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Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Van Den Bossche

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Meer, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 368   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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hrodulf (46) - PORTUGAL - MAR 23, 2017
Garrafa 50 cl, cor caramelo, sabor com notas ctricas, a caramelo e malte, cerveja muito saborosa, corpo mdio e carbonatao boa.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7450) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2017
Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with orange highlights and a large fluffy tan head that lingered forever and left great lacing. The aroma was sweet raisin, cherry, molasses, cola and a touch of citrus. The flavor was sweet with toasty malts, caramel, molasses, bread, raisin, fig and cherry. Very long finish. Moderately full bodied. Outstanding.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (10281) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle sourced from Toft Vin, Copenhagen, shared with the Mrs - pours dark brown with a fizzy big beige head. Sweet malty with lots of caramel and toffee notes, some dried fruit, slight yeasty character, light spices, is rather highly carbonated and has a rather harsh jarring metallic aftertaste, and looking at previous page of reviews seems like I am not the only one to experience this.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bosskie (853) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2016
Beautiful ruby read beer with a big fluffy head and some bubbles. Smell is warm and yeasty. Caramel, toffee mixed with curry, leather, coriander. And something that reminds me of nam pla. Taste is surprisingly watery. Dry and nicely balanced, elegant bitterness. Spicy - black pepper, cumin, hint of smoke.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ysok02 (1321) - Mons, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2016
Belle robe brune presque noire, mousse abondante et crmeuse. Nez discret, pue expressif, notes dagrumes, pas vraiment ce que lon attende dune double. Bouche aqueuse et manque dampleur et de complexit. Pourquoi dpenser tant dargent pour une bouteille qui ne contient rien....

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1876) - 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 (1446) - 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 (18474) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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 (5489) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2016
Fra flaske (med kork og champagnesmell!) p DE dag 1, sammen med Steven: brunsvart med flott beige skum som varer. Rde br, vanilje og rom i aroma og smak. Dejlig eftersmag med karmel og rde br.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7631) - 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!


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