FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Originally reviewed 5/16/2009...
Let this one (750) warm while trying something else. Corked & caged with a fairly hefty pop of the cork. Into an Ommegang chalice it goes.
Pours what can be described as a murky bourbon color. With a little less red it would resemble a dunkel. Almost a full-finger of bleached ginger-colored head, but it goes quickly, leaving slight yeasty wisps in its wake. Sparse, moderate-speed carbonation.
A slight Belgian sourness is in the forefront at first, but peelin’ the onion back, but there’s plenty of dried and ripe dark fruits backing this deal up. The usual suspects...dates, plums...even a few prunes in there. A little cinnamon and clove with even a touch of praline sweetness behind it all and some dark muscat notes. This is what a Dubbel should be. Still, light-bodied enough not to scare anyone away.
Grain profile is rather hearty, but the taste and body are a little lean...at first. Sure, everything’s in there from the nose but it’s more aromatic and may not deliver the impact as it rolls down the gullet. Grains and light stewy roast (is there Special B in here? New to the whole brewing deal but it seems like that’s the ticket) are full-bodied as mentioned but overall weight class may be a bit lean. Good, but lean. The carbonation drives the spice home nicely with only a slight saltiness. Mental note: Let this one warm quite a bit. Would like just a little more sweetness - it actually seems a bit peppery...but it’s still quite good. Yeast electricity still shines.
This one plays lighter than expected - we have the carbonation to thank for that. Deep dark stewiness is countered by spritely carbonation and pepperiness and other spice along with yeast electricity to dance on the palate and enjoy the ride down. Finish is clean for a normally hefty style.
I have been meaning to review this for a few days but have had to go back to get more at the store. Y’know why? ’Cause I enjoy drinking it immensely and writing about it gets in the way of its enjoyment. Whaddya think about that? It’s damn good.
nutjes (315) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl-fles in les Zytholoog in Syntra te Kortrijk. U: Lichtwazig bruin met beige schuimkraag. G: Karamel, zoethout, banaan, appel en peer. S: Gedroogd fruit, kruiden, banaan en een lichte hint van chocolade en wat koffie. Een goede dubbel, maar dubbels zijn voor mij net niet uitgesproken genoeg. M: Zwakke carbonatie en medium body.
hellonearth (124) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2016 Bouteille versée dans un beau calice. Look cuivrée avec une mini-mousse légèrement onctueuse. Arômes discrets de noix, de fruits séchés. En bouche, micro-effervescence plutôt prononcée. Goût discret de grains et de dattes. Une amertume un brin ferreuse, ça je pourrais m?en passer... en tout et pour tout, une dubbel bien correcte. Sans plus.
Michael27 (929) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 21, 2016
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aus der Flasche getrunken (Händlerlieferung). ziemlich klares Rotbraun im Glas mit mächtiger Schaumkrone. Malzig, ohne süß zu wirken, im Antrunk. Vielleicht etwas überbewertet.
lupuLust (100) - Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 18, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A sweet sugared Trappist. Taste of dark malts, yeast and sugar. Bit fruity and light dry bitter finish.
stchloe (976) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light and sweet malted body with ester and floral notes, kind of a bitter head
commonmac (1066) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Large 750ml bottle acquired at Surdyk’s (I think). Shared with commonshawn and samadouche. Moeder Lambic. Cloudy and gives the appearance of sediment. A lighter brown color with a hint of copper/amber. Nose has a hint of traditional Belgian dark fruits you want from a dubbel. Taste is a near perfect rendition of the style. Notes of raisin and a slight tart characteristic. Pleasant sweetness working well with a big alcohol presence towards the end. Great mouthfeel. This is basically as good as it gets for a dubbel.
herrklemann (104) - AUSTRIA - OCT 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy, brownish dark amber with a huge, frothy beige head. Aroma of grapes, dark berries, pepper, belgian yeast, slightly nutty, raisins, caramel malts, hints of alcohol, brown sugar. Taste is light to medium sweetness, lightly sourish, almost no bitter notes present. Body is malty, creamy, but feels almost light. Bubbly, fizzy carbonation.
Great balance of aromas that just fit very well together with a beer that, for it’s weight, feels light. Carbonation is kinda fizzy, but works for the malts. Good, very good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android
Villyzzz (91) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Pours light brown with large off-white head. Aroma is roasty with yeast, booze and nuts. Taste is quite light malts with some wood. Quite carbonated.
derekalyon (11) - - OCT 9, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yellow/brown/red complex, cloudy color with finely textured and creamy white head
A small bite on the tip of the tongue, with tingling acidity, but cleans up in the middle through end
Moderate weight, with a long delicate finish
Flavors of cedar, spices, apricot, grapefruit, and a touch of honey
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Nocturne (1859) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Brown with an off-white head. Dark fruity notes of raisin and date persuasion, earthy, spicy, brown sugar. Not particularly sweet. Very good dubbel that I waited far too long to try.