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St Martin Brune - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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BA SCORE
82
good

137 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 11-11-2007)
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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-04-2012 22:50:02 | More by Lee_Hancock
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 02:04:49 | More by hopfacebrew
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Goldmund1

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-10-2012 00:32:54 | More by Goldmund1
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2neardead

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-04-2012 22:54:53 | More by 2neardead
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 04:51:32 | More by jmdrpi
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:15:30 | More by chinchill
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 22:55:45 | More by DrDemento456
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Philousa

California

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 16:58:22 | More by Philousa
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-24-2012 01:02:57 | More by Birdlegs
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danedelman

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 21:55:58 | More by danedelman
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-03-2012 06:13:31 | More by Gregwa
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andrewmonks

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-24-2011 09:06:02 | More by andrewmonks
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Marc33

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -72.5%

12-22-2011 20:48:48 | More by Marc33
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CelticAleMan

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-21-2011 06:22:08 | More by CelticAleMan
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RollTide05

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-08-2011 16:07:57 | More by RollTide05
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Lantern


4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-06-2011 15:49:11 | More by Lantern
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nunzo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-04-2011 04:33:32 | More by nunzo
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Elemenopy

California

5/5  rDev +37.7%

11-26-2011 20:42:38 | More by Elemenopy
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-25-2011 23:10:31 | More by Rochefort10nh
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -11%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 17:44:12 | More by brentk56
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-15-2011 03:17:01 | More by Lawnboy33
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 03:21:30 | More by SpeedwayJim
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks as good as any beer I've seen, as the fluffy tan froth is promising, but we need to delve a little further to see if there are some brains behind the pretty face.

Dark brown with cherry streaks where the light hits. When fully settled the head lingers soft and rolling atop the brew. Has an involving aroma with a nice blend of bubblegum, cotton candy and dark fruits. To the tongue I get more bubblegum, a little grain and grass, and a distant bitterness. Has a slightly syrupy finish. After a few sips the bubblegum breaks into pure sugar, but the beer is never cloying.

A little thin in the mouth, with a light to medium body, and dry going down. I never get even a hint of alcohol, although some mention a certain booziness with this one.

An attractive beer that reveals a slightly simpler side when you get to know it, but never lets you down, and keeps you content the entire time you are together, which is something you really cannot find too much fault with.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 00:33:26 | More by stephens101
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a La Trappe chalice. Bottle date 5/09, so it has some age on it.

A: Opaque brownish hue, Small bubbles form an off white head, which fades quickly.

S: Intensely boozy in a good way. As if I can smell the age on it. Good yeasty aromas, malt sweetness. Powerful.

T: Tastes starts nice up front with a lot from the aroma. The middle is disappointing. Looses complexity, seems watery. Slight sherry and roasty notes on the finish.

M: Super dry on the finish, good mouthfeel overall though.

O: Solid, but honestly a bit forgettable. Lacks some expected complexity, but is more refreshing as a trade off, especially since the finish is so clean. A little age adds a nice character to the finish, upping the flavor a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 00:22:51 | More by 51mmz0rz
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one in the company of the brewer himself! Bottle February 2010. Served from bottle into a St. Martin tulip. Poured ruby red with a three finger light tan head that subsided to two fingers really slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, plum, raisins, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really liked how complex the flavor was on this one for a Dubbel. However at 8% you definitely would have thought it was much higher due to the flavors of alcohol you got off of it. The aroma was a little weak in comparison to the flavor but was still pretty nice. A definite must try if you get the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 17:31:17 | More by thagr81us
St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
82 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.