Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap: Aroma of raisin, plum, hints of chocolate, and light alcohol. Pours a dark brown with no transparency and an insignificant off-white head. flavor has lots of raisin, chocolate, plum, and other dark fruits. Finishes with a light tartness and alcohol bite. Very tastey, but doesn’t come across as a Dubbel.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft @ Oak Cafe Poured black with a huge tan brown two finger head .. Roasted carmel malt aroma with a a touch of smoke. Some dark fruit. Lots of roasted malt flavor and seems to me a smoked malt flavoer. some hints of toffee. Creamy finish with a great amount of lacing..
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
64oz growler from PartyTown in Florence Ky - Just got back with my spoils from a trip to Kentucky - This was my prize possession. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan 2 finger head that stays quite well and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of burnt malts and caramel, and a touch of raisins. Flavor is very malty. Lots of caramel, toasted even burnt malts, some grape, and raisin, smoky. Medium body,creamy texture, and a somewhat dry finish. Quite stout-like for a dubbel but definitely unique. No sign of the alcohol but I think I’ll feel it by the time I get to the bottom of the growler..
Terminus (3087) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at brewpub-man, seems like most of my ratings have been right on the numbers. deep brown/chestnut with a brown head. earthy, husky, dark malt nose with lots of coca and grain notes. flavors of chocolate, caramel and light char. An abbey dubbel? i dont think so. Tastes like an amped-up Brown ale. mouthfeal is full but somewhat chalky, but actually adds an element of uniqueness to this brew. Alcohol is very well hidden. i dont know why it was served in a plastic @#$@#@ cup though. I was not a fan of the bells eccentric cafe. They can keep the eccentricness to themselves!
Tmoney99 (9989) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at Party Town, KY. Poured dark brown with average frothy brown head that lasted with good lscing. Complex roasted caramel malt aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Medium roasted fruity sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting solid brew.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2008 12 oz bottle - Almost black color with almost non-existant dark tan head. Aroma is slightly roasty, a bit smoky, roasted caramel, bit of ash, dark cherries. Flavor is slightly smokey, dry roastyness, bit of vanilla, with a balanced finish. Overall a decent brew, but not amazing. As has been said, this is not really a double, more of a belgian-style stout.
Tap &#64; cafe: Very dark brown color with almost no head. Aroma is sticky, hints of smoke, roasted caramel, dark grapes. Flavor is chewy, malty, caramel, grape, dry finish. An alright beer, but not really a dubbel. Too dark in color, no real esters in the aroma. Smokeyness is interesting, but out of place in this brew.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. This one pours like a thin stout... almost jet black with a thin beige head. Smoke surrounded by dried dark fruit and bananas all wraped up in a mildly sweet finish. No trace of the high alcohol content at all. A fine brew.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong roasted caramel malt and yeastiness in the aroma. Fairly prominent caramel/toffee malt with dried fruits... figs/dates/raisins ...and a yeasty quality in the background. Some undertones of Belgian spicing as well. Very well hidden ABV. Pleasantly drinkable but not a home run.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 tap - This one made me think Belgian Strong Ale more than anything, but a Dubbel? Alright. It’s dark brown with a thin head. Flavor is of dark fruits and malt with a dry finish. The palate is full bodied with slight yeasty bitterness in the finish. And hey, it has a great name.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ the Eccentric Cafe. Poured to a dark brown/black color. The aroma was spices and fruits. Not really sure what the flavor was, exactly, other than very good. I’d definitely have it again.