IrishBoy (3622) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Bottle Barn; 2006; Nose is very fruity, like raisiny, sweet with clovey spices, and vanilla hints; Hazy rusty red with a small beige head; flavor has raisin pie, yeast, and some light hop bitterness, along with some light peppery spices. Pretty good double, quite drinkable!
1FastSTi (3157) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks Dave. The beer pours to a gushing transparent deep red mahogany body with a thin foamy light tan head. The aroma is white wine with white grapes and sweet barley. Earthen dusty yeasts. The flavor is dusty brown malts, green raisins, and earthy yeasts. Nice barley flavors. The palate is medium bodied, chewy, creamy, and lightly dry.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 bottle. The bottle is a gusher but doesnít smell bad. Clear brown body under a short-lived foamy light tan head. Dry raisin, rum and chocolate wafer aroma. The flavor has a strong sweet raisin element over dry chocolate cherry cake. Lasting bitter raisin finish. Decent stuff but Iím not a huge fan of raisin beers.
JCB (3808) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty lively winter brew, though Iím not really feeling it as a dubbel - not enough Belgian yeast character or heft in the body. But itís enjoyable on its own merits. Deep ruby body with minimal head and lacing, you immediately get a whiff of the spices - not just the prominent raisins, but nutmeg and a trace of anise. Very nice, and a bit mellower than you might expect (even though the alcohol is noticeable). Not a bad brew from Bison.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Ruby/mahogony beer with a light tan head. Yeasty, dark malt aroma. Malty, yeasty, slight fig/raisin flavor with backing dark malts and some breadiness. Medium body. Lingering caramel malt, yeast, and breadiness.
Crit (3075) - New Westminster, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown, tan head.Nose of raisins, brown sugar but slightly astringent.Dark malts and fruits, medium alcohol heat actually detracts from flavor instead of enhancing it. Not a great effort
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2007 I think I might be copying Cornfield unintentionally by rating the exact same beers as him but hopefully the ratings will be different enough to be unique (or do I want them to be similar?). Bomber from Sams near GI Clyborn. Mahogony with small off white head 3. Alc and dark fruit aroma 7 that was matched in the flavor with sweet malt as well 7. Alc burn, med appropiate body 3. Not bad, actually nice 14. -------- from the blind "Better Know a Style: Abbey Dubbel" tasting. Hazy dark brown with red, small (almost nonexistent) beige head 3. Aroma of alc and some dark malt, all very light 4. Alc, banana flavor, super sweet, vegetable not too great 3. Thin to medium body, numbing carb 3. Very unappealing and worse so far, so much banana and alc 6. Though I have a feeling that this bottle wasnít the freshest it could have been.
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This has a dark mahogany body with a slender beige head that soon redeuces to a halo. The aroma is sweet with raisins, malt, and brown sugar. The raisins seems a bit burnt in the flavor and the alcohol makes its presence known. A nice warming ale.
<font size=-4><a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Wine & Spirits, Chicago, IL<font size=-1>
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Notes of figs and raisins with a noticeable candy sugar character. Clean and somewhat overly subdued palate with a soft dark fruit character and mild underattenuation. Clean soft finish.
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Abbey Dubbel pours a deep reddish copper color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, malty, sweet, chocolate and rum, with a touch of raisins. A medium bodied dubbel. Malts are caramel, dark fruit and raisins. Sweet and smooth. There is only a touch of hops noticeable. A touch sweet and fruity. This is a very nice beer. Another in a line of nice beers from Bison lately, kind of a return to the old days for these guys. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.