St. Sebastiaan Dark | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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87
very good
128 Reviews
St. Sebastiaan DarkSt. Sebastiaan Dark
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
204
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
18.39%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Photo of CBFanWish
4.87/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There is something specail in every bottle of St. Sebastiaan Dark. It's a beer that makes itself known as a quality beer that goes above and beyond what our normal expectations of a beer should be.
Caramel colour with a fizzy head. Malty with a ton of fruity flavours ranging from banana to apple. Fantastic.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unique 16oz porcelain-style jug with flip top lid. No freshness date.
It pours a dark orange-hued teak with a slow fading beige head.
The sweet malt aroma is tinged with earthy and woody smells. An aroma reminiscent of pear brandy rises up. Just a hint of chocolate is noticed.
The substantial malt body contains tastes of honey, milk chocolate and a mild taste of prunes.
A mellow taste of sweet lemons and a faint metallic tang break free from the nearly syrupy sweetness and establish a path of their own.
A light taste of herbs and breath of alcohol round things out.
This is a brew that balances and improves throughout.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the 500ml flip-top crock. Love the bottle.
Poured a dark, honey brown with a 1" cream colored head with very fine bubbles. Head stayed all the way to the bottom of the glass like a Guinness.
Smell was sweetly sour and lightly fruity.
Taste was malty with a hint of cherry in the aftertaste. Smooth, effervescent on the tip of the tongue, but a little thin in body.
Overall, decent from a flavor and looks perspective but in the end it left me wanting more, and with so many wonderful Belgians out there, I doubt I'll be visiting this particular brew again.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer departs the swing top crockery 1/2L bottle a burgundy color that is somewhat hazy with a portly head, creamy in texture and a nice light tan color with the lace forming a velum like curtain to conceal the glass. Nose is malt dominated but has pleasant over ripe fruit aromas, quite nice. The start is sweet with a decent malt presence and the mouth feel moderate in feel, the finish is minimally carbonated, wine like, pertinently hopped, quite dry somewhat tart aftertaste, nice drinkable beer.

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

Beer bottle brown with a rosey red glow, medium height, loosely bubbled dusted tan cap, crumbles down to leave a disorderly bubbly skim and intricately woven sheets of lacing that eventually break into spots.

Aroma is softly moderate on the nose with slight fruits with some caramel drizzling and butterscotch rum candy. Initially, when first poured, the aroma started out really nice with a whiskey-like perfume of caramel in front, but soon after it sat for a moment it completely sank way into the back.

Taste is quick and mild with some slight pear, dullish banana, and berry fruits in front, dustings of cocoa, dribbles of caramel midway. Dry and empty finish. Slight return of fruits late.

Feel is light, gets a bit of a pick up toward the middle and into the finish. Its not watery, more or less just thin or perhaps weak-ended, it lacks some depth and thickness thats usually attributed to a good dubble. Finishes dry, but works at it in a tenuous manner. This was pretty average.

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Photo of travolta
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Cranberry red up to the light. The lacing is very nice. Very defined rings grasp my glass. The head is tan with a foamy texture. It has nice retention.

Nose: Sweet raisins, malt. Very nice, but mild aroma. Carmel. Crackers.

Taste: Sweet at first, the texture is thin at first but builds a syrupy character. There is a certain aftertaste I cannot pinpoint. It lingers. There is a certain viscocity I get in my mouth after I drink orangejuice, I get it a bit with this brew as well.

Notes: The bottle is very interesting. I was excited to drink this based on the bottle alone. I was not let down, I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a murky brown color, with a excellent tan head. The scent is malty, with some fruits and possibly a little alcohol spice. The taste has a nice chewy malt backbone, with hops and dark fruits intermingling. Nice mouthfeel. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick, frothy, white head. The aroma is good. It boasts of pale and roasted malts which give it a nice brown, toasted scent. The taste is good. It's smooth with a dry roasted flavor that goes down easy. It says dark, but it fits more of a brown style. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Dubbel. It has good flavor and aroma. I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark clear brownish mahogany color with a 1 finger white head that shrinks quickly down to a long lasting layer. The smell is delicious with a musty fruit and yeast smell. Musty fruit, I say...I Iike it! The taste is again a musty taste providing the background to a light sweet raison, yeast, faint hops, and a barely noticeable alcohol. It is light bodied with an almost watery feel but very tasty despite this and makes it go down too easy. Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of SeanChouffe
2.57/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep transparent ruby read with a full, rocky, tan head. Light on the carbonation. The aroma is bitter, spicy and of over-ripe fruit. The taste is somewhat one-dimensional, with a slightly sweet start and a lasting bitter finish. The mouthfeel is watery with some effervescence and a lasting bite. A pleasant warming feeling as it goes down.

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Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very hard to pour especially into a short chalice. Head was rather non-existant even after a fast and very aware pour. More bubbles than anything with a modest sized ring around that glass that laced up well for what it had to work with. Color was burguny with rubyish-yellowish-pinkish highlights. Nice color on this one.

Definately cherries in the aroma but I really had to smell deep to conjure up anything else. Once you get those cherries it is very pleasing.

Tastes pretty good especially on the mid-palte. Unique is the word I would use to describes its flavor. Fruity and well hopped. Lots of cherries, raisins, dates, some clove on the mid-palate with a well balanced smooth character. Tastes great!

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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 kbub6f
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head is big, dense, yellowy-cream-colored, uneven. Nice. Beer is red/brown and a little hazy. There's a nice, sweet, toffee, bready, yeasty smell. Wow. Nice toffee leads to a deep, deep malt, some chocolate and a little fruit. Very creamy. Finishes bready with some alcohol and fruit. Great. This is a great, creamy, not-too-sweet beer.

