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Pater Lieven Bruin - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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BA SCORE
88
very good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van den Bossche visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-14-2002)
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Franck, Tuesday at 12:40 AM
Photo of Dentist666
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.
Almost opaque dark brown beer with nice beige head, lots of tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Foam lingers for a long time. Aroma of caramel, candy sugar, yeasts, dark fruits, honey-cake, chocolate, nuts. Taste of chocolate and dark fruits, rather straight. Medium body, the beer is drinkable and good.

Dentist666, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of mattfancett
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%

mattfancett, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of parintele
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

parintele, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

leitmotif, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Anatole
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Anatole, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +1.5%

dcmchew, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

WOLFGANG, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Ciocanelu, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle purchased in Belgium and consumed in America. On to the beer:

This bruin is dark brown like the color of chocolate. On top sits a creamy head which turns to a layer of creamish lace. The aroma smells yeasty with fennel and a kiss of fudge . Its soft taste is welcomed, brining to the table grapes, toast, figs. It's not a very complex one, however the way the overall flavor works is worth shouting about. Also worthy of a shoutout is the mouthfeel, which is medium bodied and very pleasantly bubbly, yet the beer itself remains like velvet, like it's a double layered beer. As is the case with many Belgian bruins, this is pleasant.

DoubleJ, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of ErwinGS
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ErwinGS, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Marius, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served with a fine creamy off white to light tan head that lasts and lots of good lace. Very dark almost opaque walnut color. Aroma wasn't to impressive, just good and malty. Flavor is malty, roasty, slightly tart, a hint of cocoa and excellent! Killer body and the carbonation is perfect for this beer. Tiny bit chewy. No hint of alcohol. easy finish. Really drinkable. Session

drpimento, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of jbonapar
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a nice foamy head

Toasted Malts with some bready overtones. A slight sweetness

Taste: Crisp with strong toasted flavors. No bitterness at all, however the alcohol is noticeable and adds a spice to the mix. I would say nutty and a hint of dark-chocolate.

I nice Dubble.

jbonapar, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice in Brugges.

It pours a cola brown body with average carbonation and a thin off-white head.

Enjoyable malty aroma with fruits hints.

Well balanced taste that carries yeasty, toffee, and plummy notes. Ends with a decent bittersweet finish.

jrallen34, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of brdc
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle poured into a goblet.

Dark brown, reddish highlights, a small but creamy and long lasting tan head. Not a lot of lacing.
Aroma is sweetish, fruity and yeasty. Body is rather thin, and flavors are understated too; yeasty, sweetish and malty, but dissipates in the mouth rather quickly.
Decent at best.

brdc, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Marron, limpide (sur lie), jolie chapeau beige clair serré et durable.
Smell : Nez doux bien malté, fraîchement aigrelet, fruité aux tons miellés.
Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur valant l'arôme, aigre-douce et bien maltée, aux tons boisés, corsée et très équilibrée, ni amère ni âcre. Plénitude savoureuse et fraîche.
Drinkability : une bonne bière dans le style dubbel

thierrynantes, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of roblowther
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz bottle, pours nearly black with a thin light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is raisins and licorice, with a sharp note that I can't make my mind up about. Still, it makes my mouth water & I suppose that means it succeeded in its design. The taste is sweet up front, quickly dissolving to a dry carob-like taste. Again fruits and a pleasant nuttiness. Nice. There is a lot of tingle on the tongue but it isn't over-carbonated. The body holds it all together. Just about perfect, I'd say. The drinkability is very good, the sharp finish keeping it a hair shy of ideal but who's splitting those? All in all, a darn nice brew. Darker & more intense than I would expect in a dubbel but there's nothing wrong with that. :)

roblowther, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with a big bubbled head and lots of carbonation.

Smell is mildly roasted with spicy notes of the Belgian yeast, covered with caramel and candy sugar. This is how a dubbel should smell.

Taste full of sweet caramel and spicy notes. The spice tastes like clove and maybe some cinnamon. The malt is somewhat sweet and sticky and bosy is medium to thin. A great dubbel, which is very drinkable and mild, yet full of character.

Absumaster, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. Bottle
$2.99
Sam's Downers Grove

Pater Lieven Bruin pours a dark murky garnet with small floating particles. A white head forms in my goblet and quickly falls to a swirling cap with thick edges. Little bubbling cauldrons form in random areas on the head.

Smells of copious amounts of doughy bread and brown sugar. Bing cherries and mild bittersweet chocolate are in the nose as well. There's a very pronounced sweetness from the brown sugar aroma.

Tastes much like the aroma. Very doughy with a nice complimentary brown sugar sweetness. Some dark fruits play a part too. There's figs and maybe plum, maybe not. I'm surprised at this but there is a really nice soft coffee bean flavor. Finishes with a mild coffee bitterness and tobacco leaf. Unique and tasty.

Medium bodied with a velvety creaminess. Moderate carbonation turns the body frothy on the swallow. Even though it's creamy there's a powdery, gritty mouthfeel that is enjoyable.

Unique flavors keep opening up as I go. Makes me want to keep drinking.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I'm glad I could find this and will be going back when I'm in the mood for a good dubbel at a good price.

joe1510, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

335 ml from Belgian Shop. From the onset, an underrated Belgian, not much of a lasting head bt straight brown colour, aroma has licorice, fruit, sweeet malt and lots of yummy sweet yeast. Medium plus mouthfeel, like a milkshake, a bit aggressive carbonation as its fresh. Satisfying.

Sammy, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of kmcnair
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sincerely deep brown hue, looks almost black until held up to a light where some red tones shine through. The crown on this beer is tan, huge and long-lasting. Aromas of richly roasted and burnt malts are dominant with some subtle hints of dark fruit. Burnt caramel and bitter chocolate flavors, coffee and figy dark dried fruits, nice complexity and almost like a stout, some lingering brown sugar and milk chocolate sweetness in the finish. Medium bodied and lots of carbonation with a clean dry finish. Nicely done for a dubbel, this is almost a belgian stout.

kmcnair, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Date on the bottle says "best before end 2002. I'm reviewing this as an aged beer, because it's damn tasty. Poured it off the dregs on the bottom into a Kasteel glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep mahogany with brown tints. A slight head of beige foam forms on top, then quickly drops. No lacing observed on the glass. Carbonation level looks high.

Aroma is very strong dark fruits like plums and prunes, very estery and caramel-y; smells inviting. Nothing in the way of hops, which is correct. Dark, slightly moldy cherries. Pleasant. As it warms up, you can also detect alcohol.

Flavor is huge caramel-y fruity malt and molasses. Plums, prunes, dates, cherries, all on the sweet side, and kind of cooked down.. Alcohol is definitely there. This beer is very yummy, especially considering its age. Aftertaste is of dark, dried fruit.

Mouthfeel is highly effervescent, but sweet. The finish is amazingly dry for all the sweetness.

I would absolutely buy this again. I'd like to try it newer, but for 3 years old, it's fantastic. Held up very well over the years.

jakester, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a chalice glass, slight murky brown. Very lively carbonation. Perhaps a little too lively. Taste is heavy on dark fruits, candy/brown sugar, plums, figs, slight almost dessert like finish. Needed to allow some of the carbonation to dissipate to make it a drinkable beer. A great one to try and I'd probably go back again.

ChrisBowers, Jul 01, 2005
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Pater Lieven Bruin from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
88 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.