Repent | DuClaw Brewing Company

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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
Reviews by Proteus93:
Photo of Proteus93
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this at one of the beer shops and though "a pent ale?" Now that's just nutty, and very possibly not even a thing... then I promptly bought one for curiosity's sake.

A: Almost a ruby red... though it's not too bad looking, I was expecting a little darker and a bit more head build-up. While some of the lack of head may be attributed to alcohol, most of the quads manage to be very sparkling and billow right up with nice pillows.

S: Pleasant aroma... sweet and fruity, almost carrying a melon-like scent. It's not the dark-fruity smell I was expecting, but I find it nice, nonetheless. A little bit of toffee in there, as well

T + M + D: Things go a bit downhill on this front. The bit of fruitiness greets me, but then my palate is assaulted with some burnt sugary flavours and an odd bittersweet hop presence that doesn't play very nicely with the other flavours. The alcohol has no interest in being held back and offers a bit of a harsh touch to the finish, but not much of a clean and warm feeling as it goes down. It's a big and bold brew, and most certainly one that is likely better off shared. I found myself struggling to drink anymore than ~half despite being in the mood to have another beer.

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Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear; blood-accented mahogany with ruby and orange highlights. No head.
Aroma: A wine and malty combination; alcohol; summer fruit (berries, apple, lightly tart grape)
Taste: Sweet, berry-like. Alcohol is clearly present but it's more back-bone and drying than obtrusive or interfering. It receeds from the palate with grace, leaving behind some floral and fruity notes that linger.
Mouthfeel: Full.
Drinkability: As a sipper, this is one tasty little mother! It's sweet but not overly done, and the fruitiness is quite nice. You could drink more than one, which goes greatly towards drinkability.

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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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Photo of maynard713
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of belgiancentury
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of akorsak
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 1L swingtop; I've been holding on to this bottle for approximately 5 years. #257 of 500 from that fall 2006 release. Patiently stored since then. Shared with Al, Nate, Ed, Tierney, Jeff, Jeannine and others at the DuClaw unveiling.

A: A deep caramel color. Even with six years under its belt, the bottle opened with an audible pop. Not unsurprisingly, though, all forms of carbonation were missing from the ale. After breathing for a few minutes, the ale sat still like a fine port. I'm really anxious for this one.

S: The nose is spicy, intense with raisins, brown sugar and caramel, with plenty of booze to keep things lively. As compared to the current version (on tap), the ale has lost its sugary sweetness and fortified itself, strengthening over time. Amazing beer; age has done it well.

T: While not a sugary sweet malt bomb, the ale still carries plenty of fruits. Caramel and apple butter flavors mix with the brown sugar, raisins and cinnamon; plenty of booze keeps things hot too. Very complex, no one flavor dominates. That allows every aspect to take a small turn in the sun. A booze bomb when fresh (I still remember drinking this at Arundel Mills on release night), the ale has aged nicely. I really, REALLY wish I had another bottle. This beer should easily last another few years.

M: A perfect beer to share with a large group of people. It has aged well, turning into an excellent Belgian strong ale. Wow, just wow.

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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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Photo of DBoone
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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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Photo of cubedbee
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Arundel Mills location in the unique Repent glass. Beer is a nice deep purple-burgandy with no head to speak of, just a small ring of lacing. The aroma is very appealing--fresh grapes, figs, raisins, leafy vegetables, and a slight winelike note. Taste is similar to the aroma, with a fruity raisin/cranberry sweetness, a slight alcohol burn in the throat, and a bit of minty spiciness. Full bodied with a syrupy smooth body. This is another really great special release from Duclaw, whatever style a Belgian pent is supposed to be, it's damn tasty for the amount of alcohol it packs.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orante-ruby to ruby depending on the light, with a 3 finger head in my Duvel tulip. Light lacing that shortly vanishes, leaving a ring around the glass.

Smell of bubble-gum, dried fruits and alcohol.

Possibly the sweetest beer I've ever tasted. Very grapey and vinuous. Not far off from a Port or Sherry.

Medium-thick bodied. Very little bite of carbonation, but the high ABV makes it very warming.

I liked this beer from the start, but by the time I was midway through, I liked it a lot. This would be a great winter time beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was the 2005 version, on-tap at Max's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with no head to speak of.

Smell: Sweet with lots of ripe dark fruit and some brown sugar.

Taste: This is a really sweet beer. Quite smooth from the age, especially given the abv. Overly ripe dark fruit and brown sugar. The finish is slightly bitter but really sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy. This one is almost flat with a dry finish.

