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St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

193 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of sinistermadman
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No freshness date on bottle. Pours a dark, murky burgandy while yielding a negligible head. Actually I couldn't evince a head even with a vigorous pour. Almost resemles iced tea. Oh well. Aroma is of subtle fruit with some interesting organic notes which i can't make out.

This brew has a very slick and wet presence on the palate. Almost zero carbonation. Very subdued taste notes with toasty nutty nuances. All I can say is wtf. I was expecting more. I think I may have gotten a bad one, but for the price I paid I don't think this one will be getting a second shot. Others are reporting foamy heads and I got nothing.

sinistermadman, May 13, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a mysterious gloomy red grape with a grayish yellow head that left some spots of lace.

Smells of dry ashy chocolate with wisps of dark fruits and faint hints of alcohol.

The taste starts an oaky dry and then picks up a faint smoky molasses and then returns to the oak, taking on a dry doughy yeast and a slight aromatic cedar.

The mouth feel is light, dry and very clean with a sparse tiny carbonation.

This beer is so faint, I think that it would be best saved to be paired with a meal so that the flavors of the meal could take prominence over this brew’s mild and timid nature.

DarkerTheBetter, May 06, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby colored with a nice frothy tan head. Dried fruit and malt sweetness as well as alcohol in the aroma. Flavor profile included dried cherries and prunes, malt and too little spice to provide any oomph to the melange of sweet malt and fruit. Decent, but not something I’d look for again.

Jredner, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Billolick, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a whole bunch of carbonation (contrary to the Grand Reserve that I tried from this same brewery). There are so many bubbles rising that it is going to be a while before I am going to know if it is clear or not. There is an inch head of pillowy tan foam that is being held up by a whole bunch of bubbles rising. Over 5 minutes later, the beer still has a huge head that is well over a half-inch high. There is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: There is a sweet grainy aroma that is the biggest player behind the foam. There is a bit of roast apparent as well as a bit of a dry note that smells like it may be the beginnings of the onset of oxidation. There is a rich dark toffee like aroma in there as you get deep into it, and the beer warms a touch.

Taste: Rich caramel sweetness hits your palate at first, but then the carbonation starts to do its thing. The graininess is apparent, but the beer is pretty well attenuated and slightly dry along with the carbonation and roast...so it ends up being pretty dry on the palate in the long run. The alcohol is minimal, and is barely noticeable. The beer is still balanced toward the sweet even though it is so dry. There is a bit of a residual molasses-like syrup left on the back of the throat that comes out as the carbonation settles, and as the beer warms a bit. I got into a phone conversation that lasted longer than I expected, so I am coming back to this beer pretty warm. It really benefits from warming up a bit and breathing. The body is not quite as light as I initially thought. The beer gets a bit more spicy as you drink it warmer.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer. I like how the flavor profile has changed as it warms, and it is turning out very refreshing and flavorful. There may be a hint of oxidation here, but it only adds complexity as the flavors come out of the warmer beer. I would definitely drink this one again.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep reddish-amber with a modest tan head, excellent thick broken lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Dark fruit aroma with clove notes, and a slight earthiness, toasted malt, and nuts.

Taste: Opens with a spicy clove note, soon afterward dark fruit notes, and a solid, slightly toasty dark malt backbone asset themselves. Toward the close of the taste a subtle hop bitterness appears. Finishes dry with a slight, lingering, earthy, spice note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and very full.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasing, in all. I have been told by my local distributor's delivery person that the Sterkens beers in crocks are often flat. This example was most certainly not flat, the carbonation levels were appropriate. In all, a pleasing example, and the crock is an elegent souvenir.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen-ounce earthenware crock, served in a Belgian chalice.

Pegasus, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

brentk56, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Zorro, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of tesguino
2.15/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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

tesguino, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

TastyTaste, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Suds, May 22, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Sammy, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Dogbrick, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

jdhilt, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of paterlodie
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

paterlodie, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

CBFanWish, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerResearcher, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of PorterLambic
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

PorterLambic, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Gusler, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

tavernjef, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of travolta
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

travolta, May 08, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Tballz420, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

WesWes, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of BeerAngel
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

BeerAngel, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

SeanChouffe, Jan 24, 2004
St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.