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Ultra Brune - Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%


Brewed by:
Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 05-21-2003)
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a murky brown color with a thick, creamy light brown head. It leaves a generous amount of lacing. The aroma is of candi suars, molassass, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Beautiful aroma.

The flavor is candy sweet, with brown sugar and dark fruits. It is full bodied and delicious. A very surprising beer that I will certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 01:37:50 | More by BeerBuilder
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

murky brown... 1/2" darker, off-white head... very thick, but dissipated a little too fast for me and leaves a puffy, cloud-like cap... swirl is great.

BIG nose... with maple, fig, quite bready... lots of raisin, malt, yeast... alcohol, cinnamon, chocolate. Very nice.

Smooth palate, alcohol warmness... a touch dry...

Taste is of dark fruit and malt... malt, spices, yeast, alcohol...

Revisits will be required!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 17:53:46 | More by Fugazme
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patre_tim

China

4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium to dark brown with an amber tinge, many dark floating particles of yeast, with a beige head that is huge. The bottle was a gusher without any prior agitation.

S: Caramel, dark fruits, Belgian yeasts, some snow, some cherries, a little banana.

T: Memories of Chimay or a nice solid Belgian dubbel, dark fruits, cherries, not overly sweet, well balanced and smooth, no defects.

M: Smooth medium body, medium carbonation after the gusher.

O: Very nice, very smooth balanced Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Really hides the 10% alcohol VERY well. My first from this brewery. I love the style and the fact I’ve never heard of this brewery, and now I am enjoying a great beer from them. Feels like I’m visiting Belgium! Brewed Jan 14th 2013, drank on Oct 26 2013.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 11:10:18 | More by patre_tim
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby Belgian 11.2 ounce bottle, new graphics and stamped on the cap (!) is Best before dating of 6-11-09 (!!) This brew pours cloudy and murky beer bottle brown in color. With a puffy tan head that leaves classy lacing. Brilliant nutty nose. This a wonderously flavorful, nutty sweet beer, with added notes of mild brandy, raisins, figs, and soft ripe fruits. Smooth and easy drinking, the 10% masterfully blended into the rear of this high quality and dynamicly strong ale. yeasty final pour, seek out this fine brew and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 23:11:27 | More by Billolick
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear dark brown with a tan and low, yet persistent, head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was dark caramel and a sizeable dark fruit impression. The dark fruits were raisins and prunes and a bit of dried dark cherries. Spices were mostly cinnamon and pepper, but an alcohol presence, enhanced the phenolics of the yeast.

The flavor was nicely achieved with a malt presence which contained caramel, and plenty of dark fruits, raisins and prunes. The flavor also had a suprise flavor that I rarely taste in a beer, horehound. The spices were peppery and again a bit of cinnamon. The flavor contained quite a bit of alcohol but in the end it added complexity rather than being harsh on the palate.

The finish was dry with lasting dark fruits, caramel and horehound very pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium with a decent level of carbonation. The alcohol warming was certainly present but was not overdone. A very nice Belgian Strong Dark.

11.2 ounce bottle. Best beofre 24/01/11 on cap. Ultrabrune is written as a single word on the label.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 22:46:33 | More by GCBrewingCo
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into glass chalice:

Pours deep brown with a creamy head that became a lasting spotted covering. Some lacing is left along the glass.

The smell is of raspberry, toasted bread and alcohol.

The taste is of tart raspberry backed by sweet caramel. There's a dark grain breadiness. Touches of brown ale-like nuttiness and coffee bean come through to back up the fruitiness. A hint of cocoa also mixes itself into the blend as the drink progresses. Complex and well-balanced among tart, sour, sweet and a touch of bitter.

It's medium to full bodied. Creamy and almost silky smooth, briefly disrupted by a sharp, drying alcohol.

Rich, complex and somewhat unique. It may not be the best that Belgium has to offer, but it is certainly up there!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 04:59:38 | More by jwc215
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark caramel/cola color with a frothy beige head that was fully lasting. Carbonation was moderate-heavy per style with lots of suspended yeast particles.

S: a yeasty aroma with dry chocolate and a slight roasted maltiness.

T: malty with a smooth dark roasted character, sweet chocolate, and a fruity (pears, bananas, & melons) yeasty flavor. There was a nice dark caramelized brown sugar sweetness as well a boozy scotch alcohol presence in the finish as well some dried fruit (prunes). Overall a great Belgian strong dark ale with a soothing, soft roasted character with a semi-sweetness of chocolate to balance things out.

