Black | Brugge Brasserie

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Brewed by:
Brugge Brasserie
Indiana, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by blitheringidiot on 12-21-2005

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brugge Brasserie last weekend. Served in a tulip.

Poured near black with a good off-white/light tan head and some good lacing. The nice brought a bit of yeast plus a large amount of roasted malt. The flavor was mostly all roast with some light dark-fruit character. Interesting, but not all that enjoyable. There was some creaminess to the feel, though mostly dry roast. Overall, this was far too dominated by bitter roasted malt.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate and plums. Not a lot of yeast character nor is there much head and lacing. Solid, tasty beer but lacking the depth of a true Belgian beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a slight opaque brown body with a light tan lumpy head that sticks to the glass after each sip. It was a bit to dark to see any carbonation but there was a slight glow of dark brown at the base of the snifter.

S- This beer has a light smell of dark chocolate malt with a black strap molasses note also.

T- This beer has a chocolate malt and light bourbon note with a chocolate nougat hint which finishes with a light green pine hop flavor. As the beer warms there is note of cola in the malt.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with a watery texture and a tight fizz finish.

D- This beer had a pretty soft smell and a thin flavor that was a bit underwhelming. The flavors that were there were nice but it didn’t have much depth or character.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like dark fruit (grapes, plums, raisins), bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of sour apple. The taste is similar to the aroma. There's bittersweet chocolate, bread, dark fruit, yeast, and tart apples that are noticable in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and very easy to drink. I think this is a good brew, I liked it. This is the first Brugge beer I've tried, and I'll definitely have to try their other ones now.

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Photo of glid02
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Joe - much obliged!

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with mild amounts of char and dark molasses. Also present are a good deal of indistinct tart fruits that have a minor salty quality.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors kick things off with hints of deeper char and are quickly overtaken by tart dark fruits and green apples with a somewhat salty quality, similar to the aroma. These flavors carry through to a mildly tart and bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a decent thickness with overactive carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I didn't have the easiest time finishing my glass and would not have another.

Overall this seemed to be infected but even through the off-flavors it seemed to be a one-dimensional beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice, excessively dark pour. Like a black rye. Not a stout, quite, but still darker than a porter. At any rate it's darker than your average Belgian Dark.

Smells zippy, ashen yeast, fruity and sour. Not the most complex or intense of blends, but nice and lively. Nothing off putting.

Tastes as it smells. Medium strength blend Belgian flavors cohering into something akin to a fruit and bread basket with earthen undertones. Not quite the full package that I look for in a nice, solid Belgian, but for a midwestern attempt a Belgian it's pretty good.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle the color of root beer with a thin beige head fading to a whisper around the edges.

Aroma of sweet malts, plums, raisins, and red wine.

Whoa! That first sip was really tart. Not expecting that. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel malts, and sour red wine. The taste of red wine with a bit of chocolate lingers through the finish.

Lighter bodied, tart and dry, with a sharp carbonation.

Much more sour than expected from a Belgian dark.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as a very deep brown colored beer with tannish puffy head.

Smell shows some light caramel notes and a bit of yeast.

Taste does have an alcohol character to it, at least when colod, which seems to subdide with warming. There is some dark fruit evident, along with a yeastiness.

Finishes with more dark fruit, and maybe a bit of molasses.

A good beer. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Brugge.

A - Pours black, cream-colored head, thin collar.

S - Malty and yeasty, pretty sweet with light roast.

T - Roasted malts, light sugary sweetness, some chalky notes.

M - Light, good carbonation, roasty clean finish.

O - An average Dark Ale, at best. I'd probably give this another try, but if there's a sour on-tap, I'm going for that.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – A nearly black body with no lacing and only a slight, off-white head. Does not appear too thin, which is a nice plus.

S – Chocolate malt, caramelized sugar, and maybe a bit of spiced plum?

T – Sweet… Molasses and slightly charred fruit.

M – Medium body. Very smooth with little to no alcohol detection.

