Ciney Brune - Demarche Brewery
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Reviews by basica:
4.55/5 rDev +27.1%
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.
10-25-2007 16:39:41 | More by basica
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United Kingdom (England)
3.15/5 rDev -12%
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.
02-16-2011 00:30:16 | More by jazzyjeff13
United Kingdom (England)
3.03/5 rDev -15.4%
The bottle i ha d was one year past its use-by date. Not bad, however a bit unexciting. Brown sugary, slightly burnt caramelized flavour, quite a sweet start, but it dried out a touch towards the end, surprisngly ok, considering how old it was, some spicyness in the finish aswell.
09-18-2003 00:16:08 | More by rastaman
3.73/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
12-26-2008 15:13:58 | More by jbphoto88
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
02-03-2008 19:45:21 | More by ggaughan
3.63/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
04-07-2009 01:00:45 | More by tempest
3.75/5 rDev +4.7%
Sampled on tap at la Vaudrée 2 in Liège, in a very nice Ciney glass, a cross between a snifter and a Chimay gobelet, I'm suprised I didn't buy one to bring back home!
Appearance: Dark brownish red, kind of like a dark earthy red wine, but with a huge coffee meringue on top. Beautiful!
Smell: Quite yeasty and hoppy, kinda like Orval. Do they use the same hops? I totally smelled Hallertau.
Taste: Light caramel/candi sugar, a bit metallic maybe, with low alcohol in the end. It went down very easy at 6.5%.
09-23-2004 18:20:16 | More by Goldorak
3.28/5 rDev -8.4%
Bottle drank at le Cirio in Brussels: Poured a dark opaque brown colored beer with a nice head with better then average retention. Aroma is a mix of roasted malt and some slight notes of sweetness. Taste is very refreshing with again notes of roasted malt and candi sugar hitting my palate. I would have expected a bit more complexity from this beer to go from good to great. Overall, this is not a bad dubbel but maybe lacking a bit of character.
06-30-2004 15:01:07 | More by Phyl21ca
3.05/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
10-01-2010 13:24:31 | More by ThaCreep
3.38/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
12-08-2006 21:35:44 | More by Globetrotter
3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
04-07-2012 18:21:35 | More by beerpirates
3.23/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
04-27-2008 10:27:12 | More by TheSarge
3.48/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
01-03-2008 19:24:12 | More by grub
3.63/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
05-21-2012 02:37:54 | More by kojevergas
3.75/5 rDev +4.7%
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
06-15-2013 12:11:29 | More by IchLiebeBier
2/5 rDev -44.1%
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.
09-07-2009 08:01:13 | More by Jeffo
Ciney Brune from Demarche Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.