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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice picked this up at the House of 1,000 beers for $1.75. Score!

A - Hazy dark brown almost pitch black with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head that quickly turns to a mild lace ring. Little to no sticky lacing.

S - First thing I notice is the vinegar like cherry smell in this dubbel. Underneath that it's very faint Belgium yeasts and dark fruits but I expect a tart sour brew.

T - To me the sour smell really doesn't transition into the taste at all maybe mine is aged but it taste like a nice Belgium Dubbel. Mild sugars and fruity yeasts clash pretty well with some raisin and candied plum flavors. If anything it's only slightly tart in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and well covered ABV. If I had to guess I would assume it was around 6-7%

Overall a very pleasant real Belgium dubbel with slight tart flavors mostly sweet and a nice body. Best $1.75 I ever spent.

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Photo of Philousa
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served in a St. Martin glass from the tap at The Refuge on 1/27/12.

Sits a chestnut brownish reddish with good head that laces. Looks delicious in the glass and the color piques my interest. Chocolate, raisins, and a hint of caramel in the nose. It's sweet, but not syrupy. Amber malt with a thin mouthfeel. Caramel, bitter chocolate. Metallic aftertaste. The coppery taste is very off putting about halfway through. Creamy in feel, the yeast still came through the tap.

This had some real potential. The nose is superb. I think I could have gotten more out of it if I hadn't had the St. Feuillien Wit before. The acidity got to my tongue. The big set up by the aroma was a terrible let down in the taste, as the metallic aftertaste really just stripped any complexity or richness that the aroma and front end of the taste promised. I'm kinda mad a this beer, really. It could have been a contender. I'm going to try this from a bottle to see if maybe the lines at The Refuge were to blame. I'm staying hopeful, I guess.

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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 brentk56
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with a nice foamy head that could do a better job with the lace given its heritage

Smell: Caramel, nuts and dark fruit, with an odd beefy metallic character

Taste: Caramel, dark fruit and nut flavors, up front, with some spice developing by mid-palate; the flavors thin out significantly, after the swallow, leaving an odd metallic edge that lingers on the tongue along with brown sugar sweetness

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for the style and overly fizzy

Overall: The elements for a good dubbel are here, but the execution leaves a bit to be desired, unfortunately

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

By way of BBF 2011. 750ml corked and caged bottle. 2011 vintage. Poured into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a nice, frothy 2 finger light cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear, dark brown amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty with moderate stick. Looks good.

Nose is very nutty. Caramel, brown sugar, bark, and nutmeg. Strange but decently aromatic.

Opens sweet and spicy. Caramel and big nuttiness. Brown sugar is prominent. Spiciness towards the middle. Bark, more brown sugar, and almond rind at the back. Finish is sweet brown sugar with little aftertaste. No fruit, Belgian yeast qualities, or clove characteristics that I've come to know from the style. Still decent though.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Bubbly and coarse in the mouth and oily and filmy going down. Filmy finish with a quick, slightly lingering aftertaste.

Another average offering from St. Martin. They represent the styles that they do relatively well, but again, nothing sets this one apart from your standard dubbel.

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Photo of stephens101
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks as good as any beer I've seen, as the fluffy tan froth is promising, but we need to delve a little further to see if there are some brains behind the pretty face.

Dark brown with cherry streaks where the light hits. When fully settled the head lingers soft and rolling atop the brew. Has an involving aroma with a nice blend of bubblegum, cotton candy and dark fruits. To the tongue I get more bubblegum, a little grain and grass, and a distant bitterness. Has a slightly syrupy finish. After a few sips the bubblegum breaks into pure sugar, but the beer is never cloying.

A little thin in the mouth, with a light to medium body, and dry going down. I never get even a hint of alcohol, although some mention a certain booziness with this one.

An attractive beer that reveals a slightly simpler side when you get to know it, but never lets you down, and keeps you content the entire time you are together, which is something you really cannot find too much fault with.

