Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale | Roman N.V.

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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold AleAdriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale

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Roman N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 173
Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark brown in color with lots of holding head. Was a thing of beauty in my glass. the way a properly made Belgian should be.

smell: sweet, sweet sugary caramel, dark fruits

taste: sublte sweetness with some nice dark fruits notes. plus, raisin... huge caramel but not too sweet. nicely balanced with all flavors, no off flavors. nice dark Belgian.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: Super impressed. I shall drink more and age a few bottles long term to experiment.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a deep brown and Ruby color with a big tan head and very little lacing.

Smells strongly of toffee and caramel. Light toasty scent as well. Maybe a slight date aroma.

Taste is very nice toffee and caramel again with a slight nutty backbone and the persistent toastiness from the scent. A good amount of heat too. A very light bitterness comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is lightly effervescent with a medium creamy body. Sweet and hot finish.

Not bad. I could have a couple of these.

Man this is a good beer. Not super fancy but it does what it does very well. I'm surprised it didn't score a little higher.

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Photo of ebby82
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany into a tulip glass. A substantial head.

Aromas of dark fruit; fig. Almost like a rum soaked fruit, but not in an astrigent manner.

The taste is again dark fruit, particularly figs. There is a very slight smokiness in the back of the mouth.

Smooth, soft on the palate, goes down easily. My wife claims that this beer could console her after a tragedy, I don't claim the same, but I really enjoy it.

I won this at a homebrew meeting, and I'm happy I did.

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Photo of iannutter
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this last evening, a 750 mL bottle with a champagne style cork. I chilled it to about 46 degrees Fahrenheit and chose instead to drink it as a Bavarian might a regular Starkbier (which this indeed was), from a straight up glass.

The beer poured with a great malty head and a great dark copper colour. Great smell to it and an even better mouthfeel; I know nothing of this brewery's source for water, but I do know its incredibly soft and refreshing.

This beer went down very easily and for the 7.99 price I would easily purchase this again.


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Photo of bierfreundlich
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly translucent, dark ruby-red color which literally looks like shining rubies when held up to the light. The head is small (one finger or less) and tan in color.

S - Smells like raisins, sweet and sour cherries, and rich dark wildflower honey.

T - The taste is mellow but full of flavor. Really rich dark honeys seem to come to mind. Maybe a small hint of sourness but definitely sweet dark cherries and sour cherries are prominent.

M - The mouthfeel works really well with this beer. It has a creamy, full-bodied quality with fine bubbles and medium to low carbonation.

O - The mouthfeel and taste work really well together to create what tastes like a cherry cream ale. My brother and I thoroughly enjoyed this 750ml bottle.

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Photo of crossovert
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle says "Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale". Purchased at Binny's Beverage Depot.

Pours a dark brown/black with almost no light permeability, when held to the light, not even the edges turn much of a color though the entire beer turns a dark black/purple carrot color. The head is large, off-white, semi quickly dissipating and leaves nice lacing.

It has alot of typical Belgian Strong Dark Ale/Quadrupel scents. Dark sugar, yest twang, dark fruits, and subtle alcohol comprise the scent. There is a hint of spice from the yeast with a heavy whiff.

The taste is sweet but not overly cloying, the high level of carbonation helps cut the sweetness. It is abundant with dark, rich flavors. It has hints of raisins, dark fruits, dried cherries (lots of fruit), caramel, toffee, yeasty twang and spice, and a subtle hint of chocolate/coffee. The alcohol is present but not overbearing.

It is highly quaffable, though dangerous at 8.5% alcohol.

Overall it was a surprising brew. It is decently expensive but worth it as an alternative to say a St. B 12 or a Gulden Draak.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Orval goblet. Synthetic cork was a bitch to extract. I was curious as to what "dark gold" would look like, but it is indeed kind of on the brighter side of dark. Excellent retention, as you would expect for beers like this.

Aroma is that of sweet raisin bread, honey, even a little rosemary as it warms. It's probably going to be one of those beers that isn't nearly as sweet as it smells, though.

