La Binchoise Brune Tradition | Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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La Binchoise Brune TraditionLa Binchoise Brune Tradition

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Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 91
Photo of danedelman
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a bottle that had about an inch of dust on top....I actually go for the dusty bottles now. Ref 3880 cork and cage.

A-nice amber brown with maybe a hue of red. Large overcarbed bubbles that fizzled away very quickly.

S-I got a nice wiff as I was pouring this one. Has many similar qualities as a Dubbel, carmel, dried fruit but this one has this funk in the background!! Funk is good BTW. I almost get a slight citrus smell too.

T-This has been on that shelf for a looonng time. All the tastes have really blended with a tad of sour. It has a really refreshing light fruit, or citrus flavor up front with a carmel sourness on the back. Aftertaste is less than desired.

M-this would be a great summer brew as it has a very light and bubbly mouthfeel.

All in all- at the $7.99 I purchased this for, I will go back and buy them out. Awesome beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.44/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

"Malterie des Ramparts"? Love it. I wish I could name something I own something like that... Anyway, this stuff pours a partly cloudy deep ruby topped by a finger or so of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises fairly heavy acetone, toffee, light cashew, and red apple skin. Hoofah! not to my liking here. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, Diet Coke, light lemonade, fennel, caramel, and a few cashews thrown in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad beer all-around. Boo this stuff.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml stubby bottle poured into tulip 23/11/11

A hazy dark brownish amber with a short lived tan finger of foam that leaves no lace

S lots of brown sugar but that's not all the sugar I smell, brewers candy with some green apple, spice, yeast, and a little booze

T more yeast then the smell and just as much dark sugars, some dark fruits minus green apple and other then that it mimics the smell

M a little foamy after a silky entry and a faint sweet aftertaste lingers with some nutty tones

O decent brew I've never heard of, big on nice caramelized sugars and yet not overly sweet

grabbed this one on sale for two bits down at the Wine Market in Kensington and for the price it was a bargain

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a tight off-white head. Much like La Binchoise Blonde Tradition, this ale pours with active carbonation, producing a turbulent appearance in the glass.

S: Caramel, candy sugar, chocolate, orange, and anise aromas are present on the nose. The spicing is a bit heavy, but it's still pretty appealing.

T: Notes of dark chocolate, caramel, heavy cream, candy sugar, oranges in syrup, vanilla bean, and anise assert themselves on the palate. The finish is smooth and malty with robust notes of caramel and chocolate against a backdrop of spices.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy. Expressive carbonation. Not too dry. Deceptively drinkable for the style.

O: This would be an excellent Belgian strong dark ale if the spicing weren't so heavy. As is, this is a good ale, but is not one of the best examples of this style.

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Photo of Squelch
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy brown. Moderate off white head.

smell: sweet smelling.

Taste: Slightly sour, good balance to the sweetness. Lightly roasted.

Mouthfeel: puckering sourness. Moderate effervescence.

Overall: A complex beer. Flavors match well.

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Photo of adam42381
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 8/27/11 at World of Beer Fort Myers. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, fruity esters, a touch of funk and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Typical Belgian yeast notes with a bit of funky flavors up front followed by mildly bitter hops in the middle before ending with sweet malt. Aftertaste is semisweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You and a friend could finish off a 750ml bottle without much trouble.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I like the subtle funky notes that come out in this one. If you see it, it's worth a try.

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

2 or 3 year bottle out of the cellar, no bottle date. 12oz into a Bruges tulip.

A: Pours a deep brown body, with a short lived light tan head. The beer is very still. Light lacing.

S: Aroma of resins, currants and plums. Medium level of intensity.

T/M: Taste is low in carbonation, with a robust malt character. The figs taste, hits on the finish of the smooth and silky mouthfeel. Slight spicy esters.

O: overall this beer has held up very well, and was a great surprise to find it in the cellar.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Squat 330ml bottle - 7.7% ABV.

This beer pours a hazy, deep copper brown hue, with three fingers of thin foamy, creamy off-white head, which leaves a few streaks of lace around the glass upon its retreat. It smells of biscuity caramel malt, some herbal nuttiness, and mild sugary dark fruit. The taste is more toasted biscuit malt, nutty dark fruit, and earthy yeast. The carbonation is mild, and a bit airy, the body medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, but with a significant drying push from the herbal nutty character.

