Black - Brugge Brasserie

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Brugge Brasserie visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: blitheringidiot on 12-21-2005

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Photo of jisom123
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of glid02
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(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.

Photo of zachpaschal
4.93/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another exception brew from Brugge Brasserie. An Indianapolis gem!

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of biggred1
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Umbra
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tmitch75
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BlackAngus
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bruachan
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tgbljb
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as a very deep brown colored beer with tannish puffy head.

Smell shows some light caramel notes and a bit of yeast.

Taste does have an alcohol character to it, at least when colod, which seems to subdide with warming. There is some dark fruit evident, along with a yeastiness.

Finishes with more dark fruit, and maybe a bit of molasses.

A good beer. Enjoyable.

Photo of JamesS
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer had a nice dark body, but with little head and little lacing. It had a very sweet/malty aroma with chocolate hints. The taste was great! It had a nice malt/hop balance, with a wonderful smoky flavor and tastes of chocolate and vanilla in the finish. It's a little rough but goes down fine.

Photo of Brettster
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in Broad Ripple, Indiana. This was served black with a thin white head that fizzled down to a white lace around the glass. It smells of hints of fruit and roasted malts. Tastes slightly roasted and hints of chocolate and fruit. Very drinkable.

Photo of dpasotti
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into chalice with a small head that fades to a ring quickly. Dark tobacco in color. Opaque through the center of the glass but thin-looking towards the outside; looks very nice.

Smells like dark fruits (grapes), chocolate, and alcohol, respectively. The taste is similar, but dominated by a red wine/chocolate sourness. Like a porter mixed with a chianti. I feel bombarded with sour grapes and coffee. It is definitely interesting, but I think the dark fruit and bitter malt combination gives a sour taste that takes away from the drinkability.

I am a big fan of Brugge, but overall I was disappointed with this. It's a decent beer that is complex enough I would be willing to try again.

Photo of baos
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on the run. Although i did take with me my bicentennial Mason jar to drink it from.

Head went away pretty quick like the trippel de ripple. Flavor was rather sour but really good and refreshing for this type of brew. Rather light bodied but not bad, I also tried this one on tap at Shallos. A good beer you should try one one for size.

Photo of roadhouse
2.52/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750 ml bottle (probably one of the coolest ever) into a snifter.

Appears nearly black except for some mahogany highlights. One inch light tan head that sinks to a thin cap and remains to leave some decent lacing.

Aroma is quite vinous, notes of dark fruit - plum in particular, chocolate, but there's also a weird funk to it that puts me off. The best way to describe it is ashy.

The taste is slightly better. More dark fruit and chocolate tastes. Pretty vinous still, kind of reminds me of drinking a dark wine. The ashy taste is still there but it's more in the background.

Mouthfeel is good - medium bodied, goes down smooth and easy.

Really disappointed with this one - I just couldn't get over that weird ashy taste. At least I got this badass bottle.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle brought back from Indy -- thanks Jason.

A: jet black
S: too cloying, a bit of diacetyl, no real Belgium character at all
T: sweet, thin, a hint of Belgian candy sugar possibly but not much better than an average homebrew, almost like a weak stout
M: too gassy, sweet
D: what do you do when you have a 750ml and a mediocre beer? Pour it...

Photo of spointon
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Black Sparrow Pub in Lafayette, IN.

A= This ale poured a deep dark black color with an almost non-existent thin tan head. Not a lot of carbonation release and zero lacing down the glass.

S= I found aromas of chocolate malts, yeast, and alcohol. All were a bit thin though.

T= I picked up flavors similar to the aromas, mild chocolate maltiness up front, Belgian yeast, and sourness mixed with alcohol in the finish. I really wanted to like this ale as I have loved everything else from Brugge Brasserie. Unfortunately, I found this ale to be a bit thin on flavor and a bit too sour in the finish.

MF= Thin bodied and moderately carbonated.

D= Not a bad black ale, just not all that it could be. Could serve as a gateway beer into sour ales though...

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Black from Brugge Brasserie
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.