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St Martin Brune - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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BA SCORE
82
good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 11-11-2007)
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Reviews by sacfly:
Photo of sacfly
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle
Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a medium tan head. Musty aroma that I find all their beers have. Flavor is much lighter than expected. Mild dark fruit, plum. Cinnamon. Bitter, astringent aftertaste. Medium body, but flavor seems watered down. Much better bruins out there.

sacfly, Apr 12, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

beerhunter13, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -72.4%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

warnerry, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Mantooth, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle

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.

chinchill, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Loveyourbeer, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

BamfBacon, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Ciocanelu, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RomaniIteDomum, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thagr81us, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of nunzo
4/5  rDev +10.5%

nunzo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of farlieonfootie
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

farlieonfootie, May 21, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

beerthulhu, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

ocelot2500, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of JNewbs
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

JNewbs, Mar 31, 2011
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St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
82 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.