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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale - Roman N.V.

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86
very good

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 162 | Reviews: 68
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of chuckbeaster
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of DUBinMIA
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Mattvt00
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Immortale25
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Retsinis
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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!

Photo of sabrills70
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
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...

Photo of ummswimmin
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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 CoalPorter
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Roman N.V.
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