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Repent - DuClaw Brewing Company

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.82%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hefe on 09-02-2005)
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

sendbeer, May 21, 2013
Photo of mattsdenney
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A gift from my sis-in-law living in DC. Poured from a bomber into goblet glass.

Thick, dark, and cloudy. Plum colored, with very little head. From the looks of this thing it's going to be very lightly carbonated, almost looks cask conditioned. Smells like strong, sticky, sweet figs and raisins. Heavy scents of dark caramel, cider, and that great Belgian yeast essence. Just smells like a strong, heavy beer. First sip, the flavors mirror the nose very closely. The sweetness masks the alcohol well but could be too sweet for some. Dried fruits, sweet caramel, grape juice, The typical Belgian flavor is there and there is little to no hop bitterness whatsoever. I enjoy the flavor but the sweetness is slightly off-putting. Going to let this warm up a while and see what happens. Mouthfeel isn't quite as heavy as expected. Very little carbonation, medium body, very slick and almost lightly syrupy. Overall a good beer that I've enjoyed so far. Look forward to trying more.

mattsdenney, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

oriolesfan4, Apr 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Jspriest, Mar 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

yourefragile, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

bmur112, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Looked to be clear orange amber at first. Got hazier by the end of the bottle (or maybe I got hazier). Not much in the way of head or lacing but this is to be expected with 14% abv.

Smell is caramel malts and sweet dark fruit (raisins and plums). You can tell even from the aroma that there was going to be a potent alcohol content here.

Taste is sweet, the dark fruit is the dominant flavor but the sweet malts are present as well. maybe some candi sugar. No Belgian yeast or spicing were noticed here.

Mouthfeel is rich and the alcohol presence is pretty close to being over the top but not quite. I have had this bottle for almost a year, so there is a little age/mellowing going on too.

Overall a pretty decent winter slow sipper. I shared the bottle and highly recommend doing that. This is a bit much for one person!!!

JayQue, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at one of our random Sunday tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, subtle tart, candied sugar, and grape. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, wood, molasses, and grape. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There was a ton of things going on in this brew. I went in to smell this one and was blown away by the amount of complexity going on. The same was true for the flavor as well. I really enjoyed what I found here as it was both sweet and fruity. A well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having again anytime.

thagr81us, Jan 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jburchett, Dec 23, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
14% ABV, no date.

Chaney strikes again! Thanks dood!

Pent and Repent were on a boat. Pent fell out, who was left?

A - Repent is a ruby-hued cloudy rust-colored beer that pours topped by a Guinness-like creamy light khaki foam. Dots of lace stick to the glass and dam up the alcohol legs which slowly dribble down the tulip's sides.

S - Dry, chalky dirt, cocoa, and burnt dark candi sugar push through the dark fruitiness that's contained in this beer of which a swirl exponentially increases. Alcohol-soaked raisin, red grape, and plum greet the nostrils with a sweet backing of caramel malt and warming, spicy alcohol. Spicy hops are all but lost in the fray.

T - Immensely sweet, dark candi sugar emanates from every aspect of this beer, tethered to caramel and pilsner malt with nary an layer of balance. Notes of lightly roasted malt and spicy, thinning alcohol's involvement aren't quite reflected in the balancing of this beer. Deep, dark fruits maintain their presence with raisin, plum and grape with a touch of faintly tart cherry skin adding an new layer of complexity while a touch of sweet orange peel finishes out with just a drop of citrus.

M - Thick and chewy, this beer drinks like cough syrup, coating the throat on the way down and lingering on the palate for moments, begging to be chased. Carbonation seems lost to the sticky beer though never appearing flat in nature and it doesn't take long for the strong alcohol to really warm one's insides. Summed up in one word; cloying.

O - DuClaw Repent features an incredible label that encourages a moment to ponder it's simplicity and darkness. The beer on the other hand features no simplicity as it overwhelmingly piles on sugary sweetness without a thought of balance and complex yeast esters in the form of dark fruits. Plenty of maltiness is present but it's characteristics are overwhelmed, hops are absent, and alcohol remains aplenty, begging the question, "why?" Inherent Belgian traits, save for the dark fruit, have gone missing and the beer itself seems to be massaged to an extreme alcohol level by overabundance of sugar.

