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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale - Brouwerij Roman N.V.

Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold AleAdriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

141 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Roman N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: eric5bellies on 03-06-2010)
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DUBinMIA

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

dark brown almost black 2in head light foam with no lace

floral and cider like sweet smell, not malt, with a yeast profile toward the end.

sugar sweet malt with a weird blood like flavor, ??? very odd, then fruits like date and fig or raisin. then yeast for the finish.

full bodied with high carbonation

overall an ok beer that i won't try again.

Serving type: growler

09-19-2011 02:52:34 | More by DUBinMIA
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cjgator3

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:39:08 | More by cjgator3
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Mattvt00

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque brown with minimal head and zero lacing. Smells and tastes like a scotch ale, perhaps a tiny bit less sweet. Very little character here, my first sip reminded me of apple juice. Not carbonated enough, was hoping for something a little more complex. Ymmv.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 04:13:20 | More by Mattvt00
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jay for the bottle! 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy burgundy color with evident carbonation rising up to the top. Seeing as I intentionally poured the bottle to maximize the head, it was a five finger light mocha color. The retention is weird - instead of just gradually fading, the texture just becomes more bubbly, until it collapses in on itself. The end result is a much creamier looking one finger mocha-colored head that leaves massive clumps of lacing on the glass. If any beer was made for a Duvel tulip, this one is it.

S: Apple, pear, chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Rather simple by BSDA standards, with a weird metallic note detracting some.

T: There's an initial quality of apple/pear yeast esters, before the beer finishes with notes of chocolate, raisin, and brown sugar sweetness. Occasionally, a bit of hops appear. This is definitely on the dubbel side of the BSDA fence. There's very little thought provoking complexity, rather it fits into the category of simple refreshment.

M: The vibrant carbonation gives this a light, airy texture. Actually, the vibrant carbonation makes this one really scratchy and even harsh. It's pretty difficult to focus on the initial smoothness of the malt structure when the palate is being bombarded with carbonation and - to a lesser extent - astringency. Aftertaste is a touch sweet after a while, but this manages to subdue the booze quite well.

O: Certainly, it won't give Rochefort 8 any fits, but it's not a bad choice for a BSDA. Keeping in mind its flaws (rampant overcarbonation, simple flavors, metallic aroma), it's still decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:19:26 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 04:25:32 | More by Immortale25
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Retsinis

California

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Friend that came with me to Total Wines today picked this bottle up to try.

A: The beer pours a cloudy dark amber brown, with a small quarter inch of off white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

S: Candied walnuts, Belgian yeast mild toffee, rich caramel, mild roasted malt.

T: Sweet candied sugar cane, raisins, yeast, and caramel.

M: Medium to smooth mouth coasting, a bit sticky, light to medium carbonation.

O: Good, though not something I would likely try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 23:50:42 | More by Retsinis
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy medium brown with a small head. No longevity or decent lace to speak of.

S - Nice smells of dried fruit, molasses, vanilla with a faint whiff of alcohol.

T - Decent fruit flavors that are quickly overwhelmed by alcohol.

M & D - Light carbonation that makes it easy to drink. A year of cellaring will do wonders for this beer. It's just a bit to green right now.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:30:33 | More by sabrills70
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown/crimson hue, 2 finger big tan head,
fine lacing

S: light malt, spices, fig/raisin

T: cherry/fig/raisin, solid malt, light spicy smooth finish

M: med body, smooth, solid carbonation

O: Wanted to love, but just enjoyed it.
ABV is well hidden. Would recommend,
probably not buy again.

NICE, NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 19:10:33 | More by BeerLover99
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KajII

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a small (less than 1 finger) off white fizzy head that dissipated rapidly leaving behind a very thin film and small collar which did allow for some fair spotty streaks of lacing.

The aroma was of a dark bread malt and a doughy yeast with notes of toffee, honey, dark fruit (plums and raisins) and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was sweet and malty with hints of toffee and honey from the start with the finish being about the same but with a touch of dark fruit, a strong yeast presence and a moderate dose of alcohol at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow with a nice fruity sweetness left on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just short of medium in body with a mild syrupy texture and a nice strong carbonation.

Overall a really nice tasting Strong Ale with a superb drinkability...

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 16:01:16 | More by KajII
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this in a plastic pint glass. You do what you can while on vacation.

This beer is very dark brown with a lot of foam (about three fingers worth). You get a little bit of light through it.

I smell sweet, some caramel, and a tiny bit of sourness.

The taste is like a stock brown with a little bit of a belgian twist.

There is a lot of carbonation which contributes to a really good mouthfeel. It feels like a light beer in my mouth.

It was a decent beer for the price if you happen to find it at a Wine Depot in Palm Beach Gardens.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 01:27:43 | More by ummswimmin
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benfons

Belgium

3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark orange-brown colour,slightly hazy, nice dark cream, thick head

S: bready, plums, some malts, hints of caramel and cola

T: smooth, slightly roasted, something nutty, some malts, no hops, a bit of alcohol

M: low carbonation, medium body, some alcohol but it's pleasant.

O: not a flavour bomb, but a pleasant beer

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 21:04:53 | More by benfons
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 04:17:02 | More by Nerudamann
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 22:06:39 | More by Metalmonk
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: dark brown amber, faintly translucent, fluffy foamy persistent head
S: malt, roast, corn, slight alcohol
T: sweetish, even more so than the nose, strong flavor of malt and roasted corn, yeast, metallic tinge, blackberry(?), mellow corn/berry finish
M: light-medium, smooth, slightly creamy, very gentle bite
O: One of the better brown ales, the high alcohol content can sneak up on you unaware as the alcohol blends into the carbonation with only tell-tale signs.

