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Repent - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Hefe on 09-02-2005

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of Hefe
4.59/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Repent is being billed as a Belgian Pent, though what the hell that means. I'm listing it as a Strong Dark Ale, as there is no listing for a pentuple.

It is a lovely deep, ruby/mahogany colour, with a very thin off white lacing, minimal head to speak of. (Given the abv, no surprise.) The aroma is fabulous, fig and spice, plum and candied apricot. The flavors are deep and mimic the nose, with a slight bite from the alcohol mid-palate, though the finish is very smooth. Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly slick and the abv is hidden very well.

This is an excellent brew, reminds me of the Gouden Carolous Cuvee Van der Kaiser.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear; blood-accented mahogany with ruby and orange highlights. No head.
Aroma: A wine and malty combination; alcohol; summer fruit (berries, apple, lightly tart grape)
Taste: Sweet, berry-like. Alcohol is clearly present but it's more back-bone and drying than obtrusive or interfering. It receeds from the palate with grace, leaving behind some floral and fruity notes that linger.
Mouthfeel: Full.
Drinkability: As a sipper, this is one tasty little mother! It's sweet but not overly done, and the fruitiness is quite nice. You could drink more than one, which goes greatly towards drinkability.

Photo of HopHead1951
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, it's sweet - yeah, but I like it a lot! This is a super boozey beer at 14.6% ABV but I'm a fan of BIG beers. Nice color, sweet ripe-fruit smell, though high in alcohol I don't find that to be an overwhelming factor. Great beer to wrap up an evening. You can't drink a lot of it but man is it good.

Photo of akorsak
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of Foolmonkey
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had many Duclaw beers in the past. I got a sample pour of this beer last week and they did a great job with it! I only had 2 ounces of the beer, but a serving size is 9 oz. in a snifter.

The color comes to you as a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of huge malt and dark fruits. Flavor matches this with big delicious flavors and sweetness. The body is moderate and mouthfeel was smooth and fresh. Almost unbelievable at 14% ABV! Lacking any hop flavors, aroma, or bitterness but it really hit the spot at the end of the night

A great after dinner dessert drink or a heavy malt bomb to pair with some hearty/foods. Try some!

Photo of Tim460
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Bel Air location but review is based off a Growler I took home with me. Pours a deep copper/brown with almost no head and a slight lacing. Smells very sweet, grapes, figs, candy, slight caramel smell. Taste is very sweet as well, reminds me of a cola somewhat. Alcohol warms the throat as it goes down and the tastes of grapes becomes apparent. Left a sweet after taste in my mouth. Feels very smooth going down, not too heavy but there is a bite from the alcohol. I enjoyed this beer greatly which is why I purchased the growler and for 12 bucks it was a steal. I've read that there will be bottles of this available around the holiday season.

Photo of cubedbee
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Arundel Mills location in the unique Repent glass. Beer is a nice deep purple-burgandy with no head to speak of, just a small ring of lacing. The aroma is very appealing--fresh grapes, figs, raisins, leafy vegetables, and a slight winelike note. Taste is similar to the aroma, with a fruity raisin/cranberry sweetness, a slight alcohol burn in the throat, and a bit of minty spiciness. Full bodied with a syrupy smooth body. This is another really great special release from Duclaw, whatever style a Belgian pent is supposed to be, it's damn tasty for the amount of alcohol it packs.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of DBoone
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orante-ruby to ruby depending on the light, with a 3 finger head in my Duvel tulip. Light lacing that shortly vanishes, leaving a ring around the glass.

Smell of bubble-gum, dried fruits and alcohol.

Possibly the sweetest beer I've ever tasted. Very grapey and vinuous. Not far off from a Port or Sherry.

Medium-thick bodied. Very little bite of carbonation, but the high ABV makes it very warming.

I liked this beer from the start, but by the time I was midway through, I liked it a lot. This would be a great winter time beer.

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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!!!

Photo of mattsdenney
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An active cascading pour yields a finger and a half worth of audibly fizzy, fluffy, crisp yet lush, light khaki colored frothy goodness... Solid retention... Turns a bit creamier and richer as it settles before giving way to a full veil of lacing on light to moderate collar... The color walks a fine line between deep ruby red and murky medium brown... Mostly still with just a couple of stray micro-sized carbonation bubbles here and there... A rich sweet bouquet... Loaded with dark fruits... Figs... Grapes... Raisins... There is a deep rich layer of caramel and toffee... Brown sugar... A faint whiff of Belgian yeast lingers beneath the surface... Holy cloyingness batman!!! The sweetness of off the charts... Fruity and sugary... There is a slight medicinal presence that lingers beneath the surface, but it does little to cut through the sweetness... A bit of a subtle booziness as well... Full bodied... Very very sticky... Little or no carbonation... Not a bad beer, but I'm glad I was able to split the bottle... A full bottle may of ended up being a partial drain pour given the off the charts cloying sweetness... Hides the 14% ABV exceedingly well... If the sweetness were to be dialed down a notch or two (or three), this has the potential to be an exceptional American interpretation of one of m favorite Belgian styles... As it stands now, it's a slightly enjoyable bit of a hot mess...

Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Repent from DuClaw Brewing Company
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