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La Binchoise Brune Tradition - Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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80 Ratings

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 12-27-2002)
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

11-30-2012 20:16:20 | More by Spiderpig
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

10-15-2012 19:58:00 | More by harpus
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

01-14-2012 22:03:32 | More by Stoutsman
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3/5  rDev -20%

01-10-2012 07:19:58 | More by ygtbsm94
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-18-2011 23:29:17 | More by cowboy83
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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a bottle that had about an inch of dust on top....I actually go for the dusty bottles now. Ref 3880 cork and cage.

A-nice amber brown with maybe a hue of red. Large overcarbed bubbles that fizzled away very quickly.

S-I got a nice wiff as I was pouring this one. Has many similar qualities as a Dubbel, carmel, dried fruit but this one has this funk in the background!! Funk is good BTW. I almost get a slight citrus smell too.

T-This has been on that shelf for a looonng time. All the tastes have really blended with a tad of sour. It has a really refreshing light fruit, or citrus flavor up front with a carmel sourness on the back. Aftertaste is less than desired.

M-this would be a great summer brew as it has a very light and bubbly mouthfeel.

All in all- at the $7.99 I purchased this for, I will go back and buy them out. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 21:39:32 | More by danedelman
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2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

"Malterie des Ramparts"? Love it. I wish I could name something I own something like that... Anyway, this stuff pours a partly cloudy deep ruby topped by a finger or so of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises fairly heavy acetone, toffee, light cashew, and red apple skin. Hoofah! not to my liking here. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, Diet Coke, light lemonade, fennel, caramel, and a few cashews thrown in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad beer all-around. Boo this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:56:30 | More by TMoney2591
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-25-2011 15:15:42 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml stubby bottle poured into tulip 23/11/11

A hazy dark brownish amber with a short lived tan finger of foam that leaves no lace

S lots of brown sugar but that's not all the sugar I smell, brewers candy with some green apple, spice, yeast, and a little booze

T more yeast then the smell and just as much dark sugars, some dark fruits minus green apple and other then that it mimics the smell

M a little foamy after a silky entry and a faint sweet aftertaste lingers with some nutty tones

O decent brew I've never heard of, big on nice caramelized sugars and yet not overly sweet

grabbed this one on sale for two bits down at the Wine Market in Kensington and for the price it was a bargain

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 06:54:48 | More by wordemupg
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a tight off-white head. Much like La Binchoise Blonde Tradition, this ale pours with active carbonation, producing a turbulent appearance in the glass.

S: Caramel, candy sugar, chocolate, orange, and anise aromas are present on the nose. The spicing is a bit heavy, but it's still pretty appealing.

T: Notes of dark chocolate, caramel, heavy cream, candy sugar, oranges in syrup, vanilla bean, and anise assert themselves on the palate. The finish is smooth and malty with robust notes of caramel and chocolate against a backdrop of spices.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy. Expressive carbonation. Not too dry. Deceptively drinkable for the style.

O: This would be an excellent Belgian strong dark ale if the spicing weren't so heavy. As is, this is a good ale, but is not one of the best examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 18:02:16 | More by mrfrancis
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United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy brown. Moderate off white head.

smell: sweet smelling.

Taste: Slightly sour, good balance to the sweetness. Lightly roasted.

Mouthfeel: puckering sourness. Moderate effervescence.

Overall: A complex beer. Flavors match well.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 22:59:07 | More by Squelch
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 8/27/11 at World of Beer Fort Myers. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, fruity esters, a touch of funk and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Typical Belgian yeast notes with a bit of funky flavors up front followed by mildly bitter hops in the middle before ending with sweet malt. Aftertaste is semisweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You and a friend could finish off a 750ml bottle without much trouble.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I like the subtle funky notes that come out in this one. If you see it, it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 15:58:30 | More by adam42381


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 or 3 year bottle out of the cellar, no bottle date. 12oz into a Bruges tulip.

A: Pours a deep brown body, with a short lived light tan head. The beer is very still. Light lacing.

S: Aroma of resins, currants and plums. Medium level of intensity.

T/M: Taste is low in carbonation, with a robust malt character. The figs taste, hits on the finish of the smooth and silky mouthfeel. Slight spicy esters.

O: overall this beer has held up very well, and was a great surprise to find it in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 16:21:26 | More by GDBEERMAN
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Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Squat 330ml bottle - 7.7% ABV.

This beer pours a hazy, deep copper brown hue, with three fingers of thin foamy, creamy off-white head, which leaves a few streaks of lace around the glass upon its retreat. It smells of biscuity caramel malt, some herbal nuttiness, and mild sugary dark fruit. The taste is more toasted biscuit malt, nutty dark fruit, and earthy yeast. The carbonation is mild, and a bit airy, the body medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, but with a significant drying push from the herbal nutty character.

Not much to recommend this as a typical BSDA - sure, it's dark brown, and strong (or so it says on the label - I sure didn't notice any heat whatsover), but the dry toasted nature just kind of leaves me nonplussed.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 01:40:50 | More by biboergosum
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruddy brown, not quite dark enough to block all the light, but there isn't much getting through. Solid two fingers of creamy head that seems to fall in the middle but hold tall at the edges.

Aroma is semi sweet, with a fairly soapy yeast aroma. Cherries seem to be faintly present and maybe some dark grapes. Not as much to the nose as many examples of this style.

Semi sweet, earthy and slightly tart at the finish. Certainly carries a bit of spices. Grapes seem to be well represented, but it isn't as fruity as the average Belgian Dark.

