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Ciney Brune - Demarche Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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44 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%


Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 01-18-2002)
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ccrida

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at In De Wildeman, appearence is dark brown with a small tan head leaving very heavy lace.

Smell is sweet, sugary, grapes.

Taste is very sweet and fruity. Intense grape esters remind me of Abbey De Rocs.

Mouthfeel is sticky but light.

Drinkability is high for me, a lovely beer with lots of fruity esters, which I love, accentuating the sugars without being to cloying.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2013 16:27:11 | More by ccrida
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper; medium head, dissipates rapidly; good lacing

Aroma: Spicy, coriander; orange zest

Taste: Malty; nutty; slightly bitter finish; slightly sweet mid to finish; not bad overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 12:11:29 | More by IchLiebeBier
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benfons

Belgium

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: cola colour, small head that doesn't linger

S: citrus, some malts, a lot of sweetness and not very complex

T: some malts, hint of lemon and an overall sweetness

M: some creaminess; slightly undercarbonated; sticky

O: reminds me more of cola than of beer, it is drinkable but nothing more

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 19:42:12 | More by benfons
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kojevergas

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served into a Ciney goblet in a cafe in Brussels, Belgium. Reviewed from notes taken June 2011. Cost was 3.00 euro.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark brown.

Sm: Caramel, hops, cream, and light toffee.

T: Nice cream on the finish. Caramel, toffee, and full barley come through. Very pleasant. Some nutty hops. Very balanced. Well built, with good layering - especially of the malts. Attention was paid to this beer. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Too high an ABV to be refreshing. Complementary of the flavours on the body.

Dr: High ABV, good quality, and very fair pricing. I'd have this again for sure. Recommended for fans of dubbels.

B

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:37:54 | More by kojevergas
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beerpirates

Belgium

3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 cl Bottle. Poured into my cantillon tulip glass

Clear medium to dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to light heavy yeasty, brown sugar / candy sugar. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 18:21:35 | More by beerpirates
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into a Ciney goblet.

A: Clear dark ruby-brown body under a solid 2-finger head of creamy tan foam. Good retention, lots of lace. Nice.

S: Strong aroma mixing chocolatey malt, rasiny fruit, and spicy booze in equal measure. Solid, but unremarkable.

T: Raw malt up front, with some sweet raisin fruitiness fallin in behind, a bit of metallic twang, and a clean, lightly boozy finish. The metallic flavors are unwelcome, but it's otherwise good.

M: Very lively, frothy, effervescent medium body. Ok.

O: Not a great beer, but not a bad one either.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 13:33:50 | More by woosterbill
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skypup

Germany

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Spar Grocery Store, Dinant, Belgium

25cl bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark amber with a small head with decent retention.
S: caramelized malts and yeast; hint of floralness and fruit.

T: Malty and a touch of caramel; slightly sweet.

M: medium carbonation, lighter body than you’d expect.
D: This is an average Belgian brown ale; nothing special. A good beer, but nothing I’d go out of my way to purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 16:43:57 | More by skypup
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impending

California

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25cl into a tulip. Pours a dark cola, deep garnet when back lite. Dense mocha colored head, nice sheet lacing.

Aroma is of spicy dark fruits, hints of ginger, clove and port.

Taste is fairly strong of raisins and figs backed by quiet roasted caramel. Flavor matches the scent. Aftertaste is short lived. Improves with warmth as vinous qualities appear. Smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 05:21:14 | More by impending
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: the beer pours brown-amber color with a tiny head
Smell: Malts, caramel, fruits and something sour that I cannot pinpoint.
Taste: Sweet caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar, red and dark fruits. Some hoppy bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel: watery body and medium carbonation
Overall: Well, will not buy this one ever again

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 19:31:50 | More by rvdoorn
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 250ml bottle with a BB date of July 2011. I bought this in a supermarket in Brussels last September.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A rich chestnut-brown colour with good clarity. Medium carbonation, with a column of fine bubbles rising from the centre of the glass. Forms an enormous off-white head that has good retention; this subsides to leave a surface film. The aroma is sweet, with hints of malt and some sourness. A whiff of alcohol.

The flavour is rather sweet, with notes of dark malt, yeast and a slight sourness. The 7% abv is well hidden. No bitterness to balance out the taste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, though smooth. Leaves a dryness on the palate, and a faintly acrid aftertaste.

