hopdog (7732) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with dkachur (thanks!). Bottle labeled enjoy by 12 2008. Poured a deeper brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, some dark fruits, caramel, roast, and chocolate. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, some yeast, and chocolate.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks to alexanderj. Brown opaque pour with a thin off-white head. Lots of sweet caramel in the aroma with candy sugar, spices, and a little bit of underlying breadiness. The flavor is not as impressive as the aroma. It starts out a little sweet (a little fruit) with some belgian style spicing, but it quickly turns to a sort of nasty biscuit flavor mixed with off-spicing. The flavor just didn’t quite come together.
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - FEB 19, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
dark brown with beige head, it has deep caramel aroma and yeasty flavor. sweet and fruity body resembles the style well, but a bit overhopped for a belgian.
TheBeerGod (4675) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, almost black pour. Small tan head. Aroma is very fruity with some burnt caramel notes, yeast and a roasted malt backbone. Taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, milder fruit notes, soft yeast, bitter hops and burnt caramel. Very much like an American porter mixed with a Belgian ale. Body is medium-full with a strong bubbly carbonation tingle. Finishes with an increasing hop bitterness, stronger roasted malts, hints of coffee, dark fruits and fleeting Belgian yeast. Not a bad beer, but not a "true" abbey dubbel.
Kinz (3023) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber, slight head fades fast, clear. Aroma was lots of dark fruit and caramel. Flavor was frankly a bit odd, with lots of dark fruit, some caramel, and then a clear note of hops, mostly bitterness as opposed to flavor, but nevertheless, hops stood out in a very odd way. As it warmed, things settled down a bit, the fruit softened, the caramel stepped up, and the hops moved from bitter to drying on the finish. Interesting, although I feel like the flavors didn’t quite mesh perfectly here.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with tan head. Subdued nose of brown sugar, dry roasted notes, faint dark fruits, and faint yeast-- all very inviting, though. Flavor is intially pretty dry, focused on roasted and bitter chocolate notes, followed by a medium malt sweetness with the slightest fruity twang. Finishes sweet and sticky, with a bit of yeast bite underneath. The hops come through in the finish, definitely an interesting touch. Smooth and creamy throughout, and the alcohol is completely hidden. Overall very subtle, but very well done; I liked it quite a bit!
alexanderj (3082) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 Rerate; from same 6 pack as prior beer. Poured a dark cola brown; smallish beige head. Aroma was of sugar, bubblegum, fruit, spice and toasted biscuits. Flavor was definitely more balanced than I found last time and it came together better. Alot of sweet and yeasty flavors. Boosted score from 3.2 to 3.3.
(My third beer from this new Virginia brewery. Bottle from 6 pack; poured a dark, red tinted brown. Aroma of candy sugar, yeast, spice and a hint of chocolate. Palate was good, smooth and lightly creamy. Flavor was a bit off and didn’t mesh as well as it could have. However, it did get better. Hoppy version of the style. Spice was well done. Would have liked some more sugar and roasted/chocolate elements throughout. Pretty earthy. Not bad, but with a bit or reworking it could be really tasty. )
jmuhops (666) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very deep brown with a large off-white head. Candy sugar, toasted malt, and light Belgian spice in the aroma. Swirling and warming bring out a touch of mustiness. Flavor begins candy-sweet and lactic. Halfway through--after a small-scale blast of phenol--the hops become oddly apparent. Odd because I’ve never had a Dubbel with such an obvious hoppiness. The earthy bitterness actually works well for a second before it overpowers the other flavors. A mustier, more Belgian character might have stood up to the heavier hopping. Interesting beer. It grows on you, but I’m gonna stick with my first impressions.
Drake (6594) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2010 Bottle. Pours very dark, orangish-tinted black. Fizzy, cream colored head with decent lacing. Spicy, bready and hoppy aroma. This is very creamy. Subtle hops with a roasted coffee taste.