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St Martin Brune - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sammy on 11-11-2007

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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 90
Photo of ipaequalslove
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.

Photo of bskrtz
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, bought for about $3 in Columbus. The beer is dark hazy brown, nearly opaque, with a thick solid tan head. The aroma is sweet, caramel and dark fruits, maybe a little cough syrup, kind of reminds me of Gouden Carolus or an aged Belgian dark ale (which this might be, I don't see a date stamp). The taste is estery, dark fruits like plums and raisins, some ethanol too, OK but not mindblowing considering all the Belgian ales of high quality out there. Average body, drinkability is set to "slow" which is probably about right for the style. Overall average-to-middling.

Photo of roblowther
4.02/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Richardberg
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of organicbrewer
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark to the point of being almost black with a foamy tan head this beer smells like raisin tarts. The flavour favours the fruit over the dark musty side of a dubbel. Not a ton of complexity but a pleasand dubbel that is like raisin pie with a funky Belgian twist.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of garcia2a
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of becktone
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle
8.0% ABV
I tried this beer on March 7, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's in Toronto, Ontario. The beer poured a dark cloudy reddish-brown colour with a tan coloured head. The aroma was sweet malt, some yeast, and raisins. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with high-carbonation, almost champagne-like. The flavour was also sweet malt, with a definite alcoholic taste in back.

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.


Photo of sacfly
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of ATPete
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz sample bottle

A- Pours a murky brown amber with a rather large tan head which dissipates pretty quickly

S- Raison, Dates, Alcohol, Malt, some banana? Interesting (in a good way) nose.

T- Pretty nice, a lot of caramel and candi sugar upfront, notes of mocha, chocolate, coffee bean and ginger. Some hop bitterness upon the finish.

M- Average for your standard "abbey dubbel" just the right amount of carbonation. Too much residual sugar leaves a very sticky coating on your lips, i guess this counts as part of mouth feel.

D- Fair. After 2 i would surely get bored.

R- Although very tasty, the Abbey De Saint-Martin Brune just did not impress me, its a good representation of the style but there's something about its cheap packaging and its overall execution that doesn't do it for me. I'll still judge it fairly.

Photo of dsa7783
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...

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
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."

Photo of crwills
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.

Photo of mcallister
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A russet burgundy colored elixir with a light whispy off white head, almost tan, fades quickly into a creamy topper.

Nose is deliciously complex and full of dried fruit character. Date, raisin, black mission fig, brown sugar, and a blast of caramel that seems to be covered in milk chocolate. An amazing nose with endless esters and perfumes making themselves known.

Much lighter in complexity in the mouth which may be a culprit of over carbonation. The beer has a very prickly carbonation that blasts the tastebuds and makes things hard to comprehend. Caramel notes with very minor milk chocolate accents with much less pronounced dried fruit characteristicts. Mainly dates with a bit of prune. A floral bitterness comes through on the finish as well as some alcohol burn in the chest.

Photo of Derek
4.09/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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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St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
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