St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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87
very good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 17
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000)
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Photo of SammyV123
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Black/Brown, Dark Ruby when held to the light. Nice light caramel head.

S - Malty, Nutty

T - Nutty, Sweet

M - Full and balanced. Very nice.

O - Great beer. Full bodied and flavorful, but not overwhelming. I could drink one, or several, in one sitting. Cheers.

Photo of Pegasus
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep reddish-amber with a modest tan head, excellent thick broken lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Dark fruit aroma with clove notes, and a slight earthiness, toasted malt, and nuts.

Taste: Opens with a spicy clove note, soon afterward dark fruit notes, and a solid, slightly toasty dark malt backbone asset themselves. Toward the close of the taste a subtle hop bitterness appears. Finishes dry with a slight, lingering, earthy, spice note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and very full.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasing, in all. I have been told by my local distributor's delivery person that the Sterkens beers in crocks are often flat. This example was most certainly not flat, the carbonation levels were appropriate. In all, a pleasing example, and the crock is an elegent souvenir.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen-ounce earthenware crock, served in a Belgian chalice.

Photo of taigor
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from ceramic bottle into chalice glass.

A - Poured dark brown non-transparent color with big head that very slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of yeast, malts, figs and nuts. Very Belgian like smell.

T - Very bready and yeasty with sweet malts and dark fruits and a nutty dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good dubbel that I highly recommend.

Photo of sjclay00
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

T- Very smooth with a bready taste. Very enjoyable
M- Smooth without much bitterness
D- With the smooth mouthfeel, drinkability is above average. Could have a few of these but soon the bread like taste would become to much.
A- A brown with a decent head about two fingers. Left a few yeast sediments floating
S- Not very hoppy, smells mostly like malt a little sweet

Photo of K7M
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Four Winds in Pensacola FL, suggested by Mike, the Beer manager.

Pours nicely into a glass with solid dark color and aroma. Overall a full flavor without bitterness, not too sweet, a unique yeasty flavor that is pleasant. This is a good solid dark Beer that I will enjoy again and also recommend to my friends.

This is a good Beer for those who enjoy Dark Beers and I will purchase more in the future.

Photo of Crosling
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very hard to pour especially into a short chalice. Head was rather non-existant even after a fast and very aware pour. More bubbles than anything with a modest sized ring around that glass that laced up well for what it had to work with. Color was burguny with rubyish-yellowish-pinkish highlights. Nice color on this one.

Definately cherries in the aroma but I really had to smell deep to conjure up anything else. Once you get those cherries it is very pleasing.

Tastes pretty good especially on the mid-palte. Unique is the word I would use to describes its flavor. Fruity and well hopped. Lots of cherries, raisins, dates, some clove on the mid-palate with a well balanced smooth character. Tastes great!

Photo of bskrtz
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Cloudy dark cola w/floaties

S) Sweet breads, malt, sour dough

T) Darn good, thanks for asking... A fine Belgian dark ale. Very smooth and complex, sweet molassis and dark fruit

M) Effervescent fiz so common with secondary bottle fermentation. Rich and thick -- a beer to drink before a meal, doing so afterwards may be difficult

D) An excellent Belgian dark ale. With 6.9% alcohol, you could enjoy a few and still remain cognizant

Photo of ScottJ
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.

Photo of kbub6f
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head is big, dense, yellowy-cream-colored, uneven. Nice. Beer is red/brown and a little hazy. There's a nice, sweet, toffee, bready, yeasty smell. Wow. Nice toffee leads to a deep, deep malt, some chocolate and a little fruit. Very creamy. Finishes bready with some alcohol and fruit. Great. This is a great, creamy, not-too-sweet beer.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unique 16oz porcelain-style jug with flip top lid. No freshness date.
It pours a dark orange-hued teak with a slow fading beige head.
The sweet malt aroma is tinged with earthy and woody smells. An aroma reminiscent of pear brandy rises up. Just a hint of chocolate is noticed.
The substantial malt body contains tastes of honey, milk chocolate and a mild taste of prunes.
A mellow taste of sweet lemons and a faint metallic tang break free from the nearly syrupy sweetness and establish a path of their own.
A light taste of herbs and breath of alcohol round things out.
This is a brew that balances and improves throughout.

