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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: eric5bellies on 03-06-2010)
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Photo of AlexFF65
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

AlexFF65, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of dan_sawstone
4/5  rDev +4.2%

dan_sawstone, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of clayrock81
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.

clayrock81, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Mdodge8837
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Mdodge8837, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of tard24
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

tard24, Dec 29, 2013
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.

Badger6, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of cuy50
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

cuy50, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of lockewoodfin
4/5  rDev +4.2%

lockewoodfin, Dec 04, 2013
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.

jonb5, Nov 24, 2013
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

RandomExile, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Luiz0930
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Luiz0930, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

dcmchew, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Stugotzo
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Stugotzo, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of swimnadd
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

swimnadd, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of jspaner
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jspaner, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

HomeyJosey, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

DaPan, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of benfons
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

benfons, Aug 01, 2013
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.

biegaman, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

-ronin-, Jul 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

chumpy, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

mrfrancis, Jun 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

dertyd, Jun 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

CEDAMA, Jun 13, 2013
Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Roman N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.