Ultra Brune | Brasserie Scassenes

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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
Reviews by GCBrewingCo:
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear dark brown with a tan and low, yet persistent, head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was dark caramel and a sizeable dark fruit impression. The dark fruits were raisins and prunes and a bit of dried dark cherries. Spices were mostly cinnamon and pepper, but an alcohol presence, enhanced the phenolics of the yeast.

The flavor was nicely achieved with a malt presence which contained caramel, and plenty of dark fruits, raisins and prunes. The flavor also had a suprise flavor that I rarely taste in a beer, horehound. The spices were peppery and again a bit of cinnamon. The flavor contained quite a bit of alcohol but in the end it added complexity rather than being harsh on the palate.

The finish was dry with lasting dark fruits, caramel and horehound very pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium with a decent level of carbonation. The alcohol warming was certainly present but was not overdone. A very nice Belgian Strong Dark.

11.2 ounce bottle. Best beofre 24/01/11 on cap. Ultrabrune is written as a single word on the label.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby Belgian 11.2 ounce bottle, new graphics and stamped on the cap (!) is Best before dating of 6-11-09 (!!) This brew pours cloudy and murky beer bottle brown in color. With a puffy tan head that leaves classy lacing. Brilliant nutty nose. This a wonderously flavorful, nutty sweet beer, with added notes of mild brandy, raisins, figs, and soft ripe fruits. Smooth and easy drinking, the 10% masterfully blended into the rear of this high quality and dynamicly strong ale. yeasty final pour, seek out this fine brew and enjoy!

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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 ADR
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a small stubby bottle at The Margaux -- A Brasserie, located on Robert Street in downtown St. Paul, MN...

Dark swirling clove color, nice tan head of 1/2 an inch. Leaves plenty of lacing rings on the glass. Aroma of molasses and figs, with some real sizzle to it. Interesting and upfront flavor, not merely malty with some fruit but with a jazzy spiciness to it, like cinnamon and hot ginger grabbing hold to give a nice bite. Mouthfeel is somewhat ragged, and the finish is a bit on the boozy side. Still, I found this one pretty interesting and yet still not overwhelming, like a nice combination of a well-done Dubbel and something livelier, but toned-downed from some overly hot beers like Urthel Samaranth. I'd recommend this brew for beer explorers looking for something different than they might expect.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Coppery brown color with large head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Plums with some caramel and cherries are present as well. Bready overtones.

Taste: The caramel and plums present themselves throughout. There seems to be a hint of cinnamon present as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and almost silky smooth with minor carbonation. The yeast lingers on the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. The sweetness masks the alcohol nicely.

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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 mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

More attitude than the blonde, there is a lot of head on a deep brown body. Medium plus mouthfeel, with a tad of bittersweet cocoa and lots of chocolate malt. Bit of sour finish and strong carbonation. Alcohol catches up to you. Overall satisfying.Thanks Phyl21ca/boutip for the hitchikers.

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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 bditty187
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, brown in hue with a slightly chestnut-ruby influence; massive beige head, at the apex the foam was some three (plus) fingers tall. Head retention was impressive, the bubbles slowly faded to a soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty but not very widespread. Overall the appearance is solid.

The nose is surprisingly plumy and winy; vinous with spicy Belgian yeast in the mix as well. It is a lovely combination. There are hints of pepper, dried cherries, and a good dose of caramel… the 10% abv is not hidden. I like that. Moderate-high potency; it is chatty, complex and fun to sniff (pleasantly unique and yet familiar). I really enjoyed the bouquet. Inviting.

The palate is quite plumy and vinous but not quite as vocal as the nose. The caramel plays with the alcohol notes, dark fruits, dried cherries, raisins, and even hints of chocolate. The booziness is not as loud or as hot as I thought it would be; it merely plays a supporting role. I think this is complex but easy to understand. Tasty, enjoyable… the flavor profile is very likeable. To me the palate is a cross between an English Barleywine and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (20-80% influence, respectfully). Enjoyable.

Medium in body, delicate but lively carbonation, the mouthfeel fits this beer well. I really like the long, boozy (but not hot) aftertaste with lots of dark fruit notes (some spiciness too).

For 10% abv this is a very drinkable beer. It sort of reminds of a bigger version of Maudite. I didn’t know much about this beer when I bought it. Hell, I even passed on ordering it for Beertopia. I mean a Belgian beer called “Ultra?” Damn Michelob for ruining that word for beer everywhere! I’m glad I rectified that. Tasty. Worth a try.

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

11.2 ounce stubby brown bottle with best-before date of 01/02/2011 on the cap.

Pours deep-brown (nearly black) with tons of floating yeast sediment, small blanket of rich foam, tenacious lacing. Smells strongly alcoholic; spicy nose full of coconut, rum-soaked plums, caramel. Tastes of sweet candi sugars, coconut, lightly toasted bread. Finishes with earthy yeast and a bit of alcohol sting, though generally less boozy in taste than aroma. Medium-to-full soft and creamy body with sparse carbonation.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark caramel/cola color with a frothy beige head that was fully lasting. Carbonation was moderate-heavy per style with lots of suspended yeast particles.

S: a yeasty aroma with dry chocolate and a slight roasted maltiness.

T: malty with a smooth dark roasted character, sweet chocolate, and a fruity (pears, bananas, & melons) yeasty flavor. There was a nice dark caramelized brown sugar sweetness as well a boozy scotch alcohol presence in the finish as well some dried fruit (prunes). Overall a great Belgian strong dark ale with a soothing, soft roasted character with a semi-sweetness of chocolate to balance things out.

M: light but very flavorful with some dry coffee notes coming through upon warming.

