Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Van Den Bossche

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Meer, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 366   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7619) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Central Market - Austin,Tx. - 16 oz crockery bottle with a clasp cork top pretty nifty - earns this a five in appearance along with the dark, copper murky pour with an off white but thin head. Aroma is sweet and delectable with some strong date and raisin notes. The flavor picks up where the aroma leaves off with some added chocolate notes to accent the dates and raisins - some baked brown bread makes its way in there as well. The palate is smooth and creamy- very smooth going down. An excellent Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chuma (5) - Essen, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2005 does not count
750 glass bottle. Brewed 2001, BB 8/04. Nice brown colour, pours with a huge off-white head. Head melts down quickly. Low in CO. Light malty-fruity aroma. Lighter body than expected. Flavor is sweet with toffee, coca, chocolate and burned toast. Short dry finish with some alcoholic aftertaste. Seems too old already.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5158) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Distinct tangerine and butterscotch in the aroma. Great tea colored beer with an eternal sponge head. Great bottle. Drier than I would have expected from the malty aroma. Caramel, toasted flavor. Medium-light bittering, muted cocoa at times. A little flat and a little thin. Medium toasty malt finish. Some alt-like qualities.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Medium Dark brown. Smooth and malty sweet with a bit of fruityness. Not as complex and robust as many belgians, but good in its own simple way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4921) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
jonas (7109) - Garching b. Mnchen, 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.

   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.

   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.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (10137) - 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).

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