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St. Sebastiaan Dark

Brewed by Brouwerij Sterkens
Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium


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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5459) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Icedwarf (1134) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (17447) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
RSRIZZO (1931) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (11508) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichTheVillan (5983) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (3830) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
Cotteridge Convention II. Bottle shared thanks to s_hartshorne, cheers Shane. Dark brown beer with large head. Aroma of roast malts and some dark fruit. Taste is dark malts, a little caramel, sugar candy sand brown bread. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1488) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - FEB 15, 2016
Small offwhite frothy creamy head. Fair lacing. Mostly diminishing. Black flat thick body. Aroma: vodka, moderate roasted malt, light coffee, dried fruits. Initial flavor: light sweet (plum, malt). Final flavor: very light bitter and light sweet;average duration. Palate: light medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation and metallic finish. Metalized mouthfeel appears as flaw. Tastes like dried fruits. Less sweet than other Dubbels. Malty backbone. Very light astringency arises with the increase of temperature, reminding of fresh plums. Very tasty, but lacks elements of the style. 110s uusd15

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (5724) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2015
75 cl bottle. Pours clear, very dark, caramel brown. Small white head. Smell is bit sweet, rather simple. Taste is metallic ( very, very metallic ! ) bit sweet. some caramel tones. Tastewise, this is OK. Simple brown ale. Appart from the metallicness, that is. But again, AGAIN, this has such a big amount of carbonation, it simply repels me. I’d still drink this, after swirling this, it does turn better, but I simply do not understand why so many belgian brewers put so damn much carbo in their beer...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kr1zz (311) - BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle bought at Dranken Hinderdael in Temse. Pours dark brown to black with a medium beige head. medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Nose: raisin, dried fruits, caramel, sugar, roasted malts, banana, vanilla and floral. Taste: starts with some notes of port and a alcoholic feeling in my throath. followed by foral and coffee notes. together with caramel, vanilla and dried fruits and a creamy feeling. Finish is medium dry bitter with some dusty notes.
Earlier Rating: 9/7/2015 Total Score: 3
Bottle bought at Schaliënhuis Prik en Tik in Temse. Pous dark brown with a big creamy beige head. Well carbonation. Nose: caramel, roasted malts, floral perfumed. Taste: bit watery in the beginning, afterwards: roasted malts with floral touches. Finishing is bit watery with floral and coffee notes and a medium bitterness that sticks in the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

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