Abbaye De St Amand | Brasserie De Brunehaut

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Abbaye De St AmandAbbaye De St Amand

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Brasserie De Brunehaut

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Stavage on 05-23-2009

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Fest on August 14, 2011. It pours pale yellow with adequate clarity and an off-white, fizzy head. The aroma has a dose of malts along with apples and juniper. The body tended to be fizzy and thin but not watered down. Malts were evident in the taste but nothing really jumped out at me here. It was basically a very average brew.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Loud “psst” when we cracked the cap; not a gusher, but certainly lively. Hazy, dirty straw color; enough lacing to get by. Hints of orange blossom, nougat, doughy yeast and a very faint juniper in the nose. Deep crispness, very smooth. Light honey-like maltiness, floral flavor throughout. Yeast flavor is mildly nutty and the juniper berry flavor is hard to pick out, but its sting aims more toward the finish. Ripe pears, subtle pear cider. Light kiss of alcohol. Semidry finish. No doubt this is a tasty little brew; while somewhat complex, nothing really jumps out, nor does the juniper make much of an appearance.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
J/13 on the bottle
A- This is a big gusher that fills a full glass of white foam that boils to a thin film with a murky dark orange body. The head sticks to the glass a bit before is slides back into the glass.

S- The cereal with a slight fruity note and some pale malt notes. There is the classic abbey yeast character that I can only imagine smells of monks bad breath.

T- The abbey yeast character has an earthy fruity note that turns cidery as it opens up. There is also a watery taste as it opens aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel and a tight little fizz.

O- The nice pale malt and honey sweetness has some nice abbey character. There is no infection notes just over active yeast.

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Photo of dertyd
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a murky dark gold/amber color, with a thin white head----------------- the aromas are of sweet malt, citrus, Carmel and pine------------------ the flavors are of sweet caramelized grapefruit, raisins, earthy tones, light cocoa and dark fruits, the beer has a thin to medium mouthfeel with a smooth finish-------------------- overall this beer was ok, it tasted like a herbal tea flavord with caramelized citrus, definitely not my favorite Belgian beer---

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bona2vada
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date code of A J 13, maybe a best before date of January 2013?

Opens as a gusher, lost at least 3-4 oz of the bottle with a glass near by, ugh. Pours a semi hazed apricot with a thumb of beige colored head. Good lacing, average head retention, still hazed all the way through

S: Bready, pears, yeastyness, lemons & medicinal notes

T: Pears, candi sugar, cinnamon, apple peel & blossoms & a touch of pineapple, a bit all over the map. A combination of pine apple, apple & a touch of boozey lemon & maybe some oxidation as this warms. Finishes with orchard fruit, a touch of lemon drop candy sweetness & a bit of pineapple & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation, somewhat grainy

An alright Belgian PA, not getting any juniper, this one is kind of weird but not one I would buy again

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Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of AZbelgian
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden semi-translucent color with sparse whisps of white lace on top. Light aroma of sugar. Sweet up front. Tastes of malt with an almost indescernable bitter hopness with some sweetness and alcohol that last into the finish. Light in the mouth. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Stavage
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass, it has a nice golden amber colour, a little hazy but not very. Forms a nice big frothy white head and it's debatable whether the head lasts until the end or whether it becomes an incredibly thick lacing.

Smell is champagne like, the same kind of fruitiness. Not particularly complex though, and there is a strong hint of alcohol in the smell. Little whiff of malt at the end.

Taste was incredibly disappointing. Immediate taste was of alcohol mixed with fruit. Gin like bitterness as a back note. Possibly due to the juniper berries? The flavour lasted barely an instant before fading away into nothing though. All in all a very weak flavour. After a few sips it tasted like soda water with a splash of gin in it.

Mouthfeel was average. Medium bodied, average carbonation though the carbonation seemed artificial.

Not very drinkable to me. Not something I could chug down and not pleasant enough to sip.

I'd try it again just in case this was a bad bottle, but it didn't seem like a bad bottle. The flavours weren't bad, just non existant. No skunkiness or other tell tale signs of a beer being off. A couple years within its recommended drink by date. Maybe something horrible happened throughout its transportation or storage at the bottle shop.

Not a bad experience, just not a good one, especially considering its price.

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Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ales4baldo
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation-Small little funky bottle. Metions the Juniper berries. ABV is small at 7%

Appearence-Seems pretty bubbly with a decent size head. About a fingers worth. Really foggy, almost like a DIPA. Amber color. Hefe style look as well.

Smell-Has a Hefe smell to it. Yeast and malts arise when i go in for a sniff. Straw, and small amounts of alcohol. Im getting lemon notes and light hops.

Taste-Nice. Seems to have a balanced all around delicate smoothness to it. The malts and the yeast are there. Get a bit of a zing to it towards the back of my tongue.

Mouthfull-Has a nice crisp to it. Nice subtle carbonation as well. Has a frothy like body to it. All around nice.

Overall-I wasnt expecting too much from this beer but i actually do like it. Its simple, nice, well rounded i would say and good. I would pick up another one.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2ounce bottle served cold in glass beer challis

A) Heffe in appearance, cloudy with off white billowy head. Settles to quarter inch head which lasts throughout the pour. Brass color with shade of grey

S) Sweet Belgian candy sugar, tart, sour dough.

T) Very sweet with apple, banana, peer, coriander. Classic Belgian blonde. Wonderful

M) Sticky sweet with tons of carbonation. Thick and complex. I truly enjoy these effervescent bottle conditioned beers and this one does not dissappoint.

