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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Added by Gusler on 12-27-2002

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4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date: 17/11/05...

Appearance: dark brown, good clarity, medium layer of tan foam, OK head retention but it flattens out to a thin cap after about a minute

Aroma: clovey sweet maltiness, walnut shells, slight lactic sourness in the background, alcohol, soy sauce, hint of yeast

Flavor: chewy maltiness, hint of coca-cola (?), herbal tea, licorice, touch of smoke, slippery elm (look it up), dark malts, very slight acidity, finishes dryish with an herbal/spicy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, zippy carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: I can't believe I never tried this one when I lived in Belgium! Scrumptious! I got this bottle from the leftovers of the Norwich Beer Festival bottled-beer tent. The alcohol level is well hidden.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Brown in color with a monster head. I didn’t watch it at the pour and now I’m waiting for the eight ounces of foam in my twelve ounce glass to go down. It’s lacing really well, BTW.

Smell – Beautiful dark fruit and yeast aroma. This has to be the biggest coriander that I’ve ever smelled. It’s almost overpowering. Talk about a spicy Belgian!

Taste – The taste was disappointing. The big coriander at the nose was just about all that came over at the tongue. The yeast was smallish but present and the fruits from the aroma were AWOL.

Mouthfeel – Way too thin for a BSDA, emphasis on the “S.”

Drinkability – This went down well enough but was too lightweight for the style. Nice spicing, though.

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Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Blunt brown hue, slightly hazy with a decent formed lace on top.

Smell: Whiff of coffee, star anise, bitter orange and carob. Smells a little like a chocolate orange candy.

Taste: Star anise is a bit strong and when it mixes with the crisp carbonation it helps to intensify the bite, roasted malt flavour is light but adds substantial depth and a carob / coffee flavour. Wood like flavours pucker the mouth a bit, very mild tartness as well. Evident orange peel and a modest hop bitterness help balance out some the malt sweetness. Alcohol grows in a cradling warmth and adds a layer of dark ripe fruit to the palate.

Mouthfeel: Lush smoothness with a long creaminess on sturdy medium body.

Drinkability & Notes: Very bold with a full array of complexities, the spiciness cleanses the palate to get it ready for an other sip. Paired well with some three pepper braised beef tenderloins.

Thanks to D & V International for the sample.

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Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz stubby bottle that I found in a 4 pak at Wines of Distinction, Abingdon, Virginia, this morning. No expectations for this unfamiliar Belgian, but what a pleasant find. Served slightly chilled into a St Bernardus goblet, this has a magnificent appearance. Dark chestnut body is almost opaque, while an enormous beige tinted head towers above the body at 3 inches of height. The delicious head sticks around for forever, and leaves some classical Brussels sheet lacing on the goblet.

Aroma is earthy and malty, with notes of chocolate, prunes, freshly dried grapes, woodsy yeast, and honeysuckle.

Mouthfeel is soft and even, ideally balanced with moderate carbonation and a medium body. This one is an absolute delight to swirl around on the tongue and palate.

Taste opens with dark fruits like figs and prune, but has a fresh essence of newly stomped Concord grapes. Overripe bananas and bubblegum add some sweet complexity, but some fresh lime leaf keeps the sweetness in check. Exceptional balance and body give you a very drinkable Belgian dark ale, that is only moderately strong. I harbored no high expectations for this one, but WOW!, this one is an exceptional find. Very highly recommended.

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

Large bottle with a wierd cork, peice of metel, and cage configuration. Freshness dating perhaps notched on the label, but its hard to tell what those notches and numbers are all about. Pours rudy dark brown, cloudy and murky, with a long lasting dark tan head, and leaving gobs of spotty lacing. Nose is of figs and smoky raisins. This is a tasty dark Belgian, with notes of roasted malts, vanilla, woody honey, dark candi sugars, and yeasty goodness. Fine winter sipper.

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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 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 mattfancett
3.45/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown with funky sock aroma competing with malt in the nose. Brown with first rate head. Aggressive carbonation. Cognac, cinammon, chocolate malt, licorice.Circ de Soliel type label. No notches, but label allows until 2007, I am sure this was freshly made and imported at Bar Volo.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a hazy, russet-brown with a crimson cast; and displays orange-ish highlights when held to the light. It's thick and creamy ivory-colored head slowly settles to a thin surface covering and then holds well, leaving some spotty lace throughout the glass. The nose displays floral, lightly citrusy hops; a delicate candyish sugar; and mild spice over a restrained lightly toasted maltiness. It's fresh and invigorating like a damp spring morning! In the mouth it's light bodied and initially crisp due to its very fine and natural carbonation. As it warms it becomes more cottony soft - yet it still lacks enough body to become truly creamy. The flavor starts with a gentle, low-key spiciness; followed by some orange-like fruitiness and a touch of subtle tartness; and then some mild-caramel laced with a very thin coating of dark chocolate. As it warms some hop flavor becomes apparent. It finishes dry with a mild lingering note of sweet malt and spice. The alcohol is well-hidden throughout. Although it appears delicate at first, with a little warming it reveals some charming character and a nice bit of complexity. Not the best that Belgium has to offer, but quite enjoyable nonetheless!

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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 Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750ml caged and corked bottle. It poured a deep brown color with a decent tan head, doesn't leave much lacing. The smell is a bit faint for a Beligan, but a dark fruit scent is noticable. The taste is of dark cherry, with a bit of a malty character to it, which balances the sweetness. The alcohol appears to be well hidden. Has a fizzy feeling to it but not excessive. Sits well in the mouth and is quite drinkable, not too sweet to hold you back. Not as flavorful as some other BSDAs but well balanced to be able to drink more than one glass.

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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 hotstuff
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dayton, OH AleFest:A small sized tan head that consisted of fine sized bubbles.The body of this beer was cloudy and uncarbonated.The hue was brown and the nose was malty and roasted, fruity, and spicy.It had a heavy bitter flavor from start to finish and the mouthfeel was tingly, smooth, thin and light bodied.There was virtually no lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer.

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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 benlhoest
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of stokebob
2.79/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing really wrong with this beer, but nothing really great about it either.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 santoslhalper
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Poured a wonderful dark brown with a thin, creamy beige head.

Smell: The smell was supremely fruity with huge complexity and a nice alcoholic spice.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a complex, fruity flavor. The alcohol is huge, but mnixes nicely with other spices, including pepper and citrus. The fizzyness is wonderful and is a nice compliment to the complex flavor.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a stunning beer. The flavor is great, and is exactly what I'm looking for in a good, strong Belgian beer. The complexity paired entirely too well with my Applewood Smoked Cheddar cheese. Superb.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Although listed here as a strong dark ale, the flavor really didn't strike me that way, although seeing that the abv is so high is surprising. Flavor profile was more Flemish brown ale - some sweet/tart up front, with brown sugar and sour cherry. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, going watery toward the finish. I will admit to being a bit creeped-out by the label artwork.

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Photo of Jwaks
2.23/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving : corked and caged 750ml bottle, freshness date, best before 12/2007

Reveals a translucent deep mahogany color with ruby highlights all topped by a beige one and a half finger thick head. Lacing coats the inside of the glass just above a paper thin foamy cap, remnants of the once impressive head. Some life is left in this beer with a dab of lively, fine carbonation rising to the surface.

Carob, corriander, earthy spice, aromas are represented on this beer's nose along with a bit of roasted malts, light brown sugar, pain grille and bitter hops.

A rush of bitter carob, smokey malts, and tons of corriander hit the palate upon initial entry and domainate through the malty mid palate to the semi-dry lingering finish of leafy bitter hops and sour fruit. Earthy spices, leafy bitterness and sour citrus fruit are very overwhelming and quite unpleasant. Malt backbone is lacking, hops are leafy and bitter and spices flavors are far too overpowering. One redeeming quality is I don't notice the alcohol, it is well hidden underneath other less desirable flavors, I'd rather have the alcohol!

A bit thin for a belgian brown ale, it doesn't have any of the cloying sweet character that coats the mouth and palate which are evident in other examples of this style. The lingering finish and grip, no matter how repugnant, is admirable. Overpowering spicyness and sour fruit on the finish make for poor drinkability.

Artisanal brown ale? Maybe this is for some eccentric beer drinkers but I was expecting a lot more from this beer, especially considering the cost of one 750ml bottle. This just goes to show that not every beer in a fancy bottle with a label boasting it's artisanal is worth drinking nor buying for that matter!

I will have to revisit this one. It is very likely this bottle was tainted or spoiled, though the bottle and beer appeared fine, plus the freshness date indicated it was still good. With so many off flavors I just find it hard to believe this is the real deal.

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Photo of bismarksays
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it sets in my La Binchoise glass is a beautiful slightly hazy dark cherry to almost brown color, the head bounteous in size, creamy in texture. The nose has an aroma of orange peels, cinnamon, and sweet over ripe cherries with some light malt tones, quite pleasant. Front is mostly malt, lightly sweet, the top middling in mouth feel with the finish liberally carbonated, the hops plenteous in their spicy bite, dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste and the 8.2% ABV, leaves a nice warm feeling in the “Tummy”, quite quaffable.

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