Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale - Brouwerij Roman N.V.
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3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
08-23-2014 02:04:52 | More by flagmantho
3.08/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
06-28-2014 20:22:02 | More by chuckbeaster
3.84/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
01-08-2014 14:03:41 | More by clayrock81
4.06/5 rDev +6%
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.
12-29-2013 03:01:49 | More by Badger6
Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Brouwerij Roman N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.