St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a deep murky red amber with a fast dissipating off white head. Aroma of malt and cola, nice. Taste is light toasty malt, fruits and cola, abruptly finishing to nothing. Light to medium bodied. Very subdued and uninteresting. Not unpleasant, but boring.
07-31-2012 19:00:12 | More by LiquidAmber
3.18/5 rDev -18%
Fantastic heavy ceramic bottle. Dark cola-like head with large abundant bubbles. Head faded fast. A lot of carbonation rolls around the mouth. Needs to warm up a bit. Tastes sweet and is more complex than other dubbels I have had. I did not pick up on bubble gum notes as I have in other dubbels, which was nice. It was a good dubbel, but dubels are not my thing.
06-06-2012 17:50:54 | More by XicanoBeerRun
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.
Look - dark brown/black with about two and a half fingers' worth of frothy khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.
Smell - pretty malty-smelling, as the type would suggest. But it also seems like there's something like a caramel syrup, which of course can't be the case with the purity law and all.
Taste - malty indeed, but it has a different taste than I was expecting. It tastes more like a dark or roasted German Pilsner. Interesting choice of barleys. Not much of an aftertaste except for the grains.
Mouthfeel - very well-balanced, pretty close to perfectly between the watery and/or creamy sides.
Overall - not a bad brew at all! Very interesting to taste, and given the purity law, pretty amazing in the quality and complexity involved.
04-17-2012 03:38:28 | More by Nerudamann
4.5/5 rDev +16%
There may not be much variety in the taste, but this is one of the most friendly dark beers you'll find. Goes extremely well with food. Comforting, nutty flavor, pleasant smell, great mouthfeel, and pleasant appearance. Well worth the world class rating it gets from the bros. If you drink this while not eating YMMV.
02-26-2012 15:04:43 | More by Lexiconical
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours dark brown with cinnamon in the glass from the light. A good sized tan head dissipates quickly to leave some lacing and a nice cap that stays throughout the whole drink.
Smells of molasses, thick, dark, dense, with a hint of dark fruits.
Tastes of roasted malt, and a hint of bitter chocolate.
A smooth beer, well carbonated to make it's medium body feel light.
I was a little disappointed in the flavor, almost one note. All the other aspects of the beer were better done.
02-26-2012 08:41:21 | More by Drinkerofales
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
16 oz bottle served into a duvel tulip
best by date of 01.07.2016
pours a lurking dark brown color with a modest foamy head that leaves behind a nice lacing
heavy dark fruits, heavy toasted malts, oak aged smell, and some brown sugar in the smell. could pass as a quad
follows the nose, but was surprised to find a hint of citrus in there as well
mouthfeel as pretty light considering the style
01-29-2012 04:32:00 | More by ikantspel
4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
First off, the bottle is very cool. I won't base my review of the appearance including the bottle...but it will be a keeper.
A: The beer has a very nice brown color. It's hard to describe, but it has a sort of "soft brown" appearance as it's poured. In the glass it appears very dark brown, with lighter shades at the bottom. The head is perfect. It's a light shade of tan, with lots of creamy foam that sticks to the side of the glass.
S: It smells wonderful. There's a sweet candy-like scent to the beer, like vanilla and strawberry taffy. I get the strong smell of figs, instantly. It has a distinctly Belgian scent...completely unmistakable.
T: It has a very light fruit taste to it, like raisins and even some plum. The malt character is very light, but just enough sweetness.
M: It has a nice pleasant mouthfeel. The body is light, hinting at medium. Nicely carbonated.
O: Overall I think this is a really nice beer. It has a very light character. I would drink it again and would recommend it. It would go well with a number of dishes, such as a lightly seasoned steak or a light dessert desert.
01-28-2012 02:45:33 | More by teromous
3.88/5 rDev 0%
Fills a St. Bernardus challis clear, dark copper with garnet highlights and a creamy champagne head of about one inch that slowly settles, never fully dissipating. Puts up a film with each sip but no lacing.
This has a sweet/tart cherry and cranberry aroma with fresh fig and dates. Subtle green apples linger in the background.
Flavors are all rather subtle and pleasant; however, I am accustomed to bolder dubbels. Tartness follows cranberry flavors. Applesauce comes out with warmth. This one would easily rate higher were it not for the style guidelines.
Softly carbonated with a silky texture. Medium body, this one is fairly dry.
St. Sebastiaan is very approachable as a good, relaxing beer. It would also work well with mild foods.
01-22-2012 22:38:09 | More by SLeffler27
St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.