St Martin Brune - Brasserie De Brunehaut
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2.48/5 rDev -31.5%
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".
12-13-2013 04:38:38 | More by anarchia
2.78/5 rDev -23.2%
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.
04-08-2011 00:54:40 | More by Knapp85
2.9/5 rDev -19.9%
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.).
03-15-2010 22:57:16 | More by HeightsEats
2.93/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
04-02-2009 01:13:51 | More by organicbrewer
3.03/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
12-19-2010 17:28:03 | More by thecarster1
3.03/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
11-27-2008 08:19:10 | More by corby112
3.03/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
01-28-2012 16:58:22 | More by Philousa
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
3.08/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
04-12-2008 19:36:04 | More by sacfly
3.1/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
08-27-2010 16:06:01 | More by bump8628
3.1/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
05-03-2014 21:36:19 | More by Arithmeticus
3.18/5 rDev -12.2%
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
06-09-2012 03:44:19 | More by BostonHops
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
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."
02-13-2008 03:45:15 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
3.23/5 rDev -10.8%
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
11-24-2011 17:44:12 | More by brentk56
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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
03-07-2010 04:23:46 | More by belenita
St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
82 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.