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St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

189 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | 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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3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Clear, brownish garnet, decent head

SMELL: Sweet, cotton candy, booze-soaked raisins, caramel, slightly bready, ripe fruit, grape confections

TASTE: Sublimely smooth, creamy, medium body; sweet, candied fruit, grape skin, dried grass, meek hopping, sage, yeast, estery alcohol, walnuts; dry, cracker-like finish

Ceramic flip-top bottles? That is some old-school packing. All in all, we are pretty happy with this brew, clearly a benchmark for the style. Happy as well to see this brand come around again to the US, bringing back memories of some of our initial explorations into Belgian beer.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

WDJersey, Nov 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Chiefmanynames, Oct 31, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

drunkheathen, Aug 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

SGToliver, Aug 23, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a tan head that has a fine texture and long retention.

Cherry and lime lifesavers (I know how crazy that sounds), sweet malt, brown bread, raisins, cinnamon, tangerine.

Brown bread and raisins repeat on the palate with earthy notes and dates.

Medium bodied, but has a relatively light mouthfeel in relation to the nose and appearance.

Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Libationguy, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

AngusOg, Aug 08, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My oh my what a lovely dark Belgian ale! I poured this into a goblet and noticed the large frothy head and dark color. Nutty flavor very refreshing! I need to try the other St. Sebastiaan brews next! The ale was VERY strong but did not feel like alcohol at first and quite refreshing trappiste style beer.

ScottJ, Aug 02, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a darkish brown (not close to black) with solid one finger head and lace ring. A mix of yeast and roasted sweet malts, like some caramel and bitter chocolate or coffee mixed with bread and char/roasted malts. Medium bodied with a solid malt base that is sturdy and bready, the beer has a dryness to it not typical in most dubbels. Still, easy to drink and creamy, almost chewey, with a nutty toffeesque sweetness along with touches of dark chocoolate. Yeast adds balance and there is a bit of sharp carbonation; citric hops and dark fruit/raisins/figs taste sensation barely noticeable as mostly muted compared to the sweet and roast malt. Overall, a good beer but just not my preference for this style, hence, my "low" rating.

clayrock81, Jul 08, 2013
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St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.