kramer (4551) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, via BrianK I think. Pours a dark amber to brown body with a small fizzy beige head that vanished rather quickly. The nose is quite odd for a Dubbel, not a whole lot of malty sweetness, esters, and yeast as expected, just a slight garbage juice note, with some minimal dark fruits. The flavor really doesn’t resemble a Dubbel either, there’s a good bit of cooked celery and a gritty maltiness that reminds me of rye flour. There’s a light smoked malt quality to the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly clingy texture and a little too much fizzy carbonation. Overall, not really sure what to think of this beer. Bad bottle, or just a bad beer?
Underhook (162) - Lincoln Park, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really excited to find this at my local beer store in both a six pack and single 12 oz. bottles. No bombers were available. I remembered reading an article about the beer and brewery in the Newark Star Ledger some months back, so I picked this up to try it out. Contrary to some reviews, I can’t seem to get much of an aroma out of it. It looks like it could be mistaken for a glass of soda. Fizzy, soda-like head that’s gone within seconds. Still cold- lots of carbonation, very malty taste. As it is warming, more of the flavor comes through. Lots of raisin, a little bit of caramel. Hints of earthiness as well. Too much fizzy carbonation kills the beer for me. It’s a quality beer, but I’m glad I picked up a single instead of a six, I’m a bit disappointed.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic dubbel yeastiness; I can smell the earthy spiciness (clove, almost!) from a few feet away. There is a big yeast blob in the neck of the bottle.Excellent, thick ecru head, lasts a long time. Very dark brown, almost impenetrable. Flavor is a whirlwind of alcohol, iron and molasses, fruity brown sugar and nuts (nut meat, walnut specifically). Raisin sweetness charges in at 60 deg (I started at 55 deg). Quite spritzy carbonation, almost too much. Pretty true to style. Thanks to hophead75 for the bottle.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Oaktree. Pours a nice deep ruby color with a nice lasting off beige- almost grayish look and nice lace. Aroma is phenolic yeasty spiciness but not overdone- the typical high fruity esters and fusels seem very light which I like- also a slight sea-air saltiness in the aroma that I get form some saisons- nice yeast strain and temp control here. Flavor is nicely malty, some hints of nuts, toasted bread, caramel and munich malts, light fruitiness in the middle- some raisin but also toffee in there- with a dry bready finish and some light earthy spicy phenols in the end as well. Mouthfeel is nice- carbonation is med to hgih, but not overcarbed- nice mouthfeel. Better than I expected since I dont usually like Dubbels. Nice beer.
dmac (3688) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree. Drank out of the Unibrue glass that Jay hooked me up with, thanks Jay. Pours a deep ruby/ brown body with a huge frothy off white head. Aroma of candied sugar, figs, raisins, prunes, sugar, maltiness, brown bread and some more sugar. Medium to full bodied that is nice and creamy with a good touch of carbonation present. flavor is sweet and fruity with notes of fig, raisin, plums and finishes with a touch of srawberry. Great new brewer that I hope makes it because I will drink loads of this beer. PS get some new labels the old ones are uglier then some of my old one night stands.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz, no date. Bonus from BrianK! Slightly hazy ruby brown with a one finger beige head, fair retention. Aroma is dominated by toasted cereal grain. There is also some caramel, banana, and a touch of figs. Flavor is still far too grainy for my tastes. Some roasted malts also became fairly prominant in the flavor as well, though I was able to pick out some raisins and fig. Ashy roasty dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 3. No hint of alcohol. Light prickly carbonation with a medium body. Not really a fan.
hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper reddish / brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of raisins, fried banana chips, toffee, yeast, and plums. Tastes of raisins, plums, caramel, chocolate, and lighter yeast. Alcohol content well hidden.
bp (776) - Queens, New York, USA - APR 11, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle: pours a dark reddish-brown, with just a little bit of head, I can’t pick up much of an aroma on this one - maybe some dark fruit and a slight sweetness, taste is a tad bit bitter, dark fruit flavor, beer is a little fizzy which I find odd for a Belgian dubbel. Nothing special.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted a 12oz bottle with Brian the brewer himself.Poured a nice dark bown,the usual color of an abbey.The aromas were of tons of malt,toffee,raisins.The flavors were malt,of course,chocolate,all the usual suspects.I liked it so much I brought a keg of it to put on the bar I purchase for in Warren,can not wait to try it on draft.
HoppityHop (168) - New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first I couldn’t get much of an aroma, and what was there was basically alcohol and sugar. Eventually, the malt aroma came through and brought it up a notch. There’s not much of a head or lacing, but the basic "cola" coloring is surely inviting. The flavor of sweet caramel comes out of the malt, with no real discernible hop presence. Sticky mouthfeel. Tastes young, but quite a nice dubble, none-the-less. Brian (with Mike and Greg’s help) has done it again.