Formerly brewed at Emersonís Brewing Company (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Dunedin, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2010
50 cL bottle, courtesy of Ungstrup. Pours dark brown to black with a deep orange glare and a no head. Aroma is fruity and dark malty. Sweet malty, distinct fruity. Dark malty and caramelish. Sweet and roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34634) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2010
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a huge brown head. The aroma has notes of spices, chocolate, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, fruit, and spices, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26145) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle at yespr. Clear dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits and spices with notes of liquorice. Sweet flavour of caramel, dried fruits and liquorice with notes of hops and alcohol. Spicy finish of liquorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of Ungstrup. Pours a clear brown with an orange hue and a small beige head. Sophisticated aroma of dark dried fruits and phenols. Solid body, dark dried fruits, some spiciness and some yeast and phenols. Warming alcohol in the finish. 121010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9592) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2009
Bottle. Hazy brown pour with ruby highlights and a thick light brown head that shows excellent retention. Very spicy nose that is hard to qualify completely, but brings to mind the Italian soft drink Brio in its herbal spiciness and sweetness, but with elements of mace, clove, and chocolate as well. Nice flavours of chocolate, strawberries, and heavy spices as in the aroma. Slightly medicianl finish with pleasant alcohol warmth at the back of the throat. Another excellent beer by Emersonís, complex and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle at Atlas Beer Cafe in Queenstown. Batch 244. Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, malt, and alcohol. Flavor is more of the same, with some wood and spices. Warming alcohol, smooth. Medium-full bodied. Very good, but I bet it improves with some age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2010
Has a good look about the pour head good size tan in colour burgundy ale aromas plum port yeast aniseed fruit cake flavour port wine plum liccorice yeast and good aniseed note sweet malt raisin prune mild bitter finish sweet malt well flavoured bruin some fizz and sparkle so good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2010
Bottle. Fruity nose with plenty of belgian yeast characteristics. Fruit and spice mixes deliciously in the mouth, in a creamy and warming palate. Have one more of this vintage left, canít see it lasting long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1933) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 22, 2009
As others have noted this is a big flavoured interpretation of the style and indeed is built more in line with a dark Belgian ale. Aromas are very sexy; sweet cloves and poached fruits, subtle in some respects but very complete. Some aniseed as well, but this might be the alcohol speaking. Flavours arer equally impressive, showing more sweet clove and spice, licorice, some alcohol warm and even some sweet vanilla oak-like characters. Another world class beer from Emersons and perhaps the best Belgian inspired beer made in Australasia.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small brown head. Rich aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, anise, melon, coffee, fruit...such a diverse mix going on. The flavour is also unique, roasted and chocolate malt with fruity esters, anise and herbs. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. Good bitterness and malty, fruity finish. No sign of the abv and masked well behind the malt. A wonderfully complex beer and very unique which grew on me as the beer draw to an end. Another great beer from a classic brewer. A big thanks to Stew & Chris for the bottle..cheers lads!

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