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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 granger10
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a nice deep dark color with a nice sized head that left nice sized lacing. The smell was of a sweetness almost similar to a berry drink. Flavor lacked complexity that a Belgian should have. Too sweet and not enough hops or spice. Finishes a little wetter than most Belgians, which isn't always bad. Decent tasting but not much more and not worth the $7.99 for 16 oz.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dark and hazy body covered by a good head that laced the glass.

Smell – The toasty malt aroma carries the show here. I can pick up a little apricot and sugar, but mostly it’s the toasted scent.

Taste – The dark malt comes out in the flavor big time. It’s a little less refined and complex than I’d prefer, but good nevertheless. The sweetness is bigger than in the nose. The apricot taste is there again along with the brown sugar. The aftertaste is so sugary it’s almost palatable.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is a little lighter than I expected, but it was a good, medium-bodied Abbey Trippel. I couldn’t pick up any alcohol sensations.

Drinkability – This went down fairly well. The aftertaste though was a little dry, so I’m thinking maybe more hops than needed for the style? Overall, a good ale, but at 7.99 for a 16 oz bottle it's a stretch.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this in a neighborhood Moscow grocery store. It came in a lovely grayish-red ceramic 16 ounce bottle with both a bottle cap and a resealable flip-top. It poured a wonderful clear orange-brown color under a tannish-beige head that was both firm and long lasting. Mine gave beautiful lace rings all the way down. The nose was big and malty - announced its presence with authority. The mouth was a touch on the heavy side and not too tingly, although a bit more than I expected. The initial taste is very complex: caramel, citrus, grains. The finish is a tad too sour, with the lurking presence of alcohol somewhere deep down inside. Buried even more deeply were the hops - they are there, but you sure have to look for them. Hops do come out in the sweetish-sour aftertaste, leaving a mish-mash that I did not actually find all that appealling. This brew was a tad too sour, not bitter enough, for my taste. Still, definitely a quality brew.

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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 Naerhu
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: brown sudsy, opaque, but without floaties. Above average lacing.

Aroma: Cola, earth, a type of woody aroma that I am not used to tasting.

Taste: There is not intensity or raison d'etre here. This is simply a volcanic earthy brew without hops.

Mouthfeel: round, twangy and a tad rough.

Drinkability: This is about as exciting as watching paint dry.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a ruby-brown color with a thick, chunky tan head. The aroma is fruity, with some medicinal characteristics. The flavor is sweet at the beginning, it then flows to a fruity medicinal flavor. This beer finishes off dry, and somewhat bitter; a bit astringent too. It is medium-full in body, not to bad on the ease of drinking. This one was better than I expected.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml Corked bottle:

WOW! Highly carbonated - Cracked the plastic on my kitchen light when the cork came off! Scared the crap out of the dogs too - they disappeared and are hiding in the bedroom!

Started pouring and the nose was so prevalent that I can smell it immediately from 2 feet away. It pours a beautiful caramel color with a fantastic thick and lively head that is lasting for a very long time. It creeps down the glass faster than it does in the center leaving a flat topped peak behind. This eventually falls to about a 1/2 inch stable head. The beer is moderately effervescent and slowly bubbles like champagne.

The nose is spicy laced with hops and trailed with fine beautiful malt that reminds me of cranberries. The taste is smooth malt with bitter hops and a nice bit of spice to follow and erupts with a pleasant and enjoyable alcohol warmth in the gut. (I just gave blood so this should hit my head pretty damn hard) the flavors are complex and so well balanced I think I have found a new favorite in my Belgian ales. The mouthfeel is soft and pillowy. The after taste fades to sweet malt that is just the bomb.

I absolutely love this beer.

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Photo of inebrius
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A creamy alpine cap clings heartily above a hazy burnt umber. Aroma is implicative of an Autumn hike in the Northwoods while eating a caramel coated Red Delicious. Bring this to your lips and be strafed by a dozen flavors bouncing around your oral cavity like little rubber meatballs. Honey sweet...no...potting soil...wait...leafy greens, aluminum foil, walnuts, Listerine, capers, stop.

A quality Pils like finish makes this bubbly brew quite memorable. If you like your Dubbels more earthy and less sweet, give this one a try.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cherry wood/ruby in color with a very thin, lacy, off-white head. The aroma is yeasty and bready, with some light sour notes. Flavor starts off smooth and sweet, dominated by a rich but unoppressive maltiness. It soon develops a bready character, with perhaps a light spicy cinnamon note. Diacteyl, butterscotch character is also apparent mid-palate, but not at all out of place. Finishes with a restrained hop bitterness and a lightly chocolatey, nutty aftertaste. Medium-full body. Really a terrific beer -- very complex but eminently drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark garnet color, somewhere between eggplant and maroon, with a huge, rocky, creamy tan head. Aroma is soft, sweet, nutty, with notes of toffee, butterscotch and dates. Smooth palate, with a generous, gorgeous, tingly mouthful of hops, abundant in flavor. Excellent body and texture, extemely fruity, too. Like a big, sparkling, delicious boozy fruit punch. I caught this on sale for $4.99 a 750 ml, which is a bargain and then some. A reliably tasy Belgian brew.

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Photo of ADR
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, hazy cinnamon brown with a big dark tan head that laces intensely. Cotton candy aromas with some pear smells. Very malty tastes, spicy pumpkin, some fruit, and a nice smooth mouthfeel. No sense of overt hops to my tongue, the beer finishes smoothly with some ester sense and a touch of acidity on the back of the mouth. Nice beer, could be a little more complex, but I tend to like the entire Sterkens line. Like other St. Sebastiaans, a cool swing top crock, this one is dark brown.

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St. Sebastiaan Dark from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.
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