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Halve Maan XX Dubbel (Dobbele Java)

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Brewed by Bierbrouwerij de Halve Maan
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Hulst, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dobbele Java is een donker bier van 6,5%. Oorspronkelijk genoot het bekendheid onder de naam “Hulster Monnikenbier” dat al voor 1821 in het klooster in de binnenstad van Hulst gebrouwen werd. Later is op de ruines van een deel van dit klooster de Halve Maan gebouwd. Op het oorspronkelijke etiket is dan ook een pater te zien die zich tegoed doet aan een glas van dit monnikenbier. De donkere kleur en de volle smaak worden gevormd door het gebruik van caramelmouten, Kandijsuiker en vloeibare caramel. Saaz en Brewers Gold hop geven Dobbele Java die typische bitterheid. Dobbele Java hoort uit een kelkglas op kamertemperatuur (van ‘t schap) te worden gedronken.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (8224) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2014
Huge brownish head; dark brown beer with a reddish sheen; shards of lace. Sweetish, caramel, maltsyrup, parsley, bit of conifers. Sweet, nutty, dark & wet bread, watery finish. Obvious dark malts - but also colouring additives, I fear. Just the sweetness keeps lingering on, impression of slightly spiced cookies; Not very well-bodied, empty feel and empty palate. Rather lame. Why?
Earlier Rating: 9/1/2004 Total Score: 3.3
Fluffy yellow-brown head, irregular; opaque brown beer with reddish shine. Nose with dark, but sweet chocolate and banana. Som lactic notes as well. Bitterish taste, part spicey, part cocoa-powder (rather than coffee). Piquant, spicey spiking. The malt underneath strengthens the idea of the old-fashioned cocoa-powder drink. Refreshing mouthfeel, despite the cocoa connotation; medium bodied. Aftertaste is dry, medicinal-bitterish. I don’t think this is bad at all. It has, however little or nothing in common with either lambic, either Flemish Oud bruin.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Travlr (14673) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Mathieu87, thank you sir! Hazy light amber color. Plain aroma, hardly noticeable. Equally plain taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (2879) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
Dubbel from a brewery nearby and somewhat of an old classic in the Netherlands. A spicy, sweetish dark beer with relatively deep taste of dark fruits and herbal tones, smooth mouthfeel, bit metallic but nevertheless different and interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PriorL (2459) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle at RBSG 2014. Thx to everyone for sharing today’s bottles! APPEARANCE: clear brown beer, no foam. NOSE: caramel, sweet. TASTE: caramel, sweet, some coffee.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (7156) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
Bouteille 75cl @ RBBSG III. Léger bru, col beige. Arôme est fruité, caramélisé et malté sur un fruité noir rappelant les dates. Le bouquet houblonné est discret et laisse plus la place aux malts. Palais est malté très belge dans l’approche surtout lorsque l’on sait où est brassée la bière. Petite touche de grillé entremêlée à ce côté fruité noir léger. Garde une amertume houblonnée noble rappelant le Saaz.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
77ships (4748) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
750 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG III. Thanks to Mathieu87 & PriorL! Indeed, very nice label. Reddish brown. Metallic bit sour, thin. Bitter metallic, thin, weak, sour berries. Cool label & bottle but other than that nothing really.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (2589) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Dark brown with light brown lacing foam head. Not too strong caramel / barley aroma, but more so the taste. Real good dark beer, lasting aftertaste. (Hulst 201405)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thanatosti (1068) - NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2014
30 cl. bottle @ home, bought online @ hetbiermoment.nl. Hazy amber brown with a tan head. Malty aroma with caramel and dark fruits. Some licorice and bay leaf are also noticeable. First few sips had a slightly metallic aftertaste but as the beer warmed up that fade away. Nice atypical dubbel.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
uckelman (347) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
Pours clear, amber brown (but note that I only had the top half of the bottle in my glass---there’s a lot of haze and particulate matter in the other half-glass). Creamy, off-white head. Aroma is malty and a touch sour and grassy. Primary flavor on the front is the alcohol. There’s not a lot of taste here. Also rather thin and astringent for a dubbel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarauckelman (235) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
Bottom half of a bottle split with someone else. Cloudy reddish brown, full of particular matter. Sweet aroma, hints of dried fruit. Mouthfeel is very thick, and a bit harsh on the end. Hard to pick out any specific discernable flavors; a bit dark and molassey, maybe. if I think about it, I can taste the coriander.


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