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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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: eric5bellies on 03-06-2010

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Reviews by janubio:
Photo of janubio
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. bottle. Brown colour, with red hints when you hold the glass to the light. Big off-white head that takes its time to fade. Smell of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, chocolate, toffee and vanilla. Strong body, good carbonation, thin and creamy palate. Taste of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and maybe a hint of cherries. A warm alcoholic feel aftertaste, and a great beer, imo.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.1/5  rDev -45.2%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of azorie
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.


Photo of Metalmonk
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of ebby82
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of tone77
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark reddish mahogany amber with a massive three finger tan head the dissipates slowly to a thick pillow, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of dark, sweet malt and dark fruit. Pleasant flavor of dark fresh and dried fruit, pear and apple, Belgian yeast, sweet malt. Finishes with surprisingly sharp hops, intensified by active, peppery carbonation. Flavor is in the moderate intensity range and is somewhat sweet. Light bodied with sparkling carbonation. Not an intensly flavored Belgian, but well made and pleasant to drink.

Photo of Immortale25
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown color with some light shining through when held up to the lamp. Has a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains for a while and slumps down to a 1/4 inch ring with plenty of surface foam and very nice lacing.

S- Similar to the aroma of a red wine in that there are notes of red grapes and has very noticeable alcohol fumes. Also hints of raisin.

T- My, boozy indeed. Especially for a beer that's a mere 8.5% ABV. After that subsides, there's a substantial malt base with some dark, fruity esters. More raisin notes. Not very complex. What you taste is what you get.

M- Medium-high carbonation. Moist considering how comparable it is to a red wine in both flavor and body.

O- Not bad, but not great. Pretty standard fare for a Belgian. Would be better perhaps aged for a bit so the alcohol has time to calm down.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured cloudy dark brown in color with a two finger high off-white head that died down but consistently left a thick layer of bubbles floating on the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of malty sweetness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has notes of apples, candi sugar and caramel. The flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is well masked, but the alcohol quickly catches up to you.

Photo of Badger6
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked. Poured into a Tripel Karmaliet tulip. Served at 52F.

A: Off-white/tan head, size depends on pour. Body is a brownish-ruby, some light passes through. The head diminishes in short order, with almost no lacing.

S: Smells very organic, like wet grass, with a distinct caramel malts undertone. The Belgian yeast is clearly present in the aroma. Some note of the alcohol.

T: Sweet maltiness up front, finishes with a roasted malt character. Dark fruit flavors are present, raisins and dried dates come out. Taste is very earthy in character.

M: Dry with a lot of carbonation, the body is light-medium is weight on the palate. The carbonation and body combine for a very balanced feel.

O: The aroma and flavor are outstanding for a budget Belgian beer. The appearance is slightly above average, but everything else about the beer raises its profile. It is not a standout, despite the rating, but if you're in a pinch for a good Belgian, you won't miss with this one.

Photo of mwilbur
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pours a very dark amber with 2-3 inch thick billowy light tan head. Nice.
S: Fresh yeast, floral notes, tea, and a hint of fruit. Very pleasant and more complex than I was expecting.
T: Crisp apple, hint of farmhouse funk, sweet caramel malt, and in the background sits spiced champagne. With warming, hints of melon come through.
M: Surprisingly a light-medium body (considering the ABV). Pleasantly effervescent. Smooth with a mildly dry fizzy bite to finish. Just the faintest of alcohol's extremely well hidden.
D: This one surprised me...a nice solid brew and very, very easy to drink. I would certainly have this one again (but alas this is my only one).

Photo of HattedClassic
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from sometime 2 years ago.

The beer itself is a dark red brown, which appears to be similar to toffee. The beer creates a fizzy, tan head with some lacing.

I get a small whiff of alcohol and bitter hops with hints of yeast. In addition to the hops and yeast, I also get some dark fruits and brown sugar with caramel malts.

I get a bit of alcohol, bitter hops, and burnt sugar malts with a caramel aftertaste.

The alcohol gives a little bit of burn with some biting carbonation. The beer itself feels smooth and full bodied.

This beer isn't too bad but I've had better strong dark ales.

Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark color with a ruby tint to it. Small tan head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Aroma is of deep candied sugars backed by a bit of alcohol.

Big malty taste with dark fruits, sweet candied sugars and plenty of booziness.

Full and a bit chewy with a bite on the tongue.

Nice brew. Great malt flavor and a joy to drink.

Photo of Kromes
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark brown with a thick, fluffy tan colored head.

S: Clove, Belgian yeast, grassy hops, and a bit of a mineral aroma to it.

T: A big booze and candi sugar taste up front that fades into a slight clove and cherry with some hop bitterness and a very slight mineral/metallic tang. As with most Belgians, it improves in flavor after the initial alcohol shock and as it warms.

