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 it’s clarity makes me a bit wary. The head isn’t too impressive, either. It’s 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, there’s a character of fruit esters, and some *very* sweet caramel. I can’t say I’m finding the nose to be impressive...
T: There definite wisps to suggest it’s a dubbel - for example, it opens with a fairly bready tone - but even on the first sip, I know this one isn’t going to be Rochefort 6. The finish is almost generically sweet: there really isn’t much in the way of defined character. It doesn’t 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 doesn’t really harm the drinkability too badly.
O: Not much of a proper dubbel, but not BAD. I’d recommend this to a beginner drinker: the yeast profile is both subdued and very basic. That, and it’s easy to drink. It’s lowish score stems from the fact that it’s vapid and unfulfilling to someone who enjoys this style done well.
HeadyDE (698) - Delaware, USA - MAY 20, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour..medium caramel brown color..nose is mostly brown sugar..sweetness..raisins..mouthfeel is a bit thin..not really complex..some off burnt almond flavors with a lingering spicy character...
Voodoo (532) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cola brown with a thin white head which is gone in a hurry.....aroma of raisins, sweet malt, honey.....taste is light on the Belgian funk, slight earth, raisin, a tad thin, then disappearing into a sllght bitter spice.
iggynelix (132) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
6flight tap at Geraghty’s Pub, Burlington, nj. Ruby red, Malty nose with hints of roasted caramel, sweet malty goodness.
ByTheirLimpin (248) - New York, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Philadelphia International. Ruby dark in the glass. Nose is malty sweet. Palate is all Belgian. Sweet malty goodness. Syrupy. Not cloying. Not as complex as I hoped, but decently balanced to style beer.
beerlover82 (229) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2016
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark ruby with white head. Nose of fruits, nuts and malt. Tastes of dark fruits, banana and some sweet malt. Low on bitterness, if any at all. Light body.
EvanFriend (468) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty generic for the style, taste is about what you’d expect. Some banana and clove, honey malt, and I get a bit of bubblegum too. Not great, but certainly drinkable. And only $8.99 for a six pack; you won’t find too many Dubbels for that price.
barroso2501 (65) - Brasilia, BRAZIL - DEC 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cor de um caramel queimado, espuma nao persistente mas boa carbonatacao. Maltes tostados e fermento evidente. Facil de beber
rustbucket0873 (366) - Krikville, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark ruby with a light off white head, not quite tan, the aroma is candy, spicy, dark fruits like figs. The flavor is sweet with fig, candy, dark candy, spices, clove and some banana. Overall, nice balance alcohol is found in back end. Qould drink.again.
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good aroma and flavor. Has a sort of grainy Barleywine nose to it. Belgian candy taste and pretty strong alcohol scent.
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kerenmk (3816) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 17, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Alexei and Raphaela’s. Thanks Trapped. Headless clear brown. A little roasty, some burnt caramel aroma. Sweet burnt caramel taste. Fizzy, light-bodied, a little alcoholic finish. Feels amateurish.