Black | Brugge Brasserie

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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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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 68
Photo of baos
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on the run. Although i did take with me my bicentennial Mason jar to drink it from.

Head went away pretty quick like the trippel de ripple. Flavor was rather sour but really good and refreshing for this type of brew. Rather light bodied but not bad, I also tried this one on tap at Shallos. A good beer you should try one one for size.

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Photo of jisom123
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Tulip. Little head, gone in a flash, just enough to get the sent.
Tasty, darker in appearance than taste. light on the caramel flavors and coffee that tend to override similar ales.
Open it cold and give the bottle a good whiff... what do you smell?....the slightest hint of a grape Popsicle.
not cloudy.
Fermentation behaves itself VERY well; stay on the bottom even after a slight post pour sediment swirl test. Almost drinkable from the bottle with no yeast mouth swill.
"Best enjoyed often"
Goes well with Beck: Odelay for music.

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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 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 leftmindedrighty
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Brugge Brasserie

Smell, heavy on the toffee and nuts, some bitter chocolate

Taste, quite sweet and pleasantly bitter. Bitter chocolate, nuts, plum, and raisins all stand up for an appearance. A little on the sweet side, but the bitterness does lend a helping hand on the back end.

Overall, very unique, and very enjoyable. But one glass is all I could drink in a sitting.

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Photo of Umbra
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at the brewpub in a chalice. Pours black, opaque with a tan head and some nice lacing. Didn't get much more than light malts and yeast aromas.

Taste was all malt with limited hops to speak of. If pressed, I'd say the predominate flavor was that of alcohol-soaked plums with a banana-like yeasty chaser.
Was very light-bodied in the mouthfeel, which added to the drinkability with the ineresting flavors. Great brew. If I didn't have to drive to the other side of town, I could see myself having several

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Photo of StrangeBrew1
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very well balanced black beer. Sweet and not hoppy. I was expecting more of a certain hop or barley but it was smooth and drinkable for anyone. Pretty powerful stuff that is very drinkable. Watch out! I highly recommend Brugge Brasserie to anyone on a brewpub/gastropub hunt in indianapolis.

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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 tmitch75
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Brugge Brasserie at lunchtime on 3/4/08.

Dark opaque black color with a one finger head.

Smells roasty and sweet. Flavor is similar with a little chocolate. A very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but this really just makes it go down even quicker. Very drinkable. This one tastes and feels more like a lager than an ale, at least to me. I like it a lot.

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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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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 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 BlackAngus
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep jet black, creamy head, laced the glass all the way down. An impressive-looking beer. I actually watched people stare at it as it was being brought to my table in its snifter.

S - Cherry and dark fruit aromas, carmelized sugar, toffee, roasted coffee, chocolate.

T - Aromas carry through to the flavor. Carmelized sugar, toffee, definite bready flavors. Wow.

M - Medium body, surprisingly clean, with a mild sweet aftertaste.

D - This is my go-to beer at the Brugge if they're out of the tripel. A showcase of Ted's talent.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer comes to the table mahogany, towards black. 2" head and amazing lace.

Nose is filled with candied fruits, toffee, figs, and bing cherries. Intense to insane sweetness detected, candi sugared malts. Vaguest roastiness.

This beer is not the Belgian Stout I was hoping for, but is delicious nonetheless. Toffee, roasted candi sugar, blackstrap molasses, strong yeast phenols, and rye bread.

Finishes strongly on licorice characteristics and a smooth sensuous candied darkness. Damned good.

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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 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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