Ten Of Clubs / Kleveretien - Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest

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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of mikeg67
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Rare Beer club. Pours brown with foamy, beige head. Aroma is of funky yeast, sherry, chocolate and plums. Body is full and crisp.. Yeast, dark fruit, hops, spices, brown sugar and nutty malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Complex and tasty brew.

Photo of PVMT
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of drewone
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Rado
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Chico1985
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Description above says this is aged in oak barrels, not true. There exists an oak-aged version, but this is just the regular version. 330ml bottle.
Label calls it a quadrupel brewed with anise, and lists it as 10.1% alcohol.

A - Beer looks black, holding it up to the light reveals that it is a very dark red. A tan head builds up and retains pretty well, a swirly cap and thick ring remain at the end with bits of lace.

S - Though it's not huge in the scent I definitely get anise along with spice, raisin, candi sugar and some alcohol.

T - Anise is a touch fainter here, but it is still noticeable and blends in well. Flavor opens up a bit more here with some light roast, smoke, and light earthy hoppiness coming into play. Raisin, spice, yeast and brown sugar to be had as well.

M - Really nice mouthfeel. Very smooth, good body, great highish carbonation, minor alcohol warmth. Good balance of roasty, sweet and even hoppy flavors. Surprisingly drinkable, 330ml solo is fine.

O - Good stuff, the anise is low key which works well here. Doesn't really have the depth one might expect from a 'quad' but pretty nice and kinda unique for the style. Everything I've had from Het Nest is pretty good, under the radar Belgian brewery right here.

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(best before Oct 2013, stored in fluctuating climate - poured into a 10oz tulip)

A: cloudy, nearly opaque burgundy (mostly brown with reddish highlights)... bit of loose foam forms on the pour, falls, light-thin cap left... practically no lacing

S: dark Belgian chocolate, brown fig... really damn cocoa... not much fruitiness to speak of, not a strong boozy aroma... decent intensity until the last ounce, minus the dregs, is poured in - loses some edge after that

T: the dark fruit comes out right away first sip - raisin-vinous, maybe a splash of black cherry - blending together, with the rich, chocolaty flavor, to create an unmistakable abbey ale character, reminiscent of an Abt 12 / Gouden Carolus Cuvee hybrid, sort of... little bit of roasted grain sprinkled in there and a herbal-cordial soft flare of alcohol on the end, light lingering bitterness

M: concentrated malty body, medium-full, but nicely dry in the finish... not a strong warming sensation - weird for 10%... nicely tempered alcohol, soft and rather tamed, but a bit of a delicate sting/numbing remains long after

O: had this one other time on tap about 2 years ago - close enough to the draft version, though I feel like this has a bit more of a bottle-conditioned yeast overtone, drier and a little sharper altogether... pretty tasty and worth checking out once

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of wakeuptothesun
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Beer21
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ten of Clubs pours a very dark almost porter-like color with some reddish tones. The head is a thick off white that recedes slowly.

There are strong coffee notes with a background of smoke and banana. I smell spice as well, but can't put my finger on it. Probably the anise.

For me the bitterness is over the top for this beer. The aftertaste is very bitter and persists. It reminds me of a blend of a porter and a quadrupel. I almost didn't finish the bottle. However, I chilled it a bit more and came back a couple of hours later. Much better. It seems smoother and more drinkable in my opinion.

It is a highly carbonated beer with medium thickness. Basically what you would expect in a quadrupel.

Overall this beer is pretty good. I wasn't expecting the bitterness or porterish tastes. It is much better to me chilled.

Photo of DustinSWB
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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Ten Of Clubs / Kleveretien from Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest
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