The taste is dominated by a cloying sweetness and lacks balance. Malt and hops just don't make themselves known as components of this beer's character. Drinkable but not exemplary - the blonde is nicer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 00:30:16 | More by jazzyjeff13
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Brownish with a slight scent of roasted malt and cellar. On the palate, it appears much softer, watery enough to be honest, and therefore quite easy to drink. Some traces of malt are present (with a subtle scent of meat) but this is unfortunately a bit too light to qualify as a dark beer tasting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 13:24:31 | More by ThaCreep
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly straightforward, but good Belgian brown ale. Not a lot going on, but what they do, they do well. Poured with a big, foamy frothy tan head and lots of clumpy lace. Head settled down to a light cover after a bit. Color is a clear mahoganey. Aroma is malty, a bit roasty, and toffee, caramel. Flavor is like aroma and malt sweet.. Kind of heavy body and decent carbonation, but what you'd expect from a beer like this. Finish is like flavor. Nice last beer. Not a session for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 18:43:40 | More by drpimento
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PapaEugene

Netherlands

2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured it in a Jopen sniffer. Clear brown amber color with tiny bubbly head

S: Something acidic stands out on the first sniff. Could be citrus but could easily be some balsamico vinegar. Some red berries, roasted malts and caramel. Not sure if this is a pleasant smell.

T: Now the thought of balsamico is even stronger. Some roasted malts, brown sugar, red berries and a tiny bit of dark fruits.

M: Medium carbonation and watery body.

D: Had a hard time finishing this beer. Thought of a salad dressing kept crawling through my mind. Not again for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 19:27:27 | More by PapaEugene
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this at the bottle shop on my street.

Into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Small one finger medium tan head with good retention. Sangria red in color, clear with lower end carbonation. Head fades to a thin film that remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Sweet caramel malt and some sweet candy sugar. Some spiciness from the yeast, coriander, and a hint of alcohol. Some sour green apples and some odd kind of tough industrial scent, like varnish or something. The scent almost gave me a headache. The nose misses the typical dark fruits so common to the dubbel as well. Don't smell this one for too long.

TASTE: Sweet caramel malt again and lots of sweet candy. Yeasty spices, coriander, and a touch of spicy alcohol as well, but not overpowering. Slight tart and sourness as well. Aftertaste is sweet-sour, strong and long lasting. Kind of sugary cola-like on the finish. Didn't pick up the industrial varnish in the taste profile, so it wasn't quite as bad as the nose. Misses the dark fruits that almost define the dubbel style.

PALATE: Medium-light body with lots of carbonation. Not quite creamy smooth enough on the palate. Goes down fine but finishes a little too cloying for my liking.

OVERALL: A huge let down. My bottle shop just got these in, but unfortunately I won't be going back to this one. Not enjoyable at all really, and basically dumped the last half of it. This might be the worst dubbel I've ever had. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 08:01:13 | More by Jeffo
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delnoche

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2009.
25cl bottle poured into a Chimay Trappist glass. Nice brown/amber color with almost no head. Smells pleasantly sweet with slight alcohol aroma. Tastes sweet (but not overly so). Hints of raisin and something else I can't put my finger on. Not a strong alcohol flavor despite being 7%. Silky smooth with a slight carbonation in the finish. A very pleasant beer. I could definitely drink several of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 20:19:54 | More by delnoche
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at some small bar in some small town in Belgium. the beer was a bit bland and the flavor was forgettable save for a kick of roasted malt in the aftertaste. The dates and raisin fruit flavor quickly fades after swallowing this beer, leaving an all-too-clean abbey-style beer that was essentially good but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2009 01:00:45 | More by tempest
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear brown beer with a tan head. Nice retention and an all around pretty looking beer.

Smell is clean with malt nose and a light hop spice. There is an all around beer-ish smell.

Taste is sweet and more malty then anything else. Clean and smooth with a Belgian yeast note. It's more breadiness then bubblegum.

A nice moderate bitterness with a chocolaty roasty finish. Not to shabby for a dubbel, worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 15:13:58 | More by jbphoto88
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TheSarge

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Dubbel has little head compared to other that I've had. There's a thin quarter inch light tan crown, and the body is dark amber brown in color.

The aroma is light, with a small metallic and cola fragrance.

The taste is very sweet, with a roasted cola like flavor.

