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Double Enghien Brune - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de Silly S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2003

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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by SeanChouffe:
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is golden/red color with plentiful carbonation and a full creamy off-white head. Lacing is sticky and the head reduces to a respectable layer. Aroma is bready, fruity and of candy/caramel. Flavor has a tart/astringent beginning, a sweet middle and a light bite at the finish. A lingering astringent flavor follows. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, creamy and lightly carbonated. An interesting beer with some nice characteristics, yet the astringent flavors throws the balance off considerably.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a funny kind of color. It was light orange on the outsides but deep, muddy brown on the inside. The head wasn’t all that big but it was big enough, and it literally slimed the entire inside of my glass as I drank the beer down.

Smell – This Belgian Ale is very yeasty with some good toasty malts and lots and lots of sugars. The sugars are a complex mix of refined table, light cane, and juicy dark fruits.

Taste – The malts come out more at the taste. There’s a touch of alcohol at the tongue as well, but it really is the complex sugars that make the flavor profile. It’s almost like an aged BSDA or a Grand Cru in that sense.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit bigger than medium-bodied with some strong, lasting carbonation and a wonderful balance. I thought it could have had a bit more depth though to go along with the strong flavors.

Drinkability – This is a very drinkable BSDA. It’s not that overly large kind of BSDA that keeps you sipping all night. I drank this warm and it went down just right.

Photo of merlin48
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle served slightly chilled into a tulip glass, reveals a muddy, apricot body with no head and no lace.
Aroma is dominated by a tangy, tropical fruit sweetness, with alcohol esters, a hint of apple cider, and some earthy, barnyard yeast.
Mouthfeel is pleasant, with a soft carbonation and medium body. Very satiny in the mouth.
Taste very much echoes the aroma, with a musty, mango and apricot profile, fruity sweet all the way through, in a soft and earthy manner. Belgian style hops kick in late, for a dry, mildly bitter finish.
Average for style, but worth a try.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creamy smooth art of malting. Cloudy yellow. Complex, good carbonation and yeast. Sweetish though spice-cinammon and brown sugar, and hops join in finish for medium and smooth mouthfeel. Rich understated brandy like aftertaste. Satisfies. Thanks for sharing Radek.
Had a second bottle a year later and noticed it is paler than the blonde version. Better aroma for sure.

Photo of Mandrake
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium reddish-brown, a little lighter than the average strong dark ale, with a fairly thick light tan head that dissipates quicker than I'd expected. Smells very fruity, with plum, grapes, and plenty of spices apparent. Taste has a metallic tang at first, which gives way to sweet fruits and faint hints of yeast and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and not quite carbonated enough for my taste, but is nicely warming. Drinkability is solid, but not exceptional. Not bad at all, but not something I'd go for again.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like thin, muddy slightly turbulent muddy water. That sounds horrible. It's not bad, but not great either. A small amount of yeast was at the bottom of the bottle, not much. Almost no head (I poured it fairly cold- probably why).

Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and toffee- very pleasant. The flavor follows through. A very simple flavor profile, but very nice, and very drinkable. I like it!

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big head that sparkles and doesn't easily go away. The color is a nice brownwith lotsa carbonation. The smell is a little sour with some woodyness in it. There is a slight plum in the backround. The taste is more balanced with a little roastiness and a slight fruity flavor that warms you as you drink. Taste is slightly metallic even at 70 degrees. The mouthfeel is great and very smooth. Overall this beer is very drinkable, I'd like to drink it everyday.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber color, very brassy. Grossly sweet nose with alcohol. Strong smell of yeast and fruit macerated in the style of McChouffe or MacBen . Mouth a little weak in flavor despite this side pastor / yeasty. Also made me think a lot of Mac Ben Scotch Ale Brewery Silly who just picked up this beer in its range, evidence that the original recipe has not been preserved, which is very damaging, and is undoubtedly disappointment.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Brownish red almost like a blood orange in color. 1/2 inch tan foamy head with good retention and some lace

Smell: Very strong notes of raisins and dates. Bready yeast and some biscuit malts

Taste: Subtle raisin and dates and other dark fruits are the first thing I taste. It has a very subtle sweetness to it which I really like

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Has a bit of a buttery feel to it

Overall: I really like this brune. The only slight knock that I have is the flavor isnt as strong as I would like it to be

Photo of Zorro
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown color with a skimpy tan head.

Smell is very sugary with a fruit and spice scent of apple butter. Apple, cinnamon, clove, raisin, grape, figs, black pepper and sweet prunes are all in here.

Taste is drier than expected sweet but not very. Good spice flavor that builds as you sip. Faint apple flavor with a slight tartness in the finish that appears and then disappears in a flash. The flavor just isn't anywhere as complex as the smell.

Mouthfeel is good

Nice drinkable Belgian here that is worth a try, only problem is that there are lots better around. Fairly average Belgian beer here that just isn't outstanding.

