boxofrane (2444) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Wegmans KOP. Pours cola brown with a small tan head that dissipates at record speed. This beer is pretty ugly. The aroma hs tons of dark fruit: figs, plums, brown sugar, quite sweet. The taste has a big raisin, sweet sugary plum, a bit of booze on the finish. This is OK but nothing special.
SDalkoholic (2237) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Created a thick monstrous sizing of head which took several minutes to retreat and when it eventually did, there were only a few patches of foam remaining. Liquid appeared as a dark mahogany color and had slow rising carbonation bubbles. Aroma is big and bold and smells similar to an authentic Belgian dubbel with lightly spiced yeast and a sweet base of malts. Also, the aroma has a tame fruity element and suggests notes of dates, figs and palm sugar. The drink delivers a sugary sweet profile of malts while a harsh warm presence of alcohol hangs in the finish. It isn’t until I re-chill my bottle back down to cold since the liquor stores have the coolers on a minimum that I started to appreciate this beer because trying to drink it at a cool room temperature was too harsh and offending for my taste buds. I know some beers are meant to warm up a little in temperature but this is not one of them by any means. Has a dark rich fruit flavor of fig and date but it taste more of a packaged preserved fig or date flavor and not so much the same taste I get when I eat a fresh date at the grocery stores. It does taste true to Belgian abbey dubbel, but then again this was a bizarre recipe that tested the boundaries of hybrid brewing. I’m not sure if I like this or not? WTF?
GRM (3335) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown bottle, 660 ml, savoured on March 14 2014; eye: brown with a reddish hue, clear, no head, no lacing; nose: malt, light spices, light alcohol, fig; mouth: malt, light spices, light alcohol, fig, malty finale with presence of fig, medium body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, slick texture; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 660 ml, savourée le 14 mars 2014; œil : brune avec une teinte rougeâtre, limpide, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, léger épices, léger alcool, figue; bouche : malt, léger épices, léger alcool, figue, finale maltée avec présence de figue, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : correct
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark rubyish brown with a short tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, candied fruit, tart berries and bread notes. Taste is sweet malt candied fruit, caramel, dark bread, boozy notes and toffee. Body is medium and smooth with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more caramel, sweet malt, dark bread, toffee, fruit notes and toffee. Sweet and malty! Very tasty!
batneil (473) - - JUN 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a bit of a head. Vaguely fruity overtones, but not to the point of being a fruit beer as such.
redbeard3 (107) - - JUN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle into a tulip. Mahogany red color and khaki head. Big raison and dark fruit flavors. Rich palate and slightly boozy aroma.
pushkinwow (2272) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
monk191 (1350) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
drfabulous (4916) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Dark color. Grape. Pomegranate. Big sweetness throughout. Slightly sticky.Big malt build. Nice.
superspak (3496) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.