Potteloereke | Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus

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Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 09-05-2005

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Reviews by Proteus93:
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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 BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A massive head of frothy "vanilla" colored foam rises up in your glass even with a delicate pour, and then holds there for what seems like forever as you wait to imbibe. Eventually you'll give in to temptation, but you'll pick up too much of the bitterness within the froth. A tilt of the glass, and a fine eye, will reveal the most tiniest of bubbles rising steadily towards the surface through the almost-black, ruby and dark mahogany colored body.

Note that the bubbles don't race. The carbonation has been mainly released at this point, and once in the mouth you'll find the medium-light body warms to become pillowy soft and silky smooth. Airy, even.

Once the head subsides, leaving behind wide creamy rings and craggy walls of lace, the aroma reveals notes of plum, raisin, caramelized sugar, spice (black cardamom, anise, cinnamon) and subtle dark-toast.

The flavor is fuller, and readily displays notes of gently-tart dark fruit (along with their bitter skins), almost-scorched sugar, anise and other twinkling specks of spice, as well as a spritz of drying alcohol. It's so full in flavor that it coats the mouth and you'll need a glass of water on hand to fully recognize its complexity. The bitterness is solid, and remains firm through the malty start, and then rock solid in the finish, anchoring the residual sticky malt. Some spiciness remains, flickering here and there, and it's quite dry with a quick wash of alcohol.

A strong, rich dark ale that's well worth seeking out.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Tap and Table for $7. Poured a fairly clear brown with ruby highlights and a tow-finger off-white head. Big candy cherry aroma with earthy cocoa. The flavor starts big and fruity with the same cherries, dried cranberry, and strawberries, then fades to dry chocolate and molasses. There's also a mellow vanilla cream note in the aftertaste. This reminds me of the better dubbels I've had - Westmalle Dubbel, for instance - but with more fruit that I guess might push it into the strong-dark territory. Anyways, a very tasty beer and worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ianaledrew
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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 desint
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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 metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 civicm87
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
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 Bergus
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eric5bellies
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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 organicbrewer
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Even with a super slow pour the glass is 2/3 foam. Super tight tan foam. Clear Ruby beer. Nice, but would be better if I could get more of the bottle in the glass.

S- Cherry Cola. Some peppery spice. Light caramel. Some cooked bannana as the beer warms.

T-Cherry cola (the theme of the night). Little raisin. Caramel. No hop bitterness and no hop flavor. Very light bannana. Some toasty malt.

M-Medium dry. Even with the huge head there isn't much prickly carbonation. A little heat in the throat but not too much. Body could be thicker if it had more carbonation.

D-the 8% is hidden well. With the medium dry body i could drink a couple of these. But i'm not sure that's the point with a BDS.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 crossovert
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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 ShareANevada
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe this bottle came from Bierkraft in Brooklyn.

As soon as the cap creases, a wave of yeasty sweetness jumps to my nose. Pours a slightly murky brown, with an abundance of carbonation. The head is foamy, creamy, and long lasting. Several small pours later, I have a glassful, and it looks great.

A small bit of dark fruit peeks through the nose, with a more prominent sweet malt.

The taste is a bit of a wowzer, I sure didn't see that coming. Flavors all over the place. A prominent bitterness is here, and the combination of the strong yeast and dark fruit comes along for the ride. As the carbonation dies off a little, this becomes a little more approachable for me.

A slightly lush body washes gently over the tongue, very nice.

Different. Can't say it really reminds me of another beer. A thoroughly complex lighter-than-BSDA belgian. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with good head retention and lacing. Wow. On the nose and palate, this beer is very complex. On the nose, I get something of a sweet, smokey, bacon fat aroma, with underlying spice and rootbeer. Really an interesting smelling beer. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except to my surprise, the bacon fat flavor is even more intense on the palate. Otherwise, I get chocolate, brown sugar and a boatload of spice in this moderately sweet beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with the alcohol pretty well disguised.

Where else but in Belgium and the US can you find this kind of flavor profile? Just an altogether fascination beer to drink. Was suprised by the quality of this one...

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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