chickenflea (280) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured chestnut color with garnet highlights and a thick off white head that settled fairly quickly with very little lacing. Aroma is rich and appealing, molasses, dark fruits, chocolate-covered cordial cherries perhaps. Yeast is only mildly present to the smell. Flavor is sweet and fruity with a maraschino cherry touch, chocolate notes. Yeast, umami and cider on the long finish. Some tanic notes on the finish: not pleasant. Medium body. Texture is slightly sticky with medium carbonation. A good dubbel.
arg_ha (7) - - MAY 22, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great head on pour caramel notes finishes clean deep rich flavor. Background hints of vanilla.
kuphish (378) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another one from EC. Hazy, amber body with a thin head. Rich plum aroma with some peach, cinnamon, and allspice. Nice flavor of pitted fruit. Aforementioned spices and cherry are also present. Some clove and brown sugar round it out. Light body with fun, spritzy carbonation. Crisp finish with hints of fruit and spice. Nice beer!
Beer61Mark (8) - - MAY 1, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good American interpretation of the Belgian Abbey style. Complex flavors abound. Nice!
Imaena (1073) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. This is a pretty flimsy belgian style brew. It has the sweetness but there is not much more to it than that.
chinchill (662) - South Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle of 7.2% ABV "Abbey Dubbel" ale consumed from a snifter near the best by date on the label: 30 March 2013.
Pours a nice orange-mahogany color, clear despite a tiny amount of sediment, The head is small, short-lived, and leaves little lacing.
Aroma: nice and true to style; sweet; plenty of dark fruit; brown sugar, toffee/caramel. The flavor largely follows the nose. Still sweet, and a tad too sweet, but not as sweet as the nose indicates.
O: Not up with the finer Belgian dubbels but certainly respectable and far less expensive in the US
redtechnj (148) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance- Clear dark amber with a thin head. Little lacing
Aroma- bready, spicy, sweet malt, cereal, caramel,butterscotch.
Flavor- medium sweet, spices,bready. Very nice dumbbell.
beersearcher (1974) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours dark orange with hints of brown shadows. The head rises and falls quickly. Caramel and raisins are the first aromas that greet the nose alongside some plum notes. The first sip has quite a carbonation kick to it. The scrubbing bubbles push the fruit and malt notes through the tongue. A bit like having trail mix to a certain degree. Quite effervescent along with some vanilla and spice contributions.
dinkle50 (732) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy red pour with no head. Aroma of sugar and alcohol. Hints of stone fruit. Syrupy mouth with a very sugary taste. Mouth burns a bit. Not much flavor in my opinion. Hints of grain and that is about it.
jkwood04 (2412) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours brown with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of light spice, notes of dark fruits and caramel and toffee, and a little bit of hops. Flavor the same, with everything being a little light. Average texture. Not the best of the style.
auerbrau (2989) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz Bottle purchased at Candlewyck Bottle Shop - Buckingham, PA.Soft, mineral rich aroma, tempered caramel sauce and apple skins. Opens nicely with a pear tarts, almond paste, and citron. The yeast profile is awesome on this beer, one of the better American-brewed Belgian yeast examples I’ve had in a long, long time. What kills this beer though is Special B (or similar very dark crystal malt). It’s cloying, out of balance, and detracting, making the finish acerbic and tasting like concentrated cola syrup, artificial caramel sauce, or some other unnatural browning agent. I know that some really enjoy this, but I find it tough to work through and enjoy, as it feels too heavy handed and contrived.