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Ciney Brune - Demarche Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

47 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
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.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
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.

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

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.

drpimento, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of PapaEugene
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%

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.

PapaEugene, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
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.

Jeffo, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of delnoche
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

delnoche, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
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.

jbphoto88, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
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.

TheSarge, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Voss
2.4/5  rDev -33%

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.

Voss, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
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.

ggaughan, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of grub
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.

grub, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

thierrynantes, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of 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.

basica, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Globetrotter
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.

Globetrotter, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of gnoff
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%

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...

gnoff, May 05, 2006
Photo of Pepeton
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

Bottles bought in Monterrey, México, with a best before date of June 2005. So I drank these right in the edge!

Pours a dark amber brew, with a wonderful three finger head that lasts a very long time that can be revived with a little swirl of the glass. Good lacing along the sides of my goblet.

Smell is a nice balance of malts and hops.

Taste of malts with a great hoppy and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy.

Drinkability depends on how many I can get. I'll surely buy this one again.

Pepeton, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
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%.

Goldorak, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

A deep amber color, served in an unbranded brandy snifter type glass at Le Cirio in Brussels. The predominant flavor in this brew was of dark caramel. This beer is quite sweet, which, is accompanied by lots of general fruitiness, for specific fruit there is perhaps a hint of apricot as well.

Gueuzedude, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of rastaman
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.

rastaman, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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
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Ciney Brune from Demarche Brewery
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