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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Deep amber pour with a small head of foam. Sweet aromas of ripe fruit and malt. Not getting much spice, just some hints of anise. Finish is sweet, but not cloying. Hides the 9% well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a dark burgundy-brown body with a moderate light brown head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, and plum. Flavor of malt, fruit (cherries and black currants), and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Opaque, dark mahagony in color with little to no head. strong, yeasty, alcoholic, floral nose. tangy, yeasty, malty, and citrus flavors. Palate is bitey, crisp and dry. I like it man

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2005
That’s not wax sealing the cap here, the bottle has been dipped in rubber! This beer must be meant for aging. I don’t find this all too surprising, especially considering the strength in the malt here. Whoa...I’ve never seen a Double like this: very dark, darkest I’ve seen. The biggest surprise here however has got to be the malt profile, just bizarre...the Belgian yeast plays Robin the the malt’s Batman, big smoked wood characters are found in the malt here along with a slight sweetness that actually balances the estery yeast fairly well - a fusion of styles for sure, very ambitious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Aroma: carmel, mustiness or moss, some vanilla
Appearance: dark reddish-brown, cream colored head, lacing
Flavor: carmel, coco, burnt malts, slight cream, some spices
Palate: smooth, bubbly and creamy, nice burnt malt/baker’s chocolate aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1938) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Saw this at my local Organic grocer. Had tried the Tripel and found it satisfactory if not overwhelming. The bootle looks like the one in the display but with some black wax sealing the cap. A dark brown almost mahogany coloured ale..small tan head that does not last for long..some lacing. I liked the aroma of this its very "plummy" ,fruity and spicy but not over whelming. Again the taste is quite sweet but with a spicy orangy bitterness to balanceslight medicinal aspect to the alcohol. Its nice on the tongue ,but could be a bit less thin . Its a nice Dubbel..not to bad and quite drinkable for the 9% alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Deep ruby pour with a thin sheet of lace along my tulip shaped glass. Inviting aroma of yeast, roasted malt, fruit, and alcohol. Pleasantly acidic. However, something about this feels hard and rough in the stomach. Overall, this is just an average dubbel in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Brown w/ orange hues, no head and slight lacing. Soury fermented fruit/ dark fruit on the nose... the same in the mouth... Creamy and smooth on the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2580) - GERMANY - DEC 27, 2004
Balsamic vinegar nose, brown color, foamy head. Chocolate, sugary malt. Very sweet with no bitte. Fairly good double and overall sophisticated. It just doesn’t really all come together in an outstanding brew experience. Try it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Leaning to the sweeter side with brown sugar and dark fruit qualities, but ending somewhat dry. Sure that some of the complexity and/or subtlety was lost in that this was sampled amidst Fantome and other big beers. But not to the point that I was unable to appreciate it being well made and quite tasty.

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