Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Van Den Bossche

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Meer, Belgium


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RATINGS: 373   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polaxis (73) - - FEB 15, 2014
500 ml capped stoneware bottle, with swingtop, at home @10°C large and lasting off-white to beige head. Beer is completely dark. Malty with hints of caramel and chocolate aroma. Balance between sweetness and hoppyness is just a tick on the sweet side, but still very balanced. Very good beer, would definitely buy again.

sharkydodson (1618) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - JUL 22, 2017
the aroma is caramel and fruity with hints of milk chocolate, toffee, raisin, red wine and vanilla... the taste is caramel and fruity with notes of dried plum, toffee, raisin, milk chocolate, brown sugar and cherry... sweet and dry aftertaste...

dcmchew (104) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - JUL 12, 2017
Pours dark brown, ruby hints, with a small off-white cap, moderate retention. Nice spiced apple mash on the nose, some caramel, some cocoa powder, even coffee tin and some faint dark licorice and anise. The taste isn’t as intense, but starts with a mild alcoholic burn, some dark spices and thick caramel. Apple esters, some toasted malt, with some extra spices in the finish, almost a bit Christmas-y, which is nice. Aftertaste is spicy, with some lingering sweetness, but also a bit dry. Dusty. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. A nice, spicy Belgian beer, tasty and easy enough to drink.

gripweed57 (2462) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2017
From old tasting notes. Sharp reddish brown color. Bubbly tan head. Faint caramel malt aroma. Fruity sweet character with a hint of yeastiness. Though it’s not complex, their is an element of intrigue to this brew. Nice subtle hop finish. Long pleasant aftertaste.

mR_fr0g (12126) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2017
Bottle shared at Cotteridge convention 05/03/2016. Thanks to Shane. A clear dark amer coloured pour with a loose white head. Aroma is dark cereal grains, papery, brown sugars, pale grains. Flavour is composed of spicy rye bread, brown sugars, little jammy fruits, papery, little oxidised. Palate is semi sweet, higjish carbonation. Not in great shape.

Rubin77 (2128) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 2, 2017
F: huge, beige, slowly diminishing. C: dark brown, clear. A: malty, dark fruits, bit of chocolate, coffee, toffee, spicy, yeasty. T: malty, chocolate, cherries, very dry on the palate, yeasty, bit of toffee, medium body, medium to high carbonation, pretty nice, 0,5l bottle from Cora Woluwe-Saint-Lambert in Brussels.

huineman (691) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2017
50 cl flagon served in La Trappe chalice. Pours darkest brown, almost black, with some reddish shinings. Thick, tan head vanishes quite fast. Aroma is quite low: just blackberry and blackcurrant. Fizzy, very fresh, almost no bitterness. Low persistence. Bah.

Hrodulf (57) - Aveiro, PORTUGAL - MAR 23, 2017
Garrafa 50 cl, cor caramelo, sabor com notas cítricas, a caramelo e malte, cerveja muito saborosa, corpo médio e carbonatação boa.

FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - 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.

Desverger (11455) - 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.

Bosskie (885) - 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.

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