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St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

St. Sebastiaan DarkSt. Sebastiaan Dark

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BA SCORE
87
very good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 174
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 15.46%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000)
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a tan head that has a fine texture and long retention.

Cherry and lime lifesavers (I know how crazy that sounds), sweet malt, brown bread, raisins, cinnamon, tangerine.

Brown bread and raisins repeat on the palate with earthy notes and dates.

Medium bodied, but has a relatively light mouthfeel in relation to the nose and appearance.

Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 15:59:14 | More by Libationguy
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EpicUsername


4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

04-15-2014 20:57:59 | More by EpicUsername
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KindaFondaGoozah

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-13-2014 16:26:25 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
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bttrbean

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.7%

03-26-2014 01:13:43 | More by bttrbean
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mactrail

California

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with the big foam common to a lot of beers from Belgium, but it settles down to a nice mashed potatoes heap. Color is clear red-brown. Plenty of spritz in the mouth. Fairly light body with just a little sweet stickiness. Not much aroma, but a little roasted grain.

Sweet and malty with the dry aftertaste. Some yeasty bitterness but no actual hop flavor. Raisins and dried figs in the flavor with a hint of spice. Caramel and browned raisin toast. Flavor of muffin tops. Hint of molasses but the dry bready taste keeps this from being too sweet.

The foam lasts to the final sip. From the ceramic jug with swing-top closure. There were three varieties of these brews at Bev Mo in La Jolla.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 06:35:39 | More by mactrail
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-25-2014 22:56:37 | More by Sspeer1
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Clear, brownish garnet, decent head

SMELL: Sweet, cotton candy, booze-soaked raisins, caramel, slightly bready, ripe fruit, grape confections

TASTE: Sublimely smooth, creamy, medium body; sweet, candied fruit, grape skin, dried grass, meek hopping, sage, yeast, estery alcohol, walnuts; dry, cracker-like finish

Ceramic flip-top bottles? That is some old-school packing. All in all, we are pretty happy with this brew, clearly a benchmark for the style. Happy as well to see this brand come around again to the US, bringing back memories of some of our initial explorations into Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 22:57:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
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WDJersey

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-16-2013 23:00:57 | More by WDJersey
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California

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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Florida

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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California

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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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ScottJ

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My oh my what a lovely dark Belgian ale! I poured this into a goblet and noticed the large frothy head and dark color. Nutty flavor very refreshing! I need to try the other St. Sebastiaan brews next! The ale was VERY strong but did not feel like alcohol at first and quite refreshing trappiste style beer.

Serving type: growler

08-02-2013 21:56:48 | More by ScottJ
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a darkish brown (not close to black) with solid one finger head and lace ring. A mix of yeast and roasted sweet malts, like some caramel and bitter chocolate or coffee mixed with bread and char/roasted malts. Medium bodied with a solid malt base that is sturdy and bready, the beer has a dryness to it not typical in most dubbels. Still, easy to drink and creamy, almost chewey, with a nutty toffeesque sweetness along with touches of dark chocoolate. Yeast adds balance and there is a bit of sharp carbonation; citric hops and dark fruit/raisins/figs taste sensation barely noticeable as mostly muted compared to the sweet and roast malt. Overall, a good beer but just not my preference for this style, hence, my "low" rating.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 21:43:56 | More by clayrock81
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California

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Connecticut

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New York

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Alabama

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Illinois

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St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.