Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgian Dark Ale
3.77 | pDev: 13%
Jan 19, 2019
Jan 29, 2003
Very Good
Notes: From Pierre Celis, brewed at Brouwerij St. Bernardus.

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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L- Pours with a very generous pale beige head, very slowly receding. Deep caramel brown with some residual bubbles. Slowly recedes leaving coating.
S- Orange peel, hot winter pudding-like malts.
T- Malts, rich and toasty. Slight fruity bitterness. Rich but lifted by fruity nose.
F- Lovely, rounded. No over-gaseousness.
O- A really lovely beer. Pretty full-on flavour-wise
Jan 19, 2019
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330 ml bottle, into St. Bernardus goblet.

dark brown in color, thick cream colored head. aroma is malty, a touch of spice, earthy, woody. similar flavor, not too sweet, drier finish. medium bodied, smooth feel
Dec 14, 2018
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I don't know why some of the review around here mentioned sourness. I get none. It's a classic belgian dark ale. I get some dark fruits and some red berries but definitely not an oud bruin
Nov 05, 2017
Rated: 3.37 by andpit from Italy

Jun 23, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by HopBelT from Belgium

Nov 28, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by swierczt from Connecticut

Nov 07, 2015
Rated: 2.74 by YvesB from Belgium

Oct 27, 2015
Rated: 4.42 by ThomasKoren from Finland

Sep 16, 2015
Rated: 3.47 by Rickus from Taiwan

Apr 24, 2015
Rated: 3.87 by tharper178 from Florida

Mar 01, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by enelson from Illinois

Feb 06, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by isaacgomis

Dec 27, 2014
Rated: 3 by BPHL

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 3.88 by Robbert-89

Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 3 by SVD from Netherlands

Oct 22, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by lmaduells from Spain

Oct 21, 2014
Rated: 4.08 by jumoline from Oklahoma

Oct 10, 2014
Rated: 3 by blue-dream from Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Sep 29, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by jmtpi from France

Sep 05, 2014
Rated: 3.76 by FreddieMercuryHayes from Tennessee

Aug 28, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mattfancett from England

Aug 28, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Aug 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by petewheeler from Maryland

Aug 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by Sirre from Netherlands

Jul 29, 2014
Rated: 4 by sephyrott from Spain

Jul 03, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by parintele from Romania

Jun 22, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by patre_tim from Thailand

Jun 20, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by davidwhatshisnam from New York

Jun 19, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Twal from Colorado

May 23, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by brbrocc from New York

May 16, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by ManforallSaisons from Belgium

Apr 11, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by adityashekhar from India

Mar 27, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by BJSmit from Netherlands

Feb 01, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by jeiiVP from California

Jan 29, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Schmoog from Scotland

Jan 20, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Saind from Netherlands

Jan 06, 2014
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Reviewed by sfprint from Germany

3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A: Sappy crimson in color, a big foamy head with lots of rising carbonation within the veil of the deep red. beautifully smooth lacing
S: In the Flemish red family, cherry, sweet and sour, cut with fertilizer
T: The scent is only 25% reflected in the flavor, the sour elements moving far into the background and just a bit of fertilizer. It does taste more like a Belgian Brune. The flavors pull in several directions but don't seem to go anywhere, like a kitchen sink sort of recipe. An odd, planty flavor.
M; very low carbonation
O: In certain ways appealing, and another repulsive. An odd one.
Dec 31, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by dcmchew from Romania

Nov 04, 2013
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Reviewed by falloutsnow from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An interesting blend between what seems to be a Belgian dark amber and a Brettanomyces-flecked, young Flemish red, St. Bernardus' resurrection of Pierre Celis' Grottenbier recipe is an interesting mix of typical Belgian phenols and Special B malt flavors with hints of cellar-like complexity and sourness. This was pleasant fresh, and could be more interesting when aged, which might allow the obviously young "wild" character to develop further.

Pours a 2.5cm tall head of beige to light tan-colored bubbles, small to medium in size, giving a . Retention is excellent, the head never really fading, forcing the drinker to take a sip, the lipids and chemicals in which reduce the head to a 0.2cm cap resting atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session. Lacing is also excellent, with thick webs and arrays of dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer is a very dark amber color, with light bringing out slightly brighter amber hues. Carbonation visible streaming along the sides of the glass, substantial in number and fairly active.

Aroma is slightly mild, light Brettanomyces "funk" and cellar mustiness, caramel malt sweetness, slight raspberry and cherry. Subtle, but pleasant, and complex enough to be interesting over the course of a 750ml bottle.

Overall flavor palette is richly malty, with dark caramel and light roast characters with a hint of Brettanomyces complexity, cellar-like mustiness, and vague fruity tartness. Opens on front of palate with lightly roasted and dark caramel malt characters and some sweetness, bread, anise, and slightly spicy phenols. Mid-palate of caramel malt characters, hints of lightly roasted malt, anise, ripe plums, slightly spicy phenols, faint tart raspberries and cherries, light Brettanomyces, extra mild tartness. Back of palate finds slightly stronger tartness, anise, spicy phenols, cellar mustiness, and a bit of mushroom. Aftertaste of lightly roasted malt and dark caramel malt characters, bread, with hints of residual light tartness and anise.

Beer is medium in body, with high levels of carbonation, leading to a fizzy, then softly foamy mouthfeel. Closes dry, with little stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.
Oct 25, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by tzunoi from Romania

Oct 20, 2013
Grottenbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 279 ratings