0 – Another nice brew from Brugge. Not my personal favorite from them, but I liked it for a style that I am always hit or miss on.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark mahogany and brown color. Very little light penetration. Big light tan head retains through much of the pint.
Aroma of chewy chocolate, caramel and dark fruits with some herbal and citric hoppiness thrown in on top of some yeasty, bready notes.
Flavor has a lot of caramel smoothness with some cracked grain underpinings. A little bit of anise and pepper as well. Complex sweet flavors really develop as it warms but never becomes cloying. Balancing yeast and hop finish make this one a joy.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with a really well rounded flavor that runs from sweet to sweeter to psciy to yeasty. good representation of Belgian style in a little bit of a darker beer.
Drinkability was excellent. Indy folks are lucky with this new brewpub.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black in appearance, with heavy carbonation. No lace.

Nose is chocolatey malts, some burnt tones. Appealing and different.

Taste is very sweet, and almost fruity. I get a distinct alcohol burn, as well. Some burnt maltiness. Nice mix.

Not bad at all, and definitely a Belgian-style brew with character.

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3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer a couple of times on tap but now its time for a proper review.

Two fingers of even tan foam head has nice retention leaving almost no lace as it slowly fades. Body holds very true to the beers name and is a stout like blackness. Bose shows a evident use of a yeast strain with a Belgian feel. Some mineral based malt and dark fruit are on the nose also. A big dose of yeasty, bready darkness enters the mouth with first sip. There is a slight hint of tartness that rides on the back of a dry consistant bitter feel that carries this brew. This is a very pleasant and unique combination. Adds a crispness to the mouthfeel while having a nice dry bitter darkness throughout. Super smooth and oh so easy to drink. I would guess the alchol to be around 6 or 7%. This brew is much better on tap I must say.

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Photo of JamesS
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer had a nice dark body, but with little head and little lacing. It had a very sweet/malty aroma with chocolate hints. The taste was great! It had a nice malt/hop balance, with a wonderful smoky flavor and tastes of chocolate and vanilla in the finish. It's a little rough but goes down fine.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large snifter-type glass. Love the proper glassware at Brugge! Pitch black, no highlights at, simply black. Thick tan head on top stands for quite some time, leaving behind some great patterns of lace. Nose is spicy, licorice and yeasty. Sweet canid sugar flavor combined with licorice, cocoa and a hint of coffee. Finishes sweet. This beer became even more wonderful as it warmed and the coffee/chocolate flavors come out. Medium body, carbonation fairly low makes this even better. Solid!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*** Correct me if I am wrong ***

Black seems to be a Belgian Dark with an accent towards Belgian Yeast which anchors the style.

Appearance is a dim russet hue topped with an instantly settled head cap to a collar.

Scents are muted with a hint of the Belgian doughy yeasty prescence.

First swigs: Ephemeral of black liquorice that falls just short of anise with a rootbeer meets Belgian doughy essence. A dry immediate aftertaste. Some kicked around notes of toffee and roasted malts.

Feel is a bit soft and restrained medium bodied.

Last swigs: Black is a meld of many but falls short of something. If this went in a direction of coffee or roasty or anise, then this would be impressive. Otherwise, it reminds me of a beer on the doorstep of Fantôme.

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Photo of spointon
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Black Sparrow Pub in Lafayette, IN.

A= This ale poured a deep dark black color with an almost non-existent thin tan head. Not a lot of carbonation release and zero lacing down the glass.

S= I found aromas of chocolate malts, yeast, and alcohol. All were a bit thin though.

T= I picked up flavors similar to the aromas, mild chocolate maltiness up front, Belgian yeast, and sourness mixed with alcohol in the finish. I really wanted to like this ale as I have loved everything else from Brugge Brasserie. Unfortunately, I found this ale to be a bit thin on flavor and a bit too sour in the finish.

MF= Thin bodied and moderately carbonated.

D= Not a bad black ale, just not all that it could be. Could serve as a gateway beer into sour ales though...

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle brought back from Indy -- thanks Jason.

A: jet black
S: too cloying, a bit of diacetyl, no real Belgium character at all
T: sweet, thin, a hint of Belgian candy sugar possibly but not much better than an average homebrew, almost like a weak stout
M: too gassy, sweet
D: what do you do when you have a 750ml and a mediocre beer? Pour it...

