bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Something of a caramel malt aroma. Clear amber color with a white head that didn’t last long. Left lace tatters, though. Medium bodied with fine, creamy, carbonation. The flavor is caramel sweet, with some yeasty spice (very little), and very arguably some vanilla. The finish is not all that dry, there’s very little bitter, there’s a veg note of some kind. Might be closer to Newcastle Brown than many ales. It’s ok, but it is not going to amaze your palate. Good for Coors, but it probably indicates where craft brew will go if the macro brewers buy it up. Blandland.
Tmoney99 (13587) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured clear brown with a large off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate sweet malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium sweet flavor with medium sweet finish. Soft drinkable brew.
Ratman197 (13398) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of burnt carmel, light spice and a hint of corn. Palate waslight bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, strange spice and some odd tomato notes with a smooth slightly dry lingering oddball flavor I can’t put my finger on. ( I won’t put my tongue on it again either!)
argo0 (13309) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle, best by March 09. Medium beige head that mostly dissipates to a creamy coating, crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, candi sugar, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, brown sugar, caramel, light astringency. Creamy light-medium body, light acidity.
bu11zeye (12752) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz. bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, brown sugar, and toasted grain. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle-pours a foamy to rocky light tan head that laces and copper/orange color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, at first pour a hint of spice, some bready. Taste is medium malt-caramel, some bready, secondary earthy(English)/spicy hops. Light side of medium body. OK carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (12187) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown, mahogany in fact, with a small, frothy, off-white to light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, bread, caramel), light to non-existent hops, average yeast (leaves, dough, cheese) with notes of dates, brown sugar, and wet paper sacks. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness. Not a bad beer, and certainly warms the holiday mood. It is nice to see such a large brewer buck the norm and go for a less mainstream style.
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce bottle. Coors attempts a dubbell. Hmm. Pours a reddish brown color with a medium head. Poor head retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet and earthy malts. Sweet caramel malts in the taste, with not much else. Thin bodied.
Dogbrick (11605) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draught at Winking Lizard in Columbus. Pours a clear copper color with a medium thin and foamy off-white head that dissipates steadily. Sticky patches of lacing. Mild aroma of grain, spice and fruit. Light effervescent body with a subtle malt and spice character. Light nuts and dough in the flavor as well. The finish is mildly spiced and leaves a nutmeg and malt aftertaste. Does not meet my expectation of what an Abbey Dubbel should be, but does meet my expectation of Coors’ expectation of what an Abbey Dubbel should be.
Sammy (11216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On-tap at Kelly Cole’s Improper. This is a mild Belgian more than a spicier English winter warmer. Medium bodied with carbonation bubbles prominent in a lighter colour. Malty fruity aroma. Sourish.