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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 Sammy
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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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 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 Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, a sort of straggler in relation to a number of its siblings who arrived here a while back.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy beige head, which leaves some random chunky paint-splash lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of complex caramel malt, bready toffee, mixed dark orchard fruit (plums and dried cherries, mostly), earthy yeast, reduced brown sugar, kind of musty weedy and leafy hops, and a subtle, but still bristling booziness. The taste is more bready, doughy caramel malt, muddled underripe black fruit, dry molasses, edgy yeast, more underwhelming earthy, straw-like hop bitterness, and a vanilla-tinged alcohol warming.

The carbonation is quite pervasive in its tight and tongue-tickling frothiness, the body just on the light side of yer typical medium weight, and mostly smooth, a wee yeasty acridity rendering its stamp of interference. It finishes off-dry, yet not by as much as one might have been expecting - grainy, slightly fruity, and understatedly warm.

Not an earth-moving or write home to your pals about sort of brew - more of a simple, easy-drinking strong local ale, that is, if your locality is the southwest - of Belgium, natch. Overall, the 16-proof heat does well to remain in the shadows, allowing a few other minor cracks to be detected, but nothing altogether that worrisome.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Russet that takes on a polished gem-like quality when backlit with morning sunshine. The head is decent, but it isn't up the standards of the best Belgian dubbels. The foam is ecru in color and is brittle and crackly. No more than a few arcing streamers of lace stick to the glass.

If one can get past the metallic character of the aroma, there's actually something to like (note: the metal fades in time). The nose delivers the usual medium-dark fruitiness of the style, smells sweeter than most versions, and doesn't contain much yeasty breadiness or spiciness. This one could go either way on the taste buds.

Brune is not a top-notch dubbel. The mouthfeel is too light, the carbonation is too fizzy and the beer isn't the least bit complex. It tastes like an offering from a brewery that's just getting started. The notation on the neck label ('anno 1096') would suggest that they've been around for a few years.

The brown maltiness has a saccharine-like sweetness that doesn't quite cross the line into cloying. Let's go with sugared pecans and sticky dates swimming in a pool of watery milk chocolate. In addition to more malt and fewer bubbles, a spicier yeast strain would be welcome.

In addition to what has been mentioned so far (and as a direct result of it), the mouthfeel lacks volume. A great mouthfeel *might* have increased the flavor and drinkability scores one more notch. It's hard to say for sure.

Abbaye de Saint-Martin Brune is a poor man's Belgian dubbel. Not that the bottle was cheap ($4.49), but it isn't even close to being well-crafted enough to compete with the best of style. Bottom line: decent beer that is definitely not worth the money.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, June 2010 date notched. Pours very cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense dark khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Decent spotty lacing on the glass, with a small bit of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, bread, pepper, clove, earth, candi sugar, light chocolate, nuttiness, and yeast spices. SOme pretty nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of big raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, chocolate, toffee, bread, toast, pepper, clove, herbal, nuttiness, and earthy yeast spices. Moderately dry on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, chocolate, nuttiness, pepper, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors; with a bit more maltiness over the earthy spiciness. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth mouthfeel with the carbonation. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Extremely easy to drink. Overall this is a nice Dubbel. It wasn’t as robust in flavors as I was expecting; but it was still nicely balanced and fairly complex. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
4.32/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color and relatively clear. Decent head that settles to modest level of bubbles. Little lace that slides down the glass.

Slightly chalky, but it smells a little bit like a refrigerator. Strong alcohol aroma.

Strong Belgian malt flavor with a similarly alcoholic taste. Thin body with a high carbonation level. Smooth finish, but a short aftertaste of fresh berry. Certainly, this is a predictably full flavored beer, but it is small in many ways.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dark amber in color with a small, short livid head.

Smell: Bready malts, a little bit funky. Dark fruits and a hint of sourness.

Taste: Light fruits. Raisen. A bit of mineral water from a Belgian well. Not very yeasty at all. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Smooth enough. Rich.

Drinkability: An interesting Belgian. Good for what it is. Simple flavors that work well.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a chalice, the beer is a muddy brown coloring, dark and opaque, with a steady amount of carbonation action in the body, and a low profile, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of tangy caramel, apple, hints of chocolate, molasses, toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bready backbone. The spices are minimal, and this smells like a very rich, sweet, chewy malt bomb. Flavors are very sweet forward, with a rich blend of old world fruits, including date, fig, and raisin, as well as a solid ribbon of roasted toffee and caramel, some brown sugar highlights, molasses, and very subtle nutmeg spicing. The body is robust, but there is an effervescence from the carbonation that lightens it up nicely. The aftertaste is more of the old world fruit blend than anything, lingering on through the smooth, slow finish. Good beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown acorn lightly dusted in black soot. The beer is not so dark as to be entirely without colour although highlights and transparency are definitely out of the question, regardless of the angle of inspection. Even its head is tarnished an earthy, brownish tone. It accounts for about a sixth of the glass (and even more if you include the threads of lace).

There's a lot more black licorice in the nose than I typically care for. It isn't so much that the anise spice itself is abundant or overpowering but simply that there isn't much else to wash it out. A dab of sweet, brown sugar malts and a vague, generic dark fruitiness both weigh in but neither tips the scale substantially. The aroma definitely fails to enthrall.

And the taste fares only slightly better. The malts generate a sense of all things sweet (caramel, toffee, molasses) while the yeast does likewise with regards to spices (clove, cinnamon and especially anise). There is an amiable dark fruitiness - prune, raisin, fig - that helps push things along. The flavours all fit together nicely, none being overly dominant.

The body isn't so dense as to weigh the shelves down but it is considerably malty. The palate is short-changed not a drop of the sweet, sugary serum that was extracted from those grains. It is, however, spared the scourge of the 8 or so percent alcohol. Both qualities afford the beer a comfortable level of drinkability.

I love Dubbels but there are much more desirable examples out there. I relate St Martin Brune to a lot of movies I've seen: it was worth sitting through once but not really a second time. I liked it alright, it was well worth the price of admission but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to others. Final review: one thumb up, one thumb sideways.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is very light fruit, flavor is light and dark fruit, some sweetness. Bottled May 2009. $4.49 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight dark citrus, and slight pale hop. Overall, the high carbonation hurts, but overall a good simple Dubbel.

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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 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 Ciocanelu
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.09/5  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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice picked this up at the House of 1,000 beers for $1.75. Score!

A - Hazy dark brown almost pitch black with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head that quickly turns to a mild lace ring. Little to no sticky lacing.

S - First thing I notice is the vinegar like cherry smell in this dubbel. Underneath that it's very faint Belgium yeasts and dark fruits but I expect a tart sour brew.

T - To me the sour smell really doesn't transition into the taste at all maybe mine is aged but it taste like a nice Belgium Dubbel. Mild sugars and fruity yeasts clash pretty well with some raisin and candied plum flavors. If anything it's only slightly tart in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and well covered ABV. If I had to guess I would assume it was around 6-7%

Overall a very pleasant real Belgium dubbel with slight tart flavors mostly sweet and a nice body. Best $1.75 I ever spent.

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St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
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