Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale | Roman N.V.

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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold AleAdriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale

Brewed by:
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 Metalmonk
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is one of those Belgians that seemed to come out of nowhere...but I guess all beers do that at some point, so I guess I'm being redundant, and I guess I'll never get back the 30 seconds of my life that it took to type this paragraph.

After tussling with the rubbery cork that was all but impossible to remove, this pours a color that certainly lives up to its name: a burnt, burnished dark gold, having some very deep burgundy-red tones. Head is creamy and bubbly, a beautiful thing with plenty of staying power.

I don't much like the mineral overload in the aroma. Smells like a metal pail full of creek stones. Yeast and malt attempt to pull through, and they succeed to some degree, as does some dusty dessert spice. But generally the aroma seems a bit off.

Tasting hints of dark herbal tea, toffee, sweet/savory spices, hazelnut and raisin/grape; a welcoming, reasonable alcohol glow mingles within. Honey-like sweetness pervades, but is never cloying. It sticks around in the finish too, where that steely metallic business tries to work its way back in.

Maybe a little too carbonated, but that seems to diminish with sitting/warming. Slick, buoyant, not a bad feel if it weren't for the bubble-attack at the beginning.

This is an okay Belgian, but certainly not one for the ages.

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Photo of Radome
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a corked 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is an attractive reddish amber and very clear. It looks like an Irish red, more than anything. The head is off-white; initially it is thick and fluffy, then it fades to a faint ring around the glass.

S - The smell is nice, but not as complex as I expected. It mainly smells like a strong pilsner, with only the faintest hint of sugar, specialty grains or yeast notes.

T - The taste is mellow and clean, like the aroma. The focus is on malt, but there are some light hints of raisins and rum from sugar or specialty grains. Very little fruit or other tastes from the yeast. It got a little more complex as it warmed. The alcohol is not obvious.

M - The body is light to medium. There is some acidic quality from the carbonation. No alcohol burn or hops bitterness.

D - This is a nice, clean, drinkable beer, but not exciting to me. I'd prefer to see more yeast character, spices, or something to give it some complexity and depth. It is very reminiscent of Pauwel Kwak.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly hazy, dark mahogany with a fairly thick, if not persistent, pale tan head. Aroma is fairly strong and mainly fruity, like a brandy or cider, with some grassy and malty hints. Flavor is fruity - mainly apple - and malty with hints of caramel, grass and brown sugar. Texture is milk-smooth and quite fizzy, leaving behind a nice tingle that lingers for a little while.

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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 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 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 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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a red-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is toffee with a little bit of tartness. I am not sure if the tartness is supposed to be in the beer or not, since I drank a sour beer prior to this. The flavor is toffee, dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 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 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 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 froghop
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a small tan head, and some lacing.

smell is of dark fruit, caramel, spice, and malt in the back.

taste is of malt, caramel, some dark fruits, a little metallic, and some spice, ends somewhat dry.

overall a nice belgian strong ale.

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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 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 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 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 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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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale from Roman N.V.
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