Drake (10501) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice bonus from BrianK. Chocolate brown pour with a medium fizzy head. Earthy aroma of raisins, figs, yeast. Malty taste with notes of toffee, raisins, yeast and tea. Slightly bitter finish. Lively effervescence. Very nice. And, my first New Jersey brew!
jcwattsrugger (11553) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-pours a foamy briefly then dissipating tan head and deep red/mahogany color. Aroma is medium malt-roasty, leathery/earthy, fruit, spicy. Taste is dark/medium malt-roasty/some chocolate notes, fruity-cherry, secondary earthy/spice /grass/hay-hops. A decent beer that is an interesting interpretation that’s a bit more bitter, less sweet malt and less yeast impact than standard. OK carbonation.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a dark brown body with some amber hues and a light tan head. Aroma is sweet maltiness, caramel malt, some spicy yeast. Some sweet dark fruit like raisin and plum a salty flavor quickly drying your mouth. A very interesting dubbel and certainly an easy choice as an extra. Solid with a nice abv kick heck i’d be more then happy to have again. Nice NJ.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle thanks to dmac. Thank you dave. Rich malty yeasty flavors that I enjoy. Very good and thank you for sharing.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep dark brown,,with a small fizzy tan head. Strong aroma of burnt brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor is mainly of roasted/burnt bready malts, with a slight sweetness, and a hefty doseof booze. Palate is slightly astringent, and a little too hot for only 7.4. Has potential, maybe the next batch will be a bit more balanced.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of prunes, grape juice, nuts, and toasted malt. Flavor of raisins, plum, caramel, nuts, toasted malt, and light herbal characteristics.
kramer (5360) - 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 (5075) - 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.