M: Medium-heavy body with high carbonation.

O: I like the flavors in the beer, not as complex as others that I've had and didn't care for the slight tang in the finish. The booze is definitely evident and a bit harsh at first. It is initially strong enough to mask some of the other flavors in the beer, but evens out as it warms.

Photo of rdickey
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish brown into a tulip. Only around the edges is the red visible; the center is impenetrable. A rocky two-finger head dissipates slowly, leaving chaotic lacing.

Smell: Mostly malt sweetness, with floral notes, in the nose. As you might expect, there's not much in the way of hops at this stage, although a slight citrus undercurrent might come from cascade hops.

Taste: This is an interesting one, and quite good. I wasn't sure what to expect from the Rare Beer Club characterization of the style as a "Belgian double brown ale", other than that I didn't really expect it to taste like a dubbel or a brown ale. My expectations were off the mark. The malty start is very much what you expect from a good brown ale - mostly biscuits came through for me, although there are fruit notes as well. The twist comes in the middle and the end - it moves into a nice pepper spiciness that balances out the malt.

Mouthfeel: Seems right... there might have been a temptation to dial up the carbonation to deal with the malt, but I think the yeast did the work for them and they did the right thing by keeping it fairly moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty damn high. The ABV is well-concealed, and the balanced finish drives you into the next sip. This is a good one.

Photo of djbow
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich caramel color. Though this is called Dark Golden Ale, color is in no way "golden." The head is rich and foam when poured, however it reduces quickly leaving a thin bubbly top on the surface. Overall the carbonation level is mild and dances pleasantly across your tongue.

The aroma is sweet, fruity, faintly hoppy and slightly spicy. Not a hint of alcohol hits the nose even though this is a 8.5% ABV brew.

At a nice ambient temperature, fruit, sweet malt, spice, and semi-sweetness became shine through. Unlike its dark color, the taste is light, smooth, sweet and very approachable. After swallowing the taste of vanilla and chocolate linger in the mouth.

All-in-all this is a truly enjoyable year-round beer.

Serving Temp = 54F

Glass Type = Trumpet Top Pint Glass

Photo of runningjoke
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich dark brown, almost black with ruby lights sining through at the edges of the chalice. Alot of foam reduced to galaxy-like appearance on the surface.
Smelled faintly of lager hops and had the sour smell of saison.
Tasted at the coolest tempersture of spicy hops and esters, somewhat lemmony and clean. Not a hint of alcohol.
As it approached room temperature, the dark fruit,baking spice, and semi-sweetness became apparent.
It is very light and smooth, almost hard to keep on the palate, but maybe not as complex as one would have hoped.
Truely enjoyable

Photo of crossovert
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle says "Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale". Purchased at Binny's Beverage Depot.

Pours a dark brown/black with almost no light permeability, when held to the light, not even the edges turn much of a color though the entire beer turns a dark black/purple carrot color. The head is large, off-white, semi quickly dissipating and leaves nice lacing.

It has alot of typical Belgian Strong Dark Ale/Quadrupel scents. Dark sugar, yest twang, dark fruits, and subtle alcohol comprise the scent. There is a hint of spice from the yeast with a heavy whiff.

The taste is sweet but not overly cloying, the high level of carbonation helps cut the sweetness. It is abundant with dark, rich flavors. It has hints of raisins, dark fruits, dried cherries (lots of fruit), caramel, toffee, yeasty twang and spice, and a subtle hint of chocolate/coffee. The alcohol is present but not overbearing.

It is highly quaffable, though dangerous at 8.5% alcohol.

Overall it was a surprising brew. It is decently expensive but worth it as an alternative to say a St. B 12 or a Gulden Draak.

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I paid $7.99 for a 750ml at Total Wine.

It came corked and caged with some renaissance dude on the label.

I poured it into an Ommegang narrow tulip glass which produced a huge light beige head that was rocky and sticky. The color was of mahogany with dark amber and garnet highlights.

I served it up at 41 degrees which was way too cold.

The nose was of belgian yeast, sweet caramel malts, hints of spice and dark fruits. As it warmed it 67 degrees the spice and dark fruit was much more pronounced giving a fruit cake fragrance.

It tasted of Belgian yeast, banana nut bread, sweet malt. As it warmed the fig and dark fruit flavors emerged and dominated.

The mouthfeel was thick, comlex, with ample carbonation until the end. A bit of alcohol warmth was evident at the end as it went down.

Overall, a really nice beer start to finish but I must recommend a temperature range of 55-65. Decent value, too.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tannish head. In the aroma, sweet caramel mixed with some candy sugar. In the taste, dark fruit, caramel, and a nice small bitterness. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel in the aftertaste. Kind of like a quad, and it is quite nice.

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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Roman N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.