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Halve Maan XX Dubbel (Dobbele Java)

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


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (4887) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2015
Bottle share at Chriso’s. 6.5%. Not dated. Dark orange, still, small foamy tan head. Aroma is floral, pear, a touch estery. Body is medium to light, low carbonation, pretty foamy. Taste is malty, toffee-ish with a light sourness. Definitely has some strange characteristics. Alright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
tricksta_p (2672) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle at De Markies, Leeuwarden. Aroma of malt, bread, caramel, toffee, nuts, candy, sweet dark fruits. Flavour is rather sugary sweet. Body is medium to full. This beer has got the aroma and full body down, but is ruined by a massive sugary sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (3861) - BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2015 Dutch dubbel which, according to the brewery, is supposed to be the modern equivalent of a 19th-century "Hulster Monnikenbier", but in reality is an alias of Dobbele Java / XX Dubbel, a beer I drank regularly in Hulst many years ago. Comes from a stubby swingtop bottle, sold at the Albert Heijn supermarket in Hulst. Densely lacing, creamy, pale yellowish beige head with sufficient retention; colour is a cloudy brownish burgundy. Sweet and estery aroma of banana, brown candi sugar, milk chocolate, overripe peach, candied dates, toasted bread, medlar, sweet liquorice, caramel, coriander. Fruity taste, sweet but not too cloying, raisins, banana, blue plums, soft carbo, fluffy and smooth mouthfeel, nice bready and caramelly malt sweetness with spicy yeastiness on top, becoming a tad toasted in the end, full, with a herbal, peppery hop bitterness for balance, bittersweet resiny coriander and lingering yeastiness. Rather stereotypical for the style, but well rounded and nicely balanced, with a pleasant spicy hoppiness to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (10641) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2015
Bottle at Pre-GBBF Shindig 2015. It pours hazy mahogany brown with a small beige head. The nose is soft, sweet, toasty, toffee and caramel. The taste is soft, sweet, malt-drive, toasty, cocoa and spice with a short, dryish finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Perhaps a touch old? Not much depth to it, but easy-going enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rlgk (15802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s Shindig 2015. Clear amber beer with a small offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma and flavor. A bit old...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (5549) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2015
300ml bottle. Ruby red glowing, dark copper colour with lots of floating chunks and average to huge, thick, creamy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Strawy and minimally fruity aroma, hints of red berries, red jelly, jelly bears, yeasty overtones. Taste is sweet fruity, notes of red berries, red jelly, some straw; light body, slightly watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rikstar (1759) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
Beugelflesje bij world of drinks vandaan. Amberkleurig veel gist deeltjes met een minimale kraag. Geur is metaal, appelstroop. Smaak begint zoetzuur met wederom appels in de afdronk een gistbitter dat langzaam opbouwt. Body is medium

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (8897) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Travlr (18623) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PriorL (2906) - 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.

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