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Black - Brugge Brasserie

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
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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GreenWBush

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2006 21:15:40 | More by GreenWBush
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MindEyeSight

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +20%

02-07-2014 19:07:42 | More by MindEyeSight
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BlackAngus

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2006 12:39:00 | More by BlackAngus
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poogas

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +20%

06-11-2012 22:31:13 | More by poogas
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2006 19:35:47 | More by CRJMellor
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JamesS

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2008 03:12:28 | More by JamesS
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StrangeBrew1

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very well balanced black beer. Sweet and not hoppy. I was expecting more of a certain hop or barley but it was smooth and drinkable for anyone. Pretty powerful stuff that is very drinkable. Watch out! I highly recommend Brugge Brasserie to anyone on a brewpub/gastropub hunt in indianapolis.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2008 16:32:49 | More by StrangeBrew1
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tmitch75

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 22:10:45 | More by tmitch75
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runrmd08

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

07-06-2013 14:50:56 | More by runrmd08
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – A nearly black body with no lacing and only a slight, off-white head. Does not appear too thin, which is a nice plus.

S – Chocolate malt, caramelized sugar, and maybe a bit of spiced plum?

T – Sweet… Molasses and slightly charred fruit.

M – Medium body. Very smooth with little to no alcohol detection.

0 – Another nice brew from Brugge. Not my personal favorite from them, but I liked it for a style that I am always hit or miss on.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 00:17:04 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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Beric

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On tap, tulip
Served: 10 May 2014

Appearance: Pitch black with an off-white, tannish head that leaves a ring of foam clinging around the sides of the glass. No lacing, likely due to the ABV.

Smell: Assertions of overripe banana and roasted coffee.

Taste: Much like the nose. The taste was very smooth for a style that is easy to modify and mess up. I liked the softness from the overripe banana flavors combined with the confident assertion of some roasted malt flavors. In all through, the flavor profile in my opinion, was dominated by the overripe banana qualities.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky. Very big bodied.

Overall: I might actually prefer this to the much higher acclaimed Tripel. This beer was very much to-style and was fantastically brewed. This one tastes a lot like Trois Pistoles.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2014 12:54:21 | More by Beric
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Notes from Tasting in Terre Haute*

Pours much like its name-purely black-thin ring of light tan head.
Smell is highly malted-solid dark spice with some toasted quality.
Taste is flavorful-well malted-sweet profile with some good bready grain and hop notes.
Finish is solid-a wet palate with sweet-dark flavor throughout the after-taste.
Drinks very well-smooth with no over-powering booze flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 20:14:42 | More by ThaBobfather
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2006 02:48:37 | More by Bierguy5
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biggred1

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:39:48 | More by biggred1
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color, not quite black, but very dark, it's very hard to tell the difference once it's in a glass - but as you pour the color is easier to judge. The head is incredibly big, I mean 3 inches or so, and very fluffy, cavernous, rocky, kindof a tan color. It moves around, collapses a bit, really looks nice. The smell has a bit of easters, kind of some dark fruits - plums, cherries, etc, maybe a tiny bit of tartness. Then there's a nice chocolatey smell, mixed in with a tiny bit of grassiness. Overall though, the smell kind of lacks the depth that the taste has - but the smell is still pretty good. When I taste it, I first get this creamy, chocolate syrup kind of taste. Really nice, but that sort of fades back into a kind of deep, leafy, earthy tobacco flavor. There a nice caramelly flavor, like cola, but it's missing some roastiness. I'm pretty sure there's something other than malted barley in here, just from the taste. There are so many different bready, grainy flavors in here - though it kind of lacks a bready density. The cocoa returns in the finish. The body I think meets my expectation, but I wish it were fuller. The carbonation is a little prickly too, and the rush of bubbles makes the slightly thin body a bit more obvious. Still, I think it fits the style to some degree. This is an enjoyable beer - lots of depth, but nothing offensive. The carbonation slowed me down a bit, but I enjoyed drinking it. I think the ABV here might slow me down in a bit, but at this point everything is going smoothly. Definitely a nice belgian dark - a bit more body would really make this impressive.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 23:01:15 | More by taylorhamrick
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NateMac13

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-30-2013 23:17:06 | More by NateMac13
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Lukafer

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-15-2011 03:47:59 | More by Lukafer
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-08-2013 15:28:39 | More by MSandahl23
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baos

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 23:22:40 | More by baos
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 13:30:18 | More by secondtooth
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 22:09:42 | More by bluejacket74
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprized to find this on tap at Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend last night. I didn't even know Brugge shipped their beer anywhere. Poured into an imperial pint, not much of a head, opaque and murky brown. Smelled of belgian spices, dark fruits, brown sugar. Flavor was malty, sweet and with a bit of ethanol. plums and bananas swimming around in the background. Nice body, good for the style. Hits you harder than you expect it to.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 17:00:10 | More by aforbes10
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jisom123

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 03:23:26 | More by jisom123
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 04:06:41 | More by bruachan
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Brettster

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 03:09:43 | More by Brettster
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