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St. Sebastiaan Dark

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Brewed by Brouwerij Sterkens
Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium

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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The St. Sebastiaan Dark is a dark, medium to heavy high fermented abbey beer that tastes both sweet and bitter on the tongue. This St. Sebastiaan has a strong, sweet aroma of caramel and malt and gives you a full taste in the mouth. It is re-fermented on the jug and on the bottle by the brewery. The result is a nice, clear beer with a wonderful aroma and, for those who love it, a nice touch of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1528) - HONG KONG - JUL 17, 2016


500ml crown-capped stoneware bottle with build-in flip-top bought at Good Stuff in Yuen Long.

Looks: Clear deep blackish brown colour with small amount of dirt like yeast sediments; Two finger head with crumpety light beige foams which lasts for 3 minutes; Fair sticky lacing and very fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant strong dark malt, with strong caramel, toffee, dark fruits, flaky apples, Cola, floral, brown sugar, strong dark bread, strong Bel yeast, lemon and light grass.

Taste: Mid to strong sweet dark malt, with light metallic, caramel, sticky toffee, light dark fruits, Cola, carbo, light floral, strong brown sugar, light dark bread, strong Bel yeast, light lemon, light bitter hops and thin grass.

Body: Medium body. Very slick and slightly creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Fairly solid dark maltyness in a smooth background. Good sticky toffee, caramel are main features. nice medium sweet brown sugar brings out dark fruits, floral and Cola. Very yeasty with light lemon to round. Mellow and pretty nice!

Hoppiness: Floral, lemon and light grass in nose. Same in taste but lighter. Bitterness is very light side for an abrupt, low-fi astringent sweet malty finish.

After Taste: Slight dry. Yeasty and fairly easy to mouth.

Comments: While the St. Sebastiaan Gold tripel was nothing special, this one seems better as an Abbey Dubbel - good looks and head, good malty yeasty aroma and taste with plenty of fruity esters and nice brown sugar. Only the hoppiness is lacking. Very solid and about average, but I still think the stone bottle is an expensive fifth wheel. Worth a try!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
josanguapo (989) - SPAIN - JUN 25, 2016
From Alcampo. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Silicon Valley 2x06-07. Pleasant to drink but missing a little punch. Everything is a bit more soft than desiderable: the feel, the tate and the aroma

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle at Cotts 2, from a stone flaggon, cheers to SHartshorne 05/03/16. Chestnut brown with a decent tan covering. Nose is light charr, toffee, dark fruit rinds. Taste comprises fruit cake, toffee, astringent bitterness, light yeast strokes. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. So so.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (4697) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2016
Fra flaske (med kork og champagnesmell!) på DØE dag 1, sammen med Steven: brunsvart med flott beige skum som varer. Røde bær, vanilje og rom i aroma og smak. Dejlig eftersmag med karmel og røde bær.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5744) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
Swing-top ceramic bottle shared at Cotteridge II as St. Sebastiaan Dark, 6.9%. Many thanks to Shane. Dark brown with an orange hue, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is molasses, caramelised sugars, lightly earthy. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is raisin and caramel with a dry and floral dimension. Decent. The ceramic swing-top adds a bit of a medieval vibe to proceedings - quite superficial but I like that when drinking beers from a 365 year old brewery!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Icedwarf (1187) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2016
Zwart bier met mooie schuimkraag. Smaak is zoet, licht bitter met iets van rook, karamel en fris fruitig bessen en braam. Geslaagd bier.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18037) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2016
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge Convention - 2016 edition. Cheers! Pours rich amber with a creamy, tan head. The aroma has notes of tangy fruits, bready malts. Medium sweet flavour with more bread, light toffee, mellow bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet on the finish, with some toasted sugars, sugary and tangy ripe dark fruits. Pretty OK.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2016
16oz Ceramic Swing Top (Courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Trappist Glass at 42°. Color is a deep mahogany with good carbonation and a soft tight light tan head. Aroma is toasted nuts, dark fruit and yeast. Medium body that gives a light smooth mouth feel. Flavor is lighter than I was expecting, stating with dried fruit and toffee then a bit of yeast and spice come in with a mild bitterness. After taste is slightly sweet with a hint of caramel, as this fades the bitterness builds leaving it with a dry feel. Overall it’s a good brew with easy yet complex flavors, but like the Grand Reserve it’s missing that traditional Belgian taste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (11957) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2016
Bottle thanks to Shane at the 2016 Cotteridge Convention. It pours cloudy deep brown with a medium off-white head. The aroma is earthy, toasted brown bread, wood, leather, dull toffee and cardboard. The taste is bitter, earthy, wood, dark fruits, fruit cake, caramel and dull spice with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit chewy, but overall not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle at CWC II; dark chestnut brown pour with a creamy off white head, aroma has fruit action along with a hint of bread, taste has sweet caramel, dark fruits, some spice.


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