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

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

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: eric5bellies on 03-06-2010)
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Photo of 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
Photo of DIM


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 21:21:00 | More by DIM
Photo of BelgiumBill


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I paid $7.99 for a 750ml at Total Wine.

It came corked and caged with some renaissance dude on the label.

I poured it into an Ommegang narrow tulip glass which produced a huge light beige head that was rocky and sticky. The color was of mahogany with dark amber and garnet highlights.

I served it up at 41 degrees which was way too cold.

The nose was of belgian yeast, sweet caramel malts, hints of spice and dark fruits. As it warmed it 67 degrees the spice and dark fruit was much more pronounced giving a fruit cake fragrance.

It tasted of Belgian yeast, banana nut bread, sweet malt. As it warmed the fig and dark fruit flavors emerged and dominated.

The mouthfeel was thick, comlex, with ample carbonation until the end. A bit of alcohol warmth was evident at the end as it went down.

Overall, a really nice beer start to finish but I must recommend a temperature range of 55-65. Decent value, too.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:49:12 | More by BelgiumBill
Photo of runningjoke


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich dark brown, almost black with ruby lights sining through at the edges of the chalice. Alot of foam reduced to galaxy-like appearance on the surface.
Smelled faintly of lager hops and had the sour smell of saison.
Tasted at the coolest tempersture of spicy hops and esters, somewhat lemmony and clean. Not a hint of alcohol.
As it approached room temperature, the dark fruit,baking spice, and semi-sweetness became apparent.
It is very light and smooth, almost hard to keep on the palate, but maybe not as complex as one would have hoped.
Truely enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 00:16:44 | More by runningjoke
Photo of thierrynantes


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
Photo of 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
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:21:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of DoubleJ


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 06:32:57 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 13:57:44 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of bierfreundlich


4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly translucent, dark ruby-red color which literally looks like shining rubies when held up to the light. The head is small (one finger or less) and tan in color.

S - Smells like raisins, sweet and sour cherries, and rich dark wildflower honey.

T - The taste is mellow but full of flavor. Really rich dark honeys seem to come to mind. Maybe a small hint of sourness but definitely sweet dark cherries and sour cherries are prominent.

M - The mouthfeel works really well with this beer. It has a creamy, full-bodied quality with fine bubbles and medium to low carbonation.

O - The mouthfeel and taste work really well together to create what tastes like a cherry cream ale. My brother and I thoroughly enjoyed this 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 08:16:14 | More by bierfreundlich
Photo of DUBinMIA


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
Photo of olafisberserker


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz. bottle.

A - A rich dark brown color. Poured with a large amount of head that quickly dissipated leaving a small trace of lacing on the glass.

S - An aroma of roasted malt, with a slight touch of alcohol.

T - A taste of roasted malt, much like the smell. Slightly fruity along with a touch of alcohol.

M - Starts off smooth, followed by a quick fizzing sensation in the mouth. A little heavy with a definite warming feel.

O - A nice strong Belgian ale. A little too much of a taste of alcohol, a little over-carbonated, but a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 01:23:51 | More by olafisberserker
Photo of Mattvt00


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
Photo of ebby82


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany into a tulip glass. A substantial head.

Aromas of dark fruit; fig. Almost like a rum soaked fruit, but not in an astrigent manner.

The taste is again dark fruit, particularly figs. There is a very slight smokiness in the back of the mouth.

Smooth, soft on the palate, goes down easily. My wife claims that this beer could console her after a tragedy, I don't claim the same, but I really enjoy it.

I won this at a homebrew meeting, and I'm happy I did.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 00:49:08 | More by ebby82
Photo of drpimento


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 23:37:36 | More by drpimento
Photo of Aiptasia


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pre-chilled beer stein.

A: Pours a nice rich brown beer. Head was massive, upon uncorking, the beer frothed out like a fountain. Lacing was huge and long lasting.

S: Smells of clove and sugar toasted pecans.

T: Burnt candy sugar malts, toffee,plum, anise, some sting from alcohol esters, mild bitterness.

M: Rich and sweet full bodied brown beer with plenty of warming from alcohol. A little stingy on the aftertaste. Over-carbonated IMHO. Would be more balanced if it were thinned just a little.

O: Good, a very strong beer that requires a hearty meal to help stand up to it. Not an easy summer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 17:16:36 | More by Aiptasia
Photo of Retsinis


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
Photo of jayhawk73


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a caramel three finger head that lingers. Cork was really in there- took some effort to get it out. Resounding pop was my reward, along with the smell of the beer hitting my nose. Smell is that of malt, apple, plum, berries, grapes. Nice. Taste is nice as well. Mostly malt, fruit and alcohol. Not quite as good as the smell, but not bad! Mouthfeel is good, pretty smooth and malty, w/ a slight bitterness on the front end. Aftertaste is all malt, and doesn't last long. Drinkability is good- I'd like a little less malt, but this one is very drinkable. Not the best Belgian I've had, but solid. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 01:20:05 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of cjgator3


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
Photo of 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
Photo of BEERchitect


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 04:15:48 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of 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
Photo of Radome


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
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 20:57:41 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of dstc


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark color with a ruby tint to it. Small tan head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Aroma is of deep candied sugars backed by a bit of alcohol.

Big malty taste with dark fruits, sweet candied sugars and plenty of booziness.

Full and a bit chewy with a bite on the tongue.

Nice brew. Great malt flavor and a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 12:19:51 | More by dstc
Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Brouwerij Roman N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.