I certainly don't hate it, but I also regret not opening this with at least three other people around for an after dinner sipper to wind down the night. Let this warm and open a little but be prepared for a big, sweet beer.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +28%

maynard713, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Proteus93
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this at one of the beer shops and though "a pent ale?" Now that's just nutty, and very possibly not even a thing... then I promptly bought one for curiosity's sake.

A: Almost a ruby red... though it's not too bad looking, I was expecting a little darker and a bit more head build-up. While some of the lack of head may be attributed to alcohol, most of the quads manage to be very sparkling and billow right up with nice pillows.

S: Pleasant aroma... sweet and fruity, almost carrying a melon-like scent. It's not the dark-fruity smell I was expecting, but I find it nice, nonetheless. A little bit of toffee in there, as well

T + M + D: Things go a bit downhill on this front. The bit of fruitiness greets me, but then my palate is assaulted with some burnt sugary flavours and an odd bittersweet hop presence that doesn't play very nicely with the other flavours. The alcohol has no interest in being held back and offers a bit of a harsh touch to the finish, but not much of a clean and warm feeling as it goes down. It's a big and bold brew, and most certainly one that is likely better off shared. I found myself struggling to drink anymore than ~half despite being in the mood to have another beer.

Proteus93, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam (the fellow who reviewed this beer just before me) for sharing that aged beauty of a bottle. This review however is from a fresh bomber secured the same day. Poured into a snifter and shared with my father in law who is the #1 fan of Colossus.

The brew appears a burnt copper color that is sticky with haze. When held to the light, it has some ruby hints towards the thickest parts and almost a yellow to greenish tint towards the outside edges. A finger of tan froth sits atop and slowly fades but it remains with impressive retention considering the strength of this brew. Rising bubbles of carbonation help to support the thin cap that resides atop.

The smell of this brew is all about the caramelized sugars. It is sweet and sticky smelling with caramel, toffee, some yeasty spice, candied orange slices and a hefty waft of solvent booze. The alcohol has almost a perfume essence to it that brings out a floral hop quality. As the brew warms up, there is a very mild touch of oxidation which is interesting. This was also present in the aged version (as expected) but to find it here in a fresh bottle was unexpected.

The taste is sticky and sweet with burnt sugar tasting of toffee. An immediate boost of alcohol makes itself known but the sheer amount of sugar keeps the booze in check. A flavor of orange zest comes into play mixing with a faint herbal hop touch that formulates a hint of floral quality across the back of the tongue. More sips reveal almost a candy-like sweetness that is similar to vanilla as it warms up. Speaking of warming up, wow does that alcohol come out almost to the point of burning your nose if you hold it in your mouth too long. I can't help but get a bit of medicinal quality from this.

This is a thick brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is there for sure. Dont kid yourself, this beer is to be respected and treated like a sipper. If you are a fan of big sticky-sweet boozy beers, you will love this. It would best be served after a hearty meal or hell even as a meal itself. Fans of aged DFH 120 or Colossus will find this mini-me version a pleasant substitute.

stakem, Aug 08, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 1L swingtop; I've been holding on to this bottle for approximately 5 years. #257 of 500 from that fall 2006 release. Patiently stored since then. Shared with Al, Nate, Ed, Tierney, Jeff, Jeannine and others at the DuClaw unveiling.

A: A deep caramel color. Even with six years under its belt, the bottle opened with an audible pop. Not unsurprisingly, though, all forms of carbonation were missing from the ale. After breathing for a few minutes, the ale sat still like a fine port. I'm really anxious for this one.

S: The nose is spicy, intense with raisins, brown sugar and caramel, with plenty of booze to keep things lively. As compared to the current version (on tap), the ale has lost its sugary sweetness and fortified itself, strengthening over time. Amazing beer; age has done it well.

T: While not a sugary sweet malt bomb, the ale still carries plenty of fruits. Caramel and apple butter flavors mix with the brown sugar, raisins and cinnamon; plenty of booze keeps things hot too. Very complex, no one flavor dominates. That allows every aspect to take a small turn in the sun. A booze bomb when fresh (I still remember drinking this at Arundel Mills on release night), the ale has aged nicely. I really, REALLY wish I had another bottle. This beer should easily last another few years.

M: A perfect beer to share with a large group of people. It has aged well, turning into an excellent Belgian strong ale. Wow, just wow.

akorsak, Aug 05, 2012
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Repent from DuClaw Brewing Company
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