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Marks & Spencer Belgian Bruin Beer | Brasserie Du Bocq

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Marks & Spencer Belgian Bruin BeerMarks & Spencer Belgian Bruin Beer

Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wl0307 on 01-07-2013

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 5
Photo of fullsweep
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330 mL brown transparent bottle, poured into a pint glass tumbler.

A: clear brown ale--dark but very transparent; pours with a thick, foamy head that dissipates in a few minutes but leaves some nice, rich lacing.

S: fruity, rich, alcoholic, almost other-worldly but with a bitter punch after the fruity sweet scent fades.

T: very complex stuff here: some rich brown sugar, some bits of fruit (can't exactly place what though--maybe ripe plums?) but also some herbal/spice flavourings, all with a certain bite that is hard to describe. At 6.5, you'd think there'd be a stronger presence of alcohol, but this is all flavour!

M: mostly smooth, a bit of carbonation, but with a nice rich, smooth mouthfeel that goes down nicely!

O: this beer is dangerously drinkable! Beware.

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Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased before X’mas 2012 at the Marks & Spencer supermarket, it comes in a short 330ml brown bottle, BB 04/2014, served lightly chilled in Gulden Draak’s tulip-shaped short-stemmed sniffer.

A: coming in a fairly dark brown colour, topped with a thick tan head to last, on top of a fairly healthy feed of microscopic fizziness.
S: dark sugary, hoppy, bitter-grapefruity, mixed spicy (coriander seeds and liquorice are among them) as well as richly fruit estery, as lactose drink leaves a vivid imprint on every sniff; a sniff would bring up a bit more perfumy malts with a touch of cocoa, but not heavy at all.
T: effervescent at first (the fizziness does soften as it goes), lightly spicy & sour-sweet (like a lactose drink) goes the foretaste, then the palate is surrounded by a medium level of herbal bitterness featuring liquorice (for real), brown malts, spicy/sprigy bitterness, and leather-ish & black-sugary notes in the aftertaste. Moderately and pleasantly chewy is the end note, while the bitter herb notes also serve to lengthen the otherwise semi-simplistic finish.
M&D: medium-bodied, moderately-flavoured and smoothly-carbonated dark ale benefiting from the level of dry-ish spicy/herbal-ness all in all. This ale is quite quaffable, in fact, due to the fact that the sweetness doesn’t come too assertively and thus allowing the herbal-yeasty elements to lead the palate. Decent.

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Marks & Spencer Belgian Bruin Beer from Brasserie Du Bocq
3.94 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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