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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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Dark mahogany color. The aroma has a bit of fishiness to it. Flavors are of malt, yeast and allspice. Pretty Good but I really expected it to be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Hazy brown-red. Nose is of candy sugar and raisins. Flavor is quite sweet, brown and candy sugars, deep fruity with raisins and prunes. A standard dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle. (Thanks argo0) Brown-red color. Not cloudy except in bottom of bottle. Fizzy beige head. Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Flavor is yeasty and spicy (coriander), but it is very faint. A little alcohol in aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Lightly hazed garnet body topped by beige head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, raisin, spice, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, candi sugar, raisin, finishing with mil alcohol burn/warming. Watery, moderately full body. Underflavored.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Pours chestnut brown with a fine beige head. Aroma of banana, dough, dates and ripe fruit. Soft on the palate with an effervescant carbonation. Flavor is malty and sweet with a slight roastiness. Full bodied, rich mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2004
22 oz bottle with wax. Pours out a brown with a ruby red hue. Little white head with nice lacing. It has a fruity/malty aroma that is not as strong as many other dubbels. It has a taste of malts and fruit lacking complexity of other dubbels I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Light chestnut color with an average of white head. Malt and dough aromas, along with some cobwebs and spice. Fairly thin to start, but does semm to thicken as you go. Dark sweet fruit with some toffee on the side. Hints of buttered popcorn. Seem a touch thin but quite contending when it come to domestic dubbels. Thanks Derek.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 5, 2004
22 oz Bottle with plastic (faux wax) drip seal over the cap. Pours brown with orange highlights, smallish head that laces well. Aroma of raisin, spice, yeast. Flavor is malty, contains dark fruit, brown sugar, banana clove. Finish is somewhat sweet, bitterness comes in and clove lingers as well. A very good attempt at the style, quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 26, 2004
This brew pours a reddish brown color, hazy, with a yellow/brown head. The head dies pretty dern quick. Smells like a dubbel: malty, bready, fruity esters, caramel and a presence of hops. Flavor starts out sweet, but launches into a totally unexpected sourness with some hoppiness and metallic flavors pulling up the rear. Mouthfeel is effervescent, and a little creamy and again tart. I don’t get it. This does not seem to be a good representation of a dubble, even as an American interpretation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Mahogney color with a medium light brown head. Aroma of rasins, plum, some light cocoa and a very slight roastiness. Flavor is full of dark fruits, lots of plum, some dry roasty notes as well. Well balanced and the alcohol is nicely hidden. Enjoyable dubbel.

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