweet with a bitterness but lacking in midrange roasting depth: caramel? Even a little lager character (vienna, munich...mmm) would go a long way. Touch of blackcurrant at the finish

bruachan, Nov 09, 2009
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Black from Brugge Brasserie
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