commonmac (1011) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2015 On tap at Busters. Definitely one of the best beer bars in the Twin Cities. Consumed in a 12 oz pour with samadouche. Cola brown nearing the black threshold. Minimal tan head. Roasty, nutty aroma with some chocolate undertones. Taste comes forward as more of a stout than a dubbel. The roasted coffee and chocolate plays a big role almost overshadowing the Belgian qualities I crave. Some cherry found in the sip. Alcohol presence felt...almost a bourbon warmth. It’s a very good beer but seemingly mislabeled as an abbey dubbel...should be an abbey dubbel stout.
unclemike (2870) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a full beige head. Earthy sweet malt and mild fruit aromas. Flavors of dark currants, raisin, mild pepper and hints of spice. Very much a dubbel. Some yeasty undertones and very mild esters make this one true to form
chucklemation (1320) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark mahogany with a thin off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits, roasted malts, nut, and some caramel. Flavor is a touch of dark fruits, roast, and nut. Body is light to medium. The blend of flavors comes off a bit odd to me. Not a fan.
arnold931 (1256) - Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with nice tan head. Nose is coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Taste is creamy raisins and chocolate.
Ernest (7252) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (Aug 28, 2015 bottling). Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), with notes of vanilla, marshmallow, gum, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Pleasant but somewhat sugary smelling. Pretty sweet in the mouth, as portended, and some not-so-enjoyable acidity as well. Overall ok but not that interesting.
matty (349) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep ruby red, almost black. Very thin tan head that disappears very quickly. Complex aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate & dried fruit. Full bodied, taste is a combination of coffee and chocolate with a slightly sweet finish. Very good!
Murrow (93) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown to black. Minimal tan head. Aroma of roasted malt with some Belgian yeast. Opens with hint of alcohol that quickly develops into toasted malt flavors, some biscuit. Somewhat earthy and sweet. Rich, velvety mouthfeel. Slightly warming finish. Pleasant and complex flavors, very enjoyable.
jcnielsen (3129) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with khaki head. Roasty, toffee, cocoa aromas. Roasty, cocoa, sweet, caramel flavors. Not really a dubbel of any sort. Not too bad overall.
gripweed57 (1331) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a translucent dark brown color. Small tan head. Faint roasted malt nose. Sweet roasted malt flavor has dark cherry and cocoa notes. Very Porter like. Finishes sweet with dried fruits and sweet cocoa.
Criz (347) - - NOV 5, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Deep brown color with oily tan head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, plum, and cherries. Leaves the palate dry with a tanin like finish, similar to a red wine.