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Ten Of Clubs / Kleveretien - Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest

Ten Of Clubs / KleveretienTen Of Clubs / Kleveretien

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BA SCORE
86
very good

24 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 7.51%


Brewed by:
Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The "Ten of Clubs" is a dark ale with a hint of anise and loads of character. Some may call it "Abbey-style," but we just think of it as great beer.

Aged in oak barrels and brewed from an original recipe by Het Nest - a group of friends making excellent craftbeer to promote the Flemish town of Turnhout Belgium - the world wide center of the playing card.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2012)
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liquorpig

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Thick white head fades quickly. Dark brown color with a lot of floaties. Little or no carbonation present. Smell of dark fruit and candy sugar. Nice flavor of figs, dried fruit and a touch of molasses. The 10% abv is well hidden. A well balanced beer. Good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 23:13:40 | More by liquorpig
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours dark brown with a medium sized head of brown foam.

S-Some cola, dark fruit and molasses. A slight hint of alcohol. I don't like anise much and I do pick it up in the nose but it isn't too intense.

T-Not as cloying as many Belgian Darks, which I am thankful for. The anise is rather light. Cola and dark fruits along with a flavor that reminds me of Tootsie Rolls. A bit of Belgian spice.

M-Thankfully not very cloying. Body is lighter than I thought it would be. Warms the cheeks a bit.

O-Actually pretty appealing. I've never developed much of a taste for this sort of beer. This one I enjoyed more than most.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 18:22:12 | More by VelvetExtract
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a huge fluffy off-white colored head that fades at a med pace with big bubbles popping first, super dark cola molasses colored brown beer with some mahogany light sneaking through.

Nose brings some dark malts, molasses, candi sugar, lots of toasty brown malts, some dark candied fruits light fig and date, light bursts of anise spices and almost cinnamon like, touch of cocoa and some phenolic and estery booze, as well as light herbal hops.

Taste has an earthy almost mushroomy kinda taste which is interesting. Plenty of sweet flavors, toasty brown malts, little molasses and burnt brown sugar, candi sugar, etc, bringing a fair sweetness, and some light phenolic and estery booze again. A bit of dark candied fruits, fig, date, and toffee covered apricots even somehow not sure how that even works, but it's there. Yeast brings a little bready dough flavor, and a little yeasty flavor even. Hops cut in with a light herbal flavor and mild bitterness overall. Finish brings bit more of the herbal hops and bitterness, still fairly sweet and sticky, little syrupy, some syrupy brown malts and candi sugar as well as some phenolic booze.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall not bad, a nice overall malt and sweet profile, light fruits is nice too, and even the herbal hops add it's own touch, the booze isn't too bad but the phenolic booze flavor is a little much. Still a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 03:22:01 | More by jlindros
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A cellar temperature bottle is split between two snifters. Although categorized as a Belgian strong dark ale, the label identifies this beer as a quad brewed with anise.

The beer has a very dark brown color, almost like a stout. The head is of a decent size and is composed of light brown foam. Swirling leaves behind a little bit of lacing and some film.

The beer has a strong malty aroma, with some notes of alcohol. Characteristics of black licorice and anise are detectable. There is also a hint of smoke.

There is a strong flavor here, which I am attributing to the anise. There isn't as much toffee as I expect from this style, but there is some roasted malt; its as though this beer lies somewhere between a quad and a stout.

This is a full-bodied beer with plenty of carbonation. It isn't as sticky as I expected it to be, based upon its ABV.

I don't think this quite fits into the guidelines of a traditional quad, but as a strong dark ale, it is quite tasty. Apparently this beer is fairly rare, considering the number of reviews for it on this site, so if you see it, it may be worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 01:40:05 | More by ToasterChef
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BarrelAgedBrian

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Black, with tons of foam producing a 2-3" head that lingers for quite awhile. Thick residual lacing on the edges of the glass.

Smell: Definitely dark fruits, including prune and date notes. Didn't really appreciate much of a anise smell.

Taste: Burst of prunes, raisins, and dates upfront that mellows out as the malt takes over. Finishes with dark chocolate and mild hoppiness, maybe with some citrus notes. Once again I wasn't able to appreciate the anise.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, smooth throughout.

Overall: A very smooth-tasting, respectable beer. Maybe the bottle I opened was too old and the anise doesn't age well, but I was underwhelmed by its absence. I would consider having another to try to elicit the anise flavor again, otherwise I wouldn't go out of my way to look for it again when some of my other favorite Belgians are easier to find.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 01:53:05 | More by BarrelAgedBrian
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luvND

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft at max's in balt

P: tulip
A: black, no head and trace lacing
S: belgian candy sugar, dates, black licorice, dark fruit
T: sweet up front, a little too sweet for me, black licorice & dates mid palate, bitter chocolate at the end w trace of hop bitterness
M: oily, lingering
Overall: not bad at all, but not exceptional, wouldnt go out of my way to try again

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2013 20:20:19 | More by luvND
Ten Of Clubs / Kleveretien from Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.