jgb9348 (4737) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich, very hazy amber coloured body with a copper glow and a nice, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of malt, grain, caramel, light citrus hops, some raisins and a touch of apples - nice and relatively sweet smelling without any perceived yeast or pungency. Medium-bodied; Assertive hop flavour of citrus and light pine with a touch of honey right behind and a relatively strong malt flavour with grain and rye coming through. Aftertaste doesn’t show much body at all, no yeast and only a dry hop character with a touch of grain. Overall, a very interesting beer for the style - not like a typical dubbel at all, but not a bad beer - just different - more hops, less body, no yeast and a grain flavour make this decidedly american, so does the can! I sampled this twelve ounce can (I like having traditionally belgian styles in cans) purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Foggy Bottom, I St), DC on 04-April-2014 for US$2,49 sampled at home in Washington on 09-September-2014.
Darkmagus82 (1268) - - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-7-13-
Poured from can into a chalice glass
Appearance – Pours a beautiful chestnut colored brew with a decent ruby red hue mixed within. Upon pouring there is a one finger light tan colored head that has a fantastic level of retention. Over time the head slowly fades leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is light overall. Some light toasted malts as well as some darker fruits are the heaviest of the detectable aromas. The darker aromas are mainly of a cherry and raisin smell. These aromas are all mixed with a slightly yeasty and lightly spiced aroma of coriander and clove as well as a bit of a boozy wine like smell.
Taste- The taste begins on the drier side with a lightly roasted malt and bready flavor. Some lighter dark fruit flavors of cherry and plum are present upfront. As the flavors advance a caramel flavor comes and goes from the tongue never really having the chance to take the brew out of its dry tasting state. Some earthy and grassy hop flavors as well as a somewhat more potent alcohol flavor come to the taste more toward the middle to the end, breaking some of the smooth dryness that was present upfront. Other lighter flavor so of a yeasty and spicy flavor join the taste at its end, with the combination of all the flavors leaving a dry, crisp, and boozy flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is crisp and lighter for a 7 % dubbel with a carbonation level that is average to a tad above average. The slightly thinner body and slightly higher carbonation are great for complementing this crisp, dry and boozy tasting brew all while still allowing the lighter fruit flavors to shine through.
Overall- A pretty nice dry and warming dubbel, which all the while still maintains a nice fruit flavor profile. Although it is a bit on the boozy and biting side at the end of the taste, it is still rather enjoyable to drink. Worth a try if you have the opportunity.
djd07 (3579) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with small tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong yeast, candy sugar, dark fruits. Medium mouthfeel with dark fruit, yeast, light booze. Good.
Braudog (5743) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle, caged and corked. Muddy and heavily silted brown color with a pillowtop head. The aroma is almost sour, mashy and mushy. The beer is overly doughy IMHO, with the requisite amounts of sugary caramel being mired in a heavy palate. (#5585, 7/26/2014)
tderoeck (4696) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4/VII/14 - 12Fl. Oz. can @ home - BB: X/2014 (2014-701) Thanks to Paull for the can!
Clear red to red brown beer, big aery yellowish to light beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, dried dates and figs, lots of banana, bit of chocolate, sugary, some caramel, floral, raisins. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sour, citrus, fruity, touch, caramel, some chocolate, bit sugary, overripe banana. Aftertaste: little bitter, very yeasty, hops, bit grassy, banana, little sour, lemony, overripe fruits.
gendv138 (1331) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 oz draft pour at Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden in Baltimore. Amber with off-white head. Aromas of herbs, spices, yeast, candied fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, spices, yeast. Medium body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation.
nittanyjim (57) - - JUN 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange-red color, moderate off-white head. Clean malty sweet nose. Strong malt start, quickly followed by a spice taste mixed with mild bitterness. Mild bitterness finishes and lingers a bit. Moderate carbonation compliments the flavors.
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not particularly well balanced, but its tasty. Lots of candy sugar, molasses and dark fruit with a syrupy mouthfeel. Tried this at the DC beerfest with Jess, Mark, and Matt in 2014.
DrSilverworm (6375) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4oz on tap at Max’s. Clear red orange color. Thin ring of off-white head. Some rows of lace. Good banana aroma, lightly spicy, bit of dark fruit and light toasted malt up front. Medium-plus body, smooth kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Spicy taste, moderate bitter, light sweet. Decent dubbel.
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
can. deep amber with two finger rapidly diminishing head. nutty malty body. medium sweetness. a bit of dark fruit.