Ten Of Clubs / Kleveretien - Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

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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

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Ten Of Clubs / Kleveretien from Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest
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