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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12970) - 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 (9143) - 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 (1681) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (738) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Pours a golden-ruby color with a light khaki head, leaves significant lacing. Aroma - caramel, toffee, fig, green apple. Taste - very similar to typical belgian dubbel with caramel notes, spicy, malty. There’s some fruit present but the dominant notes are the dubbel. Finish is pretty long and rich.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (6302) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Dark ruby in color with thin head in a chalice. Nose is a mix of Dates and fig juice. Damn, I just saw on the label they use juice from concentrate. Yeah, the flavor is mostly juice. Huge dates, figs and light candy sugar toward the finish. I don’t get and yeast flavors at all. Lingering dates in the finish. Maybe I’m just not a huge fan of Date juice. meh

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - 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 (265) - 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 (2964) - 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 (2925) - 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.

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