Photo of ikantspel
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle served into a duvel tulip

best by date of 01.07.2016

pours a lurking dark brown color with a modest foamy head that leaves behind a nice lacing

heavy dark fruits, heavy toasted malts, oak aged smell, and some brown sugar in the smell. could pass as a quad

follows the nose, but was surprised to find a hint of citrus in there as well

mouthfeel as pretty light considering the style

Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This pours a dark brown/reddish color. A two finger head forms. As the head recedes, some light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, some yeast, and a little funky/musky. There is a bit of a bread/biscuit aroma as well.
T: Lots of malt. Caramel flavors and a hint of chocolate. Bready earthy yeast with some brown sugar. There are several layers of flavor that are just right with the style.
M/D: Over carbonated and crisp for the style I think. I am looking for something more rich and creamy. Goes down smooth and easy. A good sipping beer.

A nice Belgium Dubble. One I would drink again and recommend.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black with a white head that is about an inch thick and has a long lasting time with a good lacing.
Smells of roasted barley and has a slightly sweet smell to it.
Has a serious citrus note to it that is pretty refreshing. Has a roasted taste to it but not overwhelming and has a smoky taste as well.
Nice carbonation.

I like this a lot and will buy it again!

Photo of Tballz420
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a murky brown color, with a excellent tan head. The scent is malty, with some fruits and possibly a little alcohol spice. The taste has a nice chewy malt backbone, with hops and dark fruits intermingling. Nice mouthfeel. Not a bad beer at all.

Photo of farrago
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge frothy head, given its size resolves down to a half finger swiftly, light cream white in color, leaves solid sheets of lacing down the glass sides. There's enough yellow in the dark brown color to give it more of a murky muddiness, the carbonation visible through that murk. As strong as the caramel and toffee are in the nose, remains clean overall, dark chocolate covers the plum, cherry fruit scents, some oats and sweeter grains, flower and orange citrus driven dissolve. Light-bodied, very foamy in the mouth, soft and fluffs up the whole experience. The caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar notes are obvious but hardly sweet in an enduring fashion, in fact it's a fairly dry beer. Orange peels, granola, peat moss slip in, the cherry, plum, banana fruit mostly quiet. Classy and easy to drink, a little more depth of flavor couldn't hurt, though.

Photo of CapeFear
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I recieved this beer from Cape Fear Wine and Beer. I was drawn to the dark ceramic bottle with the picture of the monk on the front. My barkeep popped it and poured into tulip glass for me, as I prepared to drink I was taken aback by the amazing head that erupted from the glass. The next aspect of the beer i took notice to was the beautiful raven color of my glass. The lacing of this beer was as if someone had draped a doilie across my glass in the pour. Now to the smell a massive roasted malt caramel breath drew my face into the glass to embibe. The color of this beer being somewhat deceptive it is amazingly drinkable. I am tempted to chug, but restrain myself and sip this nectar away.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to pour this into a goblet to open it up. Once poured the head disapated almost intently, leaving a small 1/8 inch layer of beautiful head. The beer is a dark rubyish color, or as I call it, mahogany. The aroma from the glass is of toffee and caramel. The flavor of this Dubbel is strong at first, and then it mellows into its greatness. There is a very light amount of lacing with this beer as well. This Dubble is really nice especially when comparing it to several others that I have tried. After a few sips, my mouth feels clean, as if I had just drank water...this is not a bad thing, as the flavor of the beer is still lingering.

I recommend this to anyone looking to step out of the norm...this is a good way to get a Newkie Brown drinker to try new things!!!

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Capped 16 oz ceramic flip top bottle with a paper label, no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy brownish brick red colour, lovely lace of a light tan tint.

Smell: Soft roasted character with hints of wood, earth (from the yeast) and toasted bread, slight fruity aroma of scalded raisins and a steel like crystal malt also.

Taste: A bit fullish in the body with a semi crisp carbonation to make for a lively and creamy mouth feel. Malt is on top with a faint chewiness, dark fruitiness mixes with a steely crystal malt trait that shows off the sweetness of this dark brew. Hop bitterness is indistinguishable though there is a slight twang in the flavour. Alcohol is a tad prickly and warms the mouth and throat. Mild earthy, nutty and roasted flavours circle around throughout the palate to add to the confused complexity.

Notes: Relatively sweet brew with odd complexities that are well drawn out all over the palate. A beer that is worth the experience alone and for a brew I would embrace again.

