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St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

185 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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AtrumAnimus

Texas

5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml Corked bottle:

WOW! Highly carbonated - Cracked the plastic on my kitchen light when the cork came off! Scared the crap out of the dogs too - they disappeared and are hiding in the bedroom!

Started pouring and the nose was so prevalent that I can smell it immediately from 2 feet away. It pours a beautiful caramel color with a fantastic thick and lively head that is lasting for a very long time. It creeps down the glass faster than it does in the center leaving a flat topped peak behind. This eventually falls to about a 1/2 inch stable head. The beer is moderately effervescent and slowly bubbles like champagne.

The nose is spicy laced with hops and trailed with fine beautiful malt that reminds me of cranberries. The taste is smooth malt with bitter hops and a nice bit of spice to follow and erupts with a pleasant and enjoyable alcohol warmth in the gut. (I just gave blood so this should hit my head pretty damn hard) the flavors are complex and so well balanced I think I have found a new favorite in my Belgian ales. The mouthfeel is soft and pillowy. The after taste fades to sweet malt that is just the bomb.

I absolutely love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 18:13:20 | More by AtrumAnimus
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Fossilhunter

California

5/5  rDev +28.9%

01-06-2013 03:55:46 | More by Fossilhunter
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Lobstertainment

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +28.9%

04-24-2013 06:45:10 | More by Lobstertainment
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cowboy83

New York

5/5  rDev +28.9%

05-24-2013 13:06:10 | More by cowboy83
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-25-2011 23:09:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
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nickthetick

Maryland

4.95/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours an almost opaque black-brown with some mahogany tints that shine through when held to the light in a DFH signature glass. It opened with an amazing burst and the head matches the sound, big (almost three fingers) and tan. The head hangs and drops slightly each time your lips hit it and leaves beautiful lacing.

S: absolutely gorgeous. Woody, oak like, cherries, dates, figs, plums, raisins, yeasty, bananas, some pears, and light lemon notes. Licorice, anise, cardamon, clove, cinnamon, caramel and sweet dark brown sugar.

T: matches well with the nose, the oaky and dark fruit flavors are right up front. The fruits make the transfer into the spicy by mingling and creating an altogether new flavor with a side of the sweeter lighter fruits and candies. Bananas make a an appearance throughout the beer and a bit of lemon is left on the tongue.

MF: a tad chewy, but great effervescence, not at all warm but just slightly dry on the finish.

O: just the perfect beer, it was a christmas present from last year and after sitting there for so long I thought I should probably drink this. I'm so very glad I finally did. This is by far one of, if not, the best dubbel I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:47:36 | More by nickthetick
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CBFanWish

New York

4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There is something specail in every bottle of St. Sebastiaan Dark. It's a beer that makes itself known as a quality beer that goes above and beyond what our normal expectations of a beer should be.
Caramel colour with a fizzy head. Malty with a ton of fruity flavours ranging from banana to apple. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 17:29:38 | More by CBFanWish
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Stonepot

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On a rainy night while my little one sleeps gently in his crib, I search frantically through the entanglement of kitchen wares I call a top drawer, and after many guffaws and sighs I finally procure my bottle opener, sit down on the terrace and crack open one of the finest brews I have ever had. Life is glorious.

Serving type: growler

08-02-2009 12:08:47 | More by Stonepot
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mzwolinski

California

4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cherry wood/ruby in color with a very thin, lacy, off-white head. The aroma is yeasty and bready, with some light sour notes. Flavor starts off smooth and sweet, dominated by a rich but unoppressive maltiness. It soon develops a bready character, with perhaps a light spicy cinnamon note. Diacteyl, butterscotch character is also apparent mid-palate, but not at all out of place. Finishes with a restrained hop bitterness and a lightly chocolatey, nutty aftertaste. Medium-full body. Really a terrific beer -- very complex but eminently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 14:47:25 | More by mzwolinski
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theParish


4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

12-07-2012 08:24:04 | More by theParish
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

01-14-2013 00:12:03 | More by OregonGrown7
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Chiefmanynames

California

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

10-31-2013 05:49:40 | More by Chiefmanynames
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EpicUsername

California

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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

Arizona

4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown, somewhat hazy, with light tan head that retains well.

Nose has raisins, pipe tobacco, and steel/metallic elements.

Palate has an off-caramel taste, mineral-y flavors, good carbonation, smooth body, and raisins on the finish.

There's also a musty cave flavor that is hard to describe. Very pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 05:34:50 | More by yemenmocha
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark garnet color, somewhere between eggplant and maroon, with a huge, rocky, creamy tan head. Aroma is soft, sweet, nutty, with notes of toffee, butterscotch and dates. Smooth palate, with a generous, gorgeous, tingly mouthful of hops, abundant in flavor. Excellent body and texture, extemely fruity, too. Like a big, sparkling, delicious boozy fruit punch. I caught this on sale for $4.99 a 750 ml, which is a bargain and then some. A reliably tasy Belgian brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 16:15:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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drseamus

New York

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001 bottle provided by aerozeppl and avryle.

A: Chestnut body with almost no head. Looks as expected for a 9 year old beer. Amazingly, there is visible carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel and maple syrup. Good pungent aroma.

T: Good god. This held up like a champ. Nice caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Very good balance.

M: Smooth as silk. For only 6.9% ABV it held up like a champ.

D: Phenomonal.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 22:03:28 | More by drseamus
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inebrius

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A creamy alpine cap clings heartily above a hazy burnt umber. Aroma is implicative of an Autumn hike in the Northwoods while eating a caramel coated Red Delicious. Bring this to your lips and be strafed by a dozen flavors bouncing around your oral cavity like little rubber meatballs. Honey sweet...no...potting soil...wait...leafy greens, aluminum foil, walnuts, Listerine, capers, stop.

A quality Pils like finish makes this bubbly brew quite memorable. If you like your Dubbels more earthy and less sweet, give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 18:19:43 | More by inebrius
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MSCUSN

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16%

05-07-2014 14:07:23 | More by MSCUSN
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twizzbeatz

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16%

03-07-2012 00:37:25 | More by twizzbeatz
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Vylo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-26-2012 20:49:50 | More by Vylo
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LJC3

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-01-2013 21:45:39 | More by LJC3
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jhtipton

Spain

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost threw my back out picking up the 500ml bottle. I do love the presentation! I will probably recycle the heavy ceramic bottle for my next homebrew. Appearance is a nice dark brown with some decent lacing. A rich brownish head. Smell is sweet with some hints of yeast, malt, and bananas,and raisin coke. Taste is like honey raisins and brown bread, Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is great but since 500ml is twice the price of chimay blue, it's hard to keep picking it up, unless, of course, I need more bottles for recycling!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 19:22:56 | More by jhtipton
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Lexiconical

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There may not be much variety in the taste, but this is one of the most friendly dark beers you'll find. Goes extremely well with food. Comforting, nutty flavor, pleasant smell, great mouthfeel, and pleasant appearance. Well worth the world class rating it gets from the bros. If you drink this while not eating YMMV.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 15:04:43 | More by Lexiconical
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efb123

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-23-2012 05:42:58 | More by efb123
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ViragS

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-26-2014 23:17:21 | More by ViragS
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St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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