chimaybier (70) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Six-pack purchased at BevMo in Livermore. Bouquet: Good but not great malt nose. Subtle banana esters. Could use more Belgian malt in the mash. Color: medium brown, many dubbels are in this range. Head collapses too quickly for my liking; almost no Brussels lace. Palate: a lighter version of Ommegang’s Abbey Dubbel. Some spicy hopiness, reminds me much like brown ales from Holland. It’s an good beer, but not great.
danielyabu (1063) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - JAN 26, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
small frothy white head. flat thick light brown body. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. aroma: spicy, nutmeg, dark chocolate, moderate malt, wood, little alcohol. if: moderate sweet. ff: moderate sweet light bitter; long duration. palate: watery texture, light body, lively carbonation, metallic finish. Apesar do rótulo, não lembra Dubbel, puxando mais para Brown Ale. É mais fraca e menos encorpada que aquele estilo. O que se destaca são os aromas. Dulçor maltado, caramelado, achocolatado. Final alcoólico e condimentado, com noz-moscada, lembrando cervejas de natal, apesar de continuar aguada. 60s 50r
Derek881 (939) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a cloudy dark amber-light brown color with a medium-sized creamy tan head that had fairly short retention but a good bit of cling. Its aroma featured caramel malt, some dark fruits and banana, a bit of toffee, and some earthy hops tones as well. It had a sweet, fruity taste with a touch of raisin and some caramel, as well as a noticeable grainy bitterness as the flavors developed. The beer had average carbonation and a lighter, creamy mouthfeel with some presence of alcohol and dryness at the finish.
batneil (226) - - DEC 18, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark colour. Quite fizzy, with fine, sharp bubbles. Slightly chocolatey taste I thought.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Brown color, light tan head, nice lacing. Nose of spice and darker malts, some light sugars and some belgian yeastiness. The flavor is more simple, more towards a spiced amber, not too belgiany. Finishes moderately bodied and sweet with some molasses. Not bad.
skoisirius (1438) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Worked for what it’s attempting to be...had this once about 8 months ago and can barely remember it...remember a bit too sweet on the not as thick tip though. Ok.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured a nice amber with a beige head. aroma was caramel and winter spices. flavor was caramel, nutmeg, and some type of herbal root. body was medium with high carbonation. pretty good winter ale.
bhensonb (10162) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Co-op in Davis, CA. Pours copper/amber with a decent beige head. Smells like roasted caramel with evergreen boughs. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Thins a bit as the carbonation leaves. Flavor is roast malt with evergreen sap. Could be some grassy hop. Sort of a Xmas Belgian. Very nice.
5000 (5980) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep amber, brownish, coppery, moderate finely bubbled off-white head, a few rings of lacing.   Spicy nose, anise, all-spice, nutmeg, cinnamon.   Somewhat like a Dubbel crossed with a spiced Winter Ale.   Bright dark pitted fruit both and the nose and on the tongue.   This is already much better than all their other offerings.   More spicy than your average Dubbel, and also not as much dark pitted fruit.   Sweet, but not cloying.   Body and mouthfeel aren’t heavy as one wouth think for a Dubbel.   Lingering spiciness on a background of sweetened malts.   Big on spices, especially on the nose.   Good Winter offering, even if they try to play this as a Dubbel.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
6 pack from Beverages & More! Arden. Pours a clear dark amber with a small tan head which quickly reduces to a thin film. Aroma is spicy with some banana notes. Oh; flavor is a lot richer than expected. Lots of honey, bitter fruits, medium hops, on a thick malt body. Thinner palate, low carbonation. Not bad. Overall, good.
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Boozy and over sweet. This beer was a disappointment, and I have no idea what it has to do with the holiday season. The aroma is alcohol, caramel malt and a mess of Belgian phenolic/fruit character. There are some interesting fruit notes, raisins, apricots, grapes, in there that might be appreciated, but I’m not a huge fan of dubbels. The beer is a reddish copper with little head. The flavor is sweet and boozy with some bitterness, but it doesn’t really come together. Ok beer but not great for a winter seasonal or the style.