5000 (6300) - 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.
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown color with ivory head. Rootbeer spice, toffee, brown sugar aromas. Light bodied with average co2. Earthy sweet molasses, brown malts, rootbeer spice flavors--not my favorite ber style to begin with--not bad
TheAlum (6146) - 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.
blutt59 (6136) - 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
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glad to have tried this beer, as this is the only Smokestack beer I had not rated.
The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is a nice mix of molasses, dark fruit, candy sugar and Belgian yeast. I get a little toffee mixed in as well.
The flavor is also very nice. I get some molasses and caramel malt, as well as some yeast and brown and candy sugar. The beer is semi-dry, even with the sugary notes. As the beer warms I get some toasted malt and a little bit of cherry.
Medium to high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A nice, American-made dubbel.
thirdeye11 (5712) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught) cloudy deep copper with a thick dark tan/orange head. Nose of cinnamon, clove, gingerbread. Taste of banana, raisin, clove, gingerbread and anise. Spicy finish, Belgian all the way.
Suttree (5379) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from thiesti - Thanks! Smells nice - molasses and a lot of spicy aroma. I get some bourbon and vanilla in the flavor, as well as some coriander and anise and clove. Very rich palate. I dig it...
Strykzone (5337) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tulip at Bigelo’s. This poured dark brown and was opaque. A smallish tan head. The nose was fruity, malty, and had yeast. The first thing noticed in the taste was the alcohol. This is hot and it is not hidden. It would have been a better beer without that but it is to style. Nice malt, sugar, yeast, and fruit flavors. Mild bitterness. Too hot for me but not a bad beer at all.
notalush (5221) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly hazy dark amber - fizzy carbonation/lace - nose is fairly sweet, with notes of raisin, toffee, dark bread, light cinnamon and faint clove - rather high in abv for the style - the thin/watery body and texture just make it all the more apparent just how strong it is, too, letting the alcohol come through too much - flavors of overripe dark fruits, light melanoidin character, clean but high sweetness - dries out slightly through the middle as mild earthy phenols and strong spiciness come to the fore - finish is moderately spicy, with a lot of lingering alcohol heat - not exactly unenjoyable, but kind of messy.
onceblind (5154) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ The Cheeky Monk in Denver. Pours a ruby/copper color with very light brown, creamy head. So-so lacing. Aroma basically of brown sugar and earthy, dirty malts. When turbulated, a nice hop smell arises. Also a faint whiff of that smell you get right before it rains. Taste is woody and nutty, some malt character present but not overwhelming. Finish has a strong wood taste. Still can’t get over how earthy it all tastes, like soil. The oily mouthfeel doesnt help.