jstraw (1959) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with big, foamy brown head / Big, rich, dark fruit and caramel nose / Full, chewy, body with nice balance of big malts and hops, and very good finish / Flavors of raisins, figs, caramel, ripe apples (thanks Jokes!), chocolate, roast coffee, vanilla, and oak / A spectacular, if non traditional dubbel.
GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark, dark brown almost black with a thinnish head. Has an interesting nose of malt and dried fruits with a hint of spice. The nose on this beer seems to open up as it sits. Tastes of fruity Belgian yeast, raisins, a hint of coffee and Dutch processed cocoa, with just a tease of alcohol underlying. Has a creamy palate with medium carbonation and finishes slightly dry. All in all a pretty good beer but seems like it leans a little to the dry stout side rather than being a straightforward dubbel.
Emeister84 (1984) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aromas of cloves, red grapes, plums, coffee, and classic dubbel, yeasty fruit esters. Appearance is black with a slight ring of beige. Flavors contain much the same as the aromatics, along with cocoa, some vanilla, and licorice. Coats the mouth and holds fast to the tongue well beyond the finish with a lingering spiciness.
gdaigle (12) - North Oaks, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I hate to gush but what an amazing beer! Rich, smoky deep flavors that keep going and going. Plenty of everything including a gorgeous brown head, sweet malt, medium hopped, and carbonated slightly more than average.
The only negative is the price! $15.99+TAX per six pack at my local liquor store.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into a Trappist glass. Batch 10735. Pours black with a small bit of dark brown head. Aroma is mostly coffee with a lot of fruit. Plum, banana, and a little citrus. Cloves and chocolate. Taste is medium bitter and very light sweet. It tastes like a cup of coffee with a banana dunked in it. Sounds bad but it is absolutely awesome. Full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long, coffee-bitter finish. Overall, awesome. I would gladly drink it every day if it wasn’t for the 15.49 per 6er price point.
DutchHillbilly (62) - Mattawan, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells mild. Very dark beer that produces a nice head. Taste strong but has absolutely no bitter aftertaste. Color is almost black. Very impressive. Explains the price. The single bottle price was $3.70 But well worth it!! Will buy this again!
mynameisjonas (206) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow this is thick. tan to brown head when poured. nice rich flavor. tastes very yummy
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found this one bottled at Binny’s in St. Charles. Very thick, oily dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Spicy and fruity nose, with some apricot, raisin, allspice, walnut and toasted malt. The flavor is complex as I expect a dubbel to be. Finish is strong, alcoholic, and spicy. Another impressive brew by Bells, and welcome back to Illinois!
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost brown head that didn’t last long. notes are toffee, chocolate, nice hop aroma in there, honey, maybe some wheat. Mouthfeel is medium to light... smooth. The complexity of this beer is very unique. Taste is a good amount of cherry, chocolate, some smoke flavor in there, toffee sweetness and some definite hops on the finish. Well Made and Excellent. Enjoyability 5/5.
JDBaker11058 (1790) - Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: very dark brown, with lighter brown edges and a short-lived, creamy tan head and next to no lace. Aroma: abundant nose, with aromas of chocolate, raisins, plums, clove, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, allspice, star anise, black pepper, yeast, and more. Taste: surprisingly chocolaty, with lots of clove-y spices, prune juice, ginger snaps, molasses, a hint of black licorice, raisins, cherries and figs. Finish: smooth, sweet, spicy, and just a tiny bit boozy. Notes: Advertised as a dubbel, which is why I bought it. My favorite style of beer, and from one of my favorite American brewers. But upon pouring, smelling, and tasting, I thought to myself, "This is more like a Belgian stout!" Then I read the commercial description, which indicated this started out as a dubbel and morphed into stout territory. I felt vindicated. More importantly, I felt lucky to have found such an awesome beer. This is truly something special. It’s not billed as a holiday beer, but it could be a Christmas ale, because it tasted like the season.