Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Draft at Beer Table. Brownish purple with a small but stable head. Aroma has sweet plum and raisin. Flavors are soft peach balanced with chocolate and caramel.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark brown that is fully clouded with a lighter tan head that stays around for a bit and leaves a pretty high amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is not very active with a small amount of funk on there. Flavor is very consistent with a nice amount of sugar in the mix. Doesn’t scream in the mouth, but it does have a good profile. Mild tangy edge. Feel has a higher amount of carbonation to it. Slightly interferes with the flavor rush. Overall though this is a very good BSDA that is easy to drink and is on par with other good brews in it’s class. Nothing showy. Just even and smooth.
thebeertourist (4973) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours glowing copper, clear, and with a thick yellowish head. Fruity aroma with some sweet and sour notes. Taste is very complex- there is fruit, talc, cedar, some sourness and spices. Alcohol. Quite fizzy. A great beer with some saison traits.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is semi funky with some sweet tart fruits like peach and cherry. strong alcohol presence on aroma and taste. Taste has more funk thatn aroma but still some cherry and caramel. Not bad.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep clear copper color with a persistent, thin white head. Aroma is a mix of sweet Belgian yeast, earthy malts, and mild dark fruit. The taste is lightly spicy and surprisingly dry throughout the taste. A lot of sweet malt flavors play over a bit of a sour middle and some alcohol. The palate is light and easy-drinking. A great, well-balanced Belgian strong.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Blind TIger. Deep amber beer, white head. Aroma is quite fruity and chewy with a soft cherry/fruity aroma. There is a soft earthy tobaccoish character as well. A soft character of plums and dates. Soft earthy fruit. Light spiciness. Some toasted Belgian malt. As it warms there is even more cherry and strawberry character. A soft dustiness and some honey/caramel. Lovely brew.
Beerdedone (2794) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled .Pours a deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of yeast, toasted malts, dark fruit, and some brown sugar. Flavor is medium to full bodied with caramel malts, brown sugar, figs, dark raisins, and some spices with a dry finish.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Date April 2007, Sampled November 2007
A careful pour still produces a six-finger thick head that quickly overflows the top of my glass. I only lose a couple tablespoons of beer to the billowing, frothy, tan colored foam though. The beer shows a dark plum color as it sits in my glass, but portrays a brilliantly clear cherry-syrup red color when held up to the light. Quite malty in the nose, with notes of brown sugar, browned bread notes, toasty malt and raisin flavors all quite noticeable as I inspect the head. A touch of tartness in the nose adds aromatic notes reminiscent of plums, aromatic apples and a certain vinous character. Spicy, high fermentation character is also noticeable with touches of black pepper, earthy spice-like coriander notes, touches of ginger, lightly-phenolic clove aromas and a certain musty, almost woody note that mixes in with malty notes of chocolate. A very complex, interesting nose; I am really digging the interplay of malt, hop and fermentation driven notes of fruit, spice and light funk.
Sweet tasting up front, yet fairly light on the tongue; the sweetness accentuates a nice fruit character, in fact the sweetness is even perceived as being derived from a mix of apples, plums and figs. The sweetness also is bit reminiscent of darker / unrefined sugar; perhaps a touch of a caramel, notes of brown sugar and even something a bit more exotic like palm sugar. Towards the end of a sip some dark malt notes add a touch of chocolate, some definitely toasted grain notes, a touch of chalky-browned grain husk flavors. The beer finishes with some spicy fermentation character as well as some warming, higher alcohol flavors. Despite being fairly light in body (at least for its strength), this really has a nice richness to it. The carbonation definitely helps to lighten things up too, though if drunk right after a pour it is really too carbonated and froths up as it hits the tongue. A touch of tannic woodiness is found in the finish, as is a very light bitterness.
While the beer definitely has a spiciness to it & some almost hot higher alcohol notes, it still remains very smooth, rounded and drinkable. It is a bit more funky in the nose than in the flavor, but it is so well integrated that I am not really needing any funky flavor notes. Another just awesome beer from this brewery. I have been really impressed by each of the beers I have had from these guys. Dubbels are actually a style I have trouble getting into at times, but this one just hits the spot and is probably the best I have ever had.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample provided by argo0. Hazy amber body with a large beige head. The nose is cookie dough, lightly floral with some grapes, prunes and rum. The flavor is moderately sweet and floral with plums, golden raisins and herbal hops. Medium body is very soft with gentle, moderate carbonation. Very nice.
bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark amber beer with a huge tan head. Spicy, dark malt, raisin, fig, yeast aroma. Spicy, yeasty, rich caramel malt flavor with backing raisin/fig. LIngering caramel, dark fruit. Fuller bodied. Nice complexity.