Photo of saltydog
2.59/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Reddish brown. Big rocky head. Cloudy. Aroma: Musty, somewhate oxidized. Some malt. Flavor: Malty sweetness. Some caramel, some oxidation (cardboardy). Definitely past it's prime. I've noticed overoxidation with a number of beers from this brewery. Finish was thin, and again, cardboardy.

Photo of paterlodie
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BB17-03-06. Good presentation with nice head and cupper beercolor. Nose is very malted, sweetish, ripe apples, some cardboard and litle oxidated but overal ok. Taste is sweet malty, alcoholic, sweet, pale, oxidated and flat without a sparkle. Aftertaste has hardly any bitterness and is just sweet. Misses bottle fermentation in carbonisation fact also making mouthfeel also poor. Drinkable but no highflyer.

Photo of DogFood11
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass since i'm still stuck at work and have limited glassware. Not the darkest belgian ale, creamy and hard to see through. Head was boring and tired but with every pull it left some here and there lacing and an occasional ring.

Glorious smell that borders on 5'dom. Rich caramel balanced by dark fruity flavors and a bold but not overpowering alcohol. I don't smell any hoppy characteristics and a mild burnt cocoa type malt.

This brew grows on me for sure... Spicy, sweet, creamy mouthfeel...Mmmm

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 0,33 l brown glass bottle. Shiny red, brown and metallic silver main obverse and neck label looks like that shown in the BA Avatar. No freshness date but listed at Alc. 8.0% by Vol.

Appearance: Hazy turbid dark golden-marmalade on the pour which settles down to reveal a gorgeous orange-peach body with a nice white head that has a decent longevity. Covering slowly surrenders to a thin laced covering. Finely attenuated conditioning that replenishes the thin head when my Goblet is gently swirled.

Nose: Sweet light toasted malt; wow this instantly reminded me of an aged Alesmith Weizenbock. Honey, pineapples, mangos and oranges. Yeasty with some sweet alcohols.

Taste: Rather funky body, farmyard barny tastes mix easily with a tango-mango sweet orange middled body, fruitylicious center segment really shines. Oranges, yeasty tangerines, light peach and a grainy Saison like finish. Lovely.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and rather chewy I have to say, like a bag of sweet home made Devon country toffees, this one leaves a rounded orange spicy after taste. Smart.

Drinkability: Lovely drinkable tasty offering, fruity, filling and fucking lovely. Wish I had another.

Overall: As with the Blonde, the Double Enghien Brune is no style monkey – far from it, probably the least likely “Brune” I’ve had to date. Yet this is still a very tasty offering, better than the Double Enghien Blonde and definitely worth trying. Accomplished for a non-Brune.

Rename this “Silly Weizenbock” and see the US Sales improve no end.

Photo of crwills
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at Smokeless Joe in Toronto. Was told it was like a better version of Leffe Brune, so there's the context for this review. In short -- I like Leffe Brune a lot better.

This one poured an attractive, mildly cloudy golden brown into a goblet-style glass (can't remember the logo). Decent head, good lacing throughout. Aroma is quite pleasant--good so far--with some sweeter spices, dark fruits, a bit of brown sugar, and cake-like malt. Most of the aromas carry somewhat into the flavour, but I found the taste in general to be overwhelmingly sweet, with sugary, cakey malts dominating everything else. Some odd metallic notes when first poured as well, although they did fade as it warmed. A little bit of spice makes its way out of the malt to add some character, but I still think this one is a little unbalanced.

I recently discovered that I like Leffe Blonde better than Brune, and I wonder if I should have gone for the Double Enghien Blonde as well (which Smokeless also had). Maybe next time!

Photo of ypsifly
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 11.2oz poured into a tulip.

Brown with orange highlights under an off white head of just over a finger that shows good retention and leaves bubbled lace as it goes down.

The nose is fruity with dark cherries and plums. Lots of fruitiness comes from the yeast which also brings some banana. There is also a strong presence of sugars.

The taste carries a lot of earthy malts and refined sugars. A suggestion of citrus in the middle that adds a bit of dryness into a good dose of yeast for a finsih that leans towards dry.

Nice full mouth with just a bit of residual citrus and sugars. I wish I had bought more than one bottle.

Photo of clickpush
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. A cloudy brown body w/ ruby highlights is capped by a fluffy two-finger tan head with lots of webbing along glass and tons of bubbling within the beer. Medium termed descent with flattering lace.

Nose: Lemon zest, spicy yeast, caramel, black pepper, notes of a Flanders red, plum, ginger, cinnamon.

Mouth: Disappointment all around. Flavors composed mostly of: malt sweet up front, hop bitter in back. A hint of anise? Mouthfeel enters strong and dies halfway through. Alcohol flavors in swallow warm but do not complement.

Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber brown color. Large head. Aroma is of brown sugar and malts. A medium bodied double. Malty and slightly yeasty. Malts are sweet and fairly smooth. Beer is slightly yeasty. Very smooth. Slightly fruity. Not very "Belgianish" but very tasty. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and sweet.

Photo of Travlr
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, cloudy orange with an edge of bubbles and scant lacing.
S: Aroma of freshly baked bread and orange peel.
T: Flavor of sour apples and citrus, a surprising taste for the style.
M: Average body.
D: An interesting beer, but not great - lacks complexity, and short on roasted malts.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber honey color with no head. Very random small spots of lacing on the drink down. Smells of plums, raisins, figs, dates, and honey. Very sweet and inviting. Tastes of dark fruits, honey, sweet malt. There is a weird metallic aftertaste on this beer. Very carbonated and bubbly in the mouth. Crisp and clean feeling. Overall, a decent BSDA but nothing too outstanding. I wouldn't recommend this one.

Photo of Tballz420
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a hazy dark orange body, small cream colored head on the top. Fairly cloudy. Scent is of deep malts, dark fruits, plum. Sweet malty front, bready, flowery bitterness. Distinct belgian fruits, spicy tones, smooth mouth overall pretty good.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle consumed at Dulle Griet in Ghent. On to the beer:

Not much on top of this one. The color is toasted orange, and around the glass little lace is given. The aroma smells of toffee syrup and dark bread. A sweet tasting beer, almost on the verge of becoming cloying. It starts with sugar syrup with dark bread. A fruitiness most resemblant to apricot hits. With time, the sweetness does die out some. It's medium bodied with a slight stick and low carbonation.

Solid dark ale. Given the competition of the Belgian market, it's going to get missed, but worth a try.

Photo of BeardedSquash
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky amber that cannot be seen through. Off-white head that recedes quickly, but leaves a nice lacing as I drink.

S: Smells fruity, dark fruit, plum and raisin. Fresh baked biscuits with a little spice.

T: Bigger flavor than I anticipated. Well rounded with highs of that plum I smelled. Finishes of with a caramel and vanilla mix that bow out to a final punch of hops and alcohol to balance it all.

M: A little under-carbonated for me. I was hoping for a little more scratch, and not as much syrup.

D: A nice way to finish off the night. Warming.

Photo of macpapi
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber-brown color. Relatively sludgy with little carbonation or bubble visibility in the glass. Little of anything visible in the glass, which adds to its character as being a murky, mysterious brew. Good lacing as well.

Smells very yeast-laden. There is also a ton of sweetness notable. Carmalized sugars, and multitudes of fruits--apple, raisins and grapes most obvious. Rather dull on the nostrils though.

Taste is dull and yeasty. There is a high fruit level in the aftertaste. Not terribly pleasing. A bit of bitterness here to fill out the flavor. Seems as if the many fruit essences involved may involve some degree of rottenness.

In the mouth it is creamy and somewhat flat. There is no sharpness at all.

Overall this is not a bad Belgian, but not very well balanced. For two dollars a bottle, may be a repeat purchase. But beyond the cost, there is little to recommend it. Many better representatives of the style are out there.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky apricot-peach with a delicate dusting only visible with intense scrutiny. The word Double made me think this was a dubbel, hence the lighter color was a bit of a shock. The head is one of the best that I've seen in quite some time. I like the orange-tinted cream color, although it's nothing out of the ordinary. The stickiness of the foam is incredible however. It gives the crown a mounded, scoop of ice cream look as it melts. A considerable amount of lace is plastered all over the glass, definitely qualifying as eye candy.

The nose is intensely fruity with elements of spiced, sugared apricots and peaches (hey, just like the color!). The spiciness is more the musky spiciness of a high quality strain of Belgian yeast than it is reminiscent of any particular spice. Even though the beer doesn't look or smell like the stated style, it looks and smells wonderful.

I hope the metallic portion of the flavor profile fades quickly, because I get the impresson this is very good beer. It's still incredibly fruity on the palate, with a perfect point-counterpoint of sweet and bitter. A little more complexity would be nice though. Like the nose suggested it would be, this is well-spiced beer. Again, I'm sure the yeast strain is responsible. Ground clove, cardamom and (especially) white pepper are noted.

The various members of the flavor profile mingle nicely throughout each mouthful, but seem to disassociate themselves from one another on the finish; an unfortunate characteristic that keeps me from considering the beer special. It's stilll pretty damn good though.

The 8.0% ABV is barely noticed due to the abundance of flavor. Well-integrated alcohol is most apparent on the finish, once the other flavors have said their goodbyes. The nicely constructed mouthfeel is on the full side of medium and is generously carbonated.

Brasserie de Silly Double Enghien Brune doesn't look, smell or taste like the typical BSDA. It's actually closer to a BSPA and is a better one of those than Double Enghien Blonde. While it's unlikely to make anyone forget the best that Belgium has to offer, it's still delicious beer.

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Double Enghien Brune from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
82 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.