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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Photo of TastyTaste
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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 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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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 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 ommegangpbr
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 24/01/11
Gotta try any beer with the word "ultra" in it, right?
The pour isn't all that impressive. Shows an offwhite/tan head on impact which doesn't stick around for long. The color of the brew itself is a bit muddy, though it's clear when held to the light.
Smell isn't striking for the style but well within limits. Brown sugar sweetness and booze are dominant.
The flavor is more enjoyable than the smell. Good, well rounded malty sweetness that is just sticky enough. Hints of Milk Duds but with a much deeper flavor. Some fruityness is there; mostly dark cherries and raisins.
Pretty smooth and slick on the palate.
For a 10% strong brew this goes down quite easily.
A solid example of the style that I'd easily try again.

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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 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 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 BeerBuilder
4.62/5  rDev +20%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brasserie d’Ecaussinnes: Ultra-Brune.
Strength: 10.0% ABV.
Style: Artisanal Strong Dark Ale / Strong Brown.

Served on Draft; One of 5 x 25cl Glass Samplers (€5 Total).

Tasted at the Farmhouse Café (Sampling Room), during a Brewery Visit to the Brasserie d’Ecaussinnes, on 18th April 2003.

Appearance: A deep, slightly turbid brown color that has some clarity when examined closely. The head is a lovely dark tan color. I remembered saying to my friends that it reminded me of a "stronger" dark Trappist beer with its appearance. Then I was politely reminded that this baby is actually 10%ABV!!

Smell: A strong toffee crisp nose that has pungent caramel sweet malt. A smell of burnt car tires pervades in the end that is somewhat off-putting at first, but like glue, can become addictive if inhaled too often.

Taste: A dark brooding beer. The burnt malts dominate this beer in the beginning, which surprised me, after the nose I was expecting a sweet start. The beer progresses, a caramel middle eventually dumbs down the burnt malts. Some bitterness breaks through at the end. But, it is all to no avail. Akin to having your tongue scalded by a hot-cheese toastie - the “burnt-ness” returns after the beer is swallowed and seems to linger on the palate forever.

Mouthfeel: It is not shy in the mouthfeel department and wrestles with the cheeks. It lets you know that this could replace a meal if you were hungry.

Drinkability: Surprisingly, the 10%ABV in the beer presents no problems whatsoever. The alcohol is not too cleverly disguised by the ever present “burnt” aspect of the beer. Definitely not a session beer.

Overall: A nice attempt at a rarely seen style; a ‘strong’ brown ale. A wholesome offering that is not shy in the taste department. I love leaving my bread in the toaster much longer than I should – it's not proper toast until its black for me. So I like this beer, but others may find the burnt aspect just too much in the end.

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