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Bon-Secours Brune - Brasserie Caulier

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Bon-Secours BruneBon-Secours Brune

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 11-03-2003)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle with a flip top, poured into a Bon Secours goblet. 8%abv

Pours with a dark burgandy tinted syrupy brown body. Huge effervesant light tan head with great retention. Massive rings of thick lacing all down the glass

Smell, huge syrupy dried fruit, fresh figs and prunes. Lots of sweet candied dark sugars, mollasses and rich golden syrup. Gorgeous belgian yeast notes too along with some spicy alcohol on the nose. A slight tinge of liqourice and a tiny phenolic character lingering around in the background. Some fresh fruit are present too, cherries and strawberries make an appearance when a deep inhale is taken

Taste, slightly sweet yet dry, fizzy and characteristic belgian yeast flavour. Rich rum soaked plums and pulped raisins and sultanas. Dry and yeasty alcoholic character, estery tinged and slightly abrasive. Very noticable tobacco notes on the finish, smokey Cohiba cigar quality like chewing on the end of a nice corona

A very interesting and tasty belgian. Different from the norm, lots of dry yeasty flavours and flavours and aromas not normally found in beers of this style

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 02:02:02 | More by cypressbob
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark brown-copper color

smell: dark breads, sublte dark fruits and that typical belgian yeast aroma.

taste: bready and sweet, brown sugar sweetness, but no over board. coffee back end with some bitterness.

drinkability: overall its a nice belgian ale wuld match it vs any dark ale. nice....

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +7%

11-25-2011 15:22:13 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Style flavors of hazelnut and chocolate spread on the edge of roasting. The body is nice, with the presence of light chocolate and recall it in the finish as a chocolate fondant. Smooth but sometimes too heavy, not really fruity. Right consistency for a beer in that category.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-16-2011 17:49:23 | More by ThaCreep
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United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall necked brown flip-top bottle: 33cl. Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru badged stemmed tulip two years before it's best before date of July 2013.

All this breweries beers seem to explode out the bottle, this one was no exception. This time I was ready for it and didn't lose a drop, the sediment however comes up with the rest of the brew, so you get everything in the glass.

Dark rustic brown body, too deep in colour to see through (plus the sediment is in there somewhere. Huge light brown head on top, which left plenty of lacing as the beer level sank during the tasting.

Aroma of burnt, roasted and toasted malts, without the sweet molasses smell often found in Belgian brown ales.

This isn't a sweet brown in any way, those malts in the smell hit you hard in the taste and a tart bitterness comes along as the mouth dries: this is more complexed than your average Belgian brown.

The alcohol content can be found easily enough, as the body isn't as rich and deep as the brew indicates by looks. Still fine, but this isn't a thick, heavy brew at all, it isn't watery either.

I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 19:43:17 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz flip-top brown bottle. The date is C N 11.

It opens with a huge pop and a gush, luckily i only lost a few drops. It pours with a massive off-white head and it is a super dark brown.

The smell is mostly raisins, a hint of citrus, caramel, and some spiciness.

The taste has a noticeable tartness. Very raisiny. There is a cloying sweetness and giant alcohol flavor. It is kind of messy. It is big and fruity, sweet, and leaves a unique feeling in the mouth.

It is messy, but okay.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 05:42:12 | More by crossovert
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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark copper brown pour that yields a finger thick head, with fairly good retention, gradually receding to a thin milky, coffee-like lacing. (4)

S - Predominantly alcoholic aromas with hints of dark fruits and roasted malts; fairly strongly nose. Quite different from our Belgian darks. (4)

T - Caramel and brown sugar notes at the front that's quickly greeted by a yeasty alcoholic taste reminiscent of the nose. The short finish reveals a quick dash of dark fruitiness, raisins mainly, which lingers on mildly. (3.5)

M - Between light and medium bodied with moderate carbonation and is largely watery; goes down almost like water; not too impressive here. (3.5)

D - Fairly light and easy drinking except for the slight carbonation pinch at times; the short and watery finish was slightly disappointing but still a fairly drinkable beer. (4)

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07-23-2010 16:28:14 | More by basica
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy brown color.

Smell is of chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malts.

Taste of buttery toffee, some burnt flavors, coffee, alcohol, and maybe figs?

Very good beer, complex, medium carbonation, full bodied.

A good drink for sure!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 17:02:35 | More by weissbierdrinker
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4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this bottle is starting to slightly turn...

it pours like straight carbonated coffee. has a small off white head. the nose is sour cherries, roasty and nutty malts, subtle coffee, I just got wood! a wood aroma that is. the taste is very chewy and chocolatey, sweet malty taste, crisp, refreshing, nutty, malty, my new favorite Brune...maybe. medium body, smoothe low carbo. Drinkin this beer makes me wonder if there is a president of television???

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09-27-2008 16:35:26 | More by stumac
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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brown, slightly murky beer with a quick settling, coarse head.

Smell is grassy, perfumy and fruity with hints of cinnamon, banana and pear drops. In the malt department there is caramel and very light roasted malts. Some candi sugar also.

Taste is malty with caramel and very light roasted malt. A little sweet with candisugar. The yeast adds this unusual tastes with pear, banana and cinnamon. No higher alcohols like the Blond and Ambrée luckily. Bitterness is low. Drinkability is great.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 08:37:02 | More by Absumaster
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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy chestnut with bright tangerine highlights when backlit with morning sunshine. The beige colored cap was slim to start and crackled its way to a thin, creamy disk within the first minute. A lack of stickiness results in almost no lace. Go figure.

The nose is more old ale than BSDA. According to the label, it's a Belgian dark ale. Each sniff delivers raisin paste, dates, dark brown sugar, perhaps a pinch of cocoa and a musty woodiness that is appealing. The flavor should be interesting as well.

