Ten Of Clubs / Kleveretien | Brouwerij Het Nest

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Ten Of Clubs / KleveretienTen Of Clubs / Kleveretien

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Brouwerij Het Nest

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The "Ten of Clubs" is a dark ale with a hint of anise and loads of character. Some may call it "Abbey-style," but we just think of it as great beer.

Aged in oak barrels and brewed from an original recipe by Het Nest - a group of friends making excellent craftbeer to promote the Flemish town of Turnhout Belgium - the world wide center of the playing card.

Added by Jason on 08-09-2012

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.04/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Dark ruby body with a frothy head.

Licorice and alcohol nose, slight coffee.

Flavor is horrible. Lots of alcohol, anise, followed by pure NyQuil. That green stuff.

Feel...hot, boozy, semi dry.

Overall one of the most awful beers I've ever tasted. I don't like taking medicine unless I have to. Drain pour, here.

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Photo of dvmin98
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too much anise for my taste. Couldn't finish a glass.

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Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DustinSWB
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of mattfancett
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Beer21
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ten of Clubs pours a very dark almost porter-like color with some reddish tones. The head is a thick off white that recedes slowly.

There are strong coffee notes with a background of smoke and banana. I smell spice as well, but can't put my finger on it. Probably the anise.

For me the bitterness is over the top for this beer. The aftertaste is very bitter and persists. It reminds me of a blend of a porter and a quadrupel. I almost didn't finish the bottle. However, I chilled it a bit more and came back a couple of hours later. Much better. It seems smoother and more drinkable in my opinion.

It is a highly carbonated beer with medium thickness. Basically what you would expect in a quadrupel.

Overall this beer is pretty good. I wasn't expecting the bitterness or porterish tastes. It is much better to me chilled.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of wakeuptothesun
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Bandi
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of theo871
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of luvND
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft at max's in balt

P: tulip
A: black, no head and trace lacing
S: belgian candy sugar, dates, black licorice, dark fruit
T: sweet up front, a little too sweet for me, black licorice & dates mid palate, bitter chocolate at the end w trace of hop bitterness
M: oily, lingering
Overall: not bad at all, but not exceptional, wouldnt go out of my way to try again

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Photo of BarrelAgedBrian
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Black, with tons of foam producing a 2-3" head that lingers for quite awhile. Thick residual lacing on the edges of the glass.

Smell: Definitely dark fruits, including prune and date notes. Didn't really appreciate much of a anise smell.

Taste: Burst of prunes, raisins, and dates upfront that mellows out as the malt takes over. Finishes with dark chocolate and mild hoppiness, maybe with some citrus notes. Once again I wasn't able to appreciate the anise.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, smooth throughout.

Overall: A very smooth-tasting, respectable beer. Maybe the bottle I opened was too old and the anise doesn't age well, but I was underwhelmed by its absence. I would consider having another to try to elicit the anise flavor again, otherwise I wouldn't go out of my way to look for it again when some of my other favorite Belgians are easier to find.

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Photo of smithj4
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BartMcStout
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a huge fluffy off-white colored head that fades at a med pace with big bubbles popping first, super dark cola molasses colored brown beer with some mahogany light sneaking through.

Nose brings some dark malts, molasses, candi sugar, lots of toasty brown malts, some dark candied fruits light fig and date, light bursts of anise spices and almost cinnamon like, touch of cocoa and some phenolic and estery booze, as well as light herbal hops.

Taste has an earthy almost mushroomy kinda taste which is interesting. Plenty of sweet flavors, toasty brown malts, little molasses and burnt brown sugar, candi sugar, etc, bringing a fair sweetness, and some light phenolic and estery booze again. A bit of dark candied fruits, fig, date, and toffee covered apricots even somehow not sure how that even works, but it's there. Yeast brings a little bready dough flavor, and a little yeasty flavor even. Hops cut in with a light herbal flavor and mild bitterness overall. Finish brings bit more of the herbal hops and bitterness, still fairly sweet and sticky, little syrupy, some syrupy brown malts and candi sugar as well as some phenolic booze.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall not bad, a nice overall malt and sweet profile, light fruits is nice too, and even the herbal hops add it's own touch, the booze isn't too bad but the phenolic booze flavor is a little much. Still a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A cellar temperature bottle is split between two snifters. Although categorized as a Belgian strong dark ale, the label identifies this beer as a quad brewed with anise.

The beer has a very dark brown color, almost like a stout. The head is of a decent size and is composed of light brown foam. Swirling leaves behind a little bit of lacing and some film.

The beer has a strong malty aroma, with some notes of alcohol. Characteristics of black licorice and anise are detectable. There is also a hint of smoke.

There is a strong flavor here, which I am attributing to the anise. There isn't as much toffee as I expect from this style, but there is some roasted malt; its as though this beer lies somewhere between a quad and a stout.

This is a full-bodied beer with plenty of carbonation. It isn't as sticky as I expected it to be, based upon its ABV.

I don't think this quite fits into the guidelines of a traditional quad, but as a strong dark ale, it is quite tasty. Apparently this beer is fairly rare, considering the number of reviews for it on this site, so if you see it, it may be worth checking out.

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Photo of Eziel
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BelgianBeerPope
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bmur112
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RRC03
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Ten Of Clubs / Kleveretien from Brouwerij Het Nest
3.76 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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