Le Pelican Brun - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
2008 vintage, thanks to fthomasl for sharing. 750 mL pours a murky brown color with a limpid tan foam. Fades at an average clip and leaves a few spots of lace.
Nose is very fruity and funkadelic. Toffee malts, burnt brown sugar and brown bread. Interesting and powerful.
Like liquid fruitcake! Nice balance of honey-drizzled malts, bread doughy yeast and fleshy mango & strawberry puree fruitiness. Mouthfeel is fantastically creamy, so smooth. ABV is well hidden. Spot on with many of the 'Brune'-style beers I have had. Fruity dubbel is not too far off either. Tasty stuff, does Pelican brew any bad beer?
02-03-2011 19:23:45 | More by twiggamortis420
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
2008 bottling; tasted in 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a modest cap that leaves a lot of squiggles behind
Smell: Just about the plummiest thing I have ever smelled; a lot of spice cake, too
Taste: Opens with a plum and spice cake character that persists throughout; if anything, the brown sugar sweetness builds after the swallow and into the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A bit too one dimensional for my tastebuds; it has a nice, sweet character that really works for a dubbel but lacks a yeasty complexity
07-16-2010 22:44:52 | More by brentk56
4.47/5 rDev +17.9%
Pours a dark burgundy color with a short lived fizzy tan head.
Scent of strong yeast and a heavy sweet plum start with cocoa, earth, spice, candi sugar, and caramel coming in as well. The pungent sweet plum aroma is very nice and complimented greatly by the yeasty and earthy characters. This is an excellent scent and stands up to any Abbey brewed Dubbel.
Taste of plums and other sweet dark fruit starts with cocoa, earth and some roasted coffee appearing shortly after. Finishes with a hint of dark fruit, some earth and yeast. This beer has a fantastic transition with the finishing flavors being quite different from the start, and the subtle flavors holding a great balance in between there.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick with a nice bite of carbonation; a bit oily, but still very nice.
11-14-2009 01:16:14 | More by paco1029384756
4.43/5 rDev +16.9%
An absolute surprise to find this on the taplist at Bailey's today; 12 oz. snifters for just $4. An easy choice.
A: Deep, dark chocolate brown with a murky look pierced only by the many streams of tiny bubbles crawling up the glass. Thin whitish cream, dense and barely a half-finger, clings at the edges and leaves long, amorphous trails of lace.
S: Ahh, wonderful aroma: clove-spiced dried fruit (raisins, dates, figs) with enough cocoa and carob at first, cranked to near 'sensory overload' as it warms. With my love for the clove/spice (almost transcends 'Dubbel' for 'Belgian Dark Ale') I find this simply and completely alluring.
T: Full cocoa and plump fruit: ripe berries, sweet apples, more raisins. Very nutty, especially as it warms: the earthy/peaty grains smacking of spicy wheat bread. Yeah, it's the yeast, too - cloves, tangy-sweetness. Finishes with a little dryness to go with a developing tang. A beauty - complex and curious, evolving as it warms.
M: Medium body. Small, effervescing carbonation gives a nice creaminess. Very slightly chewy, a hint of grainy grit. A little warmth indicates the alcohol content, but it's not fault-worthy.
D: Whew, VERY nice dubbel. I've tried other Belgian-styled ales crafted by Pelican and have been impressed; this, however, is probably my favorite yet. Rare to the point I've never seen this beer before on tap and have only heard of bottles offered at the brewery in Pacific City. If you like Belgians and have a chance to try it, Le Pelican Brun is a 'must'.
03-13-2009 03:52:54 | More by msubulldog25
4.47/5 rDev +17.9%
Foiled, corked and caged 750 ml bottle, 2007 vintage, that I picked up from the brew-pub on New Years day and have cellared since.
From the back label:
"Full of intriguing malt flavor, Le Pelican Brun was conceived by the fertile imaginations of the team of Pelican brewers and inspired by the many brewing traditions of Belgium. With a deep reddish-brown color that suggest an Abbey-style dubbel, but a rich yeast driven aroma reminiscent of a saison, Le Pelican Brun serves up coffee like, cocoa and caramel flavors with a hint of earthy spiciness. Medium bodied and highly drinkable, Le Pelican Brun is also rich, complex and satisfying. Bottle conditioned for substantial depth of flavor and excellent keeping qualities."
I agree with everything but the Saison aroma, which is probably a bit of romanticism on the part of marketing...my favorite style, so I guess I can understand!
After easily popping the highly pressurized natural cork, out seeps an appealing vapor, but no overflow before a I quickly poured it into my large Gulden Draak tulip, gently but still ending up with over 1/2 a glass of head. Dark ruby with a tight, if somewhat large-bubbled light tan head that quickly settles down to an average sized head leaving sticky chucks of foam.
Smell is sweet, candi sugar and strawberries. Very alluring by my book, but much more BSDA then dubbel...but too tasty for me to hold that against it!
Taste is more in-line with the style, not quite as sweet and fruity as the nose, nicely balanced with the slight spiciness and mild phenols. I'm normally not a huge fan dubbels, as far as Belgians at least (which are my absolute favorites), but this one is really hitting the spot, though the fruitiness certainly helps. Perfect choice for watching the NCAA championship game, world class teams and a world class beer.
Mouthfeel is sticky, smooth and light bodied. After drinking a ton of big heavy American beers all winter, I'm really appreciating the high digestibility of this Belgian.
Drinkability is high, really loving this right now. Those who prefer a more peppery, grainy style dubbel won't care for this (e.g. polar opposite of the Bornem dubbel), but if you like em on the sweet side, seek this out...I for one know I need to get my ass back to Pacific City pronto and grab a few more of these!
04-08-2008 01:54:10 | More by ccrida
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
pint at the Brewpub, outside in the late summer sun , beautiful. Dark brown, slighty hazed,small tan head, that stays. Aroma is definatlly yeasty, but with hints of burnt brown sugar and coriander. Spicy,complex yeasty, malt driven flavours,also a noticable sourness, which is very pleasing, its almost to the point of a Belgian Sour, but not quite. Very intrgueing. Very nice palate, thick and silky smooth, nicelingering flavours. Overall a very nice beer and a nice surprise.
09-25-2007 05:58:52 | More by Reidrover
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
This late summer seasonal is brewed to an Abbey dubbel style. It features dark garnet color, a placid mouthfeel, and a breezy haybale fragrance with moderate spice thats right where it should be. Red malt flavor emerges from the first with a slight measure of spiced cola nut complexity and minimal (20 IBU) bittering. It is clean with a lingering spiced finish.
The abbey dubbel style is not commonly duplicated by northwest brewers. But its not surprising that Pelican would deliver a worthy effort. A paucity of suds was the Bruns only notable shortcoming.
09-24-2007 21:10:08 | More by RedDiamond
Le Pelican Brun from Pelican Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.