Bif (1643) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle- Pours a nice clear amber color with a nice off-white head that fades to bits of lacing. Aroma of dark fruit including plum and raisin with a trace of spice. Also some roasted malt and hint of caramel sweetness. Flavor of plum and dark fruits. There is a bit of caramel sweetness and touch of spice. Medium body, smooth with a rich feel. There is a nice warming effect that goes well with the winter season. Interesting beer from a small regional brewer.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
THOUGHTS: Not a bad beer, but a little simple. And a little too clean for the style. Not as sterile as some breweries attempts at more complex styles like Leinenkugel or Michelob, but not quite as good as most craft breweries. It sort of falls into that Sam Adams level or just below that at the Blue Moon level. Disappointed by the lack of yeast. Not a lot of balance right at the get go. A bit cloying.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured, an all to clear for the style, light brown or dark copper. Another way to look at it would be rusty with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was fairly weak. There was light to moderate dark bread and caramel; light hops; light doughy and spicy yeast; grape; raisin; plum; prune; hints of maple syrup and brown sugar; and something sort of like vinegar. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet; light to moderately bitter; lightly acidic and lightly sour with an average duration. There was caramel, dark fruit, prune, raisin, candy sugar, sour plum, spicy yeast, molasses, some metallic hops and maple syrup. The slightly more than medium body was a little syrupy and very sticky on the lips with tingly carbonation and a dry, slightly stringent and ever so slightly metallic finish.
milewide (1710) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber color with modest head. Aroma and taste were typical Dubbel, with a bit more fruit than usual. Good American effort, but not a Belgium!
jandd1983 (3053) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at the brewpub. It poured a dark brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of caramel, dried fruit and some minor orange blossoms. The flavor was of roasted malt, dried fruit and some nutmeg.
BSiddle (3) - Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice malty nose with complex raisins and prunes. More of a Stron Ale style then belgium. Sweet finsih but a fav with a 7.4% alc punch...
BeerMe302 (2) - Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A rich, malty, full-bodied very complex beer. Uses 5 types of malt and has a deep ruby color. The palate has a malty sweetness with notes of caramel and other complex flavors.
jrodooo5 (1182) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a thin clear orange with no head. The aroma is pretty captivating. Not nearly robust as a dubbel should be. Seems to be too thin all around. Itís drinkable but I wouldnít buy it again.
RobertDale (4115) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at KC Beerfest 10-22. Comes a clear amber with a small biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel and some fruit. Taste is malt, dark fruit, chocolate and some spices. Decent.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy ruby-brown, beige frothy foam. Aroma is raisin, lots of toffee, caramel. Taste is similar, sweet candy, toffee, fruity, raisin, prune, some alcohol.
ben4321 (4555) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 10/3/11
Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet, with some caramel, and lots of dark fruit notes
Appearance: The pour is a clear caramel-brown color with a sticky and foamy beige head
Flavor: The taste is also rather sweet, some dark fruit, and heavy malts, with a little spice
Palate: The body is light-medium, with a sticky, almost cloying mouthfeel, and a soft carbonation
Rating # 1900! This isnít a particularly interesting beer. Itís overly sweet, and it isnít really a quality example of the dubbel style, but it isnít a terrible brew either. It is somewhat drinkable, though a little too sweet, and ultimately underwhelming.