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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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.66/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No head really or lacing on a slightly hazy copper and crimson body. Aroma is super sweet and tart and so far this is more like a barley wine than a Belgian dark strong at this point. Flavor is ridiculously sweet with caramel toffee and brown sugar. This one definitely overwhelms. Oily body and light to moderate carbonation. I do not recommend buying a bottle unless it is to share with many people.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of nickfl
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A poured with a small head if off white foam on a hazy, dark amber body, low retention and lace.

S sweet fruit with notes of red apple and plum as well as caramel.

T really sweet toffee and raisins up front. Some syrupy caramel in the middle and a spicy, fruity alcoholic finish.

M a thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a very sweet finish.

D wow, this is over the top, and unfortunately not in a good way. Too big and too sweet, but at the same time kind of one dimensional.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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 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 Higravity
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served in a snifter and it was almost completely flat, a deep red brown body was sparkling clear. Very malty and sweet sugar like molassas with some rum and port characteristics, alcohol was also present. The sweetness kind of turned my stomach in a way but I went in for a sip. The fruit-berry molassass syrup was a bit much and the alcohol of all things seemed to lend balance. The finish is cola like, as if I was drinking a reduction of a sweetened up cola. Still for such a big beer it had a great body, just not sure if I would want more, until it got about 5 years on it.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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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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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 russwbeck
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed On-Tap at Duclaw's DC Release event! I must say, I was quite spent after this monster.

A: The beer pours a hazy deep brown in color with about a finger of off-white head. The retention is great but lacing is lacking. 4

S: The aroma is of booze and Belgian yeast. It smells like an extremely boozy quad, perhaps the barrel aged beers are wearing on my ability to smell. 3.5

T: The taste is extremely boozy, but it isn't undrinkable. Certainly Belgian, the extreme level of malt and dark fruits is something I've never experienced before. Its roasty too, which I must say I did not expect. The definition of the big beer, it's just a bit too boozy for me. 3.5

MF: Heavy body with a big hit of booze. Make sure you're sitting down when you try it. It is pretty drinkable, which is a good and bad thing at 14%. 4

Value: $6 for 11oz, which was a lot of this beer. If you haven't yet, I'd say try it once and tell me what you think. 4

O: Overall this was an interesting experiment. Certainly not on the level of Quads or BSDA I've had before, but I did like it. Duclaw tries to push the limits with their beers, and they definitely did just that here. I'd say it was a success. 4

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