ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
Pumpkin87 (222) - - JUL 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours from bottle a dark amber with red highlights and a fizzy off-white head that disappears quickly, leaving lace and skim.
Nose is raisin, burnt waffles, candied cherries. The palate follows with a mix of dark fruits, brown sugar, figs, whiffs of clove and coriander, mild yeast, roast malt. All these notes revolve around a caramel core, which carries through a short finish.
Body is light medium with pleasant mouthfeel; carbonation is sprightly without being forceful. The alcohol shows up primarily as a mild warmer.
This isnít quite Belgian in accomplishment, but itís a tasty, affordable and easy drinking substitute.
hman43 (1069) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours dark amber with ruby hues. It has a light brown head. It has a malty sweet aroma that is rich and complimented by dried cherries and apple aromas. It is malt forward rich with raisins, dried fruit, bits of cherries; that finishes sweet. It has a light-heavy feel to it with low alcohol warmth. Overall the balance it slightly towards the malt with a full range of dark fruit flavors with the raisins being pronounced.
HeadyDE (729) - 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 (547) - 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 Geraghtyís Pub, Burlington, nj. Ruby red, Malty nose with hints of roasted caramel, sweet malty goodness.
ByTheirLimpin (272) - 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 (474) - 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 youíd 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 wonít find too many Dubbels for that price.
barroso2501 (66) - 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 (371) - 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.