Ultra Brune | Brasserie Scassenes

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Ultra BruneUltra Brune

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Brasserie Scassenes

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 05-21-2003

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Underrower
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Celebrator but with better hidden alcohol even though Ultra Brune has more alcohol. Unbelievably well hidden alcholol. Same smell as Ayinger's Celebrator. Taste is remarkably similar (just no booze). Who knew a dopplebok came as a quad. A feat of beer engineering. I have always called Celebrator my dark mistress but she has been out darked and out mistresseded. CHEERS!

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Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium to dark brown with an amber tinge, many dark floating particles of yeast, with a beige head that is huge. The bottle was a gusher without any prior agitation.

S: Caramel, dark fruits, Belgian yeasts, some snow, some cherries, a little banana.

T: Memories of Chimay or a nice solid Belgian dubbel, dark fruits, cherries, not overly sweet, well balanced and smooth, no defects.

M: Smooth medium body, medium carbonation after the gusher.

O: Very nice, very smooth balanced Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Really hides the 10% alcohol VERY well. My first from this brewery. I love the style and the fact I’ve never heard of this brewery, and now I am enjoying a great beer from them. Feels like I’m visiting Belgium! Brewed Jan 14th 2013, drank on Oct 26 2013.

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Photo of desint
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bix
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 8 oz glass.

A- Pours brown with a 1 finger tan head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S- Sweet cherries and brown sugar.

T- Very similar to nose. Sweet brown sugar followed closely by cherries and dark fruits.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Slick feel.

O- Decent for the style. Nice sweet change of pace kind of beer.

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Photo of buzze40
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a 1 finger off white head. Perhaps I poured too much as there is a lot of sediment floating in the body.

S: Very sweet smell of raisin and other dark fruits. Alcohol and almost bourbony like qualities. Roasty sweet malts as well. Molasses, carmel, toffee are all present.

T: Sweet roasted malts up front with a yeasty after taste. Carmely sweet. Reminds me of a dopplebock on steroids. Slightly too sweet and one-dimensional for me.

M: Fairly easy to put back, booze is well hidden. Warming. A little syrupy.

Overall an interesting beer that is a little too sweet for me. This was on sale so I figure it might be fairly old.

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Photo of dcellis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with very subtle ruby highlights and a creamy, compact beige head.

S: Aromas of milk chocolate, candy sugar, caramel, raisins, and figs are immediately evident. There is a bit of an alcohol scent as well, but nothing too off-putting.

T: This ale definitely leans toward the sweeter end of the spectrum, with notes of heavy cream, milk chocolate, candy sugar, caramel, plums, raisins, figs, and anise on the palate. The finish is silky and long with notes of cream, chocolate, and candy sugar mingling with a hint of jam-like fruitiness.

M: Full bodied, creamy, and silky in the mouth. Carbonation is rather subtle. The alcohol is not all that noticeable.

O: This is a nice Belgian strong dark ale that is just a little too sweet for its own good. Still, I can see myself buying this one again. Overall, I would have no problem recommending this ale to fans of sweeter beers.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mandolinhomebrew
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from Belgian stubby style .33 liter bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - very dark brown with red hues when held towards light. big poofy tan head, lots of carbonation

S - a bit sweet & fruity (particularly on the fig & raisin direction), medium to dark caramel, for 10% the alcohol is definitely not blasting out of the glass.. detectable but well hidden

T - follows the smell for me, but is always slightly changing from sip to sip as it warms in the glass. it's on the sweet side, but not cloyingly so. caramel and fruits (again in the fig & raisin direction for me) take the stage, but there is a slight, slight hint of roastiness. alcohol is more apparent in the finish, but really well hidden for 10%. bitterness is fairly low and i can't detect any hop character in terms of flavor or aroma.

M - it's really well carbonated, even after a half hour in the glass. mouthfeel is what i would call medium.

