after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750, corked and baled. The usual Boulevard workout comes in removing the cork--you don’t really have to be a competitive powerlifter to uncork one of these bottles, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. Pours a murky, grainy dark brown with a dense and creamy, surging tan head that falls quickly away to loose suds around the edge of the glass. Big sweet gingerbread house nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Brown bread, molasses, and gingerbread cookie/holiday cookie spice on the mid palate. Mild clovey/spicy finish. Appealing but rather reserved and overbalanced in favor of the sweet.
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a medium, frothy off-white to light tan head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, dark fruity esters, and faint hops. Flavor is medium/moderate malt, dark fruity esters, light bitterness, sweet with a lightly dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 1/17/2010 Total Score: 4.2
Sampled at Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear ruby-brown with a medium, creamy off-white to light tan head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is heavy malt and fruity esters, dark fruit (plum, dates, pears), caramel, cookie, and earthy yeast. Flavor is heavy caramel and bready sweet malt, oak and dark fruit, vanilla, earthy hops. Full bodied, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.
Travlr (17657) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle courtesy of beerandblues2, thanks! Murky brown color, large full beige head. Aroma of sour toe jam and citrus. Taste is sour, buttery, soapy. Not sure about this one.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Phone rate. 750mL bottle, batch number 2011-2, best by 04-2012 from a Hy-Vee in Omaha off of Fort St. Pours a clear garnet with a two finger light tan head, pretty decent retention. Smells like a fairly dry dubbel--fig notes and toasted malt and fruity yeast dominant, coriander and anise present as it warms. Flavor still has the fig, but it has a sweeter quality, and some raisins and molasses come onto play. Fairly peppery and spicy. Still pretty dry, though. Some coriander does come through, but doesn’t complement or detract. Alcohol is barely noticeable, especially for over 8%, just a little lingering bitterness. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Decent enough of a dubbel.
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. Dark brown body. Large, fizzy beige head, slowly diminishing to pools. Aroma of clove, orange, toasted grain, earthiness, banana with a hint of licorice. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. The strong bitter finish disrupts the nice caramel, and spice tastes. A bit too thin, but otherwise solid and enjoyable.
ilovedarkbeer (2539) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lighter brown color with a large creamy head. Notes of caramel, cinnamon, banana, clove, and paper bags. Creamy mouthfeel. Kind of boring.
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml from Binnys (Naperville, IL) split with the missus over making Sunday dinner. Pours a luscious brownish copper pour, good fiery orange red edges and bottom, healthy haze and a frothy beige head sits atop and cakes well, leaving a nice layer and good lacing. Aromas are coriander right off the bat, cool mellow spice growing into toffee and caramel, some touches of cinnamon, fruity estery banana, some brown sugar, and bready yeast spice. A touch of anise, but nothing overbearing (from a spice that easily becomes so for me) and a gentle touch of orange. Initial is medium bodied, offering a spicy front. Coriander and anise, touches of bready and Belgian spice. Middle throws some of that sweet estery fruit, caramel, toffee, and biscuits. Touches of brown sugar, faint cinnamon. Finish brings the spices back into the fold, taking over with anise and coriander, a strange pair in my book. Some dryness, with lingering spice that gets a bit dominant (But I wouldn’t say really strong, just definitely becoming the focus). Overall, this isn’t quite my thing.. getting away from the dark fruit and brown sugar/sweeter malt feel I like in my Dubbel and making this a spicy bomb kind of. Ok. But nothing I’d buy again and one of my least favorite Smokestack beers. Looks beautiful. Smell is good, taste slacks for me and the whole experience is subpar as far as how the flavors work in harmony. Meh.
RSRIZZO (1905) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle poured into a Trappist glass at 42 °. Color is a hazy amber with good carbonation and a tall, rocky, tan head that tightens up as it slowly falls. Aroma is a classic Belgian scent with yeast, fruit and spices. Flavor comes in sweet with caramel then some pumpkin spice, cinnamon and a dried fruit taste ending with a faint bitterness. After taste has the spice lingering with a pumpkin like taste coming up a little. Overall its a very good brew, a bit spicy for a Dubble making it seem more like a fall Pumpkin brew.
Beerdrinker79 (1805) - Idaho, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle- Pours a beautiful deep cloudy ruby red with a 3 finger off white head, very nice looking beer. The aroma is yeasty, almost like brett, but I am not sure if they used it, malty, wheat, somewhat tart too. The flavor is brown sugar, basic malt, yeasty, wheaty, followed by cherry and caramel. Body is medium, but lighter for the style, carbonation is high. Good beer but have had better dubbel’s, it could have used more, I don’t really detect the anise, it just seemed kind of basic, especially for Boulevard.
Nuffield (3905) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drinks extremely easily when cold; too quickly for it to warm appreciably for a good room-temperature tasting--it was gone before I got to that point after sharing it with my wife, sister, and brother-in-law. Decent maltiness, and a little hop edginess, Tingling but approachable palate. Not the most amazing dubbel but perfectly reasonable drinking. Bottle.