750mL / $7.99

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 05:00:11 | More by RandomExile
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froghop

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a small tan head, and some lacing.

smell is of dark fruit, caramel, spice, and malt in the back.

taste is of malt, caramel, some dark fruits, a little metallic, and some spice, ends somewhat dry.

overall a nice belgian strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 16:01:55 | More by froghop
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MikeB20

Delaware

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: 750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a huge light tan head even when poured gently. The head dies down rather quickly and lacing is light.

S: Smells of caramel malts and Belgian yeast with some wet hay and a faint trace of alcohol.

T: Caramelized sugars and malt sweetness at first with just a touch of hop bitterness and some roasted malt character in the finish. Some raisin like flavors as well, along the lines of Raison D'Etre from Dogfish Head. In fact, now that I think of it, there are comparisons to be made between the two. A bit of alcohol, more as it warms.

M: Lots of carbonation and a lighter (but not light) body make for a smooth beer.

O: This is a nice beer with good aroma and flavor but I'm not convinced it will remain in my memory after the bottle is done. With so many world class beers from Belgium to choose from this one will easily get lost in the shuffle. Worth a try for the price but I doubt I'll come back.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 17:54:25 | More by MikeB20
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Adriaen Brouwer was a classical Flemish painter and so it's suiting that this beer (as well as its label which adorns his self-portrait) have such a timeless appearance: very dark in colour, it has deep purple plum edging and a café au lait coloured head that inflates like a balloon.

The appearance isn't the only classic feature about the beer; its aroma has the familiar and distinguished spicy, savory yeast and sweet, dark malty characteristics typical of so many Belgian ales. It has a bakery-fresh smell of raisin tarts and cinnamon buns also.

On the palate, these flavours of yeasty breads and dried fruits collide with a pantry-worth of baking spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove - you name it, there's at least a trace of it. The malts also reveal a sweeter, more scrumptious side that tastes toffee-ish or caramelly.

The baking spices and a strong set of bubbles are nearly enough to distract from an oddly metallic, coppery note that is especially prominent in the finish. Though not exactly unusual (I've tasted this plenty of times) it's still curious how it got there. It's a big contrast to the beer's otherwise warm, soft, brown sugar-like disposition. In all, it drinks quite pleasantly.

As I said from the onset, Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold has a classically designed, time-honoured profile that is representative of so many Belgian ales. As such, it provides a safe and dependable level of quality and quaffability. On the same hand, however, it's rather prosaic and largely forgettable amongst the profusion of other similar Belgian offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 17:32:11 | More by biegaman
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from sometime 2 years ago.

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 19:59:30 | More by HattedClassic
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a tall khaki head. Pleasant fruitiness on the nose of banana, plum, and pear. Some hints of apple and a nice spice aroma of nutmeg and clove. Some sweet toffee and toasted bread in there as well. The flavor is a hint metallic, but otherwise good. Nice sweet maltiness, some banana fruit notes, and a subtle spiciness. Undertones of nutmeg and clove, light alcohol warmth to it as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 20:52:09 | More by womencantsail
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 22:35:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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Radome

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a corked 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is an attractive reddish amber and very clear. It looks like an Irish red, more than anything. The head is off-white; initially it is thick and fluffy, then it fades to a faint ring around the glass.

S - The smell is nice, but not as complex as I expected. It mainly smells like a strong pilsner, with only the faintest hint of sugar, specialty grains or yeast notes.

T - The taste is mellow and clean, like the aroma. The focus is on malt, but there are some light hints of raisins and rum from sugar or specialty grains. Very little fruit or other tastes from the yeast. It got a little more complex as it warmed. The alcohol is not obvious.

M - The body is light to medium. There is some acidic quality from the carbonation. No alcohol burn or hops bitterness.

D - This is a nice, clean, drinkable beer, but not exciting to me. I'd prefer to see more yeast character, spices, or something to give it some complexity and depth. It is very reminiscent of Pauwel Kwak.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 03:46:58 | More by Radome
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Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber. That opens up with a 2 finger head that fades, but maintains a presence till the beer is gone.

S-The most prominent aroma is definitely the sweet smell of dark fruits and grapes with hints of bread/yeast.

T-Like the nose the first flavor that make itself know is the sweetness. I getting a strong grape flavor, but not overpowering. There is a bit of a caramel flavor in that sweetness as well. Once the sweetness fades I get a bready flavor from the yeast. At the very back end I'm picking up a slight metallic flavor.

M-Smooth and slightly above medium in body with high carbonation.

O-A solid beer, but a little too sweet to drink more than a glass or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 00:14:38 | More by Wolfpack2005
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brownish body with massive head and lace patches on top of classic Belgian aroma of yeast, some citric orange notes, some dark fruits like raisins/figs and touch of sugary sweetness. I like this beer and it's a good representation of the style with simple hints of dark fruits, a softness in the light to medium body thanks to yeast, actually a little sweeter than usual (minor chocolate notes?) and finishes crisp with a touch of hops. That being said, I would consider this a "beginner" beer for those who haven't had this style before b/c it's not complex and hence not a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 14:03:41 | More by clayrock81
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thierrynantes

France

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased from "comptoir du Poulpe", and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : red brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : caramel and malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malt flavors with dried fruity notes.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 19:15:41 | More by thierrynantes
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Kromes

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 21:49:07 | More by Kromes
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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Brouwerij Roman N.V.
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