Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Belgian Brown | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
-
no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
3
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
5.66%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Photo of dfried
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep toffee in color, just barely see through with some red highlights. Started with a large pillowy tan head that dropped to a nice cap. Tons of Belgian yeast and cloves in the aroma, bready with some sweet malt, some black licorice, plum, and dark grapes. A lot like as Belgian strong dark ale in flavor, but its not quite "to style" as some may say. Candy sugar like sweetness, yeasty and bready with a fair amount of clove. A lot of fruity flavors, dates, plums, raisins, white and dark grapes.

Verdict: an original and interesting brew. I didn't know the alcohol at the brewpub, I thought it was a session beer with many Belgian qualities, I could have drank it all day, but at 8% it commands a bit more respect than that. It lacked some of the more gentile qualities of a fine corked Belgian, but this was a good, well rounded beer.

 841 characters

Photo of ballenc
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep dark brown with minimal head and lacing.

Somewhat sweet aroma, strong and malty...defintely Belgian.

Again sweet on taste (but not sugary) a bit of fruit on the taste - malt with a touch of spice. Sweet caramel.

Light (for the style) mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This is a very good Belgian beer - hats off to Bryon (must be that Portland experience!).

 394 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, reddish highlights, under perfunctory foam.

Wonderful aroma, full of the yeast and malt one enjoys in the best Belgian brews, a creamy, estery concoction, very similar to a hefe weizen or a dunkel, but with this yeasty twist...some banana here, some citrus, some spice. Sweet, deep, distinct... caramel banana clove cream pie.

In the mouth, more of the same, with a smooth play on the palate. Substantial, full bodied, long, sweetish finish. Tangible flavors, long-lasting, but never too much of anything. There's a certain wheatish texture here, complex and tenacious, flush carbonation, with more caramel coming in and lingering with the dark fruits and nuts in the flavor. Good stuff going on here.

I haven't had anything like this from the Rock Bottom or from any other local brewer, nor can I pinpoint what example of a style it resembles best...and for that, I congratulate Bryon! A very pleasing, and surprising beer.

 951 characters

Belgian Brown from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe