Ename Cuvee 974 | Roman N.V.

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Ename Cuvee 974Ename Cuvee 974

Brewed by:
Roman N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by paterlodie on 03-20-2005

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Beginner2
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks fine. Smells of an interesting melding of malts and fruity aromas. Tastes is similar, but has low carbonation (important in my book.) But, I can not explain why the finish to me is sour. Overall, I recommend this ale if it comes around to you.

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Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hunter
2.37/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look: Deep copper ale, thin head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruit, malt, grassy undertones

Taste: Rather bland. Much lighter in alcohol than the ABV would suggest; very little heat. Malty, some notes of sugar, no hops. Very mild.

Feel: Thin and astringent, little no no aftertaste.

Overall: Not much to recommend it. There are much better Belgians to indulge in for the same price. This is thin and ephemeral, almost to the point of being nothing.

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Photo of JackAaron
5/5  rDev +45.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of amalburg
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of hickmancase
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice amber/gold pur with thick white foamy head that resolves to thin foam and some fine lacing

S: yeasty, grass and wet hay, sweet grape smell

T: Rather sweet forward flavor and hint of hops, a little malty, apple?grape must

M: good mouthfeel with the carbonation, a tad syrupy but pleasant, clean finish

O: not a bad beer for the price point, good with a burger or pizza, palate cleansing without being too astringent

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of 2Cents
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a standard beer glass at about 45F.

A: A hazy, dark golden color with adequate carbonation and an off white head that disappears along with any lacing.

S: Barnyard, yeasty esters with candied sugar, vinous notes and a slight hop character.

T: A semi - sour vinous taste with slight candied sugar and a noticeable bitter hop taste. Quite a bit of alcohol taste for a 7% ale.

M: Medium mouth feel with adequate carbonation. A bit of an alcohol bite.

O: Every thing about this brew says, "not a Belgian Strong Dark Ale". It's golden colored, it's only at 7 % A.B.V and it tastes like a hoppy double. Not that any of that is a bad thing, because this is an interesting Belgian Abbey Ale; I would certainly try it again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep red orange with a wispy white head, some good lace going down,

S: Heavy yeast ester notes, distinctly Belgian, some light berries and grass, complex.

T: Soft malt flavour, dominated by the yeast. Green apples and red apple peel, hint of cherry skin. A unique flavour even for Belgian, esoteric and hard to describe.

M: Medium-bodied at best, crisp, soft carbonation, ethereal feel at times.

O: Definitely an odd little beer, but fun to drink. Not like any BSDA I remember, nowhere near Chimay, so don't think that going into this. Definitely worth a pickup for a change of pace.

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Photo of deebo
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured in a chalice, this beer has fingers of a white fluffy head-weak lacing. Perfectly clear and reddish brown.
S-Smells of barley malt a bit of that adjunct lager corny aroma.
T-Toasted barley malt and hints of yeasty esters. A little sweetness but not as biscuity and rum raisiny as a kick ass dubbel such as Westmalle.
M-High on the carbonation for a dubbel, medium bodied
O-Tastes better than it smells, but there are better beers to enjoy while in Belgium so lets move on.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grape juice, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of bluetrevian
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ename Cuvee 974

Pours a dark golden color, very fizzy head forms and retention is decent. Aroma of damp hay, apples, estery Belgian yeast, soft mineral notes. In the taste, green appleskin, mineral twang, grassy noble hops, raw grain, light yeasty funk. Moderately sweet but not cloyingly so. Mouthfeel is effervescent and very dry. On the light side of medium bodied, crisp, clean, drying. Overall, a pretty well made brew with a sophisticated feel.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle at Mosquito Coast in Ghent. Nothing special here, just another clean, but Belgian blonde ale. Easy to drink and true to style without doing anything impressive. Completely inoffensive and sweet, but balanced enough to be relatively sessionable. Not really worth a try, but not bad beer.

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Photo of kittylitter
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, reddish colour, with firm, slightly reddish foam. Fresh, fruity smell which reminds me of apples, and grass. Refreshing tast of apples, redcurrants and a small malty sweetness. It does not have much of the typical taste of Belgian yeast, and the alcohol is mostly hidden. Not your typical belgian ale, rather something in between an American and a Belgian one; also almost reminding me of certain ciders. I like it, should be a good summer beer (although it is supposed to be a winter beer, I think!)

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Photo of ricke
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving date: 2009-02-03. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (Best before 2010-07-21).

Appearance: Deep amber color with shades of brown. Some cloudiness due to yeast. A semi-aggressive pour creates a big, 5 cm ivory-colored creamy head. At first, head retention seems everlasting, leaving a rocky and uneven foam, but after a while it starts to dissipate and then rather quickly settles into a nice layer of creamy foam, leaving chunks of lacings on the glass.

Smell: Fruit esters, mainly blackberries and red currants, some earthy notes and a faint smell of yeast. More sweet notes from malts and a general candy-like smell. A quit refreshing smell, but rather light and insipid.

Taste: A malty sweetness and fruity flavors blends with a faint taste of yeast and a rather unpleasant and too prominent metallic flavor. Mild tartness and hints of lemon in the middle. The finish is semi-dry and tastes of juicy malts and some alcohol. I must say, the finish is rather short, and not that interesting. Actually, there's not much going on at all here. When I wrote my tasting notes on this one, basically all of them started with the adjective "faint". Every component of the smell and taste of it is too gentle and mild, and the result is a beer with decent flavors - except for the metal - but quite dull, almost bland.

Mouthfeel: Very high level of carbonation. Medium body.

Drinkability: This is a decent beer - the different flavors blend well and it's quite refreshing - but it's not that interesting and it lacks a distinct character. When everything about a beer is faint, the end result won't be good. Also, the high level of initial carbonation (it decreased after a while) overpowered some of flavors in the beginning (also note that I served this at cellar temperature and poured it kind of aggressively). There are many Belgian strong ales that are far better than this one.

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Photo of bark
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don’t know much about this one, really…

The colour is deep amber-red. The finger thick firm pale beige head is airy. Although the beer is bottle conditioned, the liquid is clear.

The smell is sour and “wheaty”. Sweet notes of fruits and some bitter notes. Maybe a hint of alcohol, too.

The taste is pretty much what you can expect from a Belgianstrongdarkale: Sourish wheat, sweet malt, yeast, fruits, minerals… Even if the flavours mixes well, whey are quite weak, especially wnhen you know it is a 7% beer. The aftertaste got some notes of dried fruits, wheat flour, warming alcohol and a hint of rye bread.

The carbonation is extremely strong and a bit sharp (which is as it should be). The liquid is, however, watery.

Well… Not a very exciting beer.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 09-06. Poors in without too much of an head that's also not that stable. Beercolor is ruaty brown; far from clear with extra big particles sightable. Nose is empty but litle soapy. Some yeastfruit, mostly sweet apple and litle carramellicmaltarome.
Taste is empty and malty with litle bitterness and whats there is partly hanging( yeastautolyse?).
Emptyness makes it easy to drink, but not to tempting in taste IMO

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Ename Cuvee 974 from Roman N.V.
3.43 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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