Darkmagus82 (2008) - - MAY 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance Ė The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and a persistent film on the surface of the beer.
Smell Ė The aroma of the beer is a nice blend of fruits and some other aromas of a more roasted malt, yeast, candy, and spice. The fruits, which are the biggest, are of a raisin and plum smell predominantly but have a good deal of banana as well. The roasted malt is lighter overall but complements the fruit nicely. The yeasty smells carry the spice smells of coriander and clove nicely with the candied sugar smell rounding out all the aromas nicely.
Taste Ė The taste begins with a blend of darker fruits of cherry and plum along with a moderately strong candied sugar taste. Upfront the taste is rather sweet, with it losing some of the sweetness of candied sugar, but intensifying in darker fruits as the flavors advances, with the flavor remaining overall on the sweeter side. After the initial taste some light roasted malt and a good dose of yeast comes to the tongue. The yeast brings with it tastes of spice with coriander, clove, and a little bit of pepper. A little bit of a boozy and warming flavor comes to the tongue at the very end, leaving one with a decently sweeter and fruitier dubbel flavor with linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. For the most part, fairly decent but also noting too fantastic. OK for the blend of yeast, spice and fruit.
Overall Ė A pretty enjoyable dubbel overall. Rather easy drinking and affordable in comparison to more renowned dubbels. It is at least worth a try.
Cakes (393) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle.
A creamy ride with a smooth flowing caramel taste that permeates. A bit light and rather nice with a 7.2 kick.
Dacrza (635) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DATE TASTED: May 2, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay chalice... OCCASION: another Friday begins... APPEARANCE: dark, opaque ruby body; off-white, slightly creamy head that settles quickly; nicely lacing as the glass drains; a handsome bottle, as well... AROMA: Plum! sweet, sugary confections--some caramel and toffee--the raisin also presents late--not a plum/raisin guy myself, but this does deliver what it promises... PALATE: medium-bodied, chewy and significant--a formidable body--still drinkable without need of resolve...TASTE: big, sweet and dry--a wineís base that marries a brown aleís flatter profile--plum and malt strike an attractive balance... OVERALL: Its 7.2% ABV is well masked, as a wine-like profile is apt to do; a nice offering from the Flying Fish brewery--a great nightcap to a good day.
Hopman1 (32) - apple valley, California, USA - APR 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice brew ! Well balanced and smooth , dark brown in appearance , a yeasty scent in the nose with some dried fruit , this beer was very enjoyable , no bitterness just smooth good tasting brew.
angel865 (4) - - MAR 23, 2014 does not count
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Spicy flavor ..good finish no after tastes... copper reddish color no head when poured
Jamesthebrit (353) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is musty. Light. Grape. A bit of caramel.
Look is a little thin. Brown grape color.
Taste is light. Malty. A little hint of must. Really light but itís ok. Hint of grape.
Light... Acidic. Not bad but not great.
Overall a pretty boring beer. Light and malty. A hint hint of some Belgianness.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear ruby color. It really is a beautiful poor - too bad itís clarity makes me a bit wary. The head isnít too impressive, either. Itís a one finger light brown affair, without much in the way of retention or significant lacing. The pretty-looking body ticks its score up a notch or two.
S: The aroma definitely suggests something bready and peppery. Beneath the (bog-standard) yeast character, thereís a character of fruit esters, and some *very* sweet caramel. I canít say Iím finding the nose to be impressive...
T: There definite wisps to suggest itís a dubbel - for example, it opens with a fairly bready tone - but even on the first sip, I know this one isnít going to be Rochefort 6. The finish is almost generically sweet: there really isnít much in the way of defined character. It doesnít seem like that much of a problem, but defined subtlety is what can make or break a dubbel - and that generic finishing sweetness (along with the lack of depth) keep it in Mediocreville.
M: Pretty thin, and also pretty light in terms of carbonation. The wet finish leaves behind a lot of lingering sweetness, but this doesnít really harm the drinkability too badly.
O: Not much of a proper dubbel, but not BAD. Iíd recommend this to a beginner drinker: the yeast profile is both subdued and very basic. That, and itís easy to drink. Itís lowish score stems from the fact that itís vapid and unfulfilling to someone who enjoys this style done well.
nittanytide (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured deep brown with a foamy, white head. Aroma is bread and raisin. Rather bland in taste Ė a little bit of winter fruit with a dry finish.
radio_nowhere (1148) - Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into tulip glass, clear brown color with light tan head. Aroma of banana/clove Belgian yeast dominates backed with come caramel malt. Taste adds notes of candy sugar, spices, slight nuttiness and some dark dried fruits (raisins, figs). Light body, moderate-heavy carbonation, dry, thin with toasty yeasty finish. I feel this doesnít quite reach the mark of many abbey dubbels Iíve had before, decent and easy drinking though.
Mora2000 (5968) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear light brown pour with a white head. The aroma has some toffee and brown sugar notes. The flavor is a mix of toffee, brown sugar, biscuit and light grape notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.