St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-20-2005 03:32:01 | More by Sammy
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown relatively clear body with a nice light tan head that leaves plenty of lacing
Smell: Caramel and rum-soaked raisins, some balsa wood and a touch of tobacco
Taste: Starts out with a slightly sweet, woody caramel flavor with a nice touch of bitterness blending in; nice dry 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
12-02-2005 02:16:38 | More by brentk56
3.05/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
12-29-2010 02:39:48 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
02-11-2011 01:57:20 | More by biboergosum
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
12-30-2000 14:59:06 | More by Jason
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
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
09-14-2007 15:04:29 | More by russpowell
4.72/5 rDev +21.6%
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.
01-07-2003 16:15:43 | More by feloniousmonk
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
03-28-2004 01:22:38 | More by WesWes
3.81/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
01-27-2014 06:35:39 | More by mactrail
3.15/5 rDev -18.8%
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
08-12-2008 03:43:16 | More by Gueuzedude
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
02-19-2009 00:30:33 | More by weeare138
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
03-06-2006 02:14:01 | More by Billolick
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
11-04-2004 23:53:33 | More by jdhilt
3.2/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
10-19-2005 01:43:00 | More by Zorro
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-20-2009 21:43:00 | More by Stinkypuss
3/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
11-03-2008 11:58:49 | More by Mebuzzard
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
07-14-2004 13:12:06 | More by Gusler
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
07-31-2012 19:00:12 | More by LiquidAmber
3.29/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
07-13-2014 14:27:41 | More by WoodBrew
St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.