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful very dark brown. Smell of toffee and roast and alcohol. A hint of sourness and dryness and sweetness, yet none of the above. Complex in every sip, yet simple and very drinkable. Very much liked.A surprise at Volo Cafe. Outstanding earthenware bomber that my drinking buddy kept for his wife.

Photo of dmamiano
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a gift from a friend. The bottle alone was worth the price of admission.
Poured a dark mahogany with a thick, tan head that resembled whipped cream floating on coffee.
Smell was sweet, malty absolutely no hops detected. The tell tale Belgian yeastiness all over the nostrils.
Taste was big, malty. yeasty and funky. Belgianesque in the taste. Ripe fruits, raisins and plums come to mind.
Very enjoyable sipper.

Photo of BeerAngel
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark clear brownish mahogany color with a 1 finger white head that shrinks quickly down to a long lasting layer. The smell is delicious with a musty fruit and yeast smell. Musty fruit, I say...I Iike it! The taste is again a musty taste providing the background to a light sweet raison, yeast, faint hops, and a barely noticeable alcohol. It is light bodied with an almost watery feel but very tasty despite this and makes it go down too easy. Op uw gezonheid!

Photo of aerozeppl
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2001 Caged and corked bottle.

A: Reddish color. With minimal cola colored head.

S: Awesome. Totally musty. Nutty and a little bit of spicy.

T: Almost like cola. I have had a few well aged Belgians and they all sort of take on this character after enough years. Faded malt. Maple syrup. Little dark fruit and a touch of taxed yeast.

M: Great mouthfeel. Well carbonated despite the age.

D: Easy drinking. Had the feeling of an aged beer and that is always ok for me. Dubbels continue to surprise me with how well they age.

Photo of bonkers
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 16 ounce bottle into a tupip glass. This pours a beutiful dark color with hints of red. A big fluffy head forms, then fades quickly leaving little streaks of lace. When I held it up to a light there are lettle yeasty floaters. The nose is of a sweet brown sugary alchohol. The first sip is sweet and the finish is of a lingering complew alchohol. The beer is medium bodied with light carbonation. The beer is an enjoyable sipper. A damn fine beer.

Photo of adamette
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live reivew. Poured from the medium brown clay or ceramic container which is capped with a metal cap but also has a cage with a plastic top that I suppose is able to be placed back on the top after the metal cap is removed. Poured into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet. Purchased the 16 oz. container from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor a few days ago for $7.99. The following stamped on the back label: 23/07/13 B 14:06. My guess is that it is best by July 23rd, 2013.

A 3 inch abundant, creamy very light brown head over a dark brown body that glows a nice, pleasing mahogany in front of direct light. I can also see sediment floating about in the glass. I really like the look of this beer and its container which is nothing if not unique. One thing is not in any doubt...absolutely no light has reached this beer since it was poured into this container. 4.5

S Medium roast malt and Belgian yeast in a smell that seems very consistent with the style and inviting as well. There is the sweetness from the malt but it is not a sugary sweetness but more of an organic, barley sweetness. 4.0

T Nice malt sweetness, some Belgian yeast grain sense as well and an unexpected fleeting metallic taste as well. That metallic taste was only experienced once and so I am not sure what the source of that was. Anyway, most of my sips revealed the malt, yeast and a nice, smoothness but this beer does not have a lot behind it, kind of a "safe" Dubbel. It is true to style but leaves me a bit bored. It remains a good tasting beer, don't get me wrong. 4.0

M As mentioned, nice and smooth with minimal syrupy stickiness. Good feel as well. 4.0

D Very good, especially for the style and the slightly elevated ABV. 4.0

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown ceramic swing-top bottle. Definitely not amongst the cheaper brews available around here, even for Belgians...

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish cola colour, with two fingers of tight foamy pale beige head, which settles evenly, leaving some sparse peninsular lace around the glass. It smells of yeasty, somewhat fruity malt, and a tart vinous aroma. The taste is bready, kind of toasted malt, a sweet root-like character - cola or root beer seem apt in comparison - and a soft earthy yeastiness. The carbonation is a bit on the strong side, the body light, but otherwise solid. It finishes on the sweet side - malt and yeast in equal measure.

A nicely balanced, evenly tempered dubbel. Lots going on, with nothing getting too big for its britches.

St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.