Yup. There's some sweetness up front, but it comes to that spicy-dry finish. Manages good complexity, with some honey-raisin up front and thick bready malt. Long aftertaste of clove, pear, grape. Pretty tasty beer.

Not quite as soft on the palate as the absolute best of the style, but we're still talking really good, like 4.5 instead of 5.

Quality beer from another tiny Belgian brewery. If you like dark Belgian ales, this is a solid choice. At 8.5% it comes in a little shy of your standard BSD or quad, which to me is a good thing.

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pre-chilled beer stein.

A: Pours a nice rich brown beer. Head was massive, upon uncorking, the beer frothed out like a fountain. Lacing was huge and long lasting.

S: Smells of clove and sugar toasted pecans.

T: Burnt candy sugar malts, toffee,plum, anise, some sting from alcohol esters, mild bitterness.

M: Rich and sweet full bodied brown beer with plenty of warming from alcohol. A little stingy on the aftertaste. Over-carbonated IMHO. Would be more balanced if it were thinned just a little.

O: Good, a very strong beer that requires a hearty meal to help stand up to it. Not an easy summer drinker.

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Photo of jonb5
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Very dark mahogany, opaque, large tanned rocky head, lots of lacing, top marks, can’t be improved on.

S: Usual fudge, molasses and brown sugar expected from a BSDA, but also had and malt and hop content associated with a good Franconian doppelbock.

T: Fudge, dark chocolate, cranberry, finish long, malty with some bitterness all balanced out by a surprising hop content.

M: Smooth, creamy texture, light body, minimal carbonation.

O: Great look, lots of layers, easy on the palate, ticks a lot of boxes.

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Photo of runningjoke
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich dark brown, almost black with ruby lights sining through at the edges of the chalice. Alot of foam reduced to galaxy-like appearance on the surface.
Smelled faintly of lager hops and had the sour smell of saison.
Tasted at the coolest tempersture of spicy hops and esters, somewhat lemmony and clean. Not a hint of alcohol.
As it approached room temperature, the dark fruit,baking spice, and semi-sweetness became apparent.
It is very light and smooth, almost hard to keep on the palate, but maybe not as complex as one would have hoped.
Truely enjoyable

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Photo of mwilbur
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pours a very dark amber with 2-3 inch thick billowy light tan head. Nice.
S: Fresh yeast, floral notes, tea, and a hint of fruit. Very pleasant and more complex than I was expecting.
T: Crisp apple, hint of farmhouse funk, sweet caramel malt, and in the background sits spiced champagne. With warming, hints of melon come through.
M: Surprisingly a light-medium body (considering the ABV). Pleasantly effervescent. Smooth with a mildly dry fizzy bite to finish. Just the faintest of alcohol's extremely well hidden.
D: This one surprised me...a nice solid brew and very, very easy to drink. I would certainly have this one again (but alas this is my only one).

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I paid $7.99 for a 750ml at Total Wine.

It came corked and caged with some renaissance dude on the label.

I poured it into an Ommegang narrow tulip glass which produced a huge light beige head that was rocky and sticky. The color was of mahogany with dark amber and garnet highlights.

I served it up at 41 degrees which was way too cold.

The nose was of belgian yeast, sweet caramel malts, hints of spice and dark fruits. As it warmed it 67 degrees the spice and dark fruit was much more pronounced giving a fruit cake fragrance.

It tasted of Belgian yeast, banana nut bread, sweet malt. As it warmed the fig and dark fruit flavors emerged and dominated.

The mouthfeel was thick, comlex, with ample carbonation until the end. A bit of alcohol warmth was evident at the end as it went down.

Overall, a really nice beer start to finish but I must recommend a temperature range of 55-65. Decent value, too.

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Photo of fear025
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma:Dark fruits, malt, brown sugar, whiskey in the nose.

Appearance:Reddish brown in color (burnt sugar), cream colored head. Nice amount of head that fades quickly. Poor lacing.

Taste:Sweet, dark fruits, brown sugar, and raisins in the flavor. It has some scotch whiskey flavor in the mid to aftertaste. There is also hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. There's some clove and cardamom flavor in the mix too.

