Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale - Brouwerij Roman N.V.
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3.61/5 rDev -5.7%
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
11-09-2013 05:00:11 | More by RandomExile
3.51/5 rDev -8.4%
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
08-01-2013 21:04:53 | More by benfons
3.73/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
08-01-2013 17:32:11 | More by biegaman
3.73/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
06-01-2013 17:54:25 | More by MikeB20
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
A: Poured a nice brownish-red with a large white foam which recedes to a fine white foam about the perimeter of the glass. Poured into a chimay tulip glass, foam receded quickly and revealed nice bouquet
S: Bouquet hints of fruit (grape must? sour apple), little caramel and carob. Hint of rust.
T: foreward taste slightly metallic, hint of grape must, followed by sweet and malty with hint of hops which rapidly disappears to a clean finish
M: Highly carbonated which contributes to its mild acidic/bitter taste, clean finish. good accompaniement to cheese or sausage plate. Cleans the palate with each sip
Overall a very good beer, enjoyed on my patio and matches well with pizza or other grease laden meals
05-11-2013 22:32:35 | More by ThaneMcC
4.01/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
03-12-2013 02:39:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Brouwerij Roman N.V.
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