O - imho it's a well made Belgian strong dark ale. if you've had a fair share of examples of the style, then you're not in for any surprises here. very very drinkable for 10% though.. which is not always the case.

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Photo of atr2605
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a very dark brown with a tan head with about average retention that clings to the glass. Lots of floating debris hanging in suspension
S-Sweet malt, plums, figs, raisins, low hop aroma
T- More of the same in the flavor, with the plum flavor being dominate, leading into a bit of a molasses taste and ends with the hop bitterness and a sweet dark cherry flavor in the finish. Alcohol is fairly well hidden
M-medium bodied
O-Not bad, not great. there are better examples of the style but still a nice beer.

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Photo of skandha
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: prettily dark with a distracting amount of floating detritus; settled in the glass it looked like a heavy fountain root beer with a handful of kitty litter dropped in.

Smell: overripe fig fruits, and a pungent, grainy scent that reminded me of horse oats left to sit in the hot sun.

Taste: very raisiny and forwardly sweet. Finish is smooth and a little port-wine syrupy. 10.0% ABV is hidden with stealth..

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, and the deliberate sweetness is not too evidently thick on the tongue.

Overall: pleasant dessert-type beer, but I certainly wouldn't want to drink more than one. Lacks any counter-structural depth or bitterness to make it more than just a sweet digestif.

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Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-dark brown, darker in the glass than when being poured, with three fingers of tan head. Head is pretty creamy and keeps pretty well; almost has a slightly reddish tinge to it as well. Lots of floaties settle to the bottom.

Smell is very sweet with big doses of dark candi sugar and raisins. Has some dark caramel as well. Also figs and prunes, very fruity. It's somewhat one-dimensional but smells pretty good.

Taste, luckily, is not as sweet as the nose was. I was worried this was going to be a syrupy mess. It's still sweet but the fruit flavors are more pronounced - figs, dates, prunes, raisins. Still a lot of sugars going on here, caramel and dark candi sugar. There is a subtle woodiness in the finish that gives just a touch of contrasting flavor. I'd even call it a smokiness. Good flavor, and reasonably well balanced.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of medium bodied but is not as full as you'd expect at 10%. Not super creamy either, with above average carbonation. Overall I'd say the body is off and this is a touch over carbonated.

This is pretty good, nothing spectacular but a nice drinker. It's relatively simple, fruity and sweet. No alcohol is really present. Not too shabby.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: incredible deep rocky head and I only poured half a bottle!, near opaque deep, dark rosey color
S: medium nose, musty, earthy character, charred and/or burnt licorice, interesting, reminded me a bit of a deep chocolate pudding
T: very nice, well-balanced, no unusual or outstanding flavors but just a well-made dark ale, roasted malt, smattering of hop finish but more malt base, treacle-toffee finish
M: creamy and velvety, very well balanced
D: very drinkable for ABV, smooth

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle into a large Brother Thelonious chalice. Cork had a best-by date of "7-12-20_0" - likely not july of 2020, but rather the cage rubbed off the marking, so I'm not sure what to make of it.

Very little action with the cork, and only some light carbonation shows initially in the pour. More builds eventually and leaves a fine film of dens tiny bubbled foam, which makes for some attractive but sparse lace. Beer is dark murky brown, as expected, lightly dusty in appearance with some clarity.

Nose presents very nice dense aromas of lightly boozy fig and raisin with some fresh baked heavy whole grain bread.

Taste really reflects the nose quite well, grainy dough giving way to dark smooth fruits capped with just a hint of syrupy sweetness and faint influence of alcohol. Flavor decays for a nice prolonged period, with some deep overripe fruit sweetness and lingering doughiness. Heavy and a bit sweet, but not bad.

Feel is fairly standard, though seems to lack the active carbonation that lightens up others of the same style. Present carbonation is faint and tight with finely formed bubbles, making it soft, but only mildly so. Comes across as dense and on the fuller side, though still medium bodied.

