St. Benedict's Breakfast
Haw River Farmhouse Ales

St. Benedict's BreakfastSt. Benedict's Breakfast
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4.1 | pDev: 8.78%
Haw River Farmhouse Ales
North Carolina, United States
St. Benedict's BreakfastSt. Benedict's Breakfast
Notes: Brewed with flaked oats, cacao nibs and two types of crushed locally-roasted coffee beans, our Belgian-style Dubbel is an eye-opening take on a classic style.

24 IBU
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 116 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Dark, no head
Smell- Weakest part, mainly fig notes, imperceptible coffee
Taste- Best part, coffee comes to play, cocoa nib flavor very present
Feel- smooth, fuller body

Oct 20, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look - I wanted to give this a less than 4 score but it does have coffee added to it and they do note dark style ale. Darkest dubbel I've seen, super dark brown red color with a slight head and some lacing
smell - fig smell like noted from a dubbel with some cocoa and coffee and some of that oat scent
taste - almost like a dubbel and a oatmeal breakfast stout had a baby... very slight candied fig very light cocoa, some coffee, odd oatmeal stout taste.
feel - medium light body with a creamy light carbonation
Overall - very different but not as good as I was expecting.

Aug 02, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours fairly hazy deep ruby red/copper/brown color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa, medium roast coffee, raisin, plum, fig, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, peppercorn, clove, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, vanilla, smoke, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, candi sugar, fruity/spicy yeast, cocoa nib, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa, medium roast coffee, raisin, plum, fig, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, peppercorn, clove, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, vanilla, smoke, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness; and herbal, floral, woody, grassy, roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. Slight yeast tang/tartness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa, medium roast coffee, raisin, plum, fig, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, peppercorn, clove, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, brown bread/crust, banana, bubblegum, vanilla, smoke, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, candi sugar, fruity/spicy yeast, cocoa nib, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.2%. Overall this is an awesome flavored Belguian dubbel! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, candi sugar, fruity/spicy yeast, cocoa nib, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/spicy/drying finish; awesomely soft feel for the style. Awesome balance between rich malts/sugars, Belgian yeast, cocoa, and fruity/nutty coffee complexity; with nice noble hop presence. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on base style example.

Jul 29, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a dark brownish color with a nice tan head and lacing
A-Aroma has nicely balanced Belgian yeast, fruit and spice hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a well balanced Belgian yeast, fruity and spice flavor
M-A medium bodied silky smooth decently carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Dubbel

Jun 30, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a mahogany brown color and a murky, thick consistency. There was a half inch of off white, foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A very good aroma of coffee, Belgian yeast, spices, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of Belgian-style yeast, a fair amount of coffee, a hint of chocolate (mostly in the finish), spices, some dark fruit (plums, in particular), and a slight maltiness. An interesting flavor, mainly due to the presence of the coffee. Quite vibrant and definitely tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of the more interesting takes on the dubbel style. Well made and drinkable.

Oct 21, 2017
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The big, thick, dense, beige, meringue head gradually settles from two inches to half an inch. A thick coating of lace covers the Antiek snifter. Below lies a clear dark brown beer with dark mahogany highlights. Streaming fine carbonation can be seen within.

Fresh-brewed coffee is pronounced without being overwhelming, providing a backdrop for chocolate, allspice and brown sugar. Warmth brings a good measure of vanilla to the front.

This is surprisingly bitter, for its style. The flavor is earthy with black coffee and charred malt. Some hard candy is present without sweetness just before a long dark roasted coffee finish. Warmth replaces the allspice with pumpernickel and perhaps nutmeg.

The body is full with a smooth hard texture. Modest carbonation. Alcohol is as expected.

This seems to be an American take on the style. One could easily replace a Saturday morning coffee with it, assuming the flavor is the motivation. I could see this being paired with a toasted bagel.

Aug 06, 2017
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maxdeusphallis from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500 ml into stout glass.

Dark beer - black but can see ruby brown at bottom of glass.

Sharp nose - a little funk on the nose. Sweet smelling but some tartness on the nose. I can smell the Chamay character of the yeast. A little plum and maybe some coffee.

Taste is a little sharp and acidic. Reminds me of Chamay but more complex. Slight notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate - but very subdued. I don't pick up much oatmeal - but it is there.

Mouthfeel is medium. The oatmeal adds a silkiness.

Very nice beer. A North Carolina nice Chamay clone - with some extra flavors. I wouldn't consider it a Dubbel - but a very nice beer.

Jan 03, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500(?) ml bottle.
Pours with a dark brown body and a large beige head.
Off style, even allowing for the coffee addition, but appealing and tasty, with a substantial coffee component.

Dec 04, 2016
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Radome from Florida

2.91/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An enjoyable beer, but I don't find it true to the style. It is very dark in color and has a strong roasted note that is out of place. It os more like a porter made with a spicy Belgian yeast.

Sep 10, 2016
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a khaki lacy head.

Coffee, chocolate, spice, plums, earthy, sweet and toasty on the nose.

Medium bodied and smooth with those oats. Roasty coffee with a touch of bitterness that leads into an interplay of dubbel and chocolate notes rising and falling throughout.

