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Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Van Den Bossche

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Meer, Belgium

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (8960) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2012
Thx. to Tim for sharing this one during the GBF 2012 // 50 cl. swingtop stone kruik type of bottle sampled // despite the Westmalle name this appears to have nothing to do with that brewery // lighter shade of dark brown with a light mocha head // smells vintage/oxidized, rather mellow nose of dried dark fruits, malts and spices, BE stuff // sweetish concoctions of well aged malts, plenty of nuts, spices, smoothed out, dried fruits, sweet herbal in the back still some hops in here, flourishes of milk chocolate, touch bread // creamy, quite good stuff, easily surpassed my low expectations

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (5209) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
16 ounce ceramic bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/15/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (558) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Dark brown auburn color. Malty bready nose. Flavor of prune, molasses with roasted coffee at the end.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bweezy (53) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
Poured a dark brown with creamy, off-white head. Aroma is malt/yeast and a hint of fruit.. Flavour is malt with hints of...nuts? Not sure exactly. Pleasant easy drinking brew, but not as complex as Id have thought. Still, a nice brew to drink

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vikingguy (1092) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours nearly black; some ruby hints when held up to a light. Tall foamy head. Sweet malt aroma. Taste has notes of chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, some good balancing hops. Lots of malt with a creamy texture. Really liked this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (15757) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Dark brown pour. Nose of raisins, caramel, nuts. Taste is smooth raisins, prunes and burnt fruits. Rated 5/18/04

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
POLK (2219) - Hrning, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2011
A nice Belgian ale that just gets better and better from sip to sip. A dark, top fermented abbey, with a high fermentation process. It is reasonably strong with a gentle flavor of caramel malt. The bittersweet taste characterizes this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (6061) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 500mL ceramic swingtop bottle poured hazy brown with big beige head and nice lace. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt and nuts. Body is medium as is the carbonation. Is it just me or do beers taste better from ceramics?

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (3451) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
500 ml crock. Pours a dark brown with moderate head. Aromas of dark fruit, Flavors of juniper berries and wood. Distinct. Bitter with sweet finish. Very nice.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamaty (2080) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 10, 2015
Bonito color chocolate, muy oscuro. Un dedo de espuma cremosa, que se va pronto pero deja la tipica pelcula. Aroma ligero a chocolate y pan tostado. Buen cuerpo con mucha carbonatacin. Sabor predominante dulce, sin exagerar, en medio de la efervescencia y con muchos ms tonos que dan bastante complejidad. Uva, fruta roja, malta tostada, chocolate...El alcohol se deja notar y redondea el conjunto. Gran ale belga


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