Rubin77 (860) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
F: big, brownish, good retention.
C: dark to dark brown, some dark red tones against the light, opaque.
A: malt, peach, tangerine, caramel, candy sugar, hint of chocolate.
T: malty, bready, light chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cherries, hint of plums, toasty, yeasty, but overall very good balanced, medium full body, normal carbonation, very good beer worth to try, 0,33l bottle from Prik&Tik /Quali-drinks/ in Brussels.
Alengrin (4340) - BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The dubbel in this series (I think it was their first one), tasted from a 75 cl bottle with cork, labelled Broeder Jacob Brown. Bottle opens with a bang but no gushing at all. Medium thick, lightly lacing, pale yellowish beige, coarse head over an initially clear, deep burgundy brown beer with ruby red hue. Aroma does invite to have a sip: lots of butterscotch, milk chocolate or even cocoa, cashew nuts, some ’natural’ (haemoglobin) iron, candied dates, dead forest leaves and even some (inoffensive) FFF, cherry pits, dried fig, sweet roses, brown sugar, blackberry jam, port, toasted brown bread, dry cloves, vague nutmeg and cinnamon, peppermint even, black pepper, pear syrup, a weird but not unfitting impression of varnish or shoe polish, fairly strong effect of calvados, banana, white pepper, hint almond. Crisp, fruity onset, lots of ripe, sweet-and-sour blackberry, some banana, fig, pear; sharp carbonation, even a tad overcarbonated for the dubbel style with a slight ’numbing’ effect, somewhat impairing an otherwise lean and supple mouthfeel. Full caramelly and nutty malt bittersweetness ensues, sweet at first and turning bitterish in the end, a wee bit toasted somewhere, while clove-like phenols and dried berry- and dried banana-like fruitiness dance on top of it, as should be the case in any Belgian dubbel. Finishes with more toasted bitterishness while the caramel sweetness continues with equal force; all the way at the back, there is a spicy, herbal, mildly earthy hop bitterness trying to balance out this caramel sweetness whilst not quite managing to achieve this, as well as a splash of warming, calvados-like alcohol which balances on the brink of astringency. Somewhat stronger than a classic dubbel, this is a sipper to handle with a certain amount of care; though correctly made, I cannot help but feeling it still draws on the same sources as the overly commercial ’industrial standard’ examples of the style (think Grimbergen Dubbel or Leffe Brune), though it certainly has more ’flair’ and authenticity to it; artisanal interpretation of an otherwise overexposed classic Belgian ale style I’d say, but not very inspired, though I must admit there is something ’chocolatey’ aromatic in the nose which kept drawing my attention. I had the same feeling about the new Wolf 6 by Lupus last week - but this one has been in existence longer of course, and has long been surpassed by its more interesting brethren, like Broeder Jacob Double Port. Still: nice to finally taste the basis of this range, I apparently missed out on it somehow, and I can imagine this being a bit better from a 75 cl bottle than from a 33 cl bottle, as is the case with many classic Belgian bottle-conditioned ales.
Mothroy (91) - - MAR 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Deep brown colour with medium off-white head. Aroma of sweet malty, liquorice, some ripe fruit which carries through to the flavour. Sweetish finish.
Franksv6 (785) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark beer with a small white head that dissipates quickly.
Tastes like caramel, very sweet, (roasted) malt.
Too sweet for my.
RW80 (1907) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl bottle shared (Backlog rating)
Appearance: Brown body with a stable bit bubbly head.
Aroma: Mocha, dry nut, caramel, dark fruits
Taste: Moderate sweet, dark malts, roasted malts and cararmel, some dark fruit and vailla, Alcohol.
Thinnish body, average carbonation.
erickok (5183) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown body, stable odd head. Mocha, dry nutty, forest. Hmm not sure about this one. Quite flavourless considering the style, dark malts and reasonable alcohol level. Expected a sugar bomb, but I got a roasted water instead. Not very appealing. (33cl bottle at Huis der Burger Leuven)
Boxereddy (453) - BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mooi roodbruin bier kleur met een goede schuimkraag.
Zoet fruit, vanille en honing in de neus.
Fruitig met vanilletoets in de mond.
Stevige afdronk met bitterheid.
altonbrownd (5415) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1/25/2011 11:26:36 AM Bottle from bierparadijs. Dark brown body with huge head. Nose is sweet and malty. Taste also very sweet, malty, caramel, toffee. Nice one.
adamnowek (1654) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep caramel brown with a really dense, soapy head. Taste is malty and similar to a frothy hot chocolate.
GSAP (685) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aardig wat koolzuur, niet alleen gezien de spectaculaire kraag, en dat voor een bruin. Medium sterkte qua smaak, lichtjes drop, suiker aka karamel en subtiele kruiden. Niet heftig in de nasmaak, bijna deftig in overkomen. Aroma is ook wat soft met zoetjes. Je wil de robuustheid of het tekort aan karakter er wel uittrekken, maar beter is om er rustig van te genieten.