Abbaye De St Amand | Brasserie De Brunehaut

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82
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut
Belgium
brunehaut.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Stavage on 05-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
32
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
12.86%
 
 
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of FBarber
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of heymikew
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmaggot
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aircristinab23
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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

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Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AZbelgian
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
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 GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of roblund
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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 bennetj17
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep gold color, with thin but lasting white foam. Slow and steady streams of bubbles rise up through the moderately hazed beer. Aroma is pretty boring. Dry, yeasty aroma with hints of sweet malts and a soapy, almost chlorine-like note. Not much going on here, little spice, faint hops, hopefully the taste will offer something more.

Doughy, yeasty malt sweetness up front, becoming even less sweet and more dry toward the middle. Finish has a hint of toastiness but overall there lacks much complexity. Despite the Belgian yeast character the beer is too clean, almost bland. Mouthfeel is pretty unremarkable, sharp carbonation is almost too sharp.

I had never heard of this beer before. The guy at the store threw it in for free, and it was a good thing I didn't have to pay because it was pretty disappointing. There is a real lack of ambition here. It's not a terrible brew, but there's nothing interesting at all about it. Unfortunately I would not try this again.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
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 bona2vada
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of chocosushi
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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 mrip
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
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 ales4baldo
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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 robwestcott
2.47/5  rDev -29.4%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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 puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
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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3.5 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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