St Martin Brune
Brasserie De Brunehaut

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From:
Brasserie De Brunehaut
 
Belgium
Style:
Dubbel
ABV:
8%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 13.5%
Ratings:
172
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 02, 2020
Added:
Nov 11, 2007
Wants:
  10
Gots:
  19
SCORE
82
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3.86 by Antyk from Belgium on Apr 02, 2020
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3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- [*Major* sediment in this one, both store and handle with care, but then additionally pour unusually carefully too].
Very deep chestnut with a slight ruby hue, 3mm fine tan head, holds well.
S- Toasty deep puddingy notes.
T- That very particular Belgian dubbel-taste. Then comes something woody that I enjoy less.
F- Quite a presence, though less than you might expect from 8%ABV.
O- It's not really doing much for me, considering it's a Belgian historic/Trappiste 8.0%, I've had many far better than this. Not one I'd look out for again.
Bought from BeersOfEurope in the UK. 330ml. BB: 02-2020.

May 13, 2019
 
2.18 by Macamah from England on Dec 07, 2018
 
3.75 by paulish from New York on Nov 03, 2018
 
4.03 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Feb 24, 2018
 
3.49 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jan 01, 2018
 
3.5 by Hanyuu from Finland on Dec 17, 2017
 
4.06 by cknoch from Canada (AB) on Aug 25, 2017
 
3.69 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Apr 24, 2017
 
4.11 by JohnTurano from Florida on Jul 20, 2016
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3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by DanfromVan from Canada (BC)

Expected a Dubbel but ended up with the weirdest beer with almost all of what I expected a Dubbell to be, with mouth feel, colour, scent all there, but something definatley went awry with the flavour. Lo malt, no bready tinges, just a hopped up version of a beer that seems to gone off like it had been partially frozen at some point, killing a good portion of the taste. Odd one with a chalky aftertaste.
Like getting a new pair of winter boots, putting them on and discovering they have no soles on the bottom.

Jul 16, 2016
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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Dzu from Russian Federation

L: Dark brown with a little foam head.
S: Smells dark fruits, sweety.
T: Very weak (strange) taste with a extremely short-lasting aftertaste.
F: Alcohol very good hidden. A little bit watery.
O: A little bit dissapointed with this ale.

Apr 08, 2016
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3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark breads, fruits. Taste is strong of dark breads, some fruits, light hints of chocolate, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Mar 09, 2016
 
4.77 by igl from Russian Federation on Jan 13, 2016
 
3.99 by desint from Belgium on Nov 06, 2015
 
3.77 by Kiro from Russian Federation on Nov 06, 2015
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4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ordybill from Georgia

Poured from an 11 OZ bottle into a chalice at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. Has a fairly nice wheat and spice aroma. The appearance is a cloudy brown color a small tan colored head. The flavor is nice, you can detect a hint of cinnamon and there is no aftertaste. Overall, this is a nice beer. first time I have ever had this beer.

Aug 25, 2015
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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

330ml bottle, a sort of straggler in relation to a number of its siblings who arrived here a while back.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy beige head, which leaves some random chunky paint-splash lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of complex caramel malt, bready toffee, mixed dark orchard fruit (plums and dried cherries, mostly), earthy yeast, reduced brown sugar, kind of musty weedy and leafy hops, and a subtle, but still bristling booziness. The taste is more bready, doughy caramel malt, muddled underripe black fruit, dry molasses, edgy yeast, more underwhelming earthy, straw-like hop bitterness, and a vanilla-tinged alcohol warming.

The carbonation is quite pervasive in its tight and tongue-tickling frothiness, the body just on the light side of yer typical medium weight, and mostly smooth, a wee yeasty acridity rendering its stamp of interference. It finishes off-dry, yet not by as much as one might have been expecting - grainy, slightly fruity, and understatedly warm.

Not an earth-moving or write home to your pals about sort of brew - more of a simple, easy-drinking strong local ale, that is, if your locality is the southwest - of Belgium, natch. Overall, the 16-proof heat does well to remain in the shadows, allowing a few other minor cracks to be detected, but nothing altogether that worrisome.

Jul 02, 2015
 
3.38 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Jun 22, 2015
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3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Fatehunter from Oregon

Pours two fingers of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is earthy, roasted malt, toast and caramel.
The taste is fairly sweet: dark ripe fruits and caramel mostly.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Enjoyable.

