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

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!

Crosling, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.}

GCBrewingCo, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kbub6f, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bditty187, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

granger10, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RoyalT, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this in a neighborhood Moscow grocery store. It came in a lovely grayish-red ceramic 16 ounce bottle with both a bottle cap and a resealable flip-top. It poured a wonderful clear orange-brown color under a tannish-beige head that was both firm and long lasting. Mine gave beautiful lace rings all the way down. The nose was big and malty - announced its presence with authority. The mouth was a touch on the heavy side and not too tingly, although a bit more than I expected. The initial taste is very complex: caramel, citrus, grains. The finish is a tad too sour, with the lurking presence of alcohol somewhere deep down inside. Buried even more deeply were the hops - they are there, but you sure have to look for them. Hops do come out in the sweetish-sour aftertaste, leaving a mish-mash that I did not actually find all that appealling. This brew was a tad too sour, not bitter enough, for my taste. Still, definitely a quality brew.

Globetrotter, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice malty full flavored aroma. A welcome break from the poor quality bees I have rated recently. It poured a huge head of light brown small bubbles. When it receded, it left little or no lacing. It has a cloudy dark brown body. It's flavor is different. It was smooth and no after bite or remarkable fore taste. All in all, it was a good brew to watch the war news on. The bottle is a nice brown ceramic flip top container.

TheDM, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: brown sudsy, opaque, but without floaties. Above average lacing.

Aroma: Cola, earth, a type of woody aroma that I am not used to tasting.

Taste: There is not intensity or raison d'etre here. This is simply a volcanic earthy brew without hops.

Mouthfeel: round, twangy and a tad rough.

Drinkability: This is about as exciting as watching paint dry.

Naerhu, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a ruby-brown color with a thick, chunky tan head. The aroma is fruity, with some medicinal characteristics. The flavor is sweet at the beginning, it then flows to a fruity medicinal flavor. This beer finishes off dry, and somewhat bitter; a bit astringent too. It is medium-full in body, not to bad on the ease of drinking. This one was better than I expected.

BeerBuilder, May 01, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml Corked bottle:

WOW! Highly carbonated - Cracked the plastic on my kitchen light when the cork came off! Scared the crap out of the dogs too - they disappeared and are hiding in the bedroom!

Started pouring and the nose was so prevalent that I can smell it immediately from 2 feet away. It pours a beautiful caramel color with a fantastic thick and lively head that is lasting for a very long time. It creeps down the glass faster than it does in the center leaving a flat topped peak behind. This eventually falls to about a 1/2 inch stable head. The beer is moderately effervescent and slowly bubbles like champagne.

The nose is spicy laced with hops and trailed with fine beautiful malt that reminds me of cranberries. The taste is smooth malt with bitter hops and a nice bit of spice to follow and erupts with a pleasant and enjoyable alcohol warmth in the gut. (I just gave blood so this should hit my head pretty damn hard) the flavors are complex and so well balanced I think I have found a new favorite in my Belgian ales. The mouthfeel is soft and pillowy. The after taste fades to sweet malt that is just the bomb.

I absolutely love this beer.

AtrumAnimus, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of inebrius
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A creamy alpine cap clings heartily above a hazy burnt umber. Aroma is implicative of an Autumn hike in the Northwoods while eating a caramel coated Red Delicious. Bring this to your lips and be strafed by a dozen flavors bouncing around your oral cavity like little rubber meatballs. Honey sweet...no...potting soil...wait...leafy greens, aluminum foil, walnuts, Listerine, capers, stop.

A quality Pils like finish makes this bubbly brew quite memorable. If you like your Dubbels more earthy and less sweet, give this one a try.

inebrius, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cherry wood/ruby in color with a very thin, lacy, off-white head. The aroma is yeasty and bready, with some light sour notes. Flavor starts off smooth and sweet, dominated by a rich but unoppressive maltiness. It soon develops a bready character, with perhaps a light spicy cinnamon note. Diacteyl, butterscotch character is also apparent mid-palate, but not at all out of place. Finishes with a restrained hop bitterness and a lightly chocolatey, nutty aftertaste. Medium-full body. Really a terrific beer -- very complex but eminently drinkable.

mzwolinski, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 07, 2003
Photo of ADR
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, hazy cinnamon brown with a big dark tan head that laces intensely. Cotton candy aromas with some pear smells. Very malty tastes, spicy pumpkin, some fruit, and a nice smooth mouthfeel. No sense of overt hops to my tongue, the beer finishes smoothly with some ester sense and a touch of acidity on the back of the mouth. Nice beer, could be a little more complex, but I tend to like the entire Sterkens line. Like other St. Sebastiaans, a cool swing top crock, this one is dark brown.

ADR, Dec 08, 2002
Photo of QXSTER1
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool ceramic bottle with a resealable cap hides a hazy, ruby brown ale that pours a tan, rocky head that holds well. Nose is of plums, raisins and alcohol. Taste reminded me of plum wine initially and went to some dark fruit spiciness. Hops balance the brew but are not in the forefront, providing a dryish finish but not contributing any flavor other than an astringency. Very nice dubbel with typical Belgian yeastiness complexities.

QXSTER1, Nov 10, 2002
Photo of Wildman
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a nice very light tan bubbly head that subsided quickly and left some lace. The aroma was of malt and fruit, very sweet. The flavor was of malt, fruit and some spice. The body was a medium and the finish had elements of both the fruit and the spice. The alcohol was detectable, but not distracting.

Wildman, Aug 23, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Jason, Dec 30, 2000
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St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.