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Dragonmead Sin Eater Belgian Dark - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Sin Eater Belgian Dark
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ElGordo on 08-05-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

t0rin0, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown/black body with a half finger head. unexpected chocolate and coffee in aroma. Not really the dark fruit Belgian dark string I was expecting. Cocoa, roasted malts, dark candy sugar. Light licorice and vanilla. Makes me think more of stout. Thicker body for the style and moderate carbonation. The best tasting beer of the 7 or 8 I tried, still not a great representative of the style though.

kylehay2004, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a phenomenally world class Belgian ale. Smooth and perfectly consistent. This would stand against any strong Belgian ale out there. The only improvement I could suggest is a bit more complexity on the flavor profile. It doesn't really matter though as it's so smooth and so tasty. A real pleasure to drink. Lucky to have been able to get the chance.

RblWthACoz, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Dragonmead. Served in a taster glass.

A - A sliver of tan foam quickly settles to a partial collar and not much else. Very dark body, mostly black with a hint of brown at the edges.

S - Candi sugar, dark fruits, phenolic yeast, dark roasted grains, licorice, banana, and some spicy alcohol esters.

T - Taste is largely similar, but with more emphasis on the fruity flavors. Dark candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and malted grains round things out.

M - Medium body, smooth texture, medium-low carbonation, and a light alcohol presence. Guessing this is around 10% or so.

D - Not bad at all. It's pretty much stock for a BSDA, but there are no obvious flaws. If you're into this style you won't be disappointed. One of the best offerings I had from Dragonmead.

MasterSki, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a snifter at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange of the pitch-black ale. Despite the color, I didn't pick up any roasted character, instead there was a big sweet mix of banana, plums, and toffee. I'd have liked it a touch drier, but it's not a bad take on the style. Give it a shot.

tempest, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

dmorgan310, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -5.2%

tectactoe, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev -5.2%

tommy5, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

zonker17, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

MDDMD, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of JohnnieNepal
4/5  rDev -5.2%

JohnnieNepal, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of CHickman
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from 9/17/11; pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue around the edges and a foamy tan 2 finger head that fades quickly and left weak spotty lacing.

Smells of caramel, syrup, sweet malt, dark fruit like dates, plums and cherry, molasses, brown sugar and alcohol; this beer smells like a barleywine, with a very sweet nose that was fruity and sugary with an almost red wine like essence.

Tastes of caramel, syrup, sweet malt, dark fruit like dates, plums, cherry and rotten grapes, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, pepper and other spices, yeast, grains and alcohol; this beer is so sweet that it borders on too sweet, with a grainy, fruity sweetness that dominates the nose and palate. There is an oily hop residue after each swallow, but no hop taste, and as the beer warms the fruits and sour fruit flavors become more evident. I assume that the ABV is high based on the characteristics, but don't know for sure.

Mouthfeel is watery, slick and smooth, with basically zero carbonation, a heavy body and a heavy feel that is chewy, but not as heavy as a stout.

At first I thought that this was too sweet, but it got better as it warmed and the sweet flavors brought out more dynamics and enjoyment as this flowed down. A good beer, but certainly not a session beer, yet still worth trying.

CHickman, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

mychalg9, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of ElGordo
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing as part of a taster tray. Pours a pretty deep brown color with amber highlights, with just a thin ring of a head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and a touch of roasted character, along with a good dose of dark fruit and lots of boozy alcohol.
Palate is very sweet up front. Caramel, honey, and dark fruit (plum, nectarine, dark cherry) notes are prevalent. Finish is nice and heavily fruity, almost like a fruit syrup, again with a lot of booze that imparts a good bit of heat. Body is velvety smooth and very easy drinking, especially for a beer this strong. For a beer that calls itself Belgian, though, it doesn't have very bubbly carbonation. This is a nice slow sipper, very enjoyable.

ElGordo, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of monitorpop
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan one finger plus head.

S: Sweet. candied sugar, cherry.

T: Sweet. cherry, caramel, toasted malts with a some alcohol in the finish. No bitterness.

M: Medium body with a medium carbonation, a bit fizzy. Very slight alcohol burn.

O: Good beer if your in the mood for something sweet.

monitorpop, Nov 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

HarmonMW, May 12, 2013
Photo of brew3crew
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kalamazoo beer exchange.

A- dark body with tan head that quickly disapates

S-hard to get anything off the nose

T-dark Belgian candi sugar. Very sweet aftertaste.

M- medium body and smooth. Very sweet aftertaste.

O- decent beer that I would have again. ..

brew3crew, Oct 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jsurfs82, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Dragonmead.

Appearance: Black. No head on my beer at all. Kind of like black water or something. But let's be honest, appearance matters not. I mean... it's nice, but... you know.

Smell: Prune/fig/grapes... dark fruit, dark fruit, dark fruit. Sweet and tart. Pleasing on the nose and very inviting. At 11%, that's not there at all. Also, this beer doesn't have that almost overly sweet aroma that some others from the style have.

Taste/feel: Exactly as the smell is, but that tartness is more obvious, as you'd expect. Sweet, but not too much so. Again, dark fruits all around. Maybe a slight sort of spiciness, but I don't know where that's coming from. I was told this beer had a clear alcohol presence, but I didn't notice it. The warmth, sure, but nothing in the taste. Definitely a bigger sort of beer. Sweet, tasty, and a sipper.

My favorite I've had from Dragonmead, I'd say, and it seems that I'm not alone. A must-try if you visit the brewery.

Alextricity, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark mahogany almost black. Completely opaque. A finger of a tan head that fades quickly and leaves very little behind.

Smell: bananas, dark fruit and amber candi sugar.

Taste: opens with a strong yeasty belgian taste. Dark fruits, mostly plum. Amber candi sugar sweetness. Small banana taste.

Mouthfeel: super dry. Heavy and warm

Overall: a very good and slightly unique example. I haven't tasted or smelled such strong banana in a belgian dark and it works quite well. Very well balanced and low alcohol taste for be strength.

SportsandJorts, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Jan 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

linnymtu, Jul 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Morakaton, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

MichiganderHB, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jeffwright, Mar 22, 2014
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Dragonmead Sin Eater Belgian Dark from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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