Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Ertvelde, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Very dark, coffee color - full rich body - staying head - effervescent nose - soft velvet feeling in the mouth - luscious. Malt character with a hoppy aftertouch. Monks used to fast on this type of beer for 40 days! No food, only beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Cloudy dark oragnge with great head and lacing. The nose is of sweet malt, figs, and some musty kind of smell. Some fruity and nutty notes in taste. Thin body with a watery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Pours a dark brown, nice head, but it quickly recedes, leaving some thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is mostly sweetness, some dark fruits. Pretty standard dubbel, the alcohol is a little too noticeable for my liking, however.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Choos (564) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
Aroma to me was prunes and malt. Hazy ugly brown with a head made from big bubbles. Green apple with sherbert flavouring with an odd mix of malt (thanks Lunkie for helping me identifing the sherbert). Massively bubbly which detracted for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lunkie (1363) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
Hoppy malty aroma with murkey born colour. Explosion of nothing flavour and fizzy sherbert palate. Not sure how the Monks could fast on this for 40 days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Nice large creamy off white head that is fully lasting. Clear med-dark red-orange body. Sugary fruit aroma. Raspberry, cherry, strawberry perhaps. Bitter sweet dark fruit. Prune, medicinal cherry, grape. Sort of an earthy sourness. Soft palate. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Hum, this is beer, and right now, I want beer, so it fills my current requirements. Other then being beer, it’s nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
Could not taste the strong alcohol but was in aroma. Sweet spices, alcohol, and effervesent carbination malt combination didn’t strike me or my mates bang on. Tart. Lovely head. Dry and unsatisfying aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2004
This exploded out of the bottle. Cloudy reddish brown with a massive head. A yeasty and salty aroma is contrasted by a very fruity malt accented taste. It is very different for a dubbel but there was too much fizz which detracted from the experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 This is a fine example of the Double style. One I need to keep on hand a bit more often. +++ Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this brew pours a dark red/brown color with a large foamy beige head that lingers forever and produces great lacing. The scent is sweet, yeasty and fruity and has a mild amount of flowery hops and chocolate. The flavor is very malty and fruity with solid notes of cherry and raspberry and a light nutty undertone and a hint of molasses. The texture is bubbly and the body is fairly full. The malt and sour fruits really come out as it warms and the finish is nicely long. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shotgun1431 (126) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2004
Beautiful ale! Very dark red with a tan head and and nice lacing. Not a lot of aroma but it's all good. I really like this flavor. Malty and not a lot of bite. Alcohol is well hidden. A very good beer!

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