St. Benôit Brune | Brasserie Du Bocq

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St. Benôit BruneSt. Benôit Brune
St. Benôit BruneSt. Benôit Brune

Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 17
Photo of Cwrw
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml bottle pours St Benoit, an Abbey beer, darkly brown, with some amber-reddish colour. A small head, but one which is creamy, small-bubbled and leaves a decent covering of lace; but I was expecting a thicker foam. Light brown head. The aroma is all red malt; Irish roasted malt. That thick creamy, buttery malt. Resiny, maple syrup. Very appetising. Some darker fruits, including cranberry; a sweet sourness. There is definite honey in the smell, and strong butter.The taste is butter up front, too. There is a wood or cardboard taste--not a bad cardboard taste, but one which complements the woodiness. Honey in the middle, with the red malt becoming apparent, leaving a sourish maltiness in the finish. A dry taste, but not a dry FEEL in the mouth. There is iron, sourbread, and sweet malt, but mostly the butter taste. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated and creamy once it hits the tongue. I do not detect much complexity, although this absolutely destroys some Irish-style red ales I have tried. At 6.5%, this is extremely drinkable, though a little sweet for those who prefer some hop. This beer has little to no hop presence. In the long finish I get salinity and tomato-juice. The lees are more orange, and tasted even more of cream. Overall, this is not my favourite Belgian. Too much butter and salt in the taste; and there are some local red-malt styles that are more flavourful here in Alberta. I know this a Belgian brune, but it could pass for a red Irish.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured cold from 330ml bottle into Belgian tulip glass.

A) Dark brown with thin persistent off-white head. Opaque.

S) Light cloves, reminiscent of Hoegaarden. Ok, we're in the end of the Belgian spectrum I can deal with. Let's have a try.

M) Moderate carbonation, bitter up front, ends in very refreshing hops cleanser.

T) Light cloves, light burned malt, light to moderate Belgian yeast flavours. I like.

O) I'm a bit of a virgin when it comes to Belgians, but I know what I like and like what I know. And I like this. So you will too.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : reddish brown color with tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : roasted caramel and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity, caramel and spices flavours.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Dubbel.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB27-02-07. Nice overwelming and lasting beige head forming big bubbels later. Beercollor is dark brown and clear though hard to see cause of darkness of the brew. Nose is lots of clove and anis and maybe litle thyme together with alcohol, dark roasty and caramellic maltnotes aswell as some yeastfruit. Taste is strong and alcoholic and very spiced with bitter and burnt aftertaste. Litle bombastic IMO but overall quiet good and sharp taste. Together with high carbonisation making it a full and alcoholic mouthfeel.
Well drinkable and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep sanguineous color; the head is planetary in size, spumescent in texture, and light tan in color, as it evanesces, the lace forms a fine covering upon the glass. Malt seems to dominate the nose, slightly nut sweet, clean and fresh also comes to mind with the start malt and just a tad sweet, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a stinging acidity, the hops mild in their bite and the aftertaste long and dry, decent enough, but not a great “Belgian” by any sense of the imagination.

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Photo of diablo14
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

liked this offering of the st benoits better than the blond. overall these are very much belgian ales by numbers. big body? check. sweetness? check. ABV? check malt and hops bite? check. but ahh, wheres the complexity?

very nice looking deep bronze type of color. as with the blond the head didnt rise to the occasion, but the beer had a little more overall character than the other style. smelled quite sweet, nutty, some biting hops were there also. the texture was leaning toward big, good malty backbone with nut and caramel flavors. sweet, slightly rich, that was quite smooth going down, and had a hop presence that topped it all off quite nicely.

not an all time great, but still very pleasant brew that i did enjoy. i could bring myself to drink this again id say.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, plenty of life left, poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Dark, deep black in colour, tanned foam head, looked fine.

Malts and Belgian beery smells, it must be the yeast?

This designer beer was a lot better than I expected, this is one of this breweries better beers in my opinion. Rich, creamy and full of flavour (malts mostly).

I slag this brewery off normally, but credit where credits due, this is OK.

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Photo of basica
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Thick tan clingy head that takes a while to settle to an even clingy lacing.
Aroma - Big on the yeasts, dark malts, light hint of dark fruits; slightly toffee-ish or chocolaty?
Taste - Dark fruitiness blended with dark bready malts; not very obvious on the fruitiness and a little watery thus dilluting the taste a litte. Light bitterness in the taste and going into the after taste. After taste is lasting and surprisingly strong with some dark fruits and bready maltiness.
Mouthfeel - Medium body; slightly thick but can feel the watery part of it.
Drinkability - The alcoholic punch seems there till I realized it's only a 6.5%; goes down watery smooth with a slight acidic dryness at the end. Average drinkability.

Give this a try but I believe I would prefer a Leffe Brune anytime.

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Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle. Brown colour with an off white head that holds long enough. Good lace. Smell of chocotate, dark fruits and eucalyptus. Yes, That's what I think. Medium body, creamy. Taste of chocolate, molasses and caramel. Not bad, but nothing really special.

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Photo of rec
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears as if it were over-steeped tea, with a cappuccino coloured head. I'm not sure why it's no reminiscent of a caffeine beverage, as I could have just as easily described it as dark amber with a tan head, but it just seemed perfectly fitting at the time of review.

The aroma is dominated by roasted malt and some dark fruit tucked away in the back their too.

I'm tasting some butter and dark fruit up front, along with some very-Belgian malt and yeast flavours trailing.

One to try, but put up against similar brews from the region it's really easily dismissed.

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St. Benôit Brune from Brasserie Du Bocq
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 17 ratings