chinchill (1246) - 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 (182) - 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 (2265) - 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 (875) - 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 (3215) - 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 (3117) - 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 Iíve had in a long, long time. What kills this beer though is Special B (or similar very dark crystal malt). Itís 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.
hfmejias (603) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured a nice clear amber with a little off white head. Nice fruit aroma combined with caramel and malts. Taste is sweet too but with a nice bitterness and dryness towards the middle that extents to the end. Very nice Dubbel very well executed.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a ruddy mahogany with a thin off-white cap of foam on top. This fleets away quickly, leaving just bits of lace on the glass. Aroma of fig, raisins, yeast, syrup, wet hay. Moderate body bolsters this beer. Not overly carbonated as some tend to be. Rich syrupy finish.
Dark fruits pervade. Fig, plum, toffee, bits of ginger, rounded out with a touch of spicy yeast. This isnít overly "Belgian" by any means. Definitely an American stab at it, but thatís not necessarily a bad thing. A good representation, and a tasty cap to my evening. I think this would make a good one to draw someone into these Abbey-styles. Nice work, FF.
Caytinator (792) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Beautiful-looking beer, cherry-wood color, small head. Not a perfect doppelganger for a belgian dubbel, but still about the most faithful American version that Iíve had yet, however, itís got a few off-tastes that donít belong, one of which is seaweed, I think. The description kind of overstates things as well. It does have that slight alcohol warmth and finish you look for in dubbels, so itís still a good beer.
ryanscourt (531) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thought the appearance looked a little light and aroma was a little listless for the style. However the body was better and more complex than I thought. Still falls a little short. Brown sugar and nice malt body but lack the dark fruit flavor that I like in the style. Good, not great.