Mouthfeel:It has a thinnish body, with a little alcohol burn on the mid to aftertaste.

Drinkability:This one is pleasant to drink, and while it's not all that exotic, it's a good example of it's style.

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Photo of AleMonger69
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer definitely caught me by surprise as I had never heard of it before but just bought it on impulse as it looked pretty good. Poured from a 750 ML bomber into a snifter glass. The color was a lighter brown and when you hold it up to some lighting it turns more of a reddish brown and had a 1 finger white head. First smells I noticed were very sweet and malty almost like malty cherries and a small hint of alcohol but it is covered up pretty well by the delicious malty smell.

Flavor was a bit like the aroma but not as sweet as I'd imagined. It hits with sweet dark fruity flavors but gets more spicy on the palette as it goes down. Was a medium body as the flavors weren't too overpowering and the alcohol was very well hidden. Overall I would recommend this beer and it would be easy to put down a couple glasses of this without getting tired of it.

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Photo of djbow
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich caramel color. Though this is called Dark Golden Ale, color is in no way "golden." The head is rich and foam when poured, however it reduces quickly leaving a thin bubbly top on the surface. Overall the carbonation level is mild and dances pleasantly across your tongue.

The aroma is sweet, fruity, faintly hoppy and slightly spicy. Not a hint of alcohol hits the nose even though this is a 8.5% ABV brew.

At a nice ambient temperature, fruit, sweet malt, spice, and semi-sweetness became shine through. Unlike its dark color, the taste is light, smooth, sweet and very approachable. After swallowing the taste of vanilla and chocolate linger in the mouth.

All-in-all this is a truly enjoyable year-round beer.

Serving Temp = 54F

Glass Type = Trumpet Top Pint Glass

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Another random treat from the beer of the month club. It pours a translucent garnet-brown topped by over a finger of light beige foam. The nose comprises rye bread, figs, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, dark wheat, and honey-drizzled biscuits. The taste holds all of these elements, adding some red apple skin, black grapes, and a dash of black pepper. It's all a nice melange of fruit and spice, nearing the depth and complexity of a quad, but falling short in a couple areas. Very tasty stuff. The body is a stoic medium, with a moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a cottony finish. Overall, a very nice BSDA, another pleasant surprise from the club.

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Photo of azorie
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: rich dark reddish black depending on the light, nice thick lacing, lacing lasts quite awhile, drinking this on the back deck, after a rain shower, quite nice.

S: like any Belgian in this style it has to warm up to get the best flavors. I get dark candy sugars, malty like molasses, plums, dark roasted walnuts. Some hops and as you get down in the 750ml you get the yeast, which is biscuit like.

T: as this got to 60f, I was thinking man this is so close to a mix between a rochefort 6 and an 8, it has the rich dark plum flavors of the 8, but it has a slight hop tang to it. You get back in the mouth the dark candy sugars, some chocolate, nuts, very complex, very nice.

M: thick, rich, heavy body, not ris heavy but DSA heavy, fits the style.

D: very smooth easy to drink, I review after the 2nd 750, lol
love this beer.

I will do a style blind tasting soon this gives us, 6 in this style, I don't think there is much weakness in the ones I can get hands on. Price for a 750 at 8.99 is not to great but its better than $6 for rochefort for 330ml. if I can get more it could be a new go to beer.


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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured cloudy dark brown in color with a two finger high off-white head that died down but consistently left a thick layer of bubbles floating on the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of malty sweetness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has notes of apples, candi sugar and caramel. The flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is well masked, but the alcohol quickly catches up to you.

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Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark color with a ruby tint to it. Small tan head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Aroma is of deep candied sugars backed by a bit of alcohol.

Big malty taste with dark fruits, sweet candied sugars and plenty of booziness.

Full and a bit chewy with a bite on the tongue.

Nice brew. Great malt flavor and a joy to drink.

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Photo of guess98224
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber, good sized head, dissapated quickly. A nice lace remained throughout drinking.

