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St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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St. Sebastiaan DarkSt. Sebastiaan Dark

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very good

187 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website

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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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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
Photo of Zorro


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
Photo of tesguino


2.15/5  rDev -44.6%

a classsic belgian beer with an accent of alcohol, recommended like a appetizer and with snacks, no more, serving in a pilsner glass, high in carbonation, high in hops and malt taste and aroma, appearance is deep brown, good for me, smell like a extreme beer, mouthfeel is not impressed, drinkability awful, not recommended

10-12-2005 16:11:01 | More by tesguino
Photo of TastyTaste


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

750 mL bottle, cork, caged, and primed to explode on opening. Dark maroon color, little bits of carbonation, clear body. Head is very ragged from the beginnning, it came up a lot on the pour, due to the explosivity. Lots of diacetyl in the nose, dark fruits, and carmel. Taste is dark yet sharp and well hopped. The belgian funk is noticeable and welcomed. Acidity is pretty high, this may be an old sample, but the bottle has an unitelligable batch code on it. Pretty good, although a fresh sample might be better.

06-21-2005 20:29:39 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Suds


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

I like the ceramic bottle. I guess that I’m a sucker for interesting packaging. This beer is an earthy brown color, fairly clear, and has a soapy white head. Fisheye bubbles and moderate lace are notable in the foam. The smell is sort of subdued for a Belgian dubbel, with just a bit of yeast, sugar, and malt present. It’s alright, but I would have appreciated a more pronounced and complex aroma. The taste makes up a little ground…peppery, a bit of alcohol, malt in the front, yeast, and brown sugar. Fairly light bodied for a dubbel, but it’s very drinkable, and worth a try. It’s not worth the price, however, to have another one.

05-22-2005 18:36:00 | More by Suds
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of Dogbrick


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

11-10-2004 18:26:09 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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
Photo of paterlodie


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

First I noticed in the smell that it would be sweet. Some hops were there but overal malty. Tasting it afterwards it was malty & sweet. The more I drank the sweeter it got and after a promissing start at the end it turned out to be quiet disappointing for a Belgium Dubbel.

09-21-2004 09:37:52 | More by paterlodie
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

4.88/5  rDev +25.8%

There is something specail in every bottle of St. Sebastiaan Dark. It's a beer that makes itself known as a quality beer that goes above and beyond what our normal expectations of a beer should be.
Caramel colour with a fizzy head. Malty with a ton of fruity flavours ranging from banana to apple. Fantastic.

08-27-2004 17:29:38 | More by CBFanWish
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Unique 16oz porcelain-style jug with flip top lid. No freshness date.
It pours a dark orange-hued teak with a slow fading beige head.
The sweet malt aroma is tinged with earthy and woody smells. An aroma reminiscent of pear brandy rises up. Just a hint of chocolate is noticed.
The substantial malt body contains tastes of honey, milk chocolate and a mild taste of prunes.
A mellow taste of sweet lemons and a faint metallic tang break free from the nearly syrupy sweetness and establish a path of their own.
A light taste of herbs and breath of alcohol round things out.
This is a brew that balances and improves throughout.

08-05-2004 00:06:54 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of PorterLambic


3.4/5  rDev -12.4%

Served from the 500ml flip-top crock. Love the bottle.
Poured a dark, honey brown with a 1" cream colored head with very fine bubbles. Head stayed all the way to the bottom of the glass like a Guinness.
Smell was sweetly sour and lightly fruity.
Taste was malty with a hint of cherry in the aftertaste. Smooth, effervescent on the tip of the tongue, but a little thin in body.
Overall, decent from a flavor and looks perspective but in the end it left me wanting more, and with so many wonderful Belgians out there, I doubt I'll be visiting this particular brew again.

07-20-2004 03:45:55 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Gusler


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
Photo of tavernjef


3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

06-25-2004 00:33:07 | More by tavernjef
Photo of travolta


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

Apperance: Cranberry red up to the light. The lacing is very nice. Very defined rings grasp my glass. The head is tan with a foamy texture. It has nice retention.

Nose: Sweet raisins, malt. Very nice, but mild aroma. Carmel. Crackers.

Taste: Sweet at first, the texture is thin at first but builds a syrupy character. There is a certain aftertaste I cannot pinpoint. It lingers. There is a certain viscocity I get in my mouth after I drink orangejuice, I get it a bit with this brew as well.

Notes: The bottle is very interesting. I was excited to drink this based on the bottle alone. I was not let down, I highly recommend this beer.

05-08-2004 03:45:37 | More by travolta
Photo of Tballz420


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

This brew is a murky brown color, with a excellent tan head. The scent is malty, with some fruits and possibly a little alcohol spice. The taste has a nice chewy malt backbone, with hops and dark fruits intermingling. Nice mouthfeel. Not a bad beer at all.

