Ultra Brune | Brasserie Scassenes

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Ultra BruneUltra Brune

Brewed by:
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 BeerBuilder
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a murky brown color with a thick, creamy light brown head. It leaves a generous amount of lacing. The aroma is of candi suars, molassass, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Beautiful aroma.

The flavor is candy sweet, with brown sugar and dark fruits. It is full bodied and delicious. A very surprising beer that I will certainly have again.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

murky brown... 1/2" darker, off-white head... very thick, but dissipated a little too fast for me and leaves a puffy, cloud-like cap... swirl is great.

BIG nose... with maple, fig, quite bready... lots of raisin, malt, yeast... alcohol, cinnamon, chocolate. Very nice.

Smooth palate, alcohol warmness... a touch dry...

Taste is of dark fruit and malt... malt, spices, yeast, alcohol...

Revisits will be required!

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Photo of patre_tim
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 Crosling
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall, an impressive brew. Aroma shows caramel apple and toast. Flavor has a lot of depth with a unique toast-like malt character not found in a lot of Belgian ales. Hints of caramel and apple as well. While it is unique and one of a kind, it still remains very Belgian. Finish lasts well, with mainly caramel notes and some roast. What an unexpected treat.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five-finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Almost black with mahogany highlights. Yeast left in bottle. Woody nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet caramel and tart at times - complex, clean finish, high ABV is well hidden. $3.25 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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 bditty187
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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 ADR
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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 mbutter1997
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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 TastyTaste
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

350 ml. bottle opens as a gusher, spilling beer until a glass was brought in to catch.

Appearance: Clear body, if you can get any light through the brown depths, big off-white head, sticky and slow fading.

Smell: Toffee, raisins, butterscotch, alcohol, spicy and fairly complex.

Taste: Malty and sweet, lots going on here, toffee, raisins, dark fruits, and a nice alcohol burn. The only complaint I have is a little metallic flavor. Good, overall, but falls short of the best of this very delicious style.

Drinkability: A fine sipping beer, drinkablity is enhanced by the smooth body, alcohol is there, but very well hidden. A nice find.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 dgallina
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rust orange with an infusion of dark coral and edges of polished bronze. This is a great looking beer when backlit with sunshine. The golden beige crown is magnificent as well and proudly upholds the excellence seen whenever fine Belgian ales are poured.

The nose is less dark than most BSDAs. The spotlight is on sour fruit (figs and tart apples rather than raisins) and a moderate amount of phenolic spiciness. If it's more sweet and less tangy than it smells, this could be a pretty good version.

Ultra Brune isn't great beer. In fact, I'll need to get much deeper into the bottle to decide if it's even good beer. Last time I looked, Belgian strong dark ales shouldn't be this sour. It tastes like a combination BSDA and Flanders oud bruin. Hmmm... viewed in that light, this is actually pretty tasty stuff if you don't mind drinking outside the box.

Specifics include sweet apple cider made with Granny Smiths, sourdough brown bread, fig paste and steely caramel. Sweet and tart complement each other throughout the entire mouthful. Hops try to tighten the finish, but can't quite manage it. Looks like I've gone from confusion and budding disappointment to enthusiasm in the space of the past six ounces.

Given the ABV, it's amazing that alcohol isn't a member of the flavor profile. UB drinks at least three percentage points lower. The mouthfeel isn't great, but it's good enough. It substitutes a little Belgian creaminess for a little American slickness.

Ultra Brune is the best of the three Brasserie d'Ecaussinnes beers that I've had so far. If style guidelines are supremely important to you, look elsewhere. If you enjoy square peg beer that refuses to be jammed into a round hole, give this intriguing Belgian ale a try.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Bitterbeerface for sharing this at the Lancaster Brewer's club meeting. Poured cool into my La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A - Deep nut brown w/ full tan head that leaves lace w/ decent stickage.

S - Nutty, leafy, earthy w/ tobacco-like woody scents.

M - Roasted nuts and mellow dry yeasty notes. Mellow carbonation w/ light sweetness.

T - Fruity w/ a vinous quality at first w/ husky mellow and dry grainy qualities. A light bready taste mixes well w/ a nutty tobacco and toasted malt element in the finish.

D - A nice malty belgian brown w/ plenty of complex flavor and nice malts in the taste. I consider this very drinkable.

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Photo of clickpush
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 33cl bottle to tulip. A two and a half finger light tan head tops a ruby red beer. The head clings to the glass all the way down its slow descent. Tons of bubble trails interspersed throughout the body of the brew. Head is thick and rocky. Looks delicious.

Nose: Not exceedingly aromatic, much less than I expected, but still nice and complex. Banana, caramel, spicy clove, allspice.

Mouth: Excellent, a relatively dry beer, bittersweet chocolate, chalky, citric, alcohol notes. Well carbonated and solid, pretty darn drinkable.

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Photo of Underrower
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Beer rating: 63.3% out of 100 with 60 ratings
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