Bon-Secours Brune | Brasserie Caulier

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Bon-Secours BruneBon-Secours Brune

Brewed by:
Brasserie Caulier

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 11-03-2003

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by basica:
Photo of basica
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark copper brown pour that yields a finger thick head, with fairly good retention, gradually receding to a thin milky, coffee-like lacing. (4)

S - Predominantly alcoholic aromas with hints of dark fruits and roasted malts; fairly strongly nose. Quite different from our Belgian darks. (4)

T - Caramel and brown sugar notes at the front that's quickly greeted by a yeasty alcoholic taste reminiscent of the nose. The short finish reveals a quick dash of dark fruitiness, raisins mainly, which lingers on mildly. (3.5)

M - Between light and medium bodied with moderate carbonation and is largely watery; goes down almost like water; not too impressive here. (3.5)

D - Fairly light and easy drinking except for the slight carbonation pinch at times; the short and watery finish was slightly disappointing but still a fairly drinkable beer. (4)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearnce: A brown pour with a very lively and tall tanned head.

Smell: A lightly spiced and chocolatley nose. Semi-sweet and tempting.

Taste: The taste is semi-sweet with only hints of dark chocolate and more so, cocoa. There is also a nice dar-fruity touch here....raisiny and dark plum.

Mouthfeel: A relatively light and lively mouthfeel with a very smooth and semi sweet finish.

Drinkability: This was a decent but not great beer. I could go for another.

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Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice white head. Refreshing Saaz hops, only as a second beer, and after food.Caramel, sugar, some roast, some wood. An experiment. More bitter than your average Belgium. Good yeast, some chocolate malt, nicely done for what it is. Also I am a sucker for pop-top bottles. It popped.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo, Frankfort, IL. Pours a hazy brown body under a big head. Taste is not in lockstep to any particular style, but simply present a tasty old-style ale, nicely roasted to a nutty sweetness. Aging really does help this become mellow yet complex.

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Misty dark brown beer, with a large grey-brown head. The head stays quite lang. In a rare flip top bottle.
Served it in an Orval glass.
The smell is very much like dark chocolat, malts, citrus, bitterness.
A strong coffee taste, very bitter, burned grains, caramel malt.
Mediocre beer.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the pour a deep garnet color with a planetary sized head, frothy in texture, and a light tan color, as it slowly dematerializes a velum like sheet of lace is formed to conceal the glass. The aroma of caramel, malted grains, a bit of yeast, almost cotton candy sweet with the start quite sweet and lightly malted, top is a bit thin in feel. Finish is lenient in its acidity, the hops pleasing in their spiciness, nicely dry and once again drinkable beers, but not any thing to shout about, got some in the stash; let’s see how they are this time next year.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall necked brown flip-top bottle: 33cl. Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru badged stemmed tulip two years before it's best before date of July 2013.

All this breweries beers seem to explode out the bottle, this one was no exception. This time I was ready for it and didn't lose a drop, the sediment however comes up with the rest of the brew, so you get everything in the glass.

Dark rustic brown body, too deep in colour to see through (plus the sediment is in there somewhere. Huge light brown head on top, which left plenty of lacing as the beer level sank during the tasting.

Aroma of burnt, roasted and toasted malts, without the sweet molasses smell often found in Belgian brown ales.

This isn't a sweet brown in any way, those malts in the smell hit you hard in the taste and a tart bitterness comes along as the mouth dries: this is more complexed than your average Belgian brown.

The alcohol content can be found easily enough, as the body isn't as rich and deep as the brew indicates by looks. Still fine, but this isn't a thick, heavy brew at all, it isn't watery either.

I enjoyed it.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Style flavors of hazelnut and chocolate spread on the edge of roasting. The body is nice, with the presence of light chocolate and recall it in the finish as a chocolate fondant. Smooth but sometimes too heavy, not really fruity. Right consistency for a beer in that category.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of Globetrotter
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 33cl brown bottle with a swing-top and a fairly plain dark label featuring two brew kettles and the name in cursive. Candy sugar is an ingredient. Best before the end of July 2007, I opened it on 11/30/03.