Medium bodied with fairly aggressive carbonation. This is a pretty reasonable beer, worth checking out, but isn't a star amongst the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 04:23:31 | More by elricorico
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3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Body spiced with many varieties of spices which is discernible traces of red fruit, but unfortunately quickly taken over by the spicy power. The malty character of the old version of the Binchoise Brown has almost disappeared and its specificity. In conclusion, a strong Belgian beer with spices but is a bit like Scottish Wee Heavy.

ABV: 7,7°

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 19:45:57 | More by ThaCreep
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a barely translucent dark brown color with better than a full finger loose light tan collar that fades slowly to sheets of Belgian lacing. The smell is a great cherry fig and molasses...that's what I'm talking about! The mouth feel is another classical example of that smooth Belgian effervescence. Tastes really good. I'm somewhat partial because I'm drawn to Belgian Strong Dark ales. I can't believe how many times that I've walked past this one...goes to show the power of graphic arts/marketing. I'm a really big fan. The NECCO chocolate, subtle cherry, earthy yeast and dark fruit flavors rock. An incredible drinker. The 8.2 ABV is well integrated. Highly recommend that you check it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 22:12:23 | More by jjayjaye
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, brown/burgundy color with a thick, foamy, tan, two-finger head. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruit (cherry) and sweet biscuity caramel malt.

T - It tasted of chocolate candy (like a tootsie roll), but it was not overdone. It had sweet caramel notes that was matched by subtle spicy hops.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied Belgian ale.

D - This really is a fascinating beer. Looks pretty good, then the smell and taste are vastly different. It carries a high price tag but I'm glad I grabbed a 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 01:03:05 | More by zeff80
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle served in flute

A: Thick rocky brown head, dark brown hazy color

S: sweet nose, hints of grass, but a soapy detergent aroma overtook the nose

T: nice roasted malt flavor, good hop balance with a delicate bitter finish. not overly sweet like some browns can be.

M: smooth mouth feel with soft carbonation

D: very drinkable for a strong ale. the only ding I see is the soapy nose that stays with it till the end. Other than that a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 18:12:50 | More by Naugled
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited almost 3 years since the first encounter, this time round the bottle comes with an expiry date: 28/08/08, meaning I'm 3 & 1/2 months late to "meet the deadline"! Oh well. Served lightly-chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a deeply dark russet brown hue with mahogany glows when seen against light; a super tight and thick beige froth lingers elegantly, leaving even sheets of lacing as it retreats, while the carbonation is light but constant.
S: how complex yet refreshing - dark stone-fruits (esp. sweet fat prunes) and perfumy fruit esters with a wee bit of rustiness go hand in hand with the soothing aroma of dark-chocolatey & roasted dark malts, then a mild touch of dark candy sugar or the like creep up from behind... Well-composed and one sniff reveals the whole complexity in harmony. Besides, NO alc. is detected on the nose; well-settled.
T: lovely roasty with a decent level of sour touch of prunes and stone-fruits as well as walnutty aroma and plumy jam, leading towards a really remarkable, elegant and lingering aftertaste of pure dark malts (reminiscent of an all-malt based, bigger Dunkel with all the Munich-malt-aroma!) with faint smoky hints. Neither bitter nor sweet (except from the nutty bitter-sweetness, that is), just about right in the end of each sip to sum up the pleasure, while a decent level of berry-sourness is always on the side.
M&D: silky-smooth and restrained on carbonation, due to marvellous bottle-conditioning I take it! This is just as good as my first encounter with this beer at a pub (Pembury Tavern in Hackney, London), if not better. The little presence of alc. adds a LOT to the drinkability, while actually it really doesn't taste heavy at all and thus a "kick-back free" and "worry-free" heavy-weight ale designed to quaff (slowly)...

* Tasting Date: 17/04/06
No freshness date printed on the label, served lightly chilled in a Val-Dieu goblet.
4 A: black hue, nice and tightly frothy beige head slowly dissipating to a thin carpet.
4.5 S: deeply aromatic yeasty note on top of dark roasted maltiness, along with a colourful aroma mixed of brown-sugar, fig-jam, dried dates, aromatic and sweet red bean paste... just brilliant and not too much spice or perfumy elements to it, perhaps due to its 100%malt content?
4 T: lightly smoked(?) beans and sour-sweet prunes upfront, slowly leading to a residual taste of bitter-sweet roastiness and faint smokiness of malts, while hints of aromatic hops leave some marks on the lively mouthfeel. A clean, lightly dryish finishing palate in the end.
4 M&4.5 D: solid-bodied but easy-to-digest~~ the carbonation is executed beautifully, on top of which the full flavour is equally impressive but doesn't feel heavy or cloying. Overall the palate is not as complex as the aroma, but could it be praised as a "good honest Belgian dark ale"? I think so. A highly drinkable heavy-weight!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 19:29:42 | More by wl0307
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4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours dark brown with ruby highlight. A tan head gives an almost espresso-like covering. Lacing slides down the glass, leaving dots.

The smell is of licorice/anise,k chocolate with some sour-ish dark fruits.

The taste is of anise, chocolate, caramel with a dark plum-like fruitiness. Sweetness is balanced by a perfumy dryness and some sourish notes. Quite complex.

The feel is effervescent while maintaining a nice body. Classic Belgian, feel - effervescent, but with a body/texture.

Smooth, drinkable (though a bit sharp) - nice maltiness with a sourish/spicy balance. Well-done!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 04:43:46 | More by jwc215
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La Binchoise Brune Tradition from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
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