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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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very good

68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 168
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | 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 UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with a gigantic foamy khaki head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Thick streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and grape juice. Taste is much the same with grape juice and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but there seems to be a bit too much carbonation in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured cloudy dark brown in color with a two finger high off-white head that died down but consistently left a thick layer of bubbles floating on the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of malty sweetness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has notes of apples, candi sugar and caramel. The flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is well masked, but the alcohol quickly catches up to you.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caught somewhere between Belgian Strong Dark Ales (or Quads) and a stiff Dubbel, this beer is anything but 'gold' as the label suggests.

Adriaen pours with a rich ruby color that hedges on brown hues to accompany the rusty brown. Mild haze masks clarity but the deep garnet-like gaze allows for a clean appearance. A mild eggshell foam amounts to a 1" head that eventually reduces to a creamy sheet across the surface but holding firm after which.

A malty, sugrary mix gives a soft grain scent with sweet plumb, grape, blackberry, and apple aromas. Light spicy and acidic notes gives a reprieve from the sweetness and fruitiness. Lightly winey and vinous.

Rich flavors of cotton candy sweetness, thin maltiness, and fruity richness form the framework for the layers of flavors that reveal themselves. Plumbs, grapes, dark berries, currants, dates, and figs all come to life in the estery display. Mild cocoa (maybe cola nut) flavor play with a butter, cinamon toast character for a rich and spicy effect. Very delicious but the beer could use some melding- seems a bit immature.

Rich and effervescent up front, the beer seems to have an early creaminess only to transition quickly to a lightened (not thin) body that dries out wonderfully with a fruity/spicy finish with moderate warth and a medium sweet linger.

Whether the beer is a strong Dubbel or a Quad, it has a lot of the halmarks that make Chimay Blue and Westmalle Dubel great. With less burn and deeper malty/confectioner's sugar balance we may end up with a Malheur 12 or De Dolle Oerbier quality. But not far off the mark.

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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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body, ruby-hued at the edges, and with an initially large, beige head.

Smell: Lightly toasted dark bread, given some sweetish sugary accents and a little sprinkling of ground nuts blended with a variety of fruit notes, a sliver of alcohol, and a lightly earthy yeastiness.

Taste: Fruity, nutty dark sugar crystals, with further fruit-based tastes of ripe plum, hawthorn berries, apple, and grapeskins. Slow-moving maltiness of dark bread given a thin veneer of chocolate powder and sweet dark brown sugar. Slight yeastiness. Pinch of peppercorns. Fairly light touch of alcohol. Lively, fruity, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation, nicely effervescent.

Overall: The Dark Gold Ale has a pleasant sweetness to it, ample carbonation, the alcohol is fairly well concealed, and delivers a nice mix of flavors. I enjoyed it. One for all, all for one, Musketeer-lookin' guy!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Another random treat from the beer of the month club. It pours a translucent garnet-brown topped by over a finger of light beige foam. The nose comprises rye bread, figs, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, dark wheat, and honey-drizzled biscuits. The taste holds all of these elements, adding some red apple skin, black grapes, and a dash of black pepper. It's all a nice melange of fruit and spice, nearing the depth and complexity of a quad, but falling short in a couple areas. Very tasty stuff. The body is a stoic medium, with a moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a cottony finish. Overall, a very nice BSDA, another pleasant surprise from the club.

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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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a red-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is toffee with a little bit of tartness. I am not sure if the tartness is supposed to be in the beer or not, since I drank a sour beer prior to this. The flavor is toffee, dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As one of the many beers featured on Tournée Générale, I was immediately interested to try this Belgian which I hadn't had before. There's 750 ml of "dark gold" inside, which I plan to indulge myself into. On to the beer:

Poured into a Leffe chalice, its color is toasted amber with hues ranging from berry red to chocolate brown. The head is a finger's thick, somewhat creamy looking, and holding up well on top. It has an appealing nose; some fruity yeast provide an immedate spark to my nose. Lighter tones of pear and a "dry hoppiness" too, which provides citrus peel.

It's not often you find a Belgian dark that has a reasonable snap of hops. The pear syrup and esters are good starts, and when you expect another wave of those same flvors, you get a blast of hops, bringing some herbal and lemon. It also gives the beer a drying finish. Paired with the 8.5% ABV being inserted well, it makes for a beer that is reasonably appetizing.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark reddish mahogany amber with a massive three finger tan head the dissipates slowly to a thick pillow, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of dark, sweet malt and dark fruit. Pleasant flavor of dark fresh and dried fruit, pear and apple, Belgian yeast, sweet malt. Finishes with surprisingly sharp hops, intensified by active, peppery carbonation. Flavor is in the moderate intensity range and is somewhat sweet. Light bodied with sparkling carbonation. Not an intensly flavored Belgian, but well made and pleasant to drink.

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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.

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Photo of tone77
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark iced tee color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, kind of sweet. Taste is caramel malts, a bit sweet, dark fruits, alcohol well hidden, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth seeking out.

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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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was an absolutely massive, creamy, off white, extremely long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good aroma of fruit, yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, malt, a little caramel, apples, and dark fruit. Doesn't quite live up to the expectations of the appearance and smell, but it is a solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A bit shaky in spots, but on the whole, a well done, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly hazy, dark mahogany with a fairly thick, if not persistent, pale tan head. Aroma is fairly strong and mainly fruity, like a brandy or cider, with some grassy and malty hints. Flavor is fruity - mainly apple - and malty with hints of caramel, grass and brown sugar. Texture is milk-smooth and quite fizzy, leaving behind a nice tingle that lingers for a little while.

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Photo of drpimento
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This from a bottle of about 9 months ago. Served at about 50 degrees F. Poured with a very fizzy, light brown head that quickly subsided to almost zero and no lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark ripe fruits, yeast, a bit of toffee. Flavor's exactly the same. Body is ok and carbonation is just sufficient to counter the background sweetness. Finish is like flavor but painted on a canvas of sweetness which impressions are of medium length. Not bad, not great. I suspect I didn't store this optimaly.

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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.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Very dark brown pour, nearly no light gets through. Billowing light ran head.

Aroma, malt, wood, yeast, spice. Some molasses, raisin.

Taste, a nice blend of malt, yeasty spice, some molasses and candi sugar. A little clove and tropical fruit. Finish is mostly brown sugar and raisin.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation helps with the sweet. Also makes it drink pretty well, just a little warming.
I enjoyed this, price was not bad either.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tannish head. In the aroma, sweet caramel mixed with some candy sugar. In the taste, dark fruit, caramel, and a nice small bitterness. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel in the aftertaste. Kind of like a quad, and it is quite nice.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Dark? Yes. Gold? No. This was an amber/brown color and it poured with a thick, fizzy cap.

s: Warm banana esters and toffe-like candi sugar.

t: Mirrors the smell with a long, dry, floral finish that hadhints of cococa.

m: Full bodied with very active, fizzy carbonation.

o: Not all that deep or complex, but very satisfying overall.

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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Roman N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.