Potteloereke | Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus

very good
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Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of eric5bellies
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Chimay chalice

A - Pours a clear Copper / Mahogany colour with an off white one fingered head that reduces to a film slowly and laces.

S - Plums, raisins and burnt sugars.

T - Plenty of dark stewed fruits and with the warming alcohol becomes almost Port like. The finish is a little boozy but the dark fruits just hang around to balance it out.

M - Light to medium body with light to medium carbonation. A little thin

O - I like the lingering Port like flavours in this one. Some BSDA's can be a little sickly sweet or alcoholic, but this one hits the spot quite nicely. I drank this one with some sharp crumbly cheaddar and it went quite well.

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Photo of ianaledrew
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle bought in NYC into a Brooklyn Brewery Snifter

A - Pours dark with a tan head. Not much lacing and head died down fairly quck

S - Smell inside bottle was of grapes and dark fruit. Almost like a grape juice

M - CARBONATION! like a soda. It bordered on unpleasant for beer. The carbonation dies down as the beer warms.

T - Sweet. Its like a caramel sugar cube with hints of dark fruits. Malty. Putting aside the carbonation, it actually finishes nice. Its like belgian beer candy.

O - It was an interesting beer to try but probably won't be trying it again. Someone who likes this style of beer and likes a lot of carbonation will like this a lot. Not for me

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Photo of impending
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


33cl into a tulip. Pours an opaque walnut, dense towering cola colored head recedes leaving dangling clumpy froth.

Strong vinous qualities dominates the scent along with spices including ginger, clove and that elusive spice grape bubblegum. wonderful

Flavor surprises with an initial roastyness which turns to a mild bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. Significant dark fruits and hazelnut with the spices joining in. Thin bodied lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, hazy orange brown. Gentle pour produces a massive, long lasting cream colored head. Aroma of caramel and dark and light fruits. Complex flavor of dark fruit, caramel malt. Pleasant sweet but dry finish with intense fruit flavor. Medium bodied. Very nicely made and fun to drink. Will search this out again.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a huge foamy off-white head that lasts for ages and leaves lots of lacing.
Aroma of bread, licorice, dark sugary malts and some spices. Flavor is very nice sugary sweet with spicy bitter in a delicate balance. Some more licorice and spices in the finish.
Lively carbonation ( for me a little bit to much ) and a creamy texture.
Great brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A massive head is generated by the pour with the liquid underneath showing a chestnut color; plenty of Belgian lace, too

Smell: Spice cake aromatics, with brown sugar, dried fruit and vanilla

Taste: Opens with brown sugar cake and dried fruit elements, with a tilt toward increasing fruitiness by mid-palate; the flavors fade a bit, after the swallow, though the elements do linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with high, but creamy, carbonation

Overall: Not at the top of the class, but a very decent example of the style

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Photo of srandycarter
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cola brown, huge head that stays for some time, getting very clumpy as it dissipates. Lots of clinging lace.

S - Brown sugar, dark fruits.

T - Taste exactly like it smells. Big time candy, brown sugar, dark fruits nestled in.

M - Thick, over carbonated for my tastes, ends on a sweet note, maybe too sweet. Not much balance.

D - Overall, pretty tasty. I would have it again.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It poured with a huge, thick foamy head, it looked like a root beer float.

The smell was subtle for a dark ale, but pleasant.

It was very tasty, with dark chocolate, burnt aftertaste that lingered on the palate.

The mouthfeel was the only thing that detracted from the beer in my opinion, as I found it to be a little to watery for my personal preference.

All in all, a tasty dark ale that I would buy again.

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Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very huge foamy light tan head that refused to leave and when it did acted like one of those root beer floats leaving latticed lace in it's wake. The cloudy dark brown color does not let me see the carbonation but based on the head, no doubt there. The aroma was of malt, caramel, spices, anise and a hint of chocolate. The flavor was of malt. caramel, pepper and anise. The body was medium light and the finish slightly sweet.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish brown caramelized malts form a leather body with decent 1/4 inch foamy head.

Smell: The smell is balmy. Distinctively belgian. Nutty. I smell bready malts and hints of fruit. Slight citrus and spicy hops along with an aroma of raisin.

Taste: The alcohol is right in front with this ale. I taste something akin to scotchmallow or taffy. There is a candied quality to this ale. There are hints of tobacco in the body. The spicy hops give off big clove and nutmeg flavors along with citrus.

Mouthfeel: This is a beer that leans to the malty alcoholic side but still has great hop complexity and good balance. I like the chewy texture as well as the tingle of the hops.

