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St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 200
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000

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Photo of tesguino
2.15/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

a classsic belgian beer with an accent of alcohol, recommended like a appetizer and with snacks, no more, serving in a pilsner glass, high in carbonation, high in hops and malt taste and aroma, appearance is deep brown, good for me, smell like a extreme beer, mouthfeel is not impressed, drinkability awful, not recommended

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Photo of nephilae
2.4/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A dark and syrupy beer. Slightly sweet, not particularly hoppy or flavorful. ZERO CARBONATION upon pouring into the goblet. As in NO bubbles. I'm not sure if this is a common problem, but if it is, I'd be hesitant to try it again. It's not good flat, but I see that it could potentially be good with the proper carbonation. I might try it again, and update my review....

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.46/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a: dark brown, thick and appears chocoately, decent head, lots of lacing. looks good.
s: toasted malts dominate with some caramel
t: strong malts with hints of caramel, but a full flavor never materializes here
m: medium carbonation, surprisingly light to medium body, this was just a lot thinner than expected for a belgian even if a dubbel
d: a disappointment. looks like more money went into the presentation (ceramic bottle) than the beer. too bad.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Source/Serving: 16oz. bottle, rather old looking but in an opaque ceramic bottle.

Smell: Red grape and raisin cola, caramel darkly toasted nuts, a little smoke and roast,

Taste: Lightly sweet up front, smooth and simple dark malts that go down easy. Light roastiness and smoke mixed with cola (and it even feels fizzy) in the middle. Just the slightest hint at any fruit. The finish has an earthy roastiness to it.... Almost coffee but not quite. Maybe coffee cola. Finish sweetens as it lingers.

Notes: Overall very average. Not very complex and, personally, not fruity enough for me though the smoke/roast is somewhat interesting.

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Photo of spike882
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A dark beer that has a slightly sweet flavor to it. Notes of dark fruit and prunes in the nose. No hop flavor at all, and not much of a flavor overall really. Absolutely no carbonation at all when poured, looked like brown water. Not a good beer flat but would like to try again if carbonated properly, if that is how it is supposed to be. As is would not reccomend especially at around $9 a bottle.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
2.57/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep transparent ruby read with a full, rocky, tan head. Light on the carbonation. The aroma is bitter, spicy and of over-ripe fruit. The taste is somewhat one-dimensional, with a slightly sweet start and a lasting bitter finish. The mouthfeel is watery with some effervescence and a lasting bite. A pleasant warming feeling as it goes down.

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Photo of hoser
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle that have been abused a bit but this beer has a thin metallic body to it that is not the pleasing and more fusels than this reviewer like in Belgian Dubble. Thankfully big ass porcelain bottle was gift. Becoming more drinkable as it warms up but not enough for me to change my numbers. Definitely not the first dubble I would reach for but definitely not the last.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: brown sudsy, opaque, but without floaties. Above average lacing.

Aroma: Cola, earth, a type of woody aroma that I am not used to tasting.

Taste: There is not intensity or raison d'etre here. This is simply a volcanic earthy brew without hops.

Mouthfeel: round, twangy and a tad rough.

Drinkability: This is about as exciting as watching paint dry.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Provided by Holybrew.
Poured into a not-so-pint glass. Nice color to it, but looks a bit oily. Brown and amber fight for dominance, and the head is fairly weak with little retention.
Weak smell as well. Nothing bad, but not very strong. Some sweets to it, caramel and bready yeast. Slight spice incorporated as well.
Taste is also weak. Not bad. Soft fruits come out like prune and raisin, a little bit of caramel. Alcohol is noticeable.
Oil feel to it. Slick. Caramel aftertaste. Little punch or bite to it. Seems very flat, too.

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Photo of Jredner
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby colored with a nice frothy tan head. Dried fruit and malt sweetness as well as alcohol in the aroma. Flavor profile included dried cherries and prunes, malt and too little spice to provide any oomph to the melange of sweet malt and fruit. Decent, but not something I’d look for again.

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ceramic swingtop bottle into a tulip. The beer is a dark but clear brown with ruby highlights. Clarity is excellent, and the head lasting.

