Luxuria | Zeven Zonden (Seven Sins)

very good
22 Ratings

Brewed by:
Zeven Zonden (Seven Sins)

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Luxuria is impurity, the lustful sin. This beer was conceived out of disire and awakens the sweetest of all sins. Luxuria represents sensualist in a heavenly unchaste manner. Brewed with heros, it is a rich, full-bodied ruby red beer, with a unique spicy flavor.

Luxuria was brewed with four different malts, two different yeasts and six different herbs.

Added by Jason on 07-10-2012

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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Stunning lace, dark brown, opaque

SMELL: Bitters, Fernet, figs, alcohol, licorice root, mild molasses, hermit cookies, buttery, broth

TASTE: Super creamy, peppery, booze, toasted bread, wild herbs, peppery, cooked figs, dried hay, toast, cola, brown sugar, mint, yeast, warming, semisweet finish

To sin, you must commit to it fully; one could say that about this beer. You must take your time! We decanted this beauty with care, let it come to proper temperature and sipped away. With each meeting, our palates grew fonder, and we were saddened when our glasses became empty.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking dark brown color. the head was a shade of tan, it looked a little on the creamy side. The smell of the beer was nice. Very herbal and yeasty some dark malts in there and a little on the sweet side too. The taste of the beer was filled with some dark fruit flavors and some candi sugar notes, the aftertaste was herbal, very interesting to say the least. The mouthfeel of the beer was nicely carbonated and had a smooth body to it. Overall I thought this beer was impressive, I would consider drinking it again if I come across it and the mood strikes me. I would say it's worth a try.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of mj001jk
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a fine and creamy hazel-colored head that lingers for quite a while.

Nose is really lovely balanced with dark dried fruit, cherries, gingerbread and eucalyptus and pine-like herbs. Refreshing yeasty esters with slightly tart overtones.

Mouthfeel and flavors are equally balanced, it is a crisp beer considering the alcohol and color. There is some dark cherries, smoked molasses, warming alcohol and herbaceous flavors all intermingling wonderfully together. The finish has some slight bitterness and dark caramel notes that persists.

Altogether a fantastic dark belgian ale, with that refined old-world feel. This is something you really want to break out around Christmas in front of the fireplace with your family and friends.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of desint
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color and appears black when viewed from afar. It poured with a short beige head that left wispy traces of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of various herbs are present in the nose along with notes of dark fruits. There are so many herbs that it's tough to put a finger on any one of them.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has stronger flavors of dark fruits along with some associated candy-like sweetness. Hints of spices are noticeable in the finish. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Belgian Strong Dark Ale has an interesting mix of herbs, particularly in the smell. It is quite drinkable considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

Note: 2012 vintage

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle @ de Bierboom in Brugge on 18th Oct 2012. Rudy doesn't have many glasses and this was given to me with an unmarked chalice to drink it from: it worked!

The beer pours almost jet black (it is dark in de Bierboom, even on a sunny day): anywhere else it is most likely dark brown with a ruby tinge. The head was full, deep and tan coloured.

Dark chocolate malts rule here: the nose and taste just ooze chocolate, dark, bitter and yet an underlying sweetness abounds too. Interesting and heavy bodied, a night cap sort of beer, not a mid-afternoon mid-session beer like when I had it!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: 2012 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some mahogany highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark beige head that reduces to a large patch of wispy very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas not dissimilar to a craft root beer with lots of complexity from herbs over the top of dark malts. Hints of star anise, cinnamon, spicy hops, and Belgian yeast. Very light notes of vanilla as well, kind of reminds me of a hybrid of a winter warmer and a BSDA.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts with some dark fruit sweetness - I detect fig, red grape, and cherries. That is followed by moderate flavors of spices - anise, vanilla, and cinnamon. Hints of booziness in the finish, but like that in a very nice brandy. Hints of spicy hops and Belgian yeast as well.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very interesting beer - the smell reminds of craft root beer and a hybrid of winter warmer and BSDA. Enjoyable and easy to drink, though with the higher ABV this one is much more of a slow sipper.

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Photo of Rick778
3.09/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenBreeg
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of impending
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


500ml into a tulip. Pours a deep cola walnut with garnet highlights, mocha colored head receded to an enduring cap, very nice dark tone lacing.

Aroma is of vanilla and herbal unsweetened chocolate, airplane glue in the distance.

Taste is big of roasted spices. An underlying charred low level bitter keeps the spicing in check nicely. Lots of pulpy dark fruits, minor grape bubblegum. A pleasant dry twang intros the bitter sweet cinnamon aftertaste, long lived. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel. Shines with warmth.
Bitter is of a belgian stout, a noël belgian stout.

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Photo of smithj4
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Luxuria from Zeven Zonden (Seven Sins)
3.99 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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