JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep brown ruby-tinted beer. White, fast fading head. Aroma is lightly malty wiht a bit of soft spiciness. There is a touch of orange peel as well as a lot of green apple acetaldehyde. Flavour is fairly sour with a pronounced tartness that I can really say I enjoy. There is a bit of light brown sugar and a touch of yeasty spice, but nothing terribly complex. Lightly garbage smelling and quite unpleasant rotten finish. This stuff is a damn mess.
vtafro (3051) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer although decent is not in league with other dubbels. Flavor pales in comparison to true belgians and similar craft beers.
bigrond (1460) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this beer. It had a really nice smoothness that made it very easy to drink. Unlike some Beligains Iíve had this beer was more about the malt then the yeast flavor. It was a real tasty brew.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, light dark ripe fruits, light burn caramel, plums, alcohol, and a bit of nuts. Poured copper/amber/orange in color with a small off-white head that lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Full of small, medium, and large-sized particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malts, cocoa, raisin, resin, tobacco, caramel, and light roasting. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, malty, nutty finish is on the dry side.
malrubius (1658) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle in Chimay glass. Reddish amber with quickly disappearing head. Toasted caramel sweet cherries and wood aroma. Toasted caramel flavor with raisin sweet fruitiness some earthiness and mild tobacco bitter finish that lingers. Medium body and medium low carbo. Nothing great about it. Not especially complex. Ordinary American red ale mouthfeel. But, nothing terribly offensive about it either. About as plain as you could possibly make a dubbel without ruining it.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Thanks for sharing this one, Eugene. Pours a murky light caramel brown with a thin beige skin. It smells much like fermenting fruit (just short of rotting) with a round, sweet malt backing. Medium-bodied and finely-grainy with a slightly sour transition to a drying finish. Lightly nutty malt, apple peel and a dry, "green" finish. Meh. This is not a great dubbel.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy GodofThunder. Pours brown with a thin, broken light white head. General sweet malty aroma with a very slight Belgian yeast note. Mild on the taste, very malt forward.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle, with thanks to Eugene. Pours a cloudy brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma is earthy, with yeast, wheat, near rotten fruits. Fizzy on the palate which is distracting, but some more dark fruits, tree fruits and a touch of caramel. Thanks Eugene!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy GodOfThunder. Pours a hazy, reddish chestnut color with a small, foamy, cream colored head. Scattered spots and skinny lines of lacing mark the glass. Aromas include caramel malts, toasted bread, overly ripe apples, raisin, and a hint of peppery cedar. Flavors again show caramel and dark fruit notes, with dry cocoa, floral hops, and a spicy, woody, cedar overtone. Medium bodied and well carbonated, there is a light astringency that comes through on the finish. Not bad overall, but a little on the mundane side.
BiddleBrau (923) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark amber/brown with thin white head. Faint fruity/belgian yeast aroma, some hops coming through. Flavor is smokey and dry for a dubbel, almost roasty. I think this misses the mark as a dubbel but is dead on as an Imperial American brown ale which is how I rate this (Brian you know this game).
PS - Iíve had the pleasure of brewing with and tasting one of the original Dubbels from Boaks which was one of the best dubbels Iíve had outside of Belgium. Looking foward to tasting many more great brews from this brewer.