Overall: I would by this beer again because of the good flavor, quality and price

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Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle picked up from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA

A: The color of the beer as it poured was lighter than I expected for whatever reason... almost a deep honey-brown. In the glass, it has a hue of layered caramel. Head is sandy, and lively! Formed an easy 2.5 fingers of head that made itself comfortable.

S + T: Sweet malts, Belgian sugars, along with a touch of almost citrus-like fruit on the nose (or at least, it's the closest thing I identify it as). That doesn't come out as much in the flavour, giving way to dark fruit flavors... plum, somewhat tart.

M + D: A little heavier, sparkling something like a dubbel would, with the dry finish that I would associate with a dubbel, as well. Alcohol is modest, but present, and adds a touch of slightly numbing warmth on the finish. Nice, though a tad sweet.

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Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz stubby brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Murky chestnut brown with soft 1-2 finger beige, big-bubbled head with good retention and leaves a soft, constant layer and several thick lines of craggy lace.

S: Exceedingly malty, dark fruit aroma with a lot of raisin and brown sugar and some spice, but less phenol than a dubbel. Not a lot of hops in this one.

T: Sweeter than I would usually peg for this style, but enjoyable with a lot of dark fruit fig and raisin flavors, candi sugar, and some light phenol notes. Hops have more presence than in the nose and provide a little herbal, earthiness. The finish is moderately dry, and the alcohol component is warming and a little peppery.

M: The carbonation is a little too lively but doesn't detract much from the overall package. The body is pretty much full.

O: I enjoyed this brew, but it is sweet for the style and would be a good dessert beer for its solid dark fruit and candi sugar flavors. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, a moderately hazy tea brown color with a small but attractive head of delicate tan bubbles. A fan blowing in my general direction made it difficult to get much aroma from this, despite me sticking my nose into the glass to the point of appearing silly. Still, I received some light yeasty, bready notes, and maybe a bit of spice; not much else. Taste was nutty, malty, and sugary up front, very bold, with a generous blast of esters following and a sense of dark dried plums and figs, with a touch of spice. Medium mouthfeel, with a dry finish, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl dumpy bottle, best before 23 Apr 2012, been in my stash for some time: opened and reviewed Sunday 22 May 2011.

Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass: the sediment seemed to stay in the bottle, so my glass was full of a dark reddy brown beer which had a very slight haziness to it. On top a well formed and deep off-white head of tight bubbles.

Malty molasses fill the nose, treacle and toffee notes complete the smells I found.

Roasted/toasted malty bread taste, with an alcohol undertone. Sweet and tangy, but lacking something when comparing with the better beers within this style.

I thought the beer a bit lively and over carbonated, the alcohol was too prominent also, the body not possessing enough strength or complexity to control it.

My wife liked this beer more than I did, the malty sweetness winning her over, compared to my more measured overview which pushed it towards more average scores for the style.

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Photo of Derranged
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Goliath goblet.

A- A very live beer it was. Pours a dark amber/brown with a thick, fluffy off white head that sticks around for a bit. You know its a good beer when the head raises above the glass and doesn't spill over, but rather stands on its own.

S- Caramel and brown sugar aroma with a touch of floral hops.

T- A complex combination of yeast, bread, malts, caramel and bitterness with a touch of alcohol at the end. The bitterness lingers for quite a bit.

M- Thin without much carbonation, even a little watery. A little numbing stickiness is left on the lips.

O- A pretty good beer. Seems to be a relatively rare find, I'm happy I got the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This dark ale pours out as a deep brown color with some fairly nice red highlights. The head was rather fluffy and stuck around for a good while. The smell was a bit on the yeasty and roasted side. Some spice and banana were present too. The taste was pretty spicy upfront that settled into a nice smooth roasted aftertaste. The beer had some decent dark fruit notes as well in the flavor. The mouth feel was on the smooth side and wen down easy. A good brew to try.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brownish color with ruby tints and a cloudy texture. There was a massive, fluffy, creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: There was a good aroma of yeast, dark fruits, malt and spices.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, plums, some malt pepper, and some other spices. A complex, but not overpowering flavor that's easy going down.

M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is definitely one of the most well crafted BSDAs I've had in a while. drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

The light tan lacing is left in the huge wake of very expressive carbonation on the hazed, coffee-colored brew. Tart plums, brown bread, chalky yeast and peppery alcohol all make themselves present in the nose. This brew is smooth with a dry, malty palate. Its fruity esters and malt play well together. Modest hopping lets the vague but complex levels of burnt sugar come through. The 8 percent ABV is warming and introduces a mild twang in the dry, malty finish. Some of the greatest beers can come from the smallest of breweries.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33 cL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a full off-white head, good retention and Belgian lace.

S: Brown malt, earth, dirt.

T: Light caramel, but fairly hoppy, nice finish as the fruity esters come out. An earthy taste upfront.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, creamy.

