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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:
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown relatively clear body with a nice light tan head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Caramel, berries and rum-soaked raisins, some balsa wood and a touch of tobacco

Taste: Starts out with a slightly sweet, woody caramel flavor with berries and raisin flavors building; nice dry, earthy finish

Mouthfeel: A bit light for a dubbel but with a fair amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Unlike some of the more famous dubbels, this is not as complex nor is it as sweet; nevertheless, it has its merits and is worth seeking out

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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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  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.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had date code of 28/5/11 wouldn't reccomend holding it that long. I had one crock or whatever you call faux ceramic bottled explode in my car, hairline crack in the bottle? At least they (Powers Liqour Mart) let me get a another in exchange

Poured mahogany (orangey red when held to an intense light) with 1.5 fingers of tan headGood head retention & average lacing

S: Plummy & chocolate scents

T: Some choclatey, fruity & herbal hop notes up front. Slight hints of oakyness, iron & raisins as this warms. Finishes bready & fruitty

MF: Medium bodied with some stickyness & low carbonation

Drinks easy, a nice clean tasting, unassuming Dubbel

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick, frothy, white head. The aroma is good. It boasts of pale and roasted malts which give it a nice brown, toasted scent. The taste is good. It's smooth with a dry roasted flavor that goes down easy. It says dark, but it fits more of a brown style. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Dubbel. It has good flavor and aroma. I'd buy this one again.

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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 Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large glass bottle (differant then whats shown above), caged and corked. Opened with a lot of energy, the cork went flying! Pours the typical Dubbel dark brown, clear with a noisy tan head, with medium sized bubbles and moderate retention. lacing was blotchy but generally unimpressive. Nose of vanilla, cola, toffee. This is a pretty drinkable dubbel, perhaps its on the lighter side of the spectrum for the style. More cola, caramel and sweet candi sugars. Smooth finish, adds up to a tasty and drinkable sipper. Worth a try if you like the style.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St.Sebastiaan poured from a very cool ceramic bottle. Appears dark mahogony with a head that features big soapy bubbles.

Smells of dark wheat, prominant malt, and of course has a bready characteristic to it.

The flavor is a bit subtle but good. Tart belgian twang coupled with dark fruits. Plum and raisen bread. Herbal hop prescence is low. Faint cocoa is noted as the beer comes to ideal temperature.

Medium to full bodied with a smoooth malty finish. Finish with a clean alcohol notion.

For a beer its strength I found this highly delectible. Really enjoyed the subtle complexities.

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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 weeare138
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent dark copper with a rocky, light tan head that slowly fades out. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of candies, sugar, toffee, oxidized fruit, dark wheat bread, & spicy pepper.
Taste is of the mentioned dark bread, fruit, sweet candy, with some caramel, and raisins showing in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, with mineral notes found in some of the better Belgian beers.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light tan, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is a malty chocolate. Starts sweet, finishes smooth and mellow. Nice dark beer. $7.99 for a 16oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer departs the swing top crockery 1/2L bottle a burgundy color that is somewhat hazy with a portly head, creamy in texture and a nice light tan color with the lace forming a velum like curtain to conceal the glass. Nose is malt dominated but has pleasant over ripe fruit aromas, quite nice. The start is sweet with a decent malt presence and the mouth feel moderate in feel, the finish is minimally carbonated, wine like, pertinently hopped, quite dry somewhat tart aftertaste, nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a darkish brown (not close to black) with solid one finger head and lace ring. A mix of yeast and roasted sweet malts, like some caramel and bitter chocolate or coffee mixed with bread and char/roasted malts. Medium bodied with a solid malt base that is sturdy and bready, the beer has a dryness to it not typical in most dubbels. Still, easy to drink and creamy, almost chewey, with a nutty toffeesque sweetness along with touches of dark chocoolate. Yeast adds balance and there is a bit of sharp carbonation; citric hops and dark fruit/raisins/figs taste sensation barely noticeable as mostly muted compared to the sweet and roast malt. Overall, a good beer but just not my preference for this style, hence, my "low" rating.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a strong, malty aroma with a spicy undertone and a hint of apple. It pours a semi-transparent mahogany with a thin and not too persistent light tan head. Flavor is malty with an undertone of apple and a hint of caramel. Texture is smooth yet subtly fizzy, and it leaves a fairly persistent soft tingle and just a whisper of sweetness.

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Photo of champ103
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky dark brown with a burgundy tint. Thick beige head and nice lacing. The aroma is malty and nutty, but has some characteristics of a Flemish Sour too. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of burnt malt, raisin, sour fruit and yeast. The finish is on the thin side and is rather fruity. All in all this is a decent Belgian. At times it is well balanced and at others it is not, but more often than not it is pretty good.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle brown with a rosey red glow, medium height, loosely bubbled dusted tan cap, crumbles down to leave a disorderly bubbly skim and intricately woven sheets of lacing that eventually break into spots.

Aroma is softly moderate on the nose with slight fruits with some caramel drizzling and butterscotch rum candy. Initially, when first poured, the aroma started out really nice with a whiskey-like perfume of caramel in front, but soon after it sat for a moment it completely sank way into the back.

Taste is quick and mild with some slight pear, dullish banana, and berry fruits in front, dustings of cocoa, dribbles of caramel midway. Dry and empty finish. Slight return of fruits late.

Feel is light, gets a bit of a pick up toward the middle and into the finish. Its not watery, more or less just thin or perhaps weak-ended, it lacks some depth and thickness thats usually attributed to a good dubble. Finishes dry, but works at it in a tenuous manner. This was pretty average.

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St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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