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St Martin Brune - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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92 Reviews

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 158
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 158
Photo of anarchia
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Ugly dark purple/brown beer with a thin, fizzy head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing behind. The fizzing is very loud, pours almost like a soda. Smells like sweet raisin bread with some caramel apple notes. Tastes sweet and fizzy, strong raspberry soda flavor that gives way to the more bready malt character that has hints of raisins, plums, dates. Tangy finish, surprisingly dry, scary drinkable for 9%. An unusual beer to me. As it warms it seems to get thicker with a dark cherry flavor and a stronger alcohol bite. The fizziness is very distracting and makes this seem almost like "beer soda".

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not so sure about this one. The color was a deep murky brown color. The taste had this strange sweetness to it but it also had a bit of a dirt like flavor too. This dubbel doesn't really hit home for me. It's not the most refreshing Abbey Dubbel I've ever had and not much above average either. I think I can leave this one on the shelf from now on at the store.

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Photo of HeightsEats
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This wasn't bad, but doesn't really compare to other Belgian beers for either taste or aroma. The beer has a nice deep copper color, but the smell borders on metallic, not yeasty like a typical Belgian. The flavor is also a bit one dimension and thin, with neither the yeastiness one expects from this variety nor the roasted sweetness typical of dark beers. This would probably be fairly drinkable, but I wouldn't have too many of them based on the quality of beer for the price. Flying Dog even does Belgians a lot better than this one (not to mention Chimay, Corsendonk, Saint Bernardus, Duvel, etc.).

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Photo of organicbrewer
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy dark Amber with a small eggshell head that disapears quickly

S-Dark fruit esters. Cherry cola. No hop aroma.

T- Raisin is the first thing I taste. Dark Candi sugar, some pruin. No hop bitterness or flavor. Caramel with a little rum. Nothing too impressive. But not bad. A little cherry cola in there.

M- Medium dry with medium carbonation. NO alcohol heat.

D-While this isn't a bad beer, it lacks the complexity of some of the better examples.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a goblet, one and a half fingers worth of coke like head, active bubbling, medium brown.

s- bit muted nose, sweet candy sugar, light fig, raisin, bready.

t- pretty much echos nose, yeasty sweetness, light fig and raisin, very bready, a touch of alcohol.

m- medium, coating.

d- not the best drinkability, could be much more flavorful, but it's drinkable. when i reach for a belgian - which isn't often - i want a really flavorful tasty one, this fell short.

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Photo of corby112
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Foodery II.

Pours a dark brown color with foamy white head. Dark fruit, spice and candi fruit aroma. Quite carbonated up front with lots of dark fruit (raisin, plum and prune), spices and candi sugar. Sweet, but not too much so, with a nice dry finish.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in glasses

A: dark muddy chocolate color (like PG-tips ice tea); decent head; good lacing; good carbonation, good head retention
S: metallic and sour; no hops or yeast
T: prune and plum flavor dominates; metallic, thin-bodied; neither yeast nor hops a strong component; good carbonation makes the flavor lively; alcohol not detectable

A little bit disappointed, esp. with the World Beer Award insignia on the label.

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Photo of sacfly
3.09/5  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.

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Photo of bump8628
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Garnet brown with two fingers of creamy bone-colored head.

Same metallic/mineral character that I've found in the other St. Martin beers I've tried, it's a chalkiness I still can't get past. Stuck behind it there is some clove, anise, caramel, and a hint of Belgian fruitiness like overripe pears. Dry and almost tasteless at it slides down the throat.

Another unsatisfying beer from the St. Martin line. I won't be buying any again. Especially at the ridiculous price of $4.60 for an 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby color with a thin off-white head. Very bubbly but not much flowing towards the nose. I couldn't pin down anything. The first taste is of raisins. I couldn't put my finger on it right away. I hate eating raisins and haven't had one since I was a small child so it took a minute to figure that one out. After that the carbonation took over and the flavors were muted. Of course, not really any detection of alcohol which made a very drinkable beer. Overall, the beer was good but in my experience the carbonation in this style has usually heightened the aromas and flavors and this one ended up being "flat."

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Photo of Philousa
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served in a St. Martin glass from the tap at The Refuge on 1/27/12.

Sits a chestnut brownish reddish with good head that laces. Looks delicious in the glass and the color piques my interest. Chocolate, raisins, and a hint of caramel in the nose. It's sweet, but not syrupy. Amber malt with a thin mouthfeel. Caramel, bitter chocolate. Metallic aftertaste. The coppery taste is very off putting about halfway through. Creamy in feel, the yeast still came through the tap.

