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.
ozzatoadisback (30) - ITALY - APR 29, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky brown colour, average head, dense, no lacing. Aroma is caramel, yeast, dark fruit hints. Taste is dominantly sweet with a caramel malt base, sugar, dark/dried fruit notes. Maybe a slight hint of earthiness. A bit too much on the sweet side for my liking. Medium body, soft mouthfeel,slightly prickly on the tongue. Lacks character
Roger60 (164) - - APR 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Akkurat TAP snorungarna i sin KIA. Lovande arom tilltalande färg tror tamefan Akkurat diskar glasen pga fin laceing. Chimayarom. Balanserad tilltalande med ett drag av päron och vete i eftersmaken.
minutemat (3609) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle @ Estaminet de la Longue Croix, Herdeghem, Belgium. Paired with a speculoos mousse desert and cassonade sugar. Pours deep, hazy copper with off-white head. Aroma is fruity, some spice. This was undoubtedly served too cold so much of the flavours were unfortunately lost on me. However, the spicy fruity yeast and caramel notes did go well with the ginger in the speculoos desert. Will have to re-rate this.
ectuohy27 (943) - ESTONIA - APR 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s good but not amaaazing like so many of the big Belgian names--esp after it warms, the aromatic hop notes are quite strong for the style and some metallic rusty malt elements help to distinguish it from its better cousins
I_LUV_BEER (53) - - APR 24, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Served in a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle. Hazy ruby colour with diminishing off-white head. Aroma is caramel, bread, yeast, dark fruits and malts. Taste follows the nose very closely: malts, bread, caramel and dark fruits notes, bitter-sweet with a hint of sourness, slightly bitter finish. Medium body with lively carbonation. Not bad but not the best.
jerama (49) - SLOVENIA - APR 18, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy brown body with a foamy head. Aroma of malts, grains, bread and some caramel and fruits in the background. Taste of caramel, wine, dried fruits and yeast. Medium body with a thick texture, noticable alcohol and soft carbonation.
Demens (111) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 13, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,33l bottle. Hazy dark copper/brown colour with shrinking big foamy off-white head. Aroma: Candy sugar, banana, fruits, notes of yeast. Well made. Taste: Sweet malty start with honey, than light bitterness, almost nothing. A bit sour but pleasent and well balanced. Creamy texture, warm feeling. Lively carbonation (surprisingly), medium body. Sweet, slighlty bitter finish. One of the best dubbels.
Mortlach (1775) - Rome, ITALY - APR 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @Buskers Pub (Rome). Pours deep coppet with a big and persistent off-white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, toffee, yeasts, esters, fruits. Flavour is unbalanced, very sweet and one-dimensionale, light bitter notes in the end. Medium body, medium carbonation. I expected more...
madnorwegian (117) - FRANCE - APR 9, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted a lot like a wheat beer...bananas, caramel etc, but not very sweet at all, unlike a lot of belgian brown beers.
Hopverdju (347) - BELGIUM - APR 6, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bruin bier met beige schuimkraag en invallende grote bellen. Geur: moutzoetig, deeg, rijp fruit. Smaak: brood, moutzoetig, kandij. Medium koolzuurprikkel en redelijk volmondig. Afdronk: zoetig met wat bitterig.