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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BA SCORE
86
very good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.84/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Badger6
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jonb5
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Very dark mahogany, opaque, large tanned rocky head, lots of lacing, top marks, can’t be improved on.

S: Usual fudge, molasses and brown sugar expected from a BSDA, but also had and malt and hop content associated with a good Franconian doppelbock.

T: Fudge, dark chocolate, cranberry, finish long, malty with some bitterness all balanced out by a surprising hop content.

M: Smooth, creamy texture, light body, minimal carbonation.

O: Great look, lots of layers, easy on the palate, ticks a lot of boxes.

Photo of RandomExile
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Roman N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.