gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy kiefdog. Brownish copper pour, big frothy marshmallow head, lots of lacing. Very spicy nose, with banana and big on clove, yummy cinnamon. Flavor is very spicy, with some chocolate, banana and clove, and other rich fruits. Nice, balanced, very rich and delicious. Wanted to hate it like everyone else, but I couldn’t.
Strykzone (6561) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque medium orange brown with a nice soapy tan head and sticky lcing. Fruit nose to the max with some spice and soy sauce. Flavor is passion fruit with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. It is balanced with sweetness and dryness. Feel is medium, if not a pinch more, and smooth. A nice beer and the ABV was not exaggerated.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
stinky cheese and sweet, doughy aroma; thick pour and head, with a lazy body; syrupy, sugared water with some fruit and spice; one vision here and it isn’t fully realized--leave this style for the guys in Europe or do something great.
marcus (8906) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This copper ale poured with a thick tan head and a candy sugar and spice aroma. This is a nice attempt by this brewer to replicate a dubbel style abbey ale, and it is quite flavorful. However, there is way too much spice (cloves) and not enough depth of flavor to qualify as authentic.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from BevMo Pleasanton. Pours hazy amber with yellowish-beige head. Aroma is bananas and cloves. Flavor is slightly salty, with notes of bananas, cloves, vanilla and honey.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Sidneys Wine and Spirits (New Orleans). Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly malty with notes of spice, banana, cooked veggies, phenol, caramel, honey and some hints of brown sugar and toffee. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, honey, grass, hay, some bready and yeasty notes as well. Medium body with a pleasing sweet malty finish. One of the better beers I have had from Abita.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Clear mahogany with ruby highliights and a creamy, generous, ecru head that unfortunately collapses quickly, a spotty lace left behind. Aroma is decidedly fruity with figs, dates, raisins, and some caramel in the background. Smooth and slightly sticky on the palate with a medium body and carbonation. Caramel and toffee flavors up front with a tangy bitterness that takes the edge off the sweetness and ushers in a softly dry finish. Certainly a departure from Abita’s usual offerings, and surprisingly good.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by some fine gentlemen at the Free the Hops monthly chapter meeting in Huntsville. Poured amber with an off-white head that left light lace. Fruits and spice in the aroma. The flavor also found fruit and spice with a hint of hop and alcohol. Medium body and sweet.
nearbeer (4783) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Clear ruby-copper with a lasting finger of cream. Spicy date, banana and a hint of plastic resin/band-aid in the nose. The flavor is spicy nutmeg, allspice and mixed dark and light fruit, with some roasty nut and cocoa notes on the finish. Maybe some wheat as well. Medium body is smoothly carbonated and drinkably watery. Creamy frosting all over the Trappist chalice. Actually not a bad dubbel. The aroma and taste would get higher marks from me if not for that plasticy hint.
travita (4805) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The look is clear, amber in color, and has an ok off white head. The smell is fruity, banana, yeast, belgian, clove, and sweetness. The taste is yeast, belgian, candi sugar, spices, and earthy. Good feel and finish.