JorisPPattyn (8123) - Antwerpen, - NOV 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium, light-cream coloured head, fast receding over fully hazy red-brown beer. End of bottle solid yeast. Attractive mix of liqueurish notes with lactic/oud bruin sourish aromas. Hints of green leaves as holly and chocolate. As such, ideal for the holidays, I’d say. Bitter-roasted, with only a hint at lactic acid backthroat. Some yeasty features, as if not fully fermented out - which sits strange on the lactic notion. Again bitter chocolate. Not very well-bodied, spritzy MF. Long-lasting roasted features in the aftertaste. Certainly not Boelens’ worst try! It’s not obvious in which way they wanted to go, but the result is worth trying.
SHIG (3751) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Started to gush as soon as the cap was popped. Poured a dark malted brown with huge beige head. Sweet sugars and fruit aroma. Taste is fermented dark fruit and brown candy sugar.
Bontus (654) - Flanders, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the brewery. Pours dark brown, almost totally opaque. Small not retaining beige head. Munich malt aroma, rather flat, sweet, caramel, like stale coke. Alcohol in the aftertaste.
thirstyrabbit (1254) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 9, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Cloudy chestnut brown body. Aroma has apple juice and yeast. I can tell from the aroma that this is going to be sourish and not a classical Dubbel. Sweet and sour yeasty taste with a fizzy finish. Messy. I don’t like excessive sourness in Dubbels so I don’t like this one.
bhensonb (11800) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Special Brews in Lynwood, WA. Pours dark ruddy copper with an off-white head. Aroma is malty fruits de bois. Med body. Flavor is malty, mixed fruit esters, and something making me think of a sweet cake. Not spectacular, but it’s a nice drink. Not finishing dry, but there’s a little bitter in it.
martjoobolut (1132) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0,33L bottle (from Wines of Galilee). Pours brown with light tan head. The head stays for some moments. Aroma is herbal, sour, dark fruits, caramel Flavor is sour, malt, fruits, caramel, yeast, some dirty water. Overall: ok-ish.
Marduk (3209) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 18, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
330ml bottle. Clearish copper color. Small size, beige head, stays. Sweet, caramel, fruity, , slight sour notes in aroma. Metallic, iron, yeast, sourish, copper in taste. Watery body. Iron in aftertaste. Some chalk too. Brrrrrr.
KyotoLefty (6905) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Kiya. First impression is peanuts in the nose! Salted peanuts, some chocolate and caramel, bit of stone fruit and grass. Almost black, with a medium, airy head. Somewht astingent flavor, light coffee, dark chocolate. Very bitter. Not much hop flavor, but big dry bitterness. Rather thin. Not my kind of dubbel. Too bitter, not nice body, too little malt character. The astrongency does not seem to come from hops, rather there seem to be other problems.
Alengrin (2742) - BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
New addition to the Boelens range, because a tripel needs a dubbel brother, apparently. Pours a very dark ruby red, clear but hazy with deposit, under a thin, light beige, finely structured head without much lacing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate liqueur, candied dates, fresh orange peel, overripe blue plums, fresh redcurrant, bourbon, candi syrup, liquorice, peppermint, sherry, cardboard and something phenolic (I’m thinking fresh paint...). Sweet onset of candied fruits and candi syrup, bit ’fatty’ and smooth mouthfeel, soft carbo, some citrus refreshment, then turning very caramelly malt sweet, somewhat nutty and chocolatey as well, under a spicy yeastiness which leads to a finish of grassy and leafy hop bitterishness, gin-like alcohol (though in all relatively well hidden) and sweet chocolatey maltiness lingering on. Tasty, decent and in my opinion more interesting than the original tripel version. More a classic ’massieve ale’ (abt) than a true dubbel, though.
mmargarucci (100) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - NOV 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is roasted nuts and wild yeast. Pours a dark brown with big Belgian foamy head. Palate feel is very creamy. Taste is like sweet dry fruit, figs or dates with Belgian yeast after taste. Lacks complexity to be a top line Belgian double but still a nice brew.
MADpalace (218) - Budel, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown cola color with cream-color heavy head. Sweet smell. Sparkling beer taste with sweets and nuts. Some sticky mouth afterwards.