Really cool twist on a dubbel that works for me at least. It does have an off flavor for me that kind of detracts.

Mar 29, 2016
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely pours darker then most Dubbels that I am familiar with. Very deep brown stained wood body. Head is a light tan that reaches nearly two fingers and has nice retention. Waves of lace are left as the head fades. Nose is of coffee, toasted bread, spicy malts and some background dark fruit notes. With first sip I believe this one drinks something more like an old ale rather then a Dubbel. that being said it is very lively and quite good. Coffee notes really come through in the flavor. Roasted malts are carried and almost made creamy by the oatmeal which adds a very nice touch. I can't stress enough how much this beer defies the style, but is just a great beer.

Aug 12, 2015
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costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is light brown, some amber. Virtually no head throughout, whitish head upon pour but dissipates immediately. Coffee flavor comes through but a bit acidic.

Jul 24, 2015
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Hootie159 from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a tinge of red. Coffee smell with some fruit coming through. All I taste is the coffee. Wish more came through. Carbonation is present. Good, not great.

Jul 24, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another thanks to rudzud for sharing, a fun looking beer at least, esp for my tastes.

Decent creamy darker colored head fades at a fair pace, little lacing, dark beer almost no light getting through.

Nose brings nice coffee, fresh cold extracted coffee, nutty, earthy, little brown sugar candy, but much for dubbel though, little caramel note, little nutty like peanut shell, though underwhelming.

Taste brings more nutty coffee, light candy notes, little brown sugar, bitter hop note and bitter coffee, fresh cold brewed coffee at least, touch earthy, pretty nutty again, but light harsh, mild creamy oat, no dubbel at all, and little metallic astringent thing.

Mouth is med bod, decent creamy, but metallic astringent thing.

Jul 11, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice too dark to see through brown with a fat mocha head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of faint coffee, light sweetness, not much dubbel notes. Faint brown malts, light caramel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, astringent coffee bitterness, brown malts, light caramel, little sweetness. Faint oatmeal creaminess. Not really any dubbel notes whatsoever.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly creamy, bright.

O - Overall this beer was nice, in theory, but failed to execute. Really a shame.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 10, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a very dark brown coloring, with a foamy, frothy, light tan head that quickly settles out into a thin halo on the surface. Aromas of bitter roasted coffee first and foremost, but then you get layers of fig, dates, and raisins, as well as some bittersweet chocolate, earthy tones, and subtle vanilla highlights. Very dynamic and well balanced nose. Flavors start off with a solid, balanced blend of bitter coffee and richly sweet stone fruits. This is pretty interesting. The fig really absorbs most of the bitterness, and the cocoa nib and coffee keep all of the old world fruits from being too overpoweringly sweet. Robust bodied, but with an underlying dryness. The aftertaste has more notes of the chocolate, bittersweet and lingering, with some cherry, fig, and date notes still kicking around, too. Smooth, slow, slightly dry finish. This is a great beer.

Jun 19, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear almost opaque very dark chestnut brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some amber, cola brown, and garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly ground espresso with moderate aromas of cocoa nibs, dark fruit (fig), roasted/charred malts, and spicy Belgian yeast. Just a hint of candi sugar.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted/charred malts with a slightly stronger flavor of freshly brewed espresso. That is followed by a light flavor of dark fruit (fig) and spice from the Belgian yeast as well as moderate to strong flavors of cocoa nibs + dark chocolate which get stronger as the beer warms ups. Light flavors of candi sugar giving it a light amount of sweetness upfront and there is a moderate amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth (likely from the oatmeal).

O: My first offering from the new Haw River brewery (which I have been looking forward to opening and providing new beers in the area). I really enjoyed this one and found the blend of coffee, oatmeal, and cocoa nibs in a dubbel to be quite successful, Definitely would grab this one again.

Nov 30, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first Haw River try.Pours into a chalice a chestnut brown with a lacey light beige head atop.Italian roast coffee in the nose with a hint of yeasty spice,the coffee is great.Coffee roast flavors are big but not too big.Some yeasty clove spice is underneath but noticeable,even a light candied sugar,and dark fruit flavor is detected.The coffee is big but it's not so one dimensional to say that's it,there are other things going on.A very nice beer I look forward to the rest of the Haw River line.

Nov 25, 2014
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wedge from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark chestnut covered with a thick creamy head that leaves rings of web-like patterns behind. Bright, fruity coffee grounds and mellow Belgian yeast in the nose. Dry and earthy with some charred notes. Flavors of char, fruity yeast, coffee grounds, berries, fig, nuts, and an increasing chocolate character. Feels dry, yet creamy, and well carbonated. This is my least favorite of the handful of Haw River beers I’ve tried thus far. Dubbels typically don’t thrill me anyways, so coupled with the slightly stale coffee and dry chocolate, this one just fell a little flat. Not bad, just nothing particularly memorable. If they utilize a better method of integrating coffee, this will be better.

Nov 18, 2014
St. Benedict's Breakfast from Haw River Farmhouse Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 116 ratings