Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled during Minnesota Autumn Brew Review 2011. Pours a hazy dark amber colored brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates to a cream top and some spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, hint of tart berry Belgian yeast and some toffee. Taste is medium bodied, soft carbonation with flavors of caramel malt, toffee and some mild Belgian/Hefe yeast. Finish is slightly metallic, with a mild yeast and wheat aftertaste. This beer is closer to a Weizenbock profile than a Dubbel.
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@RBWG-growler-thanks to T0rin0Ėpours a light tan head and amber color. Aroma is sweet fruit, medium malt. Taste is sweet fruit/some banana, medium malt-toffee, yeast, spice.
decaturstevo (4996) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with tan head and lace. Caramel, brown sugar,and light yeast. Bread, brown sugar, and light caramel malt. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Harriet Brewing Dark Abbey Dubbel, 64 ounce growler. And now, an orange growler. No matter what color, I firmly believe that they have the brewing worldís coolest, trippiest logo. Itís like those hops are in 3-D, cominí at ya!
Starts with a head, but it goes down a bit quickly. Mahogany hued, reddish-brown around the edges.
Slightly sweet, caramel malt aroma, toffee, then the dark fruits turn up, some raisin and rum, a bit of fig.
Taste: Sweet malt is full in charge, toffee flavors mix with dark rum, molasses, dark fruit. Very balanced, clean, with a well-rounded, judiciously sweet finish. Well-rounded is what I want to come back to, again and again. The IBUs are low, but the bitterness makes a mark. Very nice little buzz on the palate. Yum. I take another sip, and the flavor roars back. Thereís fullness here, but it never spills over. Begins sweet, stays clean and lean, finishes very moderated. Is it strange that Iím applauding a beer for being restrained? Itís just right.
Iím having a crisis of conscience. Have to recalibrate my recollections of what I like in dubbels. Do I really like them bigger and fatter and richer than this? Do I need them beefier and bolder? Is that truly my preference, or am I imagining it? Maybe itís time for a little sit-down with some great dubbels and toss this one in the mix. I know it will hold itís ground. All in all, Iím thinking ...what was I thinking? All misgivings are over and through. I am utterly and thoroughly happy with this brew. It has everything I want, and lacks nothing. It has nothing superfluous, and contains no unwanted elements. There is no lack of satisfaction in consuming this beverage.
The growler is empty, the remains are in my glass. And it is excellent. It is exactly what is should be, and nothing of what it shouldnít. This should make any beer lover happy. Itís doing it for me, thatís for sure. "
I guess I did finish it, didnít I?
And a week later I did that blind tasting, matching Dark Abbey against Westmalle, North Coastís Brother Thelonious, and Ommegang. I identified them all correctly, and the Harriet brew fell in last place. Itís fine, just doesnít compare to those others, brewers that have been around for decades, mind you, when it comes to body, mouthfeel, and fullness of flavor.
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured into the glass with a nice dark brown color, no haze at all with a nice Red/Amber highlight when the light shines through. 2 fingers of white foam head that fall into a nice thick lacing on the side of the glass with a film over the top.
Smell is strong of banana with hints of chocolate, caramel, and some soft leather and tobacco notes. banana was a bit strong compared to the rest.
Taste - the front end has some apricot, raisin, and cherry. very clean on the flavor, a bit of bruised apple and bruised banana as well. I caught a decent amount of bitterness to balance the beer out. some grain taste with powdered cocoa on the ends.
the flavor hits very nicely on the onset but settles out over the middle. the finish is good and lingers on the tongue. carbonation was a bit fizzy (like forced CO2) where I might like it to be a bit more creamy.
Iíd say this is starting to border on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Very flavorful dubbel.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler at RBWG 2011 Grand Tasting. Pours clear brown, with an almost purplish flash. Thin off-white head, soft lacing, Nose is soft red fruit, light spice, strawberries and cherries. Flavours of cinnamon, red fruit, quite yeasty. Neat shit.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
enjoyed the weekend of RBWG 2011pours brown with a medium light tan head. Aroma is peppery with lots of yeast and candied sugar. Flavor is rich caramel and toffee malt ending with a spicy yeast ester/spicy hop finish.
douglas88 (5925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to some kind soul at RBWG. Pours a dark brown/red color with a medium white head. A sweet fruity, yeasty nose, rich reminds me of Rochefort somewhat. A rich toasted malt flavor, some dark fruit, dry, some heat. Very nice.
Sledutah (4654) - Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler shared at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Clear brown with a medium sized off-white head with light lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Caramel and toasted malts
Taste: Caramel, sweet toasted malts, dark fruits and spices