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RATINGS: 602   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2005
Clear dark Burgundy colour with lingering thin tan head. roasted malt nose. watery thin light malt taste with slight sour finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - APR 5, 2005
Bottled. Sweet, caramelly, malty nose with typical American hop notes. Taste is mainly chocolatey with fruity notes like figs, but also citrus fruity notes, especially grapefruit. I like those hop flavours. Ends in a medium-bitter chocolatey finish.. I really like this beer. It´s more american strong ale than dubbel to me, but that actually doesn´t matter, as it´s delicious. Thanks to yogi_beera and pivo for sending me this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ivan9856 (190) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2005
I missed the traditional cork and caged enclosure common to this style, but little else in this 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle disappoints. It pours clear, deep reddish-copper, with a largish tan-colored, quickly dissolving head; lacing was average. The malty, banana-like and fruity ester aroma hints at the flavors to come. A creamy and sweet malt initial palate quickly develops caramel, orange citrus and clove spice flavors in this full-bodied strong beer. The finish is relatively short, and adequately hopped, but the beer might be improved by some bottle conditioning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
Very sweet, malty aroma. Dark brown color, like very strong tea. Head quickly dissipates. Fairly strong flavor with caramel, hints of clove in the body, maybe molasses. Some coffeelike bitterness at the end. Definite yeasty notes, but not as cidery as some dubbels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
Brilliant mahogany brown color with a foamy tan head that evaporates over time. Malty sweet aroma tinged with hops. Level malty start with a ping of hops at the end that lingers long enough to make you want another sip. The palate is rather simple though, the flavor doesn’t change over time-- not alot of complexity to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2005
alcohol was well hidden brown in color, slim tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Intially a sweet taste that seemed a mix of fruits and vanilla. Finished with a spicy bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Pours a deep but clear brown w/ a tan head. Somewhat loose lacing. Aroma of dark dried fruits, prunes, plums, raisins, candy, cloves, vanilla and more. A little light on the CO2. Body is med. heavy. Alcohol is well hidden but there certainly some phenols in there. Med. sweetness. Slightly oxidized flavors but they generally reflect the aroma with an added red apple flavor. Tasty yet their are some things missing. Maybe could use a little less alcohol and some bottle conditioning. Good but kinda misses the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Much better beer than the triple. Dark fruit and marzipan notes with candy sugar and maple notes. Good spice with a hint of herbs, rosemary? Poor head retention, clean finish. needs a little longer conditioning, I would guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Duval snifter: Deep maple brown hue with a small and fading head and little head. The aroma has notes of raisin, plum, currant, toasted and caramelized malts, aromatic malts, and noticeable phenols. The taste starts quite fruity and with a heavy tone of malty backbone. the midsection displays a bit of hoppy spice and bitter leading to a finish that has a balance of oak and yeasty character. The sublime funky note adds some depth to this beer, yet it never completely gains a full mouthfeel of the classic Dubbels. Some meaty smoky tones make this more interesting. Overall, it’s an fair example of the sytle but never completes the deal. I was left with the feeling of wanting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 9, 2005
Aroma had an interesting bannana ester along with a rasin character. Smooth, with a slightly cloying buttery (diacetyl?) flavor but a clean bitter finish. Easy to drink, difficult to open.

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