HopheadHans (803) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Always liked the Full Sail Belgians. This one is easily drinkable, nice Belgian yeast notes, bready with a bunch of caramel and toffee in the finish. Maybe a tad toosweet though
IndianaRed (1799) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Falcon Tavern in Boise, ID. Clear medium mahogany with a modest off-white head which settles out fairly quickly to a mere skin of a 1-bubble thick layer. My server chilled the glass by briefly filling it with ice water first and then dumping it out of course after a moment or two. I suppose this is OK except that I am getting an eye-dropper full of water in this glad of beer. Nice sweet brown sugar malty aroma with some apple cider notes. Any Belgian flavors this has are muted and soft. Malty and sweet, very lighty hopped, as expected, and some metallic flavors are here that are not manor, but noticeable none the less. Soft carbonation, lingering woody aftertaste and a feeling of wishing it was a little more interesting.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a clear, effervescent, dark amber color with an average, beige, creamy foam which does leave a thin, lasting layer and some tight, lace rings. The nose is subtle and pleasant with biscuits, toasted caramel, banana esters, baking spices, hints of coffee. The flavor is similar but a bit more rich with more of the sweet caramel coming through, almost molasses-like, still biscuity, lightly roasty, some estery yeast, and more baking spices. The palate is typical dubbel with a very lively carbonation, medium to full body, and a syrupy but chewy mouthfeel. The finish is still mostly sweet but drying just a bit with more roast and biscuit, but still the caramel and Belgian yeast win out. Actually a surprisingly pleasant beer from a brewery in which I have not had anything Belgian. A very pretty head to start and some nice malt richness but not enough balance and a syrupy mouthfeel left me struggling to drink this. Not a bad attempt but not to the level of some better examples.
after4ever (5356) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22. Pours a nearly clear rubied dark amber. Set to the side, it looks muddy brown. Up to the light, it looks like a glittering pendant from an Indiana Jones movie. Loose tan head falls quickly to a loose smear of film. Big bready nose, smells like brown bread that somebody knocked some sugar into without realizing it and baked it anyway. Creamy medium body. Very little carb, especially for a dubbel. Brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, and a little bit of a ginger snap effect on the mid palate. Mildly sugar and spicy finish. Clean and well made but nowhere near the power and complexity of a world classic, especially given the depth and intensity of the tools (e.g., yeast flavors) available to the brewer with these. But that’s the trick. Those yeasts aren’t always actually available. So you get this nice bready flowery business too often.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Old grain, concord grape, metallic aroma with wet dog. Toffee amber hue, thick creamy pale tan head. Perhaps this was released young. Sharp raw alcohol, toasty biscuit, mild caramel. Finishes brash as well.
Kevin (1979) - Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2010
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
pours brown orange with a grey head that lasts. smells of wet tobacco with a dough note flavor is a bit odd, seems like it has mint in it. i don’t like mint, but that is what i taste, lots of pepper, especially in the finish. burnt sugar in the body of this thin beer. little sweet at first, but turns dry quick.
BückDich (5466) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours an amber color with a light head. The nose is yeasty and medicinal with some sweet esters and grainy qualities. Moderate alcohol and a light bitter hop bite in the flavor. A little unstable and all over the place, but the yeast notes are solid and it presents itself as a sweeter and spicy dubbel.
JoeinEscazú (1324) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - SEP 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruddy amber beer, thin head, sparkling. Big chewy biscuit nose with tinges of floral hop and alcohol. Pleasant. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet, fruity taste. Lively, well-attenuated, and dry. No silly esters. Very well done.
TheBeerGod (4675) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper pour with a short, tan head. Nose is spicy with sweet malt, light cocoa, and dark fruit. Taste is sweet dark malts, cocoa, subtle spices, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and light flowery notes. Body is medium-full with a chewy feel and a creamy carbonation. Finishes with more sweet malts, ripe, dark fruits, cocoa, soft spices, powdery Belgian yeast and candied notes.
boFNjackson (3629) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Poured deep, reddish, rust with an off-white head. While I did think this was a tasty brew, I thought it wasn’t very much to style. Big malt and roast, a little bit of caramel, cracked pepper, almonds, and little bit of alcohol flavors. Not so much with interesting yeast flavors to offer that Belgian-esq character.