Brewed by Gage Roads Brewing Company
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Perth, WA, Australia


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Gage Roads have yet again produced a limited release ale that will test your willpower, no matter how strong. Abstinence Belgian Dubbel Chocolate Ale pours a wonderful deep, dark and decadent colour which develops a dense and creamy head. Dark chocolate notes with caramel aromas cascade out of the glass where a nice hint of noble hops is layered throughout. Margaret River’s Gabriel Chocolate have lent their expertise is crafting this truly remarkable Abbey inspired ale that is truly complex, robust and decadent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hawthorne00 (3453) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2013
Clear mid brown with an off white head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, nuts, caramel. Some raisins and prunes buried under the caramel. Low carbonation. Tastes of pretty ordinary milk chocolate, haZelnuts and caramel syrup with some spicy /medicinal notes. A little boozy but only right at the end. Not undrinkable but not a success. Can’t really tell if this is what they were going for. Odd.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2013
Sparkling ruby copper with light carbonation and a loose and shortlived off-white fluff. Very creamy, palest milk chocolate comes through on the nose with cocoa butter, metal shards and hazelnut husks pretty much rounding it off. Doughy, caramel, carob and nutty milk chocolate on the palate - but shy of that good stuff, this just comes across as that cheap, generic import you find in reject shops. It is a little acrid with a burnt sugar bitterness and phenolic huff lasting long into the finish. Body is light with spritzy, prickly carbonation; it is awkward in mouthfeel, soapy and filmy. The burnt notes are hard to digest. I couldn’t enjoy this, and I was only half-way through a snifter. To its credit the alcohol is held well restrained. Not good! (64cL, BB 01/03/14, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Nice vanilla beer. Aromas of vanilla and chocolate. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with no head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bif (2003) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours dark amber color with a decent off-white head that fades to bits of lacing. Aroma of mi ok chocolate, with some dark fruit and spice. Taste of milk chocolate, some dark fruit and spice. A subtle bitterness that helps to mute a lingering chocolate sweetness. Medium body, smooth and creamy. Nice balance but a bit too much chocolate. The 7.4% ABV is well hidden. Nice beer but a bit too much chocolate to really enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1783) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2013
Rich chocolate malt aroma. Clear deep red amber colour with poor head and lacing. Chocolate malt herbal flavour . Smooth lingering palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sevenlee (1762) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours a dark coppery brown with a beige head. Aroma is malt, chocolate syrup, caramel and some nuttiness. Taste is medium sweet leading to a sweetish and sticky finish. I’m not sure how this resembles a dubbel ale. A bit disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vanvenlo (1732) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2013
Dan Murphy bottle (28-Aug-13) Sweet choc malt aroma. Brown red colour, poor head and sheet lacing. Sweet tangy choc vanilla flavour. Tangy sweet vanilla spice finish and candy sweet toffee aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StevieT (1528) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2014
From a 640ml bottle. Pours a cloudy brown, thin off white head, rich chocolate aroma, smooth with rich flavours of caramel and a mild hops bitterness. This is a very, very good beer that I will gladly drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (1512) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle 640ml BB 1/2/14. Poured a translucent coppery colour with a two- to three-finger off white foamy heads that retained OK then dropped to a bubble ring. Laced poorly. Medium carbonation as seen by medium sized bubbles forming trails. Aroma of nice sweet dark chocolate that lasts. Taste of pleasant sweet dark chocolate and underlying sweet vanilla. Medium body. Smooth with a lingering chocolate finish but overall a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maris (1365) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2013
From a 640ml bottle on 8/4/2013. Pours a clear dark amber with a small head which disappears quickly. almost no head. Has a quite a strong aroma of chocolate topping. The flavour is more sweet chocolate topping, a little bit of dark fruit, and a mild bitterness, followed by just a hint of booziness. The body is medium and the carbonation a touch higher than average. Can’t really detect any Belgian character to it. Definitely get the chocolate but there’s not a lot more to experience here. Easy enough to drink but lacking in complexity and character, which should be the hallmark of a beer of this nature. Still, despite not being a real success, it’s good to see Gage Roads trying to do something different through limited releases. Maybe next time guys...

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