Esters are huge on the nose, lending a fruity, berry-like scent. The sweetness accents this and reminds me of dried fruit or fruit preserves. There's a little bit of anise too, and an undertone of whole grain bread, even a touch of rye. The aroma is true to style, but the esters are a bit overwhelming.

It's lighter than expected on the palate, with a blueberry jam flavor up front. Sweetness is moderate, though the fruity yeast character borders on cloying. There's some spiciness, anise, a touch of clove. Soft roasted malt flavors make a brief appearance toward the finish, but this beer is more about the yeast. The body is light, perhaps a bit thin for my liking. Not a bad beer overall, nor a great one.

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Photo of feylure
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this little number at a restaurant that was more wine oriented.

Poured a nice dark, unclouded brown with decent amount of carbonation. I'll have to steal the bottle away from the waiter next time because he clearly didn't know how to pour a beer.

Smell was sweet, malty and lightly spicy.

Taste had a completely full mouthfeel with dark, almost roasty overtones. The taste wasn't too complex, and the carbonation struck me as a bit much.

Overall, this is an ok beer. I won't be getting it again because I didn't find it to be as good as the packaging might suggest.

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Photo of granger10
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a nice deep dark color with a nice sized head that left nice sized lacing. The smell was of a sweetness almost similar to a berry drink. Flavor lacked complexity that a Belgian should have. Too sweet and not enough hops or spice. Finishes a little wetter than most Belgians, which isn't always bad. Decent tasting but not much more and not worth the $7.99 for 16 oz.

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Photo of midaszero
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown with some bubbles but no real head

S - Dark fruit with lots of raisin. Fairly sweet

T - Chocolate with a little bit of spice. A little cola and smoked flavor can be found as well.

M - Medium body with no carbonation. Very smooth and creamy

D - Not to bad but I wouldn't bother picking up another bottle unless I was sure it was actually carbonated.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recieved this fantastic looking beer from my malt supplier as a Christmas present, thanks Dave! I came in a wooden box with a tulip glass, looked nice, again Teaser said I had enough beer glasses. The funny thing about the packaging is that it says this beer - a Belgian Dubbel - is brewed according to the German purity law... That's a tad odd, for a Belgian beer. Don't Belgian brewers use sugars and candy to get awesome flavours and rich aromatics and colour?

Poured into it's own tulip glass this Belgian dubbel showed a dark brown with amber hues and a thick off white head that dissipated quickly. It left saopy bubbles and a small amount of lace.

Aroma of biscuits, maltyness and a slight yeastyness. Little to no hops, a touch of chocolate, caramel and that richness you get from dark fruits and toffee. Sadly no phenolics, no spiceyness.

Tasted nice, if a bit bland for a Dubbel. Rich and malty, a slight bitterness and a hint of chocolate, but nothing like other Dubbels I've had. A bit of a shame too, nice packaging. Maybe the German influence is to blame.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No freshness date on bottle. Pours a dark, murky burgandy while yielding a negligible head. Actually I couldn't evince a head even with a vigorous pour. Almost resemles iced tea. Oh well. Aroma is of subtle fruit with some interesting organic notes which i can't make out.

This brew has a very slick and wet presence on the palate. Almost zero carbonation. Very subdued taste notes with toasty nutty nuances. All I can say is wtf. I was expecting more. I think I may have gotten a bad one, but for the price I paid I don't think this one will be getting a second shot. Others are reporting foamy heads and I got nothing.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic heavy ceramic bottle. Dark cola-like head with large abundant bubbles. Head faded fast. A lot of carbonation rolls around the mouth. Needs to warm up a bit. Tastes sweet and is more complex than other dubbels I have had. I did not pick up on bubble gum notes as I have in other dubbels, which was nice. It was a good dubbel, but dubels are not my thing.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best By Date February 2011; Sampled August 2008
Nutty, almost oxidized aromas greet my nose as I pour this into my 25cl tulip glass. The beer pours with an easily, three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sticks well to the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, deep, concentrated red color (not black at all, but quite dark) that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue when held up to the light. Pronounced fruity notes of raisins and prunes add substantially to the aroma and are quite intertwined with the aforementioned nutty note. Those are the major aromatic notes, but if you really dig around there is also a musty, almost mold, malt note towards the finish.