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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 thagr81us
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one in the company of the brewer himself! Bottle February 2010. Served from bottle into a St. Martin tulip. Poured ruby red with a three finger light tan head that subsided to two fingers really slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, plum, raisins, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really liked how complex the flavor was on this one for a Dubbel. However at 8% you definitely would have thought it was much higher due to the flavors of alcohol you got off of it. The aroma was a little weak in comparison to the flavor but was still pretty nice. A definite must try if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with some reddish highlights and a nice little head.

The smell is a little one-dimensional with the theme being "sweetness". Not too much identifiable here, maybe some plum and fig.

The taste, thankfully, is very layered. Stone fruit, sweet malt, berries, figs, and peaches all meld nicely together and dance ont he tongue. The finish is light and sweet, yet keeps you wanting.

I do like the smoothness this acheives in the mouth. Lots of full-bodied goodness here.

Overall, this isn't bad. It's a pretty good dubbel, but not spectacular.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brown color with a small off-white head, about the color of iced tea. The aroma is candy sugar with a lot of toffee malt and a tad bit of dark fruit. The flavor is similar. I get some sweet candy sugar/brown sugar notes as well as some caramel and toffee. The alcohol is definitely detectable. Thin to medium mouthfeel and high, prickly carbonation. A decent dubbel but not one of the best.

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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 oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at M'Coul's in Greensboro.Poured into a Orval glass a chesnut brown with a tinge of burnt orange,a weel difened head atop.Phenol spice sticks out most in the nose along with subtle dark fruit.Flavors of clove-spice and dark fruit,almost fruit cake in nature.Like others of said its not overly complex but its got decent flavors.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served in my Chimay Chalice. Bottled March 2010 notched on the back label. Pours a dull brownish-purple with a loose, half inch, cream-colored head pockmarked with tiny craters. A consistent sheet of tiny bubble clusters adhered to the walls of the glass below the cap. Head eventually dissipates into a sudsy skim and a thin, bubbly band around the shoulders. Some spots of lacing, but no adherence. Nose expresses dark fruit (prunes and plums) and a mild, vinous quality. There's also a slightly bready/maltiness in the mix. Taste pales in comparison to the nose - muted and bland with a trace of something metallic in the mix. There's also a bit of yeast that cuts across the flavor profile. Virtually no aftertaste - flavors just drop away between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation that offers a slight bite at the back of the throat before culminating in a pleasant, dry finish. All and all, a bit dull for style - not bad, but not something I plan on revisiting anytime soon.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is very light fruit, flavor is light and dark fruit, some sweetness. Bottled May 2009. $4.49 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not so sure about this one. The color was a deep murky brown color. The taste had this strange sweetness to it but it also had a bit of a dirt like flavor too. This dubbel doesn't really hit home for me. It's not the most refreshing Abbey Dubbel I've ever had and not much above average either. I think I can leave this one on the shelf from now on at the store.

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Photo of SJI
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this one at the apparently discounted price of $29 for a case of 33cl bottles, which is the only reason that I tried it, suspiciously. Bottle conditioned, less likely to be stale, worth a shot. Carbonation moderate, with a tendancy to gush upon opening. Noisy, big bubbles fade quickly. Typical dark, sweet raisin wafting, but refreshingly thin and dry on the tongue. Just a bit meaty and metallic, not unpleasant. Easy to drink more than one, despite 8% ABV. Considering price, it ranks as a very good beer, although probably a middle of the road Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of JNewbs
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm on a quest to drink every Belgian Dubbel I can get my hands on. I've not reviewed them, but I'm going to try to be better about it in the future!

Appearance - Typical, middle of the road look to it. Dark color, decent head, small flecks of gunk in there.

Smell - Figs, dark sweet smells. Almost too sweet smelling, honestly. But it walked that edge safely without falling off.

Taste - Slightly better than average. It had the right flavors, but they didn't balance and combine into awesomeness. Dark fruit, molasses, the sweetness from the smell really took over the taste.

