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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScottWallace82 (90) - 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 (7424) - 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 (362) - 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 (9721) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8152) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle, shared with Grippitis, Parksy, and Faysal. Very deep ruby hue, quite lovely. Aroma is sweet dark fruits, yeast. Malty, darkly sweet palate, lots of figs, with a heavy yeast signature that speaks Belgian. A little on the sweet side to enjoy in great quantity, but a great one to share. Side note: Hebrew has the chit-chattiest labels out there!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3103) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Sweet caramel, molasses, toffee, banana, and clove aroma and flavor has a big burnt grain and clove finish. Medium thickness and the alcohol is noticeable. Thick sticky palate. Nice complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5266) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle: Poured a burgundy color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of dry fruits with loads of residual sugars notes. Taste is a mix between molasses, dry fruits, some plums and raisins with load of caramel malt. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. Interesting but too sweet for its own good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11373) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
A clear brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet dark fruity malt with light banana, dark fruits, molasses, alcohol, nice. In mouth, sweet fruity caramel malt with dark fruits, molasses, Bock like, not bad. Bottle from Mike Perkins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (7218) - Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2014
22 oz bottle shared by? Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have quite a bit of dark fruits, figs and dates, some Belgian candi sugar and light spices. Some alcohol comes through at times.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (1179) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Lovely dark red-brown tan head. Aroma of brown fruit, dates toasty wood. Tastes like sweet rye bread wide spectrum of malty flavors. Rich creamy palate yet only mid bodied. Booze is noticeable as it is in holiday rum balls. Tasty. I think the doppelbock inclusion is genius in making this dubbel lighter and more drinkable.

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