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St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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very good

193 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website

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

16 ounce ceramic bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/15/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Nov 14, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev -4.9%

samtrillo, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev +3.1%

woodchip, Nov 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev -1%

Bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma none.
Head large (6.5 cm), light brown, frothy, slooowly fading to 5 mm frothy layer
Lacing fair – thick partial rings and arcs of small bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor weak, slightly sweet, malty; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 3.8125. Final weighted score: 3.8375
Not a bad brown brew, nice head, lacing, and body. The very weak to non-existent aroma is definitely detrimental to the overall score. The flavor isn’t bad, just weak.

Ozzylizard, Sep 17, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Zekenyce, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bblouin8, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

WoodBrew, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

nleaders, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

AlpacaAlpaca, Jun 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Jspriest, Jun 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

animal69, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

henryclay_, May 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

MSCUSN, May 07, 2014
Photo of silverking
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep hazy mahogany with lots of active carbonation. Nice fluffy tan head with spotty lacing.

A- nutty, as in toasted pecans. Orange, cinnamon, clove. As it warms it reveals notes of dried fig and alcohol.

T- nice, toasty roasted cocoa with earthy brandy soaked raisins. Light orange in the finish. Definitely boozy.

M- light bodied, lively carbonation. Watery finish.

O- I thoroughly enjoyed it. The flavors develop nicely as it warms up.

silverking, May 05, 2014
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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.

SammyV123, May 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

ViragS, Apr 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

EpicUsername, Apr 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

KindaFondaGoozah, Apr 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

bttrbean, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Jan 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Sspeer1, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
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St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.