This had some real potential. The nose is superb. I think I could have gotten more out of it if I hadn't had the St. Feuillien Wit before. The acidity got to my tongue. The big set up by the aroma was a terrible let down in the taste, as the metallic aftertaste really just stripped any complexity or richness that the aroma and front end of the taste promised. I'm kinda mad a this beer, really. It could have been a contender. I'm going to try this from a bottle to see if maybe the lines at The Refuge were to blame. I'm staying hopeful, I guess.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours an opaque mahogany tone with just shy of 1" beige-colored head. so-so retention; lapses with a bit of a rush into a thin cap/collar around the glass. good lacing.

nose offers a distinct sweet maltiness with aromatic spices, dark fruits, and yeast. nice if somewhat unspectacular aroma. flavor, unfortunately, is a step back. the relative fullness of the nose just doesn't translate; what i get instead is somewhat chalky and metallic. belgian yeast, yes, and the dark fruits are there, so it's not completely bad, i was just expecting a bit more.

medium bodied with medium carbonation. not a huge fan here... in the final analysis you could do a lot worse; but you could also do a lot better.

originally reviewed: 03-01-2011

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Photo of brentk56
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with a nice foamy head that could do a better job with the lace given its heritage

Smell: Caramel, nuts and dark fruit, with an odd beefy metallic character

Taste: Caramel, dark fruit and nut flavors, up front, with some spice developing by mid-palate; the flavors thin out significantly, after the swallow, leaving an odd metallic edge that lingers on the tongue along with brown sugar sweetness

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for the style and overly fizzy

Overall: The elements for a good dubbel are here, but the execution leaves a bit to be desired, unfortunately

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Photo of megahurts4
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of belenita
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - coffee-like color, somewhat opaque, thick beige head

S - like sweet cola at first, somewhat floral. Later on, alcoholic, cinnamon, molasses, dried cherries or prunes

T - bitter chocolate/coffee, licorice, no obvious alcoholic taste. Flavor doesn't last long.

M - light, smooth, low carbonation that goes away quickly.

D - good for the winter, drinkable. Nothing complex about it and not necessarily the beer I would look forward to buying again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL corked and caged bottle. bottled on date of Jan 2010. so about 2 years old.

appears a muddy brown. thin white foamy head that quickly fades. aroma is malty with Belgian yeast esters. taste is a bit of caramel, toffee, slightly sweet. the beer is fizzy when cork popped and poured, but it calms down a bit. on the thinner side.

overall - about average for a Dubbel.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours an opaque mahogany tone with just shy of 1" beige-colored head. so-so retention; lapses with a bit of a rush into a thin cap/collar around the glass. good lacing.

nose offers a distinct sweet maltiness with aromatic spices, dark fruits, and yeast. nice aroma.

flavor, unfortunately, is a step back. the relative fullness of the nose just doesn't translate; what i get instead is somewhat chalky and metallic. belgian yeast, yes, and the dark fruits are there, so it's not completely bad, i was just expecting a bit more.

medium bodied with medium carbonation. not real big on the drinkability score... in the final analysis you could do a lot worse than this beer; you could also do a lot better.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark ruby brown color with a thick beige head that leaves some lace.

S- A bit of earthy hops and spice with a decent amount of sweetness.

T- Some dark fruits and brown sugar. A metallic boozy finish. I was hoping for a bit more depth and complexity.

M- Medium body with decent carbonation.

D- A decent brew but nothing to brag about.

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Photo of becktone
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Dark brown in color with blood red highlights that come out when light diffuses through the beer. It is not clear, more accurately described as murky or foggy. Head is the color of whipped cream turned to foam on top of hot chocolate, stable though small.

Nose: Dark and malty, dark fruit esters-plums and raisins, alcohol hidden pretty well,and some candy like aromas. Yeast is evident and plays a big role in the aroma, small hints of banana and clove phenols. Overall rich and complex, quite nice.

Tongue: Lots of dark malt in the flavor of this beer, though not as much from the yeast as the aroma leads you to believe. Overall flavor seems fleetng, its there then it leaves very quickly, leaving a weak somewhat roasted character behind with some alcohol and lots of what I perceive to be diacetyl. The flavor-fleeting as it is-is rich and has some of the dark fruit flavors found in the aroma. Was expecting more I guess.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The mouthfeel, much like the flavor, in my opinion, is thin and fleeting. Finish is somewhat dry. This is one I'm glad to have tried, but I don't think that I'll be coming back to it. This isn't one I'd seek out, just nothing all that great about it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown w/ a two finger caramel head that sticks around for a while. The smell is that of malt, fruit, sweetness and a kind of metallic smell I can't put my finger on. That single handedly takes the smell score down a notch or two. Fortunately, I don't taste that particular thing. Sweet fruit, malt and alcohol are present in the taste. A little thin tasting for what I'd prefer, but not bad. Mouthfeel is not bad, but a little thin for me. Malt in the aftertaste, which quickly goes away. Drinkability isn't bad. I've had the St. Martin's Tripel, and I think that's a better effort. Still, not bad, and glad I got to finally try this one.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served in my Chimay Chalice. Bottled March 2010 notched on the back label. Pours a dull brownish-purple with a loose, half inch, cream-colored head pockmarked with tiny craters. A consistent sheet of tiny bubble clusters adhered to the walls of the glass below the cap. Head eventually dissipates into a sudsy skim and a thin, bubbly band around the shoulders. Some spots of lacing, but no adherence. Nose expresses dark fruit (prunes and plums) and a mild, vinous quality. There's also a slightly bready/maltiness in the mix. Taste pales in comparison to the nose - muted and bland with a trace of something metallic in the mix. There's also a bit of yeast that cuts across the flavor profile. Virtually no aftertaste - flavors just drop away between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation that offers a slight bite at the back of the throat before culminating in a pleasant, dry finish. All and all, a bit dull for style - not bad, but not something I plan on revisiting anytime soon.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-dark brown, thick looking
-bread yeast
-good balance with slight metallic aftertaste
-feels lighter than look, but very smooth and slightly flat
-overall good but doesn't stand out as special very generic tasting

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