Overall this is quite tasty. Heavy and well laden with all the dark fruit and dough one might expect. Seems full in sweetness, not overly so, but perhaps not as dry with grain balance as some. I could easily go to this beer to satisfy a craving for a big dark belgian ale, but in drinking much of it, abv and richness become an inhibitor.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ultra Bruin pours a murky brown with some chunks of yeast hanging in suspension. Short livid head and no lacing.

Smell: Bready malts, soft fruit, alittle bit musty.

Taste: Raisin and fig notes, just a bit of green apple too. Yeasty, tangy, hop profile is on the minimal side, only there to provide traces of bitterness to round out the beer. Malty, fruity, definitely strong too but the alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a good level of carbonation and a chalky finish.

Drinkability: A good night cap beer, strong enough to provide a buzz, complex enough to make it worth drinking. I thought this beer was pretty decent, but wonder what it would be like fresh.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-transparent dark russet with a wheat-beige fluffy head that is quite thick, if not too persistent, head. Aroma is fruity and malty and has an undertone of miso. Flavor is rich and malty, somewhat fruity, with a hint of caramel and just a bit of sweetness. Texture is quite fizzy and tingly so it leaves the mouth a-quiver.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at Knightly Spirits for $10. Poured a hazy brown with a tan head. At first this beer reminded me of a richer Chimay Blue. In the aroma and initial flavor, there's a big dark berry fruit punch followed by a bourbon-like burst of caramel and toast malt. Overall, the beer is very smooth and easy to drink - definitely worth a try if you dig the style.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into two giant snifters

Pours dark brown with what looks like suspended bubbles -- very thick looking, medium head on the pour which faded quickly and a few thin tendrils of lacing. Smells almost sickly sweet -- molasses and cherry.

Taste is too sweet (for me) with some sourness that helps balance it a little. Some overripe fruit notes, and quite noticeable alcohol in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, sticky. Not a very good hot weather beer (if you ask me), but maybe better during the winter months.

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Photo of wl0307
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the second time for me to try this ale, a good 5.5 years since my first encounter in Brussels! The beer label has changed since, BB 06/05/10, served only lightly-chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmmed chalice.

A: pours a dirty-cloudy dark brown hue, coming with rather light but constant streams of carbonation and a dark beige fluffy head settling fast to a rim.
S: the aroma is rather mixed - musty, sour prunes, herbal candy, assertive notes of candy sugar, plus a higher-than-normal level of saltiness from the yeasts. Unbalanced, but not cloying, either.
T: gosh... I'm sure this beer is off-ish or infected, as the astringent sour-saltiness comes at the expense of almost everything else; the taste is metallic, very prune-ish (in an "off-ish" way), salty-sour, with plenty of oxidised-pineapple hints only attributable to unstable yeast sediments in the bottle. At times, the palate can pick up random notes of caramelised sugar, weak maltiness and faint hop elements, but nothing is here to compete with the dominating, pungent yeasty-mess... Fortunately, the finish is quite neutrally-flavoured and, well, tannic and dry, more like the undertones of mixed Chinese dried herbs plus spiced prunes in a sense.
M&D: the palate is loose and not as firm as a 10%abv. beer requires, but at least the carbonation is not too disappointing but light. The messy flavour profile is certainly rendered by a disturbed state of yeastiness in the bottle, and my fond memory of this ale 5.5 years ago could only point in the same direction. Maybe I've had a bad hair day, or this bottle has had a bloody moody year or two!

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a melted chocolate color with a thick beige head; drapes the sides of the chalice with lace

Smell: Toffee and chocolate malt, with a plummy character as well

Taste: Opens with the plum flavors which are joined by the toffee, malted milk chocolate and a plastic phenolic element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors predominate, with a honeyed aspect as well, but by the finish, the phenols are joined by an orange peel and burnt wood character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; feels a bit more like a stout than a Belgian

Drinkability: A unique style, no doubt, but I can't say that it all comes together for me

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Ultra Brune from Brasserie Scassenes
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