St Martin Brune | Brasserie De Brunehaut

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St Martin BruneSt Martin Brune

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sammy on 11-11-2007

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours, not surprisingly, brown, cloudy with a good-sized if short-lived dark tan head. Only a film remains though.
Smell is malty, with fruit (apple and grape), yeast and wood. Very good balance.
Taste is all the same with some alcohol presence.
Fullish body with a light but sharp efferervescence. Slightly dry finish with a little warmth. Quite a good beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark brown in color and poured into a goblet with a finger high beige head that quickly dissipated. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible, which consistently leaves a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste has a mild amount of sweetness and the flavors are very similar to the smell with notes of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruits along with some hints of spices. The finish tastes slightly metallic.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth with lots of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of bump8628
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Garnet brown with two fingers of creamy bone-colored head.

Same metallic/mineral character that I've found in the other St. Martin beers I've tried, it's a chalkiness I still can't get past. Stuck behind it there is some clove, anise, caramel, and a hint of Belgian fruitiness like overripe pears. Dry and almost tasteless at it slides down the throat.

Another unsatisfying beer from the St. Martin line. I won't be buying any again. Especially at the ridiculous price of $4.60 for an 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of MillRat
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy solid brown, with a vigorous tan head that dissupates into a thin cover that stays in place. Definite Belgian funk adding some dried fruit and spice (a bit of clove, maybe cinnamon) to a whole wheat breadiness and a bit of alcohol vapor. Flavor starts out with brown sugar sweetness that is cleansed by hop bitterness and perhaps a touch of sour. The beer tastes a lot less full that it is, probably due to the hops, touch of sour, and the significant alcohol presence. Certainly not the most complex Belgian style brew on the market, by why does it have to be? it does what it does quite well and scores a lot more points in the drinkability column than most 8% ABV beers, though trying to session this beer will fog the brain cells far faster than it will tire the taste buds.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Purplish-brown, very dark, with ruby highlights. Two fingers off-white head, glistening & fluffy, that drop to a thick, foamy coating. No lacing.

Smells of mild cocoa, slight baking spices (cinnamon comes to me, though I know there are others I can't put my finger on), grapes, candi sugar. A good aroma, though understated.

Tongue is hit with some caramel sugar up front, some plum, grape, & dried apricot flavors, then turns up the heat slightly with alcohol, with some doughy, bready notes developing after that. Ends with an alcoholic kick & bready & non-acidic fruity aftertaste. Even a little cotton candy in there, or watermelon shaved ice -- it's like a trip to the Carnival!

Medium-full-bodied with a nice foam-up. Lingers into the aftertaste with a dryness.

Not bad at all, some interesting variations of familiar flavors. It wears the alcohol well at 8%, & I feel like one would be enough. One I wouldn't turn down if offered to me again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color and relatively clear. Decent head that settles to modest level of bubbles. Little lace that slides down the glass.

Slightly chalky, but it smells a little bit like a refrigerator. Strong alcohol aroma.

Strong Belgian malt flavor with a similarly alcoholic taste. Thin body with a high carbonation level. Smooth finish, but a short aftertaste of fresh berry. Certainly, this is a predictably full flavored beer, but it is small in many ways.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : reddish brown color with tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : roasted caramel and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet with caramel flavours.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Dubbel.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy reddish brown with a moderate creamy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate spicy dark fruity aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium complex bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good spicy brew.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight dark citrus, and slight pale hop. Overall, the high carbonation hurts, but overall a good simple Dubbel.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new one in this area. It pours a dark nutty brown, with a tan head that just keeps going and going and going. This one's a bit hazy because of all the bubbles encased in the beverage. The nose is a bit underwhelming, but there are hints of that familiar Belgian dubbel dark fruitiness, along with some dark malt and sweet sugary characteristics as well. The flavor is a bit odd, but I really like it; it's not as sweet and fruity as most Belgian dubbels. Instead, it's more like a strong American brown ale without the over-the-top hoppiness. I admit it's very refreshing to taste this, and I clearly want more like it! It is a tad over-carbonated for my taste--sometimes I find myself fighting through the bubbles to get to some flavor. It's very drinkable for the style, and may be a sort of "gateway" beer for new initiates into the Belgian beer experience. Cheers!

