St Martin Brune - Brasserie De Brunehaut
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Reviews by roblowther:
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
11.2 oz shipped from the beer motherland. Almost black in color with a thick creamy light tan head. Smells of raisins, brown sugar, and oranges. Seems much darker than most dubbels, both in appearance & smell. The taste is malty, sweet, again like brown sugar. It has a dry finish that balances the sweet up front. The mouthfeel is slick, with nice carbonation. Drinkability is good, although its a bit too dark & intense for a session beer. But this bottle and I are becoming good friends.
05-04-2009 01:31:09 | More by roblowther
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3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
On tap at M'Coul's in Greensboro.Poured into a Orval glass a chesnut brown with a tinge of burnt orange,a weel difened head atop.Phenol spice sticks out most in the nose along with subtle dark fruit.Flavors of clove-spice and dark fruit,almost fruit cake in nature.Like others of said its not overly complex but its got decent flavors.
04-29-2011 13:08:37 | More by oberon
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):
The eyes are drawn to its sizable head and alluring dark mahogany color. Ripe plum and currant fruitiness forces itself on the nose; peppery and wild herbs abound as well. Creamy smooth with a fluffy, moderate-sized body. Dry malt from front to back; a little beefy and bitty, with mineral and brown malt notes. Plums and raisins feign a quick sweetness, but the dryness tears that away. Powdery yeast and a quick sting of alcohol. Bone-dry finish leaves very little in the aftertaste.
Not as deep or complex as expected, very drinkable though. Worth a go.
01-11-2011 02:01:43 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
The beer pours a brown color with a small off-white head, about the color of iced tea. The aroma is candy sugar with a lot of toffee malt and a tad bit of dark fruit. The flavor is similar. I get some sweet candy sugar/brown sugar notes as well as some caramel and toffee. The alcohol is definitely detectable. Thin to medium mouthfeel and high, prickly carbonation. A decent dubbel but not one of the best.
07-21-2011 01:27:56 | More by Mora2000
4.34/5 rDev +19.9%
Pours a clear dark mahogany with a large tan head. The head has good retention and leaves exceptional lacing.
Aroma: a very appealing aroma of dark fruits, baked bread and toffee.
T: Lots of dark fruit! Sweet, but just the right level to compliment the other flavors. Slightly spicy with hints of roasted nuts and a trace of pepper. A fine lingering aftertaste of toasted grain and spices and dark fruits, featuring plums and dates.
M: excellent carbonation, giving this a lively yet creamy smooth feel. Medium body.
O: exceptionally enjoyable; higher ABV is well hidden. Nearly world-class Belgian Bruin, similar to Maredsous.
02-12-2012 05:15:30 | More by chinchill
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
Light brown yeast treat with a great spicy fruity aroma and aggressive carbonation. Thanks John. Candi and caramel, a bit burnt mollasses that gives it a dark fruit prune edge. good dubbel style that may improve by mellowing with some ageing.Lingering sweetness.
11-11-2007 02:35:24 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
A bit of haziness within the deep chestnut body suggests bottle conditioning, and a check of the bottle confirms that. Tiny bubbles can be seen rising steadily, but they don't do much to buoy the head. It's a nicely creamy lid of tan but it doesn't hold particularly well.
A quick whiff indicates that there's alcohol present, and that may be part of what's hindering the head retention. Nor are there a lot of hops here to help bolster it. There is malt though, and it comes across in the nose as just a touch grainy and delicately caramelish. Yeasty notes of dark fruit (cherry, prune, raisin) and delicate spice round it out. It is a bit estery, however, and I think perhaps I'm picking up a small amount of acetone.
In the mouth it's medium bodied, but on the light side, and fairly soft and smooth with a moderate, natural carbonation. It hints at creaminess but never gets there.
The flavor simply reiterates everything that the nose suggests, but with a fuller character. The dark fruitiness over top of the gently sweet and deeply caramelized maltiness is nice. I find lots of apple, prune, raisin and cherry. It's a bit spicy as well, and although that has at least a little bit to do with the alcohol, there's a bit of clove-like character to it from the yeast that's nice; it gives it a candyish, kind of fun side that balances against the more serious alcohol and dark-skinned fruit side. Which brings us to bitterness and a drying finish... the bitterness is well restrained, and the alcohol and dark fruitiness do most of the work to dry the finish, although there is some leafy hop flavor underneath, and a bit of darkly caramelized sugar that remains.
