Dragonmead Sin Eater Belgian Dark | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Sin Eater Belgian DarkDragonmead Sin Eater Belgian Dark
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States
dragonmead.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ElGordo on 08-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
11
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of pineapple_playa
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick_Combs
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drbenderdo
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KEH
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was quite pleased with this beer. It pours really opaque and quite dark (almost black.) You'll get a lacy beige head on top. The malts are very strong, and rather sweet in this beer. Your lips will likely feel a bit sticky after you sip on this. The Sin Eater seems like it should be called a Belgian-style sweet stout, instead of a Belgian-style trippel. Regardless of what it's called, it's quite tasty.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmich24
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 5/20/16.

Pours a dark brown, pretty opaque, with a two finger head and a good amount of foamy lacing. A cola aroma- also malt, Belgian yeast, toffee, raisins, bread, figs, light cherries. The taste is malt, Belgian yeast, figs, raisins, caramel, prunes, some molasses, and again, light cherries. No hint of alcohol, a pretty good achievement for the ABV and the style. Very smooth for the ABV, solid body, well carbonated.

Wow. Complex. flavorful, a unique Belgian Dark. The flavor really opens up as it warms. A very enjoyable effort. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of hartsells01
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Figjammin
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hrodebert
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of webmanspidey
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This may just not be my style, but it was still well done, I think. There are lots of notes of dark fruits, but the balance was just off in my opinion. Really complex, but just not my favorite.

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Photo of ljc973
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/22/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, pepper, clove, light licorice/banana, toasted biscuit, light roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of huge raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, pepper, clove, light licorice/banana, toasted biscuit, light roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, pepper, clove, toasted biscuit, light roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong dark ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of pandow
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass.

Dark brown with very little head, even with an aggressive pour. Diminishes to a faint ring around the glass with very light lacing.

Smell of light banana/roasted plantain, prune, dark cherry/grape and slight breadiness. Hints of candi sugar, but slightly overpowered by alcohol (surprisingly not as much as one would expect at this ABV).

Taste of candi and roasted malt, slight dark fruit and banana with slightly sweet finish and slight alcohol (again, dangerous light for the ABV).

Mouthfeel is really nice, medium to heavy body.

Overall a very nice representation of the style, and slightly sweeter than others in the category. Easy to drink this one too fast for the alcohol presence. Glad that this is seeing bottle distribution.

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Photo of Bung
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zacky_U
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cryptichead
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kerrie
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaxPowers
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewo
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at Dragonmead in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a standard tasting glass, holding a coloring that was a shade browner than that of the darkest grape sodas. It held a half finger tall head of wispy khaki foam, showing a quick retention into frilled lacing and a creamy film across the top of the liquid. A mild haze was noted, but sediment was absent throughout. Carbonation appeared to be moderate. The nose was wonderfully rich with notes of burgundy wine, sugar coated plums, figs, dried prunes, and black cherries, dense caramel and dark wheaty malt roastiness, vinous and tannic-brushed herbal tea leafiness, soft black leathers, attic mustiness, sweet banana esters, cloven phenols, and a nice dollop of warming fusel booziness. The taste came along with an embodiment of all of the abovementioned ingredients, each bold enough to stand out and blend against the ones right next to it. These included cloyingly sweet, dark, and boozy fruitiness of prunes, dates, plums, cherries, and red apples, lightly roasted black, amber, and dark German wheat graininess, plastic and clovey phenols, coffee bean metallics, challah bread yeastiness, synthetic maraschino cherry syrups, allspice and black pepper, lightly simple herbal hoppiness, concrete dust, and gravel. The body was thickly chewy, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave thick and creamy slurp, smack, froth, and pop. Glug was limited due to the beer’s thickness. The mouth was coated and left warmly prickled from all the booze and residual sugars. The abv was appropriate for the style, and the beer sipped back nicely.

Overall, contrary to beer sampled and reviewed just prior to Sin Eater, this was the standout favorite from our first trip to Dragonmead. Everything about it just screamed boldness. From the intense fruitiness highlighted mostly through the nose, to the deep and dark malty base that held it all together across each component of the taste, this was just a really serious beer. Each ingredient had its proper place, and nothing came across as off balanced, one-sided, or extraneous. If we didn’t have to drive then this would be in our glasses for the remainder of the evening, and would be worth making the trip back here on another night when we could indulge.

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Photo of Hiker3943
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An awesome mellow taste. The head is awesome. Although the ABV for this is very high you will not realize until much later. Drink in moderation. Not sure if this is still a seasonal beer. DM would make a batch on occasion and they would run out very quickly.

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Dragonmead Sin Eater Belgian Dark from Dragonmead Microbrewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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