marcus (6365) - 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 (6291) - 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.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Deep caramel, burnt reddish hues, moderate to large foamy beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Soft cinnamon on the nose, even softer dark pitted fruit.   Very shallow Dubbel aromas.   On the tongue the cinnamon dimishes, yet it still shows some dark pitted fruit, a little bit of banana and clove.   Overall its very dull in its delivery, some spices and nice dank maltiness, but they are somewhat muted.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Lingering dull cinnamon and muted dark pitted fruit, some banana and clove.   A bit odd for an Abbey Dubbel, and also too light.   Doesn’t capture the authentic Belgian aspects, otherwise its okay.   Too light overall.
Ernest (6162) - 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.
arminjewell (6100) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks to Jay for the pour! Pour is orange red with white head, aroma has notes of big cinnamon, anise, big caramel and nutty notes, touch of pepper, clove notes. Taste is cinnamon, slight anise, hints of caramel, toffee and nuts, earth, some slight metallic notes, finishing fairly cinnamon forward. Interesting, but so much cinnamon.
after4ever (6089) - 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.
mcberko (6041) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, pours a chestnut amber brown with a big beige head. Aroma of toasted chestnuts, spices, herbal notes, and some subtle dark fruits. Flavour of herbs, various spices, some slight fruity sweetness and toasted nuts. Odd funk to this one, not exactly reminiscent of a dubbel. Semi-complex, but odd spices / herbs in here. Decent.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, dark amber orange color with good foam and lacing, crystal malt and congealed fruit aroma, flavor of malty, tea leaves, fruity finish
BVery (5984) - Burnsville, 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.
BBB63 (5964) - 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.