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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Reviews: 68
Hads: 164
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 6.72%
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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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. (548 characters)

Photo of chuckbeaster
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

I'm somewhat reluctant to review this beer, because after reading others reviews, I believe the bottle I had must have been bad. The date on the bottom says 19/11/11. I wouldn't expect a beer of this caliber to go bad after less than 3 years, but what I got was bad.

Appearance: Bottle, 750ml, poured into a chalice. No head at all, even with a slightly aggressive pour on the 2nd half of the bottle. Murky brown, it doesn't let any light through besides on the very bottom of the glass, and only slightly, a dark rusty orange. No head, no lacing, no bubbles, so i can't comment on the color of the head.

Smell: the smell is good. Upon opening the bottle and smelling my first thought was "I'm going to like this". It had the characteristics I like in a Belgian. Yeast, dried dark fruit, candi sugar, caramel, minimal alcohol smell.

Taste: The taste was good as well, when i could get past the very odd mouthfeel. Similar to the smell. Raisin, yeast, bready, roasted malts, brown sugar, some spice (cinnamon).

Moutfeel: terrible. I would associate the mouthfeel more with a juice than i would a beer. absolutely zero carbonation. very sticky although it is slightly watery. just weird. if the taste wasn't as good as it is, this would definitely be a pour-out.

Overall: I will buy this again, but will make sure the date is a little more recent. I'm not sure what happened, but something is wrong with this particular beer. I've never seen a belgian with no head, no lacing, and no carbonation. If this had no taste, and i was only going off mouthfeel, i would say juice, then wine, then flat soda, then flat beer. (1,621 characters)

Photo of DUBinMIA
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (1,640 characters)

Photo of Mattvt00
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (277 characters)

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. (482 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of Retsinis
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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! (322 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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... (893 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (546 characters)

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. (1,302 characters)

Photo of benfons
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
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 (323 characters)

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. (522 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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 (481 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich and cloudy brown hue; pretty attractive body. Head poured just a thin layer of tan foam despite a relatively vigorous pour, and what little there was didn't stick around long.

Smell: dark fruits, raisin, tobacco, and a bit of sweet maltiness. It's got a little bit of an oxidized character, a lot like an old ale. A little bit unrefined, but basically quite good.

Taste: richly fruity, again with cherry, raisin and tobacco. Finish is a bit musty, but in general it's pretty good. Finish is a little bit thin, though.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a very limited carbonation. Not at all creamy, but somewhat smooth.

Overall: this is a decent beer, but a little bit half-baked. A little extra carbonation would be good, a lot would be better; frankly, I would have expected a bottle refermentation. Worth a try if you are a big fan of the style, but otherwise not a good starting point for Belgian darks. (998 characters)

Photo of MikeB20
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,565 characters)

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. (897 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,033 characters)

Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (703 characters)

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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Roman N.V.
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