Repent | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Hefe on 09-02-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of M1A2
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of philbe311
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An active cascading pour yields a finger and a half worth of audibly fizzy, fluffy, crisp yet lush, light khaki colored frothy goodness... Solid retention... Turns a bit creamier and richer as it settles before giving way to a full veil of lacing on light to moderate collar... The color walks a fine line between deep ruby red and murky medium brown... Mostly still with just a couple of stray micro-sized carbonation bubbles here and there... A rich sweet bouquet... Loaded with dark fruits... Figs... Grapes... Raisins... There is a deep rich layer of caramel and toffee... Brown sugar... A faint whiff of Belgian yeast lingers beneath the surface... Holy cloyingness batman!!! The sweetness of off the charts... Fruity and sugary... There is a slight medicinal presence that lingers beneath the surface, but it does little to cut through the sweetness... A bit of a subtle booziness as well... Full bodied... Very very sticky... Little or no carbonation... Not a bad beer, but I'm glad I was able to split the bottle... A full bottle may of ended up being a partial drain pour given the off the charts cloying sweetness... Hides the 14% ABV exceedingly well... If the sweetness were to be dialed down a notch or two (or three), this has the potential to be an exceptional American interpretation of one of m favorite Belgian styles... As it stands now, it's a slightly enjoyable bit of a hot mess...

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of mattsdenney
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A gift from my sis-in-law living in DC. Poured from a bomber into goblet glass.

Thick, dark, and cloudy. Plum colored, with very little head. From the looks of this thing it's going to be very lightly carbonated, almost looks cask conditioned. Smells like strong, sticky, sweet figs and raisins. Heavy scents of dark caramel, cider, and that great Belgian yeast essence. Just smells like a strong, heavy beer. First sip, the flavors mirror the nose very closely. The sweetness masks the alcohol well but could be too sweet for some. Dried fruits, sweet caramel, grape juice, The typical Belgian flavor is there and there is little to no hop bitterness whatsoever. I enjoy the flavor but the sweetness is slightly off-putting. Going to let this warm up a while and see what happens. Mouthfeel isn't quite as heavy as expected. Very little carbonation, medium body, very slick and almost lightly syrupy. Overall a good beer that I've enjoyed so far. Look forward to trying more.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Looked to be clear orange amber at first. Got hazier by the end of the bottle (or maybe I got hazier). Not much in the way of head or lacing but this is to be expected with 14% abv.

Smell is caramel malts and sweet dark fruit (raisins and plums). You can tell even from the aroma that there was going to be a potent alcohol content here.

Taste is sweet, the dark fruit is the dominant flavor but the sweet malts are present as well. maybe some candi sugar. No Belgian yeast or spicing were noticed here.

Mouthfeel is rich and the alcohol presence is pretty close to being over the top but not quite. I have had this bottle for almost a year, so there is a little age/mellowing going on too.

Overall a pretty decent winter slow sipper. I shared the bottle and highly recommend doing that. This is a bit much for one person!!!

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at one of our random Sunday tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, subtle tart, candied sugar, and grape. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, wood, molasses, and grape. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There was a ton of things going on in this brew. I went in to smell this one and was blown away by the amount of complexity going on. The same was true for the flavor as well. I really enjoyed what I found here as it was both sweet and fruity. A well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having again anytime.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
14% ABV, no date.

Chaney strikes again! Thanks dood!

Pent and Repent were on a boat. Pent fell out, who was left?

A - Repent is a ruby-hued cloudy rust-colored beer that pours topped by a Guinness-like creamy light khaki foam. Dots of lace stick to the glass and dam up the alcohol legs which slowly dribble down the tulip's sides.

S - Dry, chalky dirt, cocoa, and burnt dark candi sugar push through the dark fruitiness that's contained in this beer of which a swirl exponentially increases. Alcohol-soaked raisin, red grape, and plum greet the nostrils with a sweet backing of caramel malt and warming, spicy alcohol. Spicy hops are all but lost in the fray.

T - Immensely sweet, dark candi sugar emanates from every aspect of this beer, tethered to caramel and pilsner malt with nary an layer of balance. Notes of lightly roasted malt and spicy, thinning alcohol's involvement aren't quite reflected in the balancing of this beer. Deep, dark fruits maintain their presence with raisin, plum and grape with a touch of faintly tart cherry skin adding an new layer of complexity while a touch of sweet orange peel finishes out with just a drop of citrus.

M - Thick and chewy, this beer drinks like cough syrup, coating the throat on the way down and lingering on the palate for moments, begging to be chased. Carbonation seems lost to the sticky beer though never appearing flat in nature and it doesn't take long for the strong alcohol to really warm one's insides. Summed up in one word; cloying.

O - DuClaw Repent features an incredible label that encourages a moment to ponder it's simplicity and darkness. The beer on the other hand features no simplicity as it overwhelmingly piles on sugary sweetness without a thought of balance and complex yeast esters in the form of dark fruits. Plenty of maltiness is present but it's characteristics are overwhelmed, hops are absent, and alcohol remains aplenty, begging the question, "why?" Inherent Belgian traits, save for the dark fruit, have gone missing and the beer itself seems to be massaged to an extreme alcohol level by overabundance of sugar.

I certainly don't hate it, but I also regret not opening this with at least three other people around for an after dinner sipper to wind down the night. Let this warm and open a little but be prepared for a big, sweet beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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