Brewed by Dorpsbrouwerij Humulus
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Arendonk, Belgium


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Arendonker Bruin wordt ambachtelijk gebrouwen en is een donker degustatiebier van hoge gisting met nagisting op de fles. De caramel- en roostermouten kleuren het bier diep donker bruin en dragen bij tot de typisch moutige en lichtjes geroosterde volle smaak. Bij het recept van dit bier liet de brouwmeester zich leiden door zijn persoonlijke smaak. Het is een karaktervol bier met een alcoholgehalte van 8.5 vol.%.

BlackHaddock's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4964) - Shropshire, - NOV 14, 2012
20 Oct 2012: 33cl bottle at the lovely Diest bierfestival, shared with my wife. Brown/dark red body with a tan/biege head. This is a fairly sweet brew with malty molasses in both the nose and the taste: The malts aren’t alone though, it is more complicated than that. Yeasty notes, summery fruits, with hints of spices and herbs: all have an appearance in the beer, some fleetingly, some lasting. Complex and slightly oily texture to the bodyfeel. OK more than spectacular but glad we had the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (3360) - BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2015
One of, so far, two Arendonk beers from a new micro brewery there, a ’massieve ale’ with moussy yet loose, crackling, lacing, pale greyish-white head and dark purplish burgundy colour, hazy with some dark dead yeast bits at the bottom, totally muddy with deposit (fortunately this is a dark beer so this effect will go largely unnoticed by many consumers, I suspect). Sweet aroma of cookie dough, butterscotch, brown sugar, medlar, honey, caramel candy, banana, raisins, liquorice, coriander seed, chocolate cake, touch of iron but not disturbing, cinnamon, ginger powder and a faint sulphuric H2S accent (sewer water) but too faint to become truly off-putting. Sweetish onset but restrainedly so, some candi sugar, hints of dried banana and pear, fizzy carbonation (a bit too fizzy for this style, actually), bit sourish, rounded and supple body, caramelly, toasted and nutty malt flavours in the middle adorned with Belgian spicy yeastiness and coriander, the promised roasted bitterness indeed shows up after a while but remains a vague echo in the finish and could have been a lot more pronounced to my taste; caramel sweetishness also lingers, as well as a powdery yeasty touch, a retronasal liquorice effect (also leaving a resinous feel on the tongue) and some earthy, ’deaf’ hop bitterishness, but not nearly enough to truly balance out the initial sweetness - and not enough to lend the finish any substantial body either, so it kind of ingloriously fades away into oblivion. Alcohol remains, in all, quite well hidden for a beer of this ABV, but is noticeable as an agreeable warming after effect. Not all that bad, has certain Scotch-like characteristics, but still a very old-fashioned Belgian ale not contributing anything substantial to the Belgian beer map. Enjoyable alright and the intention is undoubtedly good, but from a broader and more philosophical perspective, this is again too ’safe’, it lacks originality and personality, like so many of these beers by people who decide to start brewing Belgian ales in their kitchen nowadays. We urgently need much more ’boldness’ and creativity if we want to prevent this country from becoming a dusty and corny beer museum always repeating itself, instead of the haven of ’beer dynamics’ we used to be!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (12597) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2015
KRS 131214. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, malt, hop, chocolate. Flavour is fruit, malt, hop, caramel, chocolate, grain, yeast, spices. Medium body. OK beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14473) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle, 8.5%. Sweet and vinous aroma. Cloudy dark brown colour, almost muddy. Small frothy grey head. The flavour is quite sweet, malty with brown sugar and dried fruits. Vinous finish. High carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bamsen78 (4438) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark khaki brown with small off-white head. Clear aroma of caramel malt, fruit and hops, with some chlorine notes. Sweetish flavour of caramel malt, with notes of yeast and touches of fruit, complemented by bitter, hoppy notes. Hints of nuts. Estery and sweetish afteraste. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blackisle (1224) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle 33cl. Clear dark brown color, small one finger dense frothy beige head, recedes slowly to a thick stable layer; sweet malty aroma, brown sugar, palm sugar, caramel, dark fruits; taste medium sweet, light bitter, malt; light body, watery texture, soft carbonation, aftertaste mild sweetbitter, chocolate notes, bit spicy, light alcoholic touch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DJoer (981) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2015
Medium mokka brown head, dark brown some black colour, dark malts some malts herbs and yeasts, medium to high carbontion medium bitter, herbs some coffee/chocolat some sour yeast taste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Camons (7704) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle @ Kristrup tasting. Pours dark amber with a offwhite head. Aroma malt, yeast, little grass, light wood. Flavor is light malt, caramel, grass, yeast. Medium body, average carbonation. 310115

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHSRanders (1860) - Tjele, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle. Hazy brown colour with small creamy off white mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt. Sweet Spicy flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (7651) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2015
Amber and almost clear. Has an off-white head, lasting. Malty, yeasty aroma, toasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boxereddy (204) - BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2015
Donkerbruin bier met een kleine beige schuimkraag. De geur heeft een gistig tintje met een toets van gedroogde vruchten en enkele geroosterde noten. Fatsoenlijke bitterheid in de mond met een moutige zoetheid. Licht alcoholische afdronk. Geen topper maar wel best lekker te drinken!

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