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Abbaye De St Amand - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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BA SCORE
80
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28 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Stavage on 05-23-2009)
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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of bskrtz
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2ounce bottle served cold in glass beer challis

A) Heffe in appearance, cloudy with off white billowy head. Settles to quarter inch head which lasts throughout the pour. Brass color with shade of grey

S) Sweet Belgian candy sugar, tart, sour dough.

T) Very sweet with apple, banana, peer, coriander. Classic Belgian blonde. Wonderful

M) Sticky sweet with tons of carbonation. Thick and complex. I truly enjoy these effervescent bottle conditioned beers and this one does not dissappoint.

O) St. Amand is now on my list, though difficult to find I will seek it out. Note of caution: the first I opened was a gusher. You are fore-warned.

bskrtz, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

someone correct me if i'm wrong (read this in randy mosher's book?), but gin was made illegal in belgium some time ago for quite a few years. during that time, strong beers with flavor profiles similar to gin became very popular, and basically evolved in to what we now know as tripel. it says on the bottle that this is an homage to tradition, so maybe that is what they are going for here? looks gorgeous. gusher, but no chunkies. glowing, hazy white gold with a white head that holds forever and leaves great lace. nose is fruit (peach, pear, nectarine?), citrus, sweet bread and herbs with alcohol just poking it's head through a bit. boo ya! there it is in the taste... i wouldn't necessarily know it from the nose, but the taste is sweet fruit at first that is cut through by herbiness and a very pleasant warming sensation that is herbal like eucalyptus is warming (but tasting more similar to pine branch/sap) yet ultimately heart-warmingly boozy. very similar to an old-school style cocktail made with real sugars, fresh herbs and gin. good balance and medium body that is surprisingly creamy with an herbal finish that lingers. very nice. good fun. definitely for the gin lovers in the beer world, or your friends that drink gin but don't "like" beer!

timtim, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark gold, very big faintly off-white head slowly shrinks to foamy ¼” top and lots of foamy lace. It looks very nice.

Aroma is lots of yeasty bread – fresh bread baked with honey, pear, herbs, faint hint of banana and clove. It smells like a very nice version of a Belgian blond ale.

Taste is nice, characterful Belgian blond ale – yeasty, fruity, bready with nice tingly-zesty herb character along with honeyed bread, pears and apples, definite herbal character but no obvious juniper taste. It is highly drinkable, balanced, well-rounded with some light complexity and winey hint. It’s not super complex, but it is excellent nevertheless.

Offa, May 17, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
J/13 on the bottle
A- This is a big gusher that fills a full glass of white foam that boils to a thin film with a murky dark orange body. The head sticks to the glass a bit before is slides back into the glass.

S- The cereal with a slight fruity note and some pale malt notes. There is the classic abbey yeast character that I can only imagine smells of monks bad breath.

T- The abbey yeast character has an earthy fruity note that turns cidery as it opens up. There is also a watery taste as it opens aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel and a tight little fizz.

O- The nice pale malt and honey sweetness has some nice abbey character. There is no infection notes just over active yeast.

rhoadsrage, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't really say I've had a lot of experience with juniper berries, but they add a nice subtle, yet clearly noticeable tone to this beer. Overall, it's a pretty smooth beer with an easy going Belgian tone to it. I can't really say there is a lot of complexity going on, but it works pretty well. Very easy to drink; probably too much so. A nice beer. Would be nice on a slightly too warm day. The only detractor was that it was a gusher. Nothing worse than popping the cap, turning to throw it away, and coming back to find your beer on the kitchen counter.

RblWthACoz, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of bona2vada
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

bona2vada, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

largadeer, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of impending
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy light orange gold, ok pure white head, minor lacing.

Aroma is light fruits and yeast atop citrus.

Taste is ripe sweet fruits covered in powdery yeast. Bitter nor dry is the finish but it is mildly tangy. The juniper becomes evident in the finish and fronts the lingering aftertaste. Medium bodied, slightly viscous mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

impending, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Loud “psst” when we cracked the cap; not a gusher, but certainly lively. Hazy, dirty straw color; enough lacing to get by. Hints of orange blossom, nougat, doughy yeast and a very faint juniper in the nose. Deep crispness, very smooth. Light honey-like maltiness, floral flavor throughout. Yeast flavor is mildly nutty and the juniper berry flavor is hard to pick out, but its sting aims more toward the finish. Ripe pears, subtle pear cider. Light kiss of alcohol. Semidry finish. No doubt this is a tasty little brew; while somewhat complex, nothing really jumps out, nor does the juniper make much of an appearance.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Unlike many others, my bottle was not a gusher; it poured a cloudy amber with a decent enough head that frittered away while leaving a smattering of lace

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with a hint of sugar and pear

Taste: Bready with a hint of sugar, up front, but the mid-palate is dominated by spicy yeast tones and a hint of juniper that lingers into the finish; it took me a while to detect it but it is definitely there

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; slightly creamy

Overall: Pleasant enough but not something special; I suspect I would like it less if the juniper were more pronounced

brentk56, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of ales4baldo
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation-Small little funky bottle. Metions the Juniper berries. ABV is small at 7%

Appearence-Seems pretty bubbly with a decent size head. About a fingers worth. Really foggy, almost like a DIPA. Amber color. Hefe style look as well.

Smell-Has a Hefe smell to it. Yeast and malts arise when i go in for a sniff. Straw, and small amounts of alcohol. Im getting lemon notes and light hops.

