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RATINGS: 1011   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A reddish-brown abbey ale brewed with dark malts. The secondary fermentation gives a fruity aroma and a unique spicy character with a distinctive aftertaste. Secondary fermentation in the bottle. (Serving temperature: 8-10ºC)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Aroma is mostly malt. Pours a dark brown with a nice big head. Flavors are predominately sweet malt, with some spice undertones. A slight, pleasant aftertaste lingers long after drinking. A good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear bubbly dark reddish-brown with a huge rocky off-white head. Nice aroma of dark malt, dark fruit and spices. Flavour of caramel malt, brown sugar, spices, nuts and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is quite present for 7%. Thin to medium bodied. Not great but it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alyryn (9) - USA - DEC 29, 2005 does not count
Pours a deep, murky burgundy. The medium-sized head settles quickly. Smells of fruit, syrup, molasses and overall very sweet. Medium-bodied and smooth, there is definitely a hint of spiciness as the beer lingers. There is a nice balance of malt and hops here. The alcohol is apparent in the taste, but it goes over very well nonetheless. My first dubbel but good in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle. Dark red brown colour with a big baige head. Sweet fruity, chocolate aroma and taste. Medium body with a light dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Pours a clear ruby brown color with a thin light brown head. Aroma of dark malt, toffee, molasses and mild alcohol vapors. The flavor is oriented on sweetness with its rich dark malts, molasses and toffee, there’s also some wildflower honey that manifests itself in the finish. The body has a good thickness with a smooth, creamy texture, the carbonation is lively. This is a very good dubbel, the malt is rich and well rounded, the sweetness is present but not cloying, solid stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Classic label and bottle, Real big sandy white head, dark bottle-brown beer. Musty, slightly phenolic aroma. Dry, tart, light astringency, cocoa powder. Finish is a fading bitterness. FIzzy at times. Session weight. Not the best dubbel I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Best By date of 2002, 750 ml., cellared and shared by JPDIPSO. Hazy, muddy mild brown in color with a big dusty tan head. Aged indeed. Souring compounds hint at a brown sugar - meets - souring semi-sweet chocolate chips - to a sour mash component. Flavor proceeds in similar fashion, with portly tendencies and a hint of barnyard wood beams. Some cocoa powder with hints of milk chocolate spritsed hazelnuts. Effervescent, with a scratch coming by means of nut shells. Sour hazed dark chocolate, leading me to believe that this is worlds better than it would have been prior to 2002.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2005
Bottle from Affligem giftpack - purchased at LCBO. Slightly hazy copper-brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is quite subdued, with notes of plum, pumpernickel, a bit of roasted malt, and a medicinal edge when it warms. Body is thin and fizzy. Flavour is kind of messy, with notes of brown sugar, whiskey, some earthiness - not bad per se, but it just doesn’t seem to come together. The finish is nice, though, with some peppery bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours dark brown with a sizable tan head. Smell had chocolate, caramel, toffee, apple cider and banana. Taste was the same with some white wine and gin and tonic added. White wine mouthfeel combined with apple cider and banana. Quite interesting. Alcohol was very well hidden. The white wine was pretty apparent in the finish. Overall I was pretty impressed but it doesn’t compete with the great Dubbels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
Bottle (330ml). Poured slightly hazy reddish-brown with a good sized light brown fizzy, pillowy lasting head. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate, fruits, with hints of roasted nuts. Taste is ... somewhat metallic and strongly alcoholic - there’s caramel malt and some woodiness, but the nose was more promising than this unbalanced mash-up of bitterness and brown sugar, although an interesting black pepper character develops on warming. Mouthfeel is on the light side and quite fizzy. Not bad, but one of the weaker dubbels I’ve tried.

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