Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Van Den Bossche

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Meer, Belgium


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RATINGS: 375   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.

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sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2005
(Ceramic bottled, 0.5l) Very dark red color with a tanned, foamy head and big, floating yeast clumps. Aroma of rhum, raisins and toffee-sweetish caramel. Also some hops and roasty, sweet maltiness. Has a scotch-aleish feeling. Very roasted-malty, sweet and wineous flavor with dried fruit and bitter hops. No signs of alcohol. Medium-bodied, slightly thin, ashy and bitter palate with low carbonation. Combines dry stout, scotch ale and bitter quite nicely, but the mixture remains a bit thin and empty - and not very balanced. The sugar and roastiness are not blended very smoothly, maybe due to lack of body. On the other hand, it’s very easy to drink, as the sweetness is not cloying.

rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2005
Nice amber color with an offwhite head. Aroma from syrup, nutty, malty, figs, plaums, some vanilla and with creamy notes. Flavor is fruity and malty with figs and plums and also some smoky notes.

TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottle - ceramic with a cap and swing-top. Much like it’s golden brother, it’s been roughly 10 years since I last tried this. Lovely ruby colored brown with a rigorous and dense pillowy tan head. Aroma is caramel, sweet malts, light cocoa and dark fruits. Again, like it’s golden brother, this one seems very sweet. Taste is nice! Better than I remember. Thin chocolate, caramel, sweet maltiness, light cocoa, and dark fruits. Very sweet and creamy. Body is medium with mild carbonation and a bit of stickiness at times. Finishes with more chocolate, light mocha, dark fruits and sweet malts. Almost a hint of milk chocolate as well. Nice beer!

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Per usual, the St. Sebastiaan series comes in a handsome, swingtop bottle, but...
...I rated this straight down the middle since it’s such a bland, uninteresting, but unoffensive beer. It pours a near carbonation free brown body with a wispy, large bubble head that soons pops into nothingness. The aroma is faint - some caramel malt. The watery body delivers a light caramel malt and dark candy flavor. This is all right, but doesn’t merit repeating.

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GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2005
Aroma:Caramel,dark fruit.... Appearance:dark redish brown,light tan head... Flavor:caramel,brown sugar,watery for a dark belgian ale......

Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 PErfect, this is a Good beer, but I had a similar one previous. NOt as alcoholic, but good quallity.

NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Ruby colored with a nice frothy head. Dried fruit, sweetness and alcohol in the aroma. Flavors were dried cherries and prunes, malt and too little spice. Decent, but not something I’d look for again.

bluevegie (3938) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2005
Alcohol is not that noticeable in the taste, what I did pick up was a roasted flavour and some caramel and dried fruits. Later on I got some nuts and then some smoke. The body was fairly light and overall it wasn’t that too complex though it went down easily enough. Ruby body with an overflowing, frothy, light tan head. The head lasts the distance and left big dollops of lacing. Aroma didn’t fully show it self till it had warmed and then you could pick up some spice and more dried fruit.

kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2005
This beer poors a dark amber to brown brew toped by a large off white head. ARoma is nice with hints of fruit and alcohol. The palate is average for a belgian but the flavor is nice with dried fruit, alcohol and a light woody note.

ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
Brown reddish with a big beige head. Malty aroma with a dark fruit sweetness and a light yeasty note. Light fruity and spicy flavor with a dry finish.

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