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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (334) - - JUN 12, 2014
Dark brown with a bit of a head. Vaguely fruity overtones, but not to the point of being a fruit beer as such.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
redbeard3 (107) - - JUN 5, 2014
22 oz bottle into a tulip. Mahogany red color and khaki head. Big raison and dark fruit flavors. Rich palate and slightly boozy aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pushkinwow (2062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Bomber from Mike P. Light mahogany with a tan head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma reminds me of the liquid left in a roasting pan after making a traditional prune brisket...without the meat...odd I know but still...prune, some date, chewy and malty, molasses, boozy, moderate carbonation and body, some spice...interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1049) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
A very tasty dubbel. Pours a beautiful deep red with a thick tan head. Smells of berries and some malt. Creamy taste, pretty malty with some figs and a smooth finish. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4131) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Dark color. Grape. Pomegranate. Big sweetness throughout. Slightly sticky.Big malt build. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2014
22 ounce bottle into chalice, early 2013 bottling. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a small fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, candi sugar, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast ester, fruit, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, candi sugar, light nuttiness and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of yeast ester, fruit, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, lightly slick, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hybrid dubbel style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of yeast ester, fruit, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScottWallace82 (70) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2014
On draft. Pours a clear brown with an off-white head. Smells of caramel, yeast, and fruits. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Big and boozy, with lots of malty sweetness and dark fruit. A rather good dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bomber. Pours a dark cherry color with a medium white head. A fruity nose, clear sweet dates, caramel, toffee. Pretty ingenious beer: big sweet but soft malty doppel elements, a bit of dark burnt toffee, some caramel, toasted malts, fruity, very easygoing sweet fruity is all over the tail. Quite drinkable. I get pomegranate all through it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (262) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2014
Poured into tulip. A slightly hazy UPS brown with a short lasting off white head. Some lacing but not much. Aroma is yeast, banana, and the figs and dates come through. The taste is like my Jewish childhood deserts soaked in Belgian ale. The fig and dates shine through a yeasty abbey beer aroma. Because of the large bottle the warming of the beer caused a decrease in the haze and an increase in the boozey aromas and taste. It sort of became a little whiskey flavored. A little warming and the alcohol was strong in the finish. I enjoyed this very much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (7724) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2014
Tastes more like a doppelbock to me. Dry and malty doppelbock, basically a doppelbock with simple sugar to boost it.

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