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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This yearís release continues in the spirit of Jean Pierre-Dufourís passion for the diversity of Belgian beer styles. We have gone to the dark side in pursuit of different flavour experience.

The beer is based on the Dubbel style, like a true Belgian there are many variations on the style as we have added a hint of star anise to the brew. A purist may consider our style to be a Belgian Strong dark ale.

The aroma brings forth hints of cloves, anise and some delicate fruitiness.

The taste reveals sweet complex hints of cloves, anise and some ester fruitiness. The impression is a full on flavour-some beer! As the carbonation softens, the mouth feel becomes more creamy.

This should be a great beer to watch evolve over time. Our experience with the Belgian yeast in the first JP (2007) has shown that there were even more amazing complexities that developed with new flavours emerging. With this yeast it will be, no doubt, a great beer to watch evolve over time.

We urge you to try and cellar some!

Serve at 8 - 10įC


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2009
Very dark with a rich ruby hue. Tan head that clears quick but lingers to the edge of the glass. Sweet spices on the nose, not dissimilar to Taieri G. Rich dark fruits, hot spices and the anise that if I didnít know would have been hard to pick. Rich, warming and a woody creaminess fills the roof of your mouth. Iíve enjoyed this in the glass for an hour and itís really opened up and changed over time. Good now but I bet it will be a cracker in a year or twoís time. Iím putting a few away.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 21, 2009
On the nose i got sour cherries,, dark chocolate and a clove and aniseed character. Does feel very similarly spiced to the Taeri Gorge as the previous rater has noted. More aniseed and clove in the palate and a fizzyness that doesnít quite sit right with the beer. Becomes quite hard work after half a pint and the sort of beer you have to íchewí thru. Slightly dusty cocoa/spice finish and a hotness that i guess comes from the alcohol. Will re-rate once Iíve given it a few months in the bottle. Once the whole thing becomes more harmonious it could be an interesting drop

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2009
500mL bottle from Regionals. It pours almost black, ruby edges. The brown head is quite frothy, and dissipates quickly.
Amazing nose, very complex. Fruity aromas are foremost, dark fruits/berries. The anise spice is also quite strong, Richard must love brewing with those spices. It smells similar to Taieri George, but fruitier.
However, the flavour is completely different to the George. Initially a mouth filling astringency overcomes, possibly the alcohol showing. Warming flavours of aniseed and dark berries, then followed by a faint roast malt. The finish is quite long, and astringent. Iím not sure I like the big alcohol flavour in this one, it takes away from the drinkability quite a lot.


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