St. Sebastiaan Dark - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 19
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-30-2000

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.46/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a: dark brown, thick and appears chocoately, decent head, lots of lacing. looks good.
s: toasted malts dominate with some caramel
t: strong malts with hints of caramel, but a full flavor never materializes here
m: medium carbonation, surprisingly light to medium body, this was just a lot thinner than expected for a belgian even if a dubbel
d: a disappointment. looks like more money went into the presentation (ceramic bottle) than the beer. too bad.

Photo of janubio
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 cl ceramic bottle. Dark brown colour aond no head at all. At first I thought it was going to be bad from travel, but no. Delicious aroma of pears, peaches, dark fruits and chocolate. How can this be made according to the German purity law? Sweet silky flavor, but a lighter body than expected. Taste of fruits, again peaches, port wine, spices, and chocolate. It's great, the only weakness is the shy body.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark brown with a thick persistent head. It exhibited excellent lacing when I swirled the glass. The aroma is mostly sour with some malt undertones. The taste is quite malty with some hints of sourness and perhaps chocolate. The mouthfeel is full but shy of chewy. This is an interesting and complex brew that works well.

Photo of revdrjbob
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recieved this fantastic looking beer from my malt supplier as a Christmas present, thanks Dave! I came in a wooden box with a tulip glass, looked nice, again Teaser said I had enough beer glasses. The funny thing about the packaging is that it says this beer - a Belgian Dubbel - is brewed according to the German purity law... That's a tad odd, for a Belgian beer. Don't Belgian brewers use sugars and candy to get awesome flavours and rich aromatics and colour?

Poured into it's own tulip glass this Belgian dubbel showed a dark brown with amber hues and a thick off white head that dissipated quickly. It left saopy bubbles and a small amount of lace.

Aroma of biscuits, maltyness and a slight yeastyness. Little to no hops, a touch of chocolate, caramel and that richness you get from dark fruits and toffee. Sadly no phenolics, no spiceyness.

Tasted nice, if a bit bland for a Dubbel. Rich and malty, a slight bitterness and a hint of chocolate, but nothing like other Dubbels I've had. A bit of a shame too, nice packaging. Maybe the German influence is to blame.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to pour this into a goblet to open it up. Once poured the head disapated almost intently, leaving a small 1/8 inch layer of beautiful head. The beer is a dark rubyish color, or as I call it, mahogany. The aroma from the glass is of toffee and caramel. The flavor of this Dubbel is strong at first, and then it mellows into its greatness. There is a very light amount of lacing with this beer as well. This Dubble is really nice especially when comparing it to several others that I have tried. After a few sips, my mouth feels clean, as if I had just drank water...this is not a bad thing, as the flavor of the beer is still lingering.

I recommend this to anyone looking to step out of the norm...this is a good way to get a Newkie Brown drinker to try new things!!!

Photo of Byeast
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown/ brick color , with a tan , creamy head that left a sticky lace. The aroma is earthy , some spice , tinge of dark fruit , bit of metallic aroma. The taste is fairly complex , with a lively carbonation. Chewy , sweet , caramel maltiness at first , then some dark fruit , tinge of steely crystal malt , some earthy spice , and maybe a small bit of bitter hops to balance. The mouthfeel is a bit chewy and creamy from the carbonation. Definatly a drinkable dubbel. Imo, this one is on the earthier side.

Photo of fido
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 500 ml ceramic bottle.

It pours a cloudy dark brown color with nice foamy head, excellent lace; Smell is of roasted malt, coffee and alcohol; Taste is of malt and some spice; Mouthfeel is dry, good amount of carbonation, Medium body; Very drinkable.

Belgian Dubbel Recommended.

Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured it was very dark brown in color with a fair amount of medium tan foam and a fair amout of lace on the side of the glass.
The taste of toasty toffee with a caramel nose with layers of soft malts and hops. A big beer without being overly heavy. Extremely well-balanced.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Don't you hate it when you have to start your review with, "I hope I got a bad bottle"?

I was going to not review the beer, but then I decided that it wouldn't be fair to the other breweries for me to not review it.

I was really excited to open this unique bottle, but it opened with a nonexciting 'pfft.'

I poured it into a widemouth glass. It poured like iced tea. No carbonation whatsoever. Completely different than the other reviews.

The smell is fantastic, sweet, yummy alcohol, caramel, toffee and all that stuff. The taste is great, too. But no bubbles at all. My toungue is not happy.

Again, I hope I got a bad bottle. Luckily the taste is good enough to warrant drinking the whole thing!

Photo of sinistermadman
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Jredner
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown relatively clear body with a nice light tan head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Caramel, berries and rum-soaked raisins, some balsa wood and a touch of tobacco

Taste: Starts out with a slightly sweet, woody caramel flavor with berries and raisin flavors building; nice dry, earthy 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

Photo of Zorro
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of tesguino
2.15/5  rDev -44.4%
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

Photo of TastyTaste
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Suds
3.56/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of CBFanWish
4.87/5  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.

St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.