1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Abbey Brune - General Lafayette Inn & Brewery

Not Rated.
Abbey BruneAbbey Brune

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

10 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 4.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tgbljb on 08-31-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tgbljb:
Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub.

Served as a deep copper colored beer with moderate off-white head.

Smell has strong notes of raisins, coffe, and dates. A touch of molasses is also thrown in.

Taste is extraordinary. The strong dark fruit charater is extremely complex and blends nicely with the candi sugar.

Strong taste retention.

Great drinking beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

tgbljb, Aug 31, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly tan frothy head... Exquisite and decadent lacing... Cloudy deep brown color... Rich... Lacing clings to the side of the glass and then retreat with each sip...

S - Yeast... Plum... Cherries... Brown Sugar... Cranberry... Salt... Fig... Chicory... A wonderful blend of flavors...

T - Taste is very close to the nose... Additionally hints of dark chocolate and licorice present themselves... Surprisingly tart...

M - Very interesting and one of a kind mouthfeel... Faint carbonation... Sweet yet tart... Slightly puckering... A chalky consistency... Warming affect of the alcohol is quite noticeable... A hint of smokiness... Overall quite crisp and clean...

D - A wonderful Dubbel... True brewing creativity... A sipper with a very distinctive and memorable mouthfeel...

Note - It is great to see General Lafayette beers in bottles. My love for craft beer came from this brewer and I'm happy for their success. This is my first GLI beer from the bottle.

philbe311, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown longneck with a bottling code printed below the label on the glass. It pours a dark coppery brown with almost a finger of light tan head. Sweet, spicy, tangy yeast and malty nose. More spicy than sweet.

The taste starts off mildly sweet with plum, fig, licorice, dates, cherry and spice. Complex fruity flavors give way to healthy dose of tartness. A spicy aftertaste follows the finish. A very Belgian-esque tasting Dubbel. Medium bodied with nice carbonation and well masked alcohol. This is a good solid representation of the style and an easy drinker for 8.1% ABV. Good stuff. Thanks again Aaron!

scottoale, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brown body with a small tam head. Almost no retention or lacing to speak of.

A good dose of candied sugar and dark fruit with a touch of spice.

Candied sugar comes through once again, providing a good dose of sweetness. Dark fruits make an appearnce also, in the form of dates, plums and cherries. Next are the spices: Some coriander, a touch of anise and a flavor that the bottle calls chicory, but reminds me of the smallest pinch of nutmeg. The finish has a bit of dark chocolate also. A nice, complex brew.

Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, fairly dry finish.

Good drinkability, and a really good beer overall.

Hojaminbag, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chestnut brown with just a ring of bubbles around the glass

S - aroma of dried fruit, cherries, raisins, sweet malt

T - nice malty flavor with the fruit again, cherries coming through in the end with a bit of a lemony aftertaste

M/D - good tasting and easy to drink. I'll definitely be looking for another bottle to try again.

mikereaser, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of mikeyv35
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date: 03/12/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2008
Glassware: Tulip Glass

Poured a brown mahoghany in color, w/ a huge 2-3 finger tan head that left nice amounts of bubbly Belgian style lacing on the glass. Lacing dissipated quickly. Aromas of dates, figs, plums, and a splash of cocoa. Taste was of dark fruits, candied sugar, cocoa, and a touch of acidity from the contrasting cocoa/dark fruit mix. Medium bodied and lush. Decent drinkability, but a bit overcarbonated for my liking.

Overall, this is still as tasty brew, but I bet it was alot better fresh. If you have bottles of this brew remaining in the cellar I say drink them now, as I detect this one will be sliding downhill soon.

mikeyv35, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikeyv35 for this rarity. Served in a Westvleteren chalice. Small Batch #2.

A - Slow gusher. I left the beer unattended for a second and it foamed up the neck - thankfully didn't lose much though. Pours with a finger-plus of tan foam that settles to a partial cap and thin collar, but minimal lacing. Body is a dark raisin brown color.

S - I can't be totally sure if this has picked up a slight lactobacillus infection, as I think the base beer already had cherry notes to begin with. In any case, it smells quite nice, with other dark fruit notes mingling with the aforementioned cherries. There's also a healthy does of candi sugar, some estery Belgian yeast, bready malts, and a hint of anise and spice.

T - Tate is a little less fruity, and more focused on the candi sugar and lightly sweetened cakes you find at the abbeys. as it warms up a get significantly more of the cocoa mentioned on the bottle. There's a light tart cherry note in the finish as a touch of oxidation, but they seem to work in the context of the beer.

M - Definitely over-carbonated, although it somehow avoids being prickly even as it tingles the upper lip and palate. Medium body, with a lightly sticky finish and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - I quite enjoyed this brew. It's one of the better Dubbels I've had for sure, as it isn't overly sweet. I'd have this again for sure if the General hadn't shuttered it's doors - hopefully this recipe shows up at Copper Crow in the future. Other than the over-carbonation it drinks quite easily.

MasterSki, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear dark brown with some amber highlights.

s: Aromas of dark fruits and candied sugar blanketed by a little warmth.

t: Not as dry as most dubbels. Instead this was tart and sweet at the same time. For the most part, this mirrored the smell. Reminded me of a strong dark more than a dubbel, but what the heck, it tasted good.

m: Not as aggressively carbonated as I expected. It was big bodied and creamy overall.

d: This was one I certainly would try again. Many thanks to our waitress for the free short-filled bottles.

DIM, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice dark brown with a little bit of white head and very good lacing
S- ripe fruit, sugar, malt, some other spices lingering
T- malt, not overly sweet but refreshing, some fruit smells but I cant quite put my nose on it
M- really nice, this beer was very cold but I really really liked the way it was served, nice carbonation
D- very refreshing, would have never guessed it was pusing 9% abv

overall I dug it, not superfamilar with "dubbels".. but I will def reach for this one again

gdfan47, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Risser09
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with some lighter brown highlights. The light tan head is short-lived and only grew to 1/4". No lacing remains.

Smell: Deep, sweet aromas of chicory, licorice, plum and cherry. This is a rather fruity smelling beer for a dark brew. Sweet sugar permeates throughout.

Taste: More of the same in the flavor arena. Starts with dark malt flavor, candi sugar and then moves to fruitier flavors of plum and cherry. There is a tad of the licorice in the flavor as well. Kind of an interesting blend of dark and light flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, fruity, yeast and very Belgian. A lot of carbonation and very smooth.

Drinkability: Great. A multi-faceted beer that is very enjoyable. Could be consumed en masse. Very good.

Risser09, Mar 20, 2009
Abbey Brune from General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.