JoeMcPhee (8302) - 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 (2567) - 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 (3759) - 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 (6715) - 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.
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy amber brown with the typical big ’ol Belgian head. Aroma is solidly bready with faint apricot fruit notes and a touch of yeast. Flavor is bread and more apricot accented fruit. Alchohol definitely makes itself known as well, almost to the point of distraction. The second pour introduced more yeast notes, which helped deaden the alcohol. Not bad, but not my favorite from this brewer.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours unfiltered copper-brown with a large off-white head. Dark fruit and brown sugar aroma with some spice and great earthy undertones. Swirling brings out a touch of chocolate. Initially sweet, malty flavor with plum and fig and some musty yeast. Focus is on caramel and brown sugar maltiness. Creamy mouthfeel. I’d call it a Dubbel.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was wonderfully malty and strong caramel with an earthy nature. The beer had a light peppery spice and cinnamon with a hint of cloves. The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear deep amber with an everlasting off-white (almost beige) head which laced the chalice from lip to stem. The flavor was nicely malty with a substantial backbone of bittering. Caramel, toasty and nutty, with strong malt flavors ruled the day, but the bitterness was no slouch either. The bittering was earthy and late in the flavor came a bit of chocolate. The finish was nicely dry with visions of malt, chocolate and earthy hops lasting pleasantly into the aftertaste. Only light warming from alcohol post consumption was notable. The body was just above medium, heading to medium-full, and the carbonation was a bit more that moderate leading to a creamy texture on the palate. A really nice and malty Belgian Ale. 750 ml paper wrapped capped bottle. Bottle wrapper says 8.3% ABV and 28 Apr 2007. Bottle label says 8%.
IrishBoy (3799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 from tytoanderso; nose of heavily caramelized sugar, yeast, and a smoky note; hazy rust colored with a huge glass-lacing beige head; flavor of figs, brown sugar, but only a smidgeon of alcohol.
ABUSEDGOAT (2321) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Says it’s a Dubbel on the bottle, but whatever. Hazy burgundy pour, fairly large head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is yeasty with darker fruits, sugar, caramel, and a touch of darker malts. Medium bodied, very clean and smooth. Despite this, I didn’t find the flavors that expressive or enjoyable.