Not much to recommend this as a typical BSDA - sure, it's dark brown, and strong (or so it says on the label - I sure didn't notice any heat whatsover), but the dry toasted nature just kind of leaves me nonplussed.

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Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruddy brown, not quite dark enough to block all the light, but there isn't much getting through. Solid two fingers of creamy head that seems to fall in the middle but hold tall at the edges.

Aroma is semi sweet, with a fairly soapy yeast aroma. Cherries seem to be faintly present and maybe some dark grapes. Not as much to the nose as many examples of this style.

Semi sweet, earthy and slightly tart at the finish. Certainly carries a bit of spices. Grapes seem to be well represented, but it isn't as fruity as the average Belgian Dark.

Medium bodied with fairly aggressive carbonation. This is a pretty reasonable beer, worth checking out, but isn't a star amongst the style.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Body spiced with many varieties of spices which is discernible traces of red fruit, but unfortunately quickly taken over by the spicy power. The malty character of the old version of the Binchoise Brown has almost disappeared and its specificity. In conclusion, a strong Belgian beer with spices but is a bit like Scottish Wee Heavy.

ABV: 7,7°

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a barely translucent dark brown color with better than a full finger loose light tan collar that fades slowly to sheets of Belgian lacing. The smell is a great cherry fig and molasses...that's what I'm talking about! The mouth feel is another classical example of that smooth Belgian effervescence. Tastes really good. I'm somewhat partial because I'm drawn to Belgian Strong Dark ales. I can't believe how many times that I've walked past this one...goes to show the power of graphic arts/marketing. I'm a really big fan. The NECCO chocolate, subtle cherry, earthy yeast and dark fruit flavors rock. An incredible drinker. The 8.2 ABV is well integrated. Highly recommend that you check it out.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, brown/burgundy color with a thick, foamy, tan, two-finger head. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruit (cherry) and sweet biscuity caramel malt.

T - It tasted of chocolate candy (like a tootsie roll), but it was not overdone. It had sweet caramel notes that was matched by subtle spicy hops.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied Belgian ale.

D - This really is a fascinating beer. Looks pretty good, then the smell and taste are vastly different. It carries a high price tag but I'm glad I grabbed a 4 pack.

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

750ml corked bottle served in flute

A: Thick rocky brown head, dark brown hazy color

S: sweet nose, hints of grass, but a soapy detergent aroma overtook the nose

T: nice roasted malt flavor, good hop balance with a delicate bitter finish. not overly sweet like some browns can be.

M: smooth mouth feel with soft carbonation

D: very drinkable for a strong ale. the only ding I see is the soapy nose that stays with it till the end. Other than that a great beer.

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Photo of wl0307
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited almost 3 years since the first encounter, this time round the bottle comes with an expiry date: 28/08/08, meaning I'm 3 & 1/2 months late to "meet the deadline"! Oh well. Served lightly-chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a deeply dark russet brown hue with mahogany glows when seen against light; a super tight and thick beige froth lingers elegantly, leaving even sheets of lacing as it retreats, while the carbonation is light but constant.
S: how complex yet refreshing - dark stone-fruits (esp. sweet fat prunes) and perfumy fruit esters with a wee bit of rustiness go hand in hand with the soothing aroma of dark-chocolatey & roasted dark malts, then a mild touch of dark candy sugar or the like creep up from behind... Well-composed and one sniff reveals the whole complexity in harmony. Besides, NO alc. is detected on the nose; well-settled.
T: lovely roasty with a decent level of sour touch of prunes and stone-fruits as well as walnutty aroma and plumy jam, leading towards a really remarkable, elegant and lingering aftertaste of pure dark malts (reminiscent of an all-malt based, bigger Dunkel with all the Munich-malt-aroma!) with faint smoky hints. Neither bitter nor sweet (except from the nutty bitter-sweetness, that is), just about right in the end of each sip to sum up the pleasure, while a decent level of berry-sourness is always on the side.
M&D: silky-smooth and restrained on carbonation, due to marvellous bottle-conditioning I take it! This is just as good as my first encounter with this beer at a pub (Pembury Tavern in Hackney, London), if not better. The little presence of alc. adds a LOT to the drinkability, while actually it really doesn't taste heavy at all and thus a "kick-back free" and "worry-free" heavy-weight ale designed to quaff (slowly)...