D: An OK Belgian beer, but there are a lot better efforts with better complexity at a lesser price.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy and almost über-murky chestnut brown colour. Head is formed of reasonably large bubbled, but the body sustains a sizeable head throughout. Pretty thick lacing as well. The heavy carbonation is a bit out of character, but otherwise, a very tasty looking brew.

Nose is delicious with Belgian esters, and very flavoursome caramel malts. Slightly nutty characters, with a big sweetness coating my nostrils. It's a really lovely nose. In some ways, without the light astringency and dark notes, it smells more like a dubbel, although it's missing a little of the spice, perhaps.

Taste is also good, with those sweet malt characters throughout, leavened with a touch of light fruit. A slight phenolic astringency comes in the middle of the palate, but it dissipates pretty quickly, leaving only a sweet caramel finish with a slight hazelnut dryness. Feel is light, which helps the palate even more - stop it from getting too slick and heavy. Nice.

Yes, indeed. A very nice Belgian ale, with some lovely sweet characters, but a lightness that keeps it drinkable. Carbonation touches it a little bit too much, but that's a minor flaw in an otherwise extremely pleasant beer.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Potteloereke | on-tap, 14oz @ RnH | 8.0% ABV | Aug. 2010

Brewer: Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Glass: Tulip

Frothy vanilla foam encircles an attractive, mahogany body. Looks crisp.

plum, raisin, sticky muscovado, black cardamom, anise, cinnamon, and a dark-toast backbone.

Fuller flavor than the nose: tart dark fruit, bread crust, muscovado, and an array of spices.

Feels like the mellifluous tones sound.

So perfectly composed -- it's a dream to drink.

Would I get it again?:
Hell yes.

Served on: August 20, 2010 @ Rattle 'N Hum

Price = $8.00

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Photo of crossovert
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz Belgian mini-style bottle, not the stubby like in the picture.

Pours a dense, dark brown with slight hues of reddish brown on the edges. The head is huge and tan and recedes very slowly. Just a mountain of foam up there. Some lacing forms as the head slowly deflates.

The smell is a good blend of dark fruits and slightly dark, bready malts. It has a heck of a raisinbread scent, and the slightest bit of tartness on the nose. There are some spices in there too, it is a rich, bready smell.

The flavor is very solid. There is a huge tart/fruity prescence here, there are notes of lemon, raisin, cherry, and plum along with thick bready malts that have a bit of roastiness to them. It has a ton o alcohol that isn't really well hidden, and it is a bit sweet however.

Definitely more of a winter warmer-type Belgian, not the best, but it will warm you up for sure.

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

A: The pour is a medium amber color with a massive off-white head that settles down to a nice thin layer.

S: Plenty of nice sugar aromas to this one. Dark candi sugar and caramel are the base with some dark fruits such as plums and perhaps blueberries.

T: Nice and sweet, like you would expect. Candi sugar all the way with the same rich fruitiness as picked up in the nose. There is a mild spice ester character that goes wonderfully with a hint of chocolate.

M: Medium in body with plenty of effervescence. The carbonation gives this one an almost creamy feel, but could be a bit more than necessary.

D: Nothing wrong with this beer at all. I quite enjoyed this one, and wouldn't mind having another bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy brownish amber in color with a two-finger beige head. There's a moderate amount of carbonation visible in the rising bubbles; it also has good head retention properties.
S: There are moderate aromas of brown sugar, dark fruits and roasted malts in the nose. As the beer warms up, some alcohol is perceptible in the smell.
T: The taste is balanced in the sense that is has some sweetness from the malts and some bitterness from the hops. There are also some notes of spices and hints of metallic flavors in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and well carbonated.
D: The beer is relatively easy to consume, particularly since alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It's a good beer if you want to drink something in this style that's not that sweet.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. There appears to be a date code stamped on the cap, but I'm not sure what to make of it.

Hazy carnelian liquid, which glows like a lantern when held up to the light. A finger of thick beige foam rests magestically atop the glass. Nice thick lacing with an outline of sheen.

Very malty aromatics, dense brown bread, light toast, backed by plenty of yeast and dark fruit esters. Faint tobacco notes as well.

Sweet, bitter, and faintly leathery on the palate - lots of subtle tastes going on here: cinnamon, cherry pits, cognac, oranges, yerba mate, and bread crusts. You get all the flavors clobbering you simultaneously rather than in layers, so it is difficult to tease them apart. The malt and fruit linger long into the finish, and again there is a slight suggestion of single malt scotch in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, surprisingly effervescent (almost excessively so), and warming.

Lots of fruit and malt without finishing especially sweet - a unique and pleasant example of the style. I'd pick this up again on occasion.

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