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
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Malacant
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Delicious. Huge head, needs more spice. Would have again

56 characters

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

 195 characters

Photo of BenBreeg
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SirLoopsAlot
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best before date was 10/15/2017, so this bottle must have been sitting a long time.

The aroma and taste were almost identical to Guinness Extra. I didn't detect any of the yeasty and dark fruit notes I normally get from Belgian Dark ales. Tastes good for sure but nothing special. At $10 a pint, wont be getting again.

 320 characters

Photo of FalconOne
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of keeef
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sohearn
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rickus
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

43 characters

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

Photo of hambone
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce ceramic bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/15/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,491 characters

Photo of samtrillo
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma none.
Head large (6.5 cm), light brown, frothy, slooowly fading to 5 mm frothy layer
Lacing fair – thick partial rings and arcs of small bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor weak, slightly sweet, malty; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 3.8125. Final weighted score: 3.8375
Not a bad brown brew, nice head, lacing, and body. The very weak to non-existent aroma is definitely detrimental to the overall score. The flavor isn’t bad, just weak.

 603 characters

Photo of mattfancett
3.55/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of bblouin8
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Darks, but this was certainly worth a try and its in a cool bottle. The beer poured a cloudy dark amber with reddish hue. The scent had Belgian sugar, peat and slight roast. The taste was most Belgian leaning with touches of toffee and earth. The mouthfeel was medium in body with not much carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer and worth a try for those that enjoy dark Belgians.

 414 characters

Photo of nleaders
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
3.86 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.