St Martin Brune | Brasserie De Brunehaut

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83
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St Martin BruneSt Martin Brune
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut
Belgium
brunehaut.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 11-11-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
164
Reviews:
95
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
13.5%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of Elemenopy
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of igl
4.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of danedelman
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle which expired 6/10, yummy!!

A-deep copper amber color with large white fluffy head.

S-dried fruit, dark candi sugar and dark molasses. What else can you ask for in this style. very mellow smelling due to the age.

T-Tons of dark candi sugar with belgian yeast flavor. No booziness at all. Nice and mellow. Figs, prunes, dates, and candi sugar all blended well over time.

M-very drinkable which could be dangerous.

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Photo of chinchill
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle

Pours a clear dark mahogany with a large tan head. The head has good retention and leaves exceptional lacing.

Aroma: a very appealing aroma of dark fruits, baked bread and toffee.

T: Lots of dark fruit! Sweet, but just the right level to compliment the other flavors. Slightly spicy with hints of roasted nuts and a trace of pepper. A fine lingering aftertaste of toasted grain and spices and dark fruits, featuring plums and dates.

M: excellent carbonation, giving this a lively yet creamy smooth feel. Medium body.

O: exceptionally enjoyable; higher ABV is well hidden. Nearly world-class Belgian Bruin, similar to Maredsous.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the bar across from the manekin piss.

The beer pours a fine ruby-mahogany color, hazy with a thin fainting head. Low carbonation.

The bouquet has a nice malt base with hints of spices and licorice. Very faint yeast and an even weaker citrus back scent.

The taste was wonderful, caramel and malt were nicely balanced with a great licorice aftertaste that gently faded away.

The mouthfeel was wonderful, only adding to the enjoyment. Very drinkable and social. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Bradwnelson
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of ordybill
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of farlieonfootie
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a tulip glass, Abbey St. Martin Brown is the color of richly-steeped iced tea, with a thick, off-white head that leaves behind little to no lacing. The smell is malty, with overtones of chocolate and just the barest hint of sweetness -- maybe molasses?

Abbey St. Martin Brown's first taste is rich, roasted malts, followed closely by dark fruits, which are relatively restrained. The beer has a decent mouthfeel, and is refreshing for a dubbel, with moderate carbonation. It's eminently drinkable, and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. If it's been around since 1096, it's got to be good; run out and get yourself some today.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a case of this...because it was on sale.

This is an interesting one.

Poured into a beer glass, and it kind of looked like Coke. Lots of bubbles, not really foam at the top. The bubbles went down in about 15 seconds. Interesting.

The smell was not that great. Definitely the weakness of this dubbel. Didn't smell the alcohol though.

The taste was much better than the smell. tasted a little fruity. Maybe raisin, or plum. Very fine finish. Nice and dry.

Something is missing though on this beer. It has a nice body. No bitterness. Very interesting.

I gave it a 4.5 on drinkability just because it is 8%. If it was 4% (which it kind of tastes like), you could throw these down all nice. They go down really easy.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served 11.2 ounce bottle @ 43 degrees, St Bernardus challice

a) Wonderful brune ale with soft white 1 inch head. Dark, cloudy with yeasties and sediment

S) Citrus fruit, sweet candied sugar, caramel and dark cooked fruits

T) The citrus flavor is apparent. Root beer, hint of chocolate, sweet breads

M) Excellent, consistent carbonation.

D) I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It is an excellent example of the Belgian dubbel category

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a La Trappe chalice. Bottle date 5/09, so it has some age on it.

A: Opaque brownish hue, Small bubbles form an off white head, which fades quickly.

S: Intensely boozy in a good way. As if I can smell the age on it. Good yeasty aromas, malt sweetness. Powerful.

T: Tastes starts nice up front with a lot from the aroma. The middle is disappointing. Looses complexity, seems watery. Slight sherry and roasty notes on the finish.

M: Super dry on the finish, good mouthfeel overall though.

O: Solid, but honestly a bit forgettable. Lacks some expected complexity, but is more refreshing as a trade off, especially since the finish is so clean. A little age adds a nice character to the finish, upping the flavor a bit.

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Photo of JohnTurano
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber-brown, ligh ttan head, some retention & lace.

S: Candied fruit, dark fruit, candy floss esters, brwon sugar, slightly yeasty.

T: Dark fruit, sligh ttartness, bready, brown sugar, light spicing.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, smooth.

D: Good.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet. Label helpfully has tags punched at "February" and "2010." Almost four years old. Can it walk and talk? We shall see.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a murky (i.e. opaque) dark brown with a nice 1/2" head. This faded into a frothy film on top that lasted the entire session. No lacing at all.

Smell 4.25: Very nice. Hints of acetone and poly-phenols as you draw in closer to the glass and then your olfactory glands get assaulted with this lovely raisin, dried fruit, dark malt and bright caramel bouquet. Just gorgeous.

Taste 4.0: Front is smooth and dry with hints of earthy tanins and deeply roasted grains. Middle is smooth and balanced, but with very little to add to the flavor profile. Maybe think of it as a "time out." Finish is a cacophony of tastes: dark malt, toasted grains, dried dark stonefruits, noble hops, figs...wow, it goes on and on. Aftertaste reflects these same tastes and then some and is long, appealing and delicious. You will definitely want another sip.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Balanced, refined and certainly enhances the taste of this brew.

Overall 4.0: This is another unique take on the standard Belgian Dark and it is nonetheless still outstanding. Balanced, smooth and very refreshing in spite of its big ABV, this beer is excellent for sessioning or simply trying the style. Definitely a "gateway" beer into the wider and more apocalyptic realm of Belgian Darks. The path hath been lain before you, pilgrim. Here there be...dragons.

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Photo of roblowther
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz shipped from the beer motherland. Almost black in color with a thick creamy light tan head. Smells of raisins, brown sugar, and oranges. Seems much darker than most dubbels, both in appearance & smell. The taste is malty, sweet, again like brown sugar. It has a dry finish that balances the sweet up front. The mouthfeel is slick, with nice carbonation. Drinkability is good, although its a bit too dark & intense for a session beer. But this bottle and I are becoming good friends.

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Photo of boddhitree
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of nunzo
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of ipaequalslove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, chestnut color, with a hint of red. Nice, full carbonation.

S: Molasses, brown sugar, a hint of cherry. I even detect a bit of cinnamon...

T: The taste is quite reflective of the smell. Alcohol taste is quite hidden...the dark fruit taste comes through nicely on the tongue.

M: Full, but not overly complex. The carbonation was just enough, not too much or too little.

D: A good, but not great, example of a Dubbel. I would have appreciated a more complex flavor...the Maredsous dubbel comes to mind when thinking of a great example of this style.

But, that being said, it is quite drinkable. A good beer.

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Photo of RollTide05
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
3.63 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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