ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large weizen glass at the brewery on 9/29/07
Clear, with a light chill-haze and a magnificent auburn-chestnut-mahogany color with a very prominent, well-retained, beige head that laces wonderfully. A very lovely draught appearance on a Belgian beer.
Nose is first sweet and fruity, with raisins, dates, plums and bits of piquant currants perking up, as light clove phenols begin to weave dryness in to the nose. Tentative roasted notes are well-integrated in to the softer malts, which allow chocolate and caramel to not become a burden on the lighter pale malts. Minimal hoppiness, as per the style, and more and more cherry skin-like esters as the beer warms and breathes. Quite Belgian in nature, with a proper yeast. Exceedingly clean and well-brewed with light cola notes lingering on the finish. No alcohol or flaws, medium to medium-high strength of aroma.
Soft and chewy, with plenty of raisin and a tasteful amount of anise and clove to balance. Caramel and vanilla-like sweetness are certainly present, but the carbonation is strong enough to cleanse the palate, and, with aid of the light roasted/toasted malt notes, it provides a perfect foil to the sweetness. Cherry, cola, almond and all the dark fruits you would want out of a dubbel, are represented here well. My only criticism would be the excessive cleanness of the beer, but that’s hardly something you can fault the brewer on. Further, I’d like to see a little less creamy-soft sweetness, as the raisiny-caramel notes do build slightly, by the end (and as the carbonation dies off and the beer warms). More attenuation would help pronounce and lend more poignancy to the tart, fruity esters. Great stuff, though.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11 of 13 tasters, and the beer that my friends drank full glasses of while I sifted through the full roster of amazingly varied and damn nice beer. Pours dark orange amber brown with a bright white ring. Nose was sweet, sticky, and full of malts that are reminiscent of belgian beers. Sweet mild slightly strange taste that I sometimes get with certain dubbels and belgian strongs.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy copper-orangey body with a small off-white head. Autumn 2007 batch is 6.5%. Name leads us to believe that this is a Dubbel but I think the generic Belgian Strong Ale ratebeer is more appropriate (Belgian Ale would be even better imho). Far from the creamy/nutty of a trappist-style dubbel this is a refreshing fruity Belgian ale. Full typical Belgian body, very yeasty with lots of different fruit flavours co-existing (berries, prunes, citrus, tropical fruits, cherries). The caramelized malt backbone remains discreet. Light but nice tartness and cherry-ish sourness. Somewhat sweet. Overall impression of drinking a fruity pie made with those multi-fruits breakfast jam. A more generous and expressive hopping and that could have been excellent. Renewed my love o fthis pub. I had this one after a pint of their Neuvaine experiment and it felt like makeup sex after a big dispute.
LadySusan (724) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a dark brown color, with a caramel taste that is not to bitter. The after taste does not last to long. You do not feel the high alcohol % of this beer, this can be very deceving.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeasty, prune aroma, woody smoky malt. Flavour is fruity, light on yeast. Not quite complex enough I found, though quite a smooth beer. Not bad. Draught.
DYCSoccer17 (3481) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yeastly aroma with hints of woodsy maltiness. Fruits, plums and prunes in the nose as well. Very earthy aroma. Nearly opaque mahogany color with tannish/yellow head. Chocolate malts to start followed by a sour maltiness towards the finish. Mild smokiness in the finish as well. Very SILKY and smooth. Great beer.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap. Deep garnet pour with a 2cm tan head. Macerated raisin aroma, typical of a double...also ethanol detectable on the nose. Wow, this is very smooth and silky. Definate raisin with mild alcoholic undertone. A delicious beer.
CapFlu (4762) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Headless with a deep copper body. Roasted malt nose. Slight whiskey and fruity flavours. Good.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 I expected a lot, but as MartinT pointed me out, it's far from a typical dubbel and I'm happy not to see it in that style on the site database. It's basically dark brown with very fugacious head, well-laced nevertheless. Neglectable carbonation. The nose reminds of chocolate milk. Weird malt taste.. I don't know how to qualify it, flat malt comes to mind. The texture reminds of coke, somewhat powdery, but very smooth and sliding on the tongue. Overly sweet and definitely not one that impressed me.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2003 08-Oct-03: Rigor Mortis double Biere d'Abbaye #20 (7.5%) April 2002 Bottle-conditioned. Fruity sweet malty aroma. Dark brown with red tones. Finger of tan head that recedes quickly with very good lacing. Malty, candy-sugar sweet flavour with some nuttiness and a slight earthiness in the finish with final alcohol on the tongue. Smooth mouthfeel. This is a dangerously easy-drinking beer.
21-Sep-03: 5-3-7-5-16-3.6 Big aroma - malty with something funky in there... Definitely odd although not necessarily bad. Beautiful deep brown colour with a finger of head of tight small dense bubbles. Some lacing. Good malt flavour roasted malts initially apparent rounded out by asweet caramel flavour with a touch of alcohol warming in the finish. Mouthfeel of this beer is absolutely fantastic. It just slides easily across the palate and eases down the throat. A pleasure to drink. Definitely a beer I would have again (and again) but there's something about that aroma I'm not quite sure about... On tap.