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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale - Roman N.V.

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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold AleAdriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale

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very good

68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 168
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: eric5bellies on 03-06-2010

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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 168
Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - very dark reddish brown, with about two fingers' worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - on the malty side, it's smells a bit fruity, especially close to a grape type of smell.

Taste - again very grape-ish in taste, almost like a grape soda. Can't discern much else in the taste. Mild aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans a bit on the watery side.

Overall - interesting taste, but not terribly thought-provoking.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a red-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is toffee with a little bit of tartness. I am not sure if the tartness is supposed to be in the beer or not, since I drank a sour beer prior to this. The flavor is toffee, dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of chinchill
2.1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

750ml bottle from Total Wine with a cage and cork seal. Solid pop of the cork, which probably hit the ceiling even though I thought I was holding it adequately.
No foaming, but the aroma and flavor suggest a moderate infection. The aroma, in particular, has some of the floral, barnyard, and basement aromas from bacteria or, less likely, wild yeast. The bottle has a 11/13 date on the bottom and its been properly stored. Searching, I immediately found a report of another bad bottle, so quality control may be an issue.

O: very disappointed.

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Photo of Samichez
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer required a bit of wrestling to get the cork out, but lead to a dense hazy deep brown body with a thin wisp of head that is soon gone. There is a hint of a few microbubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The hint of wet clay and wet stones finishes with some decaying leaves and wet old wood notes in the finish.

T- The wet wood flavor is followed by some caramel sweetness that has instant coffee flavors in it without any bitterness. There are some hints of funky in the finish but it never really grows.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has a slippery texture and no real fizz or alcohol noticed.

O- This beer is interesting but odd. There is kind of a jelly sandwich on dark whole wheat bread quality to the flavor. I’m not sure if it was the beer or just the large bottle of 9.5% ABV beer that grew on me but it was really not too bad in the end.

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Photo of CoalPorter
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JasonSiedman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of azorie
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: rich dark reddish black depending on the light, nice thick lacing, lacing lasts quite awhile, drinking this on the back deck, after a rain shower, quite nice.

S: like any Belgian in this style it has to warm up to get the best flavors. I get dark candy sugars, malty like molasses, plums, dark roasted walnuts. Some hops and as you get down in the 750ml you get the yeast, which is biscuit like.

T: as this got to 60f, I was thinking man this is so close to a mix between a rochefort 6 and an 8, it has the rich dark plum flavors of the 8, but it has a slight hop tang to it. You get back in the mouth the dark candy sugars, some chocolate, nuts, very complex, very nice.

M: thick, rich, heavy body, not ris heavy but DSA heavy, fits the style.

D: very smooth easy to drink, I review after the 2nd 750, lol
love this beer.

I will do a style blind tasting soon this gives us, 6 in this style, I don't think there is much weakness in the ones I can get hands on. Price for a 750 at 8.99 is not to great but its better than $6 for rochefort for 330ml. if I can get more it could be a new go to beer.


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Photo of Metalmonk
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is one of those Belgians that seemed to come out of nowhere...but I guess all beers do that at some point, so I guess I'm being redundant, and I guess I'll never get back the 30 seconds of my life that it took to type this paragraph.

After tussling with the rubbery cork that was all but impossible to remove, this pours a color that certainly lives up to its name: a burnt, burnished dark gold, having some very deep burgundy-red tones. Head is creamy and bubbly, a beautiful thing with plenty of staying power.

I don't much like the mineral overload in the aroma. Smells like a metal pail full of creek stones. Yeast and malt attempt to pull through, and they succeed to some degree, as does some dusty dessert spice. But generally the aroma seems a bit off.

Tasting hints of dark herbal tea, toffee, sweet/savory spices, hazelnut and raisin/grape; a welcoming, reasonable alcohol glow mingles within. Honey-like sweetness pervades, but is never cloying. It sticks around in the finish too, where that steely metallic business tries to work its way back in.

Maybe a little too carbonated, but that seems to diminish with sitting/warming. Slick, buoyant, not a bad feel if it weren't for the bubble-attack at the beginning.

This is an okay Belgian, but certainly not one for the ages.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of aleslover
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of cjgator3
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a an Ommegang chalice. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that quickly fades away.

S- The aroma is dark fruits (plum and raisin), spices and some Belgian yeast. Pretty solid aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits and spices with the yeast coming through in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a decent beer but is nothing I would purchase again.

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Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ebby82
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany into a tulip glass. A substantial head.

Aromas of dark fruit; fig. Almost like a rum soaked fruit, but not in an astrigent manner.

The taste is again dark fruit, particularly figs. There is a very slight smokiness in the back of the mouth.

Smooth, soft on the palate, goes down easily. My wife claims that this beer could console her after a tragedy, I don't claim the same, but I really enjoy it.

I won this at a homebrew meeting, and I'm happy I did.

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Photo of jdscotty
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Stugotzo
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rvajohn
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Very dark brown pour, nearly no light gets through. Billowing light ran head.

Aroma, malt, wood, yeast, spice. Some molasses, raisin.

Taste, a nice blend of malt, yeasty spice, some molasses and candi sugar. A little clove and tropical fruit. Finish is mostly brown sugar and raisin.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation helps with the sweet. Also makes it drink pretty well, just a little warming.
I enjoyed this, price was not bad either.

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Photo of tone77
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark iced tee color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, kind of sweet. Taste is caramel malts, a bit sweet, dark fruits, alcohol well hidden, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of chumpy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice brownish-red with a large white foam which recedes to a fine white foam about the perimeter of the glass. Poured into a chimay tulip glass, foam receded quickly and revealed nice bouquet

S: Bouquet hints of fruit (grape must? sour apple), little caramel and carob. Hint of rust.

T: foreward taste slightly metallic, hint of grape must, followed by sweet and malty with hint of hops which rapidly disappears to a clean finish

M: Highly carbonated which contributes to its mild acidic/bitter taste, clean finish. good accompaniment to cheese or sausage plate. Cleans the palate with each sip

Overall a very good beer, enjoyed on my patio and matches well with pizza or other grease laden meals

Update: I may have had a bad batch, more recent samples have been much better. Metallic taste gone, hoppier and a bit more floral. Much better than previous samples. I would purchase again.

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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Roman N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.