Overall it's a fairly interesting beer, and it's pretty enjoyable.
04-23-2009 22:44:47 | More by NeroFiddled
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
By way of BBF 2011. 750ml corked and caged bottle. 2011 vintage. Poured into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a nice, frothy 2 finger light cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear, dark brown amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty with moderate stick. Looks good.
Nose is very nutty. Caramel, brown sugar, bark, and nutmeg. Strange but decently aromatic.
Opens sweet and spicy. Caramel and big nuttiness. Brown sugar is prominent. Spiciness towards the middle. Bark, more brown sugar, and almond rind at the back. Finish is sweet brown sugar with little aftertaste. No fruit, Belgian yeast qualities, or clove characteristics that I've come to know from the style. Still decent though.
Light bodied with ample carbonation. Bubbly and coarse in the mouth and oily and filmy going down. Filmy finish with a quick, slightly lingering aftertaste.
Another average offering from St. Martin. They represent the styles that they do relatively well, but again, nothing sets this one apart from your standard dubbel.
09-25-2011 03:21:30 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
330 ml bottle, poured into a long tulip glass.
Brown color, a bit cloudy. One finger head that reduces to nothing.
Smell is dominated by dark, sweet malt. Quite boozy.
Taste is on the sweet side with notes of brown sugar and liquorice.
Body feels medium and fizzy.
Overall it was a decent brew. I wasn't very impressed but I enjoyed it.
12-11-2012 23:06:22 | More by Ciocanelu
3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
Pours brown with some reddish highlights and a nice little head.
The smell is a little one-dimensional with the theme being "sweetness". Not too much identifiable here, maybe some plum and fig.
The taste, thankfully, is very layered. Stone fruit, sweet malt, berries, figs, and peaches all meld nicely together and dance ont he tongue. The finish is light and sweet, yet keeps you wanting.
I do like the smoothness this acheives in the mouth. Lots of full-bodied goodness here.
Overall, this isn't bad. It's a pretty good dubbel, but not spectacular.
07-31-2011 05:59:10 | More by RomaniIteDomum
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
Enjoyed this one in the company of the brewer himself! Bottle February 2010. Served from bottle into a St. Martin tulip. Poured ruby red with a three finger light tan head that subsided to two fingers really slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, plum, raisins, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really liked how complex the flavor was on this one for a Dubbel. However at 8% you definitely would have thought it was much higher due to the flavors of alcohol you got off of it. The aroma was a little weak in comparison to the flavor but was still pretty nice. A definite must try if you get the opportunity.
08-26-2011 17:31:17 | More by thagr81us
4.22/5 rDev +16.6%
Poured out of a bottle into a tulip glass, Abbey St. Martin Brown is the color of richly-steeped iced tea, with a thick, off-white head that leaves behind little to no lacing. The smell is malty, with overtones of chocolate and just the barest hint of sweetness -- maybe molasses?
Abbey St. Martin Brown's first taste is rich, roasted malts, followed closely by dark fruits, which are relatively restrained. The beer has a decent mouthfeel, and is refreshing for a dubbel, with moderate carbonation. It's eminently drinkable, and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. If it's been around since 1096, it's got to be good; run out and get yourself some today.
05-21-2011 14:08:50 | More by farlieonfootie
3.35/5 rDev -7.5%
A: Poured a very nice dark cherry-amber with a thin, fizzy dark beige head that didn't care to stick around long. A strong carbonation presence is detected when held up to the light.
S: sweet and alcohol laced with ripe cherries and dark caramel.
T: The initial flavor was spicy alcohol fusels with ripe cherries and caramel. There is a sharp acidity detected as well some black licorice and ripe prunes. The flavor however really thins out in the finish and disappoints with only a acidic alcohol presence and not much else flavor or substance wise. The heavy handed carbonation distracts from the flavor.
