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.
peponi (148) - POLAND - APR 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: alcohol, peach.
Appearance: hazy ruby color, nice beige head.
Taste: medium bitterness (alcohol), peach, roasted malts.
Palate: full body and high carbonation, bitter alcohol finish.
Overall: I am strongly disappointed. Only alcohol and nothing more.
jksipa (197) - NEWMARKET, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from the LCBO. Hazy deep amber pour with a big tan head.Nose is quite fruity with notes of yeast and some spice. Sweet carame and honey l start with some bread and a hint of cloves. A bit of bitterness balnces things in the finish. Full creamy mouth with active carbonation.
mircoas (17) - ITALY - APR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chimay per ora con me fa 3/3 (rossa, blu e bianca). Very Good and economic beer.
Beese (1099) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from The Crown (JDW), Berkhampsted on 16 March 2014. Poured a clear, deep ruby, with a very large, fluffy off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeasts, redcurrent, spice and sweet malts. Initial flavours of berries, bready malt, caramel and candy sugar. Rich mouthfeel with lots of gentle carbonation. Finish is bitter sweet dry grains, toffee, yeast esters and coriander. Ubiquitous, but a classic for a good reason.
firstsip (257) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark ruby. Great head on pour. Creamy, rich mouthfeel. Smells of yeast and candi sugar. Tastes of burnt sugar, caramel, bubblegum.
leebotton (145) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Syrupy copper aroma and interesting diamond like head pattern. Deep red brown in colour. Cloudy for me but probably because shaken in bag. Typical Belgian yeast flavour but with some copper darkness to it. Somewhat soft, good texture.
klk343 (32) - - APR 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A sweet, fruity aroma. Pours cloudy brown. Coffee, lemon, and dark fruity flavors. Heavy carbonation
arnold931 (178) - Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brown. Smells like caramel and dark fruits. Maybe grapes. Taste is dark fruit and caramel. Sweet and smooth.
KoRoBeNiKi (8) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. brown with a huge slowly disappearing head. Some malts and a lot of sweetness. Very smooth as the description says. Has a bit of caramel as well. No alcohol in the palate but a bit too much carbonation. Very pretty beer but there are much better Dubs, especially for the price. Prefer the Blu as per most people.
bohort60 (14) - St-Nazaire De Dorchester, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
D’un brun trouble, son service fait penser au champagne.Belle mousse mais courte. Les arômes me rappelle les noix, la caramel, un peu la mélasse. La levure est bien présent. Bref, belle double qui met les bases au style!