O) St. Amand is now on my list, though difficult to find I will seek it out. Note of caution: the first I opened was a gusher. You are fore-warned.

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Photo of robwestcott
2.47/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

thanks to erikkoppin for this one.

poured cold and bubbling over from the bottle a murky honey gold to a dogfish head signature glass with a full finger, long lasting, snow white head leaving a ton of lace to the rim after each sip.

aroma - hmm, not great, maybe i'm missing something but this smells like a budweiser.

candy corn, cotton candy, cloyingly sweet.

big bodied, super creamy, but strangely sticky to the teeth, like really and truly sticky, my teeth and sticking together. no joke.

overall - very strange experience. i'll not head down this road again.

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Photo of mrip
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of DaverCS
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich honey color with soda-like carbonation and a quickly dissapiting head... a little strange.

Aroma reminds me of lavender honey. Very sweet and herbal smelling.

Taste is rich and full bodied yet the beer has ample carbonation. Tons of malt and honey sweetness. The juniper creates a very potent herbal character. A bit of clove and anise on the finish.

Very unique beer. Not terrible but a bit too thick and sweet for my tastes. The herbal character adds a different flavor that does tire on the palate after awhile. Overall, this beer would pair nicely with a spicy Indian dish. It gets a 78/100.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Duvel Tulip
Cellar Temp
A ~ Pours pale amber/honey with a nice white head. Extra fine carb. Unfortunately it was a supreme gusher.

S ~ Dry pear, white grape juice, lemon candy.

T ~ White grape following through with dry lemon & simple syrup on a bed of dry breadiness. . Hints of pepper, but I am really having to search for Juniper, which I do not like in a beer that claims to have been brewed with juniper berries. Searching not be required.

M ~ Simple melange of fruit flavors. . . finish is dry & peppery. No juniper in the mouthfeel whatsoever. Good balance with mild heat.

D ~ Decent enough but it needs more Juniper if it is claiming to be a golden ale brewed with Juniper berries! This is just a good run of the mill BSPA, & nothing more. Don't seek out.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz. bottle, expiration Jan 2013.

S: lemongrass, light but complex spiciness, fresh apple cider edge and a wiff of fresh herbal hops. Champagne-like. Pleasant, lively, and refreshing but not too intense. As it warms it gets a little solventy which is unfortunate.

T: Semisweet up front with a moderate amount of fresh bread and yeast that are accented by juicy citrus and spice. Middle dries out a bit (partly due to alcohol) with balanced levels of toasted bread and spice that is well balanced by bitterness. Nice herbal hop flavor rises just up to predominant levels. There is a pleasant depth and complexity to the whole mix (maybe it’s the juniper but its not overt) with the spices and hops playing off one another delightfully. Not at all sweet and very crisp. Carbonation is quite perky and medium-light bodied. Could use a little more body. Alcohol comes through a bit and its quite warming, not hidden but not overt. Finish is dry and crisp with a nice subtle hop snap and lingering bready grains that are ever-so-lightly spiced with the juniper coming through.

Notes: Highly drinkable and delicate. Maybe just a little too delicate and lacking that extra punch of intensity I'm looking for. Its hop-light for the style but any more would disrupt the nice balance with the spice. Quite pleasant.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of aircristinab23
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Pairs great with food. Subtle fruity taste at end from juniper berries.

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Photo of bmaggot
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heymikew
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Unlike many others, my bottle was not a gusher; it poured a cloudy amber with a decent enough head that frittered away while leaving a smattering of lace

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with a hint of sugar and pear

Taste: Bready with a hint of sugar, up front, but the mid-palate is dominated by spicy yeast tones and a hint of juniper that lingers into the finish; it took me a while to detect it but it is definitely there

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; slightly creamy

Overall: Pleasant enough but not something special; I suspect I would like it less if the juniper were more pronounced

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't really say I've had a lot of experience with juniper berries, but they add a nice subtle, yet clearly noticeable tone to this beer. Overall, it's a pretty smooth beer with an easy going Belgian tone to it. I can't really say there is a lot of complexity going on, but it works pretty well. Very easy to drink; probably too much so. A nice beer. Would be nice on a slightly too warm day. The only detractor was that it was a gusher. Nothing worse than popping the cap, turning to throw it away, and coming back to find your beer on the kitchen counter.

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Photo of FBarber
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears to a bottle from sometime in 2013.

Bottle gushed on opening. Got most of the beer into a glass where it poured a light dull brown. Hazy and opaque. Thin white head sticks around on the top of the beer. Lots of little bubbles are noted.

A very strong boozy aroma is instantaneously noticed upon opening. Aromas of dark fruits like prunes, plums and overly ripened apples, brown sugar and rich caramel malts are readily discernible. Pungent - everything about the aroma on this beer is pungent. You can smell the different smells across the room. Lovely dark aroma.

Taste is surprising because its rather bland compared to the pungent aroma. Some notes of caramel malts are initially noted, some minor dark fruit flavors are also noted but not nearly discernible as on the nose. Watery finish with the distinct flavor of juniper berries popping through in that watery finish. Slight burn on the finish with a very alcoholic tasting aftertaste.

Feel is remarkable for a very fizzy carbonation up front. Dryness of the finish coats the tongue. Its got a real alcoholic burn to it for a pale ale. that being said, I found it very smooth and actually quite drinkable.

Overall an interesting beer. The flavors were disappointingly mild compared to the aroma which really popped. the inclusion of juniper berries was interesting and made for a unique flavor addition.

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Abbaye De St Amand from Brasserie De Brunehaut
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 34 ratings