ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
AKORN (162) - Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear amber pour with a nice head. Malt, caramel, Belgian, dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit, apple, Belgian yeast taste. Good beer
bnokk (45) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
APPEARANCE – dark amber, white foamy head with microbubbles.
NOSE - Very light Belgian scent.
FLAVOR – solid double Belgian flavor.
CH-303 (1457) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - NOV 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark redish brown, clear. Some light tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, sweetness.
Taste: Dark malt, sweetness, medicine?
Bought: Total Wine & More (Sterling), 355 ml, $1.79
Info: 29/10-2014, BB: 30/10-2014
Astrozombie (28) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Belgian yest aroma with dark fruits and sour notes. Dark brown with light head. Taste is traditional abby style but somewhat flat. Easy to drink for a dark beer. Better than average but not amazing
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"A nice little beer for a good price, but not really a standout in the dubbel style. cloudy light brown, nice feel and fruity-malty-yeasty flavor and aroma, but nothing that wows."
Nejhleader (1261) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel aroma with some malt, taste is like a brown ale, some caramel raison pretty average
gopherfan99 (566) - CROATIA - AUG 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours amber with a thin off white head, subtle sweet aroma of malt and spices, taste is malt with hints of caramel, dark fruits, and nuts, has light dry/bitter finish, not bad but could be better
Oscbert (1052) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
~Rich malty aroma of raisin, prune, caramel, bread, and alcohol. Clovey peppery spice from the yeast.
~ Pours a ruby amberish color with small wispy white head.
~Prune in flavor with raisin and carmel, spice and alcohol.
~medium light bodied with medium low CO2, lingering sweetness.
~ Itís ok. Was expecting more from a dubbel. feels a bit thin and isnít all that interesting. Still drinkable and enjoyable
BlackHaddock (4049) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle poured into a Corsendonk badged stemmed tulip on 14th July 2014 in Orange County while on holiday. Looked fine a red hue to the brown body, the head a nun staying off white colour. Fairly malty nose and taste bordering on sweet. The body seemed a little thin for the alcohol, but it suited the beer. Overall not bad, but a long way from what I am used too when I have a proper Belgian Abbey Dubbel.
grundsow (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malty, sweet, and malty. Way too sweet for my taste. Has body but is flat and boring.