Smell: fruity

Taste: sweet with fruit, tart. Sweet, fruity, tart after taste. Tastes like a Belgium triple, but darker than a triple. It has the color of a quad, but the flavor of a triple. It tastes a little hot, which might mellow if aged.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: One was enough for me. I would drink this again, but I don't know if I'd buy it again. It is a good beer for beginner beer lovers. It rides the line between a medium and a big beer.

Unfortunately, my husband brought this up from the cellar (62F), so he put it in the freezer to chill for 5 minutes. Our neighbors showed up, so 30 minutes later, it was just too cold to really get the flavor. It is getting more flavorful as it warms.

We drank this from our Bruery large tulips.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of janubio
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. bottle. Brown colour, with red hints when you hold the glass to the light. Big off-white head that takes its time to fade. Smell of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, chocolate, toffee and vanilla. Strong body, good carbonation, thin and creamy palate. Taste of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and maybe a hint of cherries. A warm alcoholic feel aftertaste, and a great beer, imo.

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Photo of rdickey
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish brown into a tulip. Only around the edges is the red visible; the center is impenetrable. A rocky two-finger head dissipates slowly, leaving chaotic lacing.

Smell: Mostly malt sweetness, with floral notes, in the nose. As you might expect, there's not much in the way of hops at this stage, although a slight citrus undercurrent might come from cascade hops.

Taste: This is an interesting one, and quite good. I wasn't sure what to expect from the Rare Beer Club characterization of the style as a "Belgian double brown ale", other than that I didn't really expect it to taste like a dubbel or a brown ale. My expectations were off the mark. The malty start is very much what you expect from a good brown ale - mostly biscuits came through for me, although there are fruit notes as well. The twist comes in the middle and the end - it moves into a nice pepper spiciness that balances out the malt.

Mouthfeel: Seems right... there might have been a temptation to dial up the carbonation to deal with the malt, but I think the yeast did the work for them and they did the right thing by keeping it fairly moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty damn high. The ABV is well-concealed, and the balanced finish drives you into the next sip. This is a good one.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a caramel three finger head that lingers. Cork was really in there- took some effort to get it out. Resounding pop was my reward, along with the smell of the beer hitting my nose. Smell is that of malt, apple, plum, berries, grapes. Nice. Taste is nice as well. Mostly malt, fruit and alcohol. Not quite as good as the smell, but not bad! Mouthfeel is good, pretty smooth and malty, w/ a slight bitterness on the front end. Aftertaste is all malt, and doesn't last long. Drinkability is good- I'd like a little less malt, but this one is very drinkable. Not the best Belgian I've had, but solid. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caught somewhere between Belgian Strong Dark Ales (or Quads) and a stiff Dubbel, this beer is anything but 'gold' as the label suggests.

Adriaen pours with a rich ruby color that hedges on brown hues to accompany the rusty brown. Mild haze masks clarity but the deep garnet-like gaze allows for a clean appearance. A mild eggshell foam amounts to a 1" head that eventually reduces to a creamy sheet across the surface but holding firm after which.

A malty, sugrary mix gives a soft grain scent with sweet plumb, grape, blackberry, and apple aromas. Light spicy and acidic notes gives a reprieve from the sweetness and fruitiness. Lightly winey and vinous.

Rich flavors of cotton candy sweetness, thin maltiness, and fruity richness form the framework for the layers of flavors that reveal themselves. Plumbs, grapes, dark berries, currants, dates, and figs all come to life in the estery display. Mild cocoa (maybe cola nut) flavor play with a butter, cinamon toast character for a rich and spicy effect. Very delicious but the beer could use some melding- seems a bit immature.

Rich and effervescent up front, the beer seems to have an early creaminess only to transition quickly to a lightened (not thin) body that dries out wonderfully with a fruity/spicy finish with moderate warth and a medium sweet linger.

Whether the beer is a strong Dubbel or a Quad, it has a lot of the halmarks that make Chimay Blue and Westmalle Dubel great. With less burn and deeper malty/confectioner's sugar balance we may end up with a Malheur 12 or De Dolle Oerbier quality. But not far off the mark.

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Photo of tone77
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark iced tee color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, kind of sweet. Taste is caramel malts, a bit sweet, dark fruits, alcohol well hidden, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth seeking out.

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