Mouthfeel - A bit thinner than the norm. Average.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown w/ a two finger caramel head that sticks around for a while. The smell is that of malt, fruit, sweetness and a kind of metallic smell I can't put my finger on. That single handedly takes the smell score down a notch or two. Fortunately, I don't taste that particular thing. Sweet fruit, malt and alcohol are present in the taste. A little thin tasting for what I'd prefer, but not bad. Mouthfeel is not bad, but a little thin for me. Malt in the aftertaste, which quickly goes away. Drinkability isn't bad. I've had the St. Martin's Tripel, and I think that's a better effort. Still, not bad, and glad I got to finally try this one.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours an opaque mahogany tone with just shy of 1" beige-colored head. so-so retention; lapses with a bit of a rush into a thin cap/collar around the glass. good lacing.

nose offers a distinct sweet maltiness with aromatic spices, dark fruits, and yeast. nice aroma.

flavor, unfortunately, is a step back. the relative fullness of the nose just doesn't translate; what i get instead is somewhat chalky and metallic. belgian yeast, yes, and the dark fruits are there, so it's not completely bad, i was just expecting a bit more.

medium bodied with medium carbonation. not real big on the drinkability score... in the final analysis you could do a lot worse than this beer; you could also do a lot better.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Burnished orange highlighting around the brown body. Tanned foam has good stick, but the cragginess is just not there. Not too sticky either.

The aroma is merely present. Nothing more than a standard amount of dark fruit and spice. As far as the flavor is concerned, it's similarly restrained. The yeast and spiciness is barely noticeable as compared to other versions - this is almost an Americanized version with its thin body, overcarbonation, and paucity of flavor.

Cola-like as opposed to the creamy fullness of the better Belgian dubbels. Date and raisin, pecan and walnut, toffee and light chocolate notes. Not too bad, but there are much better examples out there.

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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 BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):

The eyes are drawn to its sizable head and alluring dark mahogany color. Ripe plum and currant fruitiness forces itself on the nose; peppery and wild herbs abound as well. Creamy smooth with a fluffy, moderate-sized body. Dry malt from front to back; a little beefy and bitty, with mineral and brown malt notes. Plums and raisins feign a quick sweetness, but the dryness tears that away. Powdery yeast and a quick sting of alcohol. Bone-dry finish leaves very little in the aftertaste.

Not as deep or complex as expected, very drinkable though. Worth a go.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a goblet, one and a half fingers worth of coke like head, active bubbling, medium brown.

s- bit muted nose, sweet candy sugar, light fig, raisin, bready.

t- pretty much echos nose, yeasty sweetness, light fig and raisin, very bready, a touch of alcohol.

m- medium, coating.

d- not the best drinkability, could be much more flavorful, but it's drinkable. when i reach for a belgian - which isn't often - i want a really flavorful tasty one, this fell short.

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Photo of dozerdude
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: Bottle at room temperature in a Tulip

Appearance: cloudy brown as to be expected, a nice 1 inch medium bubbled head that fades a little to fast, but leaves decent lacing.

Smell: a not too rich malty sweetness accentuated by the slightly higher abv. for the style.

Taste: dried fruit upfront, maybe even a smidgen of chocolate, that blends nicely with the higher alcohol in the middle to give it a nice and smooth,caramalized dry fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: a little thin, yet very smooth

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A "steady eddie" in my home.


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Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear garnet color with a tight off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of sweet, dark fruits.

Tastes of dark fruits and some yeast spice. Dark fruits are characterized by figs and raisins. Some sweetness comes through as well. A touch of sour cherries is present. Spicy notes are noticeable, but weak. Alcohol is hidden and not noticeable. Overall, it is pretty weak on the palate and does not really make me pay attention to it.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a fizzy amount of carbonation.

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St Martin Brune from Brasserie De Brunehaut
3.63 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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