chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, dark fruit, chocolate. Nice flavor, sweet, and very nicely done.
TheBeerGod (5997) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Dark mahogany pour with a tall, fizzy tan head thatís reduced to a short ring of foam within minutes. Aroma is dark fruit notes, soft chocolate , cocoa, toasted malt, and dusty yeast. Taste is chocolate covered fruit, dark fruit notes, powdery cocoa, dusty yeast, roasted malt, and light coffee notes. Body is medium with a full, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more chocolate notes, sweet malt, cocoa, dark fruit and soft, dusty yeast. Nice!
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a dark mahogany-ruby color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark fruits, honey, coffee, chocolate, pine, herbs, spices, and Belgian yeast.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet raisin and dark fruit with some Belgian yeast and spices with a touch of honey. Through the middle, some chocolate and coffee comes through alongside some pine and herbs. The finish is a mix of dark fruit, Belgian yeasts, earthy spices and herbs, and a bit of honey.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet lightly spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. Lots of different flavors and ingredients, but the end result comes together really nicely.
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank most of a 750ml bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy brown color with a nice off-white head. Aroma is various strange ingredients, a touch of nutty notes, with a bit of yeast. Flavor brought out a bit of chocolate, a touch of nutty malts, yeast, and a touch of dried fruits. Interesting.
bhensonb (13995) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Capped 750 from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fredís the beer guy. Pours dark brown with a foamy/creamy/bubbly beige head. Aroma is floral and chocolate. Near full bodied. Flavor is chocolate and cherry. Clearly. Weird. Some dark malt, but for me this is chocolate and cherry. Lots of other things going on, but c&c dominates. It has dark malt, and the finish is less than dry, but it is quite delicious. DHB may have gone so complex that the flavors are indecipherable. But the taste is good.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.0 A: Black color. Three fingers of tan frothy/creamy head. Retention is a bit below average and no lacing is left.
4.5 S: This has a great nose. Through and through this is a solid dubbel first. Lots of caramel, dark fruits, and light peppery spiciness. Fruits include plum, date, raisin, currants, and tobacco. The honey is mild, but there. After that, thereís some stuff that I canít really indentify (since I donít know what half the ingredients taste like), but it all works seemlessly into the brew. I can identify the rooibos, which in more complementary than I ever would have expected.
4.0 T: In the taste, the adjuncts hold a much larger presence. While the result is very tasty, the dubbel gets pushed aside, which is sad since it smells quite nice. Anyway, lots of caramel again with all the fruits mentioned in the smell. Rooibos does great things again (Iím going to have to brew with this sometime) while the collective other ingredients give an herbal, somewhat nutty, earthiness. Mild pepper again from the yeast. Definitely unique, which DFH does so well, but also extremely well integrated. Iím impressed.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. This doesnít have the archaetypical Belgian mouthfeel. The carbonation isnít much spritzy at all. Rather, itís more of a mellow carbonation that doesnít poke or prod the tongue. Itís like the tea is controlling this. Still, decent enough.
4.0 D: Tasty beer, but at $12 a pop, itís hard to justify another purchase. This is a once a year type beer for me. I highly recommend giving it a go though.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-19-2012 01:40:29
obguthr (5589) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fig and almond aroma. Clear brown, medium tan head. Roasted malt, almost smoky withfigs and plums Amaretto at midpalate and beyond. Fizzy mouthfeel and a little warm. Nice take on the style, not too weird, but certainly good.
Lukaduke (2990) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a hint of ruby along the edges... Rich aromas of malts, chocolate, earthy notes and a touch of sweet Belgian sugar. This beer is damn good... definitely rides the Dubbel style with rich sweet malts but the different flavor attributes from the numerous ingredients really make this a complex beer. Great chocolate, plum, black tea flavors and the mouthfeel on this one is perfect.
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really liked this aggressive, supercharged belgianesque dubbel. Like a brown ale, it has the chocolate and the toasty malt - and like a dubbel, it has red fruit and a generous mouthfeel. Really good.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of dirt, herbs and honey. Slight dark fruits. Tastes of herbs: thyme, mint and slight honey. Tasty and unique.