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New Commercial Description: Brewed in a cloistered nook of remote Anderson Valley, this handcrafted Belgian-style strong ale may be the closest you’ll ever get to heaven on earth. Made in very limited quantity, it is malty, tangy and a little wild, it is sure to raise your spirits. We suffered to brew this enormously complex beer so that you can enjoy it completely guilt free.

Original Commercial Description: Brewed at the Anderson Valley Brewing Company by David Keene, the owner of the legendary San Francisco beer-bar, Toronado, this double-style ale features the huge fruit flavors combined with yeastiness and spiciness that Belgian ales are known for.
Brewed from malted barley, hops, water, demerara sugar, and special trappist yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffDaddy (64) - - NOV 26, 2013
Darker copper pour, with a thick and lasting head. Perhaps this is an interesting version of this style. Yeasty, slight woody, lasting bitter finish. Impression is kind of... warm, brown sugary, faintly bitter. Much more going on as it warmed up. Enjoyable but... wanted more going on. Would I drink again? yes. Would I order again? maybe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tgncc (2818) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
The aroma is earthy, pepper. The appearance is hazy, deep amber, white head. The flavor is sweet fruit, light pepper. The finish is light is light pepper, fruit. Medium in body. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frahmo (292) - Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Dark roasty malts with that wonderful beligan yeast in the background. A sweetness is present that is almost sugary. Carbonation was pretty mild with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2013
Bomber bottle. Reddish dark brown with off white head. Aroma of bread, syrup, vinous, liquorice and a creeping bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
22oz bottle, dark brown color, with some reddish highlights, and a pillowy beige head. Nice yeasty fruity nose of raisin, fig, date esters, with some raisin pie, apple sauce, chocolate chip cookie dough, plum juice, toasted, caramelized, biscuity, chocolate malt accents and a toffee, date squares, sponge toffee, candi sugar, graham’s cracker, brown sugar note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice sweet dark dried fruit, yeasty, toasted, caramelized, biscuity, chocolate malty character, with some dry raisin, fig, date, light chocolate bar, date square, toffee, spicy, faint por liquor, raisin pie flavours, with a candi sugar, molasses, raisin glosette candyish undertone, leading towards a warming, yeasty, doughy, spicy, dark dried fruitiness, chocolatey, lingering faint coffee, toasted, caramelized, biscuity, chocolate maltiness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (790) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Pours a dark copper color with a thick khaki head. Yeast, malt, brown sugar, caramel and raisin aroma. Brown sugar, plumb, raisin, yeast, malt caramel and bubblegum flavors. Medium light body and raisin finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdInSaltLake (639) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Sweet, dark fruit aroma; a little tartness. Malty flavor: Sweet, caramel, dark sugar, raisin-like fruit, biscuit. Yeast flavor is relatively mild: bubble gum, pepper, herbal. Also some tart flavor... Low carbonation for a Dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gethinbeer (2154) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
Mahogany pour with an off white head. Spiced malt aroma. Strong malt spiced liquor flavour. Earthy tangy finish. Nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cirrhosis (1208) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
Dark cola brown with a pillowy crown floating on top. Aroma and flavour is lighter then I was hoping for but all the right elements seem to be here. Yeasty banana with elements of red wine and oak. Very sweet in the front and has a lingering bitter in the finish. Brown sugar really shows up in the brew the warmer it gets, and the warmer the brew gets the more I like it. Brew gets fuller and stronger the longer I let this sit. No real complaints about this beer except for the fact it didn’t wow me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (1625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2013 Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Poured very dark but showed as a clear ruby red under bright light. Pungent cherry sour at the bottom but brighter brown fruit at the top. Rotted bing cherries. Bit of a watery double.

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