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St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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87
very good

195 Ratings
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88
very good

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 18
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000

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Ratings: 195 | Reviews: 126
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of jizdepski
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

served in a goblet, bottle was non chilled, served around 60 degrees. murky brown with hints of reddish mahongany. whitish tan head...a little sticky. has clove spice on the nose, also something that reminds me of green bananas. notes of chocolate and raisin in there. tastes like clove up front, with the raisiny fruit taste, also some faint chocolate, and black cherries. spicy and sweet, not bitter at all. mentholy finish (alcohol and clove). full bodied but not assertive; has a very full mouthfeel without being overly carbonated. lays down quite smooth. drinkability very good for the style. worth a go.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of xodin
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full, crisp, and dark mahogany body, and plenty of head. Love the presentation in the ceramic bottle. Pleasant, but subtle aroma. Above average taste, smooth from front to back, fruit flavors and hops come out more the longer the taste buds are exposed, some hints of spice linger after swallowing. Silky, yet foamy throughout the mouth, very enjoyable to savor each drink for an extended period.

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of jhtipton
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost threw my back out picking up the 500ml bottle. I do love the presentation! I will probably recycle the heavy ceramic bottle for my next homebrew. Appearance is a nice dark brown with some decent lacing. A rich brownish head. Smell is sweet with some hints of yeast, malt, and bananas,and raisin coke. Taste is like honey raisins and brown bread, Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is great but since 500ml is twice the price of chimay blue, it's hard to keep picking it up, unless, of course, I need more bottles for recycling!

Photo of 4000qtrap
2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Source/Serving: 16oz. bottle, rather old looking but in an opaque ceramic bottle.

Smell: Red grape and raisin cola, caramel darkly toasted nuts, a little smoke and roast,

Taste: Lightly sweet up front, smooth and simple dark malts that go down easy. Light roastiness and smoke mixed with cola (and it even feels fizzy) in the middle. Just the slightest hint at any fruit. The finish has an earthy roastiness to it.... Almost coffee but not quite. Maybe coffee cola. Finish sweetens as it lingers.

Notes: Overall very average. Not very complex and, personally, not fruity enough for me though the smoke/roast is somewhat interesting.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2001 Caged and corked bottle.

A: Reddish color. With minimal cola colored head.

S: Awesome. Totally musty. Nutty and a little bit of spicy.

T: Almost like cola. I have had a few well aged Belgians and they all sort of take on this character after enough years. Faded malt. Maple syrup. Little dark fruit and a touch of taxed yeast.

M: Great mouthfeel. Well carbonated despite the age.

D: Easy drinking. Had the feeling of an aged beer and that is always ok for me. Dubbels continue to surprise me with how well they age.

Photo of drseamus
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001 bottle provided by aerozeppl and avryle.

A: Chestnut body with almost no head. Looks as expected for a 9 year old beer. Amazingly, there is visible carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel and maple syrup. Good pungent aroma.

T: Good god. This held up like a champ. Nice caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Very good balance.

M: Smooth as silk. For only 6.9% ABV it held up like a champ.

D: Phenomonal.

Photo of irisier
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 16 fl oz brown flip top bottle.

Appearance: Reddish brown with even tan head.

Smell: Sweet and somewhat fruity. apples and maybe raisins. A bit of bready flavors as well as some dark maltiness.

Taste: Malty and somewhat bready. Faint candy type flavors like butterscotch or tofee. Roasty but without astringency. Still somewhat bitter and a little earthy. Maybe a bit nutty at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Impressions: Pretty good. Toasty and sweet with a unique aroma and taste. This would be a good beer for those inexperienced with Belgian beers. Love the earthiness.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of adamette
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Photo of Spineypanda
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Photo of farrago
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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!

Photo of Stonepot
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Photo of bskrtz
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Photo of sjclay00
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of K7M
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of dmamiano
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.