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Brewed by Brouwerij Sterkens
Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium

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RATINGS: 362   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4811) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2005
#1500!! Nice ceramic bottle. Medium sized tan head that was mostly lasting, good lacing, fine-large sized bubbles, carbonated, and a brown hue. Aroma was malty, caramel, sweet, and some raisin notes. Flavor was malty, caramel and sweet. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium bodied beer. Very quaffable IMO. Well worth a try!

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
jonas (6619) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2004
Ceramic bottle nice aroma: Raisins (including sulphur) , plums, port, burned toast. Cherrywood coloration, no head. Not sure I like the flavor too much: Oaky, burned caramel, coffeground bitterness and somewhat medicinal. Disappointingly light body and flat mouthfeel. Burned sugar aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2004
cool ceramic jug...brown mahoganyish with off white head...first sip is a bit wierd. like a little caramel train that is let loose and makes its way around my mouth depositing flavors on different parts of my tongue...cool.,..second sip more subdued..wish that first sip happenend over and over again.pretty heavy carbonation...caramel, malty..not bad at all.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Murky brown color with a fairly thick tan head. Sweet malty aroma with a touch of caramel. Flavor of lightly roasted malt, bread and caramel. Highly carbonated which takes a little away from the taste and body.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 16, 2005 Re-rate I have trouble rating this lower. Aroma is heady licorice sweet. Thick. Pours a beautiful reddish-brown with a thick creamy tan head, mostly lasting. Starts very well balanced, bitter, sweet, complex with hops, malt, and yeast. Definitely estery. Finishes somewhat bitter, lightly sweet. I drank it this time warmer than last, and it is even better. I think I could sit out in the hot sun, drink and enjoy this beer at 75 degrees. I have found one I definitely will be with for a long time to come.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9605) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2004
Looks very good - dark with an off-white head. Aromas are earthy, coffee, sweet and bready yeast. Flavours are sweet malts with roast coffee. Some spices on the palate with more bready yeast following. Not bad - even though it is a little simplistic. The faux stone bottle looks great on the mantle piece (if I had one - I have radiators).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (11053) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Thanks to bu11zeye for the 16oz bottle of this Belgian. Pours a murky dark brown with a burgundy tint. Thick beige head and nice lacing. The aroma is malty and nutty, but has some characteristics of a Flemish Sour too. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of burnt malt, raisin, sour fruit and yeast. The finish is on the thin side and is rather fruity. All in all this is a decent Belgian. At times it is well balanced and at others it is not, but more often than not it is pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2544) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Pours a light tan, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is a malty chocolate. Starts sweet, finishes smooth and mellow. Nice dark beer. $7.99 for a 16oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a murky brown body with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of yeast, dough, toffee, and mustiness. Flavor of sweet malt and yeast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2004
This wonderful belgian pours a murky brown, looks quite good. Smell is of (I am going to have to agree with the previous reviewer) of dark fruits and hazelnuts, slightly sweet smelling, not to bad. Taste is quite bland compared to the cornucopia of smells erupting from this beer. Leaves a great lacing on the glass, nice head... Overall a solid selection, very good. Great packaging too.


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