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St Martin Brune - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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BA SCORE
83
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92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 156
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 11-11-2007

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Photo of danedelman
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle which expired 6/10, yummy!!

A-deep copper amber color with large white fluffy head.

S-dried fruit, dark candi sugar and dark molasses. What else can you ask for in this style. very mellow smelling due to the age.

T-Tons of dark candi sugar with belgian yeast flavor. No booziness at all. Nice and mellow. Figs, prunes, dates, and candi sugar all blended well over time.

M-very drinkable which could be dangerous. (438 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of garcia2a
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the bar across from the manekin piss.

The beer pours a fine ruby-mahogany color, hazy with a thin fainting head. Low carbonation.

The bouquet has a nice malt base with hints of spices and licorice. Very faint yeast and an even weaker citrus back scent.

The taste was wonderful, caramel and malt were nicely balanced with a great licorice aftertaste that gently faded away.

The mouthfeel was wonderful, only adding to the enjoyment. Very drinkable and social. This is a great beer. (496 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11 OZ bottle into a chalice at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. Has a fairly nice wheat and spice aroma. The appearance is a cloudy brown color a small tan colored head. The flavor is nice, you can detect a hint of cinnamon and there is no aftertaste. Overall, this is a nice beer. first time I have ever had this beer. (339 characters)

Photo of farlieonfootie
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of righthereisay
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a case of this...because it was on sale.

This is an interesting one.

Poured into a beer glass, and it kind of looked like Coke. Lots of bubbles, not really foam at the top. The bubbles went down in about 15 seconds. Interesting.

The smell was not that great. Definitely the weakness of this dubbel. Didn't smell the alcohol though.

The taste was much better than the smell. tasted a little fruity. Maybe raisin, or plum. Very fine finish. Nice and dry.

Something is missing though on this beer. It has a nice body. No bitterness. Very interesting.

I gave it a 4.5 on drinkability just because it is 8%. If it was 4% (which it kind of tastes like), you could throw these down all nice. They go down really easy. (727 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served 11.2 ounce bottle @ 43 degrees, St Bernardus challice

a) Wonderful brune ale with soft white 1 inch head. Dark, cloudy with yeasties and sediment

S) Citrus fruit, sweet candied sugar, caramel and dark cooked fruits

T) The citrus flavor is apparent. Root beer, hint of chocolate, sweet breads

M) Excellent, consistent carbonation.

D) I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It is an excellent example of the Belgian dubbel category (434 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a La Trappe chalice. Bottle date 5/09, so it has some age on it.

A: Opaque brownish hue, Small bubbles form an off white head, which fades quickly.

S: Intensely boozy in a good way. As if I can smell the age on it. Good yeasty aromas, malt sweetness. Powerful.

T: Tastes starts nice up front with a lot from the aroma. The middle is disappointing. Looses complexity, seems watery. Slight sherry and roasty notes on the finish.

M: Super dry on the finish, good mouthfeel overall though.

O: Solid, but honestly a bit forgettable. Lacks some expected complexity, but is more refreshing as a trade off, especially since the finish is so clean. A little age adds a nice character to the finish, upping the flavor a bit. (752 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber-brown, ligh ttan head, some retention & lace.

S: Candied fruit, dark fruit, candy floss esters, brwon sugar, slightly yeasty.

T: Dark fruit, sligh ttartness, bready, brown sugar, light spicing.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, smooth.

D: Good. (260 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured into snifter. Hazy dark brown beer with a ring of golden head. Spicy aroma with prunes, toffee & candy sugar. Taste of dark fruits, wheat, yeasts. Medium body, prickly carbonation. Decent dubbel. (202 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,500 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (490 characters)

Photo of boddhitree
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy, deep, dark amber to brown.

Aroma: Prunes, dark candi sugar, raisins, figs, a hot alcohol smell packed all together. A huge amount of aroma comes out the glass.

Taste: The taste doesn't quite match the aroma. I get raisins, figs, a little prune of the dark candy sugar sweetness, and lots of roasted malts with a large amount of tartness verging but not quite becoming sourness. I get a nice hard bitterness of noble hops, which is slightly grassy and hay-like. I also feel as well as taste the alcohol, but not in a hot manner of an unripe beer; rather, it gives you the feeling of a 40 year-old port wine blended in the beer, which sounds good but in this case detracts slightly from the other flavors. Often on the tongue the sweet flavors dissipate some and it becomes almost too much vinegary.
Near the back of the tongue, the sweet candi sugar, dark fruits come back, but it's not enough to keep this beer a great.

