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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale - Roman N.V.

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark brown in color with lots of holding head. Was a thing of beauty in my glass. the way a properly made Belgian should be.

smell: sweet, sweet sugary caramel, dark fruits

taste: sublte sweetness with some nice dark fruits notes. plus, raisin... huge caramel but not too sweet. nicely balanced with all flavors, no off flavors. nice dark Belgian.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: Super impressed. I shall drink more and age a few bottles long term to experiment.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a deep brown and Ruby color with a big tan head and very little lacing.

Smells strongly of toffee and caramel. Light toasty scent as well. Maybe a slight date aroma.

Taste is very nice toffee and caramel again with a slight nutty backbone and the persistent toastiness from the scent. A good amount of heat too. A very light bitterness comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is lightly effervescent with a medium creamy body. Sweet and hot finish.

Not bad. I could have a couple of these.

Man this is a good beer. Not super fancy but it does what it does very well. I'm surprised it didn't score a little higher.

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.

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4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this last evening, a 750 mL bottle with a champagne style cork. I chilled it to about 46 degrees Fahrenheit and chose instead to drink it as a Bavarian might a regular Starkbier (which this indeed was), from a straight up glass.

The beer poured with a great malty head and a great dark copper colour. Great smell to it and an even better mouthfeel; I know nothing of this brewery's source for water, but I do know its incredibly soft and refreshing.

This beer went down very easily and for the 7.99 price I would easily purchase this again.


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4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly translucent, dark ruby-red color which literally looks like shining rubies when held up to the light. The head is small (one finger or less) and tan in color.

S - Smells like raisins, sweet and sour cherries, and rich dark wildflower honey.

T - The taste is mellow but full of flavor. Really rich dark honeys seem to come to mind. Maybe a small hint of sourness but definitely sweet dark cherries and sour cherries are prominent.

M - The mouthfeel works really well with this beer. It has a creamy, full-bodied quality with fine bubbles and medium to low carbonation.

O - The mouthfeel and taste work really well together to create what tastes like a cherry cream ale. My brother and I thoroughly enjoyed this 750ml bottle.

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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.

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4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Orval goblet. Synthetic cork was a bitch to extract. I was curious as to what "dark gold" would look like, but it is indeed kind of on the brighter side of dark. Excellent retention, as you would expect for beers like this.

Aroma is that of sweet raisin bread, honey, even a little rosemary as it warms. It's probably going to be one of those beers that isn't nearly as sweet as it smells, though.

Yup. There's some sweetness up front, but it comes to that spicy-dry finish. Manages good complexity, with some honey-raisin up front and thick bready malt. Long aftertaste of clove, pear, grape. Pretty tasty beer.

Not quite as soft on the palate as the absolute best of the style, but we're still talking really good, like 4.5 instead of 5.

Quality beer from another tiny Belgian brewery. If you like dark Belgian ales, this is a solid choice. At 8.5% it comes in a little shy of your standard BSD or quad, which to me is a good thing.

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Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pre-chilled beer stein.

A: Pours a nice rich brown beer. Head was massive, upon uncorking, the beer frothed out like a fountain. Lacing was huge and long lasting.

S: Smells of clove and sugar toasted pecans.

T: Burnt candy sugar malts, toffee,plum, anise, some sting from alcohol esters, mild bitterness.

M: Rich and sweet full bodied brown beer with plenty of warming from alcohol. A little stingy on the aftertaste. Over-carbonated IMHO. Would be more balanced if it were thinned just a little.

O: Good, a very strong beer that requires a hearty meal to help stand up to it. Not an easy summer drinker.

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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Roman N.V.
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