Very nice cloudy bronze under a huge and billowous dark tan head that lasts forever and leaves beautiful sheets of lace down the glass. The nose is strong, full of malt, flowery hops, and a bit of caramel. The mouth is lighter than I would have expected, with medium carbonation. The taste is delicious - smooth, lots of malts and caramel, a touch of plum and raisin. The hops are subdued, but somehow this hophead doesn't really even miss them. The aftertaste is wonderful, sweet but not too sweet, and full of malts. Excellent brew!

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this bottle is starting to slightly turn...

it pours like straight carbonated coffee. has a small off white head. the nose is sour cherries, roasty and nutty malts, subtle coffee, I just got wood! a wood aroma that is. the taste is very chewy and chocolatey, sweet malty taste, crisp, refreshing, nutty, malty, my new favorite Brune...maybe. medium body, smoothe low carbo. Drinkin this beer makes me wonder if there is a president of television???

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Photo of Absumaster
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brown, slightly murky beer with a quick settling, coarse head.

Smell is grassy, perfumy and fruity with hints of cinnamon, banana and pear drops. In the malt department there is caramel and very light roasted malts. Some candi sugar also.

Taste is malty with caramel and very light roasted malt. A little sweet with candisugar. The yeast adds this unusual tastes with pear, banana and cinnamon. No higher alcohols like the Blond and Ambrée luckily. Bitterness is low. Drinkability is great.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Swing top bottle opens with a huge pop and then pours a deep dark muddy brown colour with an enormous light creamy brown head which faded slowly to nice light layer... decent amount of sticky lacing coats the glass to the end...

Aroma - Strong treacle / brown sugar sweetness, lots of breadiness, nice strong dark vinous fruits (prunes, plums, blackcurrents, some strawberries), nutty, some dusty notes, medicinal hints, peppery, some very light vinegary sourness, barely any hop bitterness...

Taste – Bready / yeasty notes hit you straight away, light chocolate / biscuity malts, quite strong (too strong ??) medicinal notes, earthy / woody, clove hints, strong dark fruits (black grapes, blackcurrents, plums), spicy / peppery, quite noticeable alcohol, some treacle and nutty sweetness, candy sugar...

Feel - Sharp initially then becomes very smooth... a little too medicinal to be drinkable in my opinion...

Overall - An average beer... a little harsh and unbalanced.. maybe worth a try once...

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of crossovert
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz flip-top brown bottle. The date is C N 11.

It opens with a huge pop and a gush, luckily i only lost a few drops. It pours with a massive off-white head and it is a super dark brown.

The smell is mostly raisins, a hint of citrus, caramel, and some spiciness.

The taste has a noticeable tartness. Very raisiny. There is a cloying sweetness and giant alcohol flavor. It is kind of messy. It is big and fruity, sweet, and leaves a unique feeling in the mouth.

It is messy, but okay.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark reddish brown, huge pillow of tannish foam which never seems to disappear, lacey

Aroma: a lush malt sweetness laced with some roast, a woodsy hop note, lychee fruit, acetone, a bit musty

Flavor: a dryish malt flavor with a vinous tart background, a touch of caramel, musty, wood yeast, a mild hop flavor, finish is dry with an acidic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, lots of carbonation, alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: The usual flamboyant Wallonian presentation; this one in a flip-top bottle, a big POP when opening it, lots of foam and carbonation. The aroma and flavor are big and obvious, too. Like many of the beers from the southern half of Belgium. A good beer, though.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy brown color.

Smell is of chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malts.

Taste of buttery toffee, some burnt flavors, coffee, alcohol, and maybe figs?

Very good beer, complex, medium carbonation, full bodied.

A good drink for sure!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creamy, dark tan colored head was thick and held solid. Deep chocolate colored beer with a toffee hue. Tangy cherry (possibly currant?) chocolate and dark malt. Sweet caramel, chocolate, and dark malt with a splash of cranberry. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. While there were some really nice flavors and aromas the whole berry thing was kind of weird, it didn't taste bad, but it didn't quite fit in either.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, doesn't quite fit into a particular style, but strong dark ale sounds close. Poured into a chalice glass. Dark red, slightly hazy. Fruity, sweet aroma. Taste... somewhat fruity, sweet, rich and malty, some chocolate present along with a slight roastiness. Very very smooth, perfect carbonation. Awesome beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A rather unique and attractive looking 11.2 fluid ounce brown glass bottle. A wide base is topped by a curved shoulder and an hour glass thin neck that is sealed with a ceramic stopper fitted with a red rubber washer. A sturdy wire is needed to hold this in place because when it was released, it had a positively explosive and ferocious “phuppp” when opened with minimal gun smoke.