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Photo of EbPhrygian
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this along with a Gulden Draak at a specialty wine/cheese store. Didn't review the other beer, but here we go...

Poured from an 11.2-oz bottle into a snifter (at this point I should probably diversify my glassware).

Appearance: A hazy copper color with a relatively large head that retains well. This beer looks good.

Smell: Sweet, mild aroma of bread and fruit.

Taste: Missing a certain yeastiness, spiciness, and/or complexity to my palette. A little sour. Simply average.

Mouthfeel: The malt and carbonation are refreshing.

Drinkability: Simple, smooth, light, and crisp, this beer is certainly drinkable at 8% ABV.

Notes: Though it is by no means rare, this seems to be the least-known beer I've reviewed and maybe even tried. In fact, I haven't had a legitimate Belgian brew before (aside from Stella Artois). By the way, the aforementioned "Dark Triple" was definitely a notch above this one. Would prefer the Tripel style and I'm sure there are better readily available examples of the Dubbel than this. Was a neat experience to purchase and try, though.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dark amber in color with a small, short livid head.

Smell: Bready malts, a little bit funky. Dark fruits and a hint of sourness.

Taste: Light fruits. Raisen. A bit of mineral water from a Belgian well. Not very yeasty at all. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Smooth enough. Rich.

Drinkability: An interesting Belgian. Good for what it is. Simple flavors that work well.

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Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown acorn lightly dusted in black soot. The beer is not so dark as to be entirely without colour although highlights and transparency are definitely out of the question, regardless of the angle of inspection. Even its head is tarnished an earthy, brownish tone. It accounts for about a sixth of the glass (and even more if you include the threads of lace).

There's a lot more black licorice in the nose than I typically care for. It isn't so much that the anise spice itself is abundant or overpowering but simply that there isn't much else to wash it out. A dab of sweet, brown sugar malts and a vague, generic dark fruitiness both weigh in but neither tips the scale substantially. The aroma definitely fails to enthrall.

And the taste fares only slightly better. The malts generate a sense of all things sweet (caramel, toffee, molasses) while the yeast does likewise with regards to spices (clove, cinnamon and especially anise). There is an amiable dark fruitiness - prune, raisin, fig - that helps push things along. The flavours all fit together nicely, none being overly dominant.

The body isn't so dense as to weigh the shelves down but it is considerably malty. The palate is short-changed not a drop of the sweet, sugary serum that was extracted from those grains. It is, however, spared the scourge of the 8 or so percent alcohol. Both qualities afford the beer a comfortable level of drinkability.

I love Dubbels but there are much more desirable examples out there. I relate St Martin Brune to a lot of movies I've seen: it was worth sitting through once but not really a second time. I liked it alright, it was well worth the price of admission but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to others. Final review: one thumb up, one thumb sideways.

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Photo of HeightsEats
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This wasn't bad, but doesn't really compare to other Belgian beers for either taste or aroma. The beer has a nice deep copper color, but the smell borders on metallic, not yeasty like a typical Belgian. The flavor is also a bit one dimension and thin, with neither the yeastiness one expects from this variety nor the roasted sweetness typical of dark beers. This would probably be fairly drinkable, but I wouldn't have too many of them based on the quality of beer for the price. Flying Dog even does Belgians a lot better than this one (not to mention Chimay, Corsendonk, Saint Bernardus, Duvel, etc.).

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Photo of Sigmund
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, now available in Norway at Vinmonopolet. ABV is 8%. Mahogany coloured beer, huge beige head. Moderate aroma, notes of caramel, brown malts, brown bread and dust, hints of marzipan. The flavour has notes of brown bread with hints of caramel, but this is probably the driest dubbel I have ever had. Dust in the finish, very moderate hops. The alcohol is well hidden - I would have guessed that this was a 5.5- 6% beer, not 8%. Definitely drinkable, but far from exciting.