Overall, it's got great aroma, but the flavor is both hit AND miss. I could do without the port wine notes and the tartness is almost too much at times, almost medicinal, so for a Dubbel, it's good but not up there with the best. (1,173 characters)

Photo of ipaequalslove
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, chestnut color, with a hint of red. Nice, full carbonation.

S: Molasses, brown sugar, a hint of cherry. I even detect a bit of cinnamon...

T: The taste is quite reflective of the smell. Alcohol taste is quite hidden...the dark fruit taste comes through nicely on the tongue.

M: Full, but not overly complex. The carbonation was just enough, not too much or too little.

D: A good, but not great, example of a Dubbel. I would have appreciated a more complex flavor...the Maredsous dubbel comes to mind when thinking of a great example of this style.

But, that being said, it is quite drinkable. A good beer. (619 characters)

Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice medium brown amber. excellent carbonation and head. head settles from one inch to thin in about a minute. aroma of apple and spice. wonderful flava. mouthfeel is very good from the carbonation, malt, and abv.

very good. i am surprised there are not more reviews. must be a newcomer or hard to find.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet (346 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown with a little light around the edges, small foam on top.
smell is of malts, dark fruits (someone mentioned raisins).
taste is the same, tastes like a holiday fruitcake.
thick feel, carbonated but flat, if you know what i mean....
overall, a little too sweet (although i like the sweeter brews normally). i think it's rich and filling and is a decent brew, but again, there are better belgiums, for certain.... (420 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color-somewhat cloudy-nice head and a high CO2 level. Nutty and malty aroma-quite bready and a touch of yeastiness. Solid malt flavor with a slight spiciness reminiscent of cinnamon. Nice lingering yeasty/sulfur taste. Good mouthfeel-the high carbonation really livens it up a bit. Nice dubbel and very enjoyable. (327 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : reddish brown color with tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : roasted caramel and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet with caramel flavours.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Dubbel. (251 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Got this the same day as the Tripel a while ago, might as well drink 'em the same day today. This one pours a ruby-tinged dark amber-brown topped by a half-finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, dark wheat, figs, brown sugar, and a light touch of cocoa. The taste waters down the syrup, does away with the cocoa, and emphasizes the wheat and figs. Some raisins are thrown in for good measure as well. The body is a steady, almost light, medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth, grainy feel. Overall, a very nice dubbel, maybe not the paragon of the style, but definitely a nice, easy drinker. (640 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors. (533 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours two fingers of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is earthy, roasted malt, toast and caramel.
The taste is fairly sweet: dark ripe fruits and caramel mostly.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Enjoyable. (208 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Recommended to me by one of the staff as a newer Belgian beer, I was interested in giving this one a go...
An aggressive pour yielded a mahogany brown, ruby-red hue with a modest-sized foamy and frothy head which quickly dissipated and left a copious amount of lacing...
Sweet, prune smell dominated by candied sugars and malts...
Taste was replete with dehydrated fruits, figs, prunes, dates, raisins, dark currants, and of course, rendolent with malts and thick cream...
Nice, overall, crisp, clean, satisfying flavor with a lot of taste and character...
Good, easily drinkable mouthfeel with the 8% ABV difficult to detect behind a thick conglomeration of rich and satisfying flavors...
Mouthfeel and drinkability were likewise satisfactory, with a thick maltiness and creaminess evident...
Decent stuff...
Worth a try... (902 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Purplish-brown, very dark, with ruby highlights. Two fingers off-white head, glistening & fluffy, that drop to a thick, foamy coating. No lacing.

Smells of mild cocoa, slight baking spices (cinnamon comes to me, though I know there are others I can't put my finger on), grapes, candi sugar. A good aroma, though understated.

Tongue is hit with some caramel sugar up front, some plum, grape, & dried apricot flavors, then turns up the heat slightly with alcohol, with some doughy, bready notes developing after that. Ends with an alcoholic kick & bready & non-acidic fruity aftertaste. Even a little cotton candy in there, or watermelon shaved ice -- it's like a trip to the Carnival!

Medium-full-bodied with a nice foam-up. Lingers into the aftertaste with a dryness.

Not bad at all, some interesting variations of familiar flavors. It wears the alcohol well at 8%, & I feel like one would be enough. One I wouldn't turn down if offered to me again. (982 characters)

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St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
83 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.