Pater Lieven Bruin | Brouwerij Van den Bossche

BA SCORE
86
very good
45 Ratings
Pater Lieven BruinPater Lieven Bruin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van den Bossche
Belgium
brouwerijvandenbossche.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
45
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Anatole
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of jrallen34
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice in Brugges.

It pours a cola brown body with average carbonation and a thin off-white head.

Enjoyable malty aroma with fruits hints.

Well balanced taste that carries yeasty, toffee, and plummy notes. Ends with a decent bittersweet finish.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/ruby with an initially thick, light tan creamy head. The aroma is quite woody, and slightly sour. Upon entering the mouth wood is again the most noticeable flavor, but this gives way to a very creamy, rich and malty mid-palate. Finish is slightly sour, and leaves what strikes me as a rather astringent aftertaste. Medium-full bodied.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of CharlesK
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brdc
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle poured into a goblet.

Dark brown, reddish highlights, a small but creamy and long lasting tan head. Not a lot of lacing.
Aroma is sweetish, fruity and yeasty. Body is rather thin, and flavors are understated too; yeasty, sweetish and malty, but dissipates in the mouth rather quickly.
Decent at best.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of YvesB
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattfancett
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Marron, limpide (sur lie), jolie chapeau beige clair serré et durable.
Smell : Nez doux bien malté, fraîchement aigrelet, fruité aux tons miellés.
Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur valant l'arôme, aigre-douce et bien maltée, aux tons boisés, corsée et très équilibrée, ni amère ni âcre. Plénitude savoureuse et fraîche.
Drinkability : une bonne bière dans le style dubbel

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Photo of aracauna
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque black with khaki head. Head is thick, lasting and clingy. Aroma is nice roasty malt and chocolate. Flavor isn't as rich as the smell would have you believe. The high carbonation overwhelms the flavor a bit.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of parintele
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ErwinGS
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MJR
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rich brown with hints of red and orange. A touch of haze in the body. A creamy tan head starts out thick and full, and sticks at a solid cap.

Smell: The aroma is fairly sweet and rich with dark fruit, fig, and carob. There's a hint of a woody character, as well as an earthy, leathery note.

Taste: The flavor is quite laid back and a bit thin. I taste dark fruits, fig, carob, toffee, a touch of leather, and the slightest suggestion of wood. Some phenolics are present. Hint of yeasty mustiness towards the end. The aftertaste is extremely earthy and organic, which takes on almost a dark bread flavor.

Mouthfeel: This brew is incredibly creamy and rich with a wonderfully bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. It's quite velvetly and soft, with the tiny bubbles characteristic of natural carbonation.

Drinkability: Above average. This is a pretty good abbey brown (dubbel), but it suffers a bit from the thinness of flavor. The mouthfeel, however, is stunning and perfect for the style.

Overall, this is a good dubbel, but not a great one.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbonapar
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a nice foamy head

Toasted Malts with some bready overtones. A slight sweetness

Taste: Crisp with strong toasted flavors. No bitterness at all, however the alcohol is noticeable and adds a spice to the mix. I would say nutty and a hint of dark-chocolate.

I nice Dubble.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a chalice glass, slight murky brown. Very lively carbonation. Perhaps a little too lively. Taste is heavy on dark fruits, candy/brown sugar, plums, figs, slight almost dessert like finish. Needed to allow some of the carbonation to dissipate to make it a drinkable beer. A great one to try and I'd probably go back again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a solid brown body, under a mountainous, creamy tan head, slow to settle, and leaving lace.
Aroma: cola, nuts, rum, cream.
Taste: a flood of flavor on first sip, a great wash over the tastebuds, rich, luscious, delicious, and warm. ABV is not given, but feels a touch strong.
Body is full, finish is long-lasting, tasty, nutty.
A fruitiness emerges around the middle and lasts until the end.
One drawback is that it feels a bit...*BURP!*...high on carbonation, perhaps?
Feels a bit like an abbey dubbel, one of my favorite styles, without quite reaching the total flavor and complexity.

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Photo of theo692
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 33 cl bottle shipped directly from Brussels. Drinking out of a "Chimay" wide-mouth glass.

Had not tried this beer before, but it came highly recommended from Beermania's owner (who knows his stuff). It pours a little on the light or thin side -- very little head to speak of, and just a faint smell (a hint of chocolate). Truth be told, at this point, I wasn't optimistic. But what a taste! Very full, it reminds me of Chimay Gran Reserve, but with a bit more "burnt" taste at the end, and less of an alcohol tang. I would have like a creamier feel, but there's nothing to argue with here. Aftertaste is minimal, with that roasted hint. A sip easily leads to another, and might leave you wishing it came in a 750 ml bottle instead!

I'm drinking it on its own, as the flavor can sustain itself. Not sure I'd like it so much with food. All around, a very pleasant, drinkable beer.

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Photo of AlexRea
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Absumaster
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with a big bubbled head and lots of carbonation.

Smell is mildly roasted with spicy notes of the Belgian yeast, covered with caramel and candy sugar. This is how a dubbel should smell.

Taste full of sweet caramel and spicy notes. The spice tastes like clove and maybe some cinnamon. The malt is somewhat sweet and sticky and bosy is medium to thin. A great dubbel, which is very drinkable and mild, yet full of character.

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Photo of kmcnair
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sincerely deep brown hue, looks almost black until held up to a light where some red tones shine through. The crown on this beer is tan, huge and long-lasting. Aromas of richly roasted and burnt malts are dominant with some subtle hints of dark fruit. Burnt caramel and bitter chocolate flavors, coffee and figy dark dried fruits, nice complexity and almost like a stout, some lingering brown sugar and milk chocolate sweetness in the finish. Medium bodied and lots of carbonation with a clean dry finish. Nicely done for a dubbel, this is almost a belgian stout.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle picked up in Belgium last summer. Pours a hazy brown colour with a beige head. Aromas of caramel, malt and roasted barley with some fruit. Dry taste initially with a nice fruitiness building up. Caramel, Toffee, citrus, raisins, plums and bread, some butterscotch and butter. Finishes dry with a nuttiness & light spicy bitter end

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Pater Lieven Bruin from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
3.95 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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