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Brigand - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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very good

184 Ratings

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

jklecko2, Oct 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

s4s, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Piwotrix, Oct 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Dapperticus, Sep 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

parintele, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

rderedin, Aug 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

kurgan3, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Douberd
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, poured into its original glass. Deep golden colour. A little hazy on the second pour. Huge head, going down slowly untill it becomes a thin layer on the surface. Leaves some light lacing around the glass.
Aroma is fruity , with obvious banana notes. Dark fruits too, plum and dates.
Taste is sweet, with the dark fruits very obviously there. The high ABV gives a warming feeling and although is very nicely concealed, you will feel it.
Thick body and quite carbonated .
Overall another specimen of great Belgian beer.

Douberd, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

harpus, Jul 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

chel29, Jul 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ant1, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a dirty, murky texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A super-sweet aroma here (like toffee), with some malt and fruit as well.

T: The flavor on this beer was dominated by butterscotch (or toffee). It's sweet and strong and inviting. Also had some mild yeast, malt, and fruit (apples, making the beer almost taste like a candied apple). A very enjoyable flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a crisp, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Probably not your typical BSPA flavor, but definitely well made and super tasty. Drinkable.

avalon07, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Milkysunshine, May 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

DeezGunz14, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Everydayoff
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip by freshness date.

Slight hazy yellow honey hue with a hint of light coppery tinge, the pour yields thick fluffy white head with good retention. High active carbonation generates plenty of bubbles running from bottom to top. No real lace from head’s dissipation but there is some when swirl.

Barley malt that is slight bready, citrus, lemon rind, mint, slight medicinal and herbal hop along with hint of honey and candy sugar. What the complex yet fragrant aroma.

Sweet components are from malt, honey and burnt sugar. Alcohol ester adds a warming and sweet touch. Fruity ester in the middle with hint of citrus and lemon, yeast generates some medicinal mingling with moderate bitterness from hop that also produces a note of herbal.

The body is medium to bold, smooth with fine crispness and lively carbonation, dry finish.

Rather complex brew, the quality itself is more than worthy.

Everydayoff, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

RSpencer, Mar 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Vylo, Mar 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Tumble, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Julien, Feb 25, 2012
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2.13/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dirty gold body with a smallish, tight, white head.

Smell: Damp hay and straw, some cutting fusel alcohol tones, decaying, moldy peaches, and with a faint but noticed funky, butyric note to it. Just not at all appealing.

Taste: A sweetness of crushed sugar cookies given an extra generous sprinkling of table sugar. Straw-like lightly malted barley. Hint of white peaches, cheap cider. Still quite sweet, then, some hot, astringent alcohol, that underlying unclean funkiness from the nose carrying over. Dirtied, hot finish with a lingering throat burn.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus, fizzly carbonation.

Overall: Brigand is like a Belgian malt liquor.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Jerriko, Feb 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

phaedrusovchaos, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Campodog, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A – Cloudy yellow-orange with a thin fizzy head of less than a finger’s width that seems to fizz away almost instantly. Small amounts of clumpy lacing. Not much to look at. By the mid point of the glass there was actually ZERO head and lacing left. Unusual.

S – Whoa. Strong, complex aroma of caramel, citrus fruit, Belgian yeasts, and butterscotch. Definitely inviting.

T – Hot damn. Huge, rich butterscotch character with additional esters of apricot, nectarine, caramel, raisin, date, vanilla, banana, and prune. Fruit flavors are lush and non-acidic. Malty toffee like underbody. Earthy hops help bring some balancing bitterness to the finish as the sweet fruit esters fade. Outstanding! 9% abv almost completely undetectable until it warms a bit. Honestly if it was possible to rate a beer as a six in taste, this would earn one.

M – Prickly carbonation bordering on fizzy, but for this style it works. Thin bodied without degenerating into wateriness.

O – Holy crap, this is good. All the taste elements come together to form a rich blend. Enough complexity to keep the tongue continuously engaged. I could see some people not liking this as it’s a little…strange, but I found it to be ambrosia, and I will definitely be buying this again (when I can find it, as only one specialty store carries it in Tempe AZ)

TempeBeerMan, Feb 15, 2012
Brigand from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.