zenkis (398) - Ogre, LATVIA - JAN 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark copper, clear, with creamy small top. Aroma of darker malt, bread, yeasty, fruity, a bit caramel, earthy. Taste is sweet, malty-yeasty-bready profile, a bit spicy on tongue, very light bitter. Mild dry finish. To me this seems like easy drinking, pleasant beer with no burdensome complexity.
Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer nerds tend to fawn over the Trappist beers, but perhaps we should be paying more attention to the other Belgian "Abbey-style" beers, like Augustijn Dark. Just because itís not made by monks doesnít mean itís not as authentic or as flavorful. In fact, I think I like this beer a little better than some of the monksí brews.
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a Trappist chalice.
Appearance: Dark opaque burgundy/maroon hue. Forms a small, yellowish, soapy head which mostly fizzles away and leaves minute lacing.
Smell: Classic dark Abbey ale nose of dark fruits with hints of tartness. No alcohol presence.
Taste: The Belgian Dubbel is indeed a distinct style and differs from the catch-all "Belgian Strong Dark Ale." I havenít had one of these in a while, so Augustijn Dark was a nice callback to what Iíd been missing. Instead of spastic energy and sourness, this beer takes a bit more mellow path in its delivery. The basic flavors are there: black cherry, fig, plum, raisin, but thereís a noticeable candy-like sweetness through the middle, especially that of caramel. The backend finishes with some notes of honey roasted peanuts and maybe a hint of smoke and still manages to leave a pretty clean aftertaste. The bitterness is mild and short-lived, but strong enough to notice and keep the palate balanced. With the right food or cheese (or situation) pairing, I could see this beer being pretty amazing.
Drinkability: What separates this beer from many other Belgian Dubbels is how surprisingly drinkable it is. Belgian yeast tend to make the beer very effervescent, super crispy and difficult to drink in large sips. In the case of Augustijn Dark itís remarkably calm with a thinner mouthfeel but still manages to be full in body. It goes down super smooth and might even be refreshing while itís in the mouth. It wouldnít seem to be the big 8% ABV that it is, which makes the drinkability all the more impressive.
LarryBeast (405) - - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Pours reddish-brown with fluffy beige head. Roasted malt and mild fruit aroma. Has some light toffee-caramel sweetness. Bigger bodied, strong and with some bite to the finish.
puboflyons (1678) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle and the Van Steenberge mixed 6-pack. The pour is dark mahogany amber with a slight cloud and a short-lasting but foamy off-white head. The aroma is of barley and caramel malts, Belgian candy sugars, yeast, and maybe some black licorice. The body is smooth and medium. The taste is up front sweet and malty with a slightly lingering low bitterness. An enjoyable beer.
goozen (2559) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0,33ltr: Hazy brown coloured brew with an sweet taste and hints of caramel and banana.
Iphonephan (2231) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Pours hazy amber brown with an off white head. Caramel nose. Nice carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors of raisin bread. Lingering finish.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(From notes 15.11.12) Bottle. Off-white foam that settles fast. Clear, medium brown beer. Aroma is a bit yeasty, slight banana, some unknown spice, medium sweetness. Flavor is malty, bitter, a wee bit watery. Mouthfeel OK, but too much foam (not stingy, but foamy!). Aftertaste roasted bitter, some sweetness and very slight alcohol. Perhaps I could call this a "basic" dubbel, but not special.
MarinEvelyn (322) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark color. Good head. Bit of a bitter aftertaste, though something covers it, a wheaty taste perhaps. Well balanced, good beer
beerbaaron (687) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Brown with fluffy off-white, long-lasting head. Banana, clove, spices. Medium to light body. Very smooth and drinkable. Lacks impact.
scantron (63) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
December 6, 2012; 7.0% abv, 330 mL, trappist, BBD: 09/70/14
Aroma of belgian yeast, banana and bubble gum. Also some herbal hops evident with some spice. Pours a deep burgundy with a tan head which doesnít stick around for too long. Sweet toasty malts with dark fruit. Spices from the booze are upfront while the herbal hops take a backseat. Nice carbonation from the bottle conditions. Medium bodied. Pretty good but nothing special within the style.