Overall: I was really excited to get to try this. The age smoothed it out really well (I assume it didn't start this way) I don't know that I would want any more

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Partying candi sugar create all kinds of molasses and fat chocolate aromas, highly candyish and insanely sweet, but leaning toward the fine liquor or port wine more than the aggressive high alcohol cheap beverages. It passes through a rainbow of fruits before hitting you with its alcohol content all at once, the sweetness becoming hard to tolerate for me. It doesn’t just feel like an unjustified beast, but I’m not the biggest fan of port either, due to a limited tolerance to extreme sugariness. It remains complex and uncommon rather than a caricature, a bit like the upscale Dogfish Head products, so you know what to expect, thick syrupy malts showing you their muscles. Full bodied, light carbonation, long finish.

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Photo of Hefe
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Repent is being billed as a Belgian Pent, though what the hell that means. I'm listing it as a Strong Dark Ale, as there is no listing for a pentuple.

It is a lovely deep, ruby/mahogany colour, with a very thin off white lacing, minimal head to speak of. (Given the abv, no surprise.) The aroma is fabulous, fig and spice, plum and candied apricot. The flavors are deep and mimic the nose, with a slight bite from the alcohol mid-palate, though the finish is very smooth. Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly slick and the abv is hidden very well.

This is an excellent brew, reminds me of the Gouden Carolous Cuvee Van der Kaiser.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of djbow
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap @ DuClaw Pub

2012 Edition / Release of this Beer.

A: Pours a cloudy deep deep amber color with no head, just a everlasting thin foam ring around the glass. Massive alcohol legs cling to the glass, at 14.6% ABV this is no surprise.

S: Sweet, lots of ripe dark fruit, raisins, candy sugar, bready yeast and alcohol. Lots of alcohol.

T: This beer is quite sweet . It is smooth but I think that it would definitely benefit from age from the age. Given the ABV you could put 3 - 4 years on this one with no problem and it would be smooth as glass. Following the nose ripe dark fruit raisins and candy sugar fill you mouth just before the big but not overly hot booze comes in and washes it all away leaving a sweet taste behind.

Ml: Thick and syrupy no carbonation to speak of. As mentioned above in this this could be a really smooth beer.

O: With some age the beer will smooth out and be more of a pleasure to drink. I don't know that I will seek this out again, but if offered it I would not decline. Give it a try if you are in a Baltimore are a pub or one of the DuClaw company pubs.


Glass: Snifter.

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Photo of hopdog
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sample tasted from growler provided by jeffin7 (thanks!).

Poured a dark copper color with smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits, grapes, cherries, chocolate and some caramel and spices. Alcohol content completely hidden. Definitely a sipping beer. I found this one to be way too sweet for my tastes though.

Notes from 10/9/05

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Photo of Hanzo
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 John_M
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jeez Loueez DuClaw, what are you trying to do with this? The smell and taste of this beer is so sweet it's almost overwhelming. Lots of cherries and candied raisans in this one, maybe some honey as well.

This beer tastes exactly what it is, which is a mammoth, sweet and malty alcohol bomb. The alcohol (all 14.6% of it) is pretty noticeable, so maybe it's a good thing the beer is so sweet. I cannot imagine drinking a 12 oz. glass of this stuff; my palate was worn out just after a tasting sample.

Maybe others will like this beer, but it just doesn't do it for me.

Edit from 4/15/12. For good or for bad, DuClaw has decided to re-release this beer. Not sure if the recipe has changed, but I do see that the abv. is the same as before (14.6%). As this was one of the first reviews I wrote on BA, it seems only fair to revist it. Sampled at Max's today.

Apearance - same as before
Nose - the beer smells sweet and boozy, but I can't say I'm as overwhelmed by it as I was previously.
taste - Jesus Christ, this stuff is disgusting. As before, the beer is incredibly sweet, syrupy and boozy, with some noticeable heat in the finish. Frankly, my initial score was generous and I've had to lower it. Really, this beer is almost nauseatingly sweet and boozy.

Everything else is the same... this is seriously not a very good beer, and I'll be damned if I can figure out why DuClaw decided to make it again. I guess it will be popular with the frat boy crowd, as at 14.6%, it clearly will get you fucked up pretty quickly. However, that's not what I'm looking for in a beer, and I've scored this beer accordingly.

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Photo of Foolmonkey
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had many Duclaw beers in the past. I got a sample pour of this beer last week and they did a great job with it! I only had 2 ounces of the beer, but a serving size is 9 oz. in a snifter.

The color comes to you as a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of huge malt and dark fruits. Flavor matches this with big delicious flavors and sweetness. The body is moderate and mouthfeel was smooth and fresh. Almost unbelievable at 14% ABV! Lacking any hop flavors, aroma, or bitterness but it really hit the spot at the end of the night

A great after dinner dessert drink or a heavy malt bomb to pair with some hearty/foods. Try some!

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Photo of Lee_Hancock
2.5/5  rDev -33%

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

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