M: light but very flavorful with some dry coffee notes coming through upon warming.

D: The beer drank incredibly smooth for its 10%abv. The soft roasted malting truly highlights this beer with a great yeasty fruitiness and boozy scotch alcohol finish. Truly an incredible drink. Outstanding all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 22:57:31 | More by beerthulhu
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five-finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Almost black with mahogany highlights. Yeast left in bottle. Woody nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet caramel and tart at times - complex, clean finish, high ABV is well hidden. $3.25 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 22:28:50 | More by jdhilt
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Crosling

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall, an impressive brew. Aroma shows caramel apple and toast. Flavor has a lot of depth with a unique toast-like malt character not found in a lot of Belgian ales. Hints of caramel and apple as well. While it is unique and one of a kind, it still remains very Belgian. Finish lasts well, with mainly caramel notes and some roast. What an unexpected treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 18:10:37 | More by Crosling
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mbutter1997

Nebraska

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown color, ~1 finger of light frothy head dissipating to thin film across the top.
S: Sweet smells, not very prominent, but nice and enjoyable.
T: Very similar tastes to its style, and close to a dubbel. No overpowering alcohol, covered nicely by the goodness of the beer's malts, chocolate & coffee tastes, all very enjoyable.
M: Tingly carbonation, good after taste, slightly rich but not thick.
D: Very drinkable beer. Finishes nicely and every sip is enjoyable. I will definitely have this again and recommend to friends. Will also need to sample other beers from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 19:02:36 | More by mbutter1997
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a small stubby bottle at The Margaux -- A Brasserie, located on Robert Street in downtown St. Paul, MN...

Dark swirling clove color, nice tan head of 1/2 an inch. Leaves plenty of lacing rings on the glass. Aroma of molasses and figs, with some real sizzle to it. Interesting and upfront flavor, not merely malty with some fruit but with a jazzy spiciness to it, like cinnamon and hot ginger grabbing hold to give a nice bite. Mouthfeel is somewhat ragged, and the finish is a bit on the boozy side. Still, I found this one pretty interesting and yet still not overwhelming, like a nice combination of a well-done Dubbel and something livelier, but toned-downed from some overly hot beers like Urthel Samaranth. I'd recommend this brew for beer explorers looking for something different than they might expect.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 19:27:06 | More by ADR
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Zorro

California

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the efforts of Bross242 and BIF 25.

Best before date of 06/10/09 on the cap.

Well-rested bottle carefully poured into my Duvel Tulip gives me a heavy hazed chestnut brown beer that can pass light but no image through. Very slight tan head formation.

Smell is very fruity and is quite strong before it gets anywhere near my nose. Strong aromas of raisins and prunes with some cherry and apple thrown in the mix. No separate strong sugar scent, but there is a strong odor of black strap molasses. Fairly spicy aroma mostly rides on the alcohol fumes of this beer. Strong fresh black pepper aroma. Noticeable alcohol scent here but it isn't a harsh aroma so much as it is an accent of the smell like a good rum or whiskey. Quite a pleasant smelling example of the style.

Taste is mildly sweet with a clear aftertaste of molasses in the first sip. Fruit flavors that match the scent are the next level of flavors that hit my tongue. In addition to the nose there is a bit of figs and brown sugar to the taste here along with a nice bitterness in the after taste. Somewhat woody and dry in the after taste this is a good choice for a hearty meal with beef or pork as a main course.

Mouthfeel is good, full but not sugary.

A drier easy to drink version of the style that only lacks a bit in flavor to make it world class. Having said that this is a fine example of the style and stellar in the easy to drink department. Well worth your time to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 02:28:28 | More by Zorro
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, brown in hue with a slightly chestnut-ruby influence; massive beige head, at the apex the foam was some three (plus) fingers tall. Head retention was impressive, the bubbles slowly faded to a soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty but not very widespread. Overall the appearance is solid.

The nose is surprisingly plumy and winy; vinous with spicy Belgian yeast in the mix as well. It is a lovely combination. There are hints of pepper, dried cherries, and a good dose of caramel… the 10% abv is not hidden. I like that. Moderate-high potency; it is chatty, complex and fun to sniff (pleasantly unique and yet familiar). I really enjoyed the bouquet. Inviting.

