BeerandBlues2 (10531) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear dark brown with a small, fizzy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark fruity esters with toasted biscuit malt, spicy and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
DiarmaidBHK (3661) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours from tap dark ruby with a fairly big head. Aromatic with nice spice notes. Taste is very smooth yet has a creamy sort of finish. Not overpowering taste but definitely a representative of the style.
abcfan (802) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very surprising brew from ABC. Not really know for "BIG" beers, but this one was nicely done, actually, the entire Belgian sampler was nicely done. this dubbel was very smooth. Poured dark orange/red, with a thin head. Notes of raisin and candi yeast were present. Taste was very similar and finished very smooth.
Nejhleader (1301) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
was a bit disappointed in this. Apparently was a contest winner that they brewed. Not anything special. along the lines of a lesser dubbel. No remarkable features to it. A bit of a sweet candi flavor is it.
PapaSkeetSkeet (998) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 This was brewed by Appalachian Brewing Company to honor the recipe of a homebrewer which won a Pa state homebrewing competition. First tapped on 10/30/2010. Pours light brown with minimal off-white head. Aroma is a mix of phenolics, apricot nectar, baking spices, alcohol. Flavor is very similar to the abbey road, spicy, phenolic, but with an additional sweetness that is both malty and slightly fruity. The added abv contributes a bit to the booziness and heat in the immediate aftertaste. Overall, itís better than the abbey road, but it reminds me too much of abbey road and tripelocity. I think ABC needs to branch out with their Belgian yeasts more; perhaps try a fruity or maltier variety. UPDATE: A new Montebello Farm Dubbel is on tap starting 2/24/2011. This iteration is significantly darker and has more noticeable notes of raisin, yum, although they are still somewhat restrained. The spiciness is also a bit less phenolic and more, um, spicy, like in spiced bread. It is also cloudy and more carbonated than it previously was. Overall, this is an improvement in many ways.