3fourths (8644) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft. clear chestnut brown with red edges and a thick, patchy sand colored head. mostly quiet / neutral nose expressing cracker and toast malt with bready and fruity esters. medium body, mild sweetness, low bitterness, turning a bit rounded and chewy (increase in sweetness too) late. a bit of a distant presentation, it comes across a little muted, and without anything really happening, and the body being good at best.
BVery (8075) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Busters on 28th. Hazy amber pour with a spotty head. Cinnamon dominates this, complemented by yeast and a bit of licorice. Decent brew.
DuffMan (8069) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with friends at game night. Hazy medium "nut" brown with a lively beige head. Very nice aroma of estery yeast, raisins and caramel. The palate delivers the same, nice brown sugars, raisins, hints of spice. Very nice dubbel.
marcus (7682) - 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.
phaleslu (7670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Royale, served in a goblet. Pours a cloudy, deep amber color with a finger of uneven frothy hill of beige head rising above the rim of the glass. Aroma of pepper, caramel malts, fig, candi sugar, and dusty Belgian yeast character. Flavor is also led by pepper, with caramel malts, crackers, dry grains, nutmeg, nuts, plums, dates, and celery as it warms. Medium-bodied, with a spicy mouthfeel and dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Drier and less fruity than most dubbels. Also surprisingly easy to drink despite the pepper everywhere. Really nice.
Earlier Rating: 5/9/2011 Total Score: 3.6
Draft sample in the VIP tent at St. Louis Microfest 2011. Pours a hazy brown with copper highlights and a small khaki head. Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, plums, coriander, cinnamon, and toast. Flavor of caramel malts, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, coriander, raisins, and toast. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel. Pretty sweet dubbel, and you’ll like this if you like sweet takes on the style.
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured clear, honeyed, medium orange with a creamy cap of soft yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up toasted green raisins, toffee, and figs surrounded by cinnamon, anise, and fresh vanilla bean.. lovely floral and citrusy hops accented.. warm and inviting. The flavor opened with some tanginess from a combo of hops, anise, and black pepper.. fig, raisin, and molasses sweetness backed it up.. complementary bitterness around.. more spices on the finish in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise. Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation on the palate.. spices and hops were quite complementary.. warm finish. Excellent, excellent beer!
alexsdad06 (7110) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99 (2011 notes). Pours a lightly hazy caramel brown color with a large off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, lightly toasted, mild spices, with dark fruit. Not overly complex, but worth trying.
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/nuts, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of gum/banana, clove, orange peel, coriander.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Pleasant aroma and appearance. The spices push the finishing bitterness a little over the top, making it a little grating on the tongue. Watery and thin for its weight, but not really quaffable due to the alcohol. Pretty solid but nothing special. Although admittedly it’s pretty rare for this style to impress me.
Earlier Rating: 5/3/2006 Total Score: 3.3
Draught, Avery Strong Ale Fest 2006.
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread, nuts), with notes of clove, banana, sage/rosemary, and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Nifty aroma with some apparent dried herb spicing, but as with the saison the mouth experience doesn’t quite live up to the nose’s portent. Pretty good.
after4ever (6749) - 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.
BBB63 (6475) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked bottle and served in a St. Bernardus chalice: Slightly murky light brown/ deep amber with a small but mostly lasting head and okay lacework. The aroma has notes of plum and raisins, simple molasses (not black strap), banana bread, clove, cinnamon, black liquorice, caramel, and some tobacco and earthy esters. Light faded old herbal hops do pop in and out.
The taste is rich caramel malts with a hint of toast, aromatic, Special B and pils malts over a layer of dark and tropical fruits that finished with a very light handed anise and cinnamon bun finish. The lingering floweriness displays the coriander and heather aspects. a bit peppery as well. That said this seems a tad dumbed down, more Special B and chocolate malt next time.
The mouth feel is moderately bodied with very sprite prickly carbonation. I do wish it was a tad more oily, slick and firm on the tongue however. I also wished the spices were just a tad more noticeable but then better to be a bit underwhelming than to be overkill... It is like Chimay Rouge light with spices... yep that it what it is. I would like to see what this could do in rye whiskey barrel but would also say that this is not a bottle for the cellar.