D: The beer drank incredibly smooth for its 10%abv. The soft roasted malting truly highlights this beer with a great yeasty fruitiness and boozy scotch alcohol finish. Truly an incredible drink. Outstanding all around.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a huge foamy head with some good retention and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and light candi sugar is interesting. Taste is dominated by some sweet Belgian malt with some candi sugar. A bit one-dimensional I thought with no spices or yeast overly present. Body was about full with some good carbonation and no alcohol was discernable.

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Photo of buzze40
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 jim102864
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this, a sample of my favorite Belgian style in a bottle at Hop Devil, New York. I finished this feeling wholey dissapointed. Perhaps it was too young and with a little aging, would've offered a better experience. The appearance was chocolate brown with little carbonation. The nose offered hints of walnuts and chestnuts but was very subtle. The Taste was somewhat nutty, but again, little carbonation and little else. This has got to be a beer that is simply not yet ready for prime time. The mouthfeel was equally as thin. Sure it's a drinkable brew but uninspired. Still, because of the style, I'll seek it out again and give it another shot.

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Photo of scooter231
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a Belgian- dark brown with creamy looking head, not a lot of lacing. Smells awfully bitter yet malty, kind of sweet. Taste is slightly bitter and coffee-esque, with tons of malts coming through. A fair amount of breadyness. Some dark fruits shine through, maybe some brown sugar. Booze is apparent but pretty well-contained. Mouthfeel is average, on the thick side. For being 10%, this is pretty drinkable. I prefer other Dark Belgians to this... but it's pretty good.

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Photo of Bobzilla
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


C: Chocolate brown, light tan head with a small amount of lacing throughout the glass.

S: A cocoa, caramel, light buttery smell. A hint of some fruitiness after further warming. Raisiny esters are peeking through.

T: Sweet, bitter, with a bite at the finish. There is a bit different taste than the smell implies. The caramel and buttery sweetness isn't very present. There is a bit of a pretzel biscuit flavor hiding beneath the surface. (Maybe bad storage conditions for the bottle?) The ester quality is in the taste, but I can't quite discern what specific fruit is peeking through. The Raisin character, fig, date, dark fruity mix is present mostly at the front of the taste. It finishes with a more bitter character.

M: Very smooth with a tingly finish. (Yes...tingly.) The carbonation seems to be a bit heavier than I'd like on this one, but its not horrible. It seems to diminish the richness of the beer a bit.

D: A bit too heavy for multiples. A nice flavor, but with so much sugar in the beer, it can get a bit heavy by the end of the bottle.

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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 Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the efforts of Bross242 and BIF 25.

Best before date of 06/10/09 on the cap.

Well-rested bottle carefully poured into my Duvel Tulip gives me a heavy hazed chestnut brown beer that can pass light but no image through. Very slight tan head formation.

Smell is very fruity and is quite strong before it gets anywhere near my nose. Strong aromas of raisins and prunes with some cherry and apple thrown in the mix. No separate strong sugar scent, but there is a strong odor of black strap molasses. Fairly spicy aroma mostly rides on the alcohol fumes of this beer. Strong fresh black pepper aroma. Noticeable alcohol scent here but it isn't a harsh aroma so much as it is an accent of the smell like a good rum or whiskey. Quite a pleasant smelling example of the style.

Taste is mildly sweet with a clear aftertaste of molasses in the first sip. Fruit flavors that match the scent are the next level of flavors that hit my tongue. In addition to the nose there is a bit of figs and brown sugar to the taste here along with a nice bitterness in the after taste. Somewhat woody and dry in the after taste this is a good choice for a hearty meal with beef or pork as a main course.

Mouthfeel is good, full but not sugary.

A drier easy to drink version of the style that only lacks a bit in flavor to make it world class. Having said that this is a fine example of the style and stellar in the easy to drink department. Well worth your time to try this one.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Short, fat, 11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for about $3.00...
Pours with an aggressive and frothy head that left quite a bit of lacing around the glass before quietly receding... Smell was replete with molasses, syrups, sugared candies, thick and strong malts, and noticeable caramel...
Taste very much paid homage to the aroma with very similar characteristics including a dominating malt essence, loaded with caramel, sugars, figs, dates, prunes, raisins, and currants... very rich and thick taste and mouthfeel with the hefty 10% ABV slightly noticeable in both the nose and taste...
Wouldn't say this was the best representation of the style, but a good, solid sample nonetheles...
For the price, I really couldn't go wrong...
Taste was rich without being cloying or overbearing...
First beer from this brewery, and I wasn't dissapointed at all...
Worth a try...

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into glass chalice:

Pours deep brown with a creamy head that became a lasting spotted covering. Some lacing is left along the glass.

The smell is of raspberry, toasted bread and alcohol.

The taste is of tart raspberry backed by sweet caramel. There's a dark grain breadiness. Touches of brown ale-like nuttiness and coffee bean come through to back up the fruitiness. A hint of cocoa also mixes itself into the blend as the drink progresses. Complex and well-balanced among tart, sour, sweet and a touch of bitter.

It's medium to full bodied. Creamy and almost silky smooth, briefly disrupted by a sharp, drying alcohol.

Rich, complex and somewhat unique. It may not be the best that Belgium has to offer, but it is certainly up there!

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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 mbutter1997
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown color, ~1 finger of light frothy head dissipating to thin film across the top.
S: Sweet smells, not very prominent, but nice and enjoyable.
T: Very similar tastes to its style, and close to a dubbel. No overpowering alcohol, covered nicely by the goodness of the beer's malts, chocolate & coffee tastes, all very enjoyable.
M: Tingly carbonation, good after taste, slightly rich but not thick.
D: Very drinkable beer. Finishes nicely and every sip is enjoyable. I will definitely have this again and recommend to friends. Will also need to sample other beers from this brewer.

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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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Ultra Brune from Brasserie Scassenes
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 60 ratings