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Ten Of Clubs / Kleveretien - Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest

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Ten Of Clubs / KleveretienTen Of Clubs / Kleveretien

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest visit their website

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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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

jlindros, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

oline73, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2.8%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

rab53, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Evil_Pidde, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

VelvetExtract, Apr 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

smithj4, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

JohnK17, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Jame515, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

DRBiser, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Hellpop65, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

samEBC, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

bmur112, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Bouleboubier, Jun 30, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

mattfancett, Aug 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

DustinSWB, Apr 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of ksimons
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark chestnut with an absolutely beautiful looking head, three fingers worth of creamy and tan head that leaves a layer throughout the glass

S-dark fruits, dark bready malt, cocoa, bit of molasses and cola

T-taste is full of dark fruits, some chocolate, dark malt, and a light finish of anise

M-medium to full body, light to moderate carbonation

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, glad the anise isn't more powerful, something I would revisit in the future for sure

ksimons, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Beer21
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Beer21, May 14, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

ToasterChef, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of liquorpig
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

liquorpig, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

PTEdelman, Jul 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

George2744, Mar 16, 2014
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Ten Of Clubs / Kleveretien from Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest
87 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.