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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 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle from the holiday gift pack. Wow just realized the sh"malt"z pun. Pours copper, beige head. Nose of pomegranate/grapefruit, dark malt plum, pepper. Flavour is combination of plum malts and pomegranate and phenols...one of the strangest flavour profiles I’ve encountered in a beer, really clashes. Nonetheless, glad I tried it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fcjack1 (201) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bomber from Tacoma food Coop. Pours a dark, dark brown. Scent is a little boozy. A bit of a scotch scent. Taste is a little boozy. Taste some fruity trail mix. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2479) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Dark, opaque, brown colored pour. Big off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Malty aroma with hints of fruit - dates, pomegranates, sour cherries. Big malty taste with chocolate and dried dark fruit. Fruity finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 20, 2014
22oz bottle. Clear amber/brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of dates, sugar, plums, toffee and alcohol. Flavor is more sweet malt and dark, dried fruit with some alcohol and vanilla. Medium body with a sweet finish. Not bad but really sweet, good in small doses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2402) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Clear dark copper with a small ring of bubbles. Aroma is banana, walnut and a touch of raisin and chocolate. Flavors of raisin, banana, walnut, cacao, merlot, and a bit of soy sauce. Medium body is watery, dryish and has average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2014
12 oz. bottle (though it was labeled as a 22 oz.) poured into tulip. Pleasant clear reddish-brown color with a couple fingers of creamy tan that quickly dissipates. Faint earthy aroma with some dark fruity notes from the dates and figs. The flavor is well-balanced with malty Belgian brown ale with some tart fruitiness on the back end a some alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
freckles614 (3) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2014 does not count
Malty backbone balanced by the different hops. Dates and fig add a touch of sweetness but do not over power the beer. It pours a gorgeous auburn/amber color with a light head and medium body. Flavor is unique and distinctive, quite a tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GSH1976 (216) - Delaware, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Pours a murky brown with about one finger of khaki colored head. Aroma is malt, dark fruits, toffee and some bread notes. Taste is sweet and follows the nose with a little bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and a little creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8246) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Pours hazy dark brownish with tan head. Nose is earthy, dark fruit musty. Tastes of earthy malt, vinous fruit, some finishing tartness. This one is solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (719) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours amber. Has a malt and dark fruit aroma. Taste is more grapey than most dubbels with some spices and malt.

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