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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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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is in very cool looking ceramic bottle with flip stopper for after cap is opened. Poured into DFH goblet. Intial pour created nice thick 3 inch ivory colored head on top of dark copper beer. Smell is slightly sweet and maltly-no hops detected. Taste hints of carmel, with creamy feel, and improved as it warmed. Beer retained a half inch head throughout consumption. The excellcent smooth taste made for high drinkability. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 21:01:12 | More by jmdrpi
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Westsidebuddha

California

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After sitting in the fridge for about 3 years, I decided to open this bottle (i.e. I ran outta beers). Poured a dark brown color into a small tulip glass. Nice bubbly head and still carbonated. Smell slightly roasted. A light roasty taste with a full mouthfeel. Drinkability is that of drinking at your own pace. A good beer to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 08:09:14 | More by Westsidebuddha
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adamette

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live reivew. Poured from the medium brown clay or ceramic container which is capped with a metal cap but also has a cage with a plastic top that I suppose is able to be placed back on the top after the metal cap is removed. Poured into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet. Purchased the 16 oz. container from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor a few days ago for $7.99. The following stamped on the back label: 23/07/13 B 14:06. My guess is that it is best by July 23rd, 2013.

A 3 inch abundant, creamy very light brown head over a dark brown body that glows a nice, pleasing mahogany in front of direct light. I can also see sediment floating about in the glass. I really like the look of this beer and its container which is nothing if not unique. One thing is not in any doubt...absolutely no light has reached this beer since it was poured into this container. 4.5

S Medium roast malt and Belgian yeast in a smell that seems very consistent with the style and inviting as well. There is the sweetness from the malt but it is not a sugary sweetness but more of an organic, barley sweetness. 4.0

T Nice malt sweetness, some Belgian yeast grain sense as well and an unexpected fleeting metallic taste as well. That metallic taste was only experienced once and so I am not sure what the source of that was. Anyway, most of my sips revealed the malt, yeast and a nice, smoothness but this beer does not have a lot behind it, kind of a "safe" Dubbel. It is true to style but leaves me a bit bored. It remains a good tasting beer, don't get me wrong. 4.0

M As mentioned, nice and smooth with minimal syrupy stickiness. Good feel as well. 4.0

D Very good, especially for the style and the slightly elevated ABV. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 23:37:04 | More by adamette
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black with a white head that is about an inch thick and has a long lasting time with a good lacing.
Smells of roasted barley and has a slightly sweet smell to it.
Has a serious citrus note to it that is pretty refreshing. Has a roasted taste to it but not overwhelming and has a smoky taste as well.
Nice carbonation.

I like this a lot and will buy it again!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 02:35:15 | More by Spineypanda
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farrago

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge frothy head, given its size resolves down to a half finger swiftly, light cream white in color, leaves solid sheets of lacing down the glass sides. There's enough yellow in the dark brown color to give it more of a murky muddiness, the carbonation visible through that murk. As strong as the caramel and toffee are in the nose, remains clean overall, dark chocolate covers the plum, cherry fruit scents, some oats and sweeter grains, flower and orange citrus driven dissolve. Light-bodied, very foamy in the mouth, soft and fluffs up the whole experience. The caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar notes are obvious but hardly sweet in an enduring fashion, in fact it's a fairly dry beer. Orange peels, granola, peat moss slip in, the cherry, plum, banana fruit mostly quiet. Classy and easy to drink, a little more depth of flavor couldn't hurt, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 17:52:29 | More by farrago
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mwagner1018

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep dark amber cherry color, showing that hint of red, nice 1 finger of creamy caramel head on top, poured into my Chimay goblet. Nice cap lingering that remains through the glass, light to no lacing.

S- Yeast, bready, sweet malt, with a hint of pumpernickel and rye, chocolate and toasted note.

T- Complex with a nice crisp mild bitterness, medium alcohol warmth, toasted, nice sweet malt, some slight candi and definite deep raisin and prune. As it warms up the flavors really shine through on several dimensions... molasses, butternut, slight parsnip, and mild spice.

M- Medium balance, slight residual sweetness, crisp, well carbonated, delivers well with a nice chew to it.

D- Really nice drinkable beer, nice depth of character, fills me with desire for another one, complex, a really great beer that very accurately depicts the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 01:11:08 | More by mwagner1018
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a ceramic? bottle into a Chimay goblet, dark brown body with a 2-finger or so creamy head. The head slowly dissipated leaving lacing around the rim of the glass. The bottle has a neat flip-top as well as the normal bottle-top. I guess this would help keep it fresh if I wanted to drink some now and save the rest for later, but it's only a pint, so it's kinda wasted! If it was a liter bottle, then I could definitely see pouring a goblet and then saving the rest for a later time.

Very fruity alcoholic aroma, hints of berries and a subtle bit of spice. Raisins.

The taste is more of the same, nothing too varied from what I smelled... very clean aftertaste. I'm betting this one gets even better as it warms up even more... very little bitterness at any point in each sip.

A solid Belgian ale, but leaves a little to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:48:45 | More by theboozecruise
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 21:43:00 | More by Stinkypuss
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep mahogany in color with a two-finger thick head that just lingers. Very fine carbonation with great lacing on the glass.

S: There's alot going on in the boquet of this brew. Slightly spicy, with notes of fig and candied fruits. Nice malt backbone of bread and toffee.

T: Flavors are very complex. Fruity, with notes of citrus peel, fig, and rasin, along with spice, toast, and caramel. The hops make their presence known only in the backround, giving the beer a pleasant dry finish.