* Tasting Date: 17/04/06
No freshness date printed on the label, served lightly chilled in a Val-Dieu goblet.
4 A: black hue, nice and tightly frothy beige head slowly dissipating to a thin carpet.
4.5 S: deeply aromatic yeasty note on top of dark roasted maltiness, along with a colourful aroma mixed of brown-sugar, fig-jam, dried dates, aromatic and sweet red bean paste... just brilliant and not too much spice or perfumy elements to it, perhaps due to its 100%malt content?
4 T: lightly smoked(?) beans and sour-sweet prunes upfront, slowly leading to a residual taste of bitter-sweet roastiness and faint smokiness of malts, while hints of aromatic hops leave some marks on the lively mouthfeel. A clean, lightly dryish finishing palate in the end.
4 M&4.5 D: solid-bodied but easy-to-digest~~ the carbonation is executed beautifully, on top of which the full flavour is equally impressive but doesn't feel heavy or cloying. Overall the palate is not as complex as the aroma, but could it be praised as a "good honest Belgian dark ale"? I think so. A highly drinkable heavy-weight!

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours dark brown with ruby highlight. A tan head gives an almost espresso-like covering. Lacing slides down the glass, leaving dots.

The smell is of licorice/anise,k chocolate with some sour-ish dark fruits.

The taste is of anise, chocolate, caramel with a dark plum-like fruitiness. Sweetness is balanced by a perfumy dryness and some sourish notes. Quite complex.

The feel is effervescent while maintaining a nice body. Classic Belgian, feel - effervescent, but with a body/texture.

Smooth, drinkable (though a bit sharp) - nice maltiness with a sourish/spicy balance. Well-done!

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Photo of Absumaster
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A brown beer with a dense and creamy head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is a bit metallic at first, but this fades away to become a mild roasted smell. The yeast seems to add little character.

Taste is roasted like chocolatemalt, a mild roast that has some metallic notes. The beer is quite dry and there is little body or sweetness to compensate for the maltbitterness the dark malt adds. A low bitterness is not doing anything for this beer's complexity. The yeast does give an interesting twist to the beer, but somehow this yeast is not very complementive to the style. One of the least beers of this brewery.

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a 750 ml bottle on closeout for $1.99. Served in a tulip glass. Lot number 137250.

Deep brown colored with ruddy highlights. An inch of dimpled foam rises up and settles out slowly leaving sheets of lace around the inside of the glass.

Aroma of brown sugar and some grassy notes.

Flavors of dark malt, cocoa and caramel, some marshmallow and ripe fig. Some licorice and currant lingers, along with some smokiness. ABV does not detract.

Mouthfeel is full, not too creamy, a little tingly. Finishes dry and crisp. Pretty drinkable, gets better as you sip.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with a thick foamy tan head. Spicy peppermint aroma with chocolate malts, dark fruit and candi sugar. Very carbonated up front followed by a smooth, sweet maltiness and a spicy dry finish. Hints of pepper, chocolate, caramel, candi sugar, dark cherries, plum and raisin.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists in light candi sugar notes with a light fruity ester and a nice Belgian malt backbone. Taste has a nice mix between a caramel malt backbone with some light candi sugar notes and some fruity yeast ester. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was detected. Very well done for the style and very refreshing.

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

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Msgnums in early November for $7.99. Bottled in April 2007.

Beer poured burgundy with a nice tall off white head initially. Nose is of dark fruits and malts. Taste is of dark fruits and spices, perhaps coriander. Finish is very dry, almost champagne like. Mouthfeel is extremely light upon first sips but there is some heft to the body. Drinkability is good. This brew offer some different characteristics. The abv is well hidden. I would recommend one to try this cross between a brown and strong dark ale style. It is definitely a bit different but a good different.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

April 2007 Bottle Date; Sampled April 2008
A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an initially three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a deep, plum color and shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry hue when held up to the light. It is incredibly well carbonated, the body being a seething mass of bubbles. The aroma is quite fruit with lots of berry notes. A deeper inspection of the nose yields a deep spiciness that really accents the sweet fruit notes; seems to be a mix of orange peel and coriander, both of which dominate the aroma.

