FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch #: 2011-2; Sampled October 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip forms a three-finger thick, and then even gets away from me and foams over the sides of my glass, nicely tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, brown amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright red-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruit like (pear, plum, lots of raisin, and even some fig), backed by a touch of toasted, brown whole grain character, some caramelized grain notes and then a spicy, somewhat peppery, clove like and carbonic smelling finish. The aroma is quite enjoyable, I like that it smells rich and inviting, but still has a lightness to it; the mix of fruit, touch of savory, touch of spice, touch of malt just really works here.
The beer has quite a bit of an effervescence, a prickly, peppery carbonation that plays well with the lighter body. There is a sweetness here, but much of it is perceived from the fruit flavors here, this is offset by a dry, slightly tart, almost smoky, spicy character in the finish that is contributed by the yeast / fermentation character. Fruit notes of plum, dark pear, and concord grape raisins all are fairly noticeable. The malt plays a secondary role, it boosts the fruit character, but also suggests at brown bread, or really more like whole grain crackers, and almost a hint of nuttiness. The spice character here is fairly soft, a bit peppery, a touch phenolic, some definite clove, and a slight gingery type note.
The body of this brew is right in line with what a Dubbel should have, but the combination of body, and flavors in Dubbels just always leave me a bit nonplussed. It is weird that I rarely find this style of beer worth getting excited about, I feel that I should appreciate them more but never do.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A little light in body and the ONLY disappointing beer Iíve had made by them. Dates in the aroma. Head disappears quick! Taste of molasses and dates.
ellolovey (403) - Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber with a thick frothy tan head. Aroma of soap, anise, and cloves. Lots of spice with the cloves and coriander dominating. Anise is definitely noticeable. Hints of almonds and caramel. Warms the throat. Good carbonation. Nice spice kick on the finish.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Nommo Dubbel
Date: October 02, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, frothy beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: dry yet fruity aroma, spicy, touch of chocolate
Flavor: rich malt flavor, fruity with a light estery sweetness, chocolate, complex spicyness
Overall: drier and more phenolic than your average dubbel
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle. clear pale brown beer with a small cream colored head. brown sugar aroma. brown sugar, dollop of molasses and lots of spices. i like the spicy flavors. the cinnamon shows up in a good way. not really a standard example of dubbel. not really getting any belgian influences in this. body is kind of thin, but the flavor makes up for it. a high quaff carbonation level. different...i would never guess it as a dubbel style but itís good anyhow.
kdm1984 (561) - Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmm! Got that fruity, phenolic, spicy, fresh yeast aroma, like fellow dubbels St. Bernardus Prior 8 and Chimay Red, that makes my nose dance with glee. Head is mega dense and quite big, lasting for awhile, though the lacing is slightly weak, fading pretty readily. Dark orange-red color. Flavor - just like the aroma - good deal of spice, some orange and red fruits, fresh yeast. Not quite as clean as Chimay or as complex as St. Bernardus, but a very nice dubbel nonetheless.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured opaque, brownish with a thick forming, tan head. Nose had Belgian yeast and sugars. This was quite sweet. Some oxidation with loads of candied and brown sugars. Worty malts with Chimay-like yeast spice and esters. Highly attenuated and it dried out at the finish.
csaso (1126) - Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - big thick head, dark amber color, Belgian yeasty aroma and flavor with sweet malt, mild raisiny notes, kind of on the mild side for a dubbel
marcus (5605) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours copper with a thick beige head and an olive and almond aroma. There is a fruity dark molasses flavor with a bitter clove finish.
oRos (827) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Marcus. Not much aroma some Olive in the aroma. Color is light brown. Taste is banana and sweet some cloves.