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St Martin Brune - Brasserie De Brunehaut

St Martin BruneSt Martin Brune

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132 Ratings

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sammy on 11-11-2007)
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Photo of danedelman


4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 21:55:58 | More by danedelman
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:15:30 | More by chinchill
Photo of garcia2a


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 20:36:14 | More by garcia2a
Photo of righthereisay


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:03:10 | More by righthereisay
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 14:08:50 | More by farlieonfootie
Photo of bskrtz


4.15/5  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

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 20:50:30 | More by bskrtz
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 00:22:51 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 02:38:52 | More by Derek
Photo of BeerDocT


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 06:54:57 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of roblowther


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 01:31:09 | More by roblowther
Photo of giblet


4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.


Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 19:25:19 | More by giblet
Photo of ipaequalslove

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 18:17:38 | More by ipaequalslove
Photo of pkalix


4/5  rDev +10.5%
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....

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 01:39:44 | More by pkalix
Photo of lackenhauser


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 22:16:16 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of thierrynantes


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 16:19:37 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 01:26:52 | More by metter98
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 17:31:17 | More by thagr81us
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 21:59:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orangey light brown into a sampler glass, with a slightly grey fluffy head. Big thing with this one is the excellent mouthfeel. Flavour is mild chocolate and cocoa, quite deep and dark for a dubbel, but very nice. Some raisins in there, and mild sour notes as it gets warmer. Aftertaste is just a little "off" although I'm not sure if I can describe it. Really nice, although I'm biased as I've never found a dubbel I didn't like.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 16:52:20 | More by crwills
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 21:50:57 | More by dsa7783
Photo of OneDropSoup


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 21:48:37 | More by OneDropSoup
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 22:44:47 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Richardberg

New York

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Amber ale (almost ruby in the light) with little head.

S: golden malts, citrus, hint of dried darker fruits

T: lovely blend of malts, neutral sweet vs bitter balance, some spice

M: good & tingly despite rapidly dissipating head

D: very easy to drink for an 8%, and well worth it. $6 for a 12oz, though, yikes.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 02:12:10 | More by Richardberg
Photo of MillRat


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy solid brown, with a vigorous tan head that dissupates into a thin cover that stays in place. Definite Belgian funk adding some dried fruit and spice (a bit of clove, maybe cinnamon) to a whole wheat breadiness and a bit of alcohol vapor. Flavor starts out with brown sugar sweetness that is cleansed by hop bitterness and perhaps a touch of sour. The beer tastes a lot less full that it is, probably due to the hops, touch of sour, and the significant alcohol presence. Certainly not the most complex Belgian style brew on the market, by why does it have to be? it does what it does quite well and scores a lot more points in the drinkability column than most 8% ABV beers, though trying to session this beer will fog the brain cells far faster than it will tire the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 09:42:28 | More by MillRat
Photo of TMoney2591


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 23:48:29 | More by TMoney2591
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St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
82 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.