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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 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 djbow
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich caramel color. Though this is called Dark Golden Ale, color is in no way "golden." The head is rich and foam when poured, however it reduces quickly leaving a thin bubbly top on the surface. Overall the carbonation level is mild and dances pleasantly across your tongue.

The aroma is sweet, fruity, faintly hoppy and slightly spicy. Not a hint of alcohol hits the nose even though this is a 8.5% ABV brew.

At a nice ambient temperature, fruit, sweet malt, spice, and semi-sweetness became shine through. Unlike its dark color, the taste is light, smooth, sweet and very approachable. After swallowing the taste of vanilla and chocolate linger in the mouth.

All-in-all this is a truly enjoyable year-round beer.

Serving Temp = 54F

Glass Type = Trumpet Top Pint Glass

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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.


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Photo of Kromes
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark brown with a thick, fluffy tan colored head.

S: Clove, Belgian yeast, grassy hops, and a bit of a mineral aroma to it.

T: A big booze and candi sugar taste up front that fades into a slight clove and cherry with some hop bitterness and a very slight mineral/metallic tang. As with most Belgians, it improves in flavor after the initial alcohol shock and as it warms.

M: Medium-heavy body with high carbonation.

O: I like the flavors in the beer, not as complex as others that I've had and didn't care for the slight tang in the finish. The booze is definitely evident and a bit harsh at first. It is initially strong enough to mask some of the other flavors in the beer, but evens out as it warms.

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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 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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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of runningjoke
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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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 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 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 bierfreundlich
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of olafisberserker
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Mattvt00
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of ebby82
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

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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 Aiptasia
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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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 sabrills70
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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