JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Barcade. Deep amber-orange beer. Aroma is lightly spicy. A bit of red licorice and some light fruitiness. Light malty sweetness and a bit of fruit. Soft plums and a light peppery character. It’s okay, but not great.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
at the brewery-pours a tan head and brown color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, woody, dark fruit-raisin/plum. Taste is sweet medium malt, woody, dark fruit-raisin/plum, some spicy, earthy hops, some yeast.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Barcade: Amber pour with a thin off white head. Fruity, yeasty nose. Has a touch of cranberry, fresh fig, raisin, and a mild citrus peel note. Rounded feel. The flavor has a bit less depth the the aroma- some sweet dark fruit notes upfront of fig followed by a grainy malt note. It gets a bit astringent, dried tea leaf character. Not very much like a Belgian Dubbel, and not so great.
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First the executive summary: Take a typical Abby Dubbel, and add a woody taste, *WAY* up front to the tastes typically present in a dubbel, and you’ve got this beer. Now, the full review: Poured a cloudy maroon color with a medium sized head with lots of persistence. Nose of plums, prunes, roasted malts, and wood. Wood was way out front in the taste, apparently picked up from the wooden cask in which the beer was conditioned, with notes of dark fruit, typical of a dubbel, behind the woody taste. Short, understated bitter hop finish. This was an interesting American/Louisiana twist on an abby dubbel, and was really quite good! Abita doesn’t publish the ABV but it’s probably high; two pints of this stuff kicked me in the ass.