The palate is quite plumy and vinous but not quite as vocal as the nose. The caramel plays with the alcohol notes, dark fruits, dried cherries, raisins, and even hints of chocolate. The booziness is not as loud or as hot as I thought it would be; it merely plays a supporting role. I think this is complex but easy to understand. Tasty, enjoyable… the flavor profile is very likeable. To me the palate is a cross between an English Barleywine and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (20-80% influence, respectfully). Enjoyable.

Medium in body, delicate but lively carbonation, the mouthfeel fits this beer well. I really like the long, boozy (but not hot) aftertaste with lots of dark fruit notes (some spiciness too).

For 10% abv this is a very drinkable beer. It sort of reminds of a bigger version of Maudite. I didn’t know much about this beer when I bought it. Hell, I even passed on ordering it for Beertopia. I mean a Belgian beer called “Ultra?” Damn Michelob for ruining that word for beer everywhere! I’m glad I rectified that. Tasty. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 18:28:24 | More by bditty187
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: incredible deep rocky head and I only poured half a bottle!, near opaque deep, dark rosey color
S: medium nose, musty, earthy character, charred and/or burnt licorice, interesting, reminded me a bit of a deep chocolate pudding
T: very nice, well-balanced, no unusual or outstanding flavors but just a well-made dark ale, roasted malt, smattering of hop finish but more malt base, treacle-toffee finish
M: creamy and velvety, very well balanced
D: very drinkable for ABV, smooth

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:32:09 | More by wisrarebeer
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

350 ml. bottle opens as a gusher, spilling beer until a glass was brought in to catch.

Appearance: Clear body, if you can get any light through the brown depths, big off-white head, sticky and slow fading.

Smell: Toffee, raisins, butterscotch, alcohol, spicy and fairly complex.

Taste: Malty and sweet, lots going on here, toffee, raisins, dark fruits, and a nice alcohol burn. The only complaint I have is a little metallic flavor. Good, overall, but falls short of the best of this very delicious style.

Drinkability: A fine sipping beer, drinkablity is enhanced by the smooth body, alcohol is there, but very well hidden. A nice find.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 03:18:01 | More by TastyTaste
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at Knightly Spirits for $10. Poured a hazy brown with a tan head. At first this beer reminded me of a richer Chimay Blue. In the aroma and initial flavor, there's a big dark berry fruit punch followed by a bourbon-like burst of caramel and toast malt. Overall, the beer is very smooth and easy to drink - definitely worth a try if you dig the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 03:37:40 | More by tempest
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dgallina

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce stubby brown bottle with best-before date of 01/02/2011 on the cap.

Pours deep-brown (nearly black) with tons of floating yeast sediment, small blanket of rich foam, tenacious lacing. Smells strongly alcoholic; spicy nose full of coconut, rum-soaked plums, caramel. Tastes of sweet candi sugars, coconut, lightly toasted bread. Finishes with earthy yeast and a bit of alcohol sting, though generally less boozy in taste than aroma. Medium-to-full soft and creamy body with sparse carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 01:09:28 | More by dgallina
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rust orange with an infusion of dark coral and edges of polished bronze. This is a great looking beer when backlit with sunshine. The golden beige crown is magnificent as well and proudly upholds the excellence seen whenever fine Belgian ales are poured.

The nose is less dark than most BSDAs. The spotlight is on sour fruit (figs and tart apples rather than raisins) and a moderate amount of phenolic spiciness. If it's more sweet and less tangy than it smells, this could be a pretty good version.

Ultra Brune isn't great beer. In fact, I'll need to get much deeper into the bottle to decide if it's even good beer. Last time I looked, Belgian strong dark ales shouldn't be this sour. It tastes like a combination BSDA and Flanders oud bruin. Hmmm... viewed in that light, this is actually pretty tasty stuff if you don't mind drinking outside the box.

Specifics include sweet apple cider made with Granny Smiths, sourdough brown bread, fig paste and steely caramel. Sweet and tart complement each other throughout the entire mouthful. Hops try to tighten the finish, but can't quite manage it. Looks like I've gone from confusion and budding disappointment to enthusiasm in the space of the past six ounces.

Given the ABV, it's amazing that alcohol isn't a member of the flavor profile. UB drinks at least three percentage points lower. The mouthfeel isn't great, but it's good enough. It substitutes a little Belgian creaminess for a little American slickness.

Ultra Brune is the best of the three Brasserie d'Ecaussinnes beers that I've had so far. If style guidelines are supremely important to you, look elsewhere. If you enjoy square peg beer that refuses to be jammed into a round hole, give this intriguing Belgian ale a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 15:52:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Coppery brown color with large head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Plums with some caramel and cherries are present as well. Bready overtones.