M: active from the aggressive carbonation that is way to fizzy at times with ripe cherries and alcohol fusels. The texture and body is really light and slick on the tongue.
D: Not bad flavor wise but certainly would not hold my attention beyond the initial first drink. Thins out towards the finish and is somewhat disappointing after a initial promising start.
07-06-2008 14:29:38 | More by beerthulhu
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
Bottle: Poured a hazy deep brown color ale with large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with good Belgian malt backbone. Taste is also a nice mix between some candi sugar and strong malt backbone with some notes of dry fruits such as raisins. Good carbonation and full body with no noticeable alcohol. Very well done overall and a bit more character would have made this even better.
02-07-2009 03:55:38 | More by Phyl21ca
3.05/5 rDev -15.7%
Pours a clear garnet color with a tight off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Smells of sweet, dark fruits.
Tastes of dark fruits and some yeast spice. Dark fruits are characterized by figs and raisins. Some sweetness comes through as well. A touch of sour cherries is present. Spicy notes are noticeable, but weak. Alcohol is hidden and not noticeable. Overall, it is pretty weak on the palate and does not really make me pay attention to it.
Mouthfeel is medium-light with a fizzy amount of carbonation.
10-31-2010 03:19:39 | More by ocelot2500
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
A: The beer is slightly hazy dark brown in color and poured into a goblet with a finger high beige head that quickly dissipated. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible, which consistently leaves a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste has a mild amount of sweetness and the flavors are very similar to the smell with notes of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruits along with some hints of spices. The finish tastes slightly metallic.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth with lots of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden.
09-01-2010 01:26:52 | More by metter98
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
I'm on a quest to drink every Belgian Dubbel I can get my hands on. I've not reviewed them, but I'm going to try to be better about it in the future!
Appearance - Typical, middle of the road look to it. Dark color, decent head, small flecks of gunk in there.
Smell - Figs, dark sweet smells. Almost too sweet smelling, honestly. But it walked that edge safely without falling off.
Taste - Slightly better than average. It had the right flavors, but they didn't balance and combine into awesomeness. Dark fruit, molasses, the sweetness from the smell really took over the taste.
Mouthfeel - A bit thinner than the norm. Average.
03-31-2011 22:58:18 | More by JNewbs
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
St. Martin Brune
Appearance: Brown, large head, and some lacing.
Smell: Skunky yeast and spices.
Taste: Malts, oats, some mild spices, and yeast.
Mouthfeel: Watery and light.
Not a bad Belgian. This is very mild and slightly watery. The flavors aren't too complex, but are very faint.
10-09-2010 03:48:59 | More by megahurts4
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet. Label helpfully has tags punched at "February" and "2010." Almost four years old. Can it walk and talk? We shall see.
Appearance 4.0: Poured out a murky (i.e. opaque) dark brown with a nice 1/2" head. This faded into a frothy film on top that lasted the entire session. No lacing at all.
Smell 4.25: Very nice. Hints of acetone and poly-phenols as you draw in closer to the glass and then your olfactory glands get assaulted with this lovely raisin, dried fruit, dark malt and bright caramel bouquet. Just gorgeous.
Taste 4.0: Front is smooth and dry with hints of earthy tanins and deeply roasted grains. Middle is smooth and balanced, but with very little to add to the flavor profile. Maybe think of it as a "time out." Finish is a cacophony of tastes: dark malt, toasted grains, dried dark stonefruits, noble hops, figs...wow, it goes on and on. Aftertaste reflects these same tastes and then some and is long, appealing and delicious. You will definitely want another sip.
Mouthfeel 4.0: Balanced, refined and certainly enhances the taste of this brew.
Overall 4.0: This is another unique take on the standard Belgian Dark and it is nonetheless still outstanding. Balanced, smooth and very refreshing in spite of its big ABV, this beer is excellent for sessioning or simply trying the style. Definitely a "gateway" beer into the wider and more apocalyptic realm of Belgian Darks. The path hath been lain before you, pilgrim. Here there be...dragons.
01-12-2014 06:54:57 | More by BeerDocT
St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
82 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.