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Ciney Brune - Demarche Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Demarche Brewery visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 01-18-2002)
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Reviews by benfons:
Photo of benfons
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
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

benfons, Sep 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Same earthy mix of hops and yeast though there seems to be a more enhanced earthy flavour with hints of roasted flavours within all of that. Maltiness is superb with a smooth mouth feel.

Jason, Jan 18, 2002
Photo of Marius
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Marius, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.15/5  rDev -12%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

rastaman, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of jbphoto88
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

jbphoto88, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

ggaughan, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of mattfancett
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Ciocanelu, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

tempest, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Goldorak
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%.

Goldorak, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of basica
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

basica, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of frontalot
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

frontalot, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of jasperfriedrich
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

jasperfriedrich, Apr 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

mtbdonn, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ThaCreep
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

ThaCreep, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Globetrotter
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Globetrotter, Dec 08, 2006
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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

beerpirates, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

ystazi, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of TheSarge
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

TheSarge, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of grub
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

grub, Jan 03, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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

kojevergas, May 21, 2012
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
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Ciney Brune from Demarche Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.