St Martin Brune - Brasserie De Brunehaut
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3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
06-10-2012 04:54:39 | More by superspak
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
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured from bottle dated July 2010 to Duvel tulip the beer arrives a cloudy deep dark brown with a small 1/2 finger off-white head, some retention, almost no lacing. The nose is odd, dark fruits and belgian yeast, though a prevalent vinegar character that doesn't seem to fit, perhaps a mishandled bottle? Interestingly enough the vinegar is not found in the flavor, at all. Mildly sweet with a fruity ester in the yeast blend fairly well with the dark fruits. Medium bodied the beer finishes with a lingering plum flavor. No hint of higher abv. Overall, not bad but not great. Doubt I'd go out of my way for this brew again.
04-04-2012 02:04:49 | More by hopfacebrew
3.33/5 rDev -8%
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.
02-25-2012 04:51:32 | More by jmdrpi
4.34/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
02-12-2012 05:15:30 | More by chinchill
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
02-02-2012 22:55:45 | More by DrDemento456
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
4.45/5 rDev +22.9%
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.
01-19-2012 21:55:58 | More by danedelman
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
St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
82 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.