Taste-Nice. Seems to have a balanced all around delicate smoothness to it. The malts and the yeast are there. Get a bit of a zing to it towards the back of my tongue.

Mouthfull-Has a nice crisp to it. Nice subtle carbonation as well. Has a frothy like body to it. All around nice.

Overall-I wasnt expecting too much from this beer but i actually do like it. Its simple, nice, well rounded i would say and good. I would pick up another one.

ales4baldo, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of AZbelgian
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden semi-translucent color with sparse whisps of white lace on top. Light aroma of sugar. Sweet up front. Tastes of malt with an almost indescernable bitter hopness with some sweetness and alcohol that last into the finish. Light in the mouth. Good drinkability.

AZbelgian, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Ciocanelu, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Drknight, Yesterday at 06:45 PM
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz. bottle, expiration Jan 2013.

S: lemongrass, light but complex spiciness, fresh apple cider edge and a wiff of fresh herbal hops. Champagne-like. Pleasant, lively, and refreshing but not too intense. As it warms it gets a little solventy which is unfortunate.

T: Semisweet up front with a moderate amount of fresh bread and yeast that are accented by juicy citrus and spice. Middle dries out a bit (partly due to alcohol) with balanced levels of toasted bread and spice that is well balanced by bitterness. Nice herbal hop flavor rises just up to predominant levels. There is a pleasant depth and complexity to the whole mix (maybe it’s the juniper but its not overt) with the spices and hops playing off one another delightfully. Not at all sweet and very crisp. Carbonation is quite perky and medium-light bodied. Could use a little more body. Alcohol comes through a bit and its quite warming, not hidden but not overt. Finish is dry and crisp with a nice subtle hop snap and lingering bready grains that are ever-so-lightly spiced with the juniper coming through.

Notes: Highly drinkable and delicate. Maybe just a little too delicate and lacking that extra punch of intensity I'm looking for. Its hop-light for the style but any more would disrupt the nice balance with the spice. Quite pleasant.

4000qtrap, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Fest on August 14, 2011. It pours pale yellow with adequate clarity and an off-white, fizzy head. The aroma has a dose of malts along with apples and juniper. The body tended to be fizzy and thin but not watered down. Malts were evident in the taste but nothing really jumped out at me here. It was basically a very average brew.

puboflyons, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date code of A J 13, maybe a best before date of January 2013?

Opens as a gusher, lost at least 3-4 oz of the bottle with a glass near by, ugh. Pours a semi hazed apricot with a thumb of beige colored head. Good lacing, average head retention, still hazed all the way through

S: Bready, pears, yeastyness, lemons & medicinal notes

T: Pears, candi sugar, cinnamon, apple peel & blossoms & a touch of pineapple, a bit all over the map. A combination of pine apple, apple & a touch of boozey lemon & maybe some oxidation as this warms. Finishes with orchard fruit, a touch of lemon drop candy sweetness & a bit of pineapple & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation, somewhat grainy

An alright Belgian PA, not getting any juniper, this one is kind of weird but not one I would buy again

russpowell, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

dcmchew, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of chocosushi
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Duvel Tulip
Cellar Temp
A ~ Pours pale amber/honey with a nice white head. Extra fine carb. Unfortunately it was a supreme gusher.

S ~ Dry pear, white grape juice, lemon candy.

T ~ White grape following through with dry lemon & simple syrup on a bed of dry breadiness. . Hints of pepper, but I am really having to search for Juniper, which I do not like in a beer that claims to have been brewed with juniper berries. Searching not be required.

M ~ Simple melange of fruit flavors. . . finish is dry & peppery. No juniper in the mouthfeel whatsoever. Good balance with mild heat.

D ~ Decent enough but it needs more Juniper if it is claiming to be a golden ale brewed with Juniper berries! This is just a good run of the mill BSPA, & nothing more. Don't seek out.

chocosushi, Mar 04, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep gold color, with thin but lasting white foam. Slow and steady streams of bubbles rise up through the moderately hazed beer. Aroma is pretty boring. Dry, yeasty aroma with hints of sweet malts and a soapy, almost chlorine-like note. Not much going on here, little spice, faint hops, hopefully the taste will offer something more.

Doughy, yeasty malt sweetness up front, becoming even less sweet and more dry toward the middle. Finish has a hint of toastiness but overall there lacks much complexity. Despite the Belgian yeast character the beer is too clean, almost bland. Mouthfeel is pretty unremarkable, sharp carbonation is almost too sharp.

I had never heard of this beer before. The guy at the store threw it in for free, and it was a good thing I didn't have to pay because it was pretty disappointing. There is a real lack of ambition here. It's not a terrible brew, but there's nothing interesting at all about it. Unfortunately I would not try this again.

bennetj17, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a nice creamy finger of persistent head. Little to no lacing. Smells a little bit vanilla-ish among all the standard Belgian notes. Actually, does leave lace...a LOT of it. Didn't notice until I had a sip or two, but it's REALLY there. Flavor is thin for a Belgian blond. Kind of bitter up front and quickly disappears into a watery finish that bitterly collapses onto your tongue. Disappointing to say the least. Nice carbonation and smotthness makes this very drinkable, along with the price tag of $2.99/11.2oz. bottle. 7% ABV is not hidden but isn't overpowering. Overall shows promise but ultimately isn't good enough to justify tracking it down.

SolomonGrundy, Aug 04, 2010
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

mrip, Jan 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

roblund, Aug 13, 2012
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Abbaye De St Amand from Brasserie De Brunehaut
80 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.