Taste: The caramel and plums present themselves throughout. There seems to be a hint of cinnamon present as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and almost silky smooth with minor carbonation. The yeast lingers on the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. The sweetness masks the alcohol nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 23:19:34 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Bitterbeerface for sharing this at the Lancaster Brewer's club meeting. Poured cool into my La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A - Deep nut brown w/ full tan head that leaves lace w/ decent stickage.

S - Nutty, leafy, earthy w/ tobacco-like woody scents.

M - Roasted nuts and mellow dry yeasty notes. Mellow carbonation w/ light sweetness.

T - Fruity w/ a vinous quality at first w/ husky mellow and dry grainy qualities. A light bready taste mixes well w/ a nutty tobacco and toasted malt element in the finish.

D - A nice malty belgian brown w/ plenty of complex flavor and nice malts in the taste. I consider this very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 16:13:22 | More by Slatetank
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 33cl bottle to tulip. A two and a half finger light tan head tops a ruby red beer. The head clings to the glass all the way down its slow descent. Tons of bubble trails interspersed throughout the body of the brew. Head is thick and rocky. Looks delicious.

Nose: Not exceedingly aromatic, much less than I expected, but still nice and complex. Banana, caramel, spicy clove, allspice.

Mouth: Excellent, a relatively dry beer, bittersweet chocolate, chalky, citric, alcohol notes. Well carbonated and solid, pretty darn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 21:12:13 | More by clickpush
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-transparent dark russet with a wheat-beige fluffy head that is quite thick, if not too persistent, head. Aroma is fruity and malty and has an undertone of miso. Flavor is rich and malty, somewhat fruity, with a hint of caramel and just a bit of sweetness. Texture is quite fizzy and tingly so it leaves the mouth a-quiver.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 03:33:29 | More by Cyberkedi
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with very subtle ruby highlights and a creamy, compact beige head.

S: Aromas of milk chocolate, candy sugar, caramel, raisins, and figs are immediately evident. There is a bit of an alcohol scent as well, but nothing too off-putting.

T: This ale definitely leans toward the sweeter end of the spectrum, with notes of heavy cream, milk chocolate, candy sugar, caramel, plums, raisins, figs, and anise on the palate. The finish is silky and long with notes of cream, chocolate, and candy sugar mingling with a hint of jam-like fruitiness.

M: Full bodied, creamy, and silky in the mouth. Carbonation is rather subtle. The alcohol is not all that noticeable.

O: This is a nice Belgian strong dark ale that is just a little too sweet for its own good. Still, I can see myself buying this one again. Overall, I would have no problem recommending this ale to fans of sweeter beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 20:37:56 | More by mrfrancis
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from www.belgianshop.com

Poured a deep burgundy red with some brown tinges... Creamy tan head poured quite thick but faded fairly quickly to very light layer... no real lacing...

Aroma - Sweet dark fruits (blackcurrents, cherries, some red grapes, figs), treacle sweetness, caramel maltiness, light nuttiness, some woody notes, leathery, malt / fruit loaf, some aniseed, spicy hops...

Taste – Quite tart vinuous red / dark fruits (definite blackcurrents, grapes, raisins), marsala wine notes, brown sugar / molasses, light vinegary hints, some pepperiness, alcohol (sherry) soaked fruit cake, some saltiness, some light yeastiness, woody. light hop bitterness...

Feel - Quite smooth then some sharpness coming through after.. Medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable even at 10%...

Overall - A very good and slightly unusual beer - not your typical Belgian dark ale... well worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 10:34:56 | More by mdagnew
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Opaque medium to dark brown body with smooth and creamy light tan head. Head has perfect 1/2 finger retention and little lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light a thick, cloudy, yeasty presence can be seen at the top 1/2 inch of the body along with bubbles that rise to the top.

S-not much to pick up. Very subtle smell of raisins. Even more subtle smell of spicy Belgian yeast.

T- Tart plums and raisins upfront with a solid bready yeast backbone. Tartness and spicy yeast taste intensify for the finish. Sweet raisins and spicy yeast linger with hints of warming alcohol.

M- Medium to high carbonation with smooth and yeasty body.

D- Alcohol is pretty well hidden here and this is a pretty unique brew. Something that I will pick up again. I have two other offerings from Ultra in my fridge and I am excited to try them.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 04:35:02 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Ultra Brune from Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes
86 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.