adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Epic Beer Fest Denver 2013. Pours a dark brown appearance with a beige head. Toffee, light anise, tootsie roll, chocolate, a bit fruity aroma. Mild banana, anise, brown sugar, raisin flavor. Not too bad but nothing special.
Beergeek23322 (1706) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
January 2012. Bottle. Dark amber color with a white head. Aromas of malt, spice, brown sugar and fruit. Good balance and the finish really shows the spice.
keanex (1134) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: The body is clear with a deep copper to mahogany hue, the head is tan and creamy, though itís short.
Aroma: Slightly malty with brown sugar and slightly medicinal cherry, but also a faint gasoline aroma.
Taste: This is a big and malty double with a deep slightly medicinal cherry flavor on the intro and lots of brown sugar and raisins. The finish is spicy, perhaps cinnamon or cloves.
Palate: Medium to thick with soft carbonation.
Overall: I really enjoy the complexity of this, but the aroma is a bit off-putting. I enjoy this though and would consider buying it in the Winter.
DrSilverworm (4020) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10oz snifter on tap at Dilly Deli, $4.25. Mostly clear but very dark brown / red color. Some minimal to thin lightly khaki head. Just a few loose bits of lace. Smooth, lighter, lightly soft carbonation. Bigger body. Lightly dry in the finish. Some dark fruit. Light hint of coffee, light bit of roast malt character. Moderate sweet taste. Light bitter. Light alcohol warmth. Very light spice. Nice American dubbel.
maxwelldeux (2713) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a quite hazy and very dark brown color with almost no head on it. Nose is malty and sweet with the sugary elements coming through. Taste is very sweet with just a bit of that Belgian yeast coming through. Not my style.
adamjackson (1750) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of raisins and figs. Taste is very sweet, very nutty, oaky and sweet finish. yeah, weirdly nutty.
AndyW68 (706) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown with yellowish head. Aroma is fruity caramel. Fast is raisin, wine and grassy. Very nice.
thb (644) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark reddish brown with an inch or so of rich yellowish head. Aromas are primarily barnyard yeasty bits. Some malt backbone with red wine, molasses character. Funky finish. Pepper. I like a little more richness/sweetness in my doubles.
Wittales (515) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was clear red caramel honey gold with diminishing creamy tiny off white head, no lacing. Aromas are complex array of deep fruits,caramel, chocolate, hints of biscuit malts, estery yeasts and port like alcohol present. Taste was sweet plum, raisin, port, hints of pine, spices and grass with fruity yeasty warming alcohol. Palate was soft creamy silky CO2 with medium-full body, then long warming deep fruity Belgian yeasty glorious finish. Just a touch to much alcohol, it would be stunning.
GarrettB (846) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
August 15th, 2012 - Most markets separate the fancy beer collections into two segregated groups. The first belongs mostly to American made craft beers, sometimes mingling the single bombers with the colorful bricks and block designs of stacked six-packs. The second section belongs to the foreign and imported beers, usually of Belgian origin, and sometimes the odd American beer whose price tag better fits with the Belgian stuff. And hereís my problem. On a tight budget, I feel like I can get more beer for my buck when I go for the domestic craft brewers. This means Iíve spent a lot more time with hops than I would like and a lot less time with Belgian flavors than I would prefer. Brother David comes to the rescue, delivering many of those core Belgian yeasty flavors at an affordable price point. The Dubbel from Anderson Valley pours a murky deep brown, emitting an aroma with a light soy sauce scent, ample molasses and brown sugar, a pinch of nutmeg and a general sweetness that makes me feel like Iím smelling the dessert cart at a fancy restaurant. The flavor pushes forward onto the palate with tons of alcohol, broken up by deep soy sauce tanginess and the deep, dark sweetness of fig in the back. Broadly this is a woody and deep flavored beer, but the alcohol is a little too dominant, and it interferes with the grander potential thatís lurking in the background noise. This might be a good candidate for aging, but since I have just one bottle, I have to evaluate it as is. Again, having those Belgian tastes at a price that doesnít make my wallet and my heart wither is nice, but itís also an indication of what that extra money goes towards - the real deal.