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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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Joshgonzales79

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-15-2012 04:12:04 | More by Joshgonzales79
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Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

3/5  rDev -22.7%

10-05-2012 20:29:49 | More by Johnhaley1989
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BourbonDork

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

09-03-2012 23:09:58 | More by BourbonDork
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-27-2012 18:52:57 | More by beerpadawan
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a deep murky red amber with a fast dissipating off white head. Aroma of malt and cola, nice. Taste is light toasty malt, fruits and cola, abruptly finishing to nothing. Light to medium bodied. Very subdued and uninteresting. Not unpleasant, but boring.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 19:00:12 | More by LiquidAmber
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Harkrank

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

07-18-2012 11:39:08 | More by Harkrank
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efb123

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-23-2012 05:42:58 | More by efb123
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cheefdaddy1

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-19-2012 10:59:57 | More by cheefdaddy1
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 17:50:54 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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trioxin


1/5  rDev -74.2%

05-05-2012 01:37:13 | More by trioxin
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - dark brown/black with about two and a half fingers' worth of frothy khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - pretty malty-smelling, as the type would suggest. But it also seems like there's something like a caramel syrup, which of course can't be the case with the purity law and all.

Taste - malty indeed, but it has a different taste than I was expecting. It tastes more like a dark or roasted German Pilsner. Interesting choice of barleys. Not much of an aftertaste except for the grains.

Mouthfeel - very well-balanced, pretty close to perfectly between the watery and/or creamy sides.

Overall - not a bad brew at all! Very interesting to taste, and given the purity law, pretty amazing in the quality and complexity involved.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:38:28 | More by Nerudamann
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OldTime

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-16-2012 20:44:35 | More by OldTime
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MyName


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-11-2012 05:23:09 | More by MyName
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twizzbeatz

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with cinnamon in the glass from the light. A good sized tan head dissipates quickly to leave some lacing and a nice cap that stays throughout the whole drink.

Smells of molasses, thick, dark, dense, with a hint of dark fruits.

Tastes of roasted malt, and a hint of bitter chocolate.

A smooth beer, well carbonated to make it's medium body feel light.

I was a little disappointed in the flavor, almost one note. All the other aspects of the beer were better done.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 08:41:21 | More by Drinkerofales
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MrBillyMac

California

3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-18-2012 02:03:24 | More by MrBillyMac
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MrVonzipper

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-16-2012 17:53:33 | More by MrVonzipper
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jumbopanda

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-09-2012 05:49:55 | More by jumbopanda
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ikantspel

California

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

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 04:32:00 | More by ikantspel
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teromous

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, the bottle is very cool. I won't base my review of the appearance including the bottle...but it will be a keeper.

A: The beer has a very nice brown color. It's hard to describe, but it has a sort of "soft brown" appearance as it's poured. In the glass it appears very dark brown, with lighter shades at the bottom. The head is perfect. It's a light shade of tan, with lots of creamy foam that sticks to the side of the glass.

S: It smells wonderful. There's a sweet candy-like scent to the beer, like vanilla and strawberry taffy. I get the strong smell of figs, instantly. It has a distinctly Belgian scent...completely unmistakable.

T: It has a very light fruit taste to it, like raisins and even some plum. The malt character is very light, but just enough sweetness.

M: It has a nice pleasant mouthfeel. The body is light, hinting at medium. Nicely carbonated.

O: Overall I think this is a really nice beer. It has a very light character. I would drink it again and would recommend it. It would go well with a number of dishes, such as a lightly seasoned steak or a light dessert desert.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 02:45:33 | More by teromous
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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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SLeffler27

New York

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a St. Bernardus challis clear, dark copper with garnet highlights and a creamy champagne head of about one inch that slowly settles, never fully dissipating. Puts up a film with each sip but no lacing.

This has a sweet/tart cherry and cranberry aroma with fresh fig and dates. Subtle green apples linger in the background.

Flavors are all rather subtle and pleasant; however, I am accustomed to bolder dubbels. Tartness follows cranberry flavors. Applesauce comes out with warmth. This one would easily rate higher were it not for the style guidelines.

Softly carbonated with a silky texture. Medium body, this one is fairly dry.

St. Sebastiaan is very approachable as a good, relaxing beer. It would also work well with mild foods.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:38:09 | More by SLeffler27
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LittleGus

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-19-2012 03:40:11 | More by LittleGus
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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
St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.