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Brewed by Brouwerij Sterkens
Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium

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RATINGS: 358   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.


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   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 (9499) - Leicester, 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 (10714) - 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 (2539) - 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 (12517) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2058) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2004
Bottle. Great looking, deep chestnut coloured beer, with a rocky, creamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet, raisins, toffee and perhaps chocolate. Taste is dry, bitter, chocolate and roasted almost smokey malts. Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. A class beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Porued deep brown with thin white head...smelled musty and sweet...taste is watery but sweet with raisins...yeasty too...not good yeast though...cloying raisin sweetness in the finish...I like the jug though...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Dark garnet color, somewhere between eggplant and maroon, with a huge, rocky, creamy tan head. Aroma is soft, sweet, nutty, with notes of toffee, butterscotch and dates. Smooth palate, with a generous, gorgeous, tingly mouthful of hops, abundant in flavor. Excellent body and texture, extemely fruity, too. Like a big, sparkling, delicious boozy fruit punch. I caught this on sale for $4.99 a 750 ml, which is a bargain and then some. A reliably tasy Belgian brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Very hard to pour especially into a short chalice. Head was rather non-existant even after a fast and very aware pour. More bubbles than anything with a modest sized ring around that glass that laced up well for what it had to work with. Color was burguny with rubyish-yellowish-pinkish highlights. Nice color on this one. Definately cherries in the aroma but I really had to smell deep to conjure up anything else. Once you get those cherries it is very pleasing. Tastes pretty good especially on the mid-palte. Unique is the word I would use to describes its flavor. Fruity and well hopped. Lots of cherries, raisins, dates, some clove on the mid-palate with a well balanced smooth character. Tastes great!


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