Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draught @ Bellís Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Very dark brown color with a small and quickly diminishing white head. Quite dark, considering they call it a Belgian Dubbel. Really gentle aroma, with a light hint of molasses, chocolate and red fruit, but it is very subtle. Upon tasting, this is more like a Belgian stout. Really roasty, with molasses, chocolate and coffee notes and heavily yeasty, leathery tones. Light cassis and port wine flavors as well, though very light, considering they consider this beer a Dubbel. But, what makes this beer so special is its heavenly body. Itís so creamy and thick and really brings out the flavors.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
brown, no head really. Sweet sugar with toast through out, chocolate here and there, tobac and alc, mild very nice.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Deep brown (pretty much opaque) body with a thin, dissipating off-white head. Orangey-red highlights at the edges. Toasty aroma with residual sugars and dark fruit, light because the beer was served too cold. Flavor was initially quite dry and toasty with plenty of chocolate, giving the beer an English Strong Ale feel, but as the beer warmed the vinous red grape finish opened up along with hints of cola, licorice, and bready yeast. Cherry flavors also developed at warmer temperatures. Alcohol was evident in the finish. Another excellent beer in the tap room.
jtw (1074) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 draft at eccentric day 2004. looks a lot like a doppelbock--no head, deep brown. soy saucy, salty, spicy. reminds me a little of samichlaus somehow. medium tingly body.
bottled now, and itís much the same. dark brown/black with a tan head and a roasted smoky aroma and flavor. a smoked dubbel (this fits nowhere, i suppose dubbel is the closest there is) - no alcohol notes but plenty of unique earthen flavors despite a minimal hops presence.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap: Dark, mahogoney color. Quite a bit of carbonation initially. Alcohol, I thought was well concealed. Fairly sweet, molasses-y. Some cloves and fruit. Something, as far as style is concerned, that is a little off the beaten path for Bells.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
candi sugar and tobacco aroma, no head on a dark purplish brown body, stinging alcohol with lots of dark ripe fruit and a slightly dry finish with perhaps a hint of chocolate