May 29, 2015
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GarthDanielson from Virginia

Poured from a bottle into a chalice, the beer is a muddy brown coloring, dark and opaque, with a steady amount of carbonation action in the body, and a low profile, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of tangy caramel, apple, hints of chocolate, molasses, toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bready backbone. The spices are minimal, and this smells like a very rich, sweet, chewy malt bomb. Flavors are very sweet forward, with a rich blend of old world fruits, including date, fig, and raisin, as well as a solid ribbon of roasted toffee and caramel, some brown sugar highlights, molasses, and very subtle nutmeg spicing. The body is robust, but there is an effervescence from the carbonation that lightens it up nicely. The aftertaste is more of the old world fruit blend than anything, lingering on through the smooth, slow finish. Good beer.

May 28, 2015
 
3.78 by Rivoire from France on May 23, 2015
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3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by coltonbrimhall from New Mexico

-dark brown, thick looking
-bread yeast
-good balance with slight metallic aftertaste
-feels lighter than look, but very smooth and slightly flat
-overall good but doesn't stand out as special very generic tasting

Feb 18, 2015
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BIA_BrewMasta

Nice finish. Great balance throughout. Not too exciting though. As expected

Feb 01, 2015
 
3.81 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 31, 2014
 
2.44 by Crimkj from South Carolina on Nov 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
by vinnicheers from England

good beer , not a fun of beers too sweet but this one got good balance

Nov 20, 2014
 
4 by patre_tim from Thailand on Nov 01, 2014
 
4.5 by Franck from Canada (QC) on Oct 07, 2014
 
3.5 by Loveyourbeer from Virginia on Sep 17, 2014
 
3.5 by mattfancett from England on Aug 26, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Poured into snifter. Hazy dark brown beer with a ring of golden head. Spicy aroma with prunes, toffee & candy sugar. Taste of dark fruits, wheat, yeasts. Medium body, prickly carbonation. Decent dubbel.

Aug 19, 2014
 
1.28 by piazzaleroma from Belgium on Aug 18, 2014
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3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Mavigo from Michigan

Got this from Discount Drinks in Farmington.

A: Pours a murky, medium brown color with a short caramel head that evaporates into a thin ring and has almost no lacing.

S: Ehhh, has a weird "background" smell. It went away after the first few sips. Anyways, smells of cinnamon, wheat, plums, licorice, dark sugars, molasses, and alcohol.

T: Tastes alright. Kind of bland if you ask me, muted wheat tones, plums, vanilla, slightly sweet. Good kick of booze though.

M: More carbonated than most dubbels that I've had. Detracts from the already under flavored beer. Has a syrupy, full bodied mouth feel and a medium aftertaste.

O: Overall, this wasn't too bad, it might be one of the "worst" dubbels that I've tried before but that's only because I have high standards. Nonetheless, it's not worth the price to me. For a few dollars more or a few dollars less (Unibroue) I could be in a Belgian heaven right now. Instead I'm only content.

Aug 12, 2014
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4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by boddhitree from Germany

Appearance: Cloudy, deep, dark amber to brown.

Aroma: Prunes, dark candi sugar, raisins, figs, a hot alcohol smell packed all together. A huge amount of aroma comes out the glass.

Taste: The taste doesn't quite match the aroma. I get raisins, figs, a little prune of the dark candy sugar sweetness, and lots of roasted malts with a large amount of tartness verging but not quite becoming sourness. I get a nice hard bitterness of noble hops, which is slightly grassy and hay-like. I also feel as well as taste the alcohol, but not in a hot manner of an unripe beer; rather, it gives you the feeling of a 40 year-old port wine blended in the beer, which sounds good but in this case detracts slightly from the other flavors. Often on the tongue the sweet flavors dissipate some and it becomes almost too much vinegary.
Near the back of the tongue, the sweet candi sugar, dark fruits come back, but it's not enough to keep this beer a great.

Overall, it's got great aroma, but the flavor is both hit AND miss. I could do without the port wine notes and the tartness is almost too much at times, almost medicinal, so for a Dubbel, it's good but not up there with the best.

Jul 29, 2014
 
3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jul 10, 2014
 
3.75 by bf7 from Pennsylvania on Jul 03, 2014
 
4 by bcsbeer from Florida on Jun 08, 2014
 
4.25 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on May 24, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Arithmeticus from Maryland

Poured chilled in glasses

A: dark muddy chocolate color (like PG-tips ice tea); decent head; good lacing; good carbonation, good head retention
S: metallic and sour; no hops or yeast
T: prune and plum flavor dominates; metallic, thin-bodied; neither yeast nor hops a strong component; good carbonation makes the flavor lively; alcohol not detectable

A little bit disappointed, esp. with the World Beer Award insignia on the label.

May 03, 2014
St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 172 ratings