HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I tried to approach this the way I would a wheat beer. The grain bill is completely different, so there is no reason to expect a malted barley flavor profile. That being said, I think this is an exceptionally well-made beer. The beer is a deep, clear mahogany with a ruby tint and a nice rocky head. Good aroma with yeasty, bready notes and somewhat of a port-like character. This certainly looks and smells great. A little thin on the mouthfeel, with initial flavors of orchard fruits, dark-roasted coffee, and a little citrus rind. Finishes with more coffee-like sourness than I expected which I am guessing is due to the specific grains used. This is a pretty nice, warming beverage with some flavors unexpected of a Belgian dubbel. I may be giving this extra points based on its gluten-free labeling, but when you think of the crap thatís been available to Celiac sufferers in the past, this beer really is a remarkable accomplishment. Although not up there with the best dubbels out there (like Westmalle), it still beats many of the lame American versions out there.
nuplastikk (4953) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2007
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 16.9 oz bottle. Really nice deep brown color. The taste is super sweet, the sugary flavor reminiscent of a Caribbean sweet stout...in a bad way. Semi watery in a way, so a little drinkable...certainly doesnít make me want to try any other of the Greenís beers. Borderline disgusting pungent sorghum(?) taste dominates the aftertaste, like bad cough medicine.
Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2007
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark amber, nice head, creamy in appearance, fades slowly. Aroma is oddly fruity, very sweet, hint of spice. Flavor is also quite fruity, quite a bit of cherry here, and a bit of yeast. Somewhat sugary. Not as hideous as it could be.
jimhilt (2456) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a three finger rocky light tan head that goes slowly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Opaque black color. Nose is very slight spice. Flavor is sweet and sour orange and dark chocolate. Very smooth but something is missing here - hops?? More like a fruit drink. $5.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. Label has ABV at 7.0%. Best by May 4, 2009.
bhensonb (12140) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich dark fruits and malty aroma. Dark mahogany color with a vigorous tan head. Near medium body with a moderate carbonation. The flavor is dark cherry fruit. Notes of pineapple? The whole aspect is light dark fruit, but this is a dubbel? Very pleasant. The finish is the same as the start. Most excellent. Vanilla notes seem to erupt at the very finish. Canít avoid cherry. Itís a really good drink.
pintbypint (2836) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml brown bottle. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights, the head reduces to a small tan swirl. Aroma has notes of wine and cherries. Flavour has fruity notes as well, again cherries stand out, light honey and also a bit of nuttiness. Some noticable alcohol and some slight sourness. Some roasty like iron notes in the finish. Medium body, active carbonation. Interesting beer but not really what I think of when I think dubbel. I hated it initally, but it grew on me after my first glass.
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2007
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Loose bubbled light tan head. The body is dark brown with a dark, rich orange tint when held to light. The aroma is some cinnamon and cherry cough syrup. The taste has some nasty notes of burnt almonds and marischino cherries. Really sweet with little to balance that out. There is also a hint of cinnamon spice in the aftertaste. Too much carbonation.
oh6gdx (22099) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Deep ruby red colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is dark/red berries. Flavour is the same along with some milder hints from alcohol. Drinkable.
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), with notes of brown sugar and overripe banana. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Could pass as a real brown ale, though certainly not a great one.
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2007
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle: This pour is a muddy, river-bottom reddish-brown, with a boiling top of big rocky foam that fades immediately, but clings for dear life to the side of the glass. The aroma, as all of these Greenís beers Iíve tried, is sour and off-putting. Likewise, the flavor is a mess ... sour and mushy, like fermented lifesavers or something, this is a trainwreck. (#3161, 10/28/2007)