Quite sweet tasting and with the pronounced fruity esters this actually gets a bit cloying towards the finish despite not being overly thick. Actually somewhat light bodied (especially given the sweetness), though it is a bit viscous and certainly has some heft to it that has it sticking to the palate. Fruit flavors of prune soda, concentrated raisins and a touch of fig combine with a light, toasted nut note (hazel nut perhaps?) and even a touch of Sherry. Speaking of soda, this definitely has a cola / Dr. Pepper sort of note to it, especially in the finish where the beer gets a bt cloying.

Much to sweet and cloying, which makes this brew one-dimensional in both flavor and aroma. This has a surprisingly long best by date and it makes me wonder if some heavy oxidation might dry this beer out and actually help the flavor. Unfortunately this beer is not worth that experiment, when I have way too much other beer in the stash, but someone should try it.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Zorro
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown ale without much of a head.

Smell is lots of walnuts and figs; it actually smells a lot like a Spanish sherry. Lots of brown sugar and honey scents. Not as complex as some but this has a powerful sweet nutty odor like a port or sherry wine.

Taste is not as good as the scent I am afraid. A little sweet and a little nuts, no complexity.

Mouthfeel is unimpressive.

Blah drinkability. Probably need to find another bottle but at $11 each I wont be giving this one a retry anytime soon.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Darks, but this was certainly worth a try and its in a cool bottle. The beer poured a cloudy dark amber with reddish hue. The scent had Belgian sugar, peat and slight roast. The taste was most Belgian leaning with touches of toffee and earth. The mouthfeel was medium in body with not much carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer and worth a try for those that enjoy dark Belgians.

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Photo of spree92
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle. Fluffy white head topped the off black beer. Dried fruit and apple are in both smell and taste. Hardly no carbonation makes this easy to drink. A lighter dubbel than I am used to. Still a solid beer and well worth the price paid.

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Photo of atlason
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from clay bottle into tulip.

A: Dark brown, small head with small amount of lacing. The white head does make a pretty contrast to the dark brown beer.

S: Roasted coffee, sweet barley. Fairly straightforward but pleasant. Some Belgian yeast character.

T: Smooth yeast profile gives a full flavor to this dark ale. Feels like gliding over the dark depths of the roasted malts.

M: Low to medium carbonation provides barly enough balance for the medium attenuated beer. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the 500ml flip-top crock. Love the bottle.
Poured a dark, honey brown with a 1" cream colored head with very fine bubbles. Head stayed all the way to the bottom of the glass like a Guinness.
Smell was sweetly sour and lightly fruity.
Taste was malty with a hint of cherry in the aftertaste. Smooth, effervescent on the tip of the tongue, but a little thin in body.
Overall, decent from a flavor and looks perspective but in the end it left me wanting more, and with so many wonderful Belgians out there, I doubt I'll be visiting this particular brew again.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this in a neighborhood Moscow grocery store. It came in a lovely grayish-red ceramic 16 ounce bottle with both a bottle cap and a resealable flip-top. It poured a wonderful clear orange-brown color under a tannish-beige head that was both firm and long lasting. Mine gave beautiful lace rings all the way down. The nose was big and malty - announced its presence with authority. The mouth was a touch on the heavy side and not too tingly, although a bit more than I expected. The initial taste is very complex: caramel, citrus, grains. The finish is a tad too sour, with the lurking presence of alcohol somewhere deep down inside. Buried even more deeply were the hops - they are there, but you sure have to look for them. Hops do come out in the sweetish-sour aftertaste, leaving a mish-mash that I did not actually find all that appealling. This brew was a tad too sour, not bitter enough, for my taste. Still, definitely a quality brew.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head, which reduced down to a medium film and collar with excellent sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was strong of a musty Belgian yeast and a toasted grain malt with notes of toffee, dark fruit (dates and figs) and a mild medicinal odor.

The taste was a tad sweet with a nice malty feel, a hint of toffee and a slight chocolate presence from the start, becoming ever so lightly bitter with a good sweet yeast taste and a note of dark fruit and a slight medicinal flavor right at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a dry, bitter and slightly fruity taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was a decent enough Dubbel, which was rich and creamy and had a nice bold yeasty taste. Although I did think it was a bit over carbonated, it did still possess a smooth and satisfying drinkability...


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St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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