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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (944) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Medium brown/mahogany pour with a tan head that leaves a light blanket of lace. Brown sugar, plums, smoke, significant amounts of smoke, something woody as well, on the nose. Strong toffee on the palate with some cheap caramel (those little Kraft blocks of caramel from Halloweens gone by) and dark fruit notes with a solidly spicy finish. Not exactly true to style but a pleasant brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6111) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2013
22. Pours an opaque dark eggplanty brown with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around for a while. Some CO2-ish notes on the nose along with plenty of dark pitted tree fruit. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Caramel, plums, dark brown bread, and a bit of aluminum on the mid palate. Tinny finish...take away the metallic and CO2 notes and this would be a world class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1104) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a light haze and a rather off-white head. Molasses and dark fruit, caramel aromas. Flavor similarly mixes raisin, red grape, molasses, and caramel, adding some distinct red apple. Mild alcohol sensation as it finishes. This is a pretty good one with clean, tasty flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Pours a clear mahogany color with a small, light tan head. Lots of candi sugar up front on the nose, molasses, caramel, dates, and plums. Nice toasted sweet malt note, very earthy taste, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Very smooth, not too sweet, and I’m digging the kind of burnt sugar taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2083) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Well done dubbel. Nice aroma of molasses and dried fruit. Pours dark brown with oily head. Taste is spot on dubbel, woody, fruity, sweet. Maybe I won’t miss Belgium so much after all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3346) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2013
New Beer Distributors, NY 650ml ($6.25): Pours mahogany with a tan head. Aroma is raisins, brandy, sugar, booze. Taste is sweet and fruity, but has a veritable hoppy undertone that gives it a substantial amount of bitterness towards the finish and aftertaste. Long lingering sugary aftertaste. Pretty good. Perhaps a little too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2094) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bomber - pours dark amber and won’t sneak up to bite my nipple. Nose is fruity like repressed republicans. Flavor adds what the moralist 19th century bourgeoisie refused to enjoy: sugar and chocolate amongst other luxury items. sweet like smeared squashed caterpillars on my toast. THE POWER OF BEER! metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
loooshman (3) - - JUL 22, 2013 does not count
Best double around, very balanced and aromatic! I have had very few double’s better than this while over in Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9013) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2229) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2013
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.

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