Brewed by Brouwerij De Ryck
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Herzele, Belgium


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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Bottle conditioned and filtered keg.
Ingredients: Hops, malt, water, yeast, sucrose, spices.
Named after the original name of the brewery - De Gouden Arend (the Golden Eagle).
Arend Double has a warming sweet caramel flavour in combination with a subtle bitterness of hops. The full-bodied aftertaste turns this beer into a modern top fermented quality product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2008
Bottled, BB 03/09. Poured rather clear reddish-copper with a well-formed cap of yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up dusty banana and peppery yeast paired with sweet toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate.. soft impression that was entirely pleasant. The flavor was more geared toward the caramel, with dry toffee, floral notes, and herbs joining the uber-dry, dusty finish.. nice balance in here. Dry and medium-bodied on the palate, with OK balance.. a touch of sourness right at the end. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
Objectively speaking: A sweet and musty dubbel that takes drinkability seriously.
I like: Efficient palate: engaging carbonation, medium-bodied, still quite drinkable. Managed to feel complex enough despite its low ABV. Pleasant spicy yeastiness (anise, pepper). Adequately fruity, berry-like yet with a fair powdery chocolate impression. Its complexity remains in subtlety.
I dislike: The acetaldehyde from the aroma. No shining feature - a bit shy all throughout and finishing quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2008
Pours a reddish brown color with cranberry red highlights and a thin tan head. Aroma of berries, malt, sweetness, liquorice and spices. Good flavor of spices, liquorice, berries, malt and mild lingering sweetness. The body is light with a creamy texture and medium carbonation. It’s very interesting, it reminds me of Pannepot but not at the same quality level, this beer needs more body to move closer to excellence.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miksu (4938) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2008
0.33 l bottle. Hazy dark amber color with diminishing head. Perfumed spice rack aroma with notes of ginger, orange, pepper and licorice. Gingery slightly berryish flavor with dull spicy and cidery notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9172) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2008
330ml bottle (Brugs Beertje)
Sweet fruity aroma. A bit fizzy and harsh, so needs swirling a fair amount. Freezer meltwater taste, grainy too. Fairly bitter, and no hint of 6.5% alcohol. Dry and nutty. Long nutty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2008
My Bottom Line:
This spicy quaffer of a Dubbel purports licorice and black pepper to offset a polite tandem of chocolatey maltiness and fruity yeast. Its balanced finish reveals more pepper and some supporting hops, all the while increasing drinkability.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam floats atop the hazy reddish dark brown.
-The spice mix shares some affinities with that of Pannepot’s.
-The body is lean and the carbonation prickly.
-There is nothing special here, yet there is nothing wrong either. It’s an enjoyable and very drinkable Dubbel.
-The fruity esters are reminiscent of dried cranberries or cherries.

Bottle; best before March ’09.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auderale (605) - Minot, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Draught: Amber colored pour with little to no head. Caramel, toffee, sweet malty aroma. Sweet roasted malty flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2008
Bottle at Le Saint Bock in Montreal. The color is dark brown with a beige head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. The taste is also sweet with added caramel fruits and nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (5214) - ITALY - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 rossa buona schiuma note fruttta in bocca dolce e amara finale abbastanaza secco

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29168) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2008
Bottled. A hazy dark amber beer with a huge orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with primary notes of caramel. The flavor is also sweet malty but with notes of both caramel, spices, and wood.

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