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Photo of ckeegan04
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with brighter shades whne held up to light. Head is big and foamy with a medium brown shade. Very inviting looking beer, too bad it did not hold up after first glance.

S - Very earthy aroma with some spice and a distinct hint of sour grapes. Some clove comes through in the spiciness. The over-ripened dark fruit aroma just becomes stronger as the beer warms and is not very pleasant. It does not come across as a smell from a beer gone bad, it just is not very inviting.

T - The same taste of over-ripened grapes, cherries and figs is the dominant taste. They bready earthiness provides a touch of balance but not enough. There are hints of spice as well. A little bit of yeast sneaks into the nose as well.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very vigorous carbonation. Very lively on the tongue. Overall a good feel but the taste just is not very good which bring the drinkability down a few notches.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Sampled at Broad Ripple. The beer arrived a lighter shade of black (what). More along the lines of a Schwartz. The server said that this beer a stout beer, but after the nose and taste, not even close. A light off-white to almost tan color head but limited retention and lacing.

The nose is limited overall. Some lighter malt notes with a light hint of chocolate. Some bready and a light nutty thing that mixes oddly. Some yeast notes but mostly clean. Some esters, a light plum and (don't laugh) horseradish. Some minor wood pulp and alcohol but for the most part clean.

The taste is a bit more descript. The malt come out a bit more with come caramel and light chocolate. Some roast notes and a touch of vanilla as well. Finishes a bit dry, would like to see some lingering sweetness. There is a light molasses taste in the finish as well. The yeast is light as well. Some generic yeast notes and a light ester. Would have liked more depth for BDS.

The body is limited. A bit wispy and limited in the finish. The carbonation is limited as well. Overall a beer that doesn't quite fit style, but overall would like a bit more depth.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft in snifter at brewpub. Poured hazy brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malty and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium spicy sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Complex drinkable brew.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was a component of a very nice visit to Brugge Brasserie. This beer sort of plays in the double/quad space, and offers an assortment of Belgian beer flavors, from dark malt to sour fruit to spice.

This beer arrived in a plump tulip with a good 2 centimeters of head, and an opaque black body. The beer was served a bit too cold for my liking, but at a temperature that was probably appropriate for their other beers (like their witbier). Aroma was a bit clovey with some fairly nice yet understated dark roast (chocolate and coffee). Flavor was significant spiciness (this was the predominant flavor) balanced with roastiness and a faint sour cherry taste. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but not bad. All-in-all, quite a tasty beer.

I would recommend this beer, and I would highly recommend Brugge Brasserie.

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Photo of roadhouse
2.52/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750 ml bottle (probably one of the coolest ever) into a snifter.

Appears nearly black except for some mahogany highlights. One inch light tan head that sinks to a thin cap and remains to leave some decent lacing.

Aroma is quite vinous, notes of dark fruit - plum in particular, chocolate, but there's also a weird funk to it that puts me off. The best way to describe it is ashy.

The taste is slightly better. More dark fruit and chocolate tastes. Pretty vinous still, kind of reminds me of drinking a dark wine. The ashy taste is still there but it's more in the background.

Mouthfeel is good - medium bodied, goes down smooth and easy.

Really disappointed with this one - I just couldn't get over that weird ashy taste. At least I got this badass bottle.

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Photo of bruachan
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark but black? Head fizzled

Yeast smells the same as that of the Trippel. similar spice profile, too. touch of molasses

Tons of chocolate flavors--like a dessert stout without the viscosity. interesting interplay between chocolate and spice, which is nonetheless diminished

Not "lazy" to add same yeast to a different grain bill but the yeast could perhaps get more out of a deeper malt profile. this one is sweet with a bitterness but lacking in midrange roasting depth: caramel? Even a little lager character (vienna, munich...mmm) would go a long way. Touch of blackcurrant at the finish

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Photo of aforbes10
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprized to find this on tap at Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend last night. I didn't even know Brugge shipped their beer anywhere. Poured into an imperial pint, not much of a head, opaque and murky brown. Smelled of belgian spices, dark fruits, brown sugar. Flavor was malty, sweet and with a bit of ethanol. plums and bananas swimming around in the background. Nice body, good for the style. Hits you harder than you expect it to.

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