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Pater Lieven Bruin - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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BA SCORE
87
very good

34 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 6
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a solid brown body, under a mountainous, creamy tan head, slow to settle, and leaving lace.
Aroma: cola, nuts, rum, cream.
Taste: a flood of flavor on first sip, a great wash over the tastebuds, rich, luscious, delicious, and warm. ABV is not given, but feels a touch strong.
Body is full, finish is long-lasting, tasty, nutty.
A fruitiness emerges around the middle and lasts until the end.
One drawback is that it feels a bit...*BURP!*...high on carbonation, perhaps?
Feels a bit like an abbey dubbel, one of my favorite styles, without quite reaching the total flavor and complexity.

feloniousmonk, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of MJR
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rich brown with hints of red and orange. A touch of haze in the body. A creamy tan head starts out thick and full, and sticks at a solid cap.

Smell: The aroma is fairly sweet and rich with dark fruit, fig, and carob. There's a hint of a woody character, as well as an earthy, leathery note.

Taste: The flavor is quite laid back and a bit thin. I taste dark fruits, fig, carob, toffee, a touch of leather, and the slightest suggestion of wood. Some phenolics are present. Hint of yeasty mustiness towards the end. The aftertaste is extremely earthy and organic, which takes on almost a dark bread flavor.

Mouthfeel: This brew is incredibly creamy and rich with a wonderfully bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. It's quite velvetly and soft, with the tiny bubbles characteristic of natural carbonation.

Drinkability: Above average. This is a pretty good abbey brown (dubbel), but it suffers a bit from the thinness of flavor. The mouthfeel, however, is stunning and perfect for the style.

Overall, this is a good dubbel, but not a great one.

MJR, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour a quite pleasing deep ruby red with a modest head that is frothy in its texture, the lace nice coating sheets. Sweet black walnut tones hit the nose first, malt and a bit of fusel alcohol also present, quite nice actually, lots of malt at the start, ambrosial with the top middling in its feel to the palate. The acidity slaps the palate to an upright position, the hops tickles the taste buds, and the aftertaste all malt dry, calms you down and sets you up for the next taste.

Gusler, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque black with khaki head. Head is thick, lasting and clingy. Aroma is nice roasty malt and chocolate. Flavor isn't as rich as the smell would have you believe. The high carbonation overwhelms the flavor a bit.

aracauna, Dec 01, 2002
Photo of StevieW
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. slender brown bottle. Best before "010403" cleary stamped on the back label.
A deep dark brown shiny color. Head was midly explosive, then settled into a dense rich cover all the way down the beer. Minimal lacing despite a great looking head. Smells are a combination of earthy oak, subtle roasted fruits, and a sweet nutty, slight maple syrup presence. Very complex combination of sweet malt up front, subtle earthy nutmeg and maple tastes. A slight sweet toasted plum, and candied apples sneak by. Very subtle sweet tastes, but very pleasing and appropriate. Light bodied for a dark complex beer, but makes it very easy to drink. Take it slow and think about this one, very complex, interesting, and full flavored belgian beer.

StevieW, Nov 24, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before end 2003 on label.

The beer pours ruby/brown. Clear. Seems to be Highly carbonated from appearance. Bighuge Rocky light brown head with good staying power. A sweet candied aroma. Light spiciness as well. Very nice sweet aspects on the palate. Almost like a bubblegum or cotton candy likeliness. Some slight biscuit malt tones. Spiciness is present in small quantities. A slight peppery spice. Body is light. Very easy drinking and definitely enjoyable.

Bighuge, Nov 05, 2002
Photo of mzwolinski
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/ruby with an initially thick, light tan creamy head. The aroma is quite woody, and slightly sour. Upon entering the mouth wood is again the most noticeable flavor, but this gives way to a very creamy, rich and malty mid-palate. Finish is slightly sour, and leaves what strikes me as a rather astringent aftertaste. Medium-full bodied.

mzwolinski, Oct 30, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown in color with a very dense tan head that holds a good 1/2" throughout the glass but, surprisingly, leaves just a minimal lace. The aroma is boldly candyish. The body is light, but a very fine and highly effervescent carbonation gives a cottony softness to the mouthfeel. The flavor is quite sweet with a bready malt base and loads of sugary notes as well as some soft dark fruit (prune, plum, fig) and a light touch of chocolate syrup. There's also a very slight spiciness from the yeast, and a whisp of licorice in the finish. Although it's not a really complicated beer, the flavor is massive and continually becons you to have another taste. The finish is sweet and lightly sticky, but without becoming cloying. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. An enjoyable and memorable beer.

NeroFiddled, Sep 04, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Slender 11.2 oz brown bottle with a “Best Before End” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Dark brown bordering on black, tiny bubble lace is what is left over from a firm pouring that yielded a fine two fingered head.

Smell: Apple skin fruity and light nutty toasted malt aroma, trace of malt sweetness character and faint phenols in the nose. Suggestions of liquorice or anise are there with in the complexity.

Taste: Exceptionally crisp with a multi-layered textured carbonation that flows through the mouth quickly, the medium body is enhanced by the semi-high carbonation. Vague flavours of carob and chicory come to mind, dry toasted and roasted malt flavour throughout. Hops are nearly non-existent with ghost like leafy flavours, yeast plays on this by add its own woody and even nutty flavour. Touch of phenols and fruity apple skin are products of their environment. Increasingly drying out of the mouth the further the finish comes through.

Notes: A brew to think about, smaller that most dubbels and other strong dark ales yet close to or if not more complex. Certainly a great abbey brown (dubbel), very drinkable and modest yet with well placed aromas and flavours to bring this beer to the greatness it is.

Jason, Mar 14, 2002
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Pater Lieven Bruin from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
87 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.