Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A clean and crisp caramelized beer that doesn’t feel like a Belgian dubbel at all. Very drinkable but very bland.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed when almost 1 year of age
The look: Partly cloudy copper body with small particles topped by little off-white ring of foam
In long: The nose is that of a generic sweet beer with notes of candy sugar and caramel. The body is too light, too clean and too crisp to feel like a dubbel. Taste of caramel, candy sugar,
brown sugar, raisins and a surprising (and not so desirable) red apple flavour. The beer feels so light and clean/crisp that I could call it refreshing. But with that flavour profile I want nourishing over refreshing. I want substance. The carbonation was sparse and soft and didn’t feel Belgian at all. With the red apple flavour and the sugary caramel the beer ended-up taste like one of those caramel-coasted apples they sell to kids at the fairs. With a name like that I wasn’t expecting a great abbey dubbel. Nor would I expect much from the “Two Armless Mechanics” auto repair shop.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle courtesy of ib4lb. Pours a hazy dark brown color with huge visible particulates and one finger tan head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of ripe dark fruit, caramel, yeast, bread, candy sugar, molasses, hints of honey and spice. Flavor is sweet and malty with some metallic funk, spice, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, hints of ripe dark fruit. Medium body with a malty and spicy finish.
DocLock (9494) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12 oz). Pours deep brownsih ruby with off-white head and a lot of floaties. Nose is rock sugary malt, fruit, yeasty spices. Tastes caramel malty up front, with some raisiny fruit, yeasty spice, and finishing hops. Decent complexity.
BREWMUSKCLES (2530) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I must have gotten a good bottle joe because this beer was nice... sweet and spiced appropriately yet in moderation with the perfect refreshing yet provacative abv. almost on the light side so refreshing and burnt orange in color my nutella and sesame bread from espositos on 9th av nyc melded perfectly with this brew. nice abbey aroma. a winner with its own light hhhmm almond essence.
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of yobdoog. Thanks! Pours amber with short lived wispy head. Smell is fruity, gummy and caramel malts and a touch of belgian yeast. Taste is fruity, nutty, and lightly of caramelized raisins. Faint yeast flavor, which I like and a bit light and crisp. Almost refreshing, I’d say. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, and the flavor is slightly watery, which is probably why I prefer this to any other dubbels I can think of. Nice beer.
JoeMcPhee (9244) - 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 (6238) - 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 (1499) - 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 I’ve had this beer was more about the malt then the yeast flavor. It was a real tasty brew.
michael-pollack (4959) - 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 (2482) - Springfield, Vermont, 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.