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Dubbel Doppel
How better to celebrate the evolution of the year than with recipes inspired by generations of the original craft beer warriors, the Monks! Top with a healthy dose of Shmaltz and witness the rebirth of Rejewvenator! "The winter of bondage has passed, the deluge of suffering is gone, the Fig tree has formed its first fruits, declaring all ready for libation." -Song of Solomon. Dates were used to sweeten beer in Ancient Egypt as early as 3500 BCE. Genesis 3:7: "Their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked; they sewed fig leaves and made themselves aprons." Queen Vic commissioned an 18" plaster fig leaf for her cast of Michelangelo’s David. "The statue that advertises its modesty with a fig leaf brings its modesty under suspicion." -Mark Twain. Under a fig tree, Romulus and Remus, mythical founders of Rome, were nursed by a she-wolf and worlds away Buddha found enlightenment. Zechariah: "Nations shall beat their swords into plowshares - all will sit with their neighbor under a fig tree, never afraid." Mohammed: "Whoever eats seven Tamr (dates) at breakfast shall rise above magic and poison that day." The Hebrew word for Date palm "Tamar" connotes a woman’s grace. "The only difference between a first date and a job interview is not many job interviews have a chance you’ll end up naked." Jerry Seinfeld. Psalm 92:12: "The righteous shall flourish like the Date palm." Thankfully all we need to do is pop open a bottle and rejoice... L’Chaim!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits, bubble gum, light spice and a hint of alcohol. Nice flavors of dark fruits, bready malts, molasses and a hint of earthiness. Similar finish with more pronounced fig notes and some alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3762) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Aroma is dark fruit, malts and a small hint of coffee. The flavor is dark fruit/mildly vinous, malts, mild sweetness and a tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1850) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 6, 2013
On tap 3 oz. sample at the Roadhouse Pub in Frederick, MD. Clear, bright mahogany with a small off-white head and fair lacing. Aroma of bread, roasted malt, raisins, figs and brown sugar. Taste of bread, sweet roasted malt, raisins, dates and brown sugar. Medium body and no carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (1995) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2013
On tap at The Mayor of Old Town. Brown and clear appearance. Toasted malts, light caramel, light roasted aroma with light banana fruitiness. Similar flavor with a super soft creamy feel. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrana (391) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Very peppery with a nice maltiness and flavors of bubblegum, raisins, and figs. Aside from that, this beer stays rather true to a Belgian style dubbel with a mild dryness and a complex palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Dark copper pour, slightly murky with a long lasting off-white sticky head. Aroma has some bubble gum notes, a hint of dates and raisins and a hint of cognac. Flavor is bold and belly warming with some sweet molasses notes, some pomegranate fruitiness, some baked brown bread and some juicy figs. A hint of boozziness in the finish, but not a major detractor. Thickish, rich mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (4784) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2013
Deep brown with a cream head. Nose is sweet caramel, toffee, heavy yeast and spice. Smooth on the palate, sticky caramel, dried fruits, yeast, easy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6002) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2013
22oz bottle. Clear dark red color. Thin khaki head. Few dots of lace. Apparently this is both a doppel and a dubbel. Is it a blend? A hybrid? Ale yeast? Lager yeast? Both? I have no idea. As usual with hebrew, the description has a bunch of poetry and quotations instead of a decent description. But they make interesting beer, including this one. Sweeter than most dubbels, and less spicy. Hint of a sweet bite in the finish. Big juicy fruity influence from the dates and figs, pretty tasty, goes well with the natural dark fruit flavors from the malts.. Less belgian yeast and spice flavors than expected from a "dubbel". Bigger body. Soft, moderate carbonation, maybe a bit on the lighter side. No lingering viscosity in the finish. Interesting stuff. Definitely more dubbel than doppel, but sweeter and fruitier than your typical dubbel. Interesting, pretty tasty... But still just decent overall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4042) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2013
Inviting, dark, sweet aroma - an incredibly cunning fruit infusion with dubbel - figs and dates are natural pairings, though I wouldn’t have thought of brewing with them. Clunky label - He’brew is very confusing, the labels look very similar. Dark, clear, garnet brew with a huge tan head. Sweet, tannic, herby/twiggy/absinthe notes. Candi obvious, fruity tones - not sure that I would have known that it was related to figs or dates. A very enjoyable brew. Tangy in the finish, with wormwood and herbs. Medium-heavy body. Market Square Liquors.

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