St. Sebastiaan Dark | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

BA SCORE
86
very good
208 Ratings
St. Sebastiaan DarkSt. Sebastiaan Dark
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
Belgium
sterkensbrew.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 12-30-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
208
Reviews:
128
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
14.51%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of bditty187
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze hue with tawny-reddish highlights, appealing visually, unfortunately the bubbly off-white head didn’t comply, it faded quickly from the zenith of a finger. Disorganized head remnants tried to cap the beer, it did not. Sparse lacing. The nose was pleasant and typical of a Belgium Dubbel. Soft toasty malts with good amounts of bread, yeast too, the fruitiness is secondary, apples and raisins, distant earthy-spiciness. I prefer more potency but it was still inviting. I found the palate to be exceedingly dry, which I really enjoyed. This is not the most challenging Dubbel I’ve run across. By know means is this simple tasting, stark crystal malts upfront, cleaner than need be, in the middle there is a mildly toothy alcohol bite mixed with a subtle hops spiciness, followed quickly by a note of fruitiness. The finish is lightly peppery, malty but clean and slick. The carbonation is almost completely absent, which is nice, medium body. Respectable mouthfeel. I think this is too easy to drink. I want to have to sip my “good beers.” I forked out $9.00 for a 16-ounce ceramic jug here in Omaha. It is far too costly to drink again; especially considering it was not that outstanding… a solid offering.

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Photo of Suds
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like the ceramic bottle. I guess that I’m a sucker for interesting packaging. This beer is an earthy brown color, fairly clear, and has a soapy white head. Fisheye bubbles and moderate lace are notable in the foam. The smell is sort of subdued for a Belgian dubbel, with just a bit of yeast, sugar, and malt present. It’s alright, but I would have appreciated a more pronounced and complex aroma. The taste makes up a little ground…peppery, a bit of alcohol, malt in the front, yeast, and brown sugar. Fairly light bodied for a dubbel, but it’s very drinkable, and worth a try. It’s not worth the price, however, to have another one.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky dark brown with a burgundy tint. Thick beige head and nice lacing. The aroma is malty and nutty, but has some characteristics of a Flemish Sour too. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of burnt malt, raisin, sour fruit and yeast. The finish is on the thin side and is rather fruity. All in all this is a decent Belgian. At times it is well balanced and at others it is not, but more often than not it is pretty good.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep amber brown but hazy with a small head. No particulates or yeast in the beer, but it is very hazy. The aroma is fruit (apricot and apple), and caramel. The flavor is fruity (again apricot and apple) with caramel. The flavor dries into the finish and is slightly toasty caramel. The body is medium.

12 ounce bottle that came from a 3-pack.

{Hard to believe it is above 6% ABV due to the fact it came from a beer store in TN and beers above 6% ABV cannot be sold in a beer store in TN.}

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, cork, caged, and primed to explode on opening. Dark maroon color, little bits of carbonation, clear body. Head is very ragged from the beginnning, it came up a lot on the pour, due to the explosivity. Lots of diacetyl in the nose, dark fruits, and carmel. Taste is dark yet sharp and well hopped. The belgian funk is noticeable and welcomed. Acidity is pretty high, this may be an old sample, but the bottle has an unitelligable batch code on it. Pretty good, although a fresh sample might be better.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From Alcampo. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Silicon Valley 2x06-07. Pleasant to drink but missing a little punch. Everything is a bit more soft than desiderable: the feel, the tate and the aroma

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Photo of TheDM
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice malty full flavored aroma. A welcome break from the poor quality bees I have rated recently. It poured a huge head of light brown small bubbles. When it receded, it left little or no lacing. It has a cloudy dark brown body. It's flavor is different. It was smooth and no after bite or remarkable fore taste. All in all, it was a good brew to watch the war news on. The bottle is a nice brown ceramic flip top container.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samtrillo
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a deep murky red amber with a fast dissipating off white head. Aroma of malt and cola, nice. Taste is light toasty malt, fruits and cola, abruptly finishing to nothing. Light to medium bodied. Very subdued and uninteresting. Not unpleasant, but boring.

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Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the Silvers for the brew.

Pours a dark reddish brown. Basically, no head. Just a thin white film and a bit of bubbling on the edges. Interesting.

Smells of rum soaked, dark fruits and a bit of chocolate. I had to go double check what beer type this is, as I was for some reason expecting a Belgian Dark, and this clearly was not that.

Very pleasant tasting. Not overwhelmingly quaffable/drinkable, but a good dark fruit background, some chocolate, and a bit of roasted maltiness.

A solid beer, if a bit thin on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After sitting in the fridge for about 3 years, I decided to open this bottle (i.e. I ran outta beers). Poured a dark brown color into a small tulip glass. Nice bubbly head and still carbonated. Smell slightly roasted. A light roasty taste with a full mouthfeel. Drinkability is that of drinking at your own pace. A good beer to try at least once.

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Photo of foogerd
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dirty brown body with a caramel colored one inch thick head. Looks like coke.

S- Dried candied figs, some cinnamon, dark breads, a bit of metal in the mix.

T- Malt bready bomb with dark fruits.

M- Thick and a bit chewy.

O- Good Dubbels, not worth the 12 bucks. Drinkability is certaintly high.

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Photo of impending
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz says the label (peculiar) into a tulip. Pours a dark bronze, no light passes through the glass. Decent dense towering head, nice lacing.

Spicy aroma of coriander, ginger and cloves nearly mask anything below. A clean, upbeat happy scent !

Taste has a surprising molasses smack, raisins plucked from a soft molasses cookie. Dark crusty bread underlies it all. Finishes sweet. Medium bodied creamy yet prickly mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
3.86 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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