St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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St. Sebastiaan DarkSt. Sebastiaan Dark

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BA SCORE
87
very good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 17
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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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head, which reduced down to a medium film and collar with excellent sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was strong of a musty Belgian yeast and a toasted grain malt with notes of toffee, dark fruit (dates and figs) and a mild medicinal odor.

The taste was a tad sweet with a nice malty feel, a hint of toffee and a slight chocolate presence from the start, becoming ever so lightly bitter with a good sweet yeast taste and a note of dark fruit and a slight medicinal flavor right at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a dry, bitter and slightly fruity taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was a decent enough Dubbel, which was rich and creamy and had a nice bold yeasty taste. Although I did think it was a bit over carbonated, it did still possess a smooth and satisfying drinkability...

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Photo of Kam
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint ceramic bottle into a tulip glass, best before 08/29/2016. This pours a dark brown almost black with a massive tan head which dissapates in a few minutes to a thin film. The smell is mostly malty, dark fruits, coco. The feel is mediumish high carbonination. The taste is okay, lighter than expected, you get some brown sugar, plum, coco, light malts.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Lexiconical
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.