04-27-2004 19:23:54 | More by Tballz420
Photo of WesWes

New York

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
Photo of BeerAngel


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a dark clear brownish mahogany color with a 1 finger white head that shrinks quickly down to a long lasting layer. The smell is delicious with a musty fruit and yeast smell. Musty fruit, I say...I Iike it! The taste is again a musty taste providing the background to a light sweet raison, yeast, faint hops, and a barely noticeable alcohol. It is light bodied with an almost watery feel but very tasty despite this and makes it go down too easy. Op uw gezonheid!

03-12-2004 04:56:11 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

2.58/5  rDev -33.5%

Pours a deep transparent ruby read with a full, rocky, tan head. Light on the carbonation. The aroma is bitter, spicy and of over-ripe fruit. The taste is somewhat one-dimensional, with a slightly sweet start and a lasting bitter finish. The mouthfeel is watery with some effervescence and a lasting bite. A pleasant warming feeling as it goes down.

01-24-2004 00:17:01 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of Crosling


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

Very hard to pour especially into a short chalice. Head was rather non-existant even after a fast and very aware pour. More bubbles than anything with a modest sized ring around that glass that laced up well for what it had to work with. Color was burguny with rubyish-yellowish-pinkish highlights. Nice color on this one.

Definately cherries in the aroma but I really had to smell deep to conjure up anything else. Once you get those cherries it is very pleasing.

Tastes pretty good especially on the mid-palte. Unique is the word I would use to describes its flavor. Fruity and well hopped. Lots of cherries, raisins, dates, some clove on the mid-palate with a well balanced smooth character. Tastes great!

01-12-2004 21:56:08 | More by Crosling
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

The beer poured a deep amber brown but hazy with a small head. No particulates or yeast in the beer, but it is very hazy. The aroma is fruit (apricot and apple), and caramel. The flavor is fruity (again apricot and apple) with caramel. The flavor dries into the finish and is slightly toasty caramel. The body is medium.

12 ounce bottle that came from a 3-pack.

{Hard to believe it is above 6% ABV due to the fact it came from a beer store in TN and beers above 6% ABV cannot be sold in a beer store in TN.}

12-20-2003 01:36:54 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Head is big, dense, yellowy-cream-colored, uneven. Nice. Beer is red/brown and a little hazy. There's a nice, sweet, toffee, bready, yeasty smell. Wow. Nice toffee leads to a deep, deep malt, some chocolate and a little fruit. Very creamy. Finishes bready with some alcohol and fruit. Great. This is a great, creamy, not-too-sweet beer.

11-21-2003 01:47:46 | More by kbub6f
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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Bronze hue with tawny-reddish highlights, appealing visually, unfortunately the bubbly off-white head didn’t comply, it faded quickly from the zenith of a finger. Disorganized head remnants tried to cap the beer, it did not. Sparse lacing. The nose was pleasant and typical of a Belgium Dubbel. Soft toasty malts with good amounts of bread, yeast too, the fruitiness is secondary, apples and raisins, distant earthy-spiciness. I prefer more potency but it was still inviting. I found the palate to be exceedingly dry, which I really enjoyed. This is not the most challenging Dubbel I’ve run across. By know means is this simple tasting, stark crystal malts upfront, cleaner than need be, in the middle there is a mildly toothy alcohol bite mixed with a subtle hops spiciness, followed quickly by a note of fruitiness. The finish is lightly peppery, malty but clean and slick. The carbonation is almost completely absent, which is nice, medium body. Respectable mouthfeel. I think this is too easy to drink. I want to have to sip my “good beers.” I forked out $9.00 for a 16-ounce ceramic jug here in Omaha. It is far too costly to drink again; especially considering it was not that outstanding… a solid offering.

11-18-2003 22:26:37 | More by bditty187
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3.1/5  rDev -20.1%

This poured a nice deep dark color with a nice sized head that left nice sized lacing. The smell was of a sweetness almost similar to a berry drink. Flavor lacked complexity that a Belgian should have. Too sweet and not enough hops or spice. Finishes a little wetter than most Belgians, which isn't always bad. Decent tasting but not much more and not worth the $7.99 for 16 oz.

10-28-2003 00:50:29 | More by granger10
Photo of RoyalT


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance – Dark and hazy body covered by a good head that laced the glass.

Smell – The toasty malt aroma carries the show here. I can pick up a little apricot and sugar, but mostly it’s the toasted scent.

Taste – The dark malt comes out in the flavor big time. It’s a little less refined and complex than I’d prefer, but good nevertheless. The sweetness is bigger than in the nose. The apricot taste is there again along with the brown sugar. The aftertaste is so sugary it’s almost palatable.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is a little lighter than I expected, but it was a good, medium-bodied Abbey Trippel. I couldn’t pick up any alcohol sensations.

Drinkability – This went down fairly well. The aftertaste though was a little dry, so I’m thinking maybe more hops than needed for the style? Overall, a good ale, but at 7.99 for a 16 oz bottle it's a stretch.

09-20-2003 00:25:46 | More by RoyalT
St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.