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Photo of belenita
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - coffee-like color, somewhat opaque, thick beige head

S - like sweet cola at first, somewhat floral. Later on, alcoholic, cinnamon, molasses, dried cherries or prunes

T - bitter chocolate/coffee, licorice, no obvious alcoholic taste. Flavor doesn't last long.

M - light, smooth, low carbonation that goes away quickly.

D - good for the winter, drinkable. Nothing complex about it and not necessarily the beer I would look forward to buying again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown color with no haze, and a large head at first that recedes to no head at all rather quickly. Nose has plenty of dark fruits and strongly suggests it will be a dessert beer for sure. On the palate the dark fruit component is center stage with plenty of carbonation, rather nice body, and some mineral-cave like must flavors in the mix. Finish is sweet and reminds me of figs.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark ruby brown color with a thick beige head that leaves some lace.

S- A bit of earthy hops and spice with a decent amount of sweetness.

T- Some dark fruits and brown sugar. A metallic boozy finish. I was hoping for a bit more depth and complexity.

M- Medium body with decent carbonation.

D- A decent brew but nothing to brag about.

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Photo of ipaequalslove
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 bskrtz
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
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 TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, bought for about $3 in Columbus. The beer is dark hazy brown, nearly opaque, with a thick solid tan head. The aroma is sweet, caramel and dark fruits, maybe a little cough syrup, kind of reminds me of Gouden Carolus or an aged Belgian dark ale (which this might be, I don't see a date stamp). The taste is estery, dark fruits like plums and raisins, some ethanol too, OK but not mindblowing considering all the Belgian ales of high quality out there. Average body, drinkability is set to "slow" which is probably about right for the style. Overall average-to-middling.

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Photo of roblowther
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Richardberg
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Amber ale (almost ruby in the light) with little head.

S: golden malts, citrus, hint of dried darker fruits

T: lovely blend of malts, neutral sweet vs bitter balance, some spice

M: good & tingly despite rapidly dissipating head

D: very easy to drink for an 8%, and well worth it. $6 for a 12oz, though, yikes.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of haziness within the deep chestnut body suggests bottle conditioning, and a check of the bottle confirms that. Tiny bubbles can be seen rising steadily, but they don't do much to buoy the head. It's a nicely creamy lid of tan but it doesn't hold particularly well.

A quick whiff indicates that there's alcohol present, and that may be part of what's hindering the head retention. Nor are there a lot of hops here to help bolster it. There is malt though, and it comes across in the nose as just a touch grainy and delicately caramelish. Yeasty notes of dark fruit (cherry, prune, raisin) and delicate spice round it out. It is a bit estery, however, and I think perhaps I'm picking up a small amount of acetone.

In the mouth it's medium bodied, but on the light side, and fairly soft and smooth with a moderate, natural carbonation. It hints at creaminess but never gets there.

The flavor simply reiterates everything that the nose suggests, but with a fuller character. The dark fruitiness over top of the gently sweet and deeply caramelized maltiness is nice. I find lots of apple, prune, raisin and cherry. It's a bit spicy as well, and although that has at least a little bit to do with the alcohol, there's a bit of clove-like character to it from the yeast that's nice; it gives it a candyish, kind of fun side that balances against the more serious alcohol and dark-skinned fruit side. Which brings us to bitterness and a drying finish... the bitterness is well restrained, and the alcohol and dark fruitiness do most of the work to dry the finish, although there is some leafy hop flavor underneath, and a bit of darkly caramelized sugar that remains.

Overall it's a fairly interesting beer, and it's pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of organicbrewer
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy dark Amber with a small eggshell head that disapears quickly

S-Dark fruit esters. Cherry cola. No hop aroma.

T- Raisin is the first thing I taste. Dark Candi sugar, some pruin. No hop bitterness or flavor. Caramel with a little rum. Nothing too impressive. But not bad. A little cherry cola in there.

M- Medium dry with medium carbonation. NO alcohol heat.

D-While this isn't a bad beer, it lacks the complexity of some of the better examples.

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St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
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