Good thing I like sweet beer. This one almost tastes like a dessert beer, in a Belgian dark ale kind of way. My guess is that a hefty amount of dark candi sugar was used and there weren't enough yeast to finish the feast. Even though the 8.0% ABV isn't appreciated on the taste buds, this is a sipper for sure.

The flavor profile follows the aroma directly. Sweetened medium fruit (dates, figs) and dark fruit (raisins, prunes) is dominant. In addition to the above accents, let's add a trickle of molasses and small splash of dark rum. With a better mouthfeel, the next highest taste score would be a foregone conclusion.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style and is too lazily bubbled. The only mouth excitement comes from the multiple facets of the flavor profile, not from the presence of the liquid itself.

Bon Secours Brune is interesting beer that is also good beer; especially if you're a fan of dark candi sugar. I don't remember what I paid for this little swing-top bottle, but unless it was mucho expensive (in which case I wouldn't have put it in my cart), it was well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 12:48:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance: dark brown colour, topped by a thick foam beige lace that persists.
Smell: aromas of alcohol and caramel.
Taste and mouthfeel: flavors of caramel, chocolate and yeast.
Drinkability: a very good Belgian beer, flirting with the Trappist style

Review added 10-29-2007, translated from french 1-27-2008.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 10:50:26 | More by thierrynantes
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Swing top bottle opens with a huge pop and then pours a deep dark muddy brown colour with an enormous light creamy brown head which faded slowly to nice light layer... decent amount of sticky lacing coats the glass to the end...

Aroma - Strong treacle / brown sugar sweetness, lots of breadiness, nice strong dark vinous fruits (prunes, plums, blackcurrents, some strawberries), nutty, some dusty notes, medicinal hints, peppery, some very light vinegary sourness, barely any hop bitterness...

Taste – Bready / yeasty notes hit you straight away, light chocolate / biscuity malts, quite strong (too strong ??) medicinal notes, earthy / woody, clove hints, strong dark fruits (black grapes, blackcurrents, plums), spicy / peppery, quite noticeable alcohol, some treacle and nutty sweetness, candy sugar...

Feel - Sharp initially then becomes very smooth... a little too medicinal to be drinkable in my opinion...

Overall - An average beer... a little harsh and unbalanced.. maybe worth a try once...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 14:58:37 | More by mdagnew
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice white head. Refreshing Saaz hops, only as a second beer, and after food.Caramel, sugar, some roast, some wood. An experiment. More bitter than your average Belgium. Good yeast, some chocolate malt, nicely done for what it is. Also I am a sucker for pop-top bottles. It popped.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 02:52:01 | More by Sammy
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep amber brown with an off-white frothy head which rose tall and fell rapidly but laced the glass.

The aroma was dark fruits, raisins most notable, with a light citrusy undercurrent which melded well with the fruit character. Some alcohol was present as a spicy phenol and was well represented adding character and not detracting from the aroma.

The flavor was interesting with a definite chocolate malt presence that is rarely found in Belgian beers. The flavor contained a light citrus character and a light, yet present, peppery spice component. The flavor also housed a nice caramel malt presence and all worked well together to present a flavorful brew.

The finish was just dry with a lasting citrusy chocolate flavor long and interesting into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and not quite medium light with a fairly high carbonation level. The only inkling of alcohol was in the aroma and in a very, very slight warming after consumption. I'd get this bad boy again. It could use more complexity but was a highly drinkable brew.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. My bottle said 8% ABV and also says Biere Vivante!! with an accent over the first "e" in Biere. No freshness dating.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 00:45:25 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, doesn't quite fit into a particular style, but strong dark ale sounds close. Poured into a chalice glass. Dark red, slightly hazy. Fruity, sweet aroma. Taste... somewhat fruity, sweet, rich and malty, some chocolate present along with a slight roastiness. Very very smooth, perfect carbonation. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 01:56:02 | More by ChrisBowers
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3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Misty dark brown beer, with a large grey-brown head. The head stays quite lang. In a rare flip top bottle.
Served it in an Orval glass.
The smell is very much like dark chocolat, malts, citrus, bitterness.
A strong coffee taste, very bitter, burned grains, caramel malt.
Mediocre beer.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 19:32:44 | More by Bierschenker
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo, Frankfort, IL. Pours a hazy brown body under a big head. Taste is not in lockstep to any particular style, but simply present a tasty old-style ale, nicely roasted to a nutty sweetness. Aging really does help this become mellow yet complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2005 15:47:06 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creamy, dark tan colored head was thick and held solid. Deep chocolate colored beer with a toffee hue. Tangy cherry (possibly currant?) chocolate and dark malt. Sweet caramel, chocolate, and dark malt with a splash of cranberry. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. While there were some really nice flavors and aromas the whole berry thing was kind of weird, it didn't taste bad, but it didn't quite fit in either.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 02:41:59 | More by HappyHourHero
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Earthy brown hue, fairly opaque...with a decent layer of foam floating above.
Winey nose at the start, full of dark fruits, spicy, deep, ancient, a bit of molasses and anise, too, if I'm not mistaken.
Taste? Okay...pretty sweet, ...no, very sweet, no, super-sticky, ultra-treacly...massive malt at play here, some tingly hops, nice, but rather...eh, ..just doesn't rise above, shall we say...thoroughly winey, nothin' but...bright, bold, and strong, but lacks any unique edge, any uplifting effervescence, or any unknown intangible that just edges it into the extraordinary...a nice, fruity, spicy drink, but lackluster on the whole.

And, having just concluded the Bon-Secours trilogy, for which I paid $14.97, I can now conclude that I'd have put my cash to wiser use by renting the "Ernest" ouevre on DVD.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 11:34:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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Bon-Secours Brune from Brasserie Caulier
84 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.