nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
These days I typically stray away from most Belgian styles...even more so if it’s an american brewer. Not to say that they don’t make fine examples of the styles...I’m just a bot bored with yeast, orange peel, and coriander sometimes with sweet or fruity maltiness. Although some stand out either with great balance of flavor(like Pannepot or some of the South Hampton brews) or just something different, which would be this brew here. Pours an oily dark brown with a fizzy and somewhat creamy mocha head. A good bit of yeast fills the aroma and is backed with some smoke, roasted malts, some rasin, some spice...pretty earthy. The flavor has a nice roasted malt quality...some smokiness that I think gives the usual fruity sweetness and yeast profile some breathing room to where they aren’t as dominate as I would’ve expected. Nice body, rich and slick with a solid amount of carbonation that doesn’t go overboard and works very nicely with the roasted malt character. Tons of malt with hints of fruit ove the tounge with a almost chocolately/roasty/dry finish. A very interesting take on the style, almost like a smoked-dubbel...which would explain the fire and demon on the label.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dubbels always catch me off guard, pouring way darker than I expected - this one is deep brown nearing black with a fantastic mocha colored head. The yeast dominates the nose, wet earth, supported by caramel malt sweetness. Softly carbed. Lots of dark chocolate, burnt caramel, vanilla tanins and plum in the body. Overall, this is pretty heavy on the tongue for a dubbel IMO, but damn drinkable none-the-less.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Black with a tan head. Sweet, plum/prune nose, fruity, brown sugar. Sweet dark fruit flavor, prune, raisin, currant, brown sugar and spice notes. Yeasty finish, light toasty malt. Very good!
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with a nice sized tan head. Aroma reminded me of beef jerky at first, rather weird and unappealing. There is a smokey malt, dark chocolate aroma that eventually comes out the longer it sits. Some bitterness at the finish. Disappointing.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black as hell body with a devilishly beautiful, caramel-tan head. Head is ample and quickly fades to a thin ring of carbonation. Some lace. Nose of toasted/burnt malt and caramel. Flavor is smoky, bitter and somewhat burnt. Tones of burnt fruit (plum) and black coffee are also noticed. Finish is bitter.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great dark brown with small head. Dark fruit such as plum sweet with a decent alchol kick. Creamy with just a hint of coffee Another solid Bells brew.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m with everyone else on this one. For an abbey dubbel,there was very little fruity ester,more of a grainy and dark unsweetened bakers chocolate,also got some kind of tang,like there is wheat or rye present. Tastes like two different styles were dumped together. Its not a bad tasting beer,just hard to catagorize
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body with nice tan head. Interesting aroma of roasted chocolate, a little espresso and loads of licorice. Flavor is nicely balanced between a dry roasted smokey malt, dark fruits and floral hops.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 12 oz bottle via shigadeyo (thanks Craig!). Chilled almost 2 hours. Served approx 48 degrees. This pours a near black with large tan head. Nose is malty with some fruity esters and floral hops. Taste is very hard to describe. Malty taste with some anise, plums, chocolate, banannas, licorice and a bit of hoppiness. And many flavors i cannot put my finger. THis is a complex and tastey beer. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle in a trade. Abbey Dubbel?? I would have expected much more from Bells in a Double but I was sadly letdown by this. I will try another bottle. The flavors were muddled.