Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Van Den Bossche

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Meer, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 363   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Frog King99 (51) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 27, 2000

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jojojodio (7) - - SEP 8, 2012 does not count
Had it a long time ago but I still remember the taste of it. One of the better dark beers I had in my life. Expensive here in Japan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Brew pours dark cake bread brown w/ a full, semi creamy froth that slowly reduces to a creamy canopy of lathered lace. Aroma is very Belgian w/ dried dark fruits and granite. Full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. A malty brew w/ a very mild sweetness factor. Bitter bakers cocoa pushes forward to steal the show. Other flavors of desiccated peaches, cherries, pears, plums and other stone fruit intertwined perfectly w/ woods leather. Theres a defined hop presence that sets in very quickly mantaining a constant bittering while the profusion of fuit and cocoa rally round the family with a pocket full of shells. The finish is bittered w/ a serious citrus rind component. Overall: this brew rocks. It’s one of the few I’ve had from Belgium that shows off the citrus rind hops. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wade (58) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2000
Certainly not the best beer I’ve had, but I was impressed. The aroma is malty and pleasing, and the flavor allows the hops through. The carbonation is excellent for this style, and the aftertaste lasts and lasts. If it were a bit cheaper, this would be a regular purchase.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Just like the golden but with a bit more flavor to it. Chocolate, nutty, coffee flavor. Wonderful

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
twocycle99 (61) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2002
Good color, strong smooth taste, one of the better one’s

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2066) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 4, 2009
500 ml bottle (Marcello’s, Lafayette, LA) - Aroma: sweet (malt), caramel; Appearance: dark brown, tan head, clear; Flavor: malty, low sweet (malt). fruity (raisin, malt) low alcohol, dry; Mouthfeel: mod body, high carbonation; Overall: dark rich, complex, no to low ester, smoothed flavored beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
This beer was delicious. Tingly carbonation, earthy, dark fruits. Really memorable and leaves you wanting more.

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