M: Mouthfeel is good, although I would have expected just a bit more viscosity from this brew. The finish is good, but relatively short-lived.

D: A great example of how unique this style can be. Definitely one I will be re-visiting in the near future. This stuff is dece!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 01:15:42 | More by WYVYRN527
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Stonepot

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On a rainy night while my little one sleeps gently in his crib, I search frantically through the entanglement of kitchen wares I call a top drawer, and after many guffaws and sighs I finally procure my bottle opener, sit down on the terrace and crack open one of the finest brews I have ever had. Life is glorious.

Serving type: growler

08-02-2009 12:08:47 | More by Stonepot
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bskrtz

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Cloudy dark cola w/floaties

S) Sweet breads, malt, sour dough

T) Darn good, thanks for asking... A fine Belgian dark ale. Very smooth and complex, sweet molassis and dark fruit

M) Effervescent fiz so common with secondary bottle fermentation. Rich and thick -- a beer to drink before a meal, doing so afterwards may be difficult

D) An excellent Belgian dark ale. With 6.9% alcohol, you could enjoy a few and still remain cognizant

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 01:25:27 | More by bskrtz
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sjclay00

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

T- Very smooth with a bready taste. Very enjoyable
M- Smooth without much bitterness
D- With the smooth mouthfeel, drinkability is above average. Could have a few of these but soon the bread like taste would become to much.
A- A brown with a decent head about two fingers. Left a few yeast sediments floating
S- Not very hoppy, smells mostly like malt a little sweet

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 01:05:15 | More by sjclay00
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 00:30:33 | More by weeare138
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K7M

Mississippi

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Four Winds in Pensacola FL, suggested by Mike, the Beer manager.

Pours nicely into a glass with solid dark color and aroma. Overall a full flavor without bitterness, not too sweet, a unique yeasty flavor that is pleasant. This is a good solid dark Beer that I will enjoy again and also recommend to my friends.

This is a good Beer for those who enjoy Dark Beers and I will purchase more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 01:20:28 | More by K7M
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dmamiano

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a gift from a friend. The bottle alone was worth the price of admission.
Poured a dark mahogany with a thick, tan head that resembled whipped cream floating on coffee.
Smell was sweet, malty absolutely no hops detected. The tell tale Belgian yeastiness all over the nostrils.
Taste was big, malty. yeasty and funky. Belgianesque in the taste. Ripe fruits, raisins and plums come to mind.
Very enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 14:37:01 | More by dmamiano
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice looking ceramic bottle into some snifters. Nice looking dark brown color, nice ruby hues when held to some light. There were some serious floaters in our glasses, but the beer was not cloudy at all. I got a rock solid tan head that did not quit. Lacing abounds.

Aroma is bready, with some yeast esters and a nice ripe fruit character. Some light hop spice in the background. Taste is big on bready malt and has hints of over-ripe apples, dates and raisins. Nice dark fruit complexity to this beer.

This dubbel has good body, not real heavy and not showing much carbonation in the feel. It's easy to sip this one again and again.

This beer does not rank up there with the Trappist versions of the style that I have had, but still is very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 12:56:10 | More by ZimZamZoom
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Rayek

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy walnut colored beer with minimal carbonation. Rocky cream head has amazing retention and leaves a heavy lace.

S: There's a lot going on here. Cinnamon, clove and coriander hit me first. Oranges, lemons and apples come in from behind. Heavy spices dominate the fruit aromas.

T: Very complex. Definitely a beer to savor, as each sip reveals a new flavor. The coriander, clove and cinnamon aromas combine in the mouth to create a spicy bitterness. Sweetness comes in the form of cherry, apple and orange flavors. Yeast adds a biscuit quality. Finishes very dry and tart.

M: Medium body feels sticky. Carbonation is a touch low and leaves the beer with a slight watery character.

D: This was on sale and I couldn't pass up the super cool stone bottle. I'm very glad I grabbed this. Perhaps too pricey to buy more than once a year, but well worth the investment.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 17:17:01 | More by Rayek
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 11:58:49 | More by Mebuzzard
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spike882

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 23:07:30 | More by spike882
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nephilae

California

2.38/5  rDev -38.7%
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....

Serving type: growler

09-29-2008 04:21:22 | More by nephilae
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 16 ounce bottle into a tupip glass. This pours a beutiful dark color with hints of red. A big fluffy head forms, then fades quickly leaving little streaks of lace. When I held it up to a light there are lettle yeasty floaters. The nose is of a sweet brown sugary alchohol. The first sip is sweet and the finish is of a lingering complew alchohol. The beer is medium bodied with light carbonation. The beer is an enjoyable sipper. A damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 01:31:27 | More by bonkers
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midaszero

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 21:36:19 | More by midaszero
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 03:43:16 | More by Gueuzedude
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown, somewhat hazy, with light tan head that retains well.

Nose has raisins, pipe tobacco, and steel/metallic elements.

Palate has an off-caramel taste, mineral-y flavors, good carbonation, smooth body, and raisins on the finish.

There's also a musty cave flavor that is hard to describe. Very pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 05:34:50 | More by yemenmocha
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Overlord

California

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the Silvers for the brew.

Pours a dark reddish brown. Basically, no head. Just a thin white film and a bit of bubbling on the edges. Interesting.

Smells of rum soaked, dark fruits and a bit of chocolate. I had to go double check what beer type this is, as I was for some reason expecting a Belgian Dark, and this clearly was not that.

Very pleasant tasting. Not overwhelmingly quaffable/drinkable, but a good dark fruit background, some chocolate, and a bit of roasted maltiness.

A solid beer, if a bit thin on the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 07:02:06 | More by Overlord
St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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