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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
The emphasis for this beer is the maltiness sweetness and yeast byproducts. A large percentage of Special B imparts raisin and plum-like characteristics, while the aromatic provides a richer malt perception. The chocolate is for color, and the Cara45 for more sweetness. The Styrian Goldings provide an earthy base and fruitiness to the beer. Fermented in the upper 60s up to the lower 70s, bubble gum and slight fruity esters are made. The signature of this beer is the rich dark fruit flavors, but without being overly heavy. Itís perfect for a winter evening and a natural with a wide range of foods.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (255) - USA - JAN 1, 2015
Nice malty caramel taste. Very easy drinking. Awesome take on dubbel. Almost like doppelbocked dubbel. Roasty, dark fruit, caramel, bread but also very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21446) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Muddy dark brown color, bright tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Taste is creamy chocolate liquer. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12880) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
A clear brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with light grassy hops, curacao, nice. In mouth, a smooth sweet fruity malt with light coriander, curacao, OK. On tap at Whole Foods Chandler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (924) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
22 oz. bomber from Safeway in San Jose, CA. Nice medium amber with a foamy light tan head. Aromas of candy sugar, caramel and toasted wood along with a little hint of Belgian yeast. These follow into the taste with a slight sour note and a little vanilla. The body is a bit thin. Thereís some dryness towards the end with some peppery spice. Strangely, unlike a lot of ales this one gets less tasty as it warms. Finishes with lasting caramel sweetness and that sour woody taste. Tasty, but could use a bit more malt to bolster the body and bump up the flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brv111 (5) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 5, 2013 does not count
Nice aroma, but taste is pretty basic. Nuttiness, sweetness, and malty flavor, check. Nothing else going on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monk191 (1752) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2013
A decent, if not great dubbel. Pours a beautiful purple-brown with a light tan head. Smells slightly like banana. Taste has a lot of maltiness, and some alcohol, despite the 7%. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6625) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep red, bording on a shade of brown, moderate frothy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Soft dark pitted fruit, otherwise a whole wheat like breadiness.   Very bready on the tongue, soft alcohol, a little bit of dark pitted fruit.   Only thing missing is the musty/dank basement.   However, as an American example this one will pass.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Strong bready finish, with soft dark pitted fruit.   Could stand to be maltier, mustier, and sweeter, but as is its a passing grade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2815) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JUL 15, 2013
On tap half pint at The Bistro in Old Line Wine in Beltsville, MD. Clear, dark rusty brown with a 1-finger pale khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, spice and yeast. Taste of dark sweet malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, bread and yeast. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigguns22 (791) - Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Letís start with the bad a little chalky. Ever thing else is good poor is dark amber with a med tan head. Aroma is yeast and fruit. Easy drinker that has apple and yeast flavors. Sweet like a red apple and also crisp like a apple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1487) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Had no idea what to expect and this didnít disappoint. A very nice and complex aroma full of fruit notes. An attractive red pour with a nice tan head that leaves some lacing. The taste is well balanced and fairly complex but itís just a little too thin. A touch more body could do wonders for this beer. It is light and drinkable and maybe that was the goal, but a bit more substance to really make these flavors stand out could really make this one special. Still, very nice!

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