A vertical neck label covers the swing top steelwork, and has the words ‘Alc. 8% Vol. - Brasserie Caulier Dark’. The main obverse label has a picture of two old fashioned copper brew kettles above the words ‘Bon Secours Bière Vivante!! - Belgian Ale’. The words ‘Hand Crafted Belgian blonde (WTF??***) ale” below, with a picture of a red wax seal listing the beer as ‘8%vol – Biere Artisanal’. A reverse label is nicked to indicate that this is from ‘Lot Nr.E’ and ‘Best Before 05-2007’.

***//It seems that this Brune (Dark) has the same main and reverse label as the Blonde that I just had!! Someone was playing with the goods when they bottled this one I think. The Brune (Dark) is only discernable from the Blonde it seems by the neck label, but even that has a strength (8%) that differs from that listed on the Website (7.5%). Go figure//***

Appearance: Served in my stolen LopLop Glass, it pours with an effervescent carbonation that quickly forms a dark tan head that laces well, but settles rather quickly. Has a lovely, streamer infested, dark brown chestnut body with some fine oak hints.

Nose: Very strange, a sweet malt, but more of a fine candy toffee sweetness than a sickly one. Caramel like with a chewy aroma.

Taste: A fruity start with some sweetness in the malty beginnings that phase through to a caramel candy middle, more chewy toffee but light in character and never cloying on the tongue. Transcends to an astringent finish towards the end. Nice malty burps to boot.

Mouthfeel: The 7.5% is hard to detect, the caramel middle and dry finish hide it well. Nevertheless, like the Blonde, it has quite a “thin” overall feel that never seems to get to where it should be.

Drinkability: I love English Dark Milds, and this is pretty close to the having most of the traits of one. Maybe its sacrilege to compare an Artisanal Belgium to an English Mild, but there you have it. This is a quaffer for sure.

Overall: Called Brune in Belgium, but labeled just ‘Dark’ for dumb foreigners. I like this one a lot. Well worth a try if you see it.

In fact, I will be visiting the Brewery during my Annual Easter Belgium Trip this year, on 9th April actually, which is Good Friday. After the rather good Bon Secours Blonde and Brune (Dark), I am looking forward to having some more of the rarer Caulier beers.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle with a flip top, poured into a Bon Secours goblet. 8%abv

Pours with a dark burgandy tinted syrupy brown body. Huge effervesant light tan head with great retention. Massive rings of thick lacing all down the glass

Smell, huge syrupy dried fruit, fresh figs and prunes. Lots of sweet candied dark sugars, mollasses and rich golden syrup. Gorgeous belgian yeast notes too along with some spicy alcohol on the nose. A slight tinge of liqourice and a tiny phenolic character lingering around in the background. Some fresh fruit are present too, cherries and strawberries make an appearance when a deep inhale is taken

Taste, slightly sweet yet dry, fizzy and characteristic belgian yeast flavour. Rich rum soaked plums and pulped raisins and sultanas. Dry and yeasty alcoholic character, estery tinged and slightly abrasive. Very noticable tobacco notes on the finish, smokey Cohiba cigar quality like chewing on the end of a nice corona

A very interesting and tasty belgian. Different from the norm, lots of dry yeasty flavours and flavours and aromas not normally found in beers of this style

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Photo of yen157
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking brew, fine grey-ish cardboard looking head topping of the deep red-amber brew. Nose is candi-like but with some definite sour notes. A little bid bready, too, here and there. Sweet, complex malt cut very short by tart interjection, slight hoppiness, and woody aftertaste. Good brew, but slightly on the thin side.

As the beer nears room temperature the tartness nearly gets overwhelmed by the sweet malt, and the woody flavor is more prevalent.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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