Quite dry tasting, with a brown malt driven finish of toasted grain and lightly-roasted coffee beans. The spices contribute a lot to the profile of each sip, but more in an aromatic way through the throat and up to the nasal passages. Earthy, slightly herbal coriander notes and a kiss of orange zest compete with the brown malt character. Quite light feeling on the palate, the zippy carbonation certainly helps with this. The finish takes on a peppery note that mixes with a touch of young-ginger character and even a cardamom like note. A dry, raisin fruit flavor is noticeable just before the coriander flavors drown it out. This is fairly light, and in line with what I like to find in Belgian-styled beers of this strength; it does have a slight heft to it though, but not enough to keep this from being fairly drinkable.

This can be a little bit vegetal at times & the aroma is a bit one dimensional in its spice notes, but it is a fairly tasty brew. While light enough to be drinkable, the spice notes seem to get in the way. I like the toasted, browned, whole-grain bread crust flavor that is here.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dusty older looking 750ml that my local shop just dug up from the back stockroom, label stamped 2/04! The cork, stamped Lot No. 020408, is aggressively pushing around the flat wire cage. Although there's no overflow on opening, the Brune Tradition fills my large Gulden Draak tulip with a massive, orange tinged light tan head that is annoyingly long lasting, firmly floating over the murky cola brown colored brew, leaving pretty heavy lace. I particularly like the painting on the label of the The Gilles parading through Binche!

Smell is strong and musty, sweet and sour fruits. First whiff, I thought for sure this bottle was gonna be old and stale, but after diving and finding that it was not, I was better able to pick up the spices, curacao and allspice.

Taste, while perhaps a slightly oxidized and acid, is in my opinion still very good, sharp and spicy, trace metals and minerals, hoppy. Sherry, bakers chocolate, fruits and home made cola, there's just a ton of flavor, particularly at the beginning of the sip, but the flavors are all well blended and balanced. The finish really falls out cleanly, but with a lingering, spicy caramel malt and earthy, aged hop aftertaste, with only a faint whiff of alcohol on the nose. The yeastier sips of the last glass almost had a hint of smoke. By that time, I was enjoying this so much, I had to bump it up to a 4.5.

Mouthfeel is dusty and sharply carbonated, with a very light body.

Drinkability is pretty good, there's a ton of depth, yet it's easy on the palate and highly digestible. Not at all your average Belgian Brown, but very tasty and well made. I'd be interested to try it fresh, but I really like the sharp, earthy must this over four year old bottle has developed, and am really glad I went for. Even though it was 'store aged', it came from the back room their warehouse that's dark and cold year round, which has why this has held up so well.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
A hefty pour resulted in a minimal frothy head that soon receded leaving a slight amount of watery lacing...
Subtle cocoa aroma with obvious malts, yeast, and slight vanilla...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a strong suggestion of malts, chocolate mints, candied sugars, slight vanilla, caramel, toffee, figs, and prunes...
Pretty good mouthfeel, not too sweet or cloying, with a nice combination of flavors and taste...
Equally good level of drinkability, with the hefty 8.2% ABV hardly noticeable...

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Photo of daledeee
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown almost exactly the color and transparency of the bottle. This has a nice whipped off white head.

The nose if not very worthwhile. It is slightly fruity and vanilla but not very remarkable.

Taste is also rather not there. Some tart fruit. Tastes of cherry and apple, but not very strong. This is rather watery. Finish is pretty tart and acidic.

Carbonation is rather up front but not quite right. Easy to drink but not flavorful enough to be interesting.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cherries and plums, oh my! 750 ml bottle. Solid, yeoman-like representative of the Abbey Dubbel style. Slighty citrusy finish. Light mouthfeel for the style.Enjoyable, but not particularly noteworthy. Different from Chimay Red, but not necessarily better.

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