Overall this isn't too bad, and isn't too complex. It's an easy beer to consume.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 10:27:12 | More by TheSarge
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Voss

Italy

2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No head, vague aroma, thin body and non convincig taste. This beer was best before 18 days ago, so I wil give it another try with a fresher one. But I'm still convinced that the only Ciney worth drinking is the "Speciale". So special that is so rare to find, even in the city of Ciney itself.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 23:43:49 | More by Voss
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl bottle poured into a tulip glass. Poured a deep brown color with a medium thickness tan head. Aroma is malty sweet and a bit of vineous as well. Taste is malty, sweet and has some touches of dried fruit. Overall a fair filling full bodied beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 19:45:21 | More by ggaughan
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

my wife's uncle was nice enough to share this one, brought back from a trip to belgium last summer. thanks harry!

25cl bottle, BB 26/03/08. sampled dec 24/07.

pours nice clear brown showing ruby red when held to the light. a small very fine tan head clings to the edges and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. hint of alcohol. lots of dark fruit - dried cherry, date, cranberry. bit of lager character. light clove and belgian yeasty spice.

taste is nice. light caramel. dried cherry and date. bit of alcohol. cracker and wheat bread. bit of grain. a touch watery. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is ok. medium-high carbonation level with a bit of sting. medium body.

drinkability is good. the alcohol is almost completely hidden. has a nice fruity character, but just doesn't stand out overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 19:24:12 | More by grub
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thierrynantes

France

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (25cl), tasted in 2001.
Appearance: dark beer, brown color
Smell: caramelized flavor
Taste and mouthfeel: mellow beer, soft, sweet, bitter, somewhat corpulent
Drinkability: a good beer in the style dubbel

Review added 11-21-2007, translated from french 2-26-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 20:17:34 | More by thierrynantes
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basica

Singapore

4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Goodness... Ciney far exceeded my expectations; what more can I say. I just had the blond yesterday and was in for a pleasant surprise. The brune has not failed to surprise me further. The pour into my snifter yields a dark red brown color with a 2 finger head that has pretty good retention. The smell unveils a strong malt profile with fruity notes underneath; I could pick up some dates or raisins I think and there was also some sweetness in the nose. The taste started off with brown sugar maple sweetness that came in nicely blended with a tastey maltiness the fruitiness was subtle but yet pretty there; I have here dates, raisins, prunes on my palate. The finish was strong on dark fruits and sweet malts. Lot's of dates and raisins on my palates which sits lingering for a while before concluding with grapes and a candy like flavour. Mouthfeel sits around medium body with a really slick and refreshing mouthfeel that makes you want to quaff it down because is just so very smooth! A very different dubbel that reminds me of the Leffe Brune; they exhibit pretty keen similarities especially in the taste which is malty sweet with clear fruity undertones and fruity after taste. It's refreshing nature reminds me of the contemporary La Trappe Dubbel which is also a very refreshing belgian dark ale. If there is a shortfall for the Ciney that stopped it from climbing to a 10 it would be that the the taste and smell could have been stronger and more concentrated. If that's the case, it would have easily moved into my top 10 beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 16:39:41 | More by basica
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at A La Mort Subite in Brussels, it came out a clear but very dark burgundy under a two finger off-white head that was very creamy and very flow to fades, leaving nice sticky lace. The nose is mild but features sweet fruit and caramel, with a hint of spice. The mouth has medium carbonation and is quite light. Sugary sweetness nicely compliments the taste of the malt. A touch of spice is also present. I can't say there's much hops here until well into the finish, when a ghost of bitter emerges just for a fleeting second. The lasting aftertaste is of caramel. A beginner beer, perhaps, with not too much of anything, but quite pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2006 21:35:44 | More by Globetrotter
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gnoff

Sweden

2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draught at Delirium Café in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Description of the pouring: The tap went out half way into the glass, the guy behind the bar continued to pourfoam into a big glass, waited until the foam had settled and poured it into my beer. About the worst thing I’ve seen, but didn’t feel like complaining today...

Dark red-brwon color, big beige fluffy head.
Smells like a mix of old red wine and vinegar.
Initially very sour taste, faint butterscotch aftertaste. Almost a bit flat and watery, but that might be due to the above described pouring technique.
Low to none bitterness. A bit sweet taste behind the sour taste.

Has it gone bad as it being the last in the keg, or is the beer really suposed to taste this way???

If I wanted bad red wine, I wouldn't buy beer...

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2006 19:54:37 | More by gnoff
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