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


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RATINGS: 973   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintbypint (3265) - Edmonton, Alberta, - NOV 10, 2004
330ml brown bottle. Red brown colour, head is gerenous, fluffy and off white. Sweet brown sugar aroma. Starts with a slight malt sweetness - notes of light brown sugar and raisins, then gets bit sour tasting, notes of lemon show up near the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dchad56 (283) - - MAY 8, 2016
Bottle - clear reddish brown, low carbonation, small lacing at sides only. Strong caramel aroma, ting on tongue and in mouth. Ok tasting but but too much ting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2016
Bottle acquired as part of a Christmas care package from the aunt. Poured into pint glass based on being too lazy to look for another glass. Deep brown cola color with an aggressive amount of nearly tan head. Not getting very much on the nose...maybe some malt and a little bit of hop characteristic which comes as a bit of a surprise. Taste is pretty mild but there are the traditional Belgian dark fruits coming through. It incorporates roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. Some bready characteristics. Soft mouthfeel, effervescence, and a really enjoyable finish. Feeling more impressed by this one as consumption continues. Not necessarily an upper tier dubbel but overall a decent representation. Iím going to add this to the list of beers to have on the next international visit to Brussels as a fresher version may enhance the score even more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
fuzzcro (177) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2016
Iím not getting much flavor at all out of this one. It tastes watery. I donít see myself drinking this one again. There isnít a single outstanding quality in my opinion...disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bosbouw (2506) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2016
Fles van zaanse molen. Chocolade bruine kleur met een volle kraag. Ruikt moutig, herfstfruit, zoetig. Smaakt zoetig, suiker, mout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingsBrew (49) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2016
330ml bottle, Malty sweet aromas, Light-Medium Carbo, Dark brown liquor with beige head, Oily texture, Toffee sweet malty tasting flavors, Nice dubbel beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1433) - HONG KONG - MAR 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2016

330ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Cloudy hazy dark ruby red colour with a thin ring of dirt-like yeast sediments; One and a half finger head with crumpety light beige foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Beautiful sticky lacing and quite fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant dark malt, with light roastyness, caramel, strong toffee, light chocolate, dark fruits, sugar, tartness, bread and strong Bel yeast.

Taste: Mid to light sweet moderate dark malt, with roasted peanuts, strong caramel, toffee, shades fo dark fruits, light molasses, bread, strong Bel yeast, faint lemon, very light bitter hops and light grass.

Body: Mid to light. Very slick and creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Fair dark maltyness in a very smooth and slighty watery background. Roast is light at first but strong flashes of peanuts come out, followed by nice caramel, toffee, light sweetness and bits of dark fruits. Very yeasty and very light lemon to round. Smooth as silk. Thin but lovely!

Hoppiness: No aroma, with thin lemon and light grass in taste; Bitterness is very low for an abrupt, fairly low astringent dark malty finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Nutty and slightly bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one gives a bit of sweet tease which is better than most non-sweet Dubbels. A tad light in body yet itís quite silky and solid in aroma and taste. A better than above-average Dubbel. Quite a joy!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deanso (8070) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2016
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Thin off white head. Hazy amber pour. Herbal. Not a great dubbel.
Earlier Rating: 3/7/2013 Total Score: 2.8
33cl bottle labelled as Alsemís Dubbel. Thick off white head. Hazy amber pour. metallic aftertaste. An ok dubbel.
Earlier Rating: 12/8/2011 Total Score: 3.3
75cl bottle. Good creamy head. Clear amber pour. Quite nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kermis (9555) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle shared from the source. Nice picture of the horse palace on the label which reminds me of my walk to work at my last company. Not sure if thatís a good association to start with or not.. The beer itself is a hazy amber brown with a medium light tan head. Aroma is vegetal with big herbal notes, yeast, compost, light dark fruits and caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 3/7/2013 Total Score: 2.6
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours hazy brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, night nurse, light malt and light fruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 5/16/2012 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle shared at Cafe de la Gare. Pours brown with an off white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel and some yeast. Flavour is malt, caramel, light bitter, dark fruits. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inoven (122) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2016
Diep donkerbruin helder bier met beige schuimkraag die redelijk snel weg trekt. Weinig aroma. Smaak licht bitter met in de verte een beetje caramel. Ietsje houtig in de nasmaak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (8807) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2016
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear mahogany with a thin, bubbly off-white head. Aromas of